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August 2016

GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

August 30
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Daily until August 31, 2016
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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The Grand Rapids Public Library has once again partnered with area organizations to present GR Reads, a summer reading program designed for adults. Come discover the ten interesting books that our smart staff have selected, and 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 of our eight locations.

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September 2016

Michigan’s River Jordan

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join literary and public historian Veta Tucker Smith as she discusses her recently published work, A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland. A long-time West Michigan educator and founder of the Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University, Tucker will discuss the role of the Detroit River corridor in the underground railroad movement, as fugitive slaves fled the United States for Canada. A Fluid Frontier, co-edited by Tucker and Karolyn…

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October 2016

Bicycle Fever

October 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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By 1895, America was neck-deep in “bicycle fever,” as the safety bicycle evolved from a dangerous and expensive contraption to an easy and affordable way to travel without a horse. In Grand Rapids, bike culture was huge, influencing society and industry and exciting the citizens with races and rides. Join GRPL's Colleen Alles as she discusses the culture and climate of Furniture City's obsession with bicycles. View historic, one-of-a-kind primary documents such as photographs, publications and newspaper articles.

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Genealogy Lock-In

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists! Learn how to use the microfilm reader/scanner/printer, save images, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Use the time to search databases—we will have plenty of computers available or bring your own laptop and use the library’s WiFi network. Bring your genealogy questions or Ancestry and Heritage Quest problems—volunteers will be on hand to assist. Network with other…

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