All locations closed on Friday, July 4, 2014

Seymour, West Leonard and Yankee Clipper are also closed on Saturday, June 5.

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Play at the Main Library!

Do you want to be a firefighter?  A Princess?   Move our trains around the track?  Fix and build the track?  Cook dinner?  Put on your own puppet play?  And more? Let’s Play at the library! As part of our commitment to provide fun environments where you and your young child can read, play and learn, […]

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Pop Culture Junkie

OK, maybe not a junkie, but I do love pop culture and in particular, I love reading about movies or shows or theatrical productions that are near and dear to my heart. So, when I saw the book Top of the Rock, I knew I had to read it. It is a book about NBC […]

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Summer Reading Challenge 2014

Babies, kids, teens – sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge! The more levels you complete the more prizes you earn! Plus, check out all our awesome events!

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Why should you participate in the Summer Reading Challenge?

It’s fun! You get to be a mad scientist! We challenge kids and teens to take the Summer Reading Challenge to unlock levels and reveal prizes! Parents and caregivers, there are studies that back up the importance of reading in the summer for your child’s brain development and success in school. The Summer Reading Challenge […]

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Let’s Write!

We all know how important it is to encourage our developing little ones to read, but remember that getting ready to write is equally important and will improve a child’s overall literacy. Any time a little one is grasping a writing utensil, they are getting ready to become a writer. Today’s scribbles are tomorrow’s epic […]

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All locations closed Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day

Madison Square, Ottawa Hills, Van Belkum, and West Side are also closed on Saturday, May 25.

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Teen [Tech]Knowledgey Camp: Registration Begins!

Are you a current 7th or 8th grade Grand Rapids Public School Student looking for something fun to do this summer? Check Out our Teen [Tech]Knowledgey Camp. This is a free two-session camp where you will get your hands on a Nook (free for your use during the summer), try out digital film technology and […]

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“Modern as Tomorrow” – Mid Century Modern Along Michigan’s Roadside

To coincide with the Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America Exhibition & Symposium coming to Grand Rapids this Spring and Summer, the Local History Department has been featuring a series of displays on mid century modern architecture and design in Michigan. The first of these highlighted architect and builder James Bronkema. The newest display, done […]

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Fun activities to build tiny muscles!

Did you know that a baby’s rattle is helping that baby develop early literacy skills? I’m sure many of you do know this. If this sounds amazing to you, though, here is why. We are all aware of the pincer grasp in babies, that first grasp of your finger that happens when you place your […]

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