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Grand Rapids Public Library celebrates 150 years

Grand Rapids Public Library
Posted at 11:04 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 23:04:35-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Public Library is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The library is holding a series events leading up to its Dec. 21 birthday later this year, starting with My Library Story, a chance for patrons to offer their memories of GRPL via an online submission form. Users may attach videos, photos or drawings to enhance their story.

They say these stories will be added to GRPL’s archive and displayed on their social media and website throughout the year.

“Our sesquicentennial is a time for us to reflect on our institutional history and the impact we have made in the lives of generations of Grand Rapidians,” says Director John McNaughton. “But most of all, it is a time of us to say thank you to the millions of people who have walked through our doors. The library is a place for and of the people and our patrons are the center of all we do.”

Other events planned for the year include a read-a-thon, exhibits displaying the library’s history, a commemorative library card and more.

The library was established in 1871.

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