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October 2014

Día de los Muertos: Honoring Day of the Dead

October 31 - November 2
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Grand Rapids Public Library. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on. Loved ones come together to build altars that celebrate the life and memory of the dead. This is a time of celebration and joy, filled with talk and memories of those who have died. Altars from members of the community honoring family and friends will be on display. Every altar is…

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November 2014

YMCA Veggie Van

November 4 @ 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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Small Business Class: How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

November 5 @ 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 advanced class, this course will highlight library resources to assist students in crafting a well-written business plan. Both online and offline resources will be highlighted.

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Hidden Gems for Veterans

November 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join experts from the law firm of Plachta, Murphy & Associates, P.C., for a free, no obligation, educational presentation on “The Hidden Gems for Veterans.” Topics include government benefits, disability claims and appeals, and veteran health benefits. Information on other community resources for veterans will also be shared. Register at www.grpl.org/register. A light supper will be provided.

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Reading the Great Lakes

November 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. November’s selection is The Blind…

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Preserving Newspaper Clippings

November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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For many people, newspaper clippings are a significant part of their personal heritage. However, newspapers are some of the most difficult of documents to preserve. They are printed on very low quality wood pulp paper that is extremely high in acid content, use poor quality inks and yellow quickly. They are printed on a daily or weekly basis and are not meant to last forever. This class will show you some things that can be done to prolong the life…

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The Life and Art of Manierre Dawson

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Manierre Dawson, a native of Chicago, lived in Mason County as a fruit farmer for 55 years. Dawson was a pioneer of abstract art: the first artist in America to move away from representational painting that sought to copy nature and towards complete non-representational abstractions. Dawson’s works can be found in the collections of over 30 museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Author Sharon Bluhm will highlight the…

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YMCA Veggie Van

November 18 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
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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Small Business Class: Small Business Research Essentials

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join the Business Librarian for an informative journey through the library’s small business resources. Arm yourself with the best business information available, and give yourself the upper hand starting or growing your small business.

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Early Childhood Essentials Class: Pairing Fiction with Nonfiction

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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If you would like to switch up the books you read to your kids or kids in your care, come hear two librarians from the Grand Rapids Public Library share some great nonfiction titles that you can pair with children’s picture books.

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