In Memoriam

“Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” Oliver Sacks, a well-known neurologist and author, died yesterday at the age of 82 after a long fight with cancer. The Atlantic published a great reading list of some of his […]

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A Little Life—a review

“You won’t understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are—not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving…and to try to listen to them when they tell you something about yourself, no matter how […]

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Speak with a Geek Computer Classes

Whether you are just starting out with computers or need a refresher course, we are here to help. Speak with a Geek at the Main Library or register for a One-on-one Computer Class at a local branch.

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Well this is awkward

Landfall (plural landfalls): noun. 1. Arrival at the shore by ship. 2. The point at which a hurricane or similar storm reaches land. 3. Two different fiction novels currently on the ‘New’ shelf at GRPL. Looking for that book (it was land something… landfill? no. landfall? maybe.) a friend recommended or read about in a […]

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Get Your Child Ready for School!

Join a special study just for parents and toddlers

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All locations closed Monday, September 7, 2015

The Madison Square, Ottawa Hills, Van Belkum, and West Side Branches are also closed on Saturday, September 5.

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Work at GRPL: Help Desk Technician

Do you know a WAN from a LAN? Debian from Ubuntu? Do you enjoy helping folks at the end of their technological rope? If so, then apply to be a part-time Help Desk Technician at Grand Rapids Public Library, a nationally recognized innovative leader in library service. We are looking for someone who can help […]

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Covering the Crisis: The Impact of Media in Times of Disaster

Come down to the Main Library this evening at 7pm for a lively panel discussion that’s part of our GR Reads Summer program!  WGVU’s Shelley Irwin, Mlive’s Tanda Gmiter, WZZM’s Taz Painter, crisis management expert Dr. Curt Bechler and moderator Dave Jaconette from WJRW will discuss how media coverage of a disaster can change public […]

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New Book Club titles

We’ve added several new additions to the Main Library’s Books By the Stack collection! These titles are great for groups to read together even if you don’t have the time during these dog days to read as often as you’d like (these specialty designated ‘Book Club’ copies check out for six weeks instead of the […]

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Love the Library? Apply to Become a Library Commissioner

The Grand Rapids Public Library’s Board of Library Commissioners is seeking candidates to fill two seats.

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