River Rapids District Library
227 E. Broad St.
Chesaning, MI 48616

Our Cricut helped make another crafting success story. With an upcoming Bridal Shower what to do for the invitations? With the help of the Library's Cricut craft cutter these invitations were quickly created in plenty of time to mail them out. A simple curved edge design with cutout flower silhouettes made just the right look for the Bride.

Remember our Cricut is available for patron use. Just schedule a training session with James to start creating your own craft projects.

This display shelf needed something else to finish it off. Using the Library's Cricut our patron was able to take a dollar store galvanized metal sign and add appropriate text. One colorful daisy later and it was ready to be placed beneath the shelf.

Galvanized Sign with the words "It's so good to be home"

Remember our Cricut is available for patron use. Just schedule a training session with James to start creating your own craft projects.

We recently received an ION VCR2PC unit on loan. This makes converting VHS video tapes to DVD's much easier and faster. It also captures the color better on older video tapes. Interested in converting some of your old family memories on VHS to DVD? Schedule a time with James to learn how to put your old VHS tapes to DVD.

For those of you who have already used our old hardware and software you will be excited to see how much easier and quicker this is to use. If you know the length of the video tape you want to convert you can simply put a blank DVD-r disc in the laptop, start the video tape and press Record in the software. Your DVD will automatically be burned. No more babysitting the unit. Just start it and let it record, convert and burn your new DVD. It is also about 25% faster to complete then before.

Don't risk losing those old memories. Call and schedule an appointment with James to learn how to use this equipment.

We are all trying to get used to our new cabinets because everything has been moved. We wanted to label them but not actually put labels on permanently. Once again our 3d printer came to the rescue.

Want to make your own 3d printed designs? Schedule a class with James and learn how to design, create and print your 3d objects!

If it has been a while since you've explored our website you are in for a pleasant surprise. We have completely remade the site, making it faster and in the process organized the content to make it easier to find what you need. Be sure and take a look around and try some of the new features at (https://riverrapidslibrary.org). Check our schedule to see when we are open. Search our online catalog for a book right from the site. See what's new in children, teen and adult books. Read the latest blog post. Download the Libby app to read eBooks on your phone, tablet or other device. Learn about our current and upcoming events as well as our regular weekly activities. The neat thing is that all of the above resources are found right on our homepage and there's lots more fun and exciting resources on the rest of the pages. Be sure and take a look.

p.s. If you spot a typo or dead link let us know on with the email link on the bottom of the website.

January 26th was Michigan's 175th Birthday. January 27th was National Chocolate Cake day. We decided to combine them for Story Hour Fun! First we read "Froggy Bakes a Cake" by Jonathan London. Then we decorated a birthday card for Michigan by gluing on scraps of Birthday Wrapping Paper to a map of Michigan.

Finally each child helped place a white vinyl map of Michigan onto a blue mug to take home. To make it even better each cup was sent home with the dry ingredients to make a chocolate Mug Cake. We finished off with a snack - Chocolate Brownie Cakes of course! Special thanks to Bethany Goff for helping out these past two weeks.

p.s. We had a bad roll of white vinyl and it didn't adhere to the mugs very well. If your child's mug is losing its vinyl please stop by the library and we have some replacements already cut out and ready to apply.

January 20th was "Penguin Awareness" Day so we had a penguin story and a penguin craft. Here's how a couple of our penguins turned out. The hat and scarf were mounted with Velcro so they could be changed to different colors. Be sure and come out for this week's Thursday Night Story hour at 6:00 p.m. to see what fun things we will be doing.

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