Posts Categorized: Youth Services

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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!

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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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