By Donna Clark, Director, Cedar Springs Public Library
I think of the harvest and Thanksgiving when November rolls around. At the library we are reaping a harvest of seeds planted early on—seeds of programs old and new.
Our newest program is the Travelogue Adventure Series. November’s program brought in 105 people. The preshows at 6:30 p.m. are fun, too. In October we had a small ensemble of flutists, “Flauto Accordo,” and ini November we had guitar music with brother and sister team of Alexis and Ryan Kaiserlian. We hope to get a school choir and perhaps the jazz band for March and April.
Our goal is to have ticket sales and patron donations to cover the full cost of the four programs. So far $2,633 has come in. If the last two programs (March 8 and April 12) bring in another $1000, we will meet our goal this year. This doesn’t include money donated by our patron sponsors. Our second goal is to have money left over for our new library.
We had our 3rd annual spooky event at the Library on October 29. We called it “Nightmare on Cherry Street.” We planned some ghostly stories and poems for the 4th-6th graders who came, and for a little detective fun, nothing gets kids stirred up better than a little murder mystery and a crime scene. Local actors volunteered to play their part in being interrogated by the young detectives, and once the real murderer was evident, our own local Police Woman, Officer Mandy, came to place the culprit under arrest with handcuffs! We had 17 tweens, four staff and 10 actors that evening. Thanks to Chris Bigney for rounding up a great cast of local talent: Liz Clifford, Russ Cole, Katie Myers, Laura Johnson, Laura Bonarski, Herb Vanderbilt, Wayne and Caitlyn Pierce and Aaron and Trent.
A couple of new programs this month—Girls Night Out and Boys Night Out—happening one week apart for 4th-8th graders. The point is a really good book and a really fun party/discussion around that book. For the girls and their favorite female role model, it was “Star Girl.” For the boys it was “Leepike Ridge.” We shared some snacks, a few crafts, and a lot of laughs.
The City’s “Spooktacular” was a lot of fun and really good for the businesses downtown. The Library opened from 6-7pm and joined the fun. Sixty extra people tramped through our door that evening, some for the first time.
The “Read to Ride” program for Red Flannel Day generated 314 free tickets to students from preK-6th grade who read a minimum of 3 books. We are grateful to those who worked with us to make this happen.
The Library is blessed to have an active “Friends of the Library” group who get involved with fundraising for a new library facility. You’ve seen them grilling and selling hotdogs, working at the Red Flannel Chili Cook-off, organizing our bi-annual book sales and assisting at the Travelogue Programs.
Many were disappointed that our Red Flannel Book Sale was rained out. We are rescheduled for December 3, 4 and 5 from 10am to 5pm, INSIDE at the empty store next door to Melanie’s Creations at 37 N. Main. I hear that you can fill a bag for $4. Dozens and dozens of VHS for sale for $0.50. 2009 books for only $7. If you are looking for new gifts—the Friends also have RED 2010 calendars ($4) and nice, canvas book bags ($10) for sale. Do a portion of your Christmas shopping at the Library this year.
All of us at the Library wish all of you, our friends and neighbors of Cedar Springs, a blessed holiday season filled with joy, love and peace.