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Upcoming Events

May 2018

Mind Meets Music

May 29 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until May 31, 2018

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program using music to improve literacy skills. Children in grades Kindergarten - 2nd grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. Children learn music in new ways while expressing their own unique creativity.

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June 2018

Mindstorm Saturdays

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until August 25, 2018

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, these hands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, problem solving, and more. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition Awards Reading

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Winners of the 2018 Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition will read their poems and celebrate poetry in Kent County.

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Baby Time

June 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until July 23, 2018

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

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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Pajama Time!

June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until July 23, 2018

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing songs, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents!

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Baby Time

June 6 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until July 25, 2018

Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

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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Summer Storytimes for Families

June 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until July 25, 2018

West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children up to 5 years old to this exciting class featuring literacy rich activities such as stories, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.

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Summer Storytimes for Families

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until July 26, 2018

Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children up to 5 years old to this exciting class featuring literacy rich activities such as stories, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.

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Summer Storytimes for Families

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until July 26, 2018

Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children up to 5 years old to this exciting class featuring literacy rich activities such as stories, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.

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Phone, Mail and e-Scams

June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Learn the telltale signs of scams in phone calls, mail, email, and tests. Carol Hillman, from the Consumer Protection Division of the Michigan Attorney General's office, will teach you how to take steps to minimize your chance of being victimized. Light refreshments will be served.

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Gone Before Spring: A Retro Look at Alger Heights

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Local author Sheila Solomon Shotwell's new novel, Gone Before Spring, is a coming-of-age story that takes place in Alger Heights in the 1960s. Together with local historian Melissa Fox, the pair will uncover the history of the southeast neighborhood, highlighting the business district and Garfield Park. They will look at daily life there during the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and a rising counter culture. Don't miss a special appearance by Mrs. Roshewski, the owner of Mitchell's Young at…

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Finding Non-Traditional Records

June 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

We all know that vital records and census records are the go-tos for genealogical information. But what else is out there that might give you needed bits of information, and how do you find those records? Jessica Trotter, a trained archivist, librarian and genealogist, will discuss identifying additional records to look for and offer some strategies for locating them. Co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society.

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Code Camp: Build a Business with Junior Achievement

June 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until August 23, 2018

Madison Square Branch, 1201 Madison SE
Grand Rapisd, MI 49507 United States

Want to learn to build your own app? Come join Junior Achievement at the Grand Rapids Public Library for Code Camp, a JA Company Program. The camp is a 10-week session on how to solve a problem in the community by launching your own start-up business app. Unleash your creative entrepreneurial spirit and start building career skills for a high school job,vocational job, or college resume. This camp is for middle and high school students. Register at www.grpl.org/register. Limited drop-in…

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Code Camp: Build a Business with Junior Achievement

June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until August 23, 2018

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Want to learn to build your own app? Come join Junior Achievement at the Grand Rapids Public Library for Code Camp, a JA Company Program. The camp is a 10-week session on how to solve a problem in the community by launching your own start-up business app. Unleash your creative entrepreneurial spirit and start building career skills for a high school job,vocational job, or college resume. This camp is for middle and high school students. Register at www.grpl.org/register. Limited drop-in…

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Rhythm & Books: A Library Music Festival for Kids

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join us in front of the Main Library to kick off summer reading! Celebrate culture and community with music, food, crafts, and fun! Meet new friends and learn new songs from renowned children's performers 123 Andres, Scribble Monster, and Beverly Meyer - The Music Lady. Get signed up for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge too!

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Whence and Whither: The Literary and Mortuary Arts

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Award-winning writer, poet and funeral director Thomas Lynch has transformed the mundane task of preparing the dead into a life affirming event. Using his work as a funeral director in Milford, Michigan, Lynch's poems describe working with the deceased, family relationships, and myths from his Irish Catholic upbringing. Hear some of Lynch's poems and how his relationship with mortality and family has changed along with the modern funerary industry.

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Animal Magic

June 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on June 20, 2018 at 6:30pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Mark Rosenthal uses music to introduce his amazing animal ambassadors! He plays music clips and shares little known facts about each animal. His unique blend of exotic animals, life sciences, and magic makes this a highly entertaining and educational show. Mark was even voted Nickelodeon's Michigan Entertainer of the Year!

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Animal Magic

June 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Mark Rosenthal uses music to introduce his amazing animal ambassadors! He plays music clips and shares little known facts about each animal. His unique blend of exotic animals, life sciences, and magic makes this a highly entertaining and educational show. Mark was even voted Nickelodeon's Michigan Entertainer of the Year!

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GR Reads: The Movies – Blade Runner

June 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
wealthy theater, 1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

Los Angeles, 2019: Deckard, an expert "blade runner," must identify and execute four replicants (genetically engineered beings virtually identical to humans) which have illegally returned to Earth from their off-world slave duty. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Tickets are $3 with valid GRPL library card. Use code GRPL2018 to purchase tickets online.

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Animal Magic

June 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Mark Rosenthal uses music to introduce his amazing animal ambassadors! He plays music clips and shares little known facts about each animal. His unique blend of exotic animals, life sciences, and magic makes this a highly entertaining and educational show. Mark was even voted Nickelodeon's Michigan Entertainer of the Year!

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Animal Magic

June 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Mark Rosenthal uses music to introduce his amazing animal ambassadors! He plays music clips and shares little known facts about each animal. His unique blend of exotic animals, life sciences, and magic makes this a highly entertaining and educational show. Mark was even voted Nickelodeon's Michigan Entertainer of the Year!

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Zine Making Workshop

June 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Teens ages 11-18 can discover zines, an easy and accessible way to share ideas, comics, stories, news and more. Learn tips for making comics, zine fabrication, and character design from a published local illustrator.

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An Evening with Stephen Mack Jones

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Michigan Notable Book author, Stephen Mack Jones will discuss his first novel, August Snow, and his experience of writing in many different genres: poetry, plays, and novels. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Birdwatching at Huff Park

June 23 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Huff Park, 2399 Ball Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Huff Park is a perfect place for bird lovers and a great place to learn about birding. Join the Grand Rapids Audubon Club for a 1-2 mile hike (around 90 minutes) to ease into the day with songs of birds greeting each other. Michigan's year round residents will be joined by the song birds from the south, making a colorful morning. Dress for bugs and wear shoes that can get muddy. Bring binoculars if you can. Rain Date: Saturday, June 30. Park…

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Sensory Movie Screening – Incredibles 2

June 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Come to a special screening of Incredibles 2 that is extra welcoming to guests with special needs, including autism. Enjoy the big screen experience in an accepting environment—lights will dim but remain on and volume will be lowered. The first 50 GRPL cardholders will get in free when they present their GRPL library card. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 2 tickets per cardholder. Tickets for non-GRPL cardholders will be available for purchase.

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Unplug Party: Disconnect to Connect

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Relive the pre-Internet days and unplug with GRPL. Leave your smartphone at the door, be present with one another, and connect with new people in your city. Let fate lead you to spontaneous interactions while you play board games and make arts and crafts that you loved as a kid (perler beads, shrinky dinks and more!) Want to be even more mellow? Join us for pre-party Yoga in the Venue at 5:45 pm. All supplies provided. Ages 21 and up.

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Kevin Kammeraad & Friends

June 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on June 27, 2018 at 6:30pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join Kevin Kammeraad and Friends in this interactive, all-ages program of poetry, puppetry, music, and movement. Together we'll create and write, sign and dance, and be inspired to keep on creating long after the show.

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Kevin Kammeraad & Friends

June 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Join Kevin Kammeraad and Friends in this interactive, all-ages program of poetry, puppetry, music, and movement. Together we'll create and write, sign and dance, and be inspired to keep on creating long after the show.

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Great Lakes Anishinaabek Storytelling

June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Storytelling has a high position in the culture of the Anishinaabek. These tales and legends have within them lessons and history capable of touching the hearts and minds of all who come to listen. Storyteller and educator Victoria Voges from the Nokomis Learning Center will share traditional stories and wisdom handed down through the generations. The Nokomis Native American Cultural Learning Center is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the history, arts, and culture of the Anishinaabe people—the Ojibwe,…

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Kevin Kammeraad & Friends

June 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Join Kevin Kammeraad and Friends in this interactive, all-ages program of poetry, puppetry, music, and movement. Together we'll create and write, sign and dance, and be inspired to keep on creating long after the show.

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Kevin Kammeraad & Friends

June 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Join Kevin Kammeraad and Friends in this interactive, all-ages program of poetry, puppetry, music, and movement. Together we'll create and write, sign and dance, and be inspired to keep on creating long after the show.

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News of the Weird with Free Beer and Hot Wings

June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
wealthy theater, 1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

Join the crew of the syndicated radio morning show Free Beer and Hot Wings for News of the Weird. Ripped from the headlines of old issues of The Grand Rapids Press, hear all the comical, freakish, and ridiculous news of the past, all told with a twist from your favorite morning crew. This program is for ages 21 and up. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open a 6:00 pm. Cash bar.

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Bug’s Eye View

June 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on June 30, 2018 at 11:30am

One event on June 30, 2018 at 1:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Come experience the world of arthropods! Engage your inner entomologist as we explore the lifecycle of a cecropia moth, investigate live insects, and buzz around like pollinators. This fun and interactive workshop will show your young scientist how insects are unique in the animal kingdom. This family-friendly event lasts 50 minutes. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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July 2018

Read Like a Rock Star Greatest Hits Magic Show

July 10 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on July 11, 2018 at 6:30pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Be amazed by this high energy, interactive magic show! Magician Jeff performs grand illusion tricks to make you ooh and aah and inspire you to read like a rock star.

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Read Like a Rock Star Greatest Hits Magic Show

July 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Be amazed by this high energy, interactive magic show! Magician Jeff performs grand illusion tricks to make you ooh and aah and inspire you to read like a rock star.

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GR Reads: The Movies – Minority Report

July 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
wealthy theater, 1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

Washington, D.C. has been murder free thanks to astounding technology which identifies killers before they commit their crimes. But when the chief of the Pre-Crime Unit is himself accused of a future murder, he has just 36 hours to discover who set him up. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel by the same name. Tickets are $3 with valid GRPL library card. Use code GRPL2018 to purchase tickets online.

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Read Like a Rock Star Greatest Hits Magic Show

July 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Be amazed by this high energy, interactive magic show! Magician Jeff performs grand illusion tricks to make you ooh and aah and inspire you to read like a rock star.

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Read Like a Rock Star Greatest Hits Magic Show

July 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Be amazed by this high energy, interactive magic show! Magician Jeff performs grand illusion tricks to make you ooh and aah and inspire you to read like a rock star.

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The Amazing Honey Bee

July 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Be amazed at the life of the honey bee. Learn how bees make honey and how it is harvested. Discover the three types of bees in a hive and their respective roles. View live bees in an observation hive. Participate in a question and answer session with an experienced beekeeper and much more in a fun, fast paced presentation that is entertaining and educational. After, teens ages 11-18 can examine live bees in an observation hive, taste honey, and craft…

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Culture Kingdom Live with Culture Queen

July 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on July 18, 2018 at 6:30pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

With just a spoonful of magic and ancient wisdom, Culture Queen helps you discover your own royalty and connect with your culture through self-affirming songs, rich storytelling, and body-positive dance. Bright melodies and uplifting lyrics will have you and your royal children cutting a rug and boogieing down as you proudly proclaim, "I like the me I see!"

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Culture Kingdom Live with Culture Queen

July 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

With just a spoonful of magic and ancient wisdom, Culture Queen helps you discover your own royalty and connect with your culture through self-affirming songs, rich storytelling, and body-positive dance. Bright melodies and uplifting lyrics will have you and your royal children cutting a rug and boogieing down as you proudly proclaim, "I like the me I see!"

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Lost to Time: 20 Detroiters You’ve Never Heard Of

July 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Introducing 20 Detroiters whose names have been lost to time. When they were alive, everyone in town knew their name. They were heroes and geniuses, teachers and merchants, drunks and scoundrels. Each played a notable role that was recognized locally, nationally, and even around the world. Yet today, most Detroiters don't know of their fame. Join Joel Stone, senior curator of the Detroit Historical Society, to learn more about the unknown Who's Who of Detroit's 300 year history.

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Culture Kingdom Live with Culture Queen

July 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

With just a spoonful of magic and ancient wisdom, Culture Queen helps you discover your own royalty and connect with your culture through self-affirming songs, rich storytelling, and body-positive dance. Bright melodies and uplifting lyrics will have you and your royal children cutting a rug and boogieing down as you proudly proclaim, "I like the me I see!"

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Culture Kingdom Live with Culture Queen

July 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

With just a spoonful of magic and ancient wisdom, Culture Queen helps you discover your own royalty and connect with your culture through self-affirming songs, rich storytelling, and body-positive dance. Bright melodies and uplifting lyrics will have you and your royal children cutting a rug and boogieing down as you proudly proclaim, "I like the me I see!"

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Sound Proof and the Music of Michael Jackson

July 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Billy’s Lounge, 1437 Wealthy St SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49503 United States

From his days as a Motown prodigy with the Jackson Five, to the disco he made as a young adult, to Thiller, the album that "blew up around the world on a scale we'll never see again," Michael Jackson remains the King of Pop. Groove to Michael's greatest hits with Detroit-based band Sound Proof, best known for their distinct sound, energetic performances, and superb showmanship. This event is for ages 21 and up. Seating is limited and there is no…

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Robotics Petting Zoo

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Artificial intelligence and robots used to be the stuff of science fiction. But not anymore. Every year, new devices come into our lives that can automate many of our everyday tasks. Stop by to see robots perform complex and surprising tasks. FIRST robotics clubs from around West Michigan will present their robots, sharing their knowledge and offering insight into how the robots were designed and built. Great for the whole family.

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

July 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on July 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Champion Powwow dancer and Native American from the Ho-Chunk Nation, Reg Pettibone presents a unique program that introduces you to this nation's cultural past in a whole new way. Along with his wife Marca, from the Paiute Nation, Reg draws on his traditional upbringing to provide a better understanding of true Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more!

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

July 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Champion Powwow dancer and Native American from the Ho-Chunk Nation, Reg Pettibone presents a unique program that introduces you to this nation's cultural past in a whole new way. Along with his wife Marca, from the Paiute Nation, Reg draws on his traditional upbringing to provide a better understanding of true Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more!

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Michigan Native Plants in Your Home Landscape

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Learn how to transform your landscape into a beautiful haven using native Michigan plants. Give our pollinators room to grow, feed and reproduce while developing a sense of place specific to West Michigan. Discover the native plants of Michigan and bring home a native seed activity.

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

July 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Champion Powwow dancer and Native American from the Ho-Chunk Nation, Reg Pettibone presents a unique program that introduces you to this nation's cultural past in a whole new way. Along with his wife Marca, from the Paiute Nation, Reg draws on his traditional upbringing to provide a better understanding of true Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more!

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

July 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Champion Powwow dancer and Native American from the Ho-Chunk Nation, Reg Pettibone presents a unique program that introduces you to this nation's cultural past in a whole new way. Along with his wife Marca, from the Paiute Nation, Reg draws on his traditional upbringing to provide a better understanding of true Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more!

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Supermercado Tour

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rodriguez Supermarket, 1428 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Have you ever wondered how to cook with tomatillos or cactus? Are you looking for just the right blend of spices to season your Latin recipes? Join us for a guided tour of the award-winning Rodriguez Supermarket and discover authentic Mexican ingredients to use in your next meal. Staff will share their knowledge about many products, including items from the meat counter, produce, and the bakery. Space is limited.

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Surviving College Culture Shock

July 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Are you a first year college student? A Grand Rapids Public School graduate getting ready to move on campus? Perhaps you are heading to a college in a different state? Maybe you are nervous about balancing academics and life at home? Come hear current students share the tips and tools they used to help navigate the college cultural shift. This panel is a part of T2C Studio’s College Bootcamp Event, an event that is designed to help students and parents…

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Bubbleman Ron

July 31 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on August 1, 2018 at 6:30pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Bubbleman Ron uses an ordinary soap bubble solution to create square bubbles, merry-go-round bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles inside of bubbles, tornado bubbles, and much more! Join us for this entertaining blend of science and fun!

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Bubbleman Ron

July 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Bubbleman Ron uses an ordinary soap bubble solution to create square bubbles, merry-go-round bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles inside of bubbles, tornado bubbles, and much more! Join us for this entertaining blend of science and fun!

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August 2018

Bubbleman Ron

August 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Bubbleman Ron uses an ordinary soap bubble solution to create square bubbles, merry-go-round bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles inside of bubbles, tornado bubbles, and much more! Join us for this entertaining blend of science and fun!

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Bubbleman Ron

August 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Bubbleman Ron uses an ordinary soap bubble solution to create square bubbles, merry-go-round bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles inside of bubbles, tornado bubbles, and much more! Join us for this entertaining blend of science and fun!

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Writing Workshop with Shani Womack

August 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Flint native Shani Womack brings her love of community and storytelling in this writing workshop for teens ages 11-18. She will show the importance of storytelling and how people from all walks of life can find ways to share their stories.

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Falcons and Chimney Swifts: An Urban Birdwalk

August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join the Grand Rapids Audubon Club for a walk around downtown to see birds that have found ways to thrive in heavily populated areas. We will be on the lookout for Chimney Swifts, which have learned how to roost in home's chimneys and large smoke stacks, and Peregrine Falcons, that were introduced years ago atop McKay Tower, as a way to control the pigeon population. Wear good walking shoes for this 90-minute walk. Rain Date: August 6

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Summer Reading Celebration

August 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on August 8, 2018 at 6:30pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join us for a fun celebration at your favorite GRPL location! Enjoy crafts and refreshments, and be sure to pick up your finisher swag bag and t-shirt.

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Summer Reading Celebration

August 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Van Belkum Branch, 1563 Plainfield NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Join us for a fun celebration at your favorite GRPL location! Enjoy crafts and refreshments, and be sure to pick up your finisher swag bag and t-shirt.

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Summer Reading Celebration

August 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Madison Square Branch, 1201 Madison SE
Grand Rapisd, MI 49507 United States

Join us for a fun celebration at your favorite GRPL location! Enjoy crafts and refreshments, and be sure to pick up your finisher swag bag and t-shirt.

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Summer Reading Celebration

August 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Join us for a fun celebration at your favorite GRPL location! Enjoy crafts and refreshments, and be sure to pick up your finisher swag bag and t-shirt.

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GR Reads: The Movies – Total Recall

August 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
wealthy theater, 1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

In the year 2084, a worker leaves Earth for the mind-bending reality of a Martian mining colony ruled over by a dictator who can alter reality to suit his whims. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. Tickets are $3 with valid GRPL library card. Use code GRPL2018 to purchase tickets online.

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Summer Reading Celebration

August 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Join us for a fun celebration at your favorite GRPL location! Enjoy crafts and refreshments, and be sure to pick up your finisher swag bag and t-shirt.

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Summer Reading Celebration

August 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
West Side Branch, 713 Bridge NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Join us for a fun celebration at your favorite GRPL location! Enjoy crafts and refreshments, and be sure to pick up your finisher swag bag and t-shirt.

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Summer Reading Celebration

August 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Join us for a fun celebration at your favorite GRPL location! Enjoy crafts and refreshments, and be sure to pick up your finisher swag bag and t-shirt.

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Summer Reading Celebration

August 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ottawa Hills Branch, 1150 Giddings SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

Join us for a fun celebration at your favorite GRPL location! Enjoy crafts and refreshments, and be sure to pick up your finisher swag bag and t-shirt.

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Science on Tap: Exploring the Ecology of the Great Lakes

August 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SpeakEZ Lounge, 600 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Join Dr. Mark Luttenton from GVSU for a deep dive into the ecology of the Great Lakes. When the Europeans first arrived, the Great Lakes ecosystem had been evolving into a diverse and stable ecosystem. Europeans viewed this as an economic opportunity, and began to exploit the resources of the region. Dr. Luttenton will provide an ecological overview of the Great Lakes from the time they took shape to how they function today.

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Lawn Party Extravaganza

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Riverside Park, 3036 Monroe Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Bring the whole family for a trip down the rabbit hole! Celebrate summer and all things Alice with giant lawn games, Wonderland crafts, and tasty treats that will make you grow very tall or very small (results may vary). Dress as your favorite character and be prepared to have so much fun you will leave grinning like a Cheshire Cat. This program will be held rain or shine.

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Introduction to Zentangle

August 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on August 16, 2018 at 6:30pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Come discover the wonderful benefits of the Zentangle® Drawing Method! The Zentangle Method is a fun, relaxing and easy-to-learn way of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Taught by Amy Kam of the peaceful pen, learn the techniques and basic steps of creating a Zentangle work of art. Discover the gift of relaxation, expanded awareness, enhanced focus, new techniques for problem-solving and uncover new ways to see beauty or embrace the unexpected. No art experience is necessary and beginners…

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Beyond Her Grave Bicycle Tour: The Legacies of Women Buried in Fulton Street and Oakhill Cemeteries

August 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on August 18, 2018 at 11:00am

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

She Rides Her Own Way and the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council will host a one-of-a-kind bicycle cemetery tour highlighting notable women of the past. Leaving from the Main Library, the tour will stop at Fulton Street Cemetery, the city's oldest public burial ground. It will then proceed to Oakhill Cemetery, filled with architectural treasures. Learn about the historic women who shaped the Grand Rapids community as you visit their final resting place. Rain date - Tuesday, August 21, 2018,…

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Resiliency and Perseverance: An Evening with Pastor Troy Evans

August 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Pastor Troy Evans started out a lot like Robert Peace—a young black man growing up in the inner city. He lived in a rough neighborhood and was drawn to gang life at an early age. But where Peace's story ends in tragedy, Pastor Troy was able to turn his circumstances around and create a thriving life and unique ministry that touches the lives of young people just like him. Join us for a conversation centered around resiliency and perseverance and…

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Protecting and Restoring the Great Lakes

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Emily Finnell, Chief Strategist of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, will share past and ongoing efforts to protect and restore our Great Lakes. She coordinated the development and implementation of the Michigan Water Strategy, a 30-year plan that focuses on healthy ecosystems, enhancing the use and enjoyment of Michigan's water resources, and growing stewardship. Learn about the initiatives and policies around the Great Lakes. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

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