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January 2022

Virtual Family Time

January 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until March 30, 2022

Virtual Event | Zoom MI United States
Virtual Family Time

Virtual Family Time Join GRPL on Zoom for a special virtual edition of our Family Time series. Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children ages 18 months to 5 years to this online storytime featuring great books, songs, fingerplays, and fun. Registration required. Wednesdays, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 10:30 am  | Zoom Learn more. ⟶ https://www.grpl.org/storytimes/

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February 2022

​Music (NOT) in the Stacks: Debra Perry and Majestic Praise

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black History Month

Music (NOT) in the Stacks: Debra Perry and Majestic Praise Premiers Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel Join us for a virtual performance featuring local musicians on the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Facebook Page and YouTube channel. Debra Perry & Majestic Praise is a close knit group who shares the common thread of their faith. The members are from various ministries in the greater Grand Rapids area including Vanessa Allen, Robert Kelly, Kelvin Jackson, Dorcas…

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It’s Not All Downhill From Here: Change at Any Age – An Evening with Terry McMillan

February 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual Event | Zoom MI United States

It’s Not All Downhill From Here: Change at Any Age An Evening with Terry McMillan Virtual Event | Zoom Thursday, February 3, 2022, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Registration required.  Join GRPL for a special virtual conversation  with #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan. Terry McMillan is bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, The Interruption of Everything, I Almost Forgot About You, and the editor of Breaking Ice: An Anthology…

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Black History Month Storytimes

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until February 26, 2022

Black History Month

Black History Month Storytimes Premiering Saturdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2022, 10:00 am Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel Enjoy books featuring Black characters or that are by Black authors. Participate in sing-alongs, and early literacy tips from a GRPL librarian. Tune in weekly on GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel during the month of February. Learn more. ⟶ https://www.grpl.org/blackhistory/ • Horas de Cuentacuentos del Mes de la Historia Negra Estrenos los sábados el 5, 12, 19, 26 de…

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Music (NOT) in the Stacks: Hey, Marco!

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black History Month

Music (NOT) in the Stacks: Hey, Marco! Premiering Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel Join us for a virtual performance featuring local musicians on the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Facebook Page and YouTube channel.  Hey Marco is a jazz/pop ensemble from Grand Rapids who specializes in weaving intricate rhythm, melody and harmony together with soaring vocals. Musical influences including Sting, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, D’Angelo, The Clark Sisters, and…

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Music (NOT) in the Stacks: Kathy Lamar

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black History Month

Music (NOT) in the Stacks: Kathy Lamar Premiering Wednesday February 16, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel Join us for a virtual performance featuring musicians on the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Facebook Page and YouTube channel. Vocalist Kathy Lamar sings a diverse blend of jazz, R&B, soul, and pop hits and delights audiences with her powerful voice and infectious laugh. Kathy Lamar grew up in Grand Rapids and moved to Las Vegas in 1980 to sing with her friend…

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An Evening with Author Nikki Grimes

February 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual Event | Zoom MI United States

An Evening with Author Nikki Grimes Thursday, February 17, 2022 6:30 – 7:30 pm Virtual Event | Zoom Registration required. Join us for a virtual author visit with award-winning author Nikki Grimes, who will talk about her book Glory in the Margins, followed by a Q&A session. New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2020 ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature, the 2017 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and…

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Taste of Soul Sunday

February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Black History Month

Taste of Soul Sunday Premiering Sunday, February 20, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel We’re taking our popular Taste of Soul Sunday event online! Enjoy a series of free virtual events highlighting members of our community. The History of Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA) 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel Join us for a virtual talk with George Bayard about the history of the Grand Rapids African American Museum…

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Music (NOT) in the Stacks: Asamu Johnson

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black History Month

Music (NOT) in the Stacks: Asamu Johnson Premiering Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel Join us for a virtual performance featuring musicians on the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Facebook Page and YouTube channel. Unique and captivating, Asamu Johnson and his band have performed across the nation at various festivals, night clubs, and other venues. They opened for Blues legend Koko Taylor and have played at notable venues including the Chenango Blues Fest in Norwich, New York;…

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Seniors Be Well at GRPL | Grief, Stress Management, and Mood (Mental Health Issues)

February 24 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Seniors Be Well at GRPL | Grief, Stress Management, and Mood (Mental Health Issues) Registration recommended Thursday, February 24, 2022 Main Library – 111 Library St NE We’ll be discussing everything health, from misinformation to nutrition to community resources for caregivers. When you sign up for the book club, the library will provide you with our book club book to read, discuss, and keep for your personal library! The book club series will take place at the Ryerson Auditorium (111 Library…

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March 2022

One Book, One City for Kids Author Talk: Christopher Edge

March 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual Event | Zoom MI United States

One Book, One City for Kids Author Talk: Christopher Edge Friday, March 25, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm Virtual Event | Zoom Meet Christopher Edge, the author of The Jamie Drake Equation, the 2022 One Book, One City for Kids selection. Christopher will discuss his book, writing it, and will answer questions from the audience during this live online event. Learn more. ⟶ https://www.grpl.org/kids-and-teens/onebookforkids/

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April 2022

Spring Fun on the Lawn | Main Library

April 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Monday, repeating until April 25, 2022

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
An image of a GRPL staff member reading to a crowd outdoors.

Spring Fun on the Lawn Join us for outside fun! Come sing, dance, and play outside on our Library on the Lawn. For ages 0-5. Weather permitting. Mondays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 10:30 am  | Main Library -  111 Library Street NE Learn more. ⟶ https://www.grpl.org/storytimes/

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Spring Fun on the Lawn | Seymour Branch

April 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until April 27, 2022

Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
An image of a GRPL staff member reading to a crowd outdoors.

Spring Fun on the Lawn Join us for outside fun! Come sing, dance, and play outside on our Library on the Lawn. For ages 0-5. Weather permitting. Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 10:30 am | Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern SE Learn more. ⟶ https://www.grpl.org/storytimes/

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Spring Fun on the Lawn | Yankee Clipper Branch

April 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Thursday, repeating until April 28, 2022

Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
An image of a GRPL staff member reading to a crowd outdoors.

Spring Fun on the Lawn Join us for outside fun! Come sing, dance, and play outside on our Library on the Lawn. For ages 0-5. Weather permitting. Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28 10:30 am | Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE Learn more. ⟶ https://www.grpl.org/storytimes/

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Seniors Be Well at GRPL | Senior Preventative Care and Community Health Resources

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Seniors Be Well at GRPL | Senior Preventative Care and Community Health Resources Registration recommended Sunday, April 24 2022 We’ll be discussing everything health, from misinformation to nutrition to community resources for caregivers. When you sign up for the book club, the library will provide you with our book club book to read, discuss, and keep for your personal library! The book club series will take place at the Ryerson Auditorium (111 Library St NE) and at our branches. The…

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June 2022

54th Annual Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition Reception

June 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

54th Annual Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition Reception Saturday, June 4, 2022, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Main Library -  111 Library Street NE The 54th Annual Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition Reception will take place during the annual Festival of the Arts celebration. Enjoy poems read aloud by winners in each category in the Ryerson Auditorium located in the Main Library. Learn more. 

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