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March 2017

Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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2017-Jonnes

As nature's largest and longest-lived creations, trees play an extraordinary and important role in our cities; they are living landmarks that define space, cool the air, sooth our psyches, and connect us to nature and our past. Author and founder of the Baltimore Tree Trust, Jill Jonnes will share her work in the area of “Trees as Green Infrastructure.”

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How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

March 8 @ 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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Discovering the Internet

March 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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Evening Explorers – March

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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EveningExplorers

Does your child like to build and discover how things work? Kids in second through fifth grade can come to the Main Library for hands-on STEM experiences each month. Take part is science experiments and activities to find out how things work and explore the world. This month: Aircraft Design. Use a paper airplane to demonstrate the four forces of aerodynamics (drag, gravity, lift, and thrust). Make the paper model that helped engineers figure our how to make a car…

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Blood on the Mitten

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Before Michigan became a state, there were witch trials, scalp collectors, dirty sports, and a massacre of epic proportions. The lumber era that followed made Michigan as much of a wild west as Deadwood, and Prohibition allowed a group of Detroit thugs to run roughshod over even the likes of Al Capone. Author Tom Carr will share stories of crimes of passion, crimes of necessity, and cold, calculated evil as he examines the historical context of murder in Michigan and…

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Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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One of the first rules of marketing is 'go where your customers are.' And where are your customers? Increasingly, they are found online! Join the Business Librarian for an informative session on how to use Facebook and other social media tools to engage customers, start and grow your business.

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Exploring Social Media and Email

March 16 @ 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 – March 2017

March 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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robot-rattlesnake

Teens and tweens 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? Explore STEAM with different experiments and activities each month! Ride to Read passes are available to participants.

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Kid’s Joke Time

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Kids are invited to take the stage during LaughFest through Kids Joke Time. Young comedians are encouraged to gather their favorite jokes and take the mic. What ensues makes this one of the most entertaining events during the festival. This is a free event for all to attend.

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Music in the Stacks: PARTS

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by PARTS. PARTS is a two-piece electronic band that incorporates vocals, synthesizers, drum machines and samples. Their first release, a self-titled cassette EP, was released in September 2015.

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