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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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Read to ride on Red Flannel Day

Calling all K-8th graders to READ and celebrate their RED Flannel Heritage for 1-2 FREE Coupons to ride carnival rides (or get popcorn) by simply reading 3-6 hours before October 1. Reading logs available at the Red Flannel Town Library (Cedar Springs) or on the website: cedarsprings.llcoop.org. Print off a log, read, get it initialed by a parent or teacher and “cash it in” at the CS Library before Oct. 1 or at the CS Friends book sale on Red Flannel Day. Have you “RED” a good book lately?

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Book launch bash at the library

Local author Amanda Litz and her illustrator, Cynthia Garcia, will be at the Cedar Springs Library at 1 p.m. to throw a party on the library lawn to launch her “Sam and Pam can and you can, too!” books.
The books are an early reader series for PreK through first grade. Three of the first titles include “We Can Ride Our Bikes”, “We Can Help Our Mom,” and “We Can Count.”
Come and enjoy some games, make things, listen to music and have fun!

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Potpourri of poets

Calling all poets!

Do you like to read or write poetry? Now is your chance to share your love of poetry with the community! The “Potpourri of Poets” is looking for teens and adults to read classic or original poetry at this annual event at the Kent Theatre on April 30, at 7 p.m.
They want readers to have fun with the poetry! It can be original or a favorite from long ago. Poems can be read with more than one person, and readers are encouraged to dress the part or have props if they like. They can also be presented in music form. The presentation should be no more than five minutes, and all poems are subject to approval of the Poetry committee.

Poets need to register, and a copy of the poem(s) to be read needs to be submitted to the poetry committee by April 15. Please note that rehearsal will be Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kent Theatre. Each presenter will receive one free guest ticket.
Call the Cedar Springs Library at 696-1910 for a registration form or click link below.

Potpourri of Poets form

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First-graders get library cards

First-graders received their library cards this week. Pictured left to right is Shannon Vanderhyde, children’s programmer at Cedar Springs Public Library, Katie L the elephant (Rosann Gerhardt from CSPL), and Sara Magnuson, the children’s parapro at KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library.

There are officially 188 new readers (and library patrons) in Cedar Springs. That’s how many first-graders got their library cards last week in the 14th annual library card drive.

Shannon Vanderhyde, in charge of children’s programming for the Cedar Springs Public Library, took the lead this year in managing the program—handing out the registration cards, collecting and processing them, and distributing the new cards with Kent District Library’s Children’s Parapro, Sara Magnuson, from the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library.

“I enjoy every opportunity I get to collaborate with the schools and other community partners,” said Shannon, who is also a member of the Cedar Springs Board of Education.

To celebrate, the children were treated to the movie Yogi Bear, at the Kent Theatre, on Monday and Tuesday. Don and June Mabie sponsored the movie, and their donation covered the $3 cost per first-grader and teacher to get in free. Independent Bank of Cedar Springs sponsored the pop and popcorn for every first grader who either had a library card or got a brand new card.

“The Kent Theater had their first string working ticket sales and concessions and did an outstanding job of getting people out of the lobby and into the auditorium,” said Donna Clark, Director at CSPL. “This year we had no families standing outside in the cold waiting to get inside and there were no bottle-necks at the concessions.  It was exciting to see whole families joining in the fun!”

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