New In Young Adult Fiction

I’ve recently been on a huge YA reading kick and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.  New books are coming out constantly so I know sometimes it’s hard to decide what it worth reading and what is not.  So if we have any YA readers out there then perhaps I can help you choose […]

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Expand your skills for success

Do you need help preparing for an upcoming standardized test? Do you want to explore different career options and finding available jobs. The LearningExpress Library has plenty of resources that will help you grow in your education and career.

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Let’s Play at Madison

We had our first Let’s Play Workshop at the Madison Square Branch on Thursday. Let’s Play is a five week workshop series for 0-5 year-olds and their parents. One of the goals of the workshop is to encourage social and verbal interactions among both parent and children. This was only the first day and parent […]

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SBRC Book Review: Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The common way to develop a product or service is this: a company will go through great efforts to build something, bring the complete product to market, and sell it. This is true from a Ford truck to a sandwich sold from a food cart. It is normal to expect such a product to perform […]

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Is there an app for that?

It seems there is an app for everything. I recently was alerted of an app from Zero to Three called Let’s Play! I, first, chuckled (since the library has the Let’s Play! Workshops), then looked over the app and decided to download it. The app breaks activities such as chores, boredom busters, meal time and […]

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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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Cooking Matters

A free six week cooking and nutrition course. Classes begin May 5.

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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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