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May 2014

2014 Summer Reading Challenge

May 27 - August 31

The experiment this summer will be to see how many books you can read (if you can pull yourself away from your laboratory.) All kids under 18 in the city are challenged to join the Mad Scientist Club—read books, perform crazy experiments, and become a science wiz. The more minutes you read, the more levels you unlock. Completing some levels will unlock bonus prizes. Can you get to the final level by the end of the summer? Grab your lab…

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June 2014

GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

June 1 - August 31

The Grand Rapids Public Library has once again partnered with area organizations to present the fifth annual GR Reads, a summer reading program designed for adults. Come discover the ten interesting books that our smart staff have selected, or 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 GRPL library. 

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July 2014
Free

Anishinabek Lifeways

July 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center,
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Get outside and experience learning immersed in the great outdoors. Join Blandford Nature Center staff on a guided learning experience to better understand our environment, heritage, and connection to natural systems. This program will focus on the cultural heritage of the Anishinabek and their use of traditional tools in fishing, gardening, games and home life. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at www.grpl.org/register.

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Something About Bees

July 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Thornapple Woodlands beekeepers will talk about bees, how they find nectar, how honey is harvested, nutritional honey facts and more! For ages 9-11.

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YMCA Veggie Van

July 29 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email svanderzanden@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Chris Linn: America’s Magical Funnyman

July 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Half comedian, half magician and all fun—Chris Linn’s theatrical stage show blends clean comedy and unique magic in an action-packed one-man show. Laugh along with Chris as he uses crazy props, hilarious audience participation, and energetic music and sound effects. It is a show you won’t soon forget!

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Something About Bees

July 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Thornapple Woodlands beekeepers will talk about bees, how they find nectar, how honey is harvested, nutritional honey facts and more! For ages 9-11.

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Free

Van Andel Institute Tour

July 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Van Andel Institute,
333 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Since its grand opening in 2000, Van Andel Research Institute has built a regional and national reputation in the field of biomedical research. VARI conducts biomedical research that has led to advances in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. This guided tour will take guests through the main level of the Institute, including seeing a fully functioning laboratory through glass walls. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up at grpl.org/register.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

July 30 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until August 6, 2014
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 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.

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Chris Linn: America’s Magical Funnyman

July 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ottawa Hills Branch,
1150 Giddings SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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Half comedian, half magician and all fun—Chris Linn’s theatrical stage show blends clean comedy and unique magic in an action-packed one-man show. Laugh along with Chris as he uses crazy props, hilarious audience participation, and energetic music and sound effects. It is a show you won’t soon forget!

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