Paths of Destruction: The Story of West Michigan’s Worst Natural Disaster

Thursday April 24, 7pm Presented by Ernie Ostuno, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids The strongest wind on the surface of Earth in 1956 was on Van Buren Street in Hudsonville, Michigan on April 3, 1956.  There were 17 fatalities (13 in Hudsonville), 340 were injured, and virtually the entire downtown of […]

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The Championship

We are down to the final two books in March Madness Library Style! You have one week to vote for your pick. The winner will be announced next Monday. This program is sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Consider a gift today!

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Back by Popular Demand

The Grand Rapids Public Library and the YMCA of Grand Rapids are once again offering the popular series of hands-on cooking classes.  Cooking Matters is a national program that empowers families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals. With the help of culinary and nutrition experts, course participants learn how […]

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Earth-Friendly Parenting: Starting Out Right

Yankee Clipper Branch Tuesday, April 22 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Nobody ever said taking care of kids AND the Earth was going to be easy. During Earth Week the Grand Rapids Public Library wants to help address a few specific challenges: How can I keep from adding diapers to landfills by cloth diapering? (It’s […]

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Reading and your Toddler!

One of the great benefits of working in the library is the access to so many books. I have read to my daughter from the day I brought her home. For a long time, her favorite go-to “toy” was her bucket of books. She’d pull a book or two (or more) out, and we’d sit […]

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The Final Four

The NCAA Final Four may just be heading into the Sweet Sixteen, but we are already down to the Final Four in March Madness Library Style! Vote now to send your favorite book to the championship! Check back next Monday to find out which two books will compete for the championship.   This program is […]

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Book Help: Can’t get baby to sleep?

Are you awake because baby is too?  Pack up baby and come to the library to take out these books that will help you solve your baby’s sleep problems. Here are some books to read to your baby and toddler: Try these newer books for your 3 to 5 year old: I don’t want to […]

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Come celebrate poetry!

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? And did you know that Grand Rapids has its very own Poet Lauereate? Come join us on April 3rd at 5:30pm at the Main library as L.S. Klatt is appointed Grand Rapids’ Poet Laureate. Klatt is a professor at Calvin College and his poetry has been […]

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The Elite Eight

This year’s tournament of books is down to eight titles. Vote now to send your favorites to the semi-finals! Check back next Monday to find out which books made the final four!   This program is sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Consider a gift today!  

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Mid Century Modern Grand Rapids – James Bronkema

To coincide with the Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America Exhibition & Symposium coming to Grand Rapids this Spring and Summer, the Local History Department will be featuring a series of displays on mid century modern architecture and design in the Grand Rapids area. The first of these highlights architect and builder, James Bronkema. Born […]

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