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Author of Slaves Soldiers Citizens Speaks at Spring Lake District Library

Author of Slaves Soldiers Citizens Speaks at Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI-Dr. Wallace K. Ewing, local historian and author, will be the guest speaker at Spring Lake District Library on Wed., June 22 at 7:00 p.m. Ewing will be talking about his new book, Slaves Soldiers Citizens: African Americans in Northwest Ottawa County. Ewing’s book contains information about the African Americans who settled in Northwest Ottawa County in the 1800’s, including those who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. A book signing will follow the presentation.

For more information, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.

Native American Dance Performances at Spring Lake and Loutit Libraries

Spring Lake, MI- Spring Lake District Library and Loutit District Library will be hosting traditional Native American dancers presented by the Nokomis Learning Center as part of the summer reading program, One World Many Stories.  Children will learn how traditional Native Americans dressed as well as the meaning of what they wore and the differences in dance between men and women.  Children will also be invited throughout the show to participate and experience a variety of traditional dances. 

The dancing will begin at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., Spring Lake at 10:30 am on Monday, June 20. Loutit District Library, located at 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven, will host the program at 2:00 pm on June 20. 

This Summer Reading Program event is a collaborative effort of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, the Friends of Spring Lake District Library, and the Loutit District Library.  

SLHS Lip Dub 2011

SLHS Lip Dub 2011

Spring Lake High School recently released a lip dub. The dub is done to the song "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan.

Click Here to watch the lip dub.

Loutit District Library to host colonial tea complimenting the “John Adams Unbound “exhibit

Loutit District Library to host colonial tea complimenting the “John Adams Unbound “exhibit

GRAND HAVEN -- What were colonial teas like in the 18th century during the John Adams years from 1735 to 1826? What did hosts and hostesses serve? What was the etiquette and equipage? Did guests sit at tables or stand together conversing like an 18th century-style “meet and greet?”

All these questions and more will be answered at Loutit District Library Library’s “Colonial Tea with John Adams” on June 27 at 2:00 p.m.in Program Rooms A and B.

Wendy Van Woerkom, Logistics and Planning Coordinator for the Education Department and an historic interpreter at George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, presents this free colonial event with recipes sent to the library by Gail Cassidy, manger of interpretation at Mount Vernon.

Sunday Art Market to start June 5

Sunday Art Market to start June 5

Join us for the second season of the Sunday Art Market, a juried market showcasing established and emerging artists from West Michigan.  You will find an ever-changing display of fine art and high-end crafts such as pottery, metal works, photography, jewelry, textile arts and more under the green canopy next to Chinook Pier at Harbor and First Streets.  The Art Market is scheduled to begin Sunday, June 5 and run through September 11 from 11 am to 2 pm.  There is a nominal fee for participating.  Artists can contact the Chamber at 616.842.4910 or email artistsms-sundayartmarket@yahoo.com to request an application.  Come explore the talents and creativity of our area artists.

Wooden Boat Show, June 4, 2011 at Keenan Marine

Wooden Boat Show, June 4, 2011 at Keenan Marine

Held annually since 2004, the Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show of 2011 will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The show will feature wooden runabouts, utilities, campers, classic glass and more.

Additional activities will include a build-a-boat activity table and float-your-boat for kids.

There is no cost for the show. Click Here for additional information.

“John Adams Unbound” traveling exhibition comes to Loutit District Library

“John Adams Unbound” traveling exhibition comes to Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Michigan -- John Adams Unbound, a traveling exhibition opening at the Loutit District Library (LDL) on June 27 at 9:00 a.m., explores the personal library of John Adams, a collection of 3,500 books willed by Adams to the people of Massachusetts and deposited in the Boston Public Library in 1894. This remarkable collection of books provides first-hand insight into how John Adams shaped American history and how he was shaped through his lifelong dedication to reading and books.

"We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition," said John Martin, director of LDL. "John Adams’s dedication to self-education and intellectual reflection will be an inspiration to our library’s customers and to our community."