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September 2015

Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until December 7, 2015
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.

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Pajama Time!

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Every week until November 2, 2015
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. For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. Great for working parents!

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YMCA Veggie Van

September 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Introduction to Finding Grants for Nonprofits

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Designed for beginner fundraisers, this brief course shows how your organization can identify potential funders and prepare to seek grants. Using the 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 briefly 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

September 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until November 4, 2015
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.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

September 30 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until November 4, 2015
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.

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Introduction to Proposal Writing for Nonprofits

September 30 @ 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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Voices Behind the Books

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come hear all about audiobooks! Three audio book narrators—Kate Rudd, Tanya Eby, and Amy McFadden—will read selections from their works and talk about the process of making an audiobook. Together, these three audiobook superstars have narrated over 800 books covering all genres imaginable. Kate Rudd narrated the Odyssey and Audie-award winning The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Tanya Eby is the voice of the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen. Amy McFadden in known for her comedic…

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October 2015

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

October 1 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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Every week until November 5, 2015
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.

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EatPlayGrow

October 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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EatPlayGrow combines the latest science and research to teach children ages 2-5 and their parents how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. Join GRPL and Cherry Health for interactive and engaging lessons that incorporate art-making, storytelling, music and movement activities into fun, hands-on educational lessons about the importance of making positive choices in areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity, and sleep. October’s theme is Dem Bones.

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