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November 2014

Closed for Thanksgiving Day

November 27
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

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

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

November 29 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until November 29, 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 preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.

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December 2014

Researching Catholic Records

December 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Father Dennis Morrow, Pastor of SS Peter & Paul Church and Archivist of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, will introduce researchers to the best procedures and etiquette to use to gain access to records which might be of use to them in seeking family information. Parish and institutional sacramental records, cemetery records, where to look and ethnic concerns will all be discussed.

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YMCA Veggie Van

December 2 @ 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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Reading the Great Lakes

December 4 @ 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. December’s selection is Fordlandia by…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

December 5 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until December 26, 2014
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.

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Teen Poetry Club

December 6 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Every 2 weeks on Saturday until December 6, 2014
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Led by the Youth Literacy Association, a student run organization that teaches the art of slam poetry, teens will learn to write and perform their own poems.

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YMCA Veggie Van

December 9 @ 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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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Sessions

December 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act? Open enrollment for this health insurance program is from November 15, 1014 – February 15, 2015. Plan on attending one of the free informational sessions led by staff from Cherry Street Health Services. Certified Application Counselors will be on hand to help with enrollment using the library’s computers. Assistance for Spanish speakers is also available.

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Small Business Class: Intro to Finding Funders

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Foundation Directory Online Professional is one of the most powerful grantseeking resources available. With data on over 120,000 foundations, research, and information on the nonprofit world, FDO is one of the best places to go for grantseeking and nonprofit information. Join the Business Librarian for an informative class on this incredible resource.

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