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July 2015
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Genealogy Lock-In

July 31 @ 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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August 2015

Author Visit: Tobin Buhk

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Local author Tobin T. Buhk will share stories of murder and mayhem involving a prominent West Michigan family. His latest book Poisoning the Pecks examines the murder plot that Arthur Warren Waite attempted to execute in order to inherit his wife’s family fortune. Buhk will discuss how he researched the family, the crime, the investigation and punishment. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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YMCA Veggie Van

August 4 @ 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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Stepping into Silence with Eugenia Marve

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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This introductory program is designed to enhance your life, focusing on your inner wisdom, clarity and intuition for personal achievement. Eugenia is an award-winning educator, international artist, motivational speaker and gifted Intuitive/Psychic. She will discuss understanding the spirit within; the importance of visualization and attitude in creating positive outcomes; techniques that promote clarity and reduce stress; meditation for healing body, mind and spirit; understanding and utilizing the benefits of intuition; and a demonstration of intuitive/psychic readings. There will be a…

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Life Underground: Work in Michigan’s Historic Copper Mines

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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So just what is the difference between a timberman and a lander? Michigan has a long history of underground mining. Thousands flocked to Michigan’s “Copper Country” for paying work in its copper mines, and today people still visit the Keweenaw Peninsula to explore the area’s rich copper mining heritage. Join us for this illustrated presentation by Erik Nordberg, former archivist at Michigan Technological University. Explore the variety of work men did in the underground world—everything from drilling and mucking to…

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Reading the Great Lakes

August 6 @ 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. August’s selection is Annie’s Ghosts…

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The Raptor Experience

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you seen an owl up close or wondered what makes a raptor such a flawless hunter? Lake Milton Raptor Education Center will bring several live birds of prey, including an eagle, hawk, falcon, owl and their handlers. Learn how these fine-tuned hunters use their skills to rule the sky. Discover the birds of prey that live around you and how to live alongside them in harmony.

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Green Gold!

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Logging of the White Pine was Michigan’s wealthiest and most important industry in the 19th century. Michigan’s White Pine helped build the transcontinental railroad, towns and farms in the Midwest, rebuild Chicago after the Great Fire, and was also shipped to Europe. Learn from lumber historian Rob Burg about the importance of the White Pine lumber industry, the work of the “Shantyboys,” life in the logging camps, and how Michigan was affected by the lumber industry.

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YMCA Veggie Van

August 11 @ 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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Women of Color: Leading the Way in the Workplace

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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This interactive panel discussion will feature women of color from our community with a range of experiences and voices. Panelists will share stories and talk about what it means to be a woman of color in the workplace. How do you find and work with a mentor? How do you face barriers or overcome biases? How can our community support women of color? What does it take to lead fearlessly? This open and honest discussion will foster dialog and bring…

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