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Summer reading kicks off at library


Kids enjoyed superheroes at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photo by J. Reed.

Kids enjoyed superheroes at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photo by J. Reed.

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.

Kids enjoyed ice cream at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photos by J. Reed.

Kids enjoyed ice cream at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photo by J. Reed.

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.

Kids enjoyed a petting zoo at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photo by J. Reed.

Kids enjoyed a petting zoo at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photo by J. Reed.

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.

For a complete lineup of all the programs featured during the summer reading program, download our special “Beat the Boredom” pullout  or visit www.cedarspringslibrary.org.

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Library’s summer reading program kicks off Monday


Cedar Springs Mayor Jerry Hall and his wife (and Library Board member) Amy signing up their young grandsons, Elijah, 1 and EzCedar Springs Mayor Jerry Hall and his wife (and Library Board member) Amy signing up their young grandsons, Elijah, 1 and Ezra, 5, for the many programs ahead.ra, 5, for the many programs ahead.

Cedar Springs Mayor Jerry Hall and his wife (and Library Board member) Amy signing up their young grandsons, Elijah, 1 and EzCedar Springs Mayor Jerry Hall and his wife (and Library Board member) Amy signing up their young grandsons, Elijah, 1 and Ezra, 5, for the many programs ahead.ra, 5, for the many programs ahead.

Whether you are young or old, a parent or a grandparent, aunt, uncle or no relation at all…it’s time to get out to the Cedar Springs Public Library and get everyone signed up for this year’s annual Summer Reading Program!

This year’s theme is “Heroes,” and 25 programs are scheduled from June 8 to August 5. There are programs for every age group, babies to seniors, and every Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Middle School there is a family program, with exciting presenters, starting on Wednesday, June 17. There will be a master magician, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Zeemo, the Cool Scientist and Yo Yo Guy, John Ball Traveling Zoo, Master Arts Street Theatre, and the Wolverine Skyhawks will host an Air Show at their landing strip on July 29 out at 13540 West Street.

It all kicks off this Monday, June 8, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Cedar Springs Library. There will be free ice cream from Kelly’s Restaurant, free themed book bags, courtesy of ChoiceOne Bank, a huge Friends book sale (starts at 10 a.m.), and the Double “K” Petting Barn with help from Animal Junction 4H Club. The CS Fire Department will be on hand to give guided tours of our beautiful, shiny, red fire truck.

The reading program ends with a huge Grand Finale Summer Reading Carnival at Morley Park from 2-5 p.m. on August 5, where we will have a giant expo put on by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department with giveaways (bike and helmets). There will be an armored car, mounted police, a robot, and various other vehicles and police equipment to share. The Museum will be open. There will also be a water slide, music, the Solon Wesleyan Obstacle Course they just built, ice cream sandwiches, popcorn and games.

From start to finish, you will want to participate all summer. Every week there will be special coupon prizes for our readers through 12th grade.  Coupons like a free ice cream at KC’s, free Jr. meal at Kelly’s and Big Boy, breadsticks from Hungry Howies, pizza from Riccardi’s, cookie from Main Street, not to mention great final prizes and giveaways. It’s a double pleasure—reading and winning prizes.

And who knows? Maybe next year we will have our summer reading program in a new library facility. Keep checking the library’s website (cedarspringslibrary.org) and the Community Building Development Team’s website (CSCommunityCenter.org) to find ways to get involved and to see what is happening all around you.

For more info on the summer reading program, call 696-1910.

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Summer Reading at KDL Returns to Kent District Library


 

Last year, Kent District Library had the busiest summer reading program of any public library system in Michigan with 29,291 participants. This year’s Summer Reading at KDL program runs from Monday, June 1 to Saturday, August 8. With reading activities and prizes for babies, kids, teens and adults, Summer Reading @ KDL offers something for everyone.

KDL is also offering an exciting line-up of free summer programs, including Hooper Heroes, Jibber Jams, Magic to the Rescue, DIY Spa, Cupcake Wars, De-stressing Techniques at your Fingertips and so much more!

Studies show that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation. Kent District Library’s summer reading program is an important step in helping to prevent what’s known as summer reading loss by providing programs and activities that encourage learning while children and teens are away from school. It’s a great way for families to Celebrate Heroes this summer.

Sign up for Summer Reading at KDL starting June 1 at any of KDL’s 18 branch locations. For more information, call 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.

 

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Library celebrates reading program


ENT-Library-carnival1About 180 local readers gathered on the grounds of the Cedar Springs Library on Wednesday, August 21, to celebrate reading and the end of the 20 programs just completed in the 6 weeks of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program.

Spartan Stores/Family Fare sponsors the celebration each year, donating dozens of prizes, ice cream sandwiches, water, a couple of bicycles, and bringing in the fun—a water slide, music, a petting zoo and bouncy houses and games, all local vendors.

ENT-Library-carnival2Adding to the fun was Independent Bank with the popcorn, ChoiceOne Bank with a bean bag toss, Pastor Craig Owens and Sue Wolfe with a basketball toss game, and the Cedar Springs Fire Chief, Marty Fraser, with his team of Fire Fighters and the beautiful, big red fire truck! Kids love fire trucks and firemen!

A big thanks to all who have taken part in the Library’s summer reading program. Please see the POST’s half-page ad the Library ran on August 1 to see the exhaustive list of local businesses, service organizations, churches, and individuals. This literacy outreach is supported by our entire community in a grand way. To see pictures of the Carnival, go to the Cedar Springs Public Library’s Facebook page.

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Get ready for summer reading


Matthew Landry was the first to register his family for the CS Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Dig into Reading.”

Matthew Landry was the first to register his family for the CS Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Dig into Reading.”

It’s time again to register for the Cedar Springs Public Library’s Summer Reading program!

This year’s theme is “Dig into Reading.”

Opening day for the program is June 10. There will be free book bags, ice cream, and even a petting zoo to celebrate! Normal registration for this program is around 700 each year, and crowds number around 600 on opening day alone. Stop by the library at the corner of Cherry and Second St. to register. Themed T-shirts are also available to order for $10 or 2 for $15.

There are plenty of fun programs on tap this summer for all ages at the library. You won’t want to miss them! Turn to pages 6-7 for all the details.

 

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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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