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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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Friends of the Library


Friends of the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library ended the year of 2010 by donating $25,000.00 (twenty-five-thousand dollars) to Nelson Township toward the reduction of the balance due on the mortgage of the library.  Since the construction of the new facility, which was completed in 2007, the Friends have contributed $55,000.00 toward reduction of the mortgage debt.
Landscaping and development and maintenance of the prairie surrounding the library are also high on the Friend’s list of goals.  Since 2007 $31,600.00 (thirty-one-six-hundred dollars) has gone toward planting trees and shrubbery, improving the prairie and developing a rain garden north of the library.
Last fall the donor bricks were laid around the flagpole and along the sidewalk leading to the library. Bricks in the project were purchased: in honor of veterans and those in military service; In memory of those no longer with us; By organizations wishing to be remembered; and families and individuals. Contributions for additional bricks may still be made at the library.  Bricks are $50.00 each and may contain up to 3 lines of engraving.
New officers installed at the January meeting were: President Maureen Mahoney, Vice President Laura Hoffman, Secretary Carol Barber, Treasurer Dorothy Bishop and Trustees Judy Kruithoff, Fran Daniels, and Jean Anderson.
Meetings are held at the library in January, March, May, July, September and November on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. The organization welcomes new members who would like to be involved with various projects and events and become an advocate for the library.

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Library gets computer grant


Deb Schuiteman, store manager at Meijer, hands Librarian Donna Clark a portion of the grant money that Meijer requested on behalf of area nonprofits through the Pepsi Refresh Program.

If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
The Cedar Springs Public Library was notified recently that they had $407 waiting for them at our local Meijer store from the Pepsi Refresh program. Knowing that the library needed to replace at least four of their six computers, Librarian Donna Clark thought, ”That’s great! That’s half of one computer!”
Clark said she was then invited to apply for more money to see if she could get the “other half” of the computer. “I wrote the request and was notified by
Deb (Schuiteman, store manager,) that Meijer had granted us another $500 to be used in store for anything they offered in the way of computer software, supplies, etc.,” remarked Clark.
She said Schuiteman is retiring after 37 years of service at Meijer, and the money for the library will be among the last of her “Meijer good deeds.”
Clark noted that they would be replacing all six computers and they are being provided in memory of Lois Arthur (2+), one by Meijer, and three by Mike and Alice Holton. Four are public computers and two are for staff.

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Library teen film festival


Go beyond YouTube! Teens in 6-12th grade are invited to meet the challenge of producing a real film for the Kent District Library Teen Film Festival. The top ten entries will be shown on the big screen at Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Drive NE on Saturday February 12 at 10:30 a.m. Prizes go to three winners. Film submissions are due this Saturday, January 8! Additional information and applications can be found at www.kdl.org/teens/go/film_contest.

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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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