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August 2015

Life Underground: Work in Michigan’s Historic Copper Mines

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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So just what is the difference between a timberman and a lander? Michigan has a long history of underground mining. Thousands flocked to Michigan’s “Copper Country” for paying work in its copper mines, and today people still visit the Keweenaw Peninsula to explore the area’s rich copper mining heritage. Join us for this illustrated presentation by Erik Nordberg, former archivist at Michigan Technological University. Explore the variety of work men did in the underground world—everything from drilling and mucking to…

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Reading the Great Lakes

August 6 @ 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. August’s selection is Annie’s Ghosts…

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The Raptor Experience

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you seen an owl up close or wondered what makes a raptor such a flawless hunter? Lake Milton Raptor Education Center will bring several live birds of prey, including an eagle, hawk, falcon, owl and their handlers. Learn how these fine-tuned hunters use their skills to rule the sky. Discover the birds of prey that live around you and how to live alongside them in harmony.

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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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Green Gold!

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Logging of the White Pine was Michigan’s wealthiest and most important industry in the 19th century. Michigan’s White Pine helped build the transcontinental railroad, towns and farms in the Midwest, rebuild Chicago after the Great Fire, and was also shipped to Europe. Learn from lumber historian Rob Burg about the importance of the White Pine lumber industry, the work of the “Shantyboys,” life in the logging camps, and how Michigan was affected by the lumber industry.

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YMCA Veggie Van

August 11 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Animal Hero Tales!

August 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 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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Greg Lester’s Puppet Adventures: Thumbelina

August 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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A very small girl goes for a walk in the forest and is unknowingly led on a magnificent journey of inner discovery and self-worth. She finds that she is a hero and that great strength comes in small packages. Dreams are right in front of those who are willing to find them.

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Greg Lester’s Puppet Adventures: Thumbelina

August 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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A very small girl goes for a walk in the forest and is unknowingly led on a magnificent journey of inner discovery and self-worth. She finds that she is a hero and that great strength comes in small packages. Dreams are right in front of those who are willing to find them.

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Women of Color: Leading the Way in the Workplace

August 13 @ 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. Panelists will share stories and talk about what it means to be a woman of color in the workplace. How do you find and work with a mentor? How do you face barriers or overcome biases? How can our community support women of color? What does it take to lead fearlessly? This open and honest discussion will foster dialog and bring…

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