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Embark on a literary expedition through topics like travel, national parks, space exploration, and the wonders of Michigan. Uncover the mysteries of the past and unleash your imagination as we guide you through the realms of air and flight. Join us on a swashbuckling escapade with pirates across the seven seas, or dive into the depths of the ocean to discover the secrets of shipwrecks and polar exploration.

At the Grace A Dow Memorial Library, we believe that adventure knows no bounds. Whether you’re a history buff, a dreamer, or a thrill-seeker, there’s something for everyone. Let the pages of our books and the events in our calendar be your passport to a year filled with excitement, discovery, and, most importantly, adventure!

 

Come and be a part of the adventure at your library. Your next thrilling chapter awaits!

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Welcome to the Grace A Dow Memorial Library, where 2024 is not just a year—it’s your year for adventure! 

Dive into the excitement as we embark on a thrilling journey with our theme: “Find Adventure at the Library.” Get ready to explore the world and beyond through captivating programs, events, and displays that bring the spirit of adventure to life.

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A year-long reading challenge on  

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READING ROAD TRIP 2024

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Earn 16 different badges as you read books from every state!

Click the links below for reading suggestions.

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Ope! It's the Midwest! Tour: OH, MI, WI

I'm Gonna Be a Star Tour: CA, NY, TN

Feeling Crab-ulous Tour: AK, LA, ME

Anything But Plain(s) Tour: MN, ND, SD, WY

Hiker's Paradise Tour: ID, OR, WA

Leaf Peepers Tour: MA, NH, VT

Stars and Stripes Tour: DC, DE, MD, PA

Rocky Mountain High Tour: CO, NM, UT

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Piedmont Pilgrimage Tour: AL, GA, NC, SC

Storm Chasers Tour: KS, NE, OK  

Life on the Mississippi Tour: MO, MS, AR Snowbirds Tour: AZ, FL, HI  

The "I"s Have It Tour: IL, IN, IA

Bluegrass to Blue Ridge Tour: KY, VA, WV

Ivy League Tour: CT, NJ, RI  

Big Sky, Big Wins, Big Horns Tour: MT, NV, TX

Log your reading in the Beanstack app or website. Paper logs are available at the GADML reference desk.

READ TO WIN LOTS OF GREAT PRIZES!

Prize drawings will take place in April, July, October, and January (2025) for each age group: Babies, Kids, Tweens/Teens, and Adults. One entry per completed Tour.

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“Adventure begins at the Library” shirts are now available at GADML! Purchase yours at the Library today.

T-shirts for sale
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MAP provides Michigan library cardholders the opportunity to discover and explore participating cultural destinations, parks, campgrounds and recreation areas in the state at a discounted rate.

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Monthly Themes & Booklists

Don’t want to participate in the year-long Road Trip or want even more challenges? These monthly adventure themes are all Beanstack challenges. Click the links below for reading recommendations. You can count time spent reading for the year-long Reading Road Trip Challenge, too!

February's theme

FEBRUARY THEME
EXPLORE THE LIBRARY

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January's theme

JANUARY THEME
NEW YEAR, NEW ADVENTURES

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Adults:

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March's theme

MARCH THEME
NATIONAL PARKS

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April's theme

APRIL THEME
ADVENTURES IN SPACE

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Kids:

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MAY THEME
EXPLORE MICHIGAN

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JUNE THEME
EXPLORE THE PAST

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Come back to see the next theme

Come back to see what’s next!

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