Will Richter

The library is closed Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2 for the Labor Day holiday.

A message from the American Library Association: 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

“Toy Story 4” characters are honorary chairs for Library Card Sign-up Month 2019.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are joining ALA on an adventure to promote the value of a library card. They’ll be reminding the public that signing up for a library card opens a world of infinite possibilities: Libraries offer resources and services that help people pursue their passions and give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond.

In “Toy Story 4," Woody has always felt confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

The number one way to participate is… visit your library!

Has it been awhile? Stop in and check-out what’s going on at the library; bring family and friends and sign-up for a free library card. 

Who can get a library card?

Who may apply for a library card?

Arrowhead Library System residents:

A library card is free to any resident who lives in the Arrowhead Library System who presents photo ID. The Arrowhead Library System is comprised of the following counties: Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods and St Louis.

Minnesota Residents:

Minnesota residents from outside the Arrowhead Library System may check out materials from the Grand Rapids Area Library. You must present your current library card from your home library, along with photo ID.

Out-of-state residents:

As a courtesy to visitors, out-of-state residents may check out materials from the Grand Rapids Area Library for an annual fee of $50. A current library card from your home library is required, along with photo ID.

Temporary residents:

A temporary card is issued to anyone temporarily living in Grand Rapids or to anyone without a permanent address.

Please note: Some of the library's online resources are not available to non-resident library card holders.

How to apply for a library card:

Apply in person at the Grand Rapids Area Library. A photo ID is required for applicants aged 14 and older. A parent or guardian's photo ID and signature are required for applicants under age 14.

September programs @ your library:

Vintage Valuables, Thursday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m.

Community Room 

Do you have vintage items around the house and wonder what they’re worth? Would you like to learn how to sell unique items? Join Pat Vann and Colleen Olson as they share distinctive items in their collections, how to identify special characteristics, and how to resell items. 

COMPAS Teaching Artists Siama’s Congo Roots, Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m.

Community Room 

COMPAS Teaching Artist, Siama Matuzungidi, is joined by Dallas Johnson for an inspiring singing performance. Siama and Dallas tell stories of life in Africa and encourage everyone to use their imagination to transport them to DR Congo. This sunny and joyful sing-along will leave everyone feeling energized and happy. For all ages.

Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m.

Outdoors — rain or shine

Take a walking tour of downtown Grand Rapids and learn about the rich history and changing faces of our businesses and local attractions. Members of the Itasca County Historical Society and longtime residents will be guiding the tour and answering questions. Meet at the library. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to walk several blocks — with plenty of stops along the way.

Autumn Landscape Painting 321 Art Studio, Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.

Community Room 

Adults and older teens of all skill levels will learn to draw and paint from teaching artist Amy Lucas-Peroceski. Each participant will draw their landscape on an 11” x 14” canvas with the instructor and then paint with water-miscible oil paints in their choice of colors. This 90-minute program is free with all supplies provided. Space is limited. Pre-registration at the Reference Desk is required.


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