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January 2017

Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

January 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 29, 2017
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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, have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

January 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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. Free and open to the public.

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Evening Explorers – January

January 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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EveningExplorers

Do you like to build and create things like origami, paper airplanes, balloon sculptures, and more? Kids in grades 2-5 can come to the Main Library for hands-on STEAM experiences each month. Take part in science experiments, art, writing and craft activities. This month: String: Learn to tie a variety of knots and how you can use them. We will provide crochet hooks to learn a few techniques to make a cool creation.

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Discovering the Internet

January 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays – January 2017

January 19, 2017 @ 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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Music in the Stacks: Tom Hymn

January 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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tomhymn

Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Tom Hymn. Tom Hymn has played in bands like The Soil and the Sun and The Muteflutes before launching his solo career with his debut indie album Early Magic. His work explores the human condition in the same style as Bob Dylan, Paleo, Neutral Milk Hotel and Devendra Banhart. His new record Tom Hymn's Tangerine Dream drops in the winter of 2017.

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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Sessions

January 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act? Open enrollment for this insurance program is from November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017. Cherry Health will be on hand to provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act and their Certified Application Specialists will be available to help with the enrollment process. Assistance for Spanish speakers is also available.

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Small Business Research Essentials

January 25, 2017 @ 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. 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.…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

January 26, 2017 @ 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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History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History

January 28, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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VanderPloeg - RIverside wide view VanderPloeg

A day-long event made up of six programs exploring various aspects of Grand Rapids history. Presented by area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations, topics are varied and reflect the unique heritage of West Michigan. Topics include: Present, But Not Counted: Dutch Immigrant Midwives in Grand Rapids Selling Grand Rapids: Expositions in the Furniture City, 1878-1965 Making Waves: Michigan's Boat Building Industry, 1865-2000 Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Rediscovering Emma Cole's 19th Century Grand Rapids Flora A…

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