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June 2015

GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

June 1 - August 31
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

The Grand Rapids Public Library has once again partnered with area organizations to present the sixth 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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Cartoonists of Grand Rapids Exhibit

June 15 - August 15
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn about cartoonists from Grand Rapids and their work in this new exhibit drawn from the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department. View biographies and artwork from Ray Barnes, Kreigh Collins, Jaro Hess, Orville Bulman and Gertrude Van Houten. Various books and publications from our archives, such Barnes’ Razzin’ the Rapids and Collins’ Do You Know Michigan, will also be available for study.

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Free

Ghost Stories for Grown Ups

June 15 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center,
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Isn’t there something creepy about the woods at night? The deep shadows, the unseen lurking in the brush. Join us around the campfire for a night of ghost stories that will send shivers down your spine. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair, leave the kids at home, and hear terrorizing tales from storytellers John Steven Crowley, Gloria Cangelosi and Bob Sadowski. Must be 18 or older to participate. Content may not be suitable for children or teens. Registration is…

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Vintage Views Along Scenic M-22 including Sleeping Bear Dunes

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us for the book launch for local authors M. Christine Byron and Thomas R. Wilson’s fifth title: Vintage Views Along Scenic M-22 including Sleeping Bear Dunes. The book follows a trail of vacationers and travelers along one of Michigan’s most scenic roads, from Manistee County to the Leelanau Peninsula. Vintage postcards, photographs, maps and advertisements illustrate a time when M-22 first beckoned motorists to come north to the land of beautiful beaches and sand dunes, lakes and rivers, forests…

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Free

Behind the Scenes at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gerald R. Ford International Airport,
5500 44th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 United States
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Get an exclusive insider’s tour of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. As you ride along in comfort in the airport shuttle, airport staff will share stories and the history of the airport. See the airfields, fire department and terminal building. Tours will last one hour. Must be 18 or older to participate. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up at grpl.org/register.

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Transgender: Defined and Updated

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join Reverend Dr. Julie Nemecek as she discusses what transgender is, the scientific research on the causes of transgender, the medical consensus on treatment for transgender people, and recent legal efforts on transgender civil rights, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice on transgender rights. Dr. Nemecek will share her personal journey and discuss what it means to be transgender in Michigan. A question and answer session will conclude the program.

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Free

Ghosts of Grand Rapids Walking Tour

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come nose around the creepier corners of haunted Grand Rapids. Mingle with the spooky inhabitants of the Ashton Building, AT&T Building, San Chez Restaurant and St. Cecilia Music Center. Meet the guests who never quite checked out of the Amway Grand. Come join the authors of Ghosts of Grand Rapids, Nicole DuShane (Bray) and Julie Rathsack, as they illuminate the shadows of local sites you thought you knew. Must be 18 or older to participate. Registration is required at grpl.org/register.

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Ghosts of Grand Rapids Walking Tour

June 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come nose around the creepier corners of haunted Grand Rapids. Mingle with the spooky inhabitants of the Ashton Building, AT&T Building, San Chez Restaurant and St. Cecilia Music Center. Meet the guests who never quite checked out of the Amway Grand. Come join the authors of Ghosts of Grand Rapids, Nicole DuShane (Bray) and Julie Rathsack, as they illuminate the shadows of local sites you thought you knew. Must be 18 or older to participate. Registration is required at grpl.org/register.

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Gospel Music: A Changing Beat, a Constant Message

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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What do the great Mahalia Jackson, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Winans, and Kirk Franklin have in common? They represent different styles of gospel music that at one time were considered “too worldly” and unfit for the church. Deborah Smith Pollard, Ph.D., Director of the African and African American Program at the University of Michigan – Dearborn, will examine the idea that while gospel music styles were always changing, the message of the gospel has remained constant for more than…

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Tree Talk

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Tree Talk is an introduction to the significance of urban forests and has a goal to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the trees in our community. This event will begin with a brief presentation on the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Urban Forest Project, becoming a Friends’ “Citizen Forester,” and how trees shape our community. The event will end with a guided tour of trees found in our community.

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