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April 2014

Closed for Easter

April 20
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The Main Library is closed for Easter. Regular hours resume tomorrow.

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Small Business Class: Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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How do you promote your business using Facebook? Learn about resources to plan, start and grow your business using this social networking website.

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Nature Photography Walk

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Millennium Park,
1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534 United States
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Discover the beauty of springtime through your camera lens! Photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick will lead a photography walk along the Fred Meijer Trail Network at Millennium Park. Join her for a scavenger hunt of shapes, textures, perspectives, angles, and viewpoints, all through the vehicle of nature. Learn tips and tricks for shooting natural elements in varying light, at various times of day, and throughout the year. Bring your own camera. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the off-season parking lot…

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Tilling the Soil: African American Genealogy Series

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Tracing your African American family roots is exciting, but with so much information available it may be confusing where to begin. This presentation will introduce you to valuable resources to assist in researching your family history, provide preparation methods, and give tips for organizing your findings. Become the master gardener of your family tree!

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Junie B. Jones Party!

April 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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In conjunction with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells & Batman Smells, the Grand Rapids Public Library invites kids ages 5-11 to explore the world of Junie B. Jones. Join us for fun crafts and activities based on the popular book series, and meet Junie B. Jones in person. Register to win tickets to the play.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

April 19 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until April 26, 2014
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 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.

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Creative Movement

April 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until April 26, 2014
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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This unique library-based program allows kids ages 3-6 to be creative physically as well as mentally. The first thirty minutes focus on dance movements, including rhythm and coordination. Following the class will be the library’s Pre-Reading Class for Kids. Parent/guardian participation is required. Space is limited. Register by calling 616-456-3232 x 4 or by visiting www.recreationgr.us.

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Young Dancers

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
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Every week until April 26, 2014
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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This is a creative movement dance class for children 4-8 to develop rhythm, balance, flexibility, and an appreciation of music and dance, while learning ballet and jazz steps. Space is limited and ballet shoes are required. Register by calling 616-456-3232 x 4 or by visiting www.recreationgr.us.

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A Fiction Writer After Fifty

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Twice honored by the Library of Michigan as a Michigan Notable Book author, Donald Lystra will talk about his journey to learn to write fiction beginning in his fifties. He will discuss his experience to master the craft of fiction and the road to getting published. Using examples from his recent story collection, Something that Feels Like Truth, and his 2009 novel, Season of Water and Ice, he will speak about the blending of facts and imagination that can lead…

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Early Childhood Essentials Class: Raising a Positive and Confident Child

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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How do you raise or influence a child to be positive and confident? In this session, Annette McBride, educator and mom of three happy, confident children, shares concrete ways to encourage children everyday. You will leave with ideas to use immediately!

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