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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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What Does It Take to Reach Your Dreams?

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Kris Mathis, a local author and motivational speaker, will deliver a step-by-step program that will teach you how to achieve any goal or dream. He will share some principles from his book that will help you discover your true purpose, how to take control of your life, and make your goals and dreams a reality. He will also explore how to keep fighting for your goals even when you want to give up; how to believe in yourself and your…

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Van Andel Institute Tour

June 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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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The Other Side of Immigration

June 24 @ 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 a screening of The Other Side of Immigration. The film is based on 700 interviews in Mexican towns where half the population has left to work in the United States. The film explores why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. Filmmaker Roy Germano will lead a question and answer session after the screening.

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Finding Literary Gold When Researching for Your Detective Novel

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Everyone loves the idea of being an armchair detective. It’s one reason crime novels are so popular. But readers are sophisticated and picky—they want their crime fiction to be based in verifiable fact. So, how can you make sure your novel’s lead detective is believable and your plot keeps readers turning pages? With great research! There’s literary gold in those news stories, library archives, police reports and trial transcripts. True crime author Mardi Link teaches you how to find it!

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