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February 2017

Read So Hard Book Club – February 2017

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harmony Hall,
401 Stocking Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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46808745

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! February's selection: The New Jim…

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Read So Hard Book Club – March 2017

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harmony Hall,
401 Stocking Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Ansari-ModernRomance-web

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! March's selection: Modern Romance by…

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Creating a City of Inclusion: Modern Immigration, Local Impact

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Can you identify five ethnic groups who call Grand Rapids home? How has immigration impacted our city historically, as well as today? How can our community better support our immigrants? Dive deeper into these questions, and more, with a panel discussion in partnership with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Panelists from organizations working within immigrant & refugee services will share historical insights and impacts of immigration on Grand Rapids, as well as how we can better support immigrants to create an…

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Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits

February 15 @ 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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Exploring Social Media and Email

February 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 – February 2017

February 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 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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Yes, There is a Michigan Accent

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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46910429

Not only is the Michigan accent real, it is becoming even more distinct from the rest of the United States due to the Northern Cities Vowel Shift—the most significant change in English vowel pronunciation in a thousand years. Author Edward McClelland will discuss the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, the Inland North Accent (spoken by those in the lower Great Lakes region from Rochester to Milwaukee) and the North Central Dialect (spoken by Yoopers in the UP). His recently-published book How…

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Taste of Soul Sunday

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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TOSS16

Join us as we celebrate African American history and culture at Taste of Soul Sunday. Sample African American art, music, literature, history, and food. Performances by Glenda Williams, Kathy Lamar, Sound Proof, and Young Men 4 Christ. Presentations on hair wrapping, African American history in West Michigan, and African American inventors. Free food samples provided by: Malamiah Juice Bar, Daddy Pete's, Big Ed's BBQ and Gursha Ethiopian Restaurant. Free and open to the public. Call 616-988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/tasteofsoul for…

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All of This is the Blues

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Detroit native Reverend Robert Jones, Sr., is a singer, storyteller and musician. He uses folk, blues, spirituals, and other American Roots music to champion the beauty and power of our shared culture. He will discuss the seminal figures in blues music and demonstrate the nuances of various regional styles of blues including Piedmont, Delta, Texas and early urban styles. This program is designed to appeal to long time blues fans as well as to those who are new to blues…

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Music in the Stacks: Wu Zee

February 23 @ 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 Wu Zee. As a founding member of The Almighty Foot Clan, Wu Zee has gained a reputation as one of the most entertaining performers in West Michigan. Though he draws massive influence from hip hop titans such as MF Doom and Wu-Tang Clan, Wu Zee's upbeat style and choice samples never fail to draw a crowd. A nimble lyricist in his own right, Wu…

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