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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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Travelogue series ends successful season


Many different groups helped put on the Travelogue series this season.

Many different groups helped put on the Travelogue series this season.

The Travelogue series, hosted by the Cedar Springs Library this past year, recently ended a very successful trial season, and brought in some much needed fundraising for a new library.

According to Library Director Donna Clark, the Travelogue series brought in $3,700. “It far exceeded our expectations in the way of fundraising,” she said.

According to Clark, the money they brought in from the shows paid for all but $123, which means the donations of underwriters Don and June Mabie, Mike and Alice Holton, and one other anonymous donor will all go to the new library building fund—approximately $3,600.

The Cedar Springs High School Jazz Band played music for attendees at the latest Travelogue

The Cedar Springs High School Jazz Band played music for attendees at the latest Travelogue

Despite the success of the series, the Library board decided this week that they would pass the reins to the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation to manage next year. Plans had been in the works for a joint effort between the two groups.

“The board felt I should be more focused on library programs at this time,” explained Clark. “But we’re sure the program will be successful under the leadership of Amanda (Gerhardt). She does a wonderful job.”

Clark thanked the many groups who helped out at the Travelogues, including the Rotary, Lions Club, Garden Club, Women’s Club and Superintendent Ron McDermed, who adopted Intermission. “We couldn’t have done it without you all,” she said.

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Huge book sale at library


Don’t forget to visit the annual HUGE book sale this weekend for the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library! The sale will be held at the VFW Hall on the corner of Fifth and Lake Street in Sand Lake on Thursday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Find some of your favorite books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, videos, and more at great prices! Donations are appreciated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library. Call 616-636-4251 for information.

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New book clubs for girls and guys at the library


Girls Night Out at the Cedar Springs Library.  A fabulous new book club is open for all girls and their adult role models. Join us in reading and discussing Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli Wednesday, November 11 7pm-8pm.  Call us for more information at 696-1910 or stop by the library at the corner of Cherry and Second Streets.
Calling all guys! Here is your chance to enjoy devouring and discussing an exciting adventure book! You and your best dude adult can join us Wednesday, November 18, 7pm-8pm reading Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson.  Call 696-1910 for more info.

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