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December 2016

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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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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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

January 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 27, 2017
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills. Free and open to the public.

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Pajama Time for Families

January 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day until March 27, 2017
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 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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Pajama Time for Families

January 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day until March 27, 2017
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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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Spanish Pajama Time for Families

January 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day until March 27, 2017
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! CLASES DE PRE-LECTURA usando a los métodos de Todos Los Niños Listos Para Leer en Tu Biblioteca PARA FAMILIAS Padres de familia y cuidadores están invitados a traer a sus niños de entre 18 meses y 5 años a participar en esta…

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Read So Hard Book Club – January 2017

January 9, 2017 @ 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! January's selection: So You've Been…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

January 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 28, 2017
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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