Blood on the Mitten: An Evening with Tom Carr

Hear about crimes of passion, crimes of necessity, and tales of cold, calculated evil.

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Small Business Resources

How do you turn your unique idea into a successful small business? Our Small Business Resource Center has loads of resources, including books and databases, to help you plan, start, and grow your business. We also offer classes and individual appointments to help you get started with your small business research. Business Plans Business Plans […]

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All library locations closed Sunday, April 16

All Grand Rapids Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 16, 2017 for Easter.

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An Evening with Sharon M. Draper

Meet the author of Out of My Mind on Monday, March 6.

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Rant / Rave / Review: Film Discussion Series

Stream the film on Kanopy, then come and discuss it with us.

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Staff Picks on Kanopy

Kanopy is a digital streaming service with movies and documentaries that you can watch for free with your GRPL library card. Find out more about what Kanopy has to offer and how to get started. In honor of this year’s Academy Awards, we thought it would be interesting to highlight some films in the library’s Kanopy […]

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New and Future Movie Releases

Streaming Movies Don’t forget you can stream popular films, kids movies, TV shows and more from Hoopla or the Criterion Collection, foreign films, indies, documentaries and more from Kanopy! Printable List of New and Future Movie Releases (.pdf) February Allied Arrival Bad Santa 2 Doctor Strange Edge of Seventeen The Girl on the Train Hacksaw […]

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Final week of the Winter Reading Challenge

If the recent +60°F temps aren’t a large enough reminder that the season is nearing its end, here’s another: you’ve only seven more days to claim your free canvas book bag by visiting your local library and letting us know that you’ve completed your Winter Reading Challenge! And hey, what’s that in the foreground? Could […]

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Timely fiction — beyond 1984 and Brave New World

We often feel that need to read the same book at the same time because the shared collective experience influences our personal reading choices. An easy example would be how an individual book will see several holds placed for it after it’s been made into a film or featured on a popular talk show. An […]

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Abolition! African American History at the Library

The Local History and Special Collections Department, located on the fourth floor of the downtown library, is a pretty special place. You can find all various materials to assist with historic research, house history research, and genealogy. There a lot of books on the shelves (this is a library after all!) but it’s the books […]

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