Beyond Books: Check out these events at your local library from September 28 through October. 5

EDITOR’S NOTE: Although the state has lifted most restrictions related to COVID-19, 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

BRCL requires that all clients, regardless of their immunization status, wear masks during their visit. If you do not have your mask, one can be provided.

• Take-out kits (all ages): monthly kits available at the loan counter on a first come, first served basis. The kits are made for everyone and will not adhere to age groups like previous months.

• AZ Kit Club (3-5 years): Participants receive weekly bags that feature a letter of the alphabet and Talk is Teaching activities. Register by emailing Sarah at [email protected]

• Murder Mystery Kit (ages 8 and up): Each kit will include witness statements, clues, suspicious files and more. Can you solve the mystery? This kit will be available on the third Monday of each month on a first come, first served basis.

• Walk Big Rapids (all ages): 10 am to 11 am Tuesdays, Aug 10 – Oct 10 26. Meet at the library on Tuesday morning to walk the various trails around Big Rapids. Take back your steps to help the library reach our community goals.

• Knot Just Knitting (all ages): 6:30 pm to 8 pm on the first and third Thursday of each month. Share your favorite hobby, be it knitting, cross stitching or scrapbooking. Contact: Kayla at [email protected]

• Caregiver Connection (adults): 10 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. on Fridays from Sept. 10 to Dec. 17. Weekly thematic meetings advise on caregiving. Bring the children to play for free during the discussion.

Story time with Mr. Howard (0-5 years): 10 am Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 8-Dec. 22, in the community room of the library.

• Storytelling on Saturdays (all ages): 10 am to 10:45 am on the second Saturday of each month, starting September 11, in the library community room.

• Teen Tuesdays (13-18 years old): 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, starting September 14. The September project is DIY Neon Lights. Register at the library or by emailing Sarah at [email protected]

• Gathering of architects (all ages): 1 pm to 2:30 pm on the third Saturday of each month, starting September 18. Builders can work alone or take a guided activity. Email [email protected] with any questions.

• Myths and mysteries (9-12 years old): 4-5 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, Sept. 21-Nov. 16. Register at the library or by emailing [email protected]

• Cut and paste (6-8 years old): 4 pm to 5 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month, starting September 28. Each month, a different craft and a snack will be offered. Register at the library or by emailing [email protected]

Reed town areaNeighborhood library

• Second Saturday: the library will be open on the second Saturday of each month. Visit for events.

• Story time: 11:30 am Wednesday. Join Ms. Cyndi for fun stories and activities.

• Tuesday Adventure film series: Tuesdays at 6 pm at the community hall. The shows are free and open to the public. Visit for movie listings.

• Scrabble: 1 pm to 3 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

• Tiny Art Show (ages 9-12): Create your own little masterpiece that will be on display October 25-29 to celebrate Bob Ross’s birthday. The take-out kits will be available on September 27. They must be returned by October 20.

Morton Township 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.

• Take-Out STEAM Kits: Kits incorporate high-interest books with interactive resources for family fun and learning, and are available to view with your library card!

Walton ericksonPublic library

Fall hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Evert District Public Library

• Preschool story time: 9:30 am on Wednesdays. Come in and enjoy the stories with Miss Marty.

LeRoy Community Library

• Bags occupied: available the first of each month. Free monthly steam-focused activities for Kindergarten to Grade 6. For more information, email leroyc[email protected] or call 231-768-4493.

Tamarack District Library

• Holocaust survivor Irene Butter will share her story and talk about her book “Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope” at 3 pm Saturday October 2 at the Tamarack District Library. This is a free event open to the public. For questions or to reserve a spot, please call 989-352-6274.


• Novel Tea Book Club: 3 pm on the third Thursday of each month at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. 231-796-2420. October Selection: “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig.

• Reed City Readers’ Book Club: 6 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Reed City District Library, 829 S. Chestnut St., Reed City. 231-832-2131. October selection: “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty.

• Page Turners Book Club: 1 pm second Tuesday of the month at the Morton Township Library 110 S. James Street, Mecosta, 231-972-8315. October selection: “Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See.


Mecosta County

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

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

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

• Wheatland Township Library, 207 Michigan Ave, Remus, 989-967-8271

• 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

Osceola County

• 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

Lake County

• 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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