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December 2016

Closed for Christmas Eve

December 24, 2016
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

All locations are closed for Christmas Eve.

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Closed for Christmas Day

December 25, 2016
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

All locations are closed for Christmas Day.

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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

Reading the Great Lakes – January 2017

January 5 @ 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 @ 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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Read So Hard Book Club – January 2017

January 9 @ 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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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Sessions

January 10 @ 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 questions about the Affordable Care Act? Open enrollment for this insurance program is from November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017. Cherry Health will be on hand to provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act and their Certified Application Specialists will be available to help with the enrollment process. Assistance for Spanish speakers is also available.

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Teen Council Meet Up

January 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Take charge at the library! Teens in grades 8-12 are invited to join the brand new Teen Advisory Board. Help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection, and hang out with your friends. Let your voice be heard and have fun too! Pizza and Ride to Read passes will be available to participants.

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Building Basic Computer Skills

January 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

January 12 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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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