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April 2014

Backyard Birding

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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So much is known about birds, yet way more is still undiscovered. Join Ed and Phil from the Grand Rapids Audubon Club on an entertaining trip through the world of birds that ends in your own backyard. Learn how birds are distributed across North America and what birds to expect in your yard and when. Discover how to make your own backyard more attractive to birds by choosing the right types of feed and feeders, birdbaths and shelters, and how…

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Book and Media Swap

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Stop by and swap your old books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and video games. Bring what you don’t want or need and take something new-to-you to keep.

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Book and Media Swap

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Stop by and swap your old books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and video games. Bring what you don’t want or need and take something new-to-you to keep.

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Introduction to the Downtown Market’s Rooftop Greenhouse

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Grand Rapids Downtown Market,
432 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The Grand Rapids Downtown Market has the honor of housing one of the first rooftop greenhouses in the nation. It is a live space full of herbs and produce available to the small businesses at the Market, as well as for cooking classes and children’s camps. In this special presentation, the Downtown Market’s greenhouse staff will give an introduction to all the features, allow participants to explore the space, and answer questions about greenhouses and home growing.

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Path of Destruction: The Story of West Michigan’s Worst Natural Disaster

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Ernie Ostuno, author of Path of Destruction, will discuss the April 3, 1956, tornado. The tornado touched down in Hudsonville, MI, killing 17, injuring 340, and leveling downtown Standale. Many people, some of them badly injured, helped the National Guard in the immediate recovery by searching for neighbors trapped under the debris of what had been their homes. Local history librarian Tim Gleisner will share the library’s archival materials on the natural disaster that affected our city.

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Earth Week Used Book Sale

April 26
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The Friends of the Main Library will be hosting a mini-sale of books on gardening and sustainable living books. Come find a good book at a great price. All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Bike Tune Up

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Boston Square Community Bikes will be offering free bike tune-ups outside the library from 9-10:30 am. Then join us for a Community Bike Ride. Riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Book and Media Swap

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Stop by and swap your old books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and video games. Bring what you don’t want or need and take something new-to-you to keep.

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Book and Media Swap

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Stop by and swap your old books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and video games. Bring what you don’t want or need and take something new-to-you to keep.

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Community Bike Ride

April 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join the Boston Square Community Bikes and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks on a 6.5-mile bike ride that explored the parks and history of Grand Rapids. This group ride will depart from the Main Library at 11:00 am. Boston Square Community Bikes will be offering free bike tune-ups outside the library from 9-10:30 am. Helmets are required for this ride. Riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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