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October 2014

Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
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Every week until November 20, 2014
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 30 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until October 30, 2014
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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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Día de los Muertos: Honoring Day of the Dead

October 31 - November 2
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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November 2014

Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

November 1 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until November 29, 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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Be a Teen Director: Documentary Filmmaking

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Documentary films can help connect people, answer questions, paint bigger pictures and shine light on greater truths. It has never been easier to look at the world through a camera lens. This class will help you do it! Teens are encourged to bring story ideas and we will teach the basics of documentary film making and how filmmakers use techniques found in fiction films to craft something engaging. Registration is required. For teens in grades 6-12.

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Día de los Muertos: Family Day

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 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. Local author and altar creator Roberta King will read from her book He Plays a Harp and discuss her altar she created honoring her son, the subject of her book. Light refreshments will be served.

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Exhibit: Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence: Oman’s Message of Islam

November 3 - 17
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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This exhibit provides insights into the role of religion in the daily life in Oman. Islam in Oman is linked among the various religious factions in the country and it helps safeguard cultural identity in these times of great change. This exhibition demonstrates that “progress” does not necessarily go hand in hand with loss of cultural identity. The exhibit explores the practice of religion in this modern Arabian society. Accompanying the exhibition is a short documentary film, Religious Tolerance in…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

November 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until November 24, 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 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 and have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime.

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Cooking Matters for Families

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Every week until November 3, 2014
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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In partnership with the YMCA, Cooking Matters for Families is a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Families will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them. Cooking Matters provides recipes, books, and a bag of groceries containing the ingredients of the recipes learned. Parents and their children between the ages of 6-12 attend the class together. Class size is limited and registration is…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

November 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until November 25, 2014
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills.

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