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February 2016

Before the Blues: A Musical Workshop with Reverend Robert Jones

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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It would probably be fair say that blues music was the dominant popular music style of the 20th Century, but what came before the blues? Even though the quilt of early authentic African American music is largely gone, there are still threads that can give us insight to the music that existed during American slavery and that gave rise to the popular music of the day. In this workshop we will explore such subjects as the “field holler”, work songs,…

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Pajama Time!

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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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 March 8, 2016
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! For kids ages 3-5.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

February 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 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 March 9, 2016
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their energetic toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to 30-minute classes featuring hands-on, literacy-rich activities including stories, songs with fingerplays and other action, and sign language. Toddlers will develop pre-reading skills as they make connections between words and movement and have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

February 17 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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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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Speak to a Geek: One-on-One Computer Classes

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every 1 month(s) on that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on April 27, 2016
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are your relatives tired of you asking for computer help? Are you hoping to boost your resume with new computer skills? The library offers classes in: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Ebooks, and Library Resources. From getting acquainted with your computer or device, to training is spreadsheets, or internet navigation, we can help. Call one of our 7 branches to schedule a time or stop by one of our walk-in question and answer sessions at the Main…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

February 18 @ 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 March 10, 2016
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their energetic toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to 30-minute classes featuring hands-on, literacy-rich activities including stories, songs with fingerplays and other action, and sign language. Toddlers will develop pre-reading skills as they make connections between words and movement and have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

February 18 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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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 March 10, 2016
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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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Women of Color in the Workplace: Building a Career

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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This interactive panel discussion will feature women of color from our community, with a range of experiences and voices. Building on our previous panel last August, these women will share their stories and talk about what it means to be a woman of color in the workplace. What steps can you take to build a strong foundation for your career? How do you find and work with a mentor? Is there anything special to consider when interviewing for positions? How…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

February 20 @ 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 April 16, 2016
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

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Taste of Soul Sunday

February 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us as we celebrate African American history and culture at Taste of Soul Sunday. Sample African American art, music, literature, history, and food. Performances by Sweet Willie Singleton, Nola Ade, In the Tradition, Asamu Johnson and Fable the Poet. Free food samples provided by: Malamiah Juice Bar, Tadow! BBQ, Daddy Pete’s and LINC Up Soul Food Cafe.

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