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April 2017

Discovering the Internet

April 13 @ 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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How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass growing in Mexico possessed a strange trait known as a “jumping gene” transformed itself into a larger and more useful grass—the cereal grass we know as maize and then corn. Nurtured by Native Americans, this grain would transform the Americas even before first contact. Eventually, it spanned the globe and drove westward expansions in North America, built cities and inspired innovators and entrepreneurs. Vampires, whiskey, Henry Ford, time zones, Fritos, and the Chicago…

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Know Your Investments

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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 interest in mind.

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One Book, One City for Kids—Kids Are Talking Fundraising Event

April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation is hosting their annual White Glove event to benefit the One Book, One City for Kids program. This annual reading program encourages all 5th graders in the city to read and discuss the same book. The program strives to encourage a lifelong love of reading, to inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life, and to build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries, and area schools. Tickets are $40 and sponsorships…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

April 20 @ 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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Music in the Stacks: The Extra Texture

April 20 @ 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 The Extra Texture. The Extra Texture hails from Grand Rapids and blends modern rock with 1960's pop sensibilities. Comparisons have been made to Lou Reed and Pavement. Their first full-length album, Palamino, launched in April 2015.

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Love and Relationships: A Talk with Author Chris Sain, Jr.

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Who isn't looking for love? At a time where technology, freedom of expression, social media, and instant gratification are prioritized over love, trust and commitment, men and women alike are in and out of relationships, abandoning friendships, quitting marriages, and giving up on love. Chris Sain, Jr's book Finding Real Love in the Love & Hip Hop Era offers a unique, unfiltered perspective as o why love is so hard to find. He provides a modern viewpoint and compelling insights…

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Managing your Digital Footprint

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you ever forgotten a password? Do you wish you had a plan to manage your online information and protect your privacy? Managing your digital footprint may seem intimidating, but with a plan and the right tools, you can stay safe and get the most out of your experience online. This class offers methods and tools you can use right away to begin managing your online profiles, passwords and information.

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Container Gardening with Our Kitchen Table

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn how to grow your own organic food and herbs in containers and window boxes. Our Kitchen Table garden coaches will share tips on soil, planting and caring for food plants with special emphasis on achieving success in an urban setting.

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May 2017

Market Research Series

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their industry, customers and competition? In this series, learn the tools, tactics and strategies to make the market research faster, easier and more beneficial to any level of entrepreneur. Session 1: Industry Information Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 pm Register: bit.ly/2kmXzKS Session 2: Business-to-Customer Market…

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