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Summer Reading Challenge… Halfway

Farewell to the first half of the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge! Yaaaaaaay!!!! We’ve had lots of fun reading and enjoying the Mad Scientist Workshops, Cirque Amongus and the Science of Dinosaurs with Paleo Joe. If you have not joined the Summer Reading Challenge, there is still time so stop by any Grand Rapids Public Library […]

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Called Again : An Evening with 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis

July 17, 2014 – 7:00 pm – Main Library Join us for an evening with inspirational speaker Jennifer Pharr Davis who in 2011 hiked, stumbled, and sometimes crawled the 2,181 mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days (an average of 47 miles per day), becoming the fastest person to hike the trail and the first woman […]

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2014 GR Reads, The Life List

Ever think back to your childhood and remember what you wanted to do when you grew up? This debut novel by Lori Nelson Spielman touches on this very idea. This book selection for this summer’s GR Reads, tells the story of Brett Bohlinger who embarks on a year-long journey of self-discovery after the death of […]

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GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

10 Books, 40 Events

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Saturday’s Bike Tune-Up and Community Ride.

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 am & 11:00 am Departs from the Main Library — 111 Library St NE Warmer weather means bicycle riding!  Join the Boston Square Community Bikes and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks on a 6.5-mile bike ride that will explore the parks and history of Grand Rapids.  Boston Square Community Bikes […]

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Book Fiesta

Celebrate Día de la Madre with dance performances, a bilingual storytime, crafts, and food.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Your Camera!

Nature Photography Walk Saturday, April 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm It’s going to be a beautiful weekend!  The snow has melted, the buds are forming, flowers are sprouting up everywhere, and there’s no longer any denying it: spring has arrived!   In celebration of Earth Week, the library is hosting photographer Dianne Carroll […]

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Market Research Series!

No matter what industry, business is all about risk. One of the ways you can minimize your risk is by understanding your industry, your market, and your competition. But how can you do this without spending the money you need to start or run your business in the first place? The Grand Rapids Public Library […]

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Backyard Birding

It’s finally spring, and birds are flitting back from their summer homes.  If you’re wondering wondering how to attract the returning birds to your own backyard, join us on April 23rd at 7pm for our Backyard Birding program. Ed and Phil from the Grand Rapids Audubon club will give you tips on how to make […]

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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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