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The Big Rapids Community Library aims to be the leading local resource for the community to discover, learn, and connect.

The library's mission is to encourage literacy by sharing resources and experiences that nurture curiosity, education, and growth to create a connected and thriving community.




Meet the Big Rapids Library Staff

Library Director

Lauren Perkins

Lauren Perkins

Favorite Book: Notes from Underground

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Library Assistant

Howard Botma

Howard Botma

Favorite Book: The Book with No Pictures

by B.J. Novak

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Desiree Rowe

Favorite Book: Firekeeper's Daughter

by Angeline Boulley

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Ava Cooley 

Favorite Book: The Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller

Head of Programs & Services

Sarah Welch

Sarah Welch

Favorite Book: The Host

by Stephanie Meyer

Library Assistant

Kayla Brock

Kayla Brock

Favorite Book: Exit West

by Mohsin Hamid

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Owen Ettinger

Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

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Calvin McKay

Favorite Book: The Seventh Gate

by Margaret Weis

Library Board of Trustees

(In order, starting with top left.)

Mike Ryan

Ralph Crew

Chelsea Mitchell

Catherine Johnson

​​​Laura Herron

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