As part of the library’s work with Grand Rapids Public Schools, first graders get library card applications to take home so they can get their very own library cards. There is a contest that asks first grade teachers how they promote the importance of getting a library card and the library to their students and […]
This year we are encouraging all the 4th graders in one city (Grand Rapids) to read one book (Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea). Even if you aren’t a 4th grader, we’ll let you read the book. In this book, seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed […]
We have paper forms at all our locations and links to downloadable forms.
For Taste of Soul Sunday we are presenting a program appraising African American art, artifacts, and antiques. George Bayard III of Bayard Art Consulting and Frameshop, an expert in 20th century African and African American art, will present his personal account of Black history and why these items need to be collected and preserved. To […]
All library locations will open at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 25 due to the weather. All morning events are canceled.
Kusherehekea! That means “celebrate” in the Swahili language, and that’s want we plan to do — celebrate African American history. From the language, food, and literature; to the music, art, and dance, African American cultural expression is a unique centuries-old blend of African and American traditions. The annual Taste of Soul Sunday (TOSS) celebrates this […]
One of my favorite gospel songs is “I Give Myself Away” by William McDowell and when VIP sings it during Sunday Worship at New Hope it often brings me to tears. Yes, they are that good. VIP (Very Important Praise) is the youth praise team at New Hope Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. VIP […]
The Library’s annual Taste of Soul program is coming up on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 1:00-4:30. As in years past we are in search of volunteers to help us with the program. Some of the duties could include helping with the children’s craft, the teen event, answering questions, and monitoring food lines. Beyond that […]
Rochelle Riley, an award-winning journalist, will share her thoughts on race relations and on education at Taste of Soul Sunday on February 16, 2014. In her busy life of writing, speaking, and radio and television appearances across the country, Ms. Riley still manages to keep a close eye on current events and give insightful […]
Or, the Grand Rapids Public Library is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. For those who qualify, you can schedule an appointment with specially-trained assistant on Monday evenings (appointments at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30), or Saturday mornings (appointments at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30). Be sure to call 2-1-1, as all scheduling is done through United […]