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Raise money for library

Ms. Jennifer Kahler’s 5th grade class.

Ms. Jennifer Kahler’s 5th grade class.

When teachers encourage their fourth and fifth graders to scope out their community for worthy projects to support, it is a very good thing. Leading the way this year were Cedar View teachers Ms. Dawn Nielsen (4th grade) and Ms. Jennifer Kahler (5th grade). Arrangements were made with Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark to receive what turned out to be massive FUNds, according to the creativity and dedication of these students.

Ms. Dawn Nielsen’s 4th grade class.

Ms. Dawn Nielsen’s 4th grade class.

Ms. Nielsen’s class focused on raising donation dollars through their annual Read-a-thon. To add incentive, the Library promised a Red Hawk Beanie Baby to any student raising $35 or more. Twenty-two students collected a Red Hawk, including one student from Ms. Strumk’s 4th grade class. Students raised….DRUMROLL…$1,067! Half of that was given to the Library ($533.50) and half will be used for new books for the classroom.

While Clark was still rejoicing, another call came into the library, this time from 5th grade teacher Jennifer Kahler, informing her, “I have some very good news for you.  Room 12 has a surprise for the library. The students selected the Cedar Springs Library to be the recipient of their new fund raising effort, a store.  I gave each student $5 and their job was to come up with a product to make to sell at the store. With any luck, they would turn their $5 into a profit.” The conversation ended with Friday, April 30 being set as the day that Ms. Kahler’s class would present the Library with a check representing their creativity and hard work.

Mrs. Clark showed up at the appointed time, 9 a.m. The class chatted with Mrs. Clark about their store, consisting of everything from bookmarks to slime, and then asked her to guess how much they raised.

She guessed that doubling their $5 would mean a $300 donation for sure. Amidst grins and wiggles, it was clear that the class had raised much more. At that time two of the young ladies came forth and took turns sharing about how the money was raised.  The big moment arrived…DRUMROLL…a check for $496.11!  Shock,  smiles, and congratulations all captured on video. It was a moment to celebrate.

How will the money be used? Mrs. Clark encouraged the students to come up with a thorough list of books that they would like to check out from the library over the last weeks of school. By checking the Library’s website, cedarsprings.llcoop.org, students can check to see if the book they want is already owned by the Library. The Library also has a wish list of various things that are needed to improve the library and its services. Some of the money may be used for the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program, June 9-July 30. All are invited to Opening Day of the Summer Reading Program Monday, June 9 from noon to 6pm, to sign up for a summer of 20 programs, receive a free bookbag  (Grades K- 12), eat free ice cream, check out the petting zoo and storybook characters and the Friends of the Library’s annual book sale.

 

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Quilt Show raises funds for library


Despite the wrath of Mother Nature and eight inches of snow overnight, the Friends of the Cedar Springs Library held their 2nd Annual Quilt Show at the United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 25, as planned. The turnout was not what they had hoped for, nevertheless there were 32 excellent quilts on display—and they were beautiful, colorful and unique!

The quilts were judged by the public, according to personal favorite. First place went to Pauline Woronko, who entered a patriotic quilt with very intricate detail. She won a solid oak quilt rack donated by Bob and Betty Truesdale of Amish Warehouse Furniture and Gifts. Second place went to Nita White, who entered a beautiful “Wedding Ring” pattern, and third place to Kathy Marsman, with twisted stars on a vivid purple background. Nita and Kathy received gift baskets containing a new book, a warm Red Hawk sweater, and a Red Hawk beanie baby, with other things added in for fun.

The sale table included quilting and crafting magazines, books, fabric,  fat quarters, etc.  A silent auction was going on throughout the six hours, as was a bake sale operated by the youth group for Modern Woodmen of America.

Modern Woodsmen Youth Club (led by Annette Nelson) and Women’s Life (led by Liz Pigorsh and Dena Wever) each matched a portion of our profits with an equal donation, ($500 each). Amish Warehouse also donated the use of their truck and trailer to transport the quilt racks from approximately 70 miles away. We were able to raise just over $1000, matched for a grand total of over $2000!

We would like to thank all of our community supporters for helping us earn money for our Library.  Please join us next year—in the Spring!

 

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Home party expo to raise funds for new library


Do you like to go to home parties? Maybe you want to buy local this Christmas season. We have the perfect opportunity for you to accomplish all of that and more. The Cedar Springs Library is raising funds towards a new building and is holding a large home party sale on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The sale will be at the Cedar Springs Middle School on the corner of 16 Mile and Northland Drive. The event runs from 9 a.m. until Noon and is free to attend. There will be over a dozen home businesses represented, and the home business consultants will be donating a portion of sales to the library fund and are also donating items for you to win through a door prize system. So what are you waiting for? Come on out and have some fun shopping while supporting a great cause! Call Amanda at CS Area Parks and Rec at 696-7320 for more info.

 

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Library celebrates reading program


ENT-Library-carnival1About 180 local readers gathered on the grounds of the Cedar Springs Library on Wednesday, August 21, to celebrate reading and the end of the 20 programs just completed in the 6 weeks of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program.

Spartan Stores/Family Fare sponsors the celebration each year, donating dozens of prizes, ice cream sandwiches, water, a couple of bicycles, and bringing in the fun—a water slide, music, a petting zoo and bouncy houses and games, all local vendors.

ENT-Library-carnival2Adding to the fun was Independent Bank with the popcorn, ChoiceOne Bank with a bean bag toss, Pastor Craig Owens and Sue Wolfe with a basketball toss game, and the Cedar Springs Fire Chief, Marty Fraser, with his team of Fire Fighters and the beautiful, big red fire truck! Kids love fire trucks and firemen!

A big thanks to all who have taken part in the Library’s summer reading program. Please see the POST’s half-page ad the Library ran on August 1 to see the exhaustive list of local businesses, service organizations, churches, and individuals. This literacy outreach is supported by our entire community in a grand way. To see pictures of the Carnival, go to the Cedar Springs Public Library’s Facebook page.

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Golf outing fundraiser for library


The Friends of the Cedar Springs Library are hosting a golf outing (18-hole scramble) to help raise funds for a new library.

The golf outing will be held Saturday, September 14, at Cedar Chase, and will include a sizzler steak dinner. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and golf starts at 9 a.m. The cost is $75.

Hole sponsorship is $50 and includes a sign with your company name on a hole.

For more info, call the library at 696-1910 or Chris at (616) 293-5131.

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Fun at the Cedar Springs Library


July 11: On Thursday, July 11, you won’t want to miss an evening of fun with Mr. Jim! A fast and hilarious cup stacker, Mr. Jim will be showing off his skill and is prepared to share cups with your family Thursday evening, July 11, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the CS Middle School.

July 16: Calling all teens Tuesday, July 16, 6:30-8pm to the Cedar Springs Library to find out what it would be like to live in an underground farm. National award-winning green builders, Roger and Adam Bearup, constructed a unique underground farm in Michigan. The library is located at 43 W. Cherry St.

July 17: On Wednesday, July 17, at 11:15 a.m., the Cedar Springs Library will be “Digging Dinosaurs” with you and your preschooler. Come and enjoy dinosaur stories, crafts and wiggle to a tune or two. Bring your blankie or beach towel and enjoy the fun outside at the Library, 43 W. Cherry Street.

July 17: Wednesday, July 17, 2-3pm the Cedar Springs Library invites you and your family to the Cedar Springs Middle School to meet a Miner 49er. Our digging theme has led us to dream of striking it rich and digging for gold in the gravel at the bottom of creek beds. Find out what kind of gold we found!

 

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Fourth-graders raise money for library


Mrs. Baas’s class with Librarian Donna Clark (left)

Mrs. Baas’s class with Librarian Donna Clark (left)

The fourth-grade students at Cedar View Elementary celebrated “March is reading month” by holding a read-a-thon to raise money for the Cedar Springs Library and the Cedar View PTO.

Each student had a goal to raise $35 for the all-day reading marathon. About 54 students reached that goal, and each one of them received a Red Hawk beanie baby from the library for their effort.

The students raised a total of $1,356 for the library, and $1,356 for the PTO.

On Tuesday, March 26, Librarian Donna Clark went to each class and handed out the beanie babies and spoke to the classes. She left one beanie baby for each of the teachers to remind the students that March isn’t the only month for reading. “I hope they continue to read and come to the library this summer because we have a great summer reading program,” noted Clark. “I really want to thank the students for being so community-minded and raising the money for the library.”

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Students make jars for library fundraiser


They are popping up like wildflowers! These colorful jars to support the Cedar Springs Library are popping up at local businesses everywhere. Look for these matching fundraiser jars and throw in your loose change (we take paper money, too) to help the library get closer to the $50,000 matching grant towards a new building.

Thanks to the CTA staff and students for their part in decorating the containers—they are truly works of art! Also, a big thanks to the Cedar Springs Post and the many others who have put in their time and effort to support our local library.

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Gown fundraiser to benefit library


Do you have a prom dress you’d like to donate for the upcoming gown fundraiser to benefit the library? The gown fundraising committee needs you to drop it off as soon as possible at Cedar Springs City Hall.

Would you like to help the Cedar Springs Library get closer to the $50,000 matching grant for the building fund? Drop off a gently-used prom dress or gown at Cedar Springs City Hall and get a tax receipt of $100 for a long gown, and $50 for a short one.  And better yet, if you have a daughter that needs a dress for Swirl or prom, bring her to the sale, on January 7, at the Cedar Springs High School media center, from 8 a.m. to noon. Short dresses will be $20 each, and long gowns $35 each. Proceeds from the sale will go towards the library’s matching grant.
According to Library Director Donna Clark, they have collected $7,000 so far toward the grant, and have $43,000 more to go. The fundraising committee has met three times, and there are several fundraisers coming up, including a hockey game, a spa fundraiser, a coffee and tea fundraiser, and Big Boy has offered to have an ongoing fundraising meal every other month this year.
If you have questions on the gown fundraiser, please call Christine Burns at (616-788-8945 ) or Linda Lehman (616-970-1368).

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Library offered $50,000 matching grant


By Judy Reed

Ardena Roberts purchased the first ticket for the Big Boy spaghetti fundraiser to benefit the Cedar Springs Library on Nov. 10. It’s not too late get one for yourself and not only get a great meal, but a chance to win some great prizes.

An anonymous donor has offered the Cedar Springs Public Library the opportunity to obtain a $50,000 matching grant to help move forward the plans to build a new library.
The library and the city has until the end of 2012 to raise the money.
The announcement was made at a town hall meeting at the Middle School Tuesday evening, with about 50 people in attendance from many of the organizations in town.
The library currently has about $441,000 in its library fund, and City Manager Christine Burns estimated that about $2 million is needed. Burns said that before she came to Cedar Springs five years ago, the plans called for $2.2 million. But she expects that as they reach the $2 million mark, the design will need to be tweaked to fit the community’s needs today.
Library Director Donna Clark is tickled pink at the news. While some major and small donations have been made over the years, there has never been a real sustained drive. “The ball hasn’t been rolling for awhile now,” she said.
The city and library are looking for fundraising ideas to get things going. A used formal dress sale has been set for January 7, with the hope that some of the dresses will be purchased just in time for Valentine’s Swirl. Dresses for the sale may be dropped off anytime at City Hall.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to the building fund may send a check to Cedar Springs City Hall, and annotate for the library building fund.
There is also an upcoming fundraiser that you can sink your teeth into—the Big Boy spaghetti fundraiser on Nov. 10. You have until November 7 to buy a ticket for the event, which will be held at Big Boy from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are available at the library. Purchase a meal ticket and enter your stub for a chance to win some great prizes, including a brand new Kindle Keyboard 3G, pies, meals, books and more. Tickets are $6 for children (up to 12th grade), and $9 for adults.  The meal includes an all-you-can-eat buffet of spaghetti, soup, salad and fruit. and kids 10 and under can build their own sundaes. There will also be face painting for kids and a chance to meet children’s author Amanda Litz. She will have her new book series for sale, “Sam and Pam can and you can, too!”

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