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May 2015

2015 Summer Reading Challenge

May 26 - September 6
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

Reading is your super power. You can leap stacks of books in a single bound. You rescue friends from boredom by lending them a good book. Now you face your greatest challenge—reading as many books as you can before the end of the summer. Set your own reading goal and keep track of the books you read. How many books will your super powers help you read before school starts? 7? 49? 163? Read 15 minutes or more every day…

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June 2015

GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

June 1 - August 31
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

The Grand Rapids Public Library has once again partnered with area organizations to present the sixth 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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Cartoonists of Grand Rapids Exhibit

June 15 - August 15
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn about cartoonists from Grand Rapids and their work in this new exhibit drawn from the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department. View biographies and artwork from Ray Barnes, Kreigh Collins, Jaro Hess, Orville Bulman and Gertrude Van Houten. Various books and publications from our archives, such Barnes’ Razzin’ the Rapids and Collins’ Do You Know Michigan, will also be available for study.

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July 2015

Closed for Independence Day

July 4
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

All locations are closed for Independence Day. Regular hours resume Monday.

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YMCA Veggie Van

July 7 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015
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 mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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GR Reads: The Movies – The Haunting

July 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wealthy Theatre,
1130 Wealthy SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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In this 1963 classic, a scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. Tickets are available at grcmc.org or at the box office. Show your GRPL library card for a discount. Doors open at 7:15 pm.

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Comics Workshop with Cartoonist Sam Carbaugh

July 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Sam Carbaugh, a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and author of the recently published, Comics! Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning, will teach you how to create your very own comics! Learn how to draw basic comic characters and how to create, publish, and distribute your own minicomics! All drawing levels are encouraged to attend. For first through fifth graders.

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EatPlayGrow

July 8 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Every month on the second Wednesday until July 8, 2015
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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EatPlayGrow combines the latest science and research to teach children ages 2-5 and their parents how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. Join GRPL and Cherry Health for interactive and engaging lessons that incorporate art-making, storytelling, music and movement activities into fun, hands-on educational lessons about the importance of making positive choices in areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity, and, based on emerging medical research, sleep.

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A Day in the Life of a Zoo Veterinarian

July 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
John Ball Zoo,
1300 W Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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A tiger has a tooth ache, a monkey has a cough, and one of the fish isn’t swimming straight! All of that and the day is just getting started. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the zoo? Get the inside scoop from Dr. Ryan Colburn, head veterinarian for John Ball Zoo. Hear about interesting cases and stories and even get the opportunity to see some of the equipment that the veterinary team uses every day…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

July 9 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until July 30, 2015
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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. Families with infants – preschoolers welcome.

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