It’s Time for Summer Reading!

It’s not officially Summer just yet, but on May 30 registration for our 2016 Summer Reading Challenge opens! Summer Reading is one of my favorite times of the year at the library because there’s a constant flow of fun programs, amazing book suggestions and an amplified excitement about reading throughout the buildings. This year our […]

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New ideas for your Book Club

There are several new additions to 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 summer read! Fiction Printable List of All Titles

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Go for a Drive This Summer

Summer’s here and it is time to put the top down and go for a drive. Get your vehicle in tip top shape with the help of Chilton Library. This free online resource give you the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repair. Some popular features of Chilton Library include: Maintenance and […]

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is officially Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, as designated by Congress in 1978. GRPL has a pretty extensive collection of fiction and nonfiction by Asian American authors on a variety of topics. I just started The Vegetarian, by Han Kang, a debut novel about a woman who gives up eating meat after she begins to […]

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All locations closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day

Madison Square, Ottawa Hills, Van Belkum, and West Side are also closed on Saturday, May 28.

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Teen [Tech]Knowledgey Camp: Registration Begins!

Are you a current 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student looking for something fun to do this summer? Check Out our Teen [Tech]Knowledgey Camp! This is a free 4-day camp where you will get your hands on a Kindle HD6 and increase your [tech]knowledge by creating a robot. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Parent/guardian […]

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An Evening with Jack Lessenberry

Join us Wednesday, May 25 to hear author and political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss his new Michigan Notable book.

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Fun and Free Summer Learning at the GRPL!

What’s so special about pre-reading storytime classes at the Grand Rapids Public Library? They are free, they are fun, and we know your child will learn so much! Our knowledgeable staff help plant the seeds of reading long before your child enters school. Each week these fun programs include reading, writing, playing, talking and singing: […]

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Ringlets featuring Embellish and Kevin Kammeraad

Kids! Come play music with us on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 pm.

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When books went to war…

Everyone knows about victory gardens, but did you know about Victory Books?  The American Library Association, publishers, and the U.S. military got together to issue special lightweight, pocket size paperbacks to our armed forces in World War II.  Service men and women could take their minds off the horror and loneliness of war, by visiting […]

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