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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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August 2014

Mad Scientist Workshop: Build a Terrarium

August 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Madison Square Branch,
1201 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Have some old 2-liters lying around? Would you like to grow things? Come and build your own terrarium. You’ll learn what it takes to make an ecosystem work and create a mini-habitat. Please bring your own bottle to use. For ages 9-11.

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YMCA Veggie Van

August 26 @ 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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Mayor’s Book Club for Kids Kick-Off Party

August 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Join us for stories and fun with Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell to kick off another great year of listening and learning! Get your Mayor’s Book Club button, poster, and brochure to keep track and read aloud with the Mayor all year! Refreshments will be served. For kids preschool through 3rd grade.

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Science of Aromatherapy

August 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Madison Square Branch,
1201 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Come experiment with different fragrances, and the making of skin care products. For ages 15-18.

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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, September, 2.

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September 2014

Closed for Labor Day

September 1

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

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Small Business Class: How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Do you have a great idea for a business? Take the first step to starting your own: write a business plan! A more advanced class designed for those who already have a working knowledge of computers and the Internet, this course will highlight library resources to assist students in crafting a well-written business plan. Both online and offline resources will be highlighted.

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Reading the Great Lakes

September 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. September’s selection is American Salvage…

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