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Technology Upgrades at GRPL

Technology Upgrades at GRPL

From The Atrium Blog:

This summer, the Grand Rapids Public Library is upgrading the technology in all of our libraries to make checking in and out material faster and easier. We will also be enhancing security for great protection of your library account.

What this means for our patrons:

1. Checking out material will be fast and easy. The new technology will allow you to check out multiple items at once. You won’t have to open every book and scan a barcode! With our new check out stations, you will either scan your library card or enter your username. Then you will enter your password, set your materials on the check out station, and voila, you are checked out. You can even email a receipt to yourself. No more losing slips of paper!

YMCA offers parking for 4th of July fireworks in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM)--You can park at the Downtown YMCA David D. Hunting parking lot for $10 to watch the fireworks.

The Y will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday to accomodate the public.  You can park your car after 1 p.m. to watch the fireworks display at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.  100% of the money raised is going to the YMCA of Greater Rapids Strong Kids Campaign.

Body Talk: Eyes, nails & tongue give health warning signs

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - It's a technique that's been around for thousands of years and is now regaining popularity -- naturopathic medicine is the diagnosis of health conditions like diabetes, vitamin deficiency or even heart disease by simply looking at your eyes, fingernails, tongue or several other body parts.

"It's a way of looking at the outside of the body to see what's going on the inside," said Kathryn Doran-Fisher.

Doran-Fisher is certified in naturopathic medicine and, as the owner of Elder & Sage in Grand Rapids, she diagnoses clients with all types of health issues.

Grand Rapids pools open to hot weather

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Three Grand Rapids swimming pools open for the season on Monday, July 2, 2012.

The pools at Briggs Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Richmond Park open at 12:30 pm. They will be open through August 17, although they are closed July 4.

The different pools hold open swim during the following hours:

Briggs Pool - Lafayette & Knapp NE
Mon-Wed: 12:30-5:00pm
Th-Sat: 12:30-7:00pm

Martin Luther King Pool - Fuller & Franklin SE
Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat: 12:30-7:00pm
Tu & Th: 12:30-5:00pm

Richmond Pool - Richmond & Tamarack NW
Mon: 12:30-5:00pm
Tu-Sat: 12:30-7:00pm

Celebrating Beer City USA with new brew

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-Grand Rapids is Beer City USA and its celebrating with a new brew.

Throughout the month of July, ten area breweries will be offering a specially crafted draft called Beer City Pale Ale. Each business is selling its own version of the beer, which includes red pale ale and Michigan grown hops.

"Michigan craft beer drinkers are very demanding; they want more beer, they want more varieties of beer, and they want new and creative things. And that's why we came up with the Beer City Pale Ale," says Chas Thompson, beer engineer for Schmohz Brewery.

Grand Rapids shares the title of Beer City USA with Asheville, North Carolina. Both cities tied in an online poll in May.

The breweries selling Beer City Pale Ale include: Harmony Brewing Company, The Hideout Brewing Company, Jaden James Brewing Company, Michigan Beer Cellar, Pike 51, The BOB, HopCat, Founders, White Flame Brewing Company, and Schmohz.

Ottawa Tavern closed for good

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- A popular Grand Rapids bar that recently transformed into a jazz club is now closed.

The Ottawa Tavern shut its doors for good this past weekend. The business sign was already gone Sunday night. The Ottawa Tavern is part of the Gilmore Collection and transitioned to a jazz club about six months ago.

WZZM 13 left a message for the tavern's owner to find out why he decided to close the business, but so far he has not returned our call.

Adult Kickball: Finding success through sweat

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)--- For many adults, kickball reminds them of childhood and grade school.

But adult kickball is growing in popularity. A group of young professionals is using the sport as a way to meet new people, through the Grand Rapids Sport and Social Club.

WZZM 13 photojournalist Tony Love takes us to one recent game, in the attached video.

The Grand Rapids Sport and Social club also offers dodgeball, volleyball, softball and other leagues.