Category Archives: Event

Ask-a-Librarian during the Thanksgiving Holiday

Many of you will be working on GRCC assignments during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Your GRCC Librarians will be answering Ask-a-Librarian questions exclusively from Tuesday Nov. 24 through Sunday Nov. 29. The answers might come back a little slower than usual (hey – we’re on holiday break, too!) but you’ll get answers!

Send your questions to Ask-a-Librarian!

And until then, we are answering questions through all virtual modalities during Virtual Reference Hours!

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GRCC Library Here For You (despite Building Hours change)

GRCC is transitioning more in-person classes to virtual formats to slow the spread of Covid-19. Beginning November 18, 2020, the GRCC Library building will be open by appointment-only for checkouts and returns of laptops, hotspots, and other technology.  Schedule appointments with Cynthia Browne (616-389-4881 or cynthiabrowne @ We continue to offer Virtual Services. Use:

As services evolve, see Virtual Services for details.

We’re Here For You Video

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Friday the 13th – World Kindness Day???

Be Kind graphic with flowers

Friday the 13th sure seems like a strange date to honor the concept of World Kindness – but here we are – it’s 2020, there’s a pandemic AND we’ve suffered through a contentious election year. We can all use more kindness! For some ideas on how, read CNN’s post with 25 great (and easy) ways to practice kindness.

Or, try this 2016 eBook by Dr. Philip C. Watkins –  Positive Psychology 101 that gives the background to why being positive and kind is not only good for others, but it’s good for you, too. GRCC has unlimited access to that book when you logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

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At Your Polling Place

Every Vote Counts graphic

Many college students are voting in their first presidential election and have questions. The Michigan Secretary of State, League of Women Voters, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law provide some answers:

Where am I supposed to vote?

What kinds of ID should I bring with me to vote in person?

I live in Comstock Park but I see ballot boxes all over downtown Grand Rapids. Can I use one of those to vote my absentee ballot?

The poll worker says my name is not on the list of registered voters. What should I do?

Someone is interfering with my right to vote. What should I do?

Can I call someone to help?

For more on Voting, Voting Rights, and Fake News, see the 2020Vote! Subject Guide.

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Once in a Blue Moon this Weekend

For the first time since 1944, people world-wide will be able to see a blue moon on October 31st – Halloween. “The next full moon on Halloween that will be visible worldwide is expected in 2077, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.” Blue moons are, sadly, not actually blue, and refer to the occurrence of a second full moon during one month.

Photo courtesy of Pikist

With the surge in Covid cases, we’re all looking for alternate ways to mark this holiday safely. Why not moon-gaze in your back yard?

For more on moon lore, check out NASA’s What is a Blue Moon? Also, take a look at the Library’s Astronomy Subject Guide for more!

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