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July 2015

Petpalooza

July 18 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come to the Petpalooza to meet your new best friend! Several area animal rescue organizations will be present with adoptable animals. Most of the organizations do not allow same day adoption, so fill out an application ahead of time on their websites for pre-approval. Enjoy face painting and other fun activities that will make you howl. Participating organizations include: Pet Tales Rescue Allies for Greyhounds Michele’s Rescue LuvnPupz Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance

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Local History Trivia Night

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Graydon’s Crossing,
1223 Plainfield NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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How well do you know Michigan? You may know the state bird is the robin, but did you know that Pinconning is the Cheese Capitol of Michigan? Come test your knowledge at our Grand Rapids and Michigan-themed trivia night. Local History librarian extraordinaire, Tim Gleisner, will host and stump you with topics from the bygone days of our fair city. New to GR? Don’t worry! We’ll have Local History celebrities to help out your team. Bring your friends and be…

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Covering the Crisis: The Impact of Media in Times of Disaster

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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In this lively panel discussion, WGVU’s Shelley Irwin, Mlive’s Tanda Gmiter, crisis management expert Dr. Curt Bechler and other local journalists will discuss how media coverage of a disaster can change public perception and even the way the disaster is handled. The panelists will also talk about how social media has changed the way breaking news is covered and how disaster is covered in West Michigan, such as the 2014 Grand River flood.

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Behind the Scenes at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

July 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 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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August 2015

Author Visit: Tobin Buhk

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Local author Tobin T. Buhk will share stories of murder and mayhem involving a prominent West Michigan family. His latest book Poisoning the Pecks examines the murder plot that Arthur Warren Waite attempted to execute in order to inherit his wife’s family fortune. Buhk will discuss how he researched the family, the crime, the investigation and punishment. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Stepping into Silence with Eugenia Marve

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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This introductory program is designed to enhance your life, focusing on your inner wisdom, clarity and intuition for personal achievement. Eugenia is an award-winning educator, international artist, motivational speaker and gifted Intuitive/Psychic. She will discuss understanding the spirit within; the importance of visualization and attitude in creating positive outcomes; techniques that promote clarity and reduce stress; meditation for healing body, mind and spirit; understanding and utilizing the benefits of intuition; and a demonstration of intuitive/psychic readings. There will be a…

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Life Underground: Work in Michigan’s Historic Copper Mines

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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So just what is the difference between a timberman and a lander? Michigan has a long history of underground mining. Thousands flocked to Michigan’s “Copper Country” for paying work in its copper mines, and today people still visit the Keweenaw Peninsula to explore the area’s rich copper mining heritage. Join us for this illustrated presentation by Erik Nordberg, former archivist at Michigan Technological University. Explore the variety of work men did in the underground world—everything from drilling and mucking to…

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The Raptor Experience

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you seen an owl up close or wondered what makes a raptor such a flawless hunter? Lake Milton Raptor Education Center will bring several live birds of prey, including an eagle, hawk, falcon, owl and their handlers. Learn how these fine-tuned hunters use their skills to rule the sky. Discover the birds of prey that live around you and how to live alongside them in harmony.

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Green Gold!

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Logging of the White Pine was Michigan’s wealthiest and most important industry in the 19th century. Michigan’s White Pine helped build the transcontinental railroad, towns and farms in the Midwest, rebuild Chicago after the Great Fire, and was also shipped to Europe. Learn from lumber historian Rob Burg about the importance of the White Pine lumber industry, the work of the “Shantyboys,” life in the logging camps, and how Michigan was affected by the lumber industry.

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Women of Color: Leading the Way in the Workplace

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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This interactive panel discussion will feature women of color from our community with a range of experiences and voices. Panelists will share stories and talk about what it means to be a woman of color in the workplace. How do you find and work with a mentor? How do you face barriers or overcome biases? How can our community support women of color? What does it take to lead fearlessly? This open and honest discussion will foster dialog and bring…

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