One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program that encourages all 5th graders in the city to read and discuss the same book. The program also strives to encourage a lifelong love of reading among students, to inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life through discussion, and to build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries, and area schools. This year the entire city will be reading One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.
All Kent County teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter films in the Kent County Teen Film Festival. A jury will review all submitted entries and select films to be screened at the Festival. Prizes will be awarded for the best films in various categories. Check back soon for information concerning our educational film classes. Don’t forget to stop by the KCTFF Facebook page for more information regarding this festival!
Build your own book club kit with Teen Books by the Stack. You can check out as many books as you need and download discussion questions. Copies can be checked out for 6 weeks (plus one 3-week renewal).
Need Homework Help? Look no further than our virtual library! Access scholarly resources 24/7 including college prep tests, ESL learning materials, and science fair help with your digital library card. Not a Grand Rapids Public School Student? You can just use your GRPL Library card and access all of our resources!
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Libraries & Laptops
Any Grand Rapids Public Schools high school student can use a laptop at one of five library locations across the city: Main, Seymour, Van Belkum, West Leonard, and Yankee Clipper. All five locations offer both evening and weekend hours. All students must sign in with a GRPS student identification card and can then use the laptop anywhere in teh guilding. There are no time limits for use. Laptops will be set up to easily access the sites you use most for all your school assignments. Want more info? Call or email Alyssa Morillo Scheidt at 616.988.5430 ext. 3. This is a program of the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Ride to Read Passes
Ask at the desk of any Grand Rapids Public Library about getting a two-ride swipe card for a free trip on a Rapid. Use the card to get home from the library and then back again-before your books are due!
Teen Events at the Library
Check out all the events going on at all our library locations. Click here to see current programs or workshops for you in your area.