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First Graders celebrate library card drive


First grader holds a free book from local author Amanda Litz

For March is reading month

The library’s annual campaign to get every first grader his/her own library card or access to a family card culminated in the annual “March is Reading Month Celebration” at the Kent Theatre for all of the first graders at Cedar Trails and at Creative Technologies Academy on March 4 and 5. 

Every first grader got in to see the new “Mary Poppins” movie for free, and a library card got them a free bag of popcorn. 

On hand to emphasize books and reading were representatives from the local libraries: Director Donna Clark and Youth Services Parapro Melissa Dubridge, from the Cedar Springs Public Library; Youth Librarian Sara Magnuson and Youth Parapro Bethany Metivier, from KDL-Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Library; and Youth Parapro Heidi Fifield, from the KDL-Spencer Township Branch. 

Students enjoyed free popcorn with their library card.

“I love this program,” said Clark. “We’ve teamed up with our local schools, families and Kent District Library now for 22 years. It’s great to partner as an extended community to promote a lifelong love of reading.”

Magnuson agreed. “Working together on this project is one of the highlights of our year. I love getting to visit all the first graders and see how excited they get about libraries and reading. It’s a great way to get local students and their families into our libraries and encourage reading every day!”

Clark said the program would not have been a success without the enthusiastic support from Cedar Trails Principal Beth Whaley and her wonderful first grade teaching staff, Mrs. Birdsong, Mrs. Brussow, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Tiffany, Mrs. Boggiano, Mrs. Doncis, Mrs. Holtrop, Mrs. Upham, Mrs. Saneford, Mrs. Bonsall, Mrs. Sendler, Mrs. Schmidutz, and Mrs. O’Brien. All but a couple of the teachers were able to attend and greet their first graders as they came in. Also in attendance were students from our local charter school, Creative Technologies Academy, from Mrs. Parker’s class. 

There was a good attendance, in spite of the single digit temperatures. Over the two nights of the celebration, a total of 97 first graders and 179 family members attended, for a total of 276 celebrating the first grade library card drive. 

Library cards from Cedar Springs and KDL Libraries can be used in seven counties in Michigan.

Donna:  “I love this program. We’ve teamed up with our local schools, families and Kent District Library now for 22 years.  It’s great to partner as an extended community to promote a lifelong love of reading.”

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Prediabetes program at CS Library


Do you have prediabetes? The National Diabetes Prevention program is a no-cost program proven to help motivate and support people at a risk of developing diabetes and those with prediabetes to make practical real-life changes and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You will get to work with a trained lifestyle coach and a small group of people who share the same goal. The program can show you how to make better food choices, be more physically active and find helpful ways to cope with problems and stress.

The information session will be March 7 from 6-7 p,m, at the Cedar Springs Public Library.

The program begins March 14 from 6-7 p.m.

The full program will consist of 16 weekly sessions within the first 6 months followed by 6 monthly sessions. 

You must register by March 14. Contact Christi Demitz at 616.632.7881 or demitzch@msu.edu.

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Artists, authors, and you at the library



The latest exhibit in the Artists, Authors and You program at the Cedar Springs Library was a popular vote finalist during ArtPrize. Courtesy photo.

David Stricklen

“OUR TIME IN THE INFINITE” an award winning 3D reverse perspective painting by artist/author David Stricklen is now on loan to the Cedar Springs Library.

This is a “see it to believe it” painting that appears to move. David refers to the type of painting as a 3D reverse perspective illusion. 

David explains the painting this way:The canvas comes toward you but the images are painted as if they are going away from you. This creates the illusion of movement within the piece. As you move from left to right, the first door will close as the second door opens. The hallways will stretch and the towers will rotate. If you look closely, the eyes in the tower windows will also follow you, left, right, up and down.

David’s reverse perspective painting was a 2018 top five 3D popular vote finalist in the largest attended art competition in the world (Grand Rapids ArtPrize) as well as a first place popular vote finish in the 3D & 2D ArtPrize category for the post prize 2018 colors of community art competition.

In a former life, David was the Grand Rapids airport police chief with 30 years experience in law enforcement. Now retired, David pursues his creative passions full time. He has written a series of three sought after fantasy adventure books: Beneath and Beyond, Through the Eyes of the Beast and The Heart of the Swarm. The start of a new series entitled Ripley Robinson and the Worm Charmer will be out in 2019. His books and school visits are filled with magic and creativity. David’s reverse perspective paintings are a visual extension of that same creativity. His paintings and writings hope to illustrate that there is still magic in the world.

David is a long time friend of Cedar Springs and will be presenting at the middle school on March 4th and 6th.

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Nailed it! At the library



Sierra Fifield nailed the minion cake and won the golden spoon. Photo by honeysagephotography.

Kids had a great time decorating their treats at the Cedar Springs Library. Photo by honeysagephotography.

Kids had the opportunity to hone their skills at decorating at the Cedar Springs Library last week.

Just like the popular Netflix show Nailed it, the kids were challenged to recreate Pinterest worthy treats. They had three timed baking challenges, the first an emoji cake pop; second a melted snowman cookie; and for the final challenge they had to recreate a minions cake. 

The winner of the final and largest round won the coveted golden spoon trophy and nailed the challenge. All of the kids worked hard and all deserved to win but Sierra Fifield nailed the minion cake and went home with the golden spoon. 

 “The event was enjoyed by all and the kids raved about it,” said Library Director Donna Clark.

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Artists, authors and you


Art by Marge Clark. (Supplied)

Coming to the Cedar Springs Library in October is a display of counted cross-stitch created by local retired teacher Marge Clark. Every three months the library displays works by local artists. On display starting October 1 will be two pieces by Mrs. Clark. The first piece is a 24” x 31” work titled “Winter Skaters.” The second is a 17” x 21” piece titled “Grandchildren.” 

Marge Clark was born in Grand Rapids 92 years ago and has called Cedar Springs home for most of her life. She started sewing as a young girl, making many of her own clothes, and has continued throughout her life. She is a graduate of Michigan State University (bachelors degree) and Central Michigan University (masters degree). She married Jack Clark in 1946 and together they have four children – Marilyn, Barb, Nancy and Mark. Mrs. Clark taught kindergarten for most of her working life, starting at the White Creek country school and continuing at Beach Elementary, until her retirement in 1986. She started working on counted cross-stitch while she was still teaching and continued for many years. After retirement she and Jack traveled extensively until his passing.

Marge is truly an institution in Cedar Springs. We hope you will find time to stop in and view her artwork.

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Blue Star Mothers collect donations for troops


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The Blue Star Mothers Ottawa-North Kent Chapter 194 is doing a food and personal item drive for our military troops and K-9 troops. Donation drop boxes will be set up at various businesses in Cedar Springs from September 13-25. 

Personal items needed for care packages for troops include lip balm; medicated food powder; shoe inserts; antibiotic itch ointment; muscle pain ointment; eye drops; eyeglass wipes; mouthwash; feminine hygiene products; shaving cream; disposable razors; body wash/soap; small packs of baby wipes; Q-tips; hand sanitizer; skin lotions; sunscreen lotion (in tube); non-aerosol insect repellant; and hand warmers.

Snacks needed include protein and granola bars; chips/pretzels; trail mix; popcorn; Cracker Jacks; hot chocolate; powdered drink mixes; powdered Gatorade; coffee/tea; coffee creamers; canned fruit (easy open container); individual servings of peanut butter; canned chicken/tuna; microwave food; beef jerky (no pork); Slim Jims; gum; candy. We can send chocolate this time of year. 

Troops also enjoy dvds; crossword puzzles; small American flags; room fresheners; pencils/pen; small notepads.

Items needed for K9 troops include: collapsible nylon dog bowls; kongs (large); K9 shampoo (oatmeal); K9 heavy duty nail clippers; sleeping mats; K9 toothbrush and toothpaste; towels or wipes; and dog poop bags.

You can drop off items at Stein Brothers; Main Street Café; Cedar Springs Library; Cedar Chest; and Zain’s Party Store until September 25.

Blue Star Mothers are military mothers serving our military, veterans, and honoring our fallen, as well as being a support group for each other. The Ottawa-North Kent chapter meets at the American Legion Post 376 at 1469 Arthur St, in Marne, on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. For more info on Blue Star Mothers call 616-885-6564; email ottawanorthkentbsm@yahoo.com; or visit their Facebook page Ottawa North Kent Blue Star MothersMi-194.

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MacGregor donates flag to library


(L to R) Carolyn Davis of Rotary, Cedar Springs City Manager Mike Womack, Library Director Donna Clark, Senator Peter MacGregor, and Louise King and Tony Owens, both of the Cedar Springs Library Board. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

In early July, Senator Peter MacGregor donated a State of Michigan flag to the Cedar Springs Library. On Wednesday, August 29, he donated another flag to the library—this one with the Cedar Springs Public Library’s logo on it.

When he was here previously, he had asked what the third flag pole was for, and Library Director Donna Clark explained that they’d like to get a flag with their logo on it. MacGregor said he could do it. “We had to complete the set,” he said.

“I was glad to do it,” he added. “If you need anything, all you need to do is ask,” he told Clark.

The flag was personally donated by MacGregor and his team. No taxpayer dollars went into the purchase.

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Summer reading ends with a splash


Bounce houses and water slides were a big hit at the summer reading celebration last week. Post photo by J. Reed.

Kids loved the sno cones supplied by the Green family at the summer reading celebration. Photo by Donna Clark.

By Judy Reed

Last Thursday, August 2, was a great day for the celebration that ended this year’s summer reading program for the Cedar Springs Library.

Over 1300 people turned out for the event, which was held in Morley Park, from 1-3 p.m. Included in the celebration was a lot of fun stuff for kids to do—bounce houses, water slides, carnival games by the Green family, a petting zoo with Animal Junction and Double K Farms, the Kent County Sheriff mounted police, face painting, and more. 

There were long lines for sno cones supplied by the Green family, and Mayor Gerald Hall and his wife, Amy, popped 12 pounds of popcorn! Lots of great prizes were also given away at the event.

Librarian Donna Clark and her staff sure know how to put on a great party. Hope to see you all there next year!

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Wetland restoration construction underway 


Local high schoolers worked on the wetland’s construction project and planted over 600 native wetland plants to further enhance the wetland’s capacity to filter polluted runoff.

Trout Unlimited and local partners recently began construction of two wetland restorations in downtown Cedar Springs. Wetlands provide vital, valuable services such as filtering pollution from stormwater runoff, providing fish and wildlife habitat, and controlling floodwaters. The wetland restoration sites, though both small, are a high priority for water quality improvement due to their proximity to Cedar Creek and their location in urban downtown Cedar Springs. Cedar Creek is one of the coldest tributaries to the Rogue River and supports healthy populations of brook, brown, and rainbow trout, but is at risk due to the continued development of the watershed and wetland loss. 

SouthPeat Environmental LLC and Dean’s Excavating completed construction on the first wetland restoration near the Cedar Springs Library. Trout Unlimited’s Green Team of local high schoolers also worked on the project and planted over 600 native wetland plants to further enhance the wetland’s capacity to filter polluted runoff. The second wetland, just upstream, is due to be completed by the fall. The Department of Environmental Quality awarded Trout Unlimited over $200,000 of grant funding for this urban wetland restoration initiative in the Rogue River watershed. The City of Cedar Springs and the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team has contributed $22,000 to this project.  

These wetlands will not only improve water quality of Cedar Creek and the Rogue River but also provide the Cedar Springs community many opportunities to experience nature through enjoying the birds and butterflies, observing the blooms of native flowers throughout the seasons, and hearing the songs of spring peepers and other wildlife. 

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Boy Scouts earn reading badge


Boy Scouts Ben Barber and Derek Bordeaux volunteered three hours at the Cedar Springs Library to earn their Boy Scout reading badge. Derek’s mom, Rahnda, assisted them in preparing 500 lanyards for the library’s Grand Finale Reading Celebration in Morley Park today, Thursday, August 2, from 1-3 p.m.

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