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May 2014

Children’s Book Week Art Inspirations

May 12 - 18

Join us for Children’s Book Week! Bring out the artistic side of your little bookworm! Kids will create a poster inspired by their favorite children’s book. They can also enter the contest to guess how many books are in the library’s collection and win a prize.

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Cooking Matters

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Every week until June 16, 2014
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. Participants will assist in food preparation during class. Cooking matters provides recipes, books and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing…

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YMCA Veggie Van

May 13 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email svanderzanden@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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GRPL TSU (Teens Step Up) Orientation Sessions

May 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Teens, come volunteer with the Summer Reading Challenge! Starting May 1, you can apply at your favorite GRPL location or online at www.grpl.org/teens. Have fun behind the scenes at the library while earning your required volunteer hours. Attend one of the orientation sessions below after you have submitted your application.

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Ask a Lawyer – Social Security Disability

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Grand Rapids Public Library, in partnership with the Grand Rapids Bar Association, hosts this free series that aims to provide information about common legal issues. At each session, expert attorneys will give a 10- to 30-minute overview of their area of law, followed by a question-and-answer period. This month’s topic: Social Security Disability.

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Free

Small Business Class: Market Research Series

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Every week until May 21, 2014
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn how to research your market, customers and competitors in this series on market research co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center. Registration is required at www.grpl.org/sbrc.

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Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Linda Hundt, author of Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life, will share her journey of how she went from tweaking beloved old family recipes in her kitchen to becoming a sixteen-time national pie-baking champion. She’ll give a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like to create her first cookbook, which features recipes from her award-winning retro pie shops, including the Sweetie-licious Bake Shoppe at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Linda, who has been featured on Food Network and other television…

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Moving from Bystanders to Allies: A Bullying Prevention Workshop for Parents and Caregivers

May 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Whether bullying happens face-to-face or virtually, bullying behaviors most often involve a larger group of bystanders. An important aspect of creating positive change involves helping kids and adults move from being passive bystanders to being powerful allies. The purpose of the workshop is to identify and practice skills about being an ally to people who are bullied and identify ways to help those who are bullying others.

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Adult Computer Class: Selling Online: Etsy, eBay & More

May 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are you crafty? Artisans are taking to websites like Etsy, Craigslist and eBay to connect with interested buyers. Let us show you how to sell your creations online.

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GRPL TSU (Teens Step Up) Orientation Sessions

May 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Teens, come volunteer with the Summer Reading Challenge! Starting May 1, you can apply at your favorite GRPL location or online at www.grpl.org/teens. Have fun behind the scenes at the library while earning your required volunteer hours. Attend one of the orientation sessions below after you have submitted your application.

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