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


EDITOR’S NOTE: While the state has lifted most of the 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 [email protected].

• Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program: June 14 – August. 8. Open to all ages. Register at

• Meet Mr. Howard at 10am on Fridays for a personal storytime at the Hemlock Park Bandshell. Please note the current state distance and mask requirements.

• Take & Make Kits are available while stocks last. Stop at the library desk on the first floor and ask a member of staff for one. 426 S. Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids.

• AZ Kit Club: The BRCL has a new literacy program for children aged 3 to 5. Participants are given weekly bags that highlight one letter of the alphabet and talk is teaching activities. Register by emailing Sarah at [email protected].

• Knit Night: 6:30 pm every first Thursday of the month on Zoom. Knit Night offers conversations, among other things, to talk about which projects are being worked on. Register by contacting Sarah at [email protected].

Urban area of ​​ReedDistrict Library

Unvaccinated people must wear a mask when entering. Wi-Fi can be accessed from the parking lot and roadside services are still available.

• Story Hour: 11.30am on the second and fourth Wednesdays outside the library, weather permitting.

• The summer reading program is underway. Visit or stop by the library for more information.

• Summer cinema: “Croods” at 9:00 pm Friday 23rd July This is an outdoor sowing / Please bring your own seating and snacks. Films run every Friday through August 13th. A list of upcoming films can be found at

• Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library: Multiple sessions (3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm Tuesday July 20th and Thursday July 22nd; 1pm, 2pm, 3pm: 12:00 am Wednesday, July 21st and Friday, July 23rd; and 4 p.m. Friday, July 23) Suitable for children in grades 5-8. Registration at required.

• Perler Bead Crafting: Two sessions (1:14:30 pm and 3:15:30 pm Tuesday, July 27th) Suitable for children aged 6 and over. Registration required on

Fired Ink Art: 6-8pm Tuesday July 27th. For adults only. Please bring 1-2 panes of glass picture frames of your choice. Register at

• Registration for Joel Tacey’s Nerf Wars is open (Monday, August 2nd, 1pm – 2pm and 2.30pm – 3.30pm). For more information or to register, visit

Morton Township Library

Summer opening times: Tuesday-Friday 10 am-5pm and Saturday 10 am-1pm.

• “Bottled Goodbyes” by Ric Mixter: Tuesday, July 20th, 7pm, via Zoom. Author and shipwreck researcher Ric Mixter will speak about his new book Bottled Goodbyes, which will record the most famous messages ever found, including three bottles found after the Titanic disaster. A zoom link will be posted on prior to the virtual event.

• Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program: Virtual events (Wednesdays and Thursdays) and a 30-day reading challenge for students from elementary school through 12th grade. Further information and registration at or

• Online Preschool Storytime: Videos are posted on on Tuesdays. Packages can be picked up in the library.

• Crafty Wednesdays for Kids: The kits can be picked up from the roadside on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Call 231-972-8315 and the staff will bring you the packages.

Walton Erickson Public Library

Forgive our dust. Due to the construction work on the school, the library may occasionally have to be closed. Updates will be posted at or you can call 231-856-4298 to confirm we’re open.

Summer opening times: Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays 12.30pm-6pm; and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

LeRoy Community Library

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

Barrytonton Public Library

• Register now for Summer Reading. Stop by the library to get your bags. Read for prices all summer.

Luther Area Public Library

• Whale of a Time Wednesday: 2pm July 21-28. Snacks and handicrafts.

• Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program runs through August 13th. Stop by the library to sign up.

Chase Township Public Library

• Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program runs through August 24th. Visit for more information.

Roman Tea Book Club

• Discussion on “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell: Thursday, August 19, 3:00 pm, 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 S. James St., Mecosta, 231-972-8315

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

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

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


• Reed City Area 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 W. Gilbert St., 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