Tuesday, 12 December, 2017


Puzzling @ your Library

Will Richter, Reference Librarian


Add fun and friendly competition to your post-holiday schedule. Form a puzzle making team with friends or family--no age limit/no team size limit—and compete to be the first group to finish! Puzzles will be provided by the library (500 piece Ravensburger).  The first team to finish its puzzle wins. Limited to 10 teams. Register early! Contest day registration will be on a space available basis only.  Call 326-7640, or stop by the library’s Reference Desk to register your team. Jigsaw

Puzzle Competition

*Note: 9:30 check–in / 10:00 start


Upcoming Programs for Children

Book Time Monday(s): December 4, 11, 18 at 9:30 and 10:30 A.M.

At 9:30 and 10:30 it’s Book Time! 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 December 9 and 16 at 10:15 and 11:15 A.M.

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.

Artastic  Monday, December 11th at 3:30 P.M. 

 At 3:30 join us for Artastic! Are you a kid who likes to create? Join us for our monthly art program, Artastic! Open to everyone, sign up at the Children’s Desk. (218) 327-8823

Full Steam Ahead Thursday, December 14th at 4:00 P.M.  

At 4:00 join us for our monthly science program, Full Steam Ahead! Are you a kid who likes to tinker and work with your hands?

Goody Goody Gumdrops!

I have a very heavy book.  Your job is to design a structure to hold up my book.  Unfortunately your only building materials are toothpicks and gumdrops!!  Does your structure strength depend on the size of your base?  Are your joints going to be strong enough?  Are some shapes stronger than others?

This program is best for kids ages 8-12, kids ages 6 and 7 are welcome with an adult helper. Sign up at the Children’s Desk (218) 327-8823

Upcoming Programs for Adults

Tai Chi  Thursday, December 7th at 6:00 P.M.

Presenter: Mike Clemens

Originally practiced in China as a martial art, Tai Chi has spread world-wide as an alternative way to exercise, relieve stress and improve mental focus. With December being a time of worry, stress and harried activity for many, this class encourages participants to give themselves an hour’s worth of calm  while learning about and bringing together movement, breathing and meditation. Wear comfortable clothes you can move in.

Lefse Making  Tuesday, December 12th at 6:00 P.M.  

Learn about this Norwegian holiday favorite –a flat bread made with riced potatos, butter and flour.  Help roll out and bake the rounds on lefse griddles and sample the results. All ages welcome and families are encouraged to participate together, as is part of the lefse making tradition.  Try out the special tools including grooved rolling pins and long wooden turning sticks.  Supplies and equipment provided. Sons of Norway members bring their expertise to pass on the tradition and share favorite recipes.

Passport Services

Grand Rapids Area Library is marking two years as a Passport Acceptance Facility.  A Passport Acceptance Facility is a public sector office that is designated to accept passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.  Passport Acceptance Facilities complete the verification required for applicants applying for a passport on a DS-11, which includes all minor and first-time applicants.   The Library also has the DS-82 form for renewing a passport. Renewals are done through mail and sent in by the applicant.

Stop at the reference desk in the library for passport information.