Do you have a laptop checked out from the GRCC Library? Now that the semester is winding up, don’t forget that laptops are due back to the library on December 15. You can return them to the circulation desk at the library located at 140 Ransom Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Here are our hours for the next few days:
Tuesday, December 13: 7:30am-8:00pm
Wednesday, December 14: 7:30am-8:00pm
Thursday, December 15: 7:30am-8:00pm
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us!
Come to the library during the week of December 5-10 to enjoy free snacks, coffee, and tea to fortify you while you study! We have lots of cozy study spaces, computers, printers, and friendly GRCC faculty and staff to help you prepare for your exams! Forgot your charger or headphones? No worries! Stop by the circulation desk to check some out. End the semester strong at your library!
Our hours will be:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 7:30am-8:00pm
Digital Theatre+ provides access to over 600 streaming full-length performances from the stage, including Shakespeare, modern dramas, musicals, operas, and adaptations. Also includes over 800 interviews, lectures, and behind-the-scenes documentaries, as well as teaching and learning resources to facilitate a deeper understanding of the productions and texts.
Highlighted production companies and venues in the collection include the Royal Shakespeare Company, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Association of British Theatre Technicians, Glyndebourne Opera House, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater.
This streaming collection will benefit classes in theater, communication, and English literature. To access Digital Theatre+ click here
Movements to ban books have increased recently and are even happening in West Michigan. In August, voters in Jamestown, Michigan, chose to defund the township’s library rather than allow certain books to be read.
Banned Books Week, September 18-24, 2022, celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. For 40 years, the annual event has brought together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
In a time of intense political polarization, library staff in every state are facing an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books. The American Library Association (ALA) tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals — the highest numbers the ALA has seen in the 20 years it has compiled these numbers. The preponderance of books targeted were about Black or LGBTQ+ people.
The theme for Banned Books Week 2022 is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers. Banned Books Week is both a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship, and a call to action for readers across the country to push back against censorship attempts in their communities.
On June 18, Grand Rapids showed its pride during the 34th annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival. Today, our pride continues as we commemorate the 53rd Anniversary of Stonewall, which many consider the catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States. Read more about Stonewall on History.com. Additionally, please stop by the library to see our Stonewall book display or check out some of the resources we have supporting the LGBTQ+ community here at GRCC by visiting our LGBTQ Resources Subject Guide.