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September 2016

Screen Printing Party with WMCAT

September 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge at our Screen Printing Party. Not only can you pick up your finisher t-shirt, you will have the opportunity to screen print your own notebook with the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT). Come meet the Ambrose Apprentices and use the WMCAT Mobile Maker to screen print a notebook. There will be other fun activities and snacks. For grades 6-12.

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Reading the Great Lakes – September 2016

September 1 @ 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 book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. September’s selection is Rez Life:…

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Madison, Ottawa, Van Belkum and West Side Branches Closed for Labor Day

The Madison Square, Ottawa Hills, Van Belkum & West Side Branches are closed for Labor Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday.

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All GRPL Locations Closed for Labor Day

September 5
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

All locations are closed for Labor Day. Regular hours resume tomorrow.

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Summer Reading Challenge

September 5
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Daily until September 5, 2016
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Get in the game this summer at the Grand Rapids Public Library! Read like a champion, and attend fun programs and events that will get you moving! Join one of the four teams and help your teammate move up the scoreboard. Are you up to the challenge? Competitors can sign up today at grpl.org/summerreading. For kids 18 and under.

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Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits

September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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You've found a possible foundation to fund your new project. That's excellent. Now the real work begins: writing a proposal that will put your program on the path to success by telling your story well to the people that matter most. To learn how to do just that, join the Business Librarian for a session on proposal writing. Learn the key components of a proposal that a nonprofit foundation is looking for, and how you can make your proposal as…

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Evening Explorers – September

September 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Do you like to build and create things like origami, paper airplanes, balloon creations, and more? Kids in grades 2-5 can come to the Main Library for hands-on STEAM experiences each month. Take part in science experiments, art, writing and craft activities. This month: Explore Architecture. Plan and build a structure using recycled materials. How tall, how wide, how beautiful, how streamlined, how futuristic will your child make her building?

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Building Basic Computer Skills

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are you often confused by computer terms and lingo? By learning the key concepts and basic terminology used in technology, you can build a foundation for digital literacy that will last a lifetime. In this class, you will begin the process of developing the skills you will need to navigate the Internet, mobile devices and many types of software.

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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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