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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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Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Celebrate Community Heroes!

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sheldon & Library Streets,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come talk to the real-life heroes that live and work in Grand Rapids. Explore the vehicles and tools they use in their work on display in the streets in front of the Main Library and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Grand Rapids Fire and Police Departments, the American Red Cross, the Humane Society, the United States Army, Buster the Bus and other school buses from Dean Transportation, athletes from professional, college, and high school teams, and local arts organizations will…

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June 2015

Superhero Sign Up for Summer Reading

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Participate in superhero crafts and get signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Learn more about the Hero’s Quest and our amazing programs and events going on throughout the summer.

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Superhero Sign Up for Summer Reading

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Participate in superhero crafts and get signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Learn more about the Hero’s Quest and our amazing programs and events going on throughout the summer.

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Superhero Sign Up for Summer Reading

June 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Participate in superhero crafts and get signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Learn more about the Hero’s Quest and our amazing programs and events going on throughout the summer.

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Superhero Sign Up for Summer Reading

June 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Participate in superhero crafts and get signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Learn more about the Hero’s Quest and our amazing programs and events going on throughout the summer.

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July 2015

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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August 2015

Comics Workshop with Cartoonist Sam Carbaugh

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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 sixth grade and older.

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Guerilla Cosplay Workshop

August 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Want to make comics-based costumes inexpensively? Want to cosplay for a comic-con but aren’t sure yet how to make a costume? Attend this workshop and create an easy cosplay costume. Michelle White, Grand Rapids Comic-Con Costume Coordinator, will give tips and tricks on creating a cosplay outfit. Bring some friends to create a costume together. There will be prizes and a fashion show at the end. For grades 9-12.

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Summer Reading Challenge Finisher Party

August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Superhero families and children unite and enjoy fun with Little Nell and her Family Flea Circus offering balloon sculpting, juggling, big book reading, and face painting by Grandma Turtle. Gamers of Hero’s Quest come to Animal Alliance Main Headquarters for a last meeting with your fellow superheroes. Use your ultimate superpower for your last mission.

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