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August 2016

Mascot Summer Reading Celebration

August 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Are your summer reading goals a slam dunk? Are you going the extra mile and reading even more than you planned? Come to your favorite branch to celebrate reading and summer with your favorite team mascot! Celebrate with your teammates and enjoy cake and punch while collecting lots of prizes for all of your reading efforts. Get your picture taken with local team mascots like Griff, Sparty, Louie the Laker, and Hoopie. Make a fun craft too!

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Mascot Summer Reading Celebration

August 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Van Belkum Branch,
1563 Plainfield NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Are your summer reading goals a slam dunk? Are you going the extra mile and reading even more than you planned? Come to your favorite branch to celebrate reading and summer with your favorite team mascot! Celebrate with your teammates and enjoy cake and punch while collecting lots of prizes for all of your reading efforts. Get your picture taken with local team mascots like Griff, Sparty, Louie the Laker, and Hoopie. Make a fun craft too!

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Mascot Summer Reading Celebration

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are your summer reading goals a slam dunk? Are you going the extra mile and reading even more than you planned? Come to your favorite branch to celebrate reading and summer with your favorite team mascot! Celebrate with your teammates and enjoy cake and punch while collecting lots of prizes for all of your reading efforts. Get your picture taken with local team mascots like Griff, Sparty, Louie the Laker, and Hoopie. Make a fun craft too.

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Painting and Pinot

August 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mangiamo!,
1033 Lake Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Join us for an evening of artistic creativity! Sip a glass of your favorite wine while a local artist leads a painting demonstration. Enjoy a fun evening of painting and take home a completed canvas. While you're creating enjoy the wonderful food and beverages offered at Mangiamo! Refreshments available for individual purchase. This event is for ages 21 and up and seating is limited.

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Speak Up: All About Oral History

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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History is made up of the stories of individual people. Oral histories record these stories, highlighting the role a person played in the broader community. Over time, some stories are buried or forgotten. Oral histories can speak to these gaps, bringing new information to light and changing the story going forward. But what exactly are oral histories, where do you find them, and how do you use them? Using film and audio clips, historian and archivist Jennifer Morrison will discuss…

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Tai Chi in the Park

August 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Canal Street Park,
941 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Tai Chi is an ancient, continuous, slow form of exercise. It is a moving meditation which builds strength, vitality and balance, and has many other benefits. Students of all ages will learn warm-up and eternal-youth exercises, push-hands, and forms. This class will be taught by instructors from Master Yen Hoa Lee's School of Tai Chi Praying Mantis Kung Fu and Tai Chi Jeung, a traditional martial arts school. Rain location: Main Library.

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Renewal Madness

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us for a discussion on why the City of Grand Rapids chose to enter the path of Urban Renewal in the latter half of the 20th century. Our local history experts will examine the national trends as to why urban renewal was considered a benefit to the city, how the city decided what to eradicate and what to keep, who this plan might have benefited, and how it still affects us today.

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An Evening with Author W. Bruce Cameron

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Stop in for a conversation with bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron, Michigan Notable Book finalist for The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man. After beginning his career as a humor columnist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News, Cameron has gone on to write bestselling novels as well as to write for television and feature films. He will discuss how a Michigan boy went from repossessing cars to being a LA-based author/screenwriter still connected to his roots. A book signing will…

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SBDC Social Media Series: Social Media 201

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Looking to enhance your social media skills for business? Come learn from Leandra Williams the Grand Rapids Small Business Development Center. Using real world examples, this three-part series consists of lectures, hands-on training, and interactive questions-and-answer sessions. Bring your own laptop or tablet to create your own social media accounts. Registration is required.

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GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

August 31
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Daily until August 31, 2016
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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The Grand Rapids Public Library has once again partnered with area organizations to present GR Reads, a summer reading program designed for adults. Come discover the ten interesting books that our smart staff have selected, and join your neighbors for fun, informative programs that are inspired by the books. For a complete list of books and events, visit www.grpl.org/grreads or stop by any of our eight locations.

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