Posts Categorized: Youth Services

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Santa is Coming to Storytime!

We’ll be having a very special guest this week at storytime – Santa Claus himself!  Whether you come to Bedtime Storytime Tuesday at 7pm or Preschool Storytime on Thursday and Friday at 10:30am, Mr. Claus will be there to chat and take pictures with kids.  There will also be some special holiday-themed stories, and I’ve heard Santa will be bringing a special storytime treat!

After this week, storytime will be on hiatus for three weeks.  We’ll pick back up again the week of January 13 – Bedtime Storytime is on the 14th at 7pm and Preschool Storytime is on the 16th and 17th at 10:30am.   Come this week to visit with Santa Claus then have a wonderful holiday and come back to see us in the New Year!

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20th Annual Children’s Bookmark Awards

Nearly two generations of children have grown up with our annual Children’s Bookmark Contest which celebrated its twentieth year this fall!  The contest is sponsored by our amazing Friends of the Library group, and thousands of kids from preschool to 8th grade have participated over the past twenty years.  This year we continued the new tradition of having bookmarks submitted in color, and over 200 amazing entries were received on this year’s theme of ‘It Came From a Book…’  The judges had a very difficult job!

This past Saturday was our Bookmarks Awards Ceremony, and family and friends of the winners and honorable mentions were invited to celebrate with us.  The program room was standing room only!  Everyone had a great time watching the presentation of artist Corinne Roberts and meeting the presenter Holly Johnson, President of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.  Youth Services Librarian Elizabeth Griffin was our Master of Ceremonies.

The winning designs have been printed, and bookmarks are available in the library now.  All entries received are currently on display in Youth Services.  Stop by to take a look!  To see all the winning bookmarks, follow the link below.


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Suddenly November

With the end of Daylight Savings Time last weekend, we are fully into fall.  Shorter days and greyer skies herald the season to curl up with a good book by the fireplace or spend a day learning a craft or cooking a complicated recipe.  Cookbooks, crafting books, novels, and more, they’re all available to you from the library.  We also have an assortment of programs and classes for adults and kids to help warm up these chillier months.


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Happy Halloween!

Come show off your Halloween costume and trick or treat with us between 4 and 6pm Halloween afternoon!  Be sure to fly into other participating Spring Lake Village businesses too – just look for the pumpkin sign in their windows.

Storytime is Halloween-themed on both October 31 and November 1 too.  Costumes are welcomed but not required.

A very spooky Halloween to all!


Teen Twitter Book Review Contest!

As part of our celebration of Teen Read Week 2013, the library is hosting a Twitter book review contest for kids ages 10-18!  What’s a Twitter book review?  Good question!  A Twitter book review is saying what you liked or loved about a book – in 140 characters or less.  It’s quick, easy, and straight to the point.

So how does this work?  Here are a few examples to get you going:

FAULT IN OUR STARS – all of John Green’s books are great & this is the best. 2 kids with cancer fall in love. The end isn’t what you think

ENDER’S GAME – only one kid can save the world from the Bugs.  Just remember – the enemy’s Gate is down. Read the book before the movie!