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September 2016

Michigan’s River Jordan

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join literary and public historian Veta Smith Tucker as she discusses her recently published work, A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland. A long-time West Michigan educator, Dr. Tucker launched the Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University. She will discuss the role of the Detroit River corridor in the underground railroad movement, as fugitive slaves fled the United States for Canada. A Fluid Frontier, co-edited by Tucker and Karolyn…

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Small Business Research Essentials

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join the Business Librarian for an informative journey through the Library's small business resources. Arm yourself with the best business information available, and give yourself the upper hand whether you are starting or growing your business.

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Understanding your Social Security Benefits

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Understanding your Social Security benefits is a crucial part of your life's journey. At this seminar, you will learn a wealth of information about Social Security benefits, and about a variety of resources and tools to help streamline the benefits process. At any stage or any age, whether you are just beginning your career, or within a few years of retirement, educating yourself about your Social Security benefits is a smart investment.

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[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays

September 15 @ 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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Discovering the Internet

September 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 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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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

September 20 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until November 15, 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 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, have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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Pajama Time for Toddlers

September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until November 15, 2016
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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 songs, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! For toddlers 18 month – 3 years.

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Pajama Time for Families

September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until November 15, 2016
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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 songs, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! For families with children ages birth – 5 years old.

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Getting Started with Lynda.com

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 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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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly on the same day until November 16, 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, have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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