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March Madness 2015 Winner

…artime, the book is as precise and artful and ingenious as the puzzle boxes the heroine’s locksmith father builds for her. Impressively, it is also a vastly entertaining feat of storytelling.” –New York Times Book Review “Enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears, it is completely unsentimental — no mean trick when you consider that Doerr’s two protagonists are children who h…

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A week or so ago I had to attend my cousin’s wedding in the Upper Peninsula.  To save on gas I carpooled with my parents.  I found myself crammed in the backseat with the family dog and a pile of books to pass the time.  This was a familiar trip for me, so like the many family vacations to visit our Yooper relatives from my youth, only this time my siblings were driving separate and I didn’t spend it arguing over who had more space. …

Get in SYNC

Do you love audiobooks? Are you a fan of YA fiction? Are you a teen? If you’ve answered yes to all three of those questions I’ve got good news for you. This summer, starting May 30 SYNC will be offering two free teen audiobook downloads each week.  These MP3 titles can be downloaded for free via Overdrive Media Console.  Titles will alternate over the summer and you’ll have seven days in which to download a book.  Below is the…

Celebrate Children’s Book Week at GRPL

Children can create a work of art during the month of May on these dates at one of Grand Rapids Public Library’s eight branches. We will read the book “Press Here” by Herve Tullet and create art with an artist from Cook Art Center operated by Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities based on that book. Come celebrate Childrens Book Week with us and make something beautiful to take home….

Librarian Roger Patterson R. I. P.

This week you will find the obituary in the Grand Rapids Press of Leroy (Leroy? who knew?) Roger Patterson, commonly known as Roger Patterson to anyone who worked for the library or used the library in the 1960s and 1970s, especially if you lived on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. He worked at the main library in the History and Music section, when the reference area was divided into specific sections. He also worked to promote chil…

Celebrate Skippyjon Jones!

This week, all library locations are celebrating  Childrens Book Week 2012. Come hear a Skippyjon Jones story and make a cool piece of art inspired by the book. An artist from Cooks Arts Center which will be leading the art project. For children 10 and under. Monday, May 7 at the Yankee Clipper Branch at 6pm Wednesday, May 9 at the Ottawa Hills Branch at 6:30pm Thursday, May 10 at the Madison Square Branch at 6:30pm Friday, May 11 at the…

Using the Library

…cies Facility Rental Library Tours Parking Parking at all seven branch locations is free. The Main Library offers 1-hour of free validated parking for patrons available in the gated lot next to the Main Library. Parking rates are $1.10 per half hour afterwards during the week, free on weekends. Tickets can be validated in the lobby of the Main Library. Checkout Limits You can check out a total of 100 items on your card. Books on CD, MP3 d

Getting Fancy at Yankee Clipper

Twenty-three fancy people celebrated Fancy Nancy during Childrens Book Week at Yankee Clipper Branch Library. Kim, an artist with Cook Art Center, helped children create fabulous, fancy purses after we read Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor.  Four Grand Rapids Public Library Branches celebrated Fancy Nancy and four hosted Froggy Fest! to honor Childrens Book Week. Here Veronica and Ana model their splendid purse….

Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

…ickly gets sucked into the dysfunctional yet lovable lives of Wilson’s extended family. Daughter Caroline struggles with depression and practically ignores her husband, who is obsessed with hurricanes. The two oldest grandchildren both have Asperger’s and are fighting for more freedom from their overly-protective mother. And youngest granddaughter Suzi starts to show cracks in her quest for perfection. This is a hard book to quantify:…

Celebration of the Book – Family Day!

On Saturday, November 6,  join us for Family Day! This is part of the week long festivities, we call Celebration of the Book. Kidsstarting at 11:00 am an artist from the Cook Arts Center will be helping you make puppy ears and doggy bones.    Participate in our life-sized Clifford the Big Red Dog game.  Meet Clifford and Geronimo Stilton! If you like laugh-out-loud books, then stay for a visit from award-winning childrens author,  Lisa…