First observed in 1958, National Library Week is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA). The theme this year is “Libraries = Strong Communities.”
Families with babies and preschoolers can participate in a variety of early literacy opportunities; teens can test out their gaming skills; history buffs can delve into the past; and everyone can enjoy free concerts by the fireplace. Meeting space is available for community groups and organizations by request.
In addition to the brick-and-mortar resources, the library’s digital resources are available on demand. Visit the library’s website at sllib.org to find magazines, movies, music, eBooks and more.
In the process of choosing auto or home insurance? Click on the Financial Ratings Series, a combination of Weiss Ratings & The Street Ratings, to research the financial strength of insurance companies as well as banks, mutual funds, credit unions and more from the convenience of your home or office.
SLDL has a variety of events planned for National Library Week.
The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, April 7, from 3-4 p.m.
National Library Week kicks off with a free concert by the fireplace featuring the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo. Enjoy tango, blues and jazz music performed by flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron.
Tuesday, April 9, 9:45 a.m.
Little Movers Storytime is designed for children under 3-years-old who are walking and their caregivers. Stories, songs and play time are included in this delightful early literacy opportunity.
Tuesday, April 9, 11 a.m.
Baby Bounce Storytime is for babies not yet walking and their caregivers. What could be more adorable than babies enjoying stories and music during their first library visits?
Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.
If you live in Michigan, you may think access to fresh drinking water will always be available. New research indicates this may not necessarily be true. Learn about the natural and human-induced factors that are contributing to declining water levels in the natural water storage systems that are located deep underground in West Michigan and used by many people as their primary source of drinking water. Guest speaker: Paul Sachs, Ottawa County director of planning and performance improvement.
Wednesday, April 10, 9:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.
Families with children ages 0-5 are welcome to join participate in monthly Play ‘n Learn sessions. An initiative of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, each gathering includes stories, interactive play, and information about reading readiness for parents. All families receive a free book to take home.
Wednesday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The SLDL Tech Team is out and about. Stop by Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging and get answers to your questions about downloading eBooks, movies, music and more.
Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime, designed for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers, features stories, music, dancing, and crafts as well as the opportunity to socialize with other families.
Thursday, April 11, at 4 p.m.
Full STEAM Ahead. Creative science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities. Boys and girls ages 7-12 are invited to create sun catchers made with contact and tissue paper.
Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
Advanced Master Gardener Susan Thorpe shares her knowledge about sustainable vegetable gardening. Bring your questions for the expert.
Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vital Records Control, formerly known as Kent Record Management, is partnering with SLDL to provide paper shredding services. Individuals may bring up to 100 pounds of paper to the collection truck that will be parked in the library’s lot. The paper will be transported to Vital Records Control for shredding at their facility.
For more information about National Library Week events or online resources, call 616-846-5770 or visit sllib.org. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.