Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kids Explore Grand Rapids Public Library and Learn about their Neighborhood

This past Friday proved to be another excellent excursion for our kids!  Both the Cook Arts Center and Cook Library Center visited the Grand Rapids Public Library’s main branch where they had the chance to read and use the computers, eat a fabulous picnic lunch in Veteran’s Memorial Park and even receive a tour of the Grand Rapids archives.  Tim Gleisner, Grand Rapids Public Library Archivist/Historian, gave them a fascinating tour of some of the historic parts of the library; maps, old photos and even an old fashioned film helped educate everyone on how completely different the Grandville Avenue neighborhood looked during the early 1900s! Wow!

After the tour, Mr. Tim helped students look up their homes in the "house archives" which hold old photographs and history on most of the houses that are built in Grand Rapids.  They saw maps, photos, old letters - they even got to go inside the special cooler area where very old documents are kept from disintegrating.  All in all, a great day and an awesome opportunity for our kids to see how their neighborhood has grown, changed and diversified over the decades!

Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities administers the programs of the Cook Arts Center and the Cook Library Center.                      

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