Cook Library Center

The Cook Library Center focuses on the intellectual development of children and adults. After-school programs include homework help, computer usage, mind-expanding games such as chess and Scrabble, storytelling events, and field trips to cultural institutions, colleges, and universities. Adults use our library primarily for English as a Second Language classes, job searches, and resume writing. We offer weekly one-on-one computer classes for adults led by bilingual volunteers. 

Summertime activities include an eight-week program featuring math, science, field trips, and a reading competition. Studies show that most children lose ground in math and reading over the summer months, but the problem is especially acute among low-income children. When these learning losses accumulate year after year, low-income youth often are significantly behind their more affluent peers by the time they reach high school. Our programs are designed to curtail the summer learning loss phenomenon which will help our children succeed in elementary and middle schools, graduate from high school, and go on to college.

Click here to read about the Cook Library Center and here to read about a volunteer there.

We are grateful to the trustees of the Grand Rapids Public Library for their generous support of the Cook Library Center.

You can help make programs like these possible by considering a tax deductible, in-kind donation. Here is a list of items that we always need at the Cook Library Center. Or you can donate online now!

School Year Hours

Monday through Thursday      12:00pm - 7:00pm

Friday                                          12:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday*                                    12:00pm - 4:00pm

Summer Hours

Monday through Friday            12:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday*                                    12:00pm - 4:00pm

     *Closed on holiday weekends

The Cook Library Center is located at 1100 Grandville Avenue SW, on the corner of Grandville Avenue and Hughart St.


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PHONE: 616-742-0692
FAX: 616-742-5499