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An Evening with Kevin Keefe: Twelve-Twenty Five

Learn about the life and times of a World War II-era steam engine.

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Notable rare book: American Brewing Academy’s 10th year anniversary

One recent addition to our rare books collection a book published by the American Brewing Academy (ABA) of Chicago in celebration of its tenth anniversary (1891-1901). The ABA held a 4-day reunion in honor of the occasion, as marked by the numbers at the top of the volume (9.30-10.3…1901…) The first thing I noticed about […]

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Religious Diversity in Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, MI, has a strong Dutch and Christian background, and this tradition carries into the modern day. However, Grand Rapids is becoming steadily more diverse, and the city’s religious institutions have grown to reflect that.

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The secret side of Miss America: how the pageant supports women

Guest post by intern Abby Geluso We all know the Miss America pageant, right? The one the nation watches with rapt attention as fifty-two young women strut across the stage, dazzling the crowd with their smiles, sequins, and charm. For most of the country, that’s all there is to the pageant…and to the women. For too […]

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An Evening with Maureen Dunphy

You may think you know Michigan, but are you familiar with the 30,000 tiny islands in the Great Lakes Basin?

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Get to know Gert, Grace, and the Berkey & Gay girls

Come to the library on Thursday, June 2 to learn about previously unnoticed Grand Rapids women from the 1910s

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An Evening with Jack Lessenberry

Join us Wednesday, May 25 to hear author and political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss his new Michigan Notable book.

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A “Charm”ing Evening with Wade Rouse

Join us Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 pm as award-winning author Wade Rouse reads from his debut novel, The Charm Bracelet.

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An evening with Adam Schuitema: Thursday, April 14

Join us Thursday, April 14 to hear award-winning Grand Rapids author Adam Schuitema read from his latest book.

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Digging into the past

Guest blog from intern Brian Hall For the past three months, I’ve been working on a project with the Local History department here at the library. I learned last summer that our library has a large archive of photographs. Lots and lots of photographs. Just in the collection I worked with there are somewhere in […]

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