Winter storm forces closure of all Grand Rapids public library locations
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – All Grand Rapids Public Library locations are closed Wednesday due to the winter storm.
Main branches of the downtown and area library closed at 1 p.m., officials said on Jan.5. The Ottawa Hills and Van Belkin branches were scheduled to open at noon, but will remain closed for the day.
Travel during the storm is expected to be dangerous, with potential power outages throughout Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is expected to continue along the shores of the lake through Thursday evening with blizzard-like conditions.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Thursday for Allegan, Kent, Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa counties. Many area school districts and Grand Rapids Community College are also closed due to inclement weather.
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By this time, all library locations are expected to reopen at regular hours Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., pending a decision from the director that morning, according to Kristen Krueger-Corrado. Marketing and communication manager GRPL.
Even though all locations are closed at the moment, customers looking for a new book can still catch up. The GRPL eBook System with a valid library card.
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For more updates as the winter storm evolves, check out the forecast for total snowfall and watch for updates here as the weather intensifies statewide.
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