Earth Week Events for Adults

Meatless Monday
Meatless Monday

Monday, April 22 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | Uptown Kitchen | 423 Norwood Ave SE

Whether you want to learn more about plant-based diets or partake in the Meatless Monday movement, this workshop can help you. Part educational and part cooking demonstration, you’ll learn how to substitute ingredients in your current recipes with non-dairy, non-meat items to obtain the same delicious meals that are sustainable and healthy. Join Kolene Allen and Jon Dunn from as they guide you to a plant-based diet.

Registration is required. Please note: The event is currently full but you may sign up to get on the waiting list. You will be notified by email if a space opens up.

More Than Everything You Wanted Know About Birds
More than Everything You Wanted to Know About Birds

Tuesday, April 23 | 7:00 pm | Main Library | Lower Level | Quiet Study Room

So much is already known about birds, yet way more is still undiscovered. Join Ed and Phil from the Grand Rapids Audubon Club on an entertaining trip through the world of birds and ending in your own backyard. You will learn how birds are distributed across North America, how birds are classified, and whether those birds you spot in your yard are permanent residents, summer breeders, or migrants. You will learn about types of feed and feeders, what birdbaths and shelters work well, and how to attract more birds to your yard by landscaping with native plants. Get tips on making your own birdwatching kit.

History of the Rapids

Wednesday, April 24 | 7:00 pm | Main Library | Level 4 | Vander Veen Center for the Book

Tim Gleisner, head of the Grand Rapids History & Special Collections Department of the Grand Rapids Public Library, will be discussing the history of the rapids in the Grand River. In this talk Tim will discuss what the rapids were originally like when Europeans first arrived. From there he will explore what happened to the rapids. What did they originally look like? Why were they altered in the first place? When were the rapids removed? Where did the rock go that formed the rapids?

Film Showing: Revenge of the Electric Car

Thursday, April 25  | 6:00 – 8:30 pm | Main Library | Level 3 | Ryerson Auditorium

When we think of cars in Michigan, we usually think of Detroit, but what about Grand Rapids? Does Grand Rapids have a place for electric cars? Listen to Haris Alibasic from the City of Grand Rapids’ Office of Energy and Sustainability speak about what we’re doing in Grand Rapids to promote clean energy and sustainable living, including GR’s new electric car chargers, and then watch the film Revenge of the Electric Car to learn more about the race to build a new generation of electric cars.

Green Market/Info Expo
Green Market/Info Expo

Saturday, April 27 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Main Library | Level 3 | Ryerson Auditorium

Come visit our annual indoor Green Market and Info Expo! Take a look at beautiful recycled art, jewelry and accessories handmade in Michigan. Browse fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Stop by the information booths hosted by local earth-friendly organizations to learn about how to make your home more energy efficient, brush up on basic bike repair, and more. Unique market items include jewelry made from recycled zippers and silverware, and organic pet food. This is a great way to learn more about green living in Grand Rapids.

Moving by Bicycle: How a Community Bike Program Can Keep You on a Bike

Saturday, April 27 | 2:30 pm | Main Library | Lower Level | Quiet Study Room

The bicycle is one of the most useful and energy-efficient modes of transportation on the planet. Traveling by bicycle can save you money, and is a fun way to exercise. If you currently travel or commute by bike, or would like to, a community bike program can help. Community bike programs educate participants about biking and provide do-it-yourself opportunities for bike repair. In this program, Tom Bulten, Executive Director of Oakdale Neighbors, will introduce participants to Boston Square Community Bikes Program and other similar community programs. Learn how these programs expand transportation options, reduce the ecological footprint, improve health, develop skills, and create engaging and productive community spaces.

The Kirtland’s Warbler: Michigan’s Special Bird

Monday, April 29 | 7:00 pm | Main Library | Level 3 | Ryerson Auditorium

At a time when the world is seeing its species rapidly go extinct, The Kirtland’s Warbler is not just a survivor, it’s a rock star. People from all over the world come to northern Michigan every year to view this endangered species in its jack pine habitat. When its total population fell below 400 birds 25 years ago, a small group of dedicated biologists, researchers and volunteers vowed to save the Kirtland’s Warbler from extinction despite long odds. This presentation examines the dramatic events that led to its precarious state, its emergence as a lightning rod for controversy, and how strong leadership, vision, commitment, sustained effort and cooperation came together to conserve a beautiful and unusual bird.