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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!


Halloween Fun at the Library

We’ll be having a spooky good time the week of Halloween!  Join us for any or all of our Halloween events.

Starting on Monday October 27 at 4pm, we’ll have Pumpkin Painting for Kids!  Pumpkins and paint will be provided so kids only need to bring themselves and their imaginations.  Pre-registration is not necessary; 70 pumpkins will be available.  While painting, attendees will also be able to register to win pumpkins painted by artist Ken Widing.

The Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company will be at the library on Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm to present a Halloween Spooktacular!  Young dancers will be portraying favorite Halloween characters as they dance for us.  All attendees are also encouraged to come in costume.  Following the performance, there will be time to meet the dancers and take pictures.

Preschool Storytime on Thursday and Friday (the 30th and 31st) at 10:30am will also be Halloween-themed.  Kids and adults are welcome to join us dressed up in their Halloween costume as we read stories, sing, dance, and make a fun Halloween craft.

And finally don’t forget to stop by on Halloween for Trick-or-Treating!  Costumed trick-or-treaters will be welcomed with a special treat from 3-5pm on the afternoon of the 31st.

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Get Ready to Vote!

The midterm elections are approaching quickly, and the election will mean the end of all those political ads on your TV and calls to your house!

The library will be hosting the candidates for our area’s seat in both the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate.  The governor’s race and US Senate race are taking up most of the news’ attention.  If you’re curious about who wants to represent you at a more local level, Amanda Price and Don Bergman, candidates for the 89th District House of Representatives seat and Arlan Meekhof and Sarah Howard, candidates for the 30th District Senate seat will be meeting to discuss the issues and their views.

On Thursday, October 23 at 7pm, we’ll host the candidates for the 89th District seat to the State House of Representatives.  Incumbent Amanda Price and challenger Don Bergman will answer your questions.

On Wednesday, October 29th at 7pm, we’ll host incumbent Arlan Meekhof and challenger Sarah Howard, the candidates for the 30th District seat in the Michigan State Senate to answer your questions.

Come, ask questions, learn more about the candidates, and then go out and vote on November 4!  Polling locations are open from 7am to 8pm.  Do you know where your polling location is?  The State of Michigan’s website can give you directions and provide a sample ballot. Sample ballots are also available to review or copy at the library. You are allowed to bring one sample ballot with you when you go to vote.

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Turn Dreams into Reality this Teen Read Week

Every October, we celebrate Teen Read Week – a celebration of teens, reading, and fun!  This October, Teen Read Week is from the 12th to the 18th, and this year, we have some great stuff planned.

Friday, October 17th is a day off for Spring Lake Schools, and to celebrate that and Teen Read Week, we’ll be having our first Teen Movie Event!  Teens aged 13 and up are invited to a free showing of the movie Divergent (rated PG-13, 139 minutes) at 2:30pm.  Based on the first book in the hit trilogy by Veronica Roth, if you haven’t seen this fast-paced and exciting movie, now’s the time!  If you have seen the movie, why not come see it again?

On Wednesday the 15th, our monthly Teen’Scape event is scheduled at 3:30pm.  Kids and teens aged 10-18 years are welcome to come play video games, have pizza, and enjoy time with their friends.  In October, we’ll also be painting pumpkins for the teens to take home.

Throughout the week, teens are encouraged to read off their library fines!  Late fees can be mitigated by reading at the library – $1 for every 15 minutes of reading up to $10 over the week.  Want to know more?  Stop by the Youth Services desk to get started.

Come visit us during Teen Read Week to pick up your next favorite read, to watch Divergent, hang out at Teen’Scape, or to read off your late fines!

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21st Annual Bookmark Contest at the Library!

Calling all kids from preschool through 8th grade! Do you want to show off your artistic skills and show the world what you love about the library?  From October 1 through 25, you’re encouraged to submit original bookmark designs for the 21st annual bookmark contest!

Children are invited to create a bookmark based on the theme “I Love My Library!”  A panel of local artists will judge the entries and award prizes for each grade level.  We print the winning bookmarks in full color for distribution at the library throughout the year.  Since the bookmarks will be printed in color, using crayons and markers for the designs are encouraged.

Are you ready to start drawing? Download and print an entry form right away!  Forms are also available at the library as well as through local schools. Entries are due Saturday, October 25 at 5 pm.  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!