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Día de los Muertos

Honoring Day of the Dead

Wednesday, October 30 – Sunday, November 3

During open hours | Main Library

Come celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the Grand Rapids Public Library. Día de los Muertos 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, November 3, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Main Library

Families are invited to learn more about the Día de los Muertos holiday, get their face painted, and join in other activities. The day will include bilingual storytimes, live music, and food from local restaurants.

Domingo, 3 de noviembre de 2019
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Biblioteca Principal

Las familias están invitadas a aprender más sobre el Día de los Muertos, a pintarse la cara y participar en otras actividades. El día incluirá cuentos bilingües, música en vivo y comida de restaurantes locales.

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 Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 and will be on display from Wednesday, October 30 to Sunday, November 3.

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