Kent District Library Grandville Branch presents

Grandville Reads

March–April 2014

Grandville Reads is a community reading event that seeks
to engage all ages in the enjoyment of reading. This year's theme is "Everybody's Different — Be Nice!"

"When given the choice between being being right
or being kind, choose kind." — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

The 2014 Grandville Reads video produced by teacher Terry Blevins
and the film students at Grandville High School

Mini Me MontageMission Be Nice

Final date for Mission Be Nice flyover: Thursday May 1 — gather on the library back lawn at 3:30 PM for the flyover scheduled for 4:00 PM.


Reads for All Ages

Extra copies of all titles will be available at the Grandville Branch and throughout the schools starting in March.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic, fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

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•   See readalike books 


by R. J. Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Now starting 5th grade, he wants to be treated as an ordinary kid, but his classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. Wonder begins from his point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion and acceptance.

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•   See readalike books   

It's Okay to Be DifferentIt's Okay to Be Different
by Todd Parr

It's okay to be a different color. It's okay to dance by yourself. It's okay to wear glasses. It's okay to have a pet worm.... It's okay to be different!

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•   See readalike books



  • Preschool Reading Club — "Be Ready to Read"
    Grandville area preschoolers will have a reading club all their own based on the book It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr. Look for their handmade mini me's to fill the library in April.

  • A Mini Me Montage!
    Grandville Reads 2014 is all about celebrating our differences and taking on an attitude of kindness. Our motto: Be Nice! Pick up a paper person template at the library. Decorate it, bring it back by March 28 and we'll create a montage of mini me's symbolizing strength in individuality and community.

  • Battle of the Books
    Prepare for battle and arm yourself with the knowledge of books! Gather your best team in grades 5-8 to compete in a book trivia tournament. Your team could win the top spot and cool prizes. All teams must pre-register.

  • Adult Book Discussion
    Join the Maple Street Book Club to discuss The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

  • Mission Be Nice!
    KDL Grandville branch teams up with the Mental Health Foundation and Grandville area schools in Mission Be Nice! A helicopter will fly over the Grandville branch to take an aerial photo of as many people as we can gather on our back lawn. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to participate in showing that Grandville is a very nice community.
    Final date: Thursday, May 1 —  gather on the library back lawn at 3:30 PM for the flyover scheduled for 4:00 PM. 


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Sponsors Grandville Public SchoolsGrandville Christian SchoolRotary Club of Grandville-JenisonFriends of the Grandville LibraryElders ElectricThe Guido A. & Elizabeth H. Binda FoundationMental Health Foundation of West MichiganGrandville Family Fare