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May 2015

2015 Summer Reading Challenge

May 26 - September 6
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

Reading is your super power. You can leap stacks of books in a single bound. You rescue friends from boredom by lending them a good book. Now you face your greatest challenge—reading as many books as you can before the end of the summer. Set your own reading goal and keep track of the books you read. How many books will your super powers help you read before school starts? 7? 49? 163? Read 15 minutes or more every day…

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July 2015

Comics Workshop with Cartoonist Sam Carbaugh

July 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Sam Carbaugh, a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and author of the recently published, Comics! Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning, will teach you how to create your very own comics! Learn how to draw basic comic characters and how to create, publish, and distribute your own minicomics! All drawing levels are encouraged to attend. For first through fifth graders.

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The Magic Bookshelf for Heroes that Read

July 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Magic! Kids love it, but sometimes they don’t realize that magic is everywhere—especially in the library. The Magic Bookshelf gets kids excited to check out books and encourages genre exploration, including mysteries, fairy tales, biographies, and more. Special effects, laughter, and audience participation is guaranteed to create more than amazement.

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Family Comic Night

July 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Panelists will discuss if comics are educations, how they have evolved over time, and the elements of comics. Discover how to use pictures and words to share stories with each other and create a 4-panel comic. Panelists include cartoonist Sam Carbaugh, Comics in Literature student Mary Hancock, and Charley Tucker from Vault of Midnight. An all ages workshop.

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The Remarkable Mr. Tosh and Other Puppet Vignettes

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Join Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe as they share stories of some uncommon heroes through music, movement, and wordplay.

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The Remarkable Mr. Tosh and Other Puppet Vignettes

July 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe as they share stories of some uncommon heroes through music, movement, and wordplay.

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Animal Hero Tales!

July 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Experience animal hero tales with Animal Encounters. Stories include There is an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer with the pages displayed on a nine foot video screen. After the stories, meet the live animals featured and even touch them!

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Animal Hero Tales!

July 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Experience animal hero tales with Animal Encounters. Stories include There is an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer with the pages displayed on a nine foot video screen. After the stories, meet the live animals featured and even touch them!

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Everyday Hero Multicultural Stories & Music

July 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn that anyone can be a hero in these interactive stories told by The Storytellers—Bob and Audrey Allison. Audrey uses multiple voices and uncanny vocal effects. Bob accompanies the stories, playing world music on a variety of instruments. There will be opportunities for you to play some of these instruments, including the cuica, berimbau, and udu.

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The Remarkable Mr. Tosh and Other Puppet Vignettes

July 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Join Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe as they share stories of some uncommon heroes through music, movement, and wordplay.

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