Posts Categorized: Youth Services


Celebrate Teen Tech Week 2015!

Not only is Spring on the way, but it’s Teen Tech Week at the library!  From March 8 through 14, this week is a time for teens to geek out at the library while exploring new technology or familiarizing themselves with online resources (beyond Wikipedia).  We’ll be hosting a variety of programs during Teen Tech Week for teens to come and enjoy.


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Youth Tree Banner Contest

Do you live in the Spring Lake School District and have a child 5-18 years old who likes to draw?  Then we have a contest for you.  The Spring Lake District Library is partnering with the Village of Spring Lake, North Bank Communities Fund, and Spring Lake Rotary to host a banner contest in celebration of the two decades that the Village of Spring Lake has been designated Tree City USA.  School children are invited to create tree-related drawings to submit to the contest.  The winning drawings will be reproduced as banners to be displayed throughout the Village.

Want to know more? Download a copy of the contest rules and entry form in PDF format or stop by the Youth Services desk of the library to pick up an entry packet.  All entries are due by March 9, 2015.

To kick this fun contest off, we’re excited to have the Outdoor Discovery Center visiting the library on Tuesday, February 3rd at 2pm.  They’ll talk about the importance of trees to many of Michigan’s animals and the many roles trees play in our ecosystem.  And they’ll bring some live tree-loving animals for attendees to look at up close!  Come to learn about animals and trees in Michigan then get inspired to create a banner.


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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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!