Posts Categorized: Youth Services

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Ready, Set, Cram!

Exams for Spring Lake Middle and High School students are set for the week of Thanksgiving, and preparation might have already started. If students need a change in scenery or a place to study with friends, we’re hosting an Exam Cram on Sunday, November 22 from 2-4:30pm.

Whether by themselves or in small groups, teens are invited to come study, enjoy refreshments, and commit final facts, figures, equations, and theories to memory here at the library.

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Teen Read Week @ The Library

Teen Read Week is an annual celebration of reading for fun promoted by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) In keeping with this year’s theme, Get Away @ Your Library, the Spring Lake District Library will offer several opportunities for teens to have fun at the library during the week of October 18.

October is the perfect time to dream up a spooky tale. In celebration of Teen Read Week 2015, teens will have the opportunity to show off their storytelling skills. Teens can enter their original short ghost story of 500 words or less between October 1 and October 20. All participants will be entered for a chance to win a $30 gift card for the Grand Haven 9 movie theater. Entry forms will be available at the Youth Services desk in October.


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22nd Annual Bookmark Contest!

Calling all kids from preschool through 8th grade! Are you ready to show off your artistic skills and show the world what you love about the library?  From October 1 through 24, we’re encouraging you to submit original bookmark designs for the 22nd annual bookmark contest!

You are invited to create a bookmark on the theme “Something for Everyone at the Library!”  A panel of local artists will judge the entries and award prizes for each grade level. Then we get to print the winning bookmarks in full color for people to pick up and use all year at the library.  Since the bookmarks will be printed in color, using crayons or markers for the designs are encouraged.

Are you ready to start drawing and designing? Download and print an entry form right away!  Forms are also available at the library and through local schools. Entries are due Saturday, October 24 by 5 pm.  The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Spring Lake District Library. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Have you signed your baby, toddler, or preschooler up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten yet? It’s a new program from the Spring Lake District Library to help encourage a love of reading in our youngest patrons! We know you already read to your children and bring them to library programs like Storytime or Toddler Time, but this helps you know exactly how many books your child hears before entering kindergarten. The idea is simple – read 1,000 books to your baby or toddler before he or she goes to their first day of kindergarten.


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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.