By Donna Clark, Director
Cedar Springs Public Library
November and December are such festive months, holding great anticipation of warm family gatherings, good food and fun. The City invited us all to “Mingle with Kris Kringle” on December 3, and that we did! The “Town Square” was full of happy families, all present to enjoy the live Nativity Scene provided by the Calvary Assembly of God, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Local businesses welcomed families for games and activities at the United Methodist Church after the tree lighting. The Library set up a table full of Christmas-themed books, and we set up a cardboard “fireplace with chimney” and provided Santa’s bag full of toys (a tennis ball inside a fuzzy stocking hat) and let dozens of children take a turn at throwing that bag down the chimney!
Holiday blessings are already pouring into the Library. Seventeen area women who serve on the committee for the Annual Women’s Community Christmas Tea provided one such blessing. Visitors to the tea were invited to bring books to donate to the Cedar Springs Public Library, and 108 books were donated, valued at $983.91! The Library was able to use about half of the books this year and the rest are boxed up and ready to be shared for the education of area youth. We so appreciate the support and resourcefulness of our community!
Also, two or three new computers are being donated in the memory of Lois Arthur, who passed last year at 94. Lois was a lovely lady, fine and kind, with joy in her laugh. I think she would be glad that her neighbors and friends will be able to do better resumes, job searches, homework, email, etc. online with much-needed computer upgrades.
On December 9 we had 16 persons come to fashion holiday greeting cards with long-time volunteer, Gabrielle VanScoy. Cards were precut and easy to assemble. Everyone left with 5 new cards.
December 11, 51 gingerbread houses were decorated by area children and even a few adults. Yes, those houses went out of here looking very festive indeed. We had 114 people in the library that day. It was a good reminder to keep asking Santa for a new library!
Preschool story times are bringing in families with little ones every Tuesday morning from 11:15am-12pm and every other Friday morning. Ms. Shannon chose “Stinky the Skunk” as this year’s mascot. Every Story Time child will be getting a Christmas card from Stinky wishing them all a very merry and “stinky” Christmas. You must remember that stink is a good wish coming from a skunk! If you want to have fun with your children and grandchildren, consider joining Ms. Shannon at the CSPL next year!
The Library has programming for adults, too – our monthly Book Discussion Club meets every 3rd Monday night from 7-8pm. January 17 join us for the movie of the book we are reading, “Mistress of Spices,” by Chitra Divakaruni. Call the library for location of the movie evening and snacks!
On a very exciting note, the Library Board voted to join 24 other Lakeland libraries in the capability for Cedar Springs library cardholders to be able to use the downloadable audio books and ebooks. Starting January 31 you will be able to download to Windows, Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Sony Reader, nook, Windows Mobile, Android and BlackBerry and MP3! Go to Lakeland.lib.overdrive.com to enter the Digital Catalog and Download Center to see what we have to offer as the 25th library to join OverDrive. To check out what OverDrive is, go to Overdrive.com and choose “Digital Library Reserve” and click on “View an Online Demo.
Lastly I want to take a moment to remember some very special people who gave so much to our community and way of life when they were here. Six such people have passed from this life, leaving behind them many gifts of love and financial blessing to our community library. They are Helen Gilchrist, Niels Andersen, Amanda Kruse, Jari Morris, Tom Bliss and Lois Arthur. Together donations in their individual memories add up from October to December to $5,665! Monies are designated for various needs like the new library fund, large print books, books on CD and new computers. Pick up a new book, listen to a new audio book, work at one of the new computers…take a moment to be grateful for the lives of these great people who are loved and admired by those who knew them.
From our Hearth to Yours, have a wonderful Holiday Season full of love and meaning!
Donna Clark, Library Board and Library Staff