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January 2016

Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

January 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 9, 2016
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their energetic toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to 30-minute classes featuring hands-on, literacy-rich activities including stories, songs with fingerplays and other action, and sign language. Toddlers will develop pre-reading skills as they make connections between words and movement and have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

January 27 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 9, 2016
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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. Free and open to the public.

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True Crime: Murder in Grosse Pointe Park

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Jane Bashara lived in Grosse Poine Park, one of Metro Detroit’s wealthiest communities, when she was strangled to death in her own garage by local handyman Joe Gentz. When Joe turned himself in, he told the cops everything—including how he was hired for a hit by Jane’s husband. His payment: $2,000 and a used Cadillac. Author and journalist Steve Miller will discuss his latest book Murder in Grosse Pointe Park: Privilege, Adultery, and the Killing of Jane Bashara. He will…

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Introduction to Finding Grants for Nonprofits

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Designed for beginning fundraisers, this course shows how your organization can identify potential funders and prepare to seek grants. Using Foundation Directory Online Platinum, a database of 70,000 foundations, students will compile a list of foundation prospects that match their organization’s needs. We’ll also touch upon other grant sources, such as government and business, and learn about various guides to proposal writing.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

January 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 10, 2016
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their energetic toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to 30-minute classes featuring hands-on, literacy-rich activities including stories, songs with fingerplays and other action, and sign language. Toddlers will develop pre-reading skills as they make connections between words and movement and have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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The Birthplace of Snowboarding: 50th Anniversary of the Snurfer

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Nearly a foot of new snow covered the sand dune behind Sherm Poppen’s home on Christmas Day in 1965. In his attempt to entertain his two young daughters, he created the prototype for the Snurfer—the first commercial snowboard. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Snurfer and discover snowboarding’s beginnings in Muskegon with historian Ron Pesch. Learn about Poppen’s creation, the Snurfing championships sponsored by Muskegon Community College, its move to Pando winter sports park in Rockford, and the evolution of…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

January 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 10, 2016
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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. Free and open to the public.

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Genealogy Lock-In

January 29 @ 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 microfilm reader/scanner/printer, save images, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Use the time to search databases—we will have plenty of computers available or bring your own laptop and use the library’s WiFi network. Bring your genealogy questions or Ancestry and Heritage Quest problems—volunteers will be on hand to assist. Network with other…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

January 30 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on April 16, 2016
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 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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February 2016

Pajama Time!

February 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 7, 2016
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 lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! For toddlers 18 month – 3 years.

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