Through the library you have access to four services: AuthorCheck, E-book alerts, New Book Alerts, and SelectReads. Learn about your favorite authors at AuthorCheck. Read bios, check author webpages, and sign up to track an author so you'll be notified when a new book by the author arrives at the library.
With e-book alerts you can be notified when new Overdrive titles arrive. New Book Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by the library. You can select to receive alerts via email and/or RSS feeds. If you see a new title you're interested in, just click the "Check Catalog" button to place a hold on the item right away. Lists of new materials are available in a variety of categories.
SelectReads helps connect you with titles old and new - hidden gems waiting for you to discover on our shelves. Subscribe to the list categories that interest you and receive monthly newsletters that will offer you titles to explore.
Visit the library’s homepage www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/libraryto find links to each of the services. Financial support is provided by the Friends of the Library. Thank you Friends!
The book chosen for this year’s Rapids Reads is Fall to Grace by Minnesota author, Kerry Kasey. It’s the story of two 13-year old boys whose fathers die suddenly on the same day and the friendship, self-awakening, and renewal they experience as they journey into adulthood. There is a nice display of the books when you come in the library with books available for checkout.
Upcoming Programs @your library
Monday, March 20, Book Time! At 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. join ECFE teachers in the story circle for stories, finger plays and songs. Then move to the community room for a craft, a snack, and time to play and visit.
Tuesday, March 21, 3:30 p.m. Lego Club Are you a kid who likes to build? Join us for our next Lego Club! Lego Club is open to everybody! Lego creations are displayed in the Children’s Library between programs. We supply the Legos, you supply the imagination! Come build with us!
Thursday, March 23, 6:00 p.m. WWI: The U.S. in the Great War. Presenter: John Cox.The U.S. entered WWI in 1917, a hundred years ago. The Great War originated in Europe in 1914 and killed more than 16 million people over 4 ½ years. A history buff of the era, John Cox gives brief context about outbreak of the war, then follows the American experience focusing primarily on the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in the Fall of 1918. He shares photographs and stories from his travels of the battlefield
Saturday, March 25: Saturday Story Time! At 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., it’s time for Saturday Story Time! Join ECFE teachers in the story circle for stories, rhymes and songs. Then move to the community room for a snack and a craft. Open to all ages. No registration required. Story Time attendees earn one Baby Steps coupon per family per Saturday.
Thursday, March 30, 6:00 p.m.: Author Kerry Casey. Always meant to be a storyteller, Casey talks about his life, the stories and the surprises that became Fall to Grace and its two sequels. In addition to being a writer he has founded Five Friends Books, a publishing company in St. Paul, MN where he hopes books will be passed among friends.