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

It's that time of year again! School's out, summer is nearly here and it's time for River Rapid's Library's Summer Reading for kids and teens. Our theme this year is "Oceans of Possibility" and there are prizes and activities all through June and July to encourage readers. You can sign up online by clicking here. Check out our upcoming activities on our calendar, website or facebook page. Download Kids or Teen Reading logs below.

Summer Reading Signup for our Library children and teens. Click Here to signup.

Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17 - Summer Reading Sign-up
Tuesday, June 21⋅2:00 – 3:00pm - Kids - Create Personal Aquarium in Cole Park
Thursday, June 23⋅2:00 – 3:00pm - Teens - Create Personal Aquarium at Library
Tuesday, June 28⋅2:00 – 3:00pm - Kids & Teens - Under the Sea Music Program in Cole Park
Tuesday, July 5⋅2:00 – 3:00pm - Kids Pirate Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, July 7⋅2:00 – 3:00pm - Teens Pirate Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, July 12⋅2:00 – 3:00pm - Kids Sea Shell Craft & Coloring in the Library
Thursday, July 14⋅2:00 – 3:00pm - Teens Sea Shell Craft & Coloring in the Library
Tuesday, July 19⋅2:00 – 3:00pm - Kids Lego Activity in Library
Thursday, July 21⋅2:00 – 3:00pm - Teens Lego Activity in Library
Monday, July 25 - Friday July 29 - Kids & Teens Take Home Craft - Pick up at Library available all week.
Thursday, July 28 - 2:00 p.m. - Kids & Teens Animal Program in Cole Park

We needed a bulletin board for our upcoming summer reading program. This year the theme is "Oceans of Possibility". I created and printed a tiled background and then hung fish and other aquatic creatures in front of it using fishline attached to the ceiling tiles. Scroll down to find out how I did it using free software and public domain images.

  1. I searched https://freesvg.org to find a cartoon style underwater scene.

2. I used inkscape (a free vector image editor) to remove the objects I didn't want) and added the text "Oceans of Possibility". I added a gradient color to the text and then modified the shape with Inkscape's tweak tool to make them look wavy.

3. After I finished the background scene in Inkscape I used Plakativ (another free open source tool) to resize the image to the size of the bulletin board and divide it into overlapping tiles so I could print it out to individual 11x17 inch sheets of paper.

4. I trimmed and then stapled the tiled sheets to the bulletin board.

5. I found cute cartoon fish and sea creatures on freesvg.org

6. I used our Cricut to "Print and Cut" the animals on cardstock. I printed two images of each fish with the second one being mirrored so I could glue them back to back.

7. I punched a small hole in each of the printed sea animals and attached them to a length of fishing line. Using a paper clip at the other end of the fishing line I attached them to the ceiling tile framework just in front of the bulletin board.

That's it! Would you be interested in a workshop at the library on how to make your own tiled bulletin board backgrounds? Let us know and if we get enough interest we will schedule a hands on workshop so you can learn how to create your own posters, bulletin boards or other large scale images.

We needed a hook to hold one of the keys at the library. We wanted it to fit in one of the adjustable shelf peg holes. Rather than try to find something to purchase, our 3d printer came to the rescue. It took about 15 minutes to design and 6 minutes to print a custom hook that fit tightly in the peg hole. Quick and Easy!

Remember our Prusa Mini Plus 3d printer is available for patron use. Schedule a training time with James and start on your first 3d project.

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