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July 2016

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 3, 2016
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 3, 2016
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills. Free and open to the public.

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Baffling Bill the Magician

July 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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POOF! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill the Magician arrives with Gus the Bunny to amaze with illusion and comedy, and to celebrate summer reading! Baffling Bill the Magician will teach you feats of magic and will provide you with an amazing bag of tricks that you can take home and perform for friends and family.

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Baffling Bill the Magician

July 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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POOF! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill the Magician arrives with Gus the Bunny to amaze with illusion and comedy, and to celebrate summer reading! Baffling Bill the Magician will teach you feats of magic and will provide you with an amazing bag of tricks that you can take home and perform for friends and family.

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GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

July 28
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An event every day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 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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Summer Reading Challenge

July 28
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An event every day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on September 5, 2016
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Get in the game this summer at the Grand Rapids Public Library! Read like a champion, and attend fun programs and events that will get you moving! Join one of the four teams and help your teammate move up the scoreboard. Are you up to the challenge? Competitors can sign up today at grpl.org/summerreading. For kids 18 and under.

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Summer Storytimes for Families

July 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 4, 2016
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children 18 months to age 5 years old to this 45-minute class featuring hands-on, literacy-rich activities such as stories, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.

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Beyond the Birds and the Bees at John Ball Park

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Ball Zoo,
1300 W Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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John Ball Zoo‘s Veterinarian Dr. Ryan Colburn and Animal Care Supervisor Tim Sampson, will guide participants through the world of animal mating behaviors. What animal makes an elaborate “house” filled with shiny gifts to attract a mate? What animal changes its sex in order to procreate? Ryan and Tim will escort you through an after-hours zoo tour and share fascinating facts about some of the animals that live in the zoo and their more unusual mating habits and qualities. For…

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Sports in the Park: Soccer

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jaycee-MacKay Park,
2531 Kalamazoo SE
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Have you ever wanted to learn to play a sport but didn’t know where to start? Join us for fun and active sports clinics at some of our beautiful city parks. Kids of all ages are welcome to come and learn how to play a favorite or new sport. There will be food, crafts and lots of great physical activity. Hotdogs and snacks will be provided. For kids ages 5 – 13.

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Genealogy Lock-In

July 29 @ 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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