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December 2016

Let’s Play! at the West Leonard

December 15 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until December 22, 2016
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Let's Play is a four-week program for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers and focuses on child-driven play. Children will explore different types of play. Each week an early childhood specialist will be available to answer questions parents may have about their child's development. Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The Pere Marquette Steam Locomotive was built in 1941 and boasts a long and interesting career hauling tens of thousands of riders. For many years the 1225, and all the Pere Marquette steam locomotives, were maintained in Grand Rapids at the sprawling railroad shop complex in Wyoming. Most recently, it had a starring role in the 2004 movie, The Polar Express. Thanks to a devoted team of advocates and volunteers, the 1225—rescued from a salvage yard and ultimately donated to Michigan State…

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Managing your Digital Footprint

December 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you ever forgotten a password? Do you wish you had a plan to manage your online information and protect your privacy? Managing your digital footprint may seem intimidating, but with a plan and the right tools, you can stay safe and get the most out of your experience online. This class offers methods and tools you can use right away to begin managing your online profiles, passwords and information.

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[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays – December 2016

December 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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EV3-LEGO-Rattlesnake

Teens in grades 6-12 can stop by the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month to create awesome robots and try out tech trends! Knowledgey Thursdays explore the world of robotics using Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 base set and software. Bring a friend, grab a kit, and build an army of robots. Want to get even more creative? Use LittleBits to make a unique and cool creation!

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Closed for Christmas Eve

December 24
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

All locations are closed for Christmas Eve.

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Closed for Christmas Day

December 25
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

All locations are closed for Christmas Day.

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Closed for New Year’s Eve

The Madison Square, Ottawa Hills, Van Belkum, and West Side Branches are closed today for New Year's Eve. Regular hours resume Tuesday.

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January 2017

One Book, One City for Kids

January 1, 2017
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Daily until March 31, 2017
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program that encourages all 5th graders in the city to read and discuss the same book. The program also strives to encourage a lifelong love of reading among students, to inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life through discussion, and to build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries, and area schools. This year the entire city will be reading Out of My Mind by Sharon M.…

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Reading the Great Lakes – January 2017

January 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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burnt toast

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 books are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. January’s selection is Burnt Toast Makes…

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Getting Started with Lynda.com

January 7, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Need advanced-level help with Excel? Want to learn how to use new Adobe software? Interested in travel photography? With Lynda.com and your library card, you can pick up a new hobby or begin training for a new career with the help of engaging online tutorials from industry experts. Tutorials cover a wide range of skills and topics in the fields of business, technology, and the arts. This introductory class will walk you through the steps of signing up for this…

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