Posts Categorized: Youth Services

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Wanted: Teen Volunteers!

Summer Reading is coming up fast, and the Youth Services department is looking for teen volunteers to help make Summer Reading 2014, Fizz, Boom, Read!, the best yet!  We have a great array of programs and fun times planned, and we need some great teens to help us carry them out.

Teens will be able to choose from an assortment of tasks like helping children perform science experience, collecting reading logs and handing out prizes, and helping to prepare for storytimes or crafts or science programs.  We’ll be asking our volunteers to sign up for at least three time slots to volunteer during the summer so they’ll be able to schedule times around other commitments like sports, jobs, or family vacations.


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DIY @ Your Library During Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week is coming to Spring Lake District Library on March 9-15th! It’s a time for teens to geek out at the library while exploring new technology or familiarizing themselves with online resources (beyond Wikipedia).

Throughout the week, teens can stop by the Youth Services desk to test themselves on library trivia.  Working together and looking up answers is highly encouraged, and right answers will win a sweet treat!


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Sign Language for Babies and Toddlers

Sign language as an effective way of communicating with your infant or toddler has been a widely discussed topic recently.  If you are curious about the benefits or where to get started, we have the class for you!

Beginning on Tuesday, February 4 at 10:30am, Shyle Lyons of Small Talk Signing will be teaching a 4 week class for caregivers and their young ones ages 0-4.  Shyle will be teaching many of the most helpful signs to begin using with your child. The classes will also include music, stories, and games to help reinforce the signs learned, as well as providing flash cards to reinforce learning at home. Parents, grandparents, caregivers and daycare providers will all take something away from this class!

There is a limit of 15 children for this class (2 children per caregiver please).  We ask that you pre-register by calling the Youth Services desk 616.846.5770 ext. 134 or stopping by to sign up.

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Library Closed December 24 & 25

The Spring Lake District Library will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday December 24 and 25.  We will reopen with our regular hours of 9:30am to 8:30pm on Thursday December 26.

While the physical library is closed, our website is still open, allowing you to put something on hold if there’s a book you hear about while with family!  Or you can access our research databases if there’s an argument that you want to settle right away.

If you’ve received a brand new tablet or eReader, you can get started downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library right away!  Are you wondering how to get the eBooks onto that new tablet?  Take a look at our explanation here (this is a PDF that you can download or print out).  If you run into troubles with a new eReader, there is some fantastic assistance here at our eBranch.  And as always, if you need more help, feel free to stop into the library when we reopen on Wednesday.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Spring Lake District Library!

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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!