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November 2016

Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

November 17 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Weekly on the same day until November 17, 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 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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[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays

November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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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Michigan at Antietam

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join author and Civil War historian Jack Dempsey as he discusses his book Michigan at Antietam. He will explore how Michigan soldiers and citizens shaped the single bloodiest conflict of the Civil War. Discover how one regiment lost nearly half its strength at the epicenter of the battle. Explore Michigan's connection to the Lost Order, one of the Civil War's most intriguing mysteries. Learn about George A. Custer's role as a staff officer in combat. Michigan at Antietam sheds new…

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Santa’s Workshop

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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After the Santa Claus Parade, stop by the library to warm up with some holiday cheer. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by after the parade to meet all the good little girls and boys in Grand Rapids. Listen to stories with Mrs. Claus while you warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. Decorate your very own tabletop holiday tree and help us light the Library Tree! Visit with Santa and tell him your holiday wishes. Holiday crafts…

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Closed for Thanksgiving Day

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

All locations are closed for Thanksgiving Day. Regular hours resume tomorrow.

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Speak to a Geek: One-on-One Computer Sessions

November 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until November 28, 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 individual assistance in learning: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Ebooks, and Library Resources. From getting acquainted with your computer or device, to training in 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…

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Building Basic Computer Skills

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are you often confused by computer terms and lingo? By learning the key concepts and basic terminology used in technology, you can build a foundation for digital literacy that will last a lifetime. In this class, you will begin the process of developing the skills you will need to navigate the Internet, mobile devices and many types of software.

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Managing your Digital Footprint

November 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 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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December 2016

Music in the Stacks: Jes Kramer

December 1 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Jes Kramer. Jes Kramer has been playing Michigan and the Midwest for almost a decade. Whether in a basement or an auditorium, her songs carry an intimacy that sticks to your ribs. Replacing the traditional signer-songwriter's acoustic guitar with a stack of battery powered keyboards and a loop pedal. Kramer's songs build up in front of your eyes, creating the right cushion to deliver…

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Reading the Great Lakes – December 2016

December 1 @ 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 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. December’s selection is The Brink…

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