Monday, 11 December, 2017


Starting the Holiday Season @ yourlibrary

Amy Dettmer, Assistant Library Director


Thanksgiving is over; the turkey has been put away and our attention is turning toward other holidays. Next weekend the community wide celebration, WinterGlo Festival, kicks off the Holiday and winter season in the area. There is a whole weekend of activities: the lights will be flipped on the Central School grounds, family movie and popcorn at Old Central School, warm winter stories and crafts for kids at the library, a storytime at Lake + Co. with PEEF the Christmas Bear, and the list goes on. A full schedule can be found on visitgrandrapids.com.


To help get you in the mood check out these holiday music CDs:

Sounds of the Season Various performers including the Goo Goo Dolls and Rod Stewart. Kenny G performs with his saxophones on Miracles: the Holiday Album. Who can forgetthe animated

TV show Charlie Brown Christmas with the catchy little tunes?  Vince Guaraldi plays piano and is joined by other musicians on Charlie Brown’s Holiday Hits.


Need some crafting inspiration? Try some of these books: Pretty in Patchwork. Holidays: 30+ Seasonal Patchwork Projects to Piece, Stitch and Love by John Q. Adams.   With a robust basics section, step-by-step color illustrations and color variations throughout, this title can help you deck your halls instyle. It offers a collection of projects such as pieced polar bear and penguin pillows, a too-cute pillowcase and matching hedgehog stuffy, stockings, ornaments, tree skirts and more.

 Crafts to Make in the Winter by Kathy Ross.Presents instructions for creating twenty-nine craft projects with a winter or holiday theme, including a confetti noise maker, Christmas candy ornament, baggy snowman, lace snowflake, bird valentine, and more.

Easy Carving Projects for Kids by Robin Trudel. Presents thirty-six woodcarving projects, ranging in difficulty from beginner's carvingsto advanced woodcuts for printing, and includes such carvingcrafts as a pan flute, napkin holders, and holiday ornaments.


Passport Services.The library is a Passport Acceptance Facility, which is a public sector office that is designated to accept passport applications on the State Department’s behalf. Passport Acceptance Facilities complete the verification required for applicants applying for a passport on a DS-11form, which includes all minor and first-time applicants. The library also has the DS-82 form for renewing a passport. Renewals are done through mail and sent in by the applicant.

Stop at the reference desk in the library for passport information.


Upcoming Programs @ the library

Monday, November 27, Book Time. At 9:30 am and 10:30 am it’s Book Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, and all other sorts of fun! Then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit.


Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 pm.: Loss and What Remains: The Impacts of Dementia presented by Anne-Marie Erickson, Cindy Brummer, Robyn Gunnerson & Theresa Ellison.

Dementia is a progression of memory  loss and physical decline. Look at the on-going losses faced both by a person with dementia and his or her loved ones and caregivers. Excerpts from Erickson's memoir, the story of her husband’s journey through dementia, serve as a springboard for audience questions and conversation with a panel of resource persons. 

Saturday, December 2, Saturday Story Time. At 10:15 am and 11:15 am it’s time for Saturday Story Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books and songs, then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit. Families may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending this Story Time.