Día de los Muertos

Honoring Day of the Dead

Wednesday, October 31 – Sunday, November 4

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 4, 2018
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Main Library

Families are invited to learn more about the Día de los Muertos holiday, have your face painted, and make a craft. The day will include bilingual storytimes, live music, and food from local restaurants.

Domingo, 4 de noviembre de 2018
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Biblioteca Principal

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

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. Tours times are available on Wednesday, October 31, through Friday, November 2, 2018.

Middle and High school groups can reserve a tour time to interact with the altars and learn more about Día de los Muertos. There are a limited number of time slots available. If you are a teacher interested in scheduling a tour, please visit www.grpl.org/schooltours. 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 Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 and will be on display from Wednesday, October 31 to Sunday, November 4.

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