STEAM, Storytime, and More at Fremont Library
The Fremont Area District Library is planning to host many fun and educational events in February for the whole family. These events are, as always, free.
The Winter Reading Challenge for all ages continues through March 1st. Children can sign up in the Children’s Department and teens and adults can sign up at the Reference Desk. Each age group will get a reading log with a challenge to complete, and when finished, you can bring it in for a prize. Teens will also be entered into raffle drawings for each book read and both teens and children will be included in a grand prize drawing when finished. Winter Reading is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Fremont Area District Library.
Toddler Storytime, for babies and toddlers up to age 3, is held weekly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., and Family Storytime for children up to age 5 is held weekly on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. A special Snowman Saturday Storytime, for children up to age 5 will be on February 10th at 11:00 a.m. in the Community Room in partnership with the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce. We’ll be showing the Children’s Afternoon Movie Wish (PG; 95 min) on Thursday, February 22nd at 4:00 p.m. Snacks will be served, and all are welcome.
Tinkering Tuesdays continues this month. You bring the imagination, and we'll provide everything you need! Simple building and art concepts for kids to construct on their own or in a group. Finished creations will be put on display for a week. REGISTRATION REQUIRED - For ages 6-9 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sign up your child two weeks before each activity, until filled, by calling 231-924-3480 or seeing the front desk. See dates below. Limit of 15 children each week.
February 6th: Free play
February 13th: Artsplace at the library
February 20th: Learn to write your name in braille
February 27th: Mini lid banjos
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead also continues this month. This includes the same concepts as Tinkering Tuesdays, but for ages 10-12. REGISTRATION REQUIRED - 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Sign up your child two weeks before each activity, until filled, by calling 231-924-3480 or seeing the front desk. See dates below. Limit of 15 children each week.
February 7th: Free play
February 15th: Artsplace at the library
February 21st: Learn to write your name in braille
February 28th: Mini lid banjos
Even More Events!
Fit for Life Exercise is on Mondays and Wednesdays weekly through March 27th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. This is a low-impact exercise class perfect for all adults and levels of fitness. Junk Journaling for ages 10 and up will take place on Thursday, February 8th anytime between 6:00-8:00 p.m. This is a scrapbooking and journal hybrid. Use up what you have and supplement with found, recycled, repurposed and thrifted items. Materials provided. We’ll show the movie Love Again (PG-13; 104 min) for our Movie Monday on February 12th at 2:00 p.m. Snacks will be provided.
Silent Book Club: Come as you are and read what you want, with no interaction necessary! The first and last minutes can be social if you'd like--the rest of the time is silent reading. Gather by the South fireplace on Sunday, February 11th from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The Wednesday Readers Book Group will meet on Monday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Tempest by Beverly Jenkins. The Non-Fiction Book Discussion will meet on Monday, February 19th at 6:00 p.m. to discuss Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama. The Daytime Book Group will meet on Wednesday, February 28th to discuss Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. Books for all of these groups are available at the library’s front desk ahead of the meeting if you’d like to check out a copy and join the groups.
UFO Club (NEW!): UFO stands for UnFinished Object. Bring a project to work on while you socialize with other crafters. Gather by the south tables along the parking lot on Sunday, February 25th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for this drop-in event.
Tween Book Club (NEW!): Calling all magnificent Middle Schoolers! This new Tween Book Club, for 6th-8th graders will be munching on free delicious pizza and snacks in the teen area of the library while discussing books. On February 27th from 3:30-5:00, we’ll be discussing our first book, The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Books are available to check out at the library's front desk. For more info call 231-928-0256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. New students always welcome.
For more information about any of these events, please contact the library at 231-924-3480 or visit www.fremontlibrary.net.
Regulation amendment for select rivers takes effect this spring
The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently adopted regulation changes to establish a daily possession limit of one (1) rainbow trout 20 inches or greater year-round on select rivers, effective April 1, 2024. The amendment will be a new component of the current daily possession limit regulation covering Type 3 and Type 4 waters where five (5) fish, but no more than three (3) trout 15 inches or greater with only one (1) rainbow trout 20 inches or greater are allowed.
The selected rivers are listed below by type regulation category. Where a confluence is mentioned, that simply means the point where two flowing bodies of water join together.
Type 3 waters
Type 4 waters
The new fishing regulations came in response to public comment to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in support of lower bag limits for steelhead to increase catch and release opportunities in certain rivers that support natural reproduction of steelhead.
The regulation changes will be reflected in the 2024 fishing regulations booklet, which will be available at Michigan.gov/DNRRegs in March 2024, and on the Michigan DNR Hunt and Fish app April 1, 2024
Free event open to first 30 registrants
In 1996, the Kropscott family donated an 80 acre farmstead to Newaygo Conservation District with the agreement that the site would be kept in agriculture and be used to teach and model environmental education. Today, Kropscott Farm Environmental Center contains the Stephen F Wessling Observatory, nature trails, education labs and classrooms, as well as pasture land and an agroforestry project. KFEC hosts farm visits from all 5 Newaygo County public schools and seasonal community social events.
The farm’s winter 2024 workshop will take place Sunday, January 14 from 1:00 - 4:00pm. This winter’s event will be open to the first 30 registrants as opposed to the open house format KFEC has used in the past. Guests will participate in learning to build a fire, making “food art” to take home, s’mores at the fire ring, free grilled hot dogs and hot chocolate, examination of the mineral composition of rocks, and a forest hike (perhaps with snowshoes!).
Registration is free and open to the first 30 community members ages 6 and up who register online. Kids younger than 6 are welcome without registration as long as they’re with a registered adult. Just scan the QR code or go to our Facebook page for a link to the sign-up website.