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June 2015

Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

June 11 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until June 25, 2015
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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. Families with infants – preschoolers welcome.

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Superhero Sign Up for Summer Reading

June 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Participate in superhero crafts and get signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Learn more about the Hero’s Quest and our amazing programs and events going on throughout the summer.

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Cartoonists of Grand Rapids Exhibit

June 15 - August 15
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn about cartoonists from Grand Rapids and their work in this new exhibit drawn from the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department. View biographies and artwork from Ray Barnes, Kreigh Collins, Jaro Hess, Orville Bulman and Gertrude Van Houten. Various books and publications from our archives, such Barnes’ Razzin’ the Rapids and Collins’ Do You Know Michigan, will also be available for study.

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Ghost Stories for Grown Ups

June 15 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center,
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Isn’t there something creepy about the woods at night? The deep shadows, the unseen lurking in the brush. Join us around the campfire for a night of ghost stories that will send shivers down your spine. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair, leave the kids at home, and hear terrorizing tales from storytellers John Steven Crowley, Gloria Cangelosi and Bob Sadowski. Must be 18 or older to participate. Content may not be suitable for children or teens. Registration is…

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Greg Lester’s Puppet Adventures: Jack and the Beanstalk

June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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This handcrafted puppet play tells the story of Jack. Jack becomes a hero when he climbs up a magical beanstalk and begins a spectacular journey up through the clouds. Jack discovers a magnificent castle with golden geese, hoards of riches, a magical singing harp, and a cruel and goofy giant. Jack learns there is more to himself than he had ever guessed. BOOM! BOOM! Save the harp quick, Jack, the giant is coming!

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YMCA Veggie Van

June 16 @ 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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Greg Lester’s Puppet Adventures: Jack and the Beanstalk

June 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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This handcrafted puppet play tells the story of Jack. Jack becomes a hero when he climbs up a magical beanstalk and begins a spectacular journey up through the clouds. Jack discovers a magnificent castle with golden geese, hoards of riches, a magical singing harp, and a cruel and goofy giant. Jack learns there is more to himself than he had ever guessed. BOOM! BOOM! Save the harp quick, Jack, the giant is coming!

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Everyday Hero Multicultural Stories & Music

June 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Learn that anyone can be a hero in these interactive stories told by The Storytellers—Bob and Audrey Allison. Audrey uses multiple voices and uncanny vocal effects. Bob accompanies the stories, playing world music on a variety of instruments. There will be opportunities for you to play some of these instruments, including the cuica, berimbau, and udu.

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Everyday Hero Multicultural Stories & Music

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn that anyone can be a hero in these interactive stories told by The Storytellers—Bob and Audrey Allison. Audrey uses multiple voices and uncanny vocal effects. Bob accompanies the stories, playing world music on a variety of instruments. There will be opportunities for you to play some of these instruments, including the cuica, berimbau, and udu.

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Vintage Views Along Scenic M-22 including Sleeping Bear Dunes

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us for the book launch for local authors M. Christine Byron and Thomas R. Wilson’s fifth title: Vintage Views Along Scenic M-22 including Sleeping Bear Dunes. The book follows a trail of vacationers and travelers along one of Michigan’s most scenic roads, from Manistee County to the Leelanau Peninsula. Vintage postcards, photographs, maps and advertisements illustrate a time when M-22 first beckoned motorists to come north to the land of beautiful beaches and sand dunes, lakes and rivers, forests…

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