Staff Picks on Kanopy

Kanopy is a digital streaming service with movies and documentaries that you can watch for free with your GRPL library card. Find out more about what Kanopy has to offer and how to get started. In honor of this year’s Academy Awards, we thought it would be interesting to highlight some films in the library’s Kanopy […]

Continue Reading

Work at GRPL: Library Page (Part-time)

Join our team as a library page! Please visit the main job posting if you would like more information or to apply. The library page position is a part-time, entry-level position which requires no previous library experience.  This position performs the essential function of returning items accurately to shelves so that items can be retrieved […]

Continue Reading

New and Future Movie Releases

Printable List (.pdf) February Allied Bad Santa 2 Doctor Strange Edge of Seventeen The Girl on the Train Hacksaw Ridge Justice League Dark Manchester By the Sea Max Steel Moonlight Ouija: Origin of Evil Rules Don’t Apply Shut In Trolls   March Almost Christmas Bleed For This Collateral Beauty Desierto Fantastic Beasts and Where to […]

Continue Reading

Final week of the Winter Reading Challenge

If the recent +60°F temps aren’t a large enough reminder that the season is nearing its end, here’s another: you’ve only seven more days to claim your free canvas book bag by visiting your local library and letting us know that you’ve completed your Winter Reading Challenge! And hey, what’s that in the foreground? Could […]

Continue Reading

Timely fiction — beyond 1984 and Brave New World

We often feel that need to read the same book at the same time because the shared collective experience influences our personal reading choices. An easy example would be how an individual book will see several holds placed for it after it’s been made into a film or featured on a popular talk show. An […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

New and Future Book Releases

Printable 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 […]

Continue Reading

Modern Immigration, Local Impact

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

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading