Day of the Dead


Thursday, October 27 – Friday, October 28

School groups can reserve a tour time to look at the altars and learn more about Día de los Muertos. 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 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.

Thursday, October 27 – Tuesday, 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: Family Day

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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 El Granjero, Lindo Mexico, and Pan de Muerto provided by Panaderia Margo.

Family Day Schedule

1:30 pm Live music with Cabildo  | Ryerson Auditorium  | Level 3

2:15 pm Bilingual Story Time  | Reading Room  | Level 3

2:45 pm Live music with Cabildo  | Ryerson Auditorium  | Level 3

3:25 pm Bilingual Story Time  | Reading Room  | Level 3

Ongoing Face Painting  | Children’s Library  | Level 2

Ongoing Sugar Skulls and Crafts  | Children’s Library  | Level 2

Ongoing (while supplies last) Food Sampling  | Fiction area  | Level 2

Ongoing Altar Viewing  | Ryerson Auditorium  | Level 3

Build an Altar

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

Deadline for reserving space is Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 pm.

Día de Los Muertos is funded by the Grand Rapids Library Foundation. Consider a donation today.