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Register and keep track of your progress for the Summer Reading Challenge!

The Summer Reading Challenge is here and it’s going to be a fun-filled summer of reading wonderful books, going to exciting events, and earning great prizes! We know that the whole household is ready to “get in the game” and read! Remember, when a child reads at least fifteen minutes a day throughout the summer, […]

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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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Teen [Tech]Knowledgey Camp: Registration Begins!

Are you a current 6th, 7th or 8th grade student looking for something fun to do this summer? Check Out our Teen [Tech]Knowledgey Camp! This is a free 4-day camp where you will get your hands on a Kindle HD6 and increase your [tech]knowledge by creating a robot. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Parent/guardian permission to […]

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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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Teen [Tech]Knowledgey Camp: Registration Begins!

Are you a current 7th or 8th grade Grand Rapids Public School Student looking for something fun to do this summer? Check Out our Teen [Tech]Knowledgey Camp. This is a free two-session camp where you will get your hands on a Nook (free for your use during the summer), try out digital film technology and […]

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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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Reworking Mousetraps

Love steampunk? Feeling crafty? Well you’re in luck.  Teens can join us at GRPL to test their knowledge or learn more about the subculture of Steampunk as they redesign mouse traps using the Steampunk theme. These message clips are perfect for the inside of lockers! Dates and Times: Thursday, July 11 at 4:00 pm at […]

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Henna Runes

Would you like a henna rune like the Shadow Hunters in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare?  They are used to increase attributes such as strength, precision, or stealth.  Simply attend one of the teen programs at the Madison Square Branch or the Main Branch and choose your rune!

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Grab Your Steles!

  In celebration of the soon to be released in theaters Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie, GRPL is inviting teens to come get their very own set of protection runes.  Using henna we’ll be decorating our bodies with some of the same runes adorned by beloved shadow hunters like Jace Wayland and Will Herondale.  […]

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