Wednesday, 21 August, 2019


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 plan and execute the sale is the book sale committee. They met periodically throughout the year to work on the sale. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your help!

The book sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Grand Rapids Area Library and the Grand Rapids Area Library Foundation.  Both of these groups help support the library in a myriad of ways. The Friends paid for the new drinking fountain and the display shelving for new fiction and nonfiction titles. Saturday Story Time in the children’s area would not be possible without financial support from the Foundation. The Foundation also supported the new teen area furniture. Thank you to these groups for the ongoing support of the Library!!!

William Kent Krueger has a new novel coming this fall. It’s titled “This Tender Land.” I checked his website, www.williamkentkrueger.com, and see he will be touring bookstores and libraries throughout the country this fall. He has a lot of Minnesota stops; although he won’t be coming to Grand Rapids. He will be in Nisswa, Duluth, Grand Marais, and of course places in the Twin Cities. 

A Minnesota (although now living in L.A.) author I have been reading is J. Ryan Stradal. I recently finished his first novel “Kitchens of the Great Midwest.” I really enjoyed it because it was set mostly in Minnesota and even Buhl Water made an appearance! I recently heard Heidi Holtan at KAXE interview him about his new novel. “The Lager Queen of Minnesota.”  

You may want to mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 1, 6:00 p.m. Minnesota author Allen Eskens will be visiting the library. He is the author of several mystery novels. His program will focus on his path to becoming a writer as well as the content of his novels. This program is made possible in part or whole by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 


Upcoming Programs @the Library

Thursday, August 8, 1:00 p.m.: Get Your Ducks in a Row: Estate Planning. This annual series continues with topics to support adults as they age. Attorney, Robert Dolan, will explain probate, wills, and trusts—the role of an executor, Power of Attorney, and provide insights about how one should list beneficiaries. 


Saturday, August 10: Saturday Story Time! 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.


Saturday, August 10, 12:00 p.m.: Reif Dance Performance: Fairy Time. Join special guests from Reif Dance for a brief performance and dance instruction. Perfect for little ones who want to discover the magic of dancing. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch and explore the lawn and trails as part of this enchanting event.


Tuesday, August 13, 6:00 p.m.:  Brave Girls & Wise Women with Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux.

 Daring heroines reclaim fairytales as fierce, funny, and feminine in this storytelling adventure. Recommended for kids ages 7+, teens, and adults. This program was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.