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September 2016

Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

September 15 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Weekly on the same day until November 17, 2016
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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. Free and open to the public.

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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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Getting Started with Lynda.com

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 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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ArtPrize Reading Room

September 21
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Daily until October 9, 2016
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The ArtPrize Reading Room features hundreds of art books from the library's collection: everything from the history of art, famous artists, art techniques, photography, textiles, local art and more. It also has an area dedicated to children’s art books. Kids can learn about famous artists of the past, and find fun books on art projects to do at home. Most of the books are available for visitors to check out to further enjoy at home. This space, filled with beautiful…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 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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How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Do you have a great idea for a business? Take the first step to starting your own: write a business plan! A more advanced class designed for those who already have a working knowledge of computers and the Internet, this course will highlight library resources to assist students in crafting a well-written business plan. Both online and offline resources will be covered.

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October 2016

Managing your Digital Footprint

October 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you ever forgotten a password? Do you wish you had a plan to manage your online information and protect your privacy? Managing your digital footprint may seem intimidating, but with a plan and the right tools, you can stay safe and get the most out of your experience online. This class offers methods and tools you can use right away to begin managing your online profiles, passwords and information.

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Bicycle Fever

October 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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By 1895, America was neck-deep in “bicycle fever,” as the safety bicycle evolved from a dangerous and expensive contraption to an easy and affordable way to travel without a horse. In Grand Rapids, bike culture was huge, influencing society and industry and exciting the citizens with races and rides. Join GRPL's Colleen Alles as she discusses the culture and climate of Furniture City's obsession with bicycles. View historic, one-of-a-kind primary documents such as photographs, publications and newspaper articles.

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