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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

Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

February 10 @ 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 10 @ 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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Know Your Investments

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Discover why you need to educate yourself about the financial industry and your portfolio. Fred Iacovoni, an independent financial manager will share how to read a prospectus, how different investment products operate, how financial advisers are paid and why certain products may be recommended. Learn how to figure the costs of a portfolio, and how to tell if your portfolio has your best interests in mind.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

February 11 @ 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 11 @ 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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Music in the Stacks: Villalobos

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Villalobos. Julio Villalobos performs pop music with Latin-American folk roots. Influenced by “La Nueva Cancion Chilena” movement. Villalobos embraces his Chilean and Latin-American heritage and runs with new sounds and colors provided by his experience as an immigrant in the US. Julio is accompanied by Josh Dunigan on percussion, Julio “Jarocho” Viveros on guitar, and Nate Bliton on viola.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

February 13 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 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 April 16, 2016
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. Free and open to the public.

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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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