Evening Explorers: Make a Traditional Dream Catcher

We have a special night in the Evening Explorers series for kids in grades 2-5, this Thursday at the Main Library, 6:30 pm in the storytelling room, level 2.  A mother and daughter from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians will be teaching how to make your own dream catcher. Learn a little […]

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Notable rare book: American Brewing Academy’s 10th year anniversary

One recent addition to our rare books collection a book published by the American Brewing Academy (ABA) of Chicago in celebration of its tenth anniversary (1891-1901). The ABA held a 4-day reunion in honor of the occasion, as marked by the numbers at the top of the volume (9.30-10.3…1901…) The first thing I noticed about […]

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Let’s Play!

Join us for a four-week workshop that teaches the benefits of interactive play.

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An Evening with Jack Dempsey: Michigan at Antietem

Join author and avid Civil War historian Jack Dempsey on Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Branch as he discusses his book, Michigan at Antietam. Jack focuses on exploring how Michigan soldiers and citizens shaped the single bloodiest conflict of the Civil War: the Battle of Antietam. In his talk, Jack will […]

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An Evening with Gail Snow: Rakish Reeds Lake

In the 21st century, the mention of Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids conjures images of wealth and refinement—its shores lined with beautiful homes and a yacht club. The lake’s history, however, is both colorful and surprising. Join local history enthusiast and author Gail Marie Snow as she shares stories from her new book Rakish […]

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Santa’s Workshop

Come to the library after the parade on Saturday, November 19 for holiday treats and crafts!

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Request for Proposals: Security Guard Services

  The Grand Rapids Public Library is seeking the services of a security guard firm to provide coverage at its Main Library. Expectations include a uniformed presence to provide soft security. The following are required of the guards: A friendly, welcoming, authoritative security presence The ability to work with a wide variety of people, including […]

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The Best Tacos Ever!

As a local CTA (Certified Tourist Ambassador) I like discovering new places to go, new things to do, and new places to e at. Especially the latter. Whenever I discover an eatery that I like I recommend it to everyone I know with a food passion. One food-thing that I’m always willing to try, and often […]

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Stream films with Kanopy

Now available to GRPL cardholders.

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Speech Development Resources

In the wonderful world that my nephew lives in, I can thoroughly understand his incessant 3-month old babble. Speech development is one of the cornerstones of literacy and much like rolling over or walking, every child develops at their own pace. There are a number of factors that may affect development including: gender, how many languages […]

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