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Library fundraiser tops expectations


Kids had a great time at the spaghetti fundraiser with author Amanda Litz, face painting, and free ice cream.

The Cedar Springs Public Library and Big Boy partnered last Thursday, Nov. 10, for the first all you can eat spaghetti buffet dinner to help raise funds for a new library. What happened was way above their expectations.
According to Librarian Donna Clark, they hoped to sell 50 tickets. They sold 200, which gave the library $500. But with the extra donations people gave, the grand total raised was $5,876.74!
“I am still walking on air after one of the best times I have had in recent times,” said Clark. “I so loved that Thursday evening, spent with our Library supporters old and new. It was like a Thanksgiving dinner, where you invite your whole family to come, though in this case, it was the whole community—eating, laughing, talking and giving. It is so bonding to gather around a shared vision and a meal, to remember who we are and what we can do when we put our heads and our dollars together.”
The library was recently offered the opportunity to obtain a $50,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor. Whatever they raise by the end of 2012 is what will be matched, up to $50,000. The first fundraising meeting is set for tonight, November 17, at Cedar Springs Middle School, at 7 p.m. in the upper floor large meeting room. Everyone is welcome.

Librarian Donna Clark is shown here with the Big Boy staff that helped organize and serve the spaghetti dinner.

One fundraiser is already planned—a used formal dress sale on January 7. Donate your gently used formal wear and they will give you a $50 tax deduction for every short dress and a $100 tax deduction for every long dress that you donate between now and January 6. Drop off dresses to Cedar Springs City Hall during normal business hours. All short dresses will be sold for $20 and all long dresses will be sold for $35 on January 7, at Cedar Springs High School. Dresses must be clean and on a hanger. Call Chris Burns at 788-8945 or Linda Lehman at 970-1368 with questions. All proceeds benefit the Library Fund Raising Campaign.

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Summer reading celebration carnival


Kids get cooled off by the fire department at last year’s carnival.

Summer has zipped by and it’s already time for the Cedar Springs Public Library’s summer reading celebration carnival! The carnival will take place on Tuesday, July 26 from 2-4 p.m. at Morley Park in Cedar Springs.

There will be games, two bike giveaways, announcements of prizes won by readers, free ice cream, the fire truck to hose us down, a giant water slide, petting zoo, dunk tank, free popcorn, Festida cinnamon chips, pop, water, and music by Deb Eadie, and all the fun you can have in 2 hours!
Call 696-1910 for more information.

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Summer reading club opens with a bang


Parker Briggs, 7, enjoys a book at the library

The Cedar Springs Public Library’s summer reading club got off to a great start Monday, with over 600 people passing through the doors of the library to sign up, pick out books, get a book bag, and lots of other goodies.
New employee Rosann Gerhardt, commented, “(There was) great energy, a lot of excitement. People everywhere! I enjoyed watching children looking through our library’s books, trying to pick just the right book.”
Amber Hath, employee for 2 years, experienced her 3rd CSPL Summer Reading Program. She said, “This was my first time to work the program in the morning. I was not prepared for the onslaught when the doors opened.”
Friends of the library held a book sale, summer reading club t-shirts were on sale, and kids enjoyed some tasty ice cream courtesy of Kelly’s Restaurant, and Double K Farms was there with their petting zoo.
“We had 28 volunteers that made the day run smoothly,” said Library Director Donna Clark.

Kids enjoy ice cream at the opening of the summer reading club program.

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Library Corner – February 2011


Mom Melissa Myckowiak and daughter Tara Zenker delighted with the new computers at the Cedar Springs Public Library.

By Donna Clark, Director, Cedar Springs Public Library

We are thinking SPRING at the Cedar Springs Public Library!  The fact that the abundance of snow is fast disappearing really helps imagine flowers where dormant flowerbeds are reappearing.  For Valentine’s Day this year, we were actually thinking pink and purple. Saturday, February 12, the Library hosted a PinkaPurplicious Party for ages 4-8, for a very appreciative audience of 26 little girls. Knowing our space at the Library would be inadequate, we partnered with the Springs Free Methodist Church at 135 N. Grant.

Presenters Abby Briggs (“Plum”) and her sister, Amber ____ (“Pinkie,” librarian from Monroe), delighted the girls with their costumes and provided great entertainment, which included reading the books, “Pinkalicious” and “Purplicious.”  Amber, who actually performs children’s programs for her library’s branches, wrote original words for both of the books and set them to two popular tunes. The girls got up and jumped to the music with “Miss Pinkie.”  The girls got their hair and nails painted pink and/or purple, made a pink and purple bracelet or necklace, and got to walk the “runway” with Pinkie as MC. Lastly, the girls got to frost a cupcake pink and/or purple and received a complimentary CD from Pinkie with the songs to take home. Funny, pink and purply, yummy party!

After the party I rushed to the library to let our IT person in to install 4 of the 6 new computers just received in memory of Lois Arthur, money received from Mike and Alice Holton, plus $407 donated by Meijer of Cedar Springs, with a $500 gift card to use in-store for supplies.  Computer use is free and pretty fast with our T1 connection.  If you have your own laptop, the library also offers free WiFi.

Speaking of connections, as of February 1, all (but Wayland Library) of the Lakeland Libraries of Western Michigan have access to the new digital Catalog Center (lakeland.lib.overdrive.com).  You can now go to this website and download for FREE any of the listed eAudiobooks or eBooks to your computer and transfer the data to a portable device (except the Kindle, which is not allowed by Amazon).

The website has information on how to access the 1,060 books listed and what devices are compatible with the service.  KDL patrons access this service through the KDL Website.

The Library has started processing new library cards for the first graders of Cedar Trails to launch our annual “First Grade Library Card Drive” for “March is Reading Month.”  Every year the Library partners with Kent District Library and the Cedar Springs Public Schools to encourage parents to prepare their children to use area libraries via a library card!  Last year 92 percent of our first graders got a library card! The grand reading celebration party this year will take place at the Kent Theatre for a showing of “Yogi Bear.” All students will get in free thanks to the generous donation of Don and June Mabie.  Those who bring back their registration form and get a library card will also get a free drink and popcorn, compliments of Independent Bank of Cedar Springs.

We are blessed with such an array of community partners!  We live beyond the boundaries of our 2016 sq. ft. building and beyond our small, rural library budget thanks to the generous giving and caring of so many of you out there.  Stand by as we head into “March is Reading Month,” then  “April is Poetry Month” and then our Summer Reading Program just around the corner in June.

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PinkaPurplicious party a pinktastic success


Photo by S. Read.

By Sarah Read
Little girls ages 4-8 were filled with glee and glamour Saturday afternoon in Cedar Springs thanks to a delightful PinkaPurplicious Party sponsored by The Cedar Springs Public Library and hosted at The Springs Free Methodist Church.
Based on the popular children’s book series Pinkalicious and Purplicious, the event gave area girls a chance to hear the stories, dance, make necklaces, have their nails and hair colored pink and purple, frost and eat cupcakes and even “walk the runway” on the stage with an announcer describing their outfits along the way.
“It was so much fun,” shared Melissa Almas, of Greenville. “My girls had a blast, even my husband joined the fun and had his hair sprayed pink and purple!”
The Pinkalicious books are available at the Cedar Springs Library, located at 43 W Cherry Street.

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