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May 2017
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Genealogy Lock-In

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists. Learn how to use the library databases, newspaper microfilm, and other other resources, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Volunteers from the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will be available to assist with your research. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up at www.grpl.org/register or call 616-988-5400.

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An Evening Filled with Hope with Wade Rouse

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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HOPE CHEST, THE

Wade Rouse is back in West Michigan this spring to share from his new book, The Hope Chest, which he wrote under the pen name Viola Shipman—a tribute to his grandmother and the woman who inspired his Heirloom Series. In The Hope Chest, wade weaves the tale of the lives of three people who deepen connections to one another—and find hope in the midst of overwhelming life changes—as they discover the contents and secrets of one woman’s hope chest. Wade…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The Internet and social media have made it easier than ever to keep in touch with friends and family. Beginning with a brief introduction to email, this class will teach you how to communicate with others online and offer tips on how to be safe while doing so. You will learn the basics about Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Find out what you need to get started with Skype, Google Hangouts and other video calling services.

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[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays – May 2017

May 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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robot-rattlesnake

Tweens in grades 6-8 can stop by the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month to stretch their STEAM skills and try out tech trends. Explore the world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math through hands-on experiments that teach news and exciting concepts. Bring a friend and let’s get scientific together. May: Bristle-Bots. Create your own jittery robot critter using household items and watch them battle, paint and race.

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Ringlets

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join Embellish Handbell Ensemble for a fun and captivating program full of handbells! Ringlets is a special program just for kids that combines music education and an introduction to ringing handbells through hands-on creative activities and a fun setting.

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Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Sea Lamprey mouth

2017 Michigan Notable Book winner, William Rapai will discuss some of the invasive species that are impacting the Great Lakes. Learn how they arrives and the impact they are making on our environment. Rapai will also give in depth information on two of the invaders and describe how their relationship is totally reordering life in the Great Lakes. He will then share why, despite these profound changes, there is new optimism. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Clean Eating 101

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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You’ve no doubt heard the term clean eating, but what does it mean? Chef educator Sue Stauffacher will share the meaning and practice of the clean eating movement. She will demonstrate some simple and effective ideas and recipes for substitutes for many common processed foods. Sample tastings will be provided. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

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June 2017

Reading the Great Lakes – June 2017

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Malerman-BirdBox-web

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. June’s selection is Bird Box by…

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Summer Storytimes for Babies

June 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until July 24, 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.

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Pajama Time!

June 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until July 24, 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!

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