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It’s Time for Summer Reading!

It’s not officially Summer just yet, but on May 30 registration for our 2016 Summer Reading Challenge opens! Summer Reading is one of my favorite times of the year at the library because there’s a constant flow of fun programs, amazing book suggestions and an amplified excitement about reading throughout the buildings. This year our […]

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Reading is Your Superpower

Read and earn prizes during the Summer Reading Challenge. Check out all our awesome events!

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Summer Reading Kick-Off Event

Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Celebrate Community Heroes!

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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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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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