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March 2017

Discovering the Internet

March 9 @ 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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Blood on the Mitten

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Before Michigan became a state, there were witch trials, scalp collectors, dirty sports, and a massacre of epic proportions. The lumber era that followed made Michigan as much of a wild west as Deadwood, and Prohibition allowed a group of Detroit thugs to run roughshod over even the likes of Al Capone. Author Tom Carr will share stories of crimes of passion, crimes of necessity, and cold, calculated evil as he examines the historical context of murder in Michigan and…

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Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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One of the first rules of marketing is 'go where your customers are.' And where are your customers? Increasingly, they are found online! Join the Business Librarian for an informative session on how to use Facebook and other social media tools to engage customers, start and grow your business.

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Exploring Social Media and Email

March 16 @ 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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Managing your Digital Footprint

March 23 @ 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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Music in the Stacks: PARTS

March 23 @ 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 PARTS. PARTS is a two-piece electronic band that incorporates vocals, synthesizers, drum machines and samples. Their first release, a self-titled cassette EP, was released in September 2015.

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Find Out More about the Peace Corps

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Change lives, including your own, by serving in the Peace Corps. You will make a difference for a community in need, gain cross-cultural skills and field experience for your career, and bring your global perspective back home to share with others. Join us for an information session, where individuals will share their Peace Corps stories. Learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

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Introduction to Finding Funders for Nonprofits

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Designed for beginner fundraisers, this brief course shows how your organization can identify potential funders and prepare to seek grants. Using the Foundation Directory Online Platinum, a database of 70,000 foundations, students will compile a list of foundation prospects that match their organization's needs. We'll also briefly touch upon other grant sources, such as government and business, and learn about various guides to proposal writing.

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Getting Started with Lynda.com

March 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Need advanced-level help with Excel? Want to learn how to use new Adobe software? Interested in travel photography? With Lynda.com and your library card, you can pick up a new hobby or begin training for a new career with the help of engaging online tutorials from industry experts. Tutorials cover a wide range of skills and topics in the fields of business, technology, and the arts. This introductory class will walk you through the steps of signing up for this…

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April 2017

Building Basic Computer Skills

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are you often confused by computer terms and lingo? By learning the key concepts and basic terminology used in technology, you can build a foundation for digital literacy that will last a lifetime. In this class, you will begin the process of developing the skills you will need to navigate the Internet, mobile devices and many types of software.

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