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Teen Books by the Stack: NOW AVAILABLE!

Have a teen who doesn’t know what to read next? Maybe you’ve exhausted our selection of Adult Books by the Stack and want a change?  Interested in some titles for your mother-daughter book club? Maybe you are an educator looking for some great back to school class titles. Look no further, as GRPL presents: Teen Books […]

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Healthy Kent Community Survey

We all want to be heard. Now you have that chance. Healthy Kent would like to know what health problems affect you and your community, what you think is great about your neighborhood and what you think needs to be improved. Healthy Kent conducted forums this year to find out what is important. They created […]

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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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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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