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ProQuest Ebook Central access fixed

All ProQuest Ebook Central titles are available after a short outage of a portion of the system. Yay!



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Are you registered to Vote in the August Primary?

Your Vote Counts ButtonMonday July 9 is the last day to register to vote in the August Primary Election.  Are you registered to vote?  The Michigan Secretary of State provides a tool to check to see if you’re already registered.  There’s also a list of candidates on the August Primary ballot.

What’s a primary election? “”A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party’s candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Michigan utilizes an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party’s primary.” Wikipedia

Be sure you can vote – and then be sure to vote!  Check out our Voting 2018 Subject Guide!

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Oooh – Ahhh – 4th of July Fireworks on the 7th

If you like firework displays, you’ll want to plan for the Grand Rapids Fireworks presented by Amway.  Because the holiday is in the middle of the week, these fireworks will “go off” on Saturday, July 7.  Get to Ah-Nab-Awen Park early and “put your dibs on” lawn space for this FREE event.   Fireworks start at 10:30, but there are plenty of other family-friendly events at the Park earlier in the evening.  See the event websiteChemistry of Fireworks book cover

Read Michael Russell’s The Chemistry of Fireworks and explores the chemistry and physics behind the art of pyrotechnics..  (Logon with last name and 7-digit Raider #.)

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Vinyl, CD, or, Streaming?

How do you like your music?  Today, streaming audio is ubiquitous, but there is a rapidly-growing segment of music-buyers who prefer vinyl and CDs. Several record shows are scheduled this Summer – including a FREE one locally:

If classical, jazz, or world music is “your thing”, try the Library’s streaming audio database Naxos Music Library  with over 137,000 discs!

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Three Fires Traditional Pow Wow

Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians logoLearn more about the traditions, arts, culture and food of the first citizens of Grand Rapids.  The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians are hosting the 39th Annual Homecoming of the Three Fires Traditional Pow Wow will be held at Riverside Park (2001 Monroe Ave. NW)

  • Dates:  June 9, 2018
  • Times:  1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Price Per Person:  Free

Before you go, you may want to read more about the Native American communities in West Michigan. If you can’t attend this one,  the Grand Valley American Indian Lodge Pow Wow is scheduled for Sept. 8-9.

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