Category Archives: General News

Escape to the Beach

Sand Point Beach - National Park Service photo

Sand Point Beach – National Park Service photo

Michigan summer heat getting you down?  Chill out at one of  Michigan’s  most beautiful beaches around!  Before you head out, be sure to bring along a selection of reading material.  The New York Times has a list of  73 Books to Read While the Sun is Out and the Day is Long. If we don’t have the title(s) you want, order your “beach reading” through RaiderLoan.


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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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Candid Career Interviews

A neat new addition to the Library’s streaming video collection provides career videos from  Our license with Alexander Street Press Academic Video Online now includes 161 short video interviews “with industry professionals, giving students a realistic view of a particular path from college to career.” The videos cover a wide variety of industries. (Off-campus users will logon with last name and 7-digit Raider number.) image


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Astounding Artstor

The Artstor image database has multiple uses for GRCC art students and  faculty – but it’s also a great resource for everyone!  View and reuse astoundingly beautiful high-quality images depicting a multitude of topics.  Artstor images come from the “world’s leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists and are searchable in one easily-navigated repository.” New images are added monthly; all images are rights-cleared for educational use.ArtStor poster with GRCC link

For other art resources, see the Visual Arts Subject Guide.  For other image resources, see the Multimedia & Image Subject Guide.

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