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June Events

Construction Truck Petting Zoo

Is your child in awe of construction trucks? Would they like to see them up close and in-person? Come explore our petting zoo of real construction trucks on display in the streets in front of the Main Library and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. A variety of trucks will be on display from the Kent County Road Commission and the cities of Grand Rapids, Walker, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville, and East Grand Rapids. Hands-on activities and delicious snacks for the whole family! Kids who sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at the event will receive their free beginner swag bag.

Saturday, June 10  | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Main Library Sheldon Ave & Library St
(Free parking in the Main Library’s parking lot)

123 Andrés

Latin Grammy award-winning Andrés Salguero, better known as 123 Andrés, is one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene. Called “a rockstar for little language learners” by Billboard Magazine, Andrés brings joyful sounds, passion for bilingualism, and a high-energy love of music to audiences. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés gets kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English.

Tuesday, June 13
10:30 am | Main Library
2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch

Wednesday, June 14
10:30 am | Seymour Branch
3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch
6:30 pm | Main Library

Baffling Bill the Magician

Be astounded when Baffling Bill the Magician wows you with magic! With help from Gus the Bunny and his assistant Kym, Baffling Bill will perform tricks to make you ooh and aah. See Kym disappear and reappear before your eyes!

Tuesday, June 20
10:30 am | Main Library
2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch

Wednesday, June 21
10:30 am | Seymour Branch
3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch
6:30 pm | Main Library

Cirque Amongus

Discover the “big top” within you. Cirque Amongus will surprise and delight audiences with a  combination of comedy, circus skills, and audience participation. Come join us for the fun and joy of the circus without the animals.

Tuesday, June 27
10:30 am |  Main Library
2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch

Wednesday, June 28
10:30 am | Seymour Branch
3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch
6:30 pm | Main Library

July Events

Wildlife Safari

Learn about the super senses of the animal kingdom, including the American Barn Owl, Australian Sugar Gliders, and Siberian Lynx. Nelson’s Wildlife Safari brings the wonder and excitement of animals in a truly unique hands-on encounter. Kids will see and touch creatures both great and small, while experiencing sights and sounds on a virtual trip around the world.

Tuesday, July 11
10:30 am |  Main Library
2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch

Wednesday, July 12
10:30 am | Seymour Branch
3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch
6:30 pm | Main Library

The Gratitude Steel Band

Explore the history and music of steel drums! The Gratitude Steel Band will perform a Caribbean Fun Time show. Kids will have an opportunity to play the steel drum and the show ends with limbo and conga line fun!

Tuesday, July 18
10:30 am |  Main Library
2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch

Wednesday, July 19
10:30 am | Seymour Branch
3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch
6:30 pm | Main Library

Madcap Puppets

There’s no business like monkey business! Max and Vinnie are expert zookeepers, but keeping the rascally monkeys from getting into trouble is easier said than done. When Mr. Cleaver, the zoo manager, decides to send one of the monkeys to another zoo, it’s time for their great escape! Travel with the monkeys as they explore new exhibits at the zoo—each one is a backdrop for exciting stories from around the world.

Tuesday, July 25
10:30 am |  Main Library
2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch

Wednesday, July 26
10:30 am | Seymour Branch
3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch
6:30 pm | Main Library

August Events

Summer Reading Celebration

Join us for a summer reading celebration at your favorite location of the Grand Rapids Public Library! If you’ve completed the summer reading challenge, the party is a great time to collect your finisher prize. If you are still working on your challenge, come party with your teammates! Fun crafts and refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, August 1
10:30 am |  Main Library
10:30 am |  Van Belkum Branch
2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch
2:00 pm | Madison Square Branch

Wednesday, August 2
10:30 am | Seymour Branch
10:30 am | West Side Branch
3:00 pm | Ottawa Hills Branch
3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch
6:30 pm | Main Library