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Quilt raffle winner


 

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Diane Bengtson holds up the quilt she won from the Friends of the Library. Photo from Donna Clark.

The Cedar Springs Public Library raffled off a quilt as a fundraiser on Red Flannel Day, and raised $301. The lucky winner of the quilt was Diane Bengtson, a longtime resident of Cedar Springs.

Library Director Donna Clark related that when Friends of the Library President Louise King called her, Diane was flabbergasted, and clapping could be heard in the background as her family cheered for her. She reportedly said, “I never win anything! I wanted to support the library, so I bought some tickets.”

Members of the Friends of the Library sold tickets for five hours on Red Flannel Day, and the drawing was held at 5 p.m.

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Summer reading kicks off at library


Cindy Karafa, from Double K Farms, talks to the children about the animals.

Cindy Karafa, from Double K Farms, talks to the children about the animals.

Hundreds of people signed up for the summer reading program Monday.

Hundreds of people signed up for the summer reading program Monday.

It was a great day Monday, June 9, for the Cedar Springs Library’s Summer Reading Kick-off party! According to Library Director Donna Clark, over 500 people came to sign up, celebrate and participate in festivities, which included the Double K Petting Zoo, Kelly’s free ice cream, and the Friends of the Library Book Sale.

“People were pouring in from all over Cedar Springs,” remarked Clark. “564 have signed up for the Summer Reading Program so far and 372 of those registered on Opening Day!”

Local merchants, service organizations, school students and local families support the Library’s summer reading outreach. “Prizes, publicity, performers, crafts and supplies have been secured for what is to be the very best summer ever,” noted Clark. “Programs are for all ages, babies to adults. Family programs will be held at the Cedar Springs Middle School on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.”

If you didn’t get signed up yet, you can still sign up all month. The more you read, the more chances you get to win prizes to be given out at the

The Cedar Springs Fire Department made a guest appearance at the summer reading kick off party Monday.

The Cedar Springs Fire Department made a guest appearance at the summer reading kick off party Monday.

Reading Celebration Carnival, Wednesday, July 30, at Morley Park from 2-4 p.m.

Wednesday is the big day for family programs. Preschool story times are set for 11:15 at the library on the lawn, so bring a beach towel! The family programs are at the lovely Cedar Springs Middle School from 2-3pm. Two special programs with pizza are planned for the following groups: 4-6th graders, 7-12th graders and adults. Check the library’s new website at cedarspringslibrary.org to view all programs online.

“A special thanks to all of the staff and volunteers who made this event run smoothly!” said Clark. “We are blessed by a generous community.”

 

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Cedar View students make a difference


Raise money for library

Ms. Jennifer Kahler’s 5th grade class.

Ms. Jennifer Kahler’s 5th grade class.

When teachers encourage their fourth and fifth graders to scope out their community for worthy projects to support, it is a very good thing. Leading the way this year were Cedar View teachers Ms. Dawn Nielsen (4th grade) and Ms. Jennifer Kahler (5th grade). Arrangements were made with Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark to receive what turned out to be massive FUNds, according to the creativity and dedication of these students.

Ms. Dawn Nielsen’s 4th grade class.

Ms. Dawn Nielsen’s 4th grade class.

Ms. Nielsen’s class focused on raising donation dollars through their annual Read-a-thon. To add incentive, the Library promised a Red Hawk Beanie Baby to any student raising $35 or more. Twenty-two students collected a Red Hawk, including one student from Ms. Strumk’s 4th grade class. Students raised….DRUMROLL…$1,067! Half of that was given to the Library ($533.50) and half will be used for new books for the classroom.

While Clark was still rejoicing, another call came into the library, this time from 5th grade teacher Jennifer Kahler, informing her, “I have some very good news for you.  Room 12 has a surprise for the library. The students selected the Cedar Springs Library to be the recipient of their new fund raising effort, a store.  I gave each student $5 and their job was to come up with a product to make to sell at the store. With any luck, they would turn their $5 into a profit.” The conversation ended with Friday, April 30 being set as the day that Ms. Kahler’s class would present the Library with a check representing their creativity and hard work.

Mrs. Clark showed up at the appointed time, 9 a.m. The class chatted with Mrs. Clark about their store, consisting of everything from bookmarks to slime, and then asked her to guess how much they raised.

She guessed that doubling their $5 would mean a $300 donation for sure. Amidst grins and wiggles, it was clear that the class had raised much more. At that time two of the young ladies came forth and took turns sharing about how the money was raised.  The big moment arrived…DRUMROLL…a check for $496.11!  Shock,  smiles, and congratulations all captured on video. It was a moment to celebrate.

How will the money be used? Mrs. Clark encouraged the students to come up with a thorough list of books that they would like to check out from the library over the last weeks of school. By checking the Library’s website, cedarsprings.llcoop.org, students can check to see if the book they want is already owned by the Library. The Library also has a wish list of various things that are needed to improve the library and its services. Some of the money may be used for the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program, June 9-July 30. All are invited to Opening Day of the Summer Reading Program Monday, June 9 from noon to 6pm, to sign up for a summer of 20 programs, receive a free bookbag  (Grades K- 12), eat free ice cream, check out the petting zoo and storybook characters and the Friends of the Library’s annual book sale.

 

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Rotary 4-way test essay winners


N-Rotary-4-way-winnersThe Cedar Springs Rotary recently handed out the awards for their annual Rotary 4-way test contest. They invited students from Cedar View, Creative Technology Academy, and Algoma Christian to enter, and had nine fifth grade classes participate. All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class and submitted them to the committee, which included Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Donna Clark.

“We had 18 diverse and interesting essays to read, evaluate and choose from,” explained Clark. “We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line. We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”

The 4 Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways. The message should be known and followed by all Rotarians.  “Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3.  Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

Coming in first this year was Martin Yakes, of Mrs. Kahler’s class. “We feel he withstood a great test of integrity and learned a great lesson. His essay is entitled “Truth or Dare,” explained Clark. Katelyn was given her award and $50.

Second place went to Ashlyn Roberts, of Mrs. Latimer’s class. “She is a girl of great integrity as her essay demonstrates,” said Clark. She was given an award and $30.

Jesse Nagle, of Mrs. Boverhof’s class, came in third place. “We appreciated how Jesse found his way out of a very sticky situation with honesty and integrity,”  remarked Clark. He was given an award and $20.

“We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a Club in our community,” said Rotary President Ron McDermed. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

 

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Easter bunny visits the library


N-Easter-bunny-at-library1-webKids in Cedar Springs are excited about Easter. It was easy to tell that last Friday, April 11, when ninety-five kids and adults visited the Easter Bunny at the Cedar Springs Public Library.

Inside they had three different craft stations, stories, a basket full of Easter Eggs with candy treats. Outside was a mama goat with 2 babies (just born one week ago), four other small goats, baby chicks and four different kinds of bunnies, all courtesy of Cindy Karafa and Double K Farms.

“This event came about because Cindy suggested it,” said Library Director Donna Clark. “It turned out so well, we are going to make it an annual event.”

When the Post interviewed the Easter Bunny after the library event, she said that she really enjoyed the children in Cedar Springs and wanted to thank them for the pictures with her.

 

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First graders and families celebrate


N-Library-card1Almost 250 first-graders were at the Kent Theatre Monday and Tuesday to celebrate March is Reading month and their brand new library cards.

The Cedar Springs Public Library launched its 16th Annual First Grade Library Card Roundup last month, in partnership with the Kent District Library, Cedar Trails, Creative Technologies Academy, and Algoma Christian School.

“The program is largely successful due to the classroom visits by Children’s parapros Shannon Vanderhyde, of Cedar Springs Library, and Sara Magnusen, of KDL, and the great cooperation and support by each first grade classroom teacher,” said Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark.

First graders and their families were invited to celebrate “March is Reading Month” by getting a library card and thereby gaining access to hundreds of thousands of books and other materials available at the 81 libraries and branch libraries in the 8 counties served by the Lakeland Library Cooperative.

N-Library-card2Free movie passes to see “Nut Job” at the Kent Theatre were issued to all 320 first graders, paid for by the Cedar Springs Public Library via a grant from a local Cedar Springs sponsor. Students showing a library card also got a free popcorn to eat during the show, compliments of the Kent Theatre. About 246 came to the movie and almost every single child/family had a library card.

Just before the movie started, local children’s author Amanda Litz hosted a drawing to give away 6 of her books, one of which was just released that afternoon. To find out more about Amanda, her books, her new bookstore located at 25 S. Main, and the events she has planned, go to her website at www.travelerstrunkpublishing.com

The library card program was originated in 1998 by Mike Metzger, a former library board member.

 

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Gingerbread houses a hit


N-Gingerbread-webFamilies flocked to the Cedar Springs Public Library last Saturday, December 14, to join in the fun tradition of making gingerbread houses for Christmas.

According Library Director Donna Clark, 107 people came to the library, with 28 children decorating the houses with either parents or grandparents.

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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 Corner – December 2010


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

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