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OverDrive Read

Read eBooks in your browser and sync across devices.

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Summer Reading Challenge… Halfway

Farewell to the first half of the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge! Yaaaaaaay!!!! We’ve had lots of fun reading and enjoying the Mad Scientist Workshops, Cirque Amongus and the Science of Dinosaurs with Paleo Joe. If you have not joined the Summer Reading Challenge, there is still time so stop by any Grand Rapids Public Library […]

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Cooking Matters

A free six week cooking and nutrition course. Classes begin May 5.

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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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Tax forms! Get your tax forms!

We have paper forms at all our locations and links to downloadable forms.

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Learn about the Underground Railroad at Taste of Soul Sunday

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe places for slaves to escape to free states or Canada during slavery in America. The network was not ran by any single organization or person but was a huge network of sympathetic people and organizations that believed in freedom for everyone. They would often […]

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Volunteers wanted for Taste of Soul 2014

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 […]

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GRPL is a VITA site

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 […]

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Small Business Resource Center Interview: Jason Swett, Serial Entrepreneur

There are many common traits that entrepreneurs seem to share. Of course, we think of the natural ones: ambition, intellect, creativity. But perhaps the most important attribute for any entrepreneur to posses is persistence, or grit, defined as ‘the ability to go through failure without any loss of enthusiasm.’ An entrepreneur who knows this as […]

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Spilled Ink Goes Digital

I’m excited that Spilled Ink kicked off this week. A read-all-you-can book buffet with prizes is one of my favorite things to do. If you haven’t had a chance to register yet you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover some of the changes we’ve made. For the first time since Spilled Ink began you’ll be able […]

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