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Still Looking for the Perfect Gift?

Are you looking for a unique and interesting gift this holiday season?  We have several great options at the library that allow you to support the Friends of the Library or enhance our book collection while crossing names off your list.

Enjoy the City Coupon Books contain coupons for over 145 merchants in Grand Haven, Muskegon, and Holland. The book includes coupons for a variety of lakeshore restaurants as well as entertainment and recreation facilities such as Craig’s Cruisers, Sherman Bowling Center, Muskegon Lumberjacks, and Chase Hammond Golf Club. Savings are also at Orchard Markets, Health Hutt, Famous Footwear, Sears, and Dick’s Sporting Goods!  Each book is $20 of which $10 will go to support the Friends of the Spring Lake District Library.  Monies raised by the Friends through their annual fund raising efforts help to support library programs and services that benefit our community.

The library is also hosting an Adopt a Book program in both Adult and Youth Services.  All are invited to come and choose from the wide variety of books available for adoption.  Ornaments with the book’s cover and information are hanging from the holiday tree in Youth Services (for children’s and teen books) and from the tree across from the Check-Out desk (for adult titles).  Upon a book’s adoption, we’ll place a book plate inscribed with the name of the honoree inside and add the book to the library’s shelves.  We’ll also send a letter to your chosen recipient notifying them of the title added in their honor.

Whether someone is more difficult to find the perfect present for or you’ve chosen to ‘shop local’ this holiday season, either an Enjoy the City coupon book or an adopted book would be a thoughtful and welcome present.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

The Spring Lake District Library will be closed on Thursday November 27rd for Thanksgiving.  We will reopen with our regular Friday hours of 9:30am to 5pm on the 28th and be open Saturday and Sunday as usual.

While the physical library is closed, our website is still open!  You can always download eBooks and eAudiobooks from us at Overdrive.   The research resources we provide are available if you have upcoming finals to study for, and you can always put an item on hold if there’s a book you hear about while eating turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Spring Lake District Library!

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Fine Amnesty Week!

Some of us have amazing memories for due dates and deadlines.  Some of us…maybe aren’t as talented in that regard.  If you fall into the latter category, never fear!  All those late fines that have sneaked their way onto your card? You can take care of them during Fine Amnesty at the library.

How does it work?  Simple – just bring in canned goods and packaged foods to the library and we’ll waive $1 of your late fines for each item you bring in.  The donations will be given to The People Center right here in Spring Lake.

Your generous donations will be accepted from November 9 to November 15.  It’s a good deal, right?  You can help support your community while having your library fines forgiven.

What does The People Center need?  Any new and unopened canned or packaged food item will be accepted, but they’re especially looking for:

  • pancake mix
  • syrup
  • hot & cold cereal
  • tuna fish
  • spaghetti sauce
  • canned beans of all varieties
  • baked beans
  • canned stews
  • canned fruit
  • applesauce

We’ll waive up to $10 of library late fines.  Fines from lost or damaged items must still be paid for.

Thank you for your generosity with this program!

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Welcome to Crockery Township Residents

We’re happy to welcome Crockery Township residents to the Spring Lake District Library!  Now that the library services millage has passed, you might be asking what happens next and when can you apply for new library cards for your family.  Here’s a timeline of the next few months:

  • November: Crockery Township will levy the approved library services millage on the December 1 tax roll.
  • November: SLDL will send the contract to the Library of Michigan.
  • December 15: SLDL will begin accepting library card applications from Crockery residents.
  • December 30: Library cards will be mailed to Crockery residents who have applied for a card
  • January 1, 2015: the contract will go into effect, and Crockery residents’ cards will be fully active.

Not sure what you get with a library card?  Here’s just a few of the benefits:

  • Free library cards for every member of the family.
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks can be borrowed and downloaded using OverDrive.
  • The SLDL card can be used at all Lakeland libraries, and books and books on CD or MP3 owned by libraries can be requested and delivered directly to the Spring Lake District Library for pick up.
  • Access to online databases that SLDL subscribes to like Consumer Reports, Chilton Library, Morningstar Investment Research Center, Mango Languages, Nations of the World, Michigan Driver Permit Test and more.
  • Access to public computers and broadband internet access.
  • Use of MeLCat to borrow hard-to-find books from participating public and academic libraries throughout the state.

Feel free to drop into the library at any time!  While sign up for library cards won’t start until December 15, our children’s and adult programs are open to all.  Preschool Storytime, computer classes, family movies, and chess club for kids are just a few of the many programs scheduled during the next few months.  You can always see our monthly calendar of events here on our website.  If you want to keep up on library happenings, sign up for our email newsletter!  We only send emails a few times a month so your inbox won’t be swamped.

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Digital Media Lab Launch Party!

We’re rolling out a brand new venture at the library: a Digital Media Lab!  It’s a collection of resources and equipment that will allow users and patrons to express themselves creatively and support their educational, professional, and personal goals and endeavors. Users will be able to compose and record music, preserve family photos and videos, create video presentations, and much more!

Are you curious? Come take a look and learn more during the launch party on Monday, November 3 from 4-6pm.  Some of the equipment including audio and video digital converters, Bamboo drawing tablet, recording equipment, green screen, and more will be on display, and library staff will be on hand to answer questions.

But it’s not a party without a special guest: Griff, the mascot of the Grand Rapids Griffins, will arrive at 5pm to check out what’s happening and take pictures with fans and friends!  Be sure to come on Monday to learn more about the brand new Digital Media Lab and take a picture with Griff!