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May 2017

Promoting Michigan for 100 Years: A History of the West Michigan Tourist Association

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) was founded in Grand Rapids in 1917. Established as a non-profit organization based on membership, it was the first grass-roots tourist association in the country. At the time, the tourist industry was in its infancy. Although railroad lines, steamship companies, and various hotels and resorts promoted the region they served, there was no concerted effort to boost the tourism advantages of the state. With strong leadership and committed members of WMTA, tourism has grown…

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Discovering the Internet

May 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Using the Internet can be an intimidating experience for many people. In this class, you will learn how the Internet works and basic definitions for the most common Internet terms. Discover tips and tricks on how to protect your information and identity while searching, shopping and surfing the web.

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Growing Food at Home: Affordable and Easy Ways to Get Started

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
urban roots, 1316 Madison SE
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Join us at Urban Root’s Community Farm and Education Center to learn the basics of growing food in the city. Get tips on starting an easy and low cost garden and learn about shopping at farmers markets. Discover ways to find fresh, local and nutrient-dense food in your neighborhood. This program will be held rain or shine. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. Parking is available across the street from the farm.

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Genealogy Lock-In

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists. Learn how to use the library databases, newspaper microfilm, and other other resources, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Volunteers from the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will be available to assist with your research. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up at www.grpl.org/register or call 616-988-5400.

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An Evening Filled with Hope with Wade Rouse

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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HOPE CHEST, THE

Wade Rouse is back in West Michigan this spring to share from his new book, The Hope Chest, which he wrote under the pen name Viola Shipman—a tribute to his grandmother and the woman who inspired his Heirloom Series. In The Hope Chest, wade weaves the tale of the lives of three people who deepen connections to one another—and find hope in the midst of overwhelming life changes—as they discover the contents and secrets of one woman’s hope chest. Wade…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The Internet and social media have made it easier than ever to keep in touch with friends and family. Beginning with a brief introduction to email, this class will teach you how to communicate with others online and offer tips on how to be safe while doing so. You will learn the basics about Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Find out what you need to get started with Skype, Google Hangouts and other video calling services.

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Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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2017 Michigan Notable Book winner, William Rapai will discuss some of the invasive species that are impacting the Great Lakes. Learn how they arrives and the impact they are making on our environment. Rapai will also give in depth information on two of the invaders and describe how their relationship is totally reordering life in the Great Lakes. He will then share why, despite these profound changes, there is new optimism. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Clean Eating 101

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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You’ve no doubt heard the term clean eating, but what does it mean? Chef educator Sue Stauffacher will share the meaning and practice of the clean eating movement. She will demonstrate some simple and effective ideas and recipes for substitutes for many common processed foods. Sample tastings will be provided. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

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June 2017

Reading the Great Lakes – June 2017

June 1 @ 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 books are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. June’s selection is Bird Box by…

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Bicycle Fever

June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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By 1895, America was neck-deep in "bicycle fever," as the safety bicycle evolved from a dangerous and expensive contraption to an easy and affordable way to travel. In Grand Rapids, bike culture was huge, influencing society and industry, and exciting the citizens with races and rides. Join Grand Rapids Public Library staff member Colleen Alles as she discusses the culture and climate of Furniture City's obsession with bicycles. View historic, one-of-a-kind historical documents like photos, publications, and newspaper articles.

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