Teen Aromatherapy

Teens, are you interested in natural skincare products and properties of essential oils? Many essential oils have scientifically proven benefits in addition to smelling great! Learn about the science of aromatherapy and the roles essential oils can play in relaxing the mind and body. Enjoy this hands-on workshop and make a skin care product to […]

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Teen [TECH]Knowledgey Graduation

It’s time to show off your bots! We will be displaying a selection of completed bots and bits and awarding students for their hard work building, programming, and problem-solving. There will be a slideshow with photos from the event as participants are awarded certificates. A lucky few will win prizes for their designs. Oh, and […]

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Cottage Kits: Vacation reads for everyone in the family

One family summer vacation, several reading preferences. Everything’s loaded in the car, let’s get on the road! But wait, we all should have a book just in case, right? Save time getting to your next travel destination by stuffing a Cottage Kit full of staff-selected classic novels, beach reads, family-fun audiobooks and even helpful outdoorsy […]

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Hoopla for Kids

Hoopla is a wonderful streaming service that GRPL provides its patrons. My son loves to use it to read ebooks and listen to audiobooks. In the past, I needed to be with him when he used the service because adult titles that I felt weren’t appropriate for him were mixed in with all of their […]

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July Pre-Reading Classes for Babies and Families

Visit your favorite library this summer to read, write, sing, play, and talk in our fun-filled Pre-Reading Classes! The second session is July 11 through August 4 at the Main and Yankee Clipper Libraries. Classes feature hands-on activities, including stories, songs, fingerplays, and meeting and playing with other children. No registration is required and all […]

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Wildlife Safari – Tuesday and Wednesday!

Nelson’s Wildlife Safari brings the wonder and excitement of animals with a truly unique hands-on encounter! Come find out about the super senses of the animal kingdom, featuring the American Barn Owl, Australian Sugar Gliders, and a Siberian Lynx, to name a few!  Treat your kids to the amazing sights and sounds of this virtual […]

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What about Michigan Wolves?

Cougars do not remind me of cats, and bears never look familiar, so why should wolves seem like our cousins?  Their image speaks to us, invoking a far distant past, when perhaps they helped us, before we went our separate ways.  So how are Michigan wolves doing today? That’s what we’ll find out about Tuesday, […]

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Today and Tomorrow!: Elena & Sonia: Songs from Latin America and East Asia

Elena & Sonia are an exciting new duo that take audiences on a musical journey around the world, guided by folk and children’s songs from East Asia, Latin America, and beyond. They perform songs in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Tibetan, and Taiwanese, exploring the stories and traditions behind these songs and discovering the common […]

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LGBTQ Movies

June is LGBT Pride Month! Check out these recent LGBTQ films. Appropriate Behavior (2015) Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.   Boy Meets Girl […]

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Work at GRPL: Local History Librarian

If you are interested in this position, please apply here. GRPL is currently welcoming applications for a full-time librarian manager in its Grand Rapids History & Special Collections department.   A nationally recognized and innovative leader in library service, Grand Rapids Public Library believes in the power of knowledge to transform both individuals and communities for […]

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