Abolition! African American History at the Library

The Local History and Special Collections Department, located on the fourth floor of the downtown library, is a pretty special place. You can find all various materials to assist with historic research, house history research, and genealogy. There a lot of books on the shelves (this is a library after all!) but it’s the books […]

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New and Future Book Releases

newbooksPrintable List (.pdf) February Armstrong, Kelley – A Darkness Absolute Billingham, Mark – Rush of Blood Beaton, M. C. – Death of a Ghost Blaedel, Sara – The Lost Woman Brody, Frances – A Death in the Dales Carey, Jacqueline – Miranda and Caliban Crombie, Deborah – Garden of Lamentations Fluke, Joanne – Banana Cream […]

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Modern Immigration, Local Impact

A panel discussion on Wednesday, February 15 in partnership with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

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New suggestions for your Book Club

There are several new additions almost ready to be checked out from the Main Library’s Books By the Stack collection. These ‘Book Club’ copies check out for six weeks instead of three, making them ideal for groups reading together as well as individuals looking for a leisurely read! Fiction Printable List of All Titles

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Claim your Winter Reading Challenge prize

Are you already signed up for the Winter Reading Challenge or want to but haven’t gotten around to it? (Psst, it’s not too late.) We’re halfway through this winter season and, while this time of year is recognized with Groundhog Day, Imbolc or Candlemas, here at the library we like to reward our dutiful readers with […]

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Enter your poem into the competition

Open to Kent County, MI residents of all ages. Submissions accepted through February.

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Taste of Soul Sunday

Join us on February 19, 2017 to celebrate African American history & culture.

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Yes, There Is A Michigan Accent

An evening with author Edward McClelland

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Rant / Rave / Review: Film Discussion Series

Stream the film on Kanopy, then come and discuss it with us.

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Fake News in the Headlines

In this interactive discussion, panelists will examine how false news stories spread and why people believe them.

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