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Summer Reading Challenge Events for Teens

Grand Rapids Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Monday, May 31 – Saturday, September 4

The Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC) and GRPL have teamed up to bring you a city-wide scavenger hunt! Take a closer look at your neighborhood to find art in everyday life. Super sleuths may even find a few favorite Summer Reading Challenge characters from years past! Scavenger hunt participants will be entered automatically into a drawing to win prizes from local businesses.

Pick up your scavenger hunt document from any GRPL location, or download it here. Return your completed scavenger hunt to a GRPL location to get a super secret treat while supplies last.

Storytime in the Park with StorytimeGR

Join us this summer for stories, free books and ice cream, special guests, and a whole lot of fun! For all ages of kids and teens. StorytimeGR is a partnership of the Grand Rapids Public Library, Read GRGrand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation.

Tuesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
6:30 pm | Garfield Park – 2111 Madison SE

Tuesdays, June 15, July 27, August 10
6:30 pm | Martin Luther King Jr. Park – 900 Fuller Ave SE

Tuesdays, June 29, July 13, August 17
6:30 pm | Lincoln Park – 1120 Bridge St NW

A D&D Mystery with Dungeon Master Mark

Friday, June 4 | 5:00 pm
Wednesdays, June 23, July 21 | 5:00 pm
Saturday June 12, July 10 | 5:00 pm
Virtual Event | Roll20.net
Registration required.


Experience the fun of solving a missing persons case with your friends on this one shot D&D adventure game! Join librarian and Dungeon Master Mark to enjoy the adventure in a virtual environment. Mark has been playing, facilitating, and reading about roleplaying games for over 10 years. Mark is currently a librarian in Chicago, IL where he sometimes tests new adventures on his regular D&D group.

Characters will be pre-created. The story content will be the same for each session. For ages 11–19.

GR Crime Tours for Teens

Saturdays, June 12 and July 10 | 5:00 pm
Tuesdays, June 22, July 20, August 3 | 5:00 pm

Meet at the flagpole at the Main Library – 111 Library St NE
Registration required.

Join GRPL and GR Crime Tours for a fun and educational trip around the city. Explore downtown Grand Rapids and visit local sites infamous for historical crime and folklore. Led by comedian Eirann Betka-Pope, this light-hearted and educational program is perfect for young true-crime enthusiasts. Light refreshments will be available before and after the tour. Designed for ages 11–19.

Please follow COVID safety practices. 

Comic Geek Out

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
In-person | Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE
Virtual Events | GRPL’s Facebook Page & YouTube Channel

Discover your inner hero at the library’s comic event. Celebrate the comic books you love, and geek out on your favorite fandom. Join us for hands-on activities, free books, a comic workshop, and other fun events!