Monday, 21 January, 2019


Crucial Conversations @ your Library

Nicole Johnson and Will Richter



Grand Rapids Area Library is excited to expand Crucial Conversations for Aging to Calumet and Coleraine in early 2019, following the success of the first of four planned small-group discussion series focused on thriving in retirement.  If you enjoyed our ‘Ducks in a Row’ series – check out one of the information sessions listed below. 

The Library received a grant from the Northland Foundation’s Rural Aging Initiative to design and host the series for community members, age 55 and older. Led by life coach, Bonnie Henriksen, Crucial Conversations for Aging engages participants in exploring ways to create joy, purpose, and satisfaction for themselves during retirement. These conversations go way beyond financial management – they seek to get to the heart of what helps retirees thrive. Says a recent participant in Grand Rapids, “Retirement is much more than your finances. It’s about self-discovery, self-satisfaction, a new appreciation for your spouse, and enriching your future.”

The series kicks off in each community with an information session to which the public is invited to ask questions and learn more about the subsequent small group discussions. Following that, interested pairs (spouses, friends, family members), can register at their preferred library. Discussions occur over five, 90-minute sessions, and cover such topics as defining retirement for the individual and the couple, values, lifestyle choices, and personal legacies. Participants receive study guides and access to a helpful list of library resources to support their journey toward happiness and fulfillment. A brochure with more details is available at each of the participating libraries.


Calumet Public Library - Information Session: Wednesday, January 9, 1:30 p.m.; small-group sessions begin on Wednesday, January 23.


Coleraine Public Library - Information Session: Thursday, February 28, 3:30 p.m.; small-group sessions begin on Thursday, March 14.


Grand Rapids Area Library - Information Session: Thursday, April 4, 6:00 p.m.; small-group sessions begin on Monday, April 15.




Supernatural Lake Superior with Chad Lewis Tuesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.  

Take a visit to the strange side of this Great Lake! With bizarre tales of UFOs hovering over the water, phantom ships disappearing into thin air, haunted businesses along the shore, deadly sea serpents, mysterious creatures, and sinister men in black—this program will change the way you view the majestic lake. This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Ages 13+.

Wednesday Writing Group  Wednesday, January 16 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  

Join the library’s writing group—the third Wednesday of each month. Writers of all genres and styles are welcome for discussion or simply to write. Space is limited. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

International Travel: Tips & Tricks Thursday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m. 1/24 

Have you always wanted to travel abroad, but don’t know how to begin planning? Join local world travelers as they discuss how they set up international vacations—from getting the best airfare, to booking lodging and transportation, to exchanging currency—and packing! You’ll leave with ideas for booking your next trip—perhaps for spring or summer break! In need of a passport? The Library can help you with that! We process your passports at the Reference Desk by appointment.

Filling Out FAFSA  Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m.    

Are you in the midst of planning college visits and submitting applications? Do you need help filling

out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)? Sarah Lee, from Itasca Community

College, will be on-site to help answer your questions and advise you on completing this form.

Please bring a laptop or tablet, Social Security Number, 2017 tax and W-2 information. Space is

limited—please register in advance at the Reference Desk.


Winter Reading !

  Curl up with a good book

 Pick up a book log and start reading!


Tiny Explorers!  Friday, January 4 at 10:30 a.m.

This program is geared towards our littlest patrons, age’s birth to 23 months. Sensory experiences will be available for babies to explore in a safe environment. Meet other caregivers.

Lego Club! Tuesday, January 15 at 3:30 p.m.

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!

Artastic Monday, January 28 at 3:30 p.m.

Are you a kid that likes to create? Join Ms. Betsy for some art fun!

This program is open to everybody. Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please call the children’s desk to register! (218) 327-8823


Anime Club Friday, January 25 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Watch Anime, eat snacks, have fun!

Volunteer Opportunity for teens

Volunteering is extremely rewarding and doesn’t take a lot of time – plus it looks great on your resume!

We currently are seeking up to ten student volunteers interested in joining the Library’s Teen Advisory Board. This group plans programs, recommends materials to purchase, and discusses ways to engage teens in our community. Time commitment is about two hours per month.

To inquire, please email Nicole at volunteer@cityofgrandrapidsmn.com or stop by to pick up a volunteer application form.


Stop in the Teen Room any time to answer a question and enter the monthly drawing!