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April 2015
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Center for Michigan Community Conversation

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The Center for Michigan, a nonprofit and nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank will lead a 90-minute discussion on the paths from classroom to career in Michigan, specifically challenges to upward mobility. Participants will discuss challenges and opportunities for state residents in Michigan’s job market. We’re seeking participants who can speak to their experiences starting out in Michigan’s work force, seeking and maintaining a job, and succeeding in Michigan’s job market. Participants may include the unemployed, underemployed, young professionals, those looking to change…

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

April 21 @ 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 advance class for those with working knowledge of computers and the Internet, this course will highlight resources to assist students in crafting a well-written business plan. Both online and offline resources will be highlighted.

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Treasures of Your Library: A White Glove Event

April 22 @ 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 offering the opportunity to view unique items housed in the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department of the library. At this event, guests will be allowed to examine items from President Gerald R Ford’s presidential campaign, rare maps, the Peninsular Club Archives, and the Robinson Photo Collections. This event will raise funds for the digitization and preservation of these collections. Tickets are $40.00 and are available at grplfoundation.org or 616.988.5399.

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Solar Power 101

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join members from the Green Home Institute to learn more about solar power. This class will cover aspects of solar power that are not commonly known. Learn about the different types of solar power and the advantages and disadvantages of each, including costs. See examples of solar power being used in Michigan and have the opportunity to talk to people who are already using it. An opportunity to get your questions answered will follow the presentation.

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Genealogy Lock-In

April 24 @ 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 microfilm reader/scanner/printer, save images, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Use the time to search databases—we will have plenty of computers available or bring your own laptop and use the library’s WiFi network. Bring your genealogy questions or Ancestry and Heritage Quest problems—volunteers will be on hand to assist. Network with other…

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YMCA Veggie Van

April 28 @ 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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Small Business Class for Nonprofits: Online Grantseeking Resources

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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As a member of the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network, the Grand Rapids Public Library has access to a variety of grantseeking resources. Students will learn more about topics like nonprofit fundraisng, proposal writing, and more.

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Small Business Class for Nonprofits: Proposal Writing Basics

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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You’ve found a possible foundation to fund your new project. Learn how to write a proposal that will put your program on the path to success by telling your story well. Discover the key components of a proposal that a nonprofit foundation is looking for, and how you can make your proposal the most effective.

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May 2015

Genealogy Class: Find-a-Grave

May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Find-a-Grave is a resource for anyone seeking the final disposition of family, friends, and famous individuals from around the world. It is a virtual cemetery experience. Learn more about this website and how to use it.

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YMCA Veggie Van

May 5 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
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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