Wednesday, 21 August, 2019


France @ your Library

By John Nalan

Reference Librarian

Je ne parle pas français du tout, mais ça peut être notre petit secret

Yesterday one of our library users came in to ask about France. She was planning a trip and wanted to learn a little more about the place. I am sure that for her it seemed to be a simple enough question. For me, however, the question just created more questions, so... read more

Needing Help@Your Library

Tracy Kampa, Children’s Library


It’s time to talk money.  Library funding is complex, but please, stick with me, this is important. In a nutshell, your library is supported by both the City of Grand Rapids and Itasca County. (We were surprised to find out that many patrons thought the library also received ongoing support from the Blandin Foundation. It does not.) Both the city and the... read more

Book Sale and Authors@yourlibrary

By Amy Dettmer, Assistant Library Director


Sunday is the last day of the book sale! If you haven’t stopped by the sale in the Central Square Mall there is still time today. The sale runs from 11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  A great big thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the sale. Thank you, thank you, thank you!  A major group of volunteers that help... read more

Sustaining Services @ your Library

Will Richter, Director

The Library needs your help.  Arrowhead Library System and Grand Rapids Area Library (GRAL) are requesting a $70,000 funding increase from the Itasca County Board of Commissioners - less than $2 per resident - to continue basic operations (books, hours, staff) at current levels.  Library funding is complex.  In a nutshell: there are state mandated minimum funding levels for both the City of Grand... read more