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February 2017

Yes, There is a Michigan Accent

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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46910429

Not only is the Michigan accent real, it is becoming even more distinct from the rest of the United States due to the Northern Cities Vowel Shift—the most significant change in English vowel pronunciation in a thousand years. Author Edward McClelland will discuss the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, the Inland North Accent (spoken by those in the lower Great Lakes region from Rochester to Milwaukee) and the North Central Dialect (spoken by Yoopers in the UP). His recently-published book How…

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Taste of Soul Sunday

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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TOSS16

Join us as we celebrate African American history and culture at Taste of Soul Sunday. Sample African American art, music, literature, history, and food. Performances by Glenda Williams, Kathy Lamar, Sound Proof, and Young Men 4 Christ. Presentations on hair wrapping, African American history in West Michigan, and African American inventors. Free food samples provided by: Malamiah Juice Bar, Daddy Pete's, Big Ed's BBQ and Gursha Ethiopian Restaurant. Free and open to the public. Call 616-988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/tasteofsoul for…

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All of This is the Blues

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Detroit native Reverend Robert Jones, Sr., is a singer, storyteller and musician. He uses folk, blues, spirituals, and other American Roots music to champion the beauty and power of our shared culture. He will discuss the seminal figures in blues music and demonstrate the nuances of various regional styles of blues including Piedmont, Delta, Texas and early urban styles. This program is designed to appeal to long time blues fans as well as to those who are new to blues…

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Music in the Stacks: Wu Zee

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Wu Zee. As a founding member of The Almighty Foot Clan, Wu Zee has gained a reputation as one of the most entertaining performers in West Michigan. Though he draws massive influence from hip hop titans such as MF Doom and Wu-Tang Clan, Wu Zee's upbeat style and choice samples never fail to draw a crowd. A nimble lyricist in his own right, Wu…

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March 2017

Small Business Research Essentials

March 1 @ 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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Building Basic Computer Skills

March 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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Rant, Rave and Review: Film Discussion Series

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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blind chance

Want to talk more about films after watching them on our film streaming service Kanopy? Watch the pre-selected film at home and then attend an engaging and thoughtful discussion and analysis of the film at the library. Ask questions, give opinions, and talk movies! Films may contain adult situations and content. March's selection: Blind Chance (1981).

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Reading the Great Lakes – March 2017

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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know the mother

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. March’s selection is Know the Mother…

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An Evening with Sharon M. Draper

March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Draper-OutOfMyMind-web

The author of the book, Out of My Mind, which is included in many school curriculum nationally, will be presenting and signing books. This ends the One Book, One City for Kids program. Educators and youth, not only will you meet the author of this year’s selection, but you will be able to come and mingle with others who have read the book. Refreshments and cake will be served.

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Cooking Matters

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until April 11, 2017
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters, a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best possible nourishment to their families. Class participants will assist in food preparation during the class and will receive recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of…

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