Seymour Branch of Grand Rapids Public Library

June 6, 2017

On the corner of Alger and Eastern, surrounded by luscious green grass, lies the Seymour Branch of Grand Rapids Public Library.   I stopped in on a Monday afternoon soon after the doors opened for the day and chairs were already occupied by kids in shorts and flip flops.  A little girl with bows in her hair, laid sprawled out on her stomach in the middle of an aisle.  She didn’t notice me as I stretched my leg to step over her.   She pointed to each word on the page while she read to herself.  Further down the aisle, a woman sat, legs crossed, a toddler nestled in her lap, while she read out loud from Dragons Love Tacos.  An older gentleman sat at one of the computer stations, his brow furrowed as he scribbled notes on a legal pad.  I couldn’t get over how many people were there.  While I waited in line to check out a book for myself, two boys ahead of me, maybe 10 years old, checked out a towering pile of books.  Along the checkout counter, brightly colored, bold lettered pamphlets highlighted programs running throughout the summer to keep kids involved and active in reading.  Grand Rapids Public Libraries offer “Summer Storytime for Families”.  The Seymour branch specifically, holds this activity every Thursday in June and July at 10:30 am.  Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring kids, ages 5 and under to experience literacy activities through stories, songs, and fingerplays.  Each program ends with an art activity.  This is just one of dozens of programs offered through the Grand Rapids Public Libraries.  Check back periodically for updates on events and programs for kids as well as adults!   

 

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