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14th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee


Photo: John Lacko

Date, Location

The Event

Kalamazoo Public Library hosts the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee to benefit Ready to Read, our early childhood literacy program.

100% of the proceeds from this wild and wacky event are used to purchase books for at-risk children in Kalamazoo County.

This year marks the 14th anniversary of the Bee.

See the Bee on TV! 

The Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee will all air on PMN Channel 187 on Charter (Channel 99 on U-Verse) starting Saturday, November 22 and running through Saturday, December 13. 

Broadcast Days and Times

  • Saturdays @ 9 pm
  • Sundays @ 12 noon
  • Tuesdays @ 11 am
  • Thursdays @ 3 pm

The Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee Features

  • Teams of eight adults: two courageous spellers and six outrageous cheerleaders
  • Two spellers compete together in two 60-second rounds of fast paced spelling
  • Six cheerleaders perform one 2-3 minute cheer in Round One
  • Prizes for best spelling, best costumes, most enthusiastic, creative cheers
  • People’s choice award
  • Event recorded by Public Media Network TV and broadcast on subsequent dates

Spectator Tickets: $35 each Sorry, advance tickets are no longer available.

A limited number of spectator tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds benefit Ready to Read.

Pay with your debit or credit card through PayPal. 

When you complete your payment, select "Print Receipt" link on the left hand side. Please print your receipt and bring it to the event. This will serve as your ticket to the spelling bee. You will also receive a confirmation email from PayPal.

Please print your receipt and present it at the event.

Join the Fun!

Sponsor the Spelling Bee with a donation of any amount.

Sponsor the Bee at the Bronze $500 level or higher and you may opt to send a team to the Bee! Can't send a team? Choose to have the library recruit a non-profit team to compete on your behalf. Learn more

Previous Winners & Spellers »

Each year, the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee raises more than $20,000 to buy books for Kalamazoo County children! See the winning teams and sponsors from past Bees; view and download photos and video from past events. Learn more...