Grand Rapids Public Library

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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Winter photos: Someone must know which street this is

by (dennetmint)

Submitted 12-30-2010 under OPINION

A couple of weeks ago, The Rapidian and The Grand Rapids Press launched their respective winter photo projects. On our part, we asked Rapidians to share what there is to love about West Michigan winters. The Press opted for a caption...

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A picturesque show-and-tell: What do you like about West Michigan winters?

by (dennetmint)

Submitted 12-14-2010 under OPINION

From The Rapidian staff: Snow banks. Rust. Black ice and endless gray. The grumbling has commenced, so let's mix it up. Fellow Rapidians, what do you love about West Michigan winters? This Thursday, Dec. 16, is the start of The Rapidian's first...

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Dia de los Muertos celebrates life and honors the dead at GRPL

by (nlautenbach)

Submitted 11-08-2010 under OPINION

Unlike the spooky Halloween traditions that glorify death and dying, Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life. On display in the dimly lit upstairs auditorium at the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL), were approximately 20 altars with brightly...

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Fulton Street Cemetery - Part II: Citizens and their contributions to Grand Rapids

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 08-10-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

The Fulton Street Cemetery is home to men and women who made this city what it is today. Many of the things we enjoy in this city were created by the settlers of a tiny frontier town called Grand Rapids. “The people in this cemetery are...

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Fulton Street Cemetery - Part I: The history and design of a historic masterpeice

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 08-09-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Nestled in the Midtown neighborhood, lying quietly behind a wall on Fulton Street is a great historic relic. The Fulton Street Cemetery is a park maintained by the city for people of all ages to come and enjoy a goldmine of history. The cemetery is...

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Historic Civil War encampment located right beneath our feet

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 01-04-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

As you walk by the many shops and buildings in Heritage Hill that we have grown fond off, buildings like Martha’s Vineyard or Central High School, do you ever wonder what existed here before? I have a passion for history and one of my...

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VOTE for Your Favorite "Helping Hands" Artwork Finalists!

by (RedCrossGGR)

Submitted 09-22-2009 under NONPROFITS

Kids say (and draw) the darndest things -- including works of art, inspired by the Red Cross, and including superheroes, snipers, and someone named Kirby. Come stop by the Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch downtown from September 23 to 27,...

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