Thursday, 21 September, 2017


September is Library Card Sign up month @ your library

Marcia Anderson


The Library will be closed Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4 for Labor Day.

Last Chance Thursday!

Kids: Thursday August 31 is the last chance to turn in your summer reading book log and receive a free book! (Murphy Students: stop in for your Murphy Medallion)


September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Grand Rapids Area Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school.  Many resources at the Library are available to anyone who has a library card.  There’s really something for everyone and it’s all free with a library card. The Teen Titans, crime fighting super heroes, are the spokespersons for the Library Card sign up campaign this month.  We have a special youth library card now with different artwork.


Support for students of all ages

Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement including online homework help with Brain Fuse. Students can connect with live tutors during afterschool hours or can send papers in for critique

Learning Express Library is available through ELM, the Electronic Library for Minnesota at www.elm4you.org.  This is a great resource for skill building and test preparation for students, and for college entrance exam and advanced placement exam preparation.   Occupational exams are also included such as those required for teaching, nursing, law enforcement, postal worker and more. Learning Express also has a computer skills center where you can learn operating systems,computer basics, internet basics and software programs such as Word or Excel.  If you want to improve your computer skills, start here!

Our library provides all types of students a welcoming atmosphere where they can explore, discover and create. Students learn in a variety of ways, thanks to the resources available at the library, and we can meet the needs of all ages and types of learners.

Research databases

You have access to research databases with your library card.  You can access thousands of articles from scholarly journals, popular magazines, and reference materials.  Databases for research include: Research in Context and Britannica School Middle for middle school students,  Explora Kids, Britannica School Elementary, and Kids Infobits for elementary school students, Science Reference Center Explora Teens, Points of View Reference Center, and Student Resources in Context, for middle and high school students. There are also databases with professional collections just for educators

Downloadable books

Downloadable audiobooks and ebooks are available if you have a library card.  . You can search the Overdrive Media Catalog and download ebooks or audiobooks to your computer, tablet, reader, mp3 player, phone or other device.  Look for the Overdrive icon on our web page. Search for the Libby app in the Play Store or the Apple App Store.  Celebrate ebooks on September 18th, Read an ebook Day.  Ebooks Minnesota is another great source for ebooks published in Minnesota and for Minnesota Authors.

Mobile access to the catalog If you are looking for a Library Catalog App for your device, look for Bookmyne. Download it from Google Play or from  the Apple App Store.  To set it up, choose the Arrowhead Library System as your library

If you live in a rural area, you are likely to be eligible for Mail-a-Book services from the Arrowhead Library System, and the ALS Bookmobile stops in many locations in Itasca County.  Call the Arrowhead Library System for details 218-741-3840

 Meet your friends

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate or just relax with peers. We have small study rooms for individuals and pairs, and larger study rooms for small groups.

 Whether that is through homework help,  programs, or access to  print and e-books, the library has something for everyone – all with a free library card. It is for these reasons that a library card is the most important card to have in your wallet.

 Just for teens

Voting for Teens Top 10  is now open.  Stop at the Reference Desk for more information and a list of the 25 books nominated  from around the country and a link to the online voting site.  Voting is open through Teen Read Week, October 8-14.

Upcoming programs in September

September 12, Sustainable: A Film and Discussion about Food Production

September 14, Music Meets Minnesota Lit

September 21, World War II American Aircraft

September 28, Permitting a Mine in Minnesota


For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the library in person or visit the library online at www.cityofgrandrapidsm.com/library.   

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!