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Boat Safely with a Boater Safety Course

Everyone who operates a boat or personal watercraft on Michigan waterways is encouraged to take a Boater Safety Course by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, but some people are required to take the class before using water vehicles.  Those born after July 1996 can only operate a boat legally if they have been issued a boating safety certificate and keep it with them while driving the boat.  Anyone who wishes to operate a personal watercraft (like a jet ski) is required to obtain a boating safety certificate first.

Luckily the library is here to help!  We’re hosting a hosting a free Boater Safety Course right here in the library. A deputy from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department Marine Division will teach the two-part class.  Class sessions are from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday, May 12th and Tuesday, May 19th, and attendance at both sessions is required.

There are 30 spots in our boater safety class. Be sure to pre-register to reserve yours today!

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Sign up for AARP Driving Safety Refresher Course

The AARP has been the pre-eminent older driver’s safety program for over thirty years.  Every year, thousands of drivers over 50 have taken AARP’s class and learned how to protect their safety on the roads.  This year, the AARP and Spring Lake District Library have partnered to offer this class on Thursday & Friday, May 14th and 15th from 1pm to 5pm.

Some people may be wondering – why would I need driving safety refresher?  If you haven’t refreshed your knowledge of the rules of the road since you took driver’s ed as a teenager, you may want to catch up on the ever-changing traffic laws.  If you’re starting to experience issues driving comfortably or you’re starting to wonder if a family member’s driving is erratic or unsafe, this also is the class for you.  Even if you don’t have safety concerns, some auto insurances will give you a discount after you complete this class!

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Free Community Shred Day!

Start collecting your personal papers now because we’re having a free shred day this Saturday! On April 25 from 11am – 2:00pm, Kent Records Management will be set up in the library’s parking lot to shred your sensitive documents and papers.  All paper will be recycled after shredding.

Which papers do you need to keep in hard copy and which can you get rid of?  This article from Consumer Reports covers different types of personal documents and how long they need to be kept.  Experts advise that any papers with a signature, account number, social security number, or medical or legal information (plus credit offers) should be shredded before disposal to help prevent identity theft.

We’ll see you this Saturday for some shredding fun!  Up to 100 pounds of paper per person can be shredded.

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Have Your Say on Proposal 1

Spring Lake District Library will host a town hall meeting with 89th District Representative Amanda Price on Monday, April 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Representative Price will discuss the pros and cons of Proposal 1, the Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment, which will be on the May 5 ballot.

Attendees are welcome to ask questions about the initiative designed to bring additional road funding to the state. Representative Price hopes to use the non-partisan format to inform the public about the various aspects of the proposal.

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Sunday Music Series – Folias Flute and Guitar Duo (and Guests)

Our favorite Sunday of every month is the one when we have some Music by the Fireplace.  This Sunday, April 19 at 3pm, Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron, the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo, will treat us to a performance. Composers as well as performers, Maret and Bergeron concentrate on concert chamber music for their recitals. They enjoy infusing world, jazz, and tango music into their original compositions.   We’re excited to hear their original music and to welcome their special guests for this performance only: bassoonist Marissa Peak and the Aquinas College guitar ensemble.

Currently the weather forecast calls for April showers on Sunday.  What better way to spend your Spring afternoon than listening to live music?