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April 2017

Building Basic Computer Skills

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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Reading the Great Lakes – April 2017

April 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 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. Aprils’s selection is Song of the…

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Rant, Rave and Review: Film Discussion Series

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Want to talk more about films after watching them on our film streaming service Kanopy? Watch the pre-selected film at home and then attend an engaging and thoughtful discussion and analysis of the film at the library. Ask questions, give opinions, and talk movies! Films may contain adult situations and content. April's selection: Rome, Open City (1945)

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Read So Hard Book Club – April 2017

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harmony Hall, 401 Stocking Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Do you read so hard you have callouses on your fingers from flipping pages? Share your passion for reading and great discussions with the Read So Hard book club! This club is intended for people in their 20s & 30s, but all are welcome. No registration required. Stop by the Info Desk at the Main Library to check out a copy of the next featured book, including audiobooks. Don't forget about downloadable eBooks on Overdrive too! April's selection: Reader's Choice!

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Cooking Matters

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters, a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best possible nourishment to their families. Class participants will assist in food preparation during the class and will receive recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of…

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Cutting the Cable Cord

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you been thinking of canceling your cable TV subscription? This program will show you how to stream the content you want while saving money on your monthly bill. We will discuss the devices you need to begin streaming TV and movies. You will learn how to find content from providers such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. We will also show you how to use Hoopla and Kanopy, two streaming services you can use for free with your GRPL library…

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Teen Council Meet Up

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Take charge at the library! Teens in grades 8-12 are invited to join the brand new Teen Council. Help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection, do fun activities and hang out with your friends. Let your voice be heard and have fun too! Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available to participants.

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Discovering the Internet

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Using the Internet can be an intimidating experience for many people. In this class, you will learn how the Internet works and basic definitions for the most common Internet terms. Discover tips and tricks on how to protect your information and identity while searching, shopping and surfing the web.

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Evening Explorers – April

April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Does your child like to build and discover how things work? Kids in second through fifth grade can come to the Main Library for hands-on STEM experiences each month. Take part in science experiments and activities each session to find out how things work and explore the world. This month: Explore Environmental Engineering. Create, test, and refine basic solutions to environmental problems. Clean the grunge from water. Test different materials to discover which ones most effectively clean up after an…

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How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass growing in Mexico possessed a strange trait known as a “jumping gene” transformed itself into a larger and more useful grass—the cereal grass we know as maize and then corn. Nurtured by Native Americans, this grain would transform the Americas even before first contact. Eventually, it spanned the globe and drove westward expansions in North America, built cities and inspired innovators and entrepreneurs. Vampires, whiskey, Henry Ford, time zones, Fritos, and the Chicago…

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