Fun Spanish Books to Read Together!

Have you ever wanted to read books in Spanish to your child but were unsure of where to start? The Grand Rapids Public Library has a great collection of Spanish picture books. Many of them are bilingual, allowing for parents or the child to read the story in both languages! As the library gears up […]

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All locations closed on Thursday, November 24, 2016

For the Thanksgiving holiday

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From morning ’till fried chicken. Eating on the Northeast side (but mostly Plainfield Ave.)

Growing up on GR’s northwest side and going to elementary school on the northeast side has nothing to do with this post, other than the fact that I was within walking distance of some of these restaurants. I do venture a little outside the boundary of GR here. It is not by choice, but by […]

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Fun Activities to Build Fine Motor Skills!

Possibly one of my favorite moments as a new aunt is when my nephew wraps his little fingers around a piece of my shirt. Within their first year, babies will begin to use the pincer grasp, to grab small objects from your finger to a rattle. Grasping objects help children develop fine motor skills which […]

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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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