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Good News You Need for June 5

Posted at 10:12 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 10:12:15-04

Throughout the stay at home order, Kent District Library has been offering everyone a wide array of digital materials. But starting Monday, you'll be able to return any books you've been hanging on to.

Staff will then clean these items and put them in quarantine for a few days before they're returned to shelves. Then on June 15 curbside services will begin and you can place an order online and pick it up from the library in your car.

Finally branches plan to open to the public July 6 and will have several safety measures in place.

Kent District Library tells us they currently have more than 240,000 items checked out, so book drops may be busy the first few days.

John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids is getting ready to reopen with new healthy and safety measures.

The zoo will welcome members only starting today, and everyone else can tart visiting on Monday.

They'll be open at a limited capacity, so you'll have to reserve your time by buying tickets online ahead of time.

There will be signs reminding people to stay 6-feet apart, and hand washing stations.

Employees will be wearing masks, and while it's not required, they recommend guests wear them as well.

As businesses in downtown Grand Rapids continue to rebuild following last weekend's riots, some artists are finding a way to bring light to all of the boarded up windows.

After seeing the damage in downtown Grand Rapids, artist Amelia Volwiler-Stanley, was inspired to start reaching out to businesses, asking if she and other artists could liven up their boarded windows.

She reached out to another area artist and started a piece on the side of Old World Olive Press.

The art helping to maintain the momentum of the current cultural movement and bringing recovery to the hurting city.

The group says their next task will be painting boarded-up sections of the Fitzgerald Building, which sits across from Veterans Memorial Park on Library Street.

Wash your hands, that's the message we've all heard since the start of the pandemic. But a Baltimore shop owner is trying to make hand-washing more accessible to wash up outdoors.

He's building portable hand-washing stations to set up across the area.

He first used his portable sinks at events like festivals. Now he sees a much larger need.

For many in the country, it symbolizes breakfast on the go, but today highlights the past war-time value of doughnuts.

According to the National Day Calendar, the Salvation Army created the day in 1938 to honor not only the sweet treat, but the women who served them to soldiers in World War I. These ladies were called the Salvation Army Lassies, and used the treats to boost the morale of the troops. Now they commonly boost the morale of those craving a sweet fix.

Donuts come glazed, iced, cream-filled, or topped with just about anything you can imagine.

Score a free goody from Krispy Kreme and other places today to mark the occasion.