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November 2016

Getting Started with Lynda.com

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Need advanced-level help with Excel? Want to learn how to use new Adobe software? Interested in travel photography? With Lynda.com and your library card, you can pick up a new hobby or begin training for a new career with the help of engaging online tutorials from industry experts. Tutorials cover a wide range of skills and topics in the fields of business, technology, and the arts. This introductory class will walk you through the steps of signing up for this…

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Rakish Reeds Lake

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join local history enthusiast and author Gail Marie Snow as she shares stories from her new book Rakish Reeds Lake. In the 21st century, the mention of Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids conjures images of wealth and refinement—its shores lined with beautiful homes and a yacht club. The lake's history, however, is both colorful and surprising. Snow's book explores everything from the early pioneer settlers to the problems that arose—liqueur, gambling, rowdy sports, drownings, and murder—when the lake became…

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Discovering the Internet

November 16 @ 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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Exploring Social Media and Email

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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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Small Business Research Essentials

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join the Business Librarian for an informative journey through the Library's small business resources. Arm yourself with the best business information available, and give yourself the upper hand whether you are starting or growing your business.

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[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays

November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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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Michigan at Antietam

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join author and Civil War historian Jack Dempsey as he discusses his book Michigan at Antietam. He will explore how Michigan soldiers and citizens shaped the single bloodiest conflict of the Civil War. Discover how one regiment lost nearly half its strength at the epicenter of the battle. Explore Michigan's connection to the Lost Order, one of the Civil War's most intriguing mysteries. Learn about George A. Custer's role as a staff officer in combat. Michigan at Antietam sheds new…

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Santa’s Workshop

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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After the Santa Claus Parade, stop by the library to warm up with some holiday cheer. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by after the parade to meet all the good little girls and boys in Grand Rapids. Listen to stories with Mrs. Claus while you warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. Decorate your very own tabletop holiday tree and help us light the Library Tree! Visit with Santa and tell him your holiday wishes. Holiday crafts…

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Closed for Thanksgiving Day

November 24
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States

All locations are closed for Thanksgiving Day. Regular hours resume tomorrow.

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Let’s Play! at the Main Library

November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until December 19, 2016
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Let's Play is a four-week program for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers and focuses on child-driven play. Children will explore different types of play. Each week an early childhood specialist will be available to answer questions parents may have about their child's development. Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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