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June 2014

GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

June 1 - August 31

The Grand Rapids Public Library has once again partnered with area organizations to present the fifth annual GR Reads, a summer reading program designed for adults. Come discover the ten interesting books that our smart staff have selected, or join your neighbors for fun, informative programs that are inspired by the books. For a complete list of books and events, visit www.grpl.org/grreads or stop by any GRPL library. 

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July 2014

Splendor by the Sea: Newport, Rhode Island During the Gilded Age

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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With its spectacular natural scenery, pristine beaches, and gentle ocean breezes, Newport, RI, was the summer playground for many of America’s elite families, and by 1880, it had earned the title “Queen of Resorts.” Fashionable summer colonists including the Vanderbilts, Belmonts, and Astors, hired some of the nation’s leading architects, including Richard Morris Hunt, Richard Upjohn, and McKim, Mead & White, to design their summer “cottages” along Newport’s shore. These houses were the backdrops for lavish entertainment—debutante balls, weddings, and…

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Helen of Troy in Ancient Greek and Modern Myth

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world, had an active life in Greek myth. Did she willingly follow Paris to Troy (triggering the Trojan War)? Or was it a case of mistaken identity and Helen never went to Troy at all, but was just dropped off in Egypt by the god Hermes? Diane Rayor (Classics GVSU) will trace the twisted journey of Helen from Homer, the playwrights, and poets of ancient Greece to today’s Helen & Troy’s Epic Road…

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Free

Anishinabek Lifeways

July 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center,
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Get outside and experience learning immersed in the great outdoors. Join Blandford Nature Center staff on a guided learning experience to better understand our environment, heritage, and connection to natural systems. This program will focus on the cultural heritage of the Anishinabek and their use of traditional tools in fishing, gardening, games and home life. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at www.grpl.org/register.

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YMCA Veggie Van

July 29 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week
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 svanderzanden@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Free

Van Andel Institute Tour

July 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Van Andel Institute,
333 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Since its grand opening in 2000, Van Andel Research Institute has built a regional and national reputation in the field of biomedical research. VARI conducts biomedical research that has led to advances in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. This guided tour will take guests through the main level of the Institute, including seeing a fully functioning laboratory through glass walls. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up at grpl.org/register.

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August 2014

Why I Write Fantasy: A Discussion with A. Lee Martinez

August 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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A. Lee Martinez, author of 16 books including Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest will lead an open discussion about why he is drawn to the genre of fantasy and why it has such a great growing appeal across the board. He will also examine the hazards and pitfalls of the growing appeal. Come with your questions and ideas. A book signing will follow.

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YMCA Veggie Van

August 5 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week
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 svanderzanden@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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The Cocktail Party: Lessons in the History and Practice of Keeping Your Guests Lit, Stylishly

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Every week until August 19, 2014
Stella’s Lounge,
53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join one of Grand Rapids’ foremost chef-mixologists, Torrence O’Haire, of The Starving Artist and Propaganda Doughnuts, in an educational and entertaining lecture/ demonstration series this summer, and learn how to be a practical professional in the art of throwing classic cocktail parties! In this series, students will explore different cocktail “eras,” and the trends, styles, and techniques popularized there within. Learn everything from cocktail history, to how to adapt your home bar, and how to successfully throw a spectacular cocktail…

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Reading the Great Lakes

August 7 @ 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 The Undertaking…

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