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October 2014
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Let’s Play! Workshops

October 23 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Every week until October 30, 2014
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Let’s Play! is a four-week workshop for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers. Let’s Play! teaches the benefits of interactive play. Each week an early childhood specialist will be available to answer questions parents may have about their child’s development. Families must attend all four sessions. To register, visit grpl.org/register.

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Resource Roundtable Volunteer Event

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join nationally recognized gerontologist, author and speaker, Dr. Henry Holstege, to learn how you can make a difference in your community. Dr. Holstege’s inspirational keynote address will be followed by a resource roundtable session designed to provide you with an opportunity for informal sharing and discussion with local non-profit agencies seeking volunteers. Participating agencies will represent a wide range of community needs and interests, including the environment, education, animals, the arts, health care, aging, advocacy/assistance, family and children. Registration is…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 23 @ 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 23 @ 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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Still Missing: Michigan’s Mysterious Unsolved Disappearances

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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What do a mild-mannered grocery store manager from Michigan and the infamous skyjacker D.B. Cooper have in common? How can a married couple and the aircraft they were traveling in just disappear over a populated area? What happened to the freighter that was carrying many fathers, husbands, and sons of a small town, when it vanished and took them with it? Join author and shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson in exploring the mysterious, yet solvable disappearances of a person, a plane,…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 25 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until October 25, 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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Teen Poetry Club

October 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Every 2 weeks on Saturday until November 22, 2014
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Led by the Youth Literacy Association, a student run organization that teaches the art of slam poetry, teens will learn to write and perform their own poems.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

October 27 @ 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

October 27 @ 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

October 28 @ 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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