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.

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.

Domingo, 29 de octubre de 2017
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Biblioteca Principal

Niños y sus familias están invitados a visitar la biblioteca para escuchar musica en vivo por Gabriel Estrada III, decorar calaveras de azúcar, tener las caras pintadas, y divertirse de una variedad de otras actividades. Se servirá un refrigerio.

Community Collection Day: Share Your Family History

As part of our Día de los Muertos Family Day, we invite families to bring in their photographs, letters, journals and other pieces of family history to the library. Library staff share ways to preserve your family history, including scanning items to make a digital copy of them. A storytelling station will be set up to record your family’s stories about the past. This is a wonderful way to preserve your family’s history for future generations. If you wish, a copy of your family history will be kept in the library’s archives.

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 sign up. 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.

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.