Thursday, 25 April, 2019


Get “The Nature Fix” @ your Library

Will Richter, Director of Library Services

Grand Rapids Area


Rapids Reads is in full swing!  This year’s selection is“The Nature Fix” by Florence Williams.

The community is invited to read the book and attend a wide-ranging slate of programming intended to encourage meaningful dialog and reflection throughout this spring. Copies of the book are available at the library. The theme of the “The Nature Fix” focuses on nature’s positive effect on our brains. Through witty observation and a serious dose of science – Williams lays out ways in which researchers and experts all over the world are witnessing and concluding that nature is essential to our physical and mental wellbeing. Conversely, the book shows how being disconnected from nature can damage our overall health.


Book Time!  Monday, April 8 at 9;30 & 10:30

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.

Nature Notes: Lyme & Ticks (Rapids Reads Program) Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00

Learn about the risks of tick-borne disease—with an emphasis on Lyme—in northern Minnesota ticks varieties. Benjamin Clarke, biomedical scientist and faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth, will be onsite to discuss a community-based research project he is developing to raise public awareness of this emerging epidemic.

Tiny Explorers!Friday, April 12 at 10:30

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!  Call 327-8823 to register.

Saturday Story Time!  Saturday, April 13 at 10:15 and 11:15

It’s time for Saturday Story Time! 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.


Lego Club Tuesday, April 16 at 3:30

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!

Wednesday Writing Group April 17 at 5:00

Meet in the Big Riverview Room

One-Dog Canoe and More! A Visit with Mary Casanova Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00

Renowned children’s author Mary Casanova is here! At YOUR Grand Rapids Area Library! Mary will recount her journey of growing up in a family of 10, struggling with reading, and ultimately discovering that books are windows to many worlds, and that writing is a way to have your voice heard. The program is geared towards young people, but all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Mary’s talks are inspirational, and have encouraged hundreds of people to open a book…or write a page.

Scenic Hiking on the North Country Trail (Rapids Reads Program) Thursday, April 18 at 6:00

Discover the joys of the nation’s longest hiking trail, the NCT. Avid hikers Bonny and Gary Siegford invite you for an evening of photos and stories of the trail and its adventures. Learn about ecosystems, flowering plants, trees and wildlife. Find out how easy it is to access the trail for a day hike or a summer-long backpacking trek—plus get safety tips, maps, and more!

Prescription Nature Thursday, April 25 at 6:00  

A panel of local professionals – a medical doctor, a college professor, and a mental health counselor – will share insights about the benefits of nature on physical and mental wellness. Hear from Dr. Phil Imholte, Dr. Michelle Arnhold, and Angie Baratto, MA, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor—as they  discuss physical health and the natural world, parts of the brain activated by contact with nature, and the benefits of animal therapy for mental wellness, especially in children.


What is a Passport Acceptance Facility?

A Passport Acceptance Facility is a public sector office designated to accept and execute passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Passport Acceptance Facilities verify the information of applicants using Form DS-11, which includes all first-time applicants and all minors.

Forms and Instructions

Complete instructions and printable forms available at https://travel.state.gov

National Passport Information Center 1-877-487-2778

U.S. Passport Application (DS-11) and U.S. Passport Renewal Application For Eligible Individuals (DS-82) forms are available at the Library.

Call or stop by the REFERENCE DESK with questions.