Saturday, 23 March, 2019


River Views @ your Library

Will Richter, Director of Library Services


Library staff have been busy creating new spaces to study, collaborate, and visit.  We have consolidated similar materials, changed scores of Reference items to check-out, and made the Large Print collection easier to navigate.  Newly created space adjacent to the Reference desk features study carrels, a large table for group work, and comfortable chairs for reading or watching the river.  Come check out the best view in downtown Grand Rapids!

Check-out RAPIDS READS Community Read

Rapids Reads engages our community in reading a common book with related programs to encourage meaningful dialog and reflection. The 2019 pick is: The Nature Fix by Florence Williams.

In prose that is incisive, witty, and urgent, Williams shows how time in nature is not a luxury but is, in fact, essential to our humanity.

Uncover the science behind nature’s positive effect on the brain. Discover why a connection to nature is so important to our physical and mental wellbeing.

Copies available @ your Library

Rapids Reads made possible with support from the Grand Rapids Area Library Foundation.  Thank you!

March Programs @the Library

Book Time! Monday, March 11, 9:30 and 10:30am Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, and all other sorts of fun! Then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit.

Saturday Story Time!  Saturday, March 16 at 10:15 and 11:15am.  Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books and songs, then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit. Families may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending this Story Time.

Wednesday Writing Group  Wednesday, March 20 at 5pm

Writers of all genres and styles are welcome for discussion or simply to write. Space is limited.                    Recommended for ages 16+

Nature’s Classroom  Thursday, March 21, 6:00pm.  Calling all educators, early childhood specialists, and anyone interested in the effect of nature-play on children: the preschool director from Hartley Nature Center in Duluth will join us to discuss how they incorporate nature into everyday learning—and why it is so important for lifelong health.

Woodcarving Basics  Thursday, March 28, 6:00pm.  Join Belva Shelhamer, artist and woodcarving instructor at MacRostie Art Center, as she discusses the basics of woodcarving. See a project in several stages of completion and discover the tools needed for the many different kinds of carving work that can be done. This program is instructive—but is not hands-on. Bring questions and learn from this expert!

Mark your calendar for Rapids Reads programs coming in April!

Nature Notes: Lyme & Ticks 4/9 at 6pm

One-Dog Canoe with Mary Casanova 4/17 at 6pm

The North Country Scenic Hiking Trail 4/18 at 6pm

Prescription: Nature 4/25 at 6pm

Explore Nature! 5/16 at 3:30pm & 5/18 at 10:30am