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Summer Reading Challenge 2014

Babies, kids, teens – sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge! The more levels you complete the more prizes you earn! Plus, check out all our awesome events!

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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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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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GRPL Summer Reading Challenge Prize List

Have you signed up for the GRPL Summer Reading Challenge?  If not, why not sign up? Look at these great prizes you receive for doing something fun, reading! Level 1 (300 Minutes) Choose One:  Coupon Pack OR City Pack. Coupon Pack: Free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut Free ticket to Whitecaps baseball game Free […]

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ANIMALS UNDER THE SURFACE

John Ball Zoo will bring live animals that dig, burrow and/or live “under the surface”.  Don’t miss out on this exciting experience! Dates and Times: Tuesday, June 18 at 2:00 pm     West  Side Branch – 713 Bridge ST NW Saturday, June 22 at 3:00 pm    Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE Tuesday, June 25 […]

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