Beyond Books: Check out these events at your local library July 20-27

EDITOR’S NOTE: Although the state has lifted most COVID-19 restrictions, local libraries may have different entry requirements. Please contact your local library. If a listing is inaccurate or to submit an event, please contact Julie Norwood at

• Tails and Tales summer reading program: June 14-August. 8. Open for all ages. Register at

• Join Mr. Howard at 10 am on Friday for an in-person story hour at Hemlock Park Bandshell. Please adhere to current social distancing and masking requirements.

• Take & Make kits are available while stocks last. Stop by the office on the first floor of the library and ask a member of staff for one. 426 S. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids.

• AZ Kit Club: BRCL has a new early literacy program for 3-5 year olds. Participants receive weekly bags that feature a letter of the alphabet and Talk is Teaching activities. Register by emailing Sarah at [email protected]

• Knitting evening: 6.30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month on Zoom. Knit Night offers a conversation among other things to talk about the projects we are working on. Register by contacting Sarah at [email protected]

Reed town areaNeighborhood library

Unvaccinated people are required to wear a mask to enter. WiFi is accessible from the parking lot and sidewalk services are always available.

• Story Time: 11:30 am on the second and fourth Wednesdays outside the library, weather permitting.

• The summer reading program is in progress. Visit or drop by the library for more information.

• Summer cinema: “Croods” at 9 pm on Friday July 23. This is an outdoor seedling / Please bring your own seats and snack. The films take place every Friday until August 13. For a list of upcoming films, visit

• Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library: multiple sessions (3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, Tuesday July 20 and Thursday July 22; 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm Wednesday July 21 and Friday July 23); and 4 p.m. Friday July 23.) Suitable for ages 5-8. Registration required at

• Perler bead making: two sessions (2:30 pm to 2:30 pm and 3 pm to 4:30 pm Tuesday, July 27) Suitable for children 6 years of age and over. Registration required at

Fired Ink Art: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 27. Adults only. Please bring 1-2 glass photo frames of your choice. Register on

• Registrations are open for Joel Tacey’s Nerf Wars (1 pm to 2 pm and 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Monday, August 2). For more information or to register, visit

Morton Township Library

Summer hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

• “Bottled Goodbyes” by Ric Mixter: Tuesday July 20 at 7pm, via Zoom. Author and wreck researcher Ric Mixter will talk about his new book, Bottled Goodbyes, which chronicles the most famous messages ever recovered, including three bottles found after the Titanic disaster. A Zoom link will be displayed on prior to the virtual event.

• Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program: Virtual events (Wednesdays and Thursdays) and 30-day reading challenge open to K-12 students. For more information and to register, visit or

• Preschool Story Time Online: Videos are posted Tuesdays at Packages are available for pick up at the library.

• Craft Wednesday for Kids: Kits are available for curbside pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call 231-972-8315 and the staff will bring you the packages.

Walton Erickson Public Library

Forgive our dust. With construction underway at the school, the library may need to be closed occasionally. Updates will be posted on, or you can call 231-856-4298 to verify we’re open.

Summer hours: 9 am-4pm Mondays and Wednesdays; 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays; and 9 am-6pm Thursday.

• Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program: June 22 to July 22. Registration required for some events. For more information, a list of events or to register, visit, email [email protected], call 231-856-4298 or stop by the library, 4808 Northland Drive, Morley.

LeRoy Community Library

Registration is now open for the Tails and Tales summer reading program. For more information, a listing of events or to register, visit, call 231-768-4493 or drop by the library, 104 W. Gilbert St., LeRoy.

Barryton Public Library

• Registration for Summer Reading is ongoing. Stop at the library to collect your bags. Read all summer for prices.

Luther Area Public Library

• Whale of a Time Wednesday: 2:21 p.m., July 28. Snack and crafts.

• The Tails and Tales summer reading program runs until August 13. Stop by the library to register.

Chase Township Public Library

• The Tails and Tales summer reading program runs until August 24. Visit for more information.

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• Discussion of “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell: 3 pm Thursday, August 19, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. 231-796-2420.



• Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids, 231-796-5234

• Morton Township Library 110, rue S. James, Mecosta, 231-972-8315

• Barryton Public Library, Barryton Branch, 198 Northern Ave., Barryton, 989-382-5288

• Barryton Public Library, Chippewa Branch, 19171 Fourth St., Chippewa Lake, 231-867-2014

• Walton Erickson Public Library, 4808 Northland Drive, Morley, 231-856-4298


• Reed City District Library, 829 S. Chestnut St., Reed City, 231-832-2131

• Evart Public Library, 104 N. Main St., Evart, 231-734-5542

• LeRoy Community Library, 104, rue W. Gilbert, Leroy, 231-768-4493

• M. Alice Chapin Memorial Library, 120 E. Main St., Marion, 231-743-2421

• Tustin Community Library, 310 S. Neilson St., Tustin, 231-829-3012


• Pathfinder Community Library, 812 Michigan Ave, Baldwin, 231-745-4010

• Chase Township Public Library, 8400 E. North St., Chase, 231-832-9511

• Luther Area Library 115 State St., Luther, 231-797-8006

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