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Complete the Summer Reading Challenge!

Kids and teens, you accepted the challenge to dig into reading. You discovered amazing stories and facts beneath the book covers. Now log those last reading minutes by Monday, September 2nd. Then stop by any Grand Rapids Public Library location no later than September 7th to claim your victory prize. Complete the summer reading challenge […]

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WOW, Let’s Celebrate Summer Reading

Summer Reading Challengers it’s time to celebrate your success! We challenged you to read this Summer and boy did you read! Over 3 million minutes read so far!!!! You still have time to read and collect your finisher prizes, the last day to log reading time is September 2, 2013 (Labor Day) and the last […]

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2,538,329.98 minutes … and counting

So far, GRPL Summer Reading Challengers have logged in 2,538,329.98 minutes of reading. That’s over 42,000 hours! Whoo-hoo, that’s a lot of reading and we aren’t even finished yet! Can we reach 50,000 hours of reading this year? Will we go beyond that? Challengers, it’s not to late to join the Summer Reading Challenge and […]

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Harris’s Hawk, Milk Snake, and Opossum at Yankee Clipper

Did you know that the Harris’s Hawk live and hunt in groups?  They live in the desert in Arizona and New Mexico and they stack. One hawk will land on a cactus, then another will land on its back and so on until they stack 5 or 6 birds high. This gives them a better […]

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Pippin Puppets Journey to the Center of the Earth

Do you love puppet shows?  Join us to dig into a science fiction classic!  Volcanoes!  Dinosaurs!  Adventures!  The Underground Ocean!  Live puppets!  Fun!  Everyone will receive a take-home dino craft puppet.  Robert Papineau of Pippin Puppets has performed many puppet shows for our Summer Kids performances.   Pippin Puppets has been brought back by popular demand.  […]

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Puppet fun at Yankee Clipper Library

Chandler was so excited to see Cooperfly Puppet Troupe at Yankee Clipper yesterday, he brought his own puppets along. Kevin Kammeraad and Justin Haveman brought songs, puppets and more to entertain a large crowd of almost 150 people as part of the Grand Rapids Public Library Summer Reading Challenge. If you missed the show, don’t […]

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Dr. Dirt: The Art of the Soil

Mud pies, dirty hands, muddy shoes–we’ve all experienced dirt, but experience dirt in new ways with Dr. Dirt. Learn how to make paint and crayons with soil.  Learn interesting things about the ground beneath your feet. Dr. Dirt will visit a Grand Rapids Public Library location near you on June 17th or 18th to share […]

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Dig into the ROCKgarden Party

Charlie Kert and Little Fingers Music present ROCKgarden Party, an interactive musical which is touring in Ontario and Michigan.   SkaterDude, a city boy, gets lost on his way to a ROCK concert and stumbles upon a ROCK garden in a forgotten forest.  SkaterDude doesn’t think much of the garden at first.  It’s boring and there’s […]

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My Top 5

Inspired by Nick Horby’s top 5 lists in “High Fidelity” (one of our awesome GR Reads picks for this summer), I’ve decided to make a couple top 5 lists myself. My Top 5 songs my family is sick of me playing over and over whenever I’m with them: 1. “Lola” by The Kinks I know […]

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Picking a “Just Right” Book

Summer Reading Program is here and soon students will be reading books, winning prizes, and reaching academic goals. Summer Reading is important for so many reasons, especially for struggling or disadvantaged readers. The New York State Library’s department of Library Development has an extensive page on the importance of Summer Reading and why you should […]

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