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Día de Los Muertos

Honoring Day of the Dead

Saturday, October 28 – Wednesday, November 1

During open hours | Main Library

Come celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Grand Rapids Public Library. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on. Loved ones come together to build altars that celebrate the life and memory of the dead. This is a time of celebration and joy, filled with talk and memories of those who have died. Altars from members of the community honoring family and friends will be on display. Every altar is unique and taken together they create a fascinating portrait of what the citizens of Grand Rapids hold close to them. Día de Los Muertos is funded by the Grand Rapids Library Foundation. Consider a donation today.

School Tours

School groups can reserve a tour time to look at the altars and learn more about Día de los Muertos Monday, October 30 – Wednesday, November 1, 2017. There are a limited number of time slots available for these three days, so if you are a teacher interested in scheduling a tour, please visit sign up. Registration for school tours will begin in the fall. Download our teacher resource guide and use the included lesson plans, activities and resources to help your students understand what Día de los Muertos is all about. If you schedule a class tour, the resource guide may also be used before, during and after your visit.

Día de los Muertos: Family Day

Sunday, October 29, 2017
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Main Library

Families are invited to learn more about the Day of the Dead holiday, explore the altars, decorate sugar skulls, have your face painted and do a craft. The day will include bilingual story times, live music, food from local restaurants.

Build an Altar

Are you interested in building an altar to honor a deceased loved one? Download an application today (aplicación en español). Altars will be built Thursday, October 26 and Friday, Octoer 27 and will be on display from October 28 to November 1.