Día de los Muertos

A community exhibit honoring Day of the Dead

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Discovery in the Archives

During the American Civil War the city of Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas made a considerable contribution to the war effort in the form several regiments of volunteer infantry and cavalry as well as smaller units of artillery and engineers. A less know contribution made by the city was serving as the training point […]

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An Unofficial Library Survey

For all the Jonathan Franzen fans out there, how many of you have read Purity already? If so, what are your thoughts on it? I’m asking entirely out of curiosity. I finished it a couple days ago and am still trying to decide how I feel about it.  It’s very uneven throughout; there were times when I was […]

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Voices Behind the Books

Come hear all about audiobooks!

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Get Cooking at GRPL

In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters for Families a six week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best […]

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Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity

For all the architecture and design fans out there, John Gallagher will be coming to the library on October 8 to discuss his new book, Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity. Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) is best known for designing the World Trade Center and the Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis. The Japanese American […]

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Stop by the ArtPrize Reading Room!

Do you love art and pretty books? We have just the place for you.

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ArtPrize Through Your Child’s Eyes

We want photos from kids that show us their perspective on ArtPrize.

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Women love Football!

Or is it just University of Michigan Football? I recently received several patron requests for the book, EndZone: the rise, fall and return of Michigan Football. The book came out on September 1st. The requests started coming in a couple of months before the book was published. The ladies outnumbered the guys, 4 to 1, […]

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Discovering graphic novels

Until this year, the only graphic novel I’d read was Watchmen when I was in college. It wasn’t a conscious decision to avoid them—but I’d never grown up reading comics, and there was part of me that for a long time thought, “Well…they seem kind of juvenile.” This year I’ve seen the error of my thinking, largely […]

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