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Combined fundraisers net over $1,000 for Library


From the Library Matching Fundraising committee

 

If you had nothing to do last week, you weren’t paying attention! April 9-14 was a busy week for library fundraising, bringing in over $1,000 for the library building fund.

There was bingo at American Legion #287 Glen Hill Post with Jim See, where the Legion donated the entire receipts allowable by law to the Public Library Building Fund. For fitness buffs, Kate Rehmus did 90 minutes of Zumba on Saturday with receipts going to the Library. Shopping your game? The Amish Warehouse donated 15 percent of all furniture sales and 5 percent of gift sales to the Library.

If you missed this (and many did), don’t despair—there’s more fun ahead.  The library will have a table at Community Night, April 19 (today) from 6-8 p.m., featuring a bake sale and other items. Big Boy’s All You Can Eat Taco Bar is scheduled for April 26, 5-8 p.m. Tickets are available at Big Boy and your public library. We have kick-boxing in the works, Zumba, Karaoke, Book Sales and so much more.  On-going fundraisers include Take-Two Game Shop ($1 donated for every $20 spent) Alpha Omega Coffee’s Pound of Ground, license plates and frames available at the library and City Hall and quality T-shirts for $5, also at the library. Each dollar donated brings us that much closer to our goal of a bigger library.

It is wonderful to see this community rallying around the library as it has. By investing in our Public Library, we are investing in the future. Many businesses and individuals have made the commitment to partner with us in attaining this goal. Our major concern with fundraisers has been getting the word out to the public. The Post has been a major player in public awareness. Thanks to them and to each of you for making the new library a very real possibility. Keep watching the Post for new fundraisers and updates!

For a complete listing of upcoming library events and to donate via Paypal, visit cedarsprings.llcoop.org/

 

 

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Library fundraising events


Proceeds from several upcoming events will go toward the Cedar Springs Public Library’s building fund matching grant challenge.

April 9-15: Bob and Betty Truesdale, of the Amish Furniture and Gifts Warehouse, will donate 15 percent of furniture sales and 5 percent of gift purchases made from April 9 to 15, to the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund. The person who spends the most will receive a trip for two to Sarah’s Amish Dining Room for an amazing all you can eat fish fry on April 20. (See advertisement on page 18.)

April 12: Bingo at the American Legion in Cedar Springs on April 12 at 5 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund.

April 14: 90 Minutes of Zumba with Kate Rehmus, Saturday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cedar Springs Middle School. $10 class fee will benefit the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund.

 

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Rotary chooses essay winners


The Cedar Springs Rotary recently selected the winners of their 4-way test essay contest at Cedar View Elementary.

Each year the Rotary works with the eight fifth grade classes at Cedar View, and added a fifth grade class from Creative Technologies Academy this year as well.

The theme this year was “Setting a good example—integrity.” All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class, and then the 4-Way Committee, including Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Clark, chose their top three. Or, in this case, their top four—there was a tie for third place.

“We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line,” explained Clark. “We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”

The first place winner was Haley Price, of Ms. Zank’s class. She won $50. Second place went to Heather Mann, of Mrs. Luttrell’s class. She won $25. Julia Simpson, of Mr. Harmon’s class, and Maddi Huntoon, of Mrs. Boverhof’s class, tied for third, and won $10 each.

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

The Rotary 4-way test says, “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?”

The Rotary 4-Way test is one of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932, when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based Club Aluminum Co., which was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy.

 

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Hockey and broomball tournament raises funds


Sgt. Ed Good, Griff, Lt. Jack Stewart, Sheriff Larry Stelma, DPW Director Roger Belknap and Chief Roger Parent at the Hockey and broomball fundraiser for the library last Saturday.

There was a little something for everyone Saturday at the hockey and broomball library fundraiser, even if you weren’t a hockey fan.

“We had many spectators who commented on how fun this family-oriented event was,” said City Manager Christine Burns. “We had a blast and are planning on doing it again next year. It was way too fun to do only once!”

Burns said final figures aren’t in yet, but she thinks the final tally will be about $2,000 to go toward the library matching grant fund.

The Cedar Springs Police, guided by Team Captain Ed Good, beat the Kent County Law Enforcement team in a shootout 5 to 4. Andy Good scored 2 goals in regulation and had the final tally in the shootout to ice the game for the Cedar Springs Police. Bill Kelly scored a goal and added a shootout goal for the KCLE Team. It was a family effort for KCLE Team Captain Jack Stewart who had sons, nephews, and a niece suit up with KCLE team.  The Cedar Springs Team also had some father-son combinations in the lineup to make the game special.

The Squirts take on Officer Paul Feutz in shootout action.

“The game was played at a very high pace, especially for those of us playing in Over-40 leagues,” said Roger Belknap, Cedar Springs DPW Director.  “The ‘young guns’ really made us older fellas skate hard to keep up.”

In other events:

The Dewey Decimals beat the Bookends.

The Guns and Hoses beat the Bureaucrats, but reports are that there were a number of questionable calls by officials Dave Barnes of the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Sgt. Ed Good, CSPD, and that the score keeper (Deputy Chief Marty Fraser) was biased.

The Sweep Potatoes and Frozen stiff ended in a tie, even after a shoot-out.

Belknap said they are extremely grateful for the support and advice they received from Jack Stewart and the many years experience he has had with the KCLE charity hockey team. “The KCLE team showed a lot of talent and good sportsmanship during the game. We are also grateful for the support of Rick Strouse and the Cedar Rock Sportsplex for hosting the event and providing referees and sound.”

Burns had some compliments of her own. “Both Ed (Good) and Roger (Belknap) did an amazing job with this event, from pulling the rosters together to designing the logos on all of the jerseys,” she said.

There are still some long-sleeved t-shirts for sale, and they can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library for $18.

RCTV filmed the KCLE vs. CS Police hockey game and you can find it at www.mhsaa.tv/rockford/events/30309.

 

 

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Fundraisers earn money for new library


The used gown sale fundraiser earned money toward the library match challenge Saturday.

Two fundraisers held last weekend earned money toward the $50,000 challenge match toward the Cedar Springs Library building fund.

The gently used gown sale held at the high school Saturday earned $175 toward the cause. According to Christine Burns, who helped organize the event, the dresses that are left will go to local consignment shops, and will still earn money toward the library.

The Biggest Lozer weight-loss fundraiser also earned money toward the library match challenge Saturday.

The Biggest Lozer challenge was a popular event, with 25 people weighing in at Curves Saturday. “We raised $562.50 towards the library $50,000 match challenge,” said Alicia Imhoff, organizer. “But more important, we all took a step towards being healthier.”

Donna Clark, Mary Osborne and Debra Jo VanderWerff were winners of the Body By Vi giveaways, courtesy of Sally Howland.

Prizes are being given away for the greatest percentage of body weight lost in three categories: women, men and seniors. And it’s not too late to join. Just stop into Curves during normal business hours:  M-TH 7-11 a.m. and 4-7 p.m., Fri. 7-11a.m. and Sat. 9-11 for their weigh-in, measurements and a $25 entry fee.  Weigh out is in March.

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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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Big announcement for the library!


Remember when we used to dream about a new library? Things have been quiet on that front for a while, but the drive to build a new library is picking up steam, and there are some important things happening in the next week!
The first thing is happening next week Tuesday. Residents of Cedar Springs and the surrounding area are urged to come to a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, at Cedar Springs Middle School to hear some big news! The library board and the City of Cedar Springs will be there to talk about the need for a new library and let you in on something new that’s happened to get the ball rolling again, and how you can help keep it bouncing along! The meeting will be held in the upstairs meeting room at the Middle School, at the corner of Northland and 16 Mile.
The second date to note is Thursday, November 3. That is the last day that you have to buy a ticket for the Big Boy spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Cedar Springs Public Library that will be held one week later, on Thursday, November 10. It will be held at Big Boy from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are available at the library, and will also be available to purchase the night of the town hall meeting. 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!”
For more information, call the library at 696-1910.

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Youth donate books to library


The Modern Woodmen of America youth group weeded through their home libraries and brought over 200 books to the Cedar Springs Public Library on September 21.
Eight teens (Jake and Elieen Nelson, Jonathan Shively, Christina Pangborn, Roger Hansen, Grace and Garrett Ebenhoh, and Maddy Misner), accompanied by seven adults made their way to the library and piled dozens of books on a table in the children’s area of the library. Most of the books were new and some were a new series that the library did not yet own.
The Modern Woodmen are always looking for service projects and are behind the scenes at the local food pantry, the library, the cemetery, local nursing homes and more. The Cedar Springs Public Library has a new, beautiful book return thanks to the matching gift from the Woodmen in the amount of $2500. John and Annette Nelson of Cedar Springs have been long-time leaders of the Cedar Springs group.

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Family Fare donates to library programs


 

Pictured (L to R) is Family Fare assistant store manager Howie Fischer, Librarian Donna Clark, and store manager Don Fetrow.

Family Fare in Cedar Springs recently made a donation to the Cedar Springs Public Library of $478, which will support much of the children, tween and teen programming this next year at the library. The store was also the major sponsor for the library’s summer fun carnival ($350). The money came from the Spartan Foundation, which enables local Spartan stores to support programs in their local community.

Library Director Donna Clark was excited about the donation. “It’s so generous,” she said. “This money will go a LONG way for supplies and miscellaneous costs and may even cover the entire school year! That’s value…that’s Spartan!”

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Reading program ends with a bang


Who knew reading could be so much fun?

The Cedar Springs Public Library ended its summer reading program Tuesday, July 26, with a carnival for all ages in Morley Park.  About 340 people enjoyed the petting zoo, inflatable water slide, bounce houses, games, face painting, music, popcorn, chips, ice cream sandwiches and drinks. The Cedar Springs Police paid a visit, and the Cedar Springs Fire Department was there to hose the kids down and keep them cool.

Karla Glerum, on staff for a year at the library, enjoyed her second summer reading program. “Our park party went very smoothly this year.  The water games were a lot of fun! I felt the carnival was a good ending to our reading program.”

Sharrel Bailey, on staff for seven months at the library, enjoyed her first summer reading program. “Seeing so many people in the park, celebrating our reading program, was very fun for me.  I saw the Police and Fire Department on hand and was especially impressed by the show of community support.”

Prizes were also given away. Ethan Eadie, grade 4 and Paige Marsman, grade 3, each won a bike.

The following kids each won a chance to win the big prizes offered Cooperative-wide: Thomas Metiva, 6th grade; Maddie Boomgaard, 3rd grade; Evie Nista, 1st grade; Hannah Reed, Kindergarten; Mumina Ciise, 7th grade. Prizes they could win include a trip to NYC for 4, including $500 in spending money and $500 for food; an overnight stay at Boyne Mountain Resort for 4, including passes to Avalanche Bay; an overnight stay for 4 at Double J Resort in Rothbury; a family 4 pack to the Cranbrooke Institute in Bloomfield Hills; a family membership to John Ball Zoo.

The library’s summer reading program had 1,297 participants this year, starting with opening day on June 13. They had 773 people sign up for the program, with 506 from ages 0 to 6th grade. Grades 7-12 and adults read a whopping 807 books, and there were over 100 prizes to give away. (Watch the August 18 Post for a special ad thanking volunteers and sponsors.)

“We could never have so many quality programs without the support of our local businesses, service organizations and individuals,” said Library Director Donna Clark. “This program is all about our community. We have tremendous support and an outpouring of cash, prizes, in-kind donations and volunteer time.  We are building our community together through our local library. It’s just heartwarming!”

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