Blog & News

spine label banner

What’s Happening to the Kids’ Nonfiction?

The nonfiction books in youth services won’t be available for check out or browsing for most of August.  Why? We’ll be relabeling and reshelving the entire section in an effort to help you more easily find the books you’re looking for.  The book’s subject will be right on the label, and the subjects will be in alphabetical order on the shelf.

Instead of looking for your favorite cat books under two separate Dewey Decimal numbers (599.75 and 636.8), they’ll all be grouped together under the subject ‘ANIMALS MAMMALS Cats.’  Elizabeth, our Youth Services Librarian, is excited to see the new system in action. “I think kids and families will be able to find their favorite books more easily on their own and browse for new topics that interest them. We’ll have new book labels with words instead of numbers and lots of signs on the shelves showing where different topics can be found. And, as always, library staff will be happy to help!”

Our new nonfiction books are already labeled in the new way if you’d like to see how the books will look in the future.  If you have any questions, feel free to stop by the library to ask or see how the process is going.

Summer Reading Banner

Help Needed with a Summer Reading Survey!

As our Summer Reading Programs wind down to their conclusion on August 1, we are starting to look back over the summer and look ahead to Summer Reading 2016.  This year, we had record numbers of kids and adults signing up for and participating in Summer Reading.  Over 1,000 kids and teens took part in Every Hero Has a Story, and over 650 adults signed up for the adult program, Summer Rules!

We’re asking your help as we think about next year’s Summer Reading!  If your kids participated in Every Hero Has a Story, we’d love to hear what you thought.  If you don’t mind answering a few questions about your experiences, please follow the link to Every Hero: Parents’ Survey about Their Families’ Experiences.

All your input will be considered as we work to improve our services and offerings for future programs including 2016 summer reading.  Thank you for helping us with another fun-filled summer of reading!

independence day banner

Happy Independence Day!

The library will be closed on July 3rd and 4th in celebration of Independence Day.  As always our website and library catalog are open even when the building is closed.  You can also download eBooks and eAudiobooks from our eBranch 24 hours a day.  (Running into problems?  Check out our how-to guides here.)

We’ll reopen at our regular time of 9:30am on Monday July 6th, but for now, we’ll leave you with the first section of the Declaration of Independence.


shelves of books in the book sale room

SLDL Friends Book Sale!

Calling all savvy shoppers and bargain hunters: great deals on new-to-you books will be found at the annual Friends of the Spring Lake District Library summer book sale!  Paperbacks to take to the beach, mysteries for the cabin, and children’s books to keep the kids busy will all be available from June 18-20.

The widest selection of books, audiobooks, and DVDs will be found during the sale’s Grand Opening on Thursday, June 18 from 5pm-8:30pm.  The sale continues from 9:30am-5pm on Friday, June 19 and on Saturday, June 20 from 9:30am-1pm.

Books will be available from 10 cents to $1 each while DVDs and video cassettes are priced at 50 cents apiece.  Starting Friday at 1pm, all prices will be reduced by 50%, and on Saturday, a bag full of books can purchased for $3.

The proceeds from the Friends book sale are used to support library programs and services throughout the year.  The summer reading clubs for both children and adults are just two of the great programs the Friends generously sponsor. Are you interested in joining the Friends of the Library?  They always are looking for new members.

If you’re looking for other fun events during the Heritage Festival, their full schedule is posted over on

winsor mccay flying dinosaur banner

Who Was Winsor McCay?

Every year during the Spring Lake Heritage Festival, we spend a day celebrating animation pioneer and Spring Lake’s most famous son, Winsor McCay.   This year, Winsor McCay Day is Tuesday, June 16, and we have a full day of programs honoring him scheduled at the library.

First up at 10:30am is Who Was Winsor McCay?  Local author and illustrator Aaron Zenz will teach kids about Winsor McCay, his art, and show some of his cartoons including his most famous creation Gertie the Dinosaur.

For our aspiring artists entering 3rd grade or older, local artist Kevin Collier is teaching a Cartooning Workshop at 2pm.  Will the next Winsor McCay attend and learn about cartooning and the animation business?  We’ll have to wait to see.

Winsor McCay first rose to national prominence when his chalk drawing of the sinking of the Alpena was photographed and sold on postcards. He was only 11 at the time! In honor of McCay’s drawing, we’re hosting a Family Sidewalk Chalk Party in our parking lot.  From 7-8pm, families are welcome to come, choose a parking space, and create their own works of art.  We can’t guarantee any drawings will become postcards, but we can provide chalk, balloons, and refreshments.  For the safety of everyone involved, the parking lot will close for the evening at 6pm.

Have you ever seen Gertie the Dinosaur?  You can watch her now on YouTube or check out one of the DVDs available at the library.  We also have a large section of our website dedicated to Winsor McCay for online browsing.  We invite you to further explore his life, newspaper comics, and animated works.