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Mid Century Modern Grand Rapids – James Bronkema

To coincide with the Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America Exhibition & Symposium coming to Grand Rapids this Spring and Summer, the Local History Department will be featuring a series of displays on mid century modern architecture and design in the Grand Rapids area. The first of these highlights architect and builder, James Bronkema. Born […]

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Laughfest Humorous Speech Contest

Can you tell a funny story? Do you make people laugh? Come join the Grand Rapids Public Library, Toastmasters International and LaughFest in a humor contest on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 pm. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Contestants can choose whether they have an improvised stand up performance or […]

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March Madness Library Style is Back!

This program is sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Consider a gift today!

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Congratulations 2014 Kent County Teen Film Festival Winners!

Thank you all who came to support the 8thh annual Kent County Teen Film Festival! It was a huge success with over 220 people attended to see these films made by teens. I would like to share some of the highlighted videos! To access all the videos browse through this playlist. Enjoy Best Director, Actor/People’s […]

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Authors and Social Media

Today we live in a social media driven world. A world where inanimate objects can have a twitter account as easily as a human being (Pharrell William’s hat, Joe Namath’s superbowl coat, etc). While many authors have yet to jump on the social media bandwagon, many are taking to Facebook and the Twittersphere much to […]

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Instagram + U.S. Dept. of Interior = America the Beautiful

If you want to see some amazing photographs of the United States, check out the Department of the Interior (DOI) on Instagram. The Department launched their Instagram account in June of 2012. A little over a year later, the account has more than 170,000 followers and has released more than 850 breathtaking images of our […]

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One Book One City for Kids

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 […]

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Floppy discs were once as big as your face.

  Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors and integrated circuits in computer hardware doubles about every 2 years. This means there is an almost constant exponential increase in processor speed, memory size and other functions in computers and their peripherals. The PC’s, phones and tablets we are using right now will probably be obsolete […]

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Let’s have a conversation!

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 […]

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Here Comes the Veggie Van

Beep Beep! Yum Yum! The YMCA’s Veggie Van is about to make weekly stops at the Main Library! Every Tuesday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Veggie Van staff will host weekly a farmers market on Level 3 of the Main Library – 111 Library St NE. The majority of the products sold are from […]

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