By Donna Clark, Director, Cedar Springs Public Library
School has started and we are on our Fall schedule. Our Summer Reading Program is a sweet memory, with 21 programs in 7 weeks! That’s pretty spectacular, considering that in 2006, for the entire year, we had 77 programs bringing in 2,764 people, and this year our Summer Reading Program alone brought in 2,124! That could only happen because of the warmth and support of our Red Flannel community!
Speaking of RED…we had 26 preschoolers at the Library yesterday for our weekly 11:15 a.m. Story Time to hear stories about Red Flannel Day. The craft for the day was a paint stick, printed with each child’s name, a circle to color of this year’s theme, complete with ribbon and a red streamer and a bell. Armed with their music and festive spirit, the children marched around the block with Mrs. Shannon for their very own Red Flannel Parade. It was classic.
We launched our 2nd annual “Read to Ride” program for preK-6th graders September 1. We have contacted all area schools—private, public, charter and homeschools. Our message is the same, “Read 3 books for one FREE coupon or 6 books for two FREE coupons to ride carnival rides, grab a hotdog or FREE popcorn, compliments of Elliott’s Amusements, the Red Flannel Festival and the Library! This event has been supported from its beginning by the Jack Gillow family, in his memory.”
Reading logs are available on the Library’s website: cedarsprings.llcoop.org or on the Red Flannel Festival’s website: redflannelfestival.org. We’re on Facebook and you can come into the library for a copy if that’s more convenient. The last minute you can cash in your reading log is 6 p.m., Friday, October 2. Logs are already pouring in by all of you Lumberjacks out there. Keep ‘em rollin’ in!
October 12 will be the beginning of an exciting NEW program for the library, with an all-out effort to please families, in particular our adult and senior population. It’s a classy, cultural endeavor—the Travelogue Adventure Series, previously hosted by the CS Education Foundation. Four fantastic programs are planned for the second Monday of the months of October, November, March and April at the CSHS Auditorium at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6pm. We hope to have a preshow by local musicians for your entertainment.
Refreshments are generously being served by local service organizations during intermission: Rotary Club, Lions Club, Garden Club and Women’s Club. Coffee will be provided by our new CS School Superintendent, Mr. Ron Mcdermed! A fun raffle will be conducted, as well. We’ll be giving an overnight stay at the W & W Lodge, compliments of Tim and Sue Wolfe on October 12. All ticket holders will receive a free ticket for the drawing.
We’re trying something new. Paying adults may bring school-age students for FREE. If not accompanied by an adult family member, student tickets are $3.50. We’re encouraging an inter-generational happening…so get your tickets at the Library, $25 gets you a ticket/passport for all four events. Tickets are $8 individually. Profits will go toward our new Library Building Campaign! Come on, Community, let’s travel the world, fill that auditorium and put money in our new Library Fund! up to us. The State can’t help us, but with time and ingenuity, we can keep moving toward our goal!
The Friends of the Library are having their annual book sale on Friday, October 2 from 11a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The CS Garden Club is partnering with the Friends for their fundraising “Perennial Plant Sale.” You can still get your perennials to us on Red Flannel Day. Just drop them off at the Library that morning. We’ll be watching for you as early as 8 a.m. Bring cash for books and plants…and sweets!
On the 3rd Monday of every month the Library has a Book Discussion Club, discussing an interesting books at 7 p.. at the Library. If you want to jump right into October, check out the book that recently took the young adult and adult world by storm, “Twilight,” by Stephenie Meyer. It has vampires in it and is a great read for Halloween month. Read it for an interesting discussion on October 19.
Though all is well at the Library, clouds do loom on the horizon as our State faces very serious budget crises. The 42-member libraries of Lakeland and W. MI are trying to figure out how to meet the deficit that $4 million less State Aid dollars will affect library services. I’ll keep you posted to changes. I feel we can meet any challenge as long as we pool our resources as individuals and as a community. I’ve seen the heart of Cedar Springs first-hand. We are a strong, caring and supportive community. I’m glad we’re in this together, whatever happens. It’s a time for faith, courage, and hope. Bring your Red Flannels and your sunshine downtown to celebrate! See you there!
Donna Clark, Library Director