Grand Rapids Public Library

Beatles tribute band, author Wade Rouse highlight Bookfest

by (yuengerr)

Submitted 06-07-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

At 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, the folk-pop band Ribbons of Song took the stage at Bookfest to a crowd of both friends and strangers. Bookfest, an adjunct to Festival of the Arts, took place in a tent outside the Grand Rapids Public Library. The...

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Cuts to library, public goods hit home

by (Jeremy Moore)

Submitted 03-12-2012 under OPINION

The Grand Rapids Public Library has announced it will be cutting staff. The proposed re-budgeting will undergo approval in March, hopefully eradicating $494,199 of expenses. The library is pressing ahead with plans for a digital book-checking system...

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Reading paves the way to college for students at Harrison Park School

by (Community Liter...)

Submitted 01-26-2012 under NONPROFITS

In collaboration with Kristin Brace Mayor Heartwell sat down on the gymnasium floor at Grand Rapids Public Schools' Harrison Park School and asked, “Does anyone know what the mayor does?” The first response from the crowd of first-...

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Black Elk Lives: Conversations with the Black Elk Family

by (Rob Cole)

Submitted 11-08-2011 under NEWS

"Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the...

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Catalyst Radio: GRPL celebrates Dia de los Muertos

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 10-28-2011 under NONPROFITS

Don't have time to listen right now? Download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW (10:49) The Grand Rapids Public Library is in the middle of their second Día de los Muertos celebration (read about the first year on The Rapidian), a...

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Grand Rapidians celebrate Day of the Dead

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 10-27-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Day of the Dead, despite its somber name, is a big, colorful and fun celebration of life. Each year on November 1 to 2, Mexicans, Mexican Americans and an increasing number of everyone else enjoy remembering loved ones who have died.  Eva...

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Beloved Madison Square librarian moves on to next opportunity

by (Ashly DontCha Kno)

Submitted 08-31-2011 under NEWS

Both Ashly and Denise had the chance to interview Madison Square branch manager Molly Rios on separate occasions before her last day on Aug. 13. Ashly is the lead on this article with Denise's interview supplementing her piece.     The...

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Bill Hill, literary adventurer and downtown fixture, retires from the public library

by (jmare)

Submitted 06-20-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Regular patrons of the downtown public library probably recognize William "Bill" Hill by sight if not by name. Sharp-featured, sandy-haired (though sporting a bit more grey these days), he’s like a character actor you’ve seen a...

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Historical Society to explore library's special historical collection on Grand Rapids Thursday night

by (Grand Rapids Hi...)

Submitted 05-03-2011 under NONPROFITS

Explore some of the outstanding historical items and records about the Grand Rapids area Thursday evening, May 12 when the Grand Rapids Historical Society sponsors its annual banquet and meeting.   Tim Gleisner, manager of the Grand Rapids...

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GR Public Library gets spiny with teen poetry this spring break

by (K_to_the_ukla)

Submitted 04-06-2011 under NEWS

April is poetry month, and this week, the Grand Rapids Public Library is opening the doors and shelves for the first Teen Book Spine Poetry Contest. Teens are invited to visit their local library branch and wax poetic by stacking poetic. All...

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