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Library’s summer reading program kicks off Monday

Cedar Springs Mayor Jerry Hall and his wife (and Library Board member) Amy signing up their young grandsons, Elijah, 1 and EzCedar Springs Mayor Jerry Hall and his wife (and Library Board member) Amy signing up their young grandsons, Elijah, 1 and Ezra, 5, for the many programs ahead.ra, 5, for the many programs ahead.

Cedar Springs Mayor Jerry Hall and his wife (and Library Board member) Amy signing up their young grandsons, Elijah, 1 and EzCedar Springs Mayor Jerry Hall and his wife (and Library Board member) Amy signing up their young grandsons, Elijah, 1 and Ezra, 5, for the many programs ahead.ra, 5, for the many programs ahead.

Whether you are young or old, a parent or a grandparent, aunt, uncle or no relation at all…it’s time to get out to the Cedar Springs Public Library and get everyone signed up for this year’s annual Summer Reading Program!

This year’s theme is “Heroes,” and 25 programs are scheduled from June 8 to August 5. There are programs for every age group, babies to seniors, and every Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Middle School there is a family program, with exciting presenters, starting on Wednesday, June 17. There will be a master magician, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Zeemo, the Cool Scientist and Yo Yo Guy, John Ball Traveling Zoo, Master Arts Street Theatre, and the Wolverine Skyhawks will host an Air Show at their landing strip on July 29 out at 13540 West Street.

It all kicks off this Monday, June 8, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Cedar Springs Library. There will be free ice cream from Kelly’s Restaurant, free themed book bags, courtesy of ChoiceOne Bank, a huge Friends book sale (starts at 10 a.m.), and the Double “K” Petting Barn with help from Animal Junction 4H Club. The CS Fire Department will be on hand to give guided tours of our beautiful, shiny, red fire truck.

The reading program ends with a huge Grand Finale Summer Reading Carnival at Morley Park from 2-5 p.m. on August 5, where we will have a giant expo put on by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department with giveaways (bike and helmets). There will be an armored car, mounted police, a robot, and various other vehicles and police equipment to share. The Museum will be open. There will also be a water slide, music, the Solon Wesleyan Obstacle Course they just built, ice cream sandwiches, popcorn and games.

From start to finish, you will want to participate all summer. Every week there will be special coupon prizes for our readers through 12th grade.  Coupons like a free ice cream at KC’s, free Jr. meal at Kelly’s and Big Boy, breadsticks from Hungry Howies, pizza from Riccardi’s, cookie from Main Street, not to mention great final prizes and giveaways. It’s a double pleasure—reading and winning prizes.

And who knows? Maybe next year we will have our summer reading program in a new library facility. Keep checking the library’s website (cedarspringslibrary.org) and the Community Building Development Team’s website (CSCommunityCenter.org) to find ways to get involved and to see what is happening all around you.

For more info on the summer reading program, call 696-1910.

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