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August 2016

Summer Reading Challenge

August 24
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Daily until September 5, 2016
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Get in the game this summer at the Grand Rapids Public Library! Read like a champion, and attend fun programs and events that will get you moving! Join one of the four teams and help your teammate move up the scoreboard. Are you up to the challenge? Competitors can sign up today at grpl.org/summerreading. For kids 18 and under.

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GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

August 24
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Daily until August 31, 2016
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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The Grand Rapids Public Library has once again partnered with area organizations to present GR Reads, a summer reading program designed for adults. Come discover the ten interesting books that our smart staff have selected, and join your neighbors for fun, informative programs that are inspired by the books. For a complete list of books and events, visit www.grpl.org/grreads or stop by any of our eight locations.

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September 2016

Screen Printing Party with WMCAT

September 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge at our Screen Printing Party. Not only can you pick up your finisher t-shirt, you will have the opportunity to screen print your own notebook with the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT). Come meet the Ambrose Apprentices and use the WMCAT Mobile Maker to screen print a notebook. There will be other fun activities and snacks. For grades 6-12.

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Reading the Great Lakes – September 2016

September 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come explore the Lakes with us! We'll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. September’s selection is Rez Life:…

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Closed for Labor Day

The Madison Square, Ottawa Hills, Van Belkum & West Side Branches are closed for Labor Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday.

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Closed for Labor Day

September 5
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

All locations are closed for Labor Day. Regular hours resume tomorrow.

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Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits

September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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You've found a possible foundation to fund your new project. That's excellent. Now the real work begins: writing a proposal that will put your program on the path to success by telling your story well to the people that matter most. To learn how to do just that, join the Business Librarian for a session on proposal writing. Learn the key components of a proposal that a nonprofit foundation is looking for, and how you can make your proposal as…

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Evening Explorers – September

September 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Do you like to build and create things like origami, paper airplanes, balloon creations, and more? Kids in grades 2-5 can come to the Main Library for hands-on STEAM experiences each month. Take part in science experiments, art, writing and craft activities. This month: Explore Architecture. Plan and build a structure using recycled materials. How tall, how wide, how beautiful, how streamlined, how futuristic will your child make her building?

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Building Basic Computer Skills

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are you often confused by computer terms and lingo? By learning the key concepts and basic terminology used in technology, you can build a foundation for digital literacy that will last a lifetime. In this class, you will begin the process of developing the skills you will need to navigate the Internet, mobile devices and many types of software.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until November 21, 2016
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 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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