Join us for a fun afternoon as we kick-off our summer reading program! This year’s theme will be “Explore the World Around You”.
Come pick-up your summer reading packet and explore the education and activity stations! Check out the schedule below! No registration necessary.
11am – Summer Reading Packet Pick-up Celebration
11am – Stations Open
Dairy Discovery w/ Swiss Lane Farms
12:30pm - Story Time w/ Mayor Bliss
2pm - Stations Close
As farms continue to disappear, the need for consumers to understand how their food is produced is growing. Dairy Discovery is committed to educating the West Michigan community about the integrity of production practices and benefits of technology use in the dairy industry. The story of dairy is told through exposure to daily life on a large and modern farm-engaging the tourist in interactive and enjoyable experiences at Swisslane Farms.
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
The mission of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is to empower people to cultivate vibrant parks, trees, and green spaces in the Grand Rapids community. Our vision is thriving parks and a sustainable urban forest that actively supports our community’s economic, environmental, and cultural health.
Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
Mayor Rosalynn Bliss became the City of Grand Rapids’ first female Mayor when she took office on January 1, 2016. She previously served as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years.
Mayor Bliss also is an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University's School of Social Work. She earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of South Alabama and a master’s in social work from Michigan State University.
Mayor Bliss is an active member of the community. She is Past President of the Michigan Municipal League and currently serves on the boards of the Downtown Development Authority, Experience Grand Rapids, Convention Arena Authority, Mayors Innovation Project Steering Committee, Urban Core Mayors, Future State Advisory Committee, Economic Club and Interurban Transit Partnership.