Time For The FADL Summer Reading Program
The Fremont Area District Library begins their summer reading program on Friday, June 2nd. All ages are welcome to come in and sign up on or after June 2nd to begin earning prizes for your reading. Children can earn a free pizza, free ice cream, a toy, a free book, honey sticks, Whitecaps and Griffins passes, and entry into the grand prize drawings for an RC car, birthday party at NorthPointe Gymnastics, a trip to Great Lakes Crossings, Detroit Tigers tickets, and more! Teens can earn free pizza from Spanky’s, ice cream from Koffee Kuppe, a free book, and for every book they read, they can enter for chances to win many prizes from local restaurants and stores. Plus finishers will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a $100 Meijer gift card! Adults can earn a free ice cream or drink from Koffee Kuppe, a coupon for seeds or 4-cell veggie or flower from Mellema Nursery, a free book from the Friends Gift Shop, and for every book they read, they can enter for chances to win many prizes from local restaurants and stores. Grand prize drawings are a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card and a $100 Meijer gift card!
The Summer Reading Program is important in helping to prevent the “summer slide,” which is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made in school the previous year. So grab some books, have fun reading, and come to our “Growing Together Now” (FREE) events this summer!
Children’s June Events
Our Summer Reading Kickoff party takes place in the Children’s Department on Friday, June 2nd from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sign up for Summer Reading, make summer crafts, play games, and get a temporary tattoo! Storytimes for babies & toddlers (up to age 3) will be on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., starting June 7th. Family Storytime (up to age 5) will be on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., starting on June 8th. Saturday Storytime will be on June 10th at 11:00 a.m. We’ll also show an afternoon movie (title coming soon) on June 15th at 2:00 p.m.
Our very popular Discovery Tuesday programs will take place in the Community Room on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and last 45 minutes to 1 hour. On June 6th, a presentation called Be Kind to Our Planet (with live animals) will kick off our Discovery Tuesday programs. Mr. Jim will bring us Stacking Our World Together (Cup Stacking) on June 13th. From June 20th-23rd, we’ll have a Scholastic Book Fair in the library’s Community Room. Hours are: Tue, Wed, Fri 10:00-12:00 & 1:00-5:00; Thur 10:00-12:00 & 1:00-7:00. Dance for Kindness will bring us a modern dance/flow arts program on June 27th.
All Ages June Events
The Teen Summer Reading Kickoff Party will be on Friday, June 2nd, at 1:00 p.m. We’ll watch the movie 5000 Blankets, sign up for summer reading, and eat snacks. Paint a Succulent Planter (Registration Required) will be in the Community Room on Thursday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m. Doodling Nature with Victor Du Bois (ages 10 & up) will be on Saturday, June 17th at 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP for Victor’s class by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, but walk-ins are also welcome. Try your hand at pickleball on Thursday, June 22nd at 6:30 p.m. when we host a Family Pickleball Clinic at the courts outside the Rec Center. Paint Your Own Bookends (Registration Required) will take place on Thursday, June 29th at 6:30 p.m. For those that require registration, call the library at 231-928-0256.
The Wednesday Readers book group will meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. The Non-Fiction Book Discussion will meet on Monday, June 19th to discuss Feather Brained by Bot Tarte. The Daytime Book Group and Young Adult Book Club breaks for the summer. New members are welcome to our book groups!
Junk Journaling will be on Wednesday, June 14th from 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. For ages 10 and up. All materials provided.
The adult Summer Reading Program will run from June 2nd to July 27th. Adults can attend an event listed on their reading log and count it as one book read. We’ll have Ron Rademacher here to present Nature Getaways for Live @ the Library. This will be in the Community Room on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. We’ll also have a Movie Monday on June 12th at 2:00 p.m. to show 80 for Brady (PG-13; 98 min). Snacks provided!
This year’s Summer Reading Program is generously sponsored by: Baars Pharmacy, Blondie Blossom Boutique, Bruce's Glass Shop, Blades Hair Design and Boutique, CBD Store of Michigan, Dave's Auto Clinic, Elsie's Ice Cream, Excellence in Vision, Firestorm Gaming, Friends of the Fremont Area District Library, Geers Family Chiropractic, Gerber Federal Credit Union, Gerber, Nestlé, Koffee Kuppe, Lakeside Swirl, Meijer, Mellema Nursery, Moon Dance Café, Nieboer Electric, NCCA-Artsplace, Northern Rustic Designs, NorthPointe Gymnastics, Paulsen Heating & Cooling, Pizza Hut, Reeman Farm Equipment, SHB Gifts & Décor, Spanky's Pizza, The Original Print Shop, White & Associates, Tire Wholesalers Plus, Walmart, and Discovery Toys Pat Durham. For more information about library programs, visit http://www.fremontlibrary.net, or call 231-924-3480.
Photos and article by Donna Iverson
My grandfather always called Jack Pines “weed trees.” This made me feel very sorry for them as a child. Looking back, he was probably referring to their ability to grow and spread like weeds in his apple orchard.
But Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana) is more than just a weed tree. Or rather its qualities of being able to spread and grow rapidly in poor soil is, in my opinion, something of an advantage.
Jack Pine is fast growing even in poor soil. It is often the first tree to appear in land that has been cleared, whether by humans or nature, especially fires. In fact, its cones open and expel its seeds when exposed to the high heat of a fire.
It is our country’s most northern pine species, growing in the Michigan UP, northern lower peninsula, and along Lake Michigan. Jack Pine’s range extends west from the Rocky Mountains up into Canada, east to Nova Scotia. The greatest number of Jack Pines grow in Michigan.
Jack Pines have a craggy look to them with open irregular crowns. They are not your perfectly shaped Christmas tree. They have a twisted growth pattern and can even grow sideways. Other names include Grey Pine and Scrub Pine. Personally, this endears them to me.
In identifying them, look for two needles per cluster. The needles are stiff, coarse, and thick. The trees often grow cheek to jowl, next to each other in a row. Tall trees when fully grown, measuring 20 to 50 feet high. They can survive temperatures as low as -50 degrees.
Jack Pine’s knotty wood is used as pulpwood, fuel, decking and for utility poles. It was once used to make jacks, probably where it gets its name. In landscaping it can be used as a windbreak.
As for wildlife, the endangered Kirtland's Warbler depends on the Jack Line to make its nests. Medicinally, Jack Pine oil has been used to reduce inflammation, clear mucus, and treat skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis.
If you want to try growing a Jack Pine, find a mature cone and soak in very hot water for 8 to 12 hours. Then dry the cone in the sun. The seeds will germinate fast and the tree will grow about 2 feet a year. And please don’t call it a weed tree, unless like me, you are fond of beneficial weeds.
Story and photos by Doug Harmon
Another section of the Dragon Trail is set to open. The trailhead starting at Operator’s Park south of Hardy Dam will soon be completed. The trail follows the pong heading east with the water in view for most of the section. Collaboration between Newaygo County Parks, Mecosta County Parks, Dragon Trail Committee and the Newaygo County Road Commission has ensured this section will be a simple degree of difficulty, easily accessible for wheelchairs,] and walkers.
The one mile section is wider than other sections to provide easier access. The Road Commission finished off the surface with Dolomite, a road making substance that will pack in like concrete and remain durable for years to come. Finishing the walkway requires the installation of a bridge which is on schedule to be completed in the next couple of weeks.
If you have not checked out the trail, this section allows for easy access and there is ample parking at Operator’s Park with restrooms, a swimming beach and picnic tables on site for a relaxing event.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Dragon Trail, Hardy Pond and what Newaygo County has to offer in our great outdoors.