It was a record-setting day Monday, June 8, when over 802 people visited the Cedar Springs Public Library, for the kickoff of the annual summer reading program.
“Opening Day was amazing, with crowds swarming in and out of the library, signing up, getting reading logs and free themed book bags stuffed with goodies and the library’s open hours,” remarked Library Director Donna Clark.
She said they gave out 490 of the 500 bags they had on hand. So far 575 kids and adults have signed up for the summer, and more will come. “We normally end up with over 700,” explained Clark.
At least 10 people got new library cards and bags full of books were taken home.
Outside, more books were offered at the Friends of the Library Book Sale. They made $294 for the day and were happy that books were heading to area homes.
Children enjoyed free ice cream, and some adorable bunnies, pigs, goats, and sheep from a local petting zoo and 4H club. “It was so much fun to watch the young students share about their favorite animal with other community children,” remarked Clark.
Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser was there with his team to show off the fire truck and rescue squad vehicle. Stacy Velting, Fire Dept. volunteer, said that the kids loved crawling through the back of the rescue truck and she thought that just about every child made his/her way through.
“I love doing these events for the community,” said Fraser.
Overall, 38 volunteers helped out at the event.
Reading logs through grade 6 have 5 weekly coupons. Each coupon is filled with 30 minute blocks to 2.5 hours. Each coupon gives students a weekly reward from local restaurants. Beyond those prizes, other large prizes are waiting for the big Celebration Carnival, when all the big prizes will be given out. The grand local prizes include a Kindle Fire, two bicycles, and more.
Clark said that at the end of the day, their door People Counter registered 802 persons. “That’s the closest we can get to the actual number, as most people came in the side door and never passed through the front door,” she explained.
The most they have ever had previously was 650.
“We made history June 8 at the Cedar Springs Public Library,” said Clark. “We all envision how great it will be to have this event at our new location on Main Street, in a library five times the size of this one, and with a fabulous wide-open yard and an amphitheater at the back of the property along the Meijer White Pine Trail! It will happen…we have the location, a site plan, an architect and around half the money raised already. Ask how you can get involved with the community group who is assisting the library and others in dreaming big dreams for Cedar Springs – the Community Building Development Team at CSCommunityCenter.org.