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December 2015

Winter Reading Challenge

December 12, 2015 - February 29, 2016
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

The weather outside is frightful, which makes it the perfect time to settle in with a good book. Sign up for the Winter Reading Challenge, select the number of books you are going to challenge yourself to read or listen to before the end of February, and win prizes! Want a bigger challenge? Take the snowflake reading challenge! Great for the whole family! So what’s your number?

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January 2016

One Book, One City for Kids

January 1 - March 31
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program that encourages all 5th graders in the city to read and discuss the same book. The program also strives to encourage a lifelong love of reading among students, to inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life through discussion, and to build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries, and area schools. This year the entire city will be reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

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February 2016

Pajama Time!

February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 7, 2016
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! For toddlers 18 month – 3 years.

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Before the Blues: A Musical Workshop with Reverend Robert Jones

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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It would probably be fair say that blues music was the dominant popular music style of the 20th Century, but what came before the blues? Even though the quilt of early authentic African American music is largely gone, there are still threads that can give us insight to the music that existed during American slavery and that gave rise to the popular music of the day. In this workshop we will explore such subjects as the “field holler”, work songs,…

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Pajama Time!

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 8, 2016
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! For kids ages 3-5.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

February 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 9, 2016
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their energetic toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to 30-minute classes featuring hands-on, literacy-rich activities including stories, songs with fingerplays and other action, and sign language. Toddlers will develop pre-reading skills as they make connections between words and movement and have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

February 17 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 9, 2016
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills. Free and open to the public.

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Speak to a Geek: One-on-One Computer Classes

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every 1 month(s) on that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on April 27, 2016
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are your relatives tired of you asking for computer help? Are you hoping to boost your resume with new computer skills? The library offers classes in: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Ebooks, and Library Resources. From getting acquainted with your computer or device, to training is spreadsheets, or internet navigation, we can help. Call one of our 7 branches to schedule a time or stop by one of our walk-in question and answer sessions at the Main…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

February 18 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 10, 2016
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their energetic toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to 30-minute classes featuring hands-on, literacy-rich activities including stories, songs with fingerplays and other action, and sign language. Toddlers will develop pre-reading skills as they make connections between words and movement and have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

February 18 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 10, 2016
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills. Free and open to the public.

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