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July Pre-Reading Classes for Babies and Families

Visit your favorite library this summer to read, write, sing, play, and talk in our fun-filled Pre-Reading Classes! The second session is July 11 through August 4 at the Main and Yankee Clipper Libraries. Classes feature hands-on activities, including stories, songs, fingerplays, and meeting and playing with other children. No registration is required and all […]

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Today and Tomorrow!: Elena & Sonia: Songs from Latin America and East Asia

Elena & Sonia are an exciting new duo that take audiences on a musical journey around the world, guided by folk and children’s songs from East Asia, Latin America, and beyond. They perform songs in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Tibetan, and Taiwanese, exploring the stories and traditions behind these songs and discovering the common […]

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Fun and Free Summer Learning at the GRPL!

What’s so special about pre-reading storytime classes at the Grand Rapids Public Library? They are free, they are fun, and we know your child will learn so much! Our knowledgeable staff help plant the seeds of reading long before your child enters school. Each week these fun programs include reading, writing, playing, talking and singing: […]

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Let’s Play!

Play, learn, and grow together

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Community Resources for Children and their Parents

From this list you will see that there are many organizations working to help you and your family and our community’s children. General Information about Community Resources United Way 2-1-1 Information and referrals for all area resources, including support groups.  1-800-887-1107 or 211 or 459-2255. Helping Hand: Guiding Michigan Citizens to Assistance Resources.  Maintained by […]

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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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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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Book Help: Common Health Issues of Children and Families

Part of Early Literacy is being healthy enough to learn.   Books can give you hints on keeping your family and children well.  It’s reassuring to know if something isn’t serious and when to call the doctor or not.  To be in-the-know, check out these books: General Family Health Information:             […]

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Let’s Play at Madison

We had our first Let’s Play Workshop at the Madison Square Branch on Thursday. Let’s Play is a five week workshop series for 0-5 year-olds and their parents. One of the goals of the workshop is to encourage social and verbal interactions among both parent and children. This was only the first day and parent […]

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