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Hey Teens — Free Subs at the Library!

Hey Teens — Free Subs at the Library!

Visit select library branches from June 12 to August 31  for our “Super Sub Sampler,” where you will get to taste submarine sandwiches from local restaurants and vote for your favorite! For teens grades 6-12.

Schedule:
Tuesday, June 12, 1:00 PM – Englehardt branch
Thursday, June 14, 3:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Tuesday, June 26, 1:00 PM – Walker branch
Tuesday, June 26, 3:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Wednesday, June 27, 2:00 PM – Byron Township branch
Wednesday, June 27, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch

Kids and Teens: How Crafty Can You Be?

Kids and Teens: How Crafty Can You Be?

Find amazing pieces of art, wonderful crafts and the most creative young people around at our Kids and Teens Craft Sale, at select branches from July 6 to July 26!

Kids and Teens: if you are interested in having a booth at the sale, stop by your library branch for an application. 

Schedule:
Friday, July 6, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, July 12, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch (held at John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Dr. SE) 
Monday, July 16, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial branch

Disappearing Soon at a Library Near You…

Disappearing Soon at a Library Near You…

Libraries can be magical places,  not to mention when you make room amongst the stacks for a magic show that’s fun, funny, educational and entertaining!

Beyond Magic with Tom Plunkard is a high-impact show loaded with masterful illusions, including many new tricks and silly stories. As always, birds and bunnies are bound to make an appearance and/or disappearance.

Schedule:
Thursday, June 14, 1:30 PM – Alto branch
Thursday, June 14, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Tuesday, June 19, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, June 21, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch

Father rescues 6-month-old son from burning home

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) -- Firefighters say a father saved the life of his 6-month-old son by rescuing the boy from their burning home.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Mark Samp was outside the house Wednesday night in the Grand Rapids-area community of Wyoming when he saw smoke. Unable to get into the home through the front door because of fire, Samp broke a window, climbed inside his son's bedroom and got the child out.

They were outside when firefighters arrived on the scene. The newspaper says the father's face was burned, and both suffered smoke inhalation. They were hospitalized for observation.

Wyoming Fire Chief Bob Austin says authorities believe the fire might have been fatal if the father didn't climb inside. The cause was under investigation, but it wasn't considered suspicious.

Who has the tastiest BBQ in Michigan?

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Many of us associate summer with the word barbecue and one man is on the hunt to find the tastiest meat in Michigan.

MLive entertainment reporter John Gonzalez is trying 27 different restaurants in just five days!

One of his stops on Thursday is Dallas Deli, where WZZM took a taste test of our own.

Sam Barnes' BBQ joint is one of four stops Gonzalez will be making Thursday. His other stops are in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Holland. He started out in Detroit on Monday.

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Could You Survive the Hunger Games?

Could You Survive the Hunger Games?

Hmm… is there another reason we’re called Kent District Library?

Imagine yourself a tribute, randomly selected to participate in the dystopian world that spawned the Hunger Games. Each tribute team will amass points as they participate in several challenges that determine who will survive. For teens grades 6-12.

Schedule:
Tuesday, June 12, 2:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Tuesday, June 12, 4:00 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Wednesday, June 20, 1:00 PM – Grandville branch