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October 2016

Managing your Digital Footprint

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you ever forgotten a password? Do you wish you had a plan to manage your online information and protect your privacy? Managing your digital footprint may seem intimidating, but with a plan and the right tools, you can stay safe and get the most out of your experience online. This class offers methods and tools you can use right away to begin managing your online profiles, passwords and information.

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Genealogy Lock-In

October 28 @ 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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Día de los Muertos Family Day

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Families are invited to learn more about the Day of the Dead holiday, explore the altars, decorate sugar skulls, have your face painted and do a craft. The day will include bilingual story times, live music from Cabildo, food from local restaurants, and Pan de Muerto provided by Panaderia Margo. Free and open to the public.

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November 2016

Día de los Muertos: Honoring Day of the Dead

November 1
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Daily until November 1, 2016
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Grand Rapids Public Library. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on. Loved ones come together to build altars that celebrate the life and memory of the dead. This is a time of celebration and joy, filled with talk and memories of those who have died. Altars from members of the community honoring family and friends will be on display. Every altar is…

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Building Basic Computer Skills

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are you often confused by computer terms and lingo? By learning the key concepts and basic terminology used in technology, you can build a foundation for digital literacy that will last a lifetime. In this class, you will begin the process of developing the skills you will need to navigate the Internet, mobile devices and many types of software.

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Reading the Great Lakes – November 2016

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come explore the Lakes with us! We'll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the books are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. November’s selection is The Hard…

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E.C. Ekstrom: Where Greyhound Got Its Name

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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A native of Ludington, Michigan, Edwin Carl Ekstrom launched Safety Motor Coach Lines in 1924. Providing intercity bus service between Muskegon and Grand Rapids, the firm was an instant hit with the public, and an immediate competitor with the local interurban service. Within the span of 2 ½ years, Ekstrom and his fleet of “Greyhounds” shook up the transportation industry, with services that would ultimately extend way beyond state borders. And yet, Ekstrom's legacy and the connection to West Michigan…

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Introduction to Finding Funders for Nonprofits

November 8 @ 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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Discovering the Internet

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 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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Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits

November 9 @ 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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