Saturday, 21 October, 2017


Fire Prevention Week @ your Library

Will Richter, Firefighter

Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14!

I am hijacking my usual library column for an important message: In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.

Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.

Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.

Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Open House!  In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, Grand Rapids Fire and Police Departments welcome the community October 10 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the city.

Upcoming Adult Programs

Never Too Late to Read! Helping a Loved One Read & Spell

Marianne Jylha

Tuesday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Beginning early in life we are judged by our ability to read and spell.  Assumptions are made that good readers are “smart” and people who can’t spell must be dim witted or lazy.  Research and reality prove otherwise.   Some of the brightest people in history have struggled to read and spell. Learn what you can do to help a child or adult who is challenged. Teachers and non-educators gain tips and tricks for helping someone they care become proficient enough to reach personal and educational goals.

Kids Got Clutter?

Tammy Schotzko

Monday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. 

So. Much. Paper. All those newsletters, forms, school work and projects that collect as kids return  to school can be overwhelming for kids and their parents. How do you keep track of everything? Start the school year with timely insights about organizational strategies for happy families. We’ll cover incoming paper from school, crafts, kids’ mementoes, study spaces, and time. Bring your questions for a robust Q & A after the presentation.

Music From Down Under

Johnna Morrow and Steve Sklar

Thursday, October 26  at 6:00 p.m.

Explore the ancient Australian instrument, the digeridoo, learning  how important this simple yet complex tube is to Aborigine culture. With a deep relationship between earth, trees, termites and humans the instrument is used in art, spirituality, storytelling, healing and fun.  Artists perform songs, share animal sounds of dingos, crocodiles, wolves and kookaburras, and explain circular breathing, which allows didgeridoo players to play long periods without stopping to breathe.

For kids


Tuesday October  17 at 3:30 pm

Come join us for a fun afternoon of Lego building.  We supply the Legos, you supply the imagination!  Come build with us!

(don't forget: the bus from the Middle School stops at the library!)

Watch for upcoming Artastic! Programs and fun Science programs to come later in October!

Kids and Teens

October is Fine Amnesty Month for kids and teens.

All children's and young adult materials will be checked in with no fines.  Stop at the circulation desk to have fines cleared from your account.

Get a new library card if you have lost yours! 


Teen Read Week! October 8-14

Reading by Design

Stop in and fill out a survey about what you want at the Library!

There is still time to vote for the Teens' Top Ten list (until October 14).  Stop at the Reference desk and pick up a list of nominees.

Saturday,  October 7, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Anime Club

Watch Anime - Eat Snacks! 

Teen Photo Contest

Original photos can be submitted on paper or digitally. Two Categories: Reading by Design, and General.  Entries due before Saturday, October 21.  Stop at the Reference desk for more details.

Stop in the Teen Room any time to enter the monthly drawing!

New at the Library: BikeShare!

There are bikes available for checkout at the Library, along with 3 additional locations around the city: City Hall, at 420 N Pokegama, Itasca YMCA at 400 River Rd, and the Itasca Resource Center at 1209 SE 2nd Ave.  You need to present ID, sign a user agreement, and pick up a key!  Bikes can be used for 24 hours.  It's a great way to explore the trails on a beautiful day, or run a few errands.