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Holiday event honors Marge Clark


Marge Clark

Cross stitch by Marge Clark

The Cedar Springs Public Library invites you to join in a festive holiday event that will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The library will be honoring our local artist and treasure Marge Clark with a holiday display of counted cross-stitch. Marge will be at the library to greet everyone during this time. Along with honoring Marge there will be a cross-stitch demonstration by our local seamstresses Pat Capek and Dorothy Bishop. And best of all there will be refreshments!

We hope that you will be able to join us for this unique holiday kick-off celebration. Two of Marge’s works are already on display in the library near the fireplace. Don’t forget to check them out. See you then!

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Read to Ride


 

Red Flannel Day is just around the corner on Saturday, October 6. PreK through 8th Graders, are you ready to take “The Red-Reading Challenge?” Our Community’s annual Read-to-Ride program has officially started! You have until October 5 at 6 p.m. to get your (6) hours of reading done and cashed-in at the Cedar Springs Public Library. At that time you will receive your free red ticket to ride a Carnival Ride with Elliott’s Amusements on Friday night, October 5 from 5-9 p.m. or Red Flannel Saturday until 5 p.m. You have all of September, plus five October days, to accomplish this easy-to-do goal. Hurry, there are a limited number of tickets printed each year.

Elliott’s Amusements has been Cedar Springs’ valued reading partner for 12 years now. Michele Andres, former Red Flannel President, pitched the idea to Deb Elliott and the Cedar Springs Library in 2006, and it has been an annual event ever since. We are carrying this tradition forward!  

Red-Reading Logs are available at the Library and online at cedarspringslibrary.org, cityofcedarsprings.org, redflannelfestival.org, and at solontwp.org. Our community sponsors of this year’s Read-to-Ride Program are Clint and Pam Conley, in memory of Pam’s father, Robert Medford. 

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Library receives grant for STEM equipment


Teens play with robotics purchased with a recent STEM grant. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Public Library recently received a $1,500 LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) Public Library Services Grant from the Library of Michigan. This summer quick grant enabled them to purchase supplies and materials necessary to do STEM programs and activities for children and teens. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 

“If you want to have a lot of fun, look up these thought-provoking ‘toys’ on youTube or online to get a sneak preview of how they work, then come on in to the Library and join us as we share Ozobot, Makey Makey, Dash Robot, Bloxels EDU Station, and Good Ole Botley, who has to get through an obstacle course through the Coding Kit you use to program,” said Library Director Donna Clark. “It’s all fun, creative and it will blow your mind. Teens and preschoolers who have played with the various robots and concepts were delighted and very engaged. Now it’s your turn!”

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Summer fun in school


Cedar Springs Public Schools hosted Summer School for grades K-5 from June 11 through 28.  Highlights of this year’s programming included educational field trips to our community’s new Cedar Springs Public Library and Cedar Springs Museum.  Daily learning activities in both math and reading featured direct instruction and use of interactive technology, along with fun brain breaks and muscle activities.  

Students enjoyed a new addition to our programming this year, and each receiving brand new “free” reading books.  These books supported our District’s focus on early literacy and were paid for by grant funding as part of the “Kids Read Now” programming.  Summer School also included snack breaks, lunch and transportation to and from school.  It all added up to Summer Fun in School!!!

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Artists, authors, and you


This work of art by artist Nancy Clouse are on display in the Cedar Springs Public Library. Courtesy photos.

This work of art by artist Nancy Clouse are on display in the Cedar Springs Public Library. Courtesy photos.

Have you seen the art work on display in the new library?

There is a continually changing art exhibit sponsored by the Cedar Springs Public Library, and it’s currently featuring the works of Nancy Clouse. These are oil and collage on particle board paintings titled “Return of Alice” (Alice in Wonderland) and “Tulip Festival Klompen Dancers.” 

Nancy Clouse graduated in Art Education from MSU in 1960. She taught art from elementary to college level students, including exhibiting in local shows such as the Methodist Church Celebration of the Arts; the Grand Rapids yearly Art Festival exhibition; Lowell’s West Michigan Regional; and the Muskegon Regional. Many of her works are in private collections. Since retiring, she is enjoying the continued learning and teaching involved in providing tours as a docent at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Nancy says that, “After teaching art for more than 30 years, I continue to be interested in many different media. I am currently interested in combining literary works or phrases with abstract or semi-abstract imagery. I like to entice the viewer to find details that relate to the historic or literary idea expressed in the work.”

The new installations will be on display at the Cedar Springs Library through the end of August, but come early to see these intriguing paintings. 

The Artists, Authors & You! Program will continue to offer the community new works of art each quarter of the year. If you’re an artist who is interested in participating in the program, or you own a piece of art you’d like to share with the community, please come into the library to obtain a “Request to Participate” form or send your information to:

Artists, Authors & You!

Cedar Springs Community Library 

107 North Main Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319 

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Library celebrates one-year anniversary


The Cedar Springs Library one year after opening. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

The patio off of the library community room. Post photo by J. Reed.

The new Cedar Springs Public Library just celebrated one year of being in their new building, and what a year it’s been!

The library, which is designed to resemble a train depot, is a star attraction in the heart of Cedar Springs. The new building is beautiful, spacious, modern, and comfortable. And it sits right in the forefront of a parcel containing lush green grass, a flowing well, a decorative sculpture, a foot bridge, and Cedar Creek rushing by.

The new 10,016 square-foot building was built with donated funds, products, and services from the community and local businesses. The additional 8,000 square feet has allowed for much greater areas for reading, special events, and small group gatherings.

Last summer the library was able to hold many of their summer reading programs on site, both indoors and outside, something they had a hard time doing before.

As a matter of fact, the number of people registering for library cards, and those visiting, has doubled, and in some cases tripled. From April 2016 to April 2017, the library issued 337 library cards; from April 2017 to April 2018, they issued 956! During the summer reading program months of June and July, the old library had 5,469 patrons visit in 2016, but had 15,356 in 2017!

The new library includes separate areas for children, teens, and adults; 12 computer stations that are consistently being used by kids after school, as well as teens and adults; four stations for children’s computers; a cozy reading or meeting area with fireplace and chairs; three small group rooms for tutoring or studying, which has also been constantly in use; and a classroom with white board and screen. 

Another draw has been the community room, which holds up to 75 people with the tables and chairs, and 100 without. “This has been bringing in income and is being rented a lot,” noted Library Director Donna Clark. “It’s a really great resource for area families.”

A complete kitchen opens up into the community room. People can walk out of the community room to a patio with a beautiful view of the creek and other amenities of the parcel, which will  also include an amphitheatre in the near future.

Clark said they plan to celebrate their one-year anniversary with a big party on June 11, in conjunction with the big community summer celebration and their summer reading program kickoff from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“The entire Heart of Cedar Springs will be buzzing with fun activities, games, animals (no, not the kids!), the City, the Fire Dept., the Chamber, local organizations—everyone is getting in on celebrating all that is wonderful in Cedar Springs!” said Clark. 

“I want to personally thank all of you for the part you played, and still play, in the success of our new library; and for being forward-thinking to the amphitheater and other projects. The Library is just one example of what we can do as a team. Every day that we can work and serve our community in this new, spacious building is a blessing, and it all happened in our CBDT (Community Building Development Team) meetings with Kurt Mabie’s reminders to look up and say, ‘What’s best for Cedar Springs?’  That was our guiding star…and still is.  On the ground there are things to complain about, but that’s why we look up!

 “I’ve often said that God could have given us a new Library building years ago, but now, after years of the process of working together, we have a community library! Thank you all for helping our community get to this special day! You are all invited to come to the Heart of CS on June 11 to celebrate!” 

 

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1,000 books before kindergarten


Farrah Shamoon, 3, with Children’s Librarian Heidi Fifield.

Some people may not read 1,000 books in their life. But Farrah Shamoon, age 3, is the first graduate of the “1,000 books before kindergarten” program at the Cedar Springs Public Library. 

Parents can sign up their child from birth to before kindergarten. The program is divided in to 10 levels, with 100 books on each level. Kids can color or mark off each book read in their reading log. After reading 100 books, the log is turned in kids receive a sticker for their reading chart and a new log.

Once all the levels are complete, the child will receive a certificate of completion and a bag with a book and a matching stuffed animal.

Books do not have to be from the library and can be counted more than once.

To learn more about the program or to pick up a brochure, please visit the Cedar Springs Public Library at the corner of Main and W. Maple or call 696-1910 for more information.

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First grade library card celebration


Kids were excited to celebrate at the Kent Theatre earlier this month. Photo by Donna Clark.

A free popcorn was part of the fun at the Kent Theatre. Photo by Donna Clark.

The First Grade Library Card Roundup ended with a Grand Party at the Kent Theatre on Monday, March, 5, and Tuesday, March 6, to celebrate “March is Reading Month.” The Cedar Springs Public Library and Kent District Library Branches from Nelson and Spencer Townships each sponsored a free ticket for all first graders from the Cedar Springs Public Schools and Creative Technologies Academy to see “Paddington 2.” The Kent Theatre offered free popcorn to all first graders with a library card, counting 89 first graders over the two evenings. Counting everyone who attended—students, parents, siblings, teachers, and library staff—the total came to 283 over the two evenings.

Local author Amanda Litz donated books to be handed out at the event.

The Cedar Springs Public Library started this program in 1997, and later joined with KDL to jointly administer the program since students who live in Nelson and Spencer Townships have their home library there.

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EVELYN M. BLISS 


 

Evelyn M. Bliss 97 of Cedar Springs died Monday, February 12, 2018 at Bishop Hills, Rockford. Mrs. Bliss was born August 31, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of John Jay and Mary Ellen (O’Leary) Seeley. She along with her husband, Tom owned and operated the Bliss Funeral Home from 1954 – 1981. She was a member of St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Cedar Springs. She stayed very involved in her church and the Cedar Springs community throughout the years. Surviving are her daughters, MaryAnn (Ted) DeVries of Plainwell, Peggy Helsel of Rockford; grandchildren, Brenna Willis, Eric (Jessica) DeVries; beloved great-granddaughters, Hannah and Delilah Willis; unofficial third daughter, Joan Walsh Duffy; nieces, nephews and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas in 2010; son, Patrick in 2015; and brother Floyd “Bud” Seeley. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a Scripture Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 11:00 a.m. at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le presiding. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Public Library, Hospice of Michigan or the charity of donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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New art exhibits on display at the library


 

These 3D pieces of art by Lori Hough are part of the new art display at Cedar Springs Public Library. Courtesy photos.

Since the new Cedar Springs Public Library opened last spring, it has been showing interesting works of art by local artists, and the new exhibit is no exception.

Artists, Authors & YOU!, a continually-changing art exhibit sponsored by the Cedar Springs Public Library, is currently featuring the works of  multi-media artist Hazel Palmer of Cedar Springs, and papier mache sculptor, Lori Hough of Fremont. 

On display by Hazel Palmer are two vibrant multi-media pieces—Visitors and Soul’s Journey. A graduate of MSU, Palmer also studied watercolor extensively with Reynold Weidenaar, Mary Jane Anway and Eunice Bolt. She enjoyed teaching for several years, including a position with Grand Rapids Public Schools.  

“Water media has become a way of life for me. The excitement of seeing rich color pooling, dripping and splashing on a plain white paper and becoming something is a high that is extraordinary,” she said.  

Ideas for her artwork come from within as she closes her eyes, dreams or meditates. She believes “we are all one” and it pleases her when someone understands the language of her paintings. Palmer often combines watercolor, acrylics, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, sand, gesso and flights of fancy to convey her visions. 

Contrasting Palmer’s multi-media works are several 3-D pieces submitted by wildlife artist Lori Hough. Hough studied art at Grand Rapids Junior College and holds a degree in zoology through MSU. Prior to her livelihood as an artist, she worked a variety of seasonal jobs in wildlife—including stints as a biologist on fishing boats in the Bering Sea. She holds many honors and awards for her work, including her rank in the Top 50 at ArtPrize 2010. Her papier mache sculptures on display in Cedar Springs include whimsical dancing mice, a tabletop sized giraffe, a mythological Pegasus, an elk interacting with nature, and other delightful creations. 

The library is located at the corner of Main and W. Maple Street, and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 9-noon.

The Artists, Authors & You! Program will continue to offer the community new works of art each quarter of the year. If you’re an artist who is interested in participating in the program, or you own a piece of art you’d like to share with the community, please send your information to:

Artists, Authors & You!

Cedar Springs Community Library 

107 North Main Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319 

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