What We Do & Programs We Support

IMG 6774The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation partners with the Grand Rapids Library to support and fund an array of library programs and services that enrich the community and offer a superior library experience that would not otherwise be possible.

It is through the support of individual, corporate and legacy donors that the GRPL Foundation:

  • Contributes Audio and eAudiobooks to the library's rapidly expanding Audio and eAudiobook collection.
  • Supports Cultural Programming and Events including:
    • African American Heritage
    • Hispanic Heritage
  • Fosters educational advancement for children, teens and adults via programs such as:
    • GR Reads - an adult reading program that focuses on books and events.
    • Summer Reading Challenge for Children and Teens
    • Small Business Resource Center and Small Business Classes
  • Preserves local and statewide history through the support of several special historical collection funds including:
    • Helen E. Conger Fund
    • Lewis Stuart Fund
    • Nokomis Foundation Legacy Fund
    • Ladies Literary Club Fund
  • Provides access to innovative technology through programs such as:
    • Downloadable eAudiobooks
    • Circulating Nooks
    • DigiBridge which includes the placement of Nooks in Grand Rapids Public Schools