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September 2015

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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October 2015

Reading the Great Lakes

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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. October’s selection is Love, Sex…

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Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Well-know Michigan author John Gallagher’s new book, Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity, examines the life and art of famed architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986). Best known for designing the now-lost World Trade Center in New York, Yamasaki tried to soften and humanize the cold glass-box style of modern architecture with designs that emphasized gardens, plazas, sunlit atriums, and other features created to offer moments of surprise and delight. He crafted a wealth of important buildings around the world but…

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Genealogy Lock-In

October 30 @ 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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