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Summer Rules!

Memorial Day, getting out of school, the beginning of baseball season, lots of events signal the beginning of summer, but here at the library, the beginning of our Summer Reading Programs is what counts as the start of summer.  Summer starts today!  Both the adult and youth programs begin today and run through Saturday, August 1.  That’s eight glorious weeks to observe the rules of summer: Read, Relax, Enjoy!

Be sure to stop by the library to sign up for Summer Reading. Adults can sign up at the checkout desk, and the kids’ signup is in Youth Services.  When you sign up for the adult program, Summer Rules!, you’ll receive a book club card to keep track of your reading.  The only requirement is that books have be checked out from the Spring Lake District Library.  Each teen or adult fiction or nonfiction book counts for a stamp towards filling up the card.  You can also read eBooks checked out from OverDrive or listen to unabridged audio (or eAudio!) books.

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Soar and Explore with a Michigan Activity Pass!

Are you planning to travel our pleasant peninsulas this summer?  Make sure you have your library card!  Library users with a valid library card can get passes to one of over 100 cultural institutions and hundreds of state parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas with the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP).

Institutions like the Detroit Institute of Arts, Nelis’ Dutch Village, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, the Ludington Breakwater Lighthouse, the Muskegon Museum of Art and many more are participating.  Some cultural partners offer complimentary or reduced price admissions while others offer discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offices just for MAP pass holders. Michigan state parks and recreation areas allow cardholders to print a pass for a one-time entry.

Each participating library has 5 passes per week per cultural institution or park, and passes expire one week from the date printed.  Passes can be printed out either from home or from the library. Take a look today and see where you can go this summer with your library card!

The Michigan Activity Pass is presented by The Library Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Recreation and Park Assocation, and the Library of Michigan.

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In Memoriam

The Spring Lake District Library will be closed Sunday May 24th and Monday May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.

We will reopen at 9:30am on Tuesday May 26th.  This weekend also marks the beginning of our Summer hours.  We will be closed on Sundays through Labor Day Weekend.  This fall, our Sunday hours will resume on September 13.

The Spring Lake Memorial Day parade is on Monday, May 25th at 10:30am.  You can check out the route over on the Heritage Festival’s webpage and follow the parade  to the cemetery for the memorial tribute.

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Give Zinio a Try

If you like to read magazines and you have a Spring Lake District Library card, have you tried out Zinio yet? Zinio for libraries offers full digital copies of your favorite magazines to view on your computer or mobile device. Your SLDL card gives you unlimited access to 19 popular and specialty magazines like Newsweek, Popular Science, the Oprah Magazine, Us, and more.  The issues do not have to be returned and do not expire.

To access digital magazines, you simply need to go to the Spring Lake Zinio page, enter your library card number then create an account with an email address and password.  That email address and password can also be used to log into a Zinio app on your mobile device to download and read magazines on the go.

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A Thousand Letters Home

On Monday, May 18 at 6:30pm, Teresa Irish, author of A Thousand Letters Home: One WWII Soldier’s Story of War, Love and Life will share with us the inspirational and life-affirming story of her father’s service during World War II and the letters he wrote home.  Teresa will tells stories, show photographs and play music from the 1940s.

Following the 2006 death of her father, Aarol W. “Bud” Irish, of Saginaw, Michigan, Teresa opened the Army trunk that had been in her parents’ home. There, nestled in row after row, were her dad’s nearly 1,000 letters from WWII. The letters were postmarked from Nov. 1942 to Dec. 1945. The fragile and yellowed pages were written to Bud’s parents back in Hemlock, Michigan, and to the sweetheart who would later become his wife.

A heartfelt tribute to America’s history, freedoms, and family values, Teresa blends humor and history into a fascinating program for all and a call for citizenship in today’s world.  This program is for all generations: veterans themselves, children, grandchildren and others will be left laughing, crying, and reflecting.  Hardcover and softcover books will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation. Visit AThousandLettersHome.com for more information about the book and accompanying presentation.