Breastfeeding rights under scrutiny

by (Linnea)

Submitted 03-25-2015 under VOICES

This week, for the first time in my life, I felt uncomfortable in the library. More than just uncomfortable, I felt embarrassed, belittled and unwelcome. After being a patron of the Grand Rapids Public Libraries for my whole life, one might wonder...

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Voting for Write Michigan short stories contest almost over

by (deeMiner_b)

Submitted 01-28-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Online voting by the public for Write Michigan short story entries continues through January 31. The contest is in its third year, and includes not only a public vote but a judge's vote as well. The judges will be voting on seven...

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Downtown library to host Historical Society's 'History Detectives Day'

by (erictank)

Submitted 01-13-2015 under NEWS

On Saturday, January 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) downtown branch (111 Library St. N.W.) will host "History Detectives Day" presented by the Grand Rapids Historical Society.  The day long event will...

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Two Summer Retreats for Praying through Art

by (DominicanCenter...)

Submitted 06-02-2014 under NONPROFITS

SUMMER RETREAT FOR WOMEN: WRITING AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE 086-051 Welcome all women who love to write! This is the third year for this very popular retreat. Ideal for newcomers and veterans alike, our theme in 2014 is "The Heart's Longing....

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Reading towards a brighter future

by (GRCC Compositio...)

Submitted 03-07-2012 under OPINION

This article was written by Samantha Wiers, Kelsey Sterkenburg, Katie Feikema, and Jared Bosveld for EN 102H: Digital Literacy at GRCC.  One book. One hundred and forty-four pages. Sixteen hundred...

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Awesome Foundation awards grant to support Kentwoodpalooza

by (kcaralis)

Submitted 02-28-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Teenagers often struggle to find a place where they feel welcome, said Greg Lewis, librarian at the Kentwood branch of the Kent District Library. That’s why Lewis was ecstatic to win a $1000 grant in February from the Grand Rapids Awesome...

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Learning to live life while celebrating death: Día de los Muertos at the GRPL

by (amybascom)

Submitted 11-18-2011 under OPINION

Death is a part of life, something everyone deals with in his or her own way. When I was twelve years old and my grandmother’s organs were shutting down, I made wishes every day that by some miracle they would start working again and she would...

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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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Grand Rapids Public Libraries' pre-reading programs: Getting them started young

by (millertime79156)

Submitted 04-25-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Grand Rapids Public Libraries are helping parents with their children’s language development. At all of the branches the libraries offer three different sessions: Pre-Reading Classes for Babies, Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers, and Pre-...

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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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