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June 2015

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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August 2015

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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September 2015

Reading the Great Lakes

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come explore the Lakes with us! We’ll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. September’s selection is The Time…

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When to Keep Secrets and When to Tell Truths: the Nuances of Writing About Your Family and Their History

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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After 15 years researching the stories and letters of her German-Jewish family from the Holocaust, author Barbara Stark-Nemon preserves their legacy in her debut novel, Even in Darkness. As a child, Stark-Nemon grew up listening to her grandfather’s unforgettable tales of their family’s former life in Europe. One story intrigued her more than any other: How did her grandfather’s sister, who did not escape during the Holocaust, manage to survive, and why had she remained in Germany living with a…

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