Community updates: Wednesday, July 28

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 07-28-2021 under NEWS

Gangnam District in South Korea becomes Grand Rapids’ new sister city Grand Rapids city commissioners on Tuesday approved a sister city relationship with Gangnam District in Seoul, South Korea. The district is one of 25 autonomous districts...

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These librarians served meals (and books) to kids all summer long with Meet Up & Eat Up

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 09-11-2019 under NONPROFITS

Library-goers usually expect books, quiet librarians and more books during their visit – not lunch being served to children facing hunger. The librarians at the Kent District Library in Comstock Park may appreciate a quiet place to read, but...

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Kent District Library and The Rapid launch Books on the Bus program

by (TheRapid)

Submitted 12-11-2018 under NONPROFITS

The average bus rider commutes 25 minutes each day. This is the perfect opportunity to relax, listen to some music or even fit in some reading.   Thanks to Kent District Library, Rapid bus riders can now find books on many buses traveling...

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Schuler Books celebrates teen readers with YA book talk

by (Kathryn Farmer)

Submitted 11-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Every second Saturday of the month, a group gathers around a cluster of tables in the Community Area of Schuler Books & Music to talk about their favorite Young Adult books. The YA Talk is hosted by Meghan Vanderlee, a bookseller at Schuler...

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Grand Rapids Public Library to celebrate Día de los Muertos

by (wayjulie)

Submitted 10-25-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

This Saturday, October 28 through Wednesday, November 1, the downtown branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) will celebrate the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, honors family and friends who have...

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Stay sharp with summer book clubs

by (mariahcaitlin)

Submitted 06-21-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

As I need to cut down the time I spend on my phone mindlessly scrolling through social media, I noticed there are several summer book clubs aimed at adults but not a resource to see where they all are and how to get involved. If you aren’t...

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Taste of Soul Sunday to celebrate African American history, culture

by (wayjulie)

Submitted 02-14-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

On the third Sunday of every February, a long line of people gathers outside of the downtown Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library. At exactly 1 p.m., the doors open and people of all ages stream through the doors. The smells of delicious,...

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Kent ranks twenty-sixth out of 83 Michigan counties for child well-being

by (GRTV)

Submitted 01-18-2017 under NONPROFITS

This week’s episode of GRTV’s NPO Showcase features Annemarie Valdez, Executive Director at First Steps Kent. Valdez discusses some disappointing Kent County statistics related to child well-being and reading proficiency and First Steps...

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Life in a Refugee Camp: From Bhutan to the United States by Posta Dangal

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 12-08-2016 under NONPROFITS

I am Posta. I was born in the country of Bhutan in a small village in Surey. I grew up in Surey. My father passed away when I was one year old. We have five family members in our house. After my father passed away, all the responsibilities were...

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Volunteer reading tutors help GRPS students improve reading proficiency, prepare for future success

by (GRTV)

Submitted 11-16-2016 under NONPROFITS

High school graduation is a powerful predictor of a student's future success, and research shows that students who don't read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma. This week...

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