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Upcoming Events

February 2018

Black Family History Series

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until February 24, 2018

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

An interest and knowledge of your family's ancestors is a common question for most American families. What parent or grandparent hasn't had a child ask about the family history and where they came from? It can be especially challenging for African Americans to find information about their ancestors. Join us for a series of workshops to learn about researching and documenting your family's history. The series will feature local and regional speakers and offer the opportunity to connect with others…

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Baby & Me Storytimes

February 26 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until March 26, 2018

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

Bring your baby, 0-18 months, and bounce along to fun stories, songs, and rhymes. Baby & Me is a 15-minute storytime followed by a relaxed playtime where you and baby will meet new friends.

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Spanish Pajama Time

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until March 26, 2018

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

Join us for an evening bilingual storytime filled with fun stories, movement, and music activities. Spanish Pajama Time is a 30-minute storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime. Wear your pajamas and get those wiggles out before bed! For families with children 5 and under.

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Toddler Time

February 27 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until March 27, 2018

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

Bring your toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to share fun stories, songs, and rhymes and learn together! Toddler Time is a 25-minute long storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime designed to help your child's brain grow.

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Speak to a Geek: Drop-In Computer Help Sessions

February 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 22, 2018

One event on January 25, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on March 5, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on April 19, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on May 7, 2018 at 1:00pm

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

Are your relatives tired of you asking for computer help? Are you hoping to boost your resume with new computer skills? The library offers individual assistance in learning: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Ebooks, and Library Resources. From getting acquainted with your computer or device to training in spreadsheets or internet navigation, we can help. Call one of our 7 branches to schedule a time or stop by one of our walk-in question and answer sessions at…

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Pajama Time!

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 27, 2018

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

Come explore learning through fun stories, movement, and music activities during this evening storytime. Pajama Time is a 30-minute storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime. Wear your pajamas and get those wiggles out before bed! For families with children 5 and under.

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Pajama Time!

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 27, 2018

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

Come explore learning through fun stories, movement, and music activities during this evening storytime. Pajama Time is a 30-minute storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime. Wear your pajamas and get those wiggles out before bed! For families with children 5 and under.

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Toddler Time

February 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until March 28, 2018

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

Bring your toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to share fun stories, songs, and rhymes and learn together! Toddler Time is a 25-minute long storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime designed to help your child's brain grow.

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Managing Your Digital Footprint

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on February 28, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on March 29, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on April 30, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on May 24, 2018 at 11:00am

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

Have you ever forgotten a password? Do you wish you had a plan to manage your online information and protect your privacy? Managing your digital footprint may seem intimidating, but with a plan and the right tools, you can stay safe and get the most out of your experiences online. This class offers methods and tools you can use right away to begin managing your online profiles, passwords, and information.

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Baby & Me Storytimes

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until March 28, 2018

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

Bring your baby, 0-18 months, and bounce along to fun stories, songs, and rhymes. Baby & Me is a 15-minute storytime followed by a relaxed playtime where you and baby will meet new friends.

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Family Time

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until March 28, 2018

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

Come share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement with the whole family. Family Time is a 30-minute story time followed by a hands-on activity and playtime.

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One Crazy Contest Workshop

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

When you think about what your name means to you, do you want to write a poem? Make a picture? Record a video? Do you want hands-on experience creating something that represents your name? Drop in to one of our workshops for help finding your creative expression. A variety of supplies will be available as well as contest entry forms. For upper elementary and middle school students.

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Introduction to Project Budgets for Nonprofits

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on April 25, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

One of the hardest parts of writing a proposal is crafting a budget that will help you tackle a particular problem. It is the part of grants that grant writers often fear most. Learn to craft a budget for a grant proposal, understand what foundations are seeking in a budget, and learn how to best tell the story of your grant through its budget.

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March 2018

Baby & Me Storytimes

March 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until March 29, 2018

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

Bring your baby, 0-18 months, and bounce along to fun stories, songs, and rhymes. Baby & Me is a 15-minute storytime followed by a relaxed playtime where you and baby will meet new friends.

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Toddler Time

March 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until March 29, 2018

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

Bring your toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to share fun stories, songs, and rhymes and learn together! Toddler Time is a 25-minute long storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime designed to help your child's brain grow.

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Family Time

March 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until March 29, 2018

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

Come share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement with the whole family. Family Time is a 30-minute story time followed by a hands-on activity and playtime.

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Building Basic Computer Skills

March 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on March 1, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on April 9, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on May 3, 2018 at 1:00pm

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

Are you often confused by computer terms and lingo? By learning key concepts and basic terminology used in technology, you will build a foundation for digital literacy that will last a lifetime. In this class, learn the skills you need to navigate the Internet, mobile devices, and many types of software.

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Cooking Matters: Feeding the Kids

March 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Thursday, repeating until April 5, 2018

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

In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer this 6-week nutritional educational program that fights hunger by teaching people how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in in healthy ways. Cooking matters provides recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing the ingredients of the day's lesson. Participants should attend all 6 classes and one of the classes…

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Mind Meets Music

March 1 @ 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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And the Oscar Goes To . . .

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The Academy Awards have celebrated the best in film for nearly a century. Names like Kazan, Spielberg, Hepburn, Streep, Poitier and DiCaprio are synonymous with Oscar. Which of 2017's breakout films will be added to the ranks of Gone with the Wind, The Godfather, and Schindler's List? Whether you are a regular filmgoer or haven't been to a theater in years, join us for a preview of this year's nominees, and make your own call on who will win and…

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Mindstorm Saturdays

March 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until May 26, 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, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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WMGS Databases and Website Resources

March 3 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The Western Michigan Genealogical Society (WMGS) has organized and posted a number of outstanding family history resources. In fact, the WMGS website contains more than three million records online. Come learn about the WMGS databases and its award-winning website (listed as one of the Best State Websites for Genealogy in 2016 by Family Tree Magazine.) Experienced genealogists can help you learn how to use the databases and web resources to assist with your research.

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One Crazy Contest Workshops

March 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

When you think about what your name means to you, do you want to write a poem? Make a picture? Record a video? Do you want hands-on experience creating something that represents your name? Drop in to one of our workshops for help finding your creative expression. A variety of supplies will be available as well as contest entry forms. For upper elementary and middle school students.

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Backup Basics: How to Secure Your Data

March 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on March 7, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on April 10, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

Whether it is family photos, business documents, or digital media, your digital data is valuable. In this class, learn how to ensure your data is kept safe and secure. From thumb drives and hard drives to cloud storage, find multiple ways to backup your data on all your devices.

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Workshop Wednesdays

March 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) through hands-on activities, discussions, and career exploration. Each month, a different topic will be explored. This month learn about magnetic slime. Make slime that reacts to a strong magnet. Make it move and dance! Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available. Great for curious kids in grades 6-8, but other kids are welcome to attend as well.

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Small Business Research Essentials

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on March 7, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

Join the Business Librarian for an informative journey through the library's small business resources. Arm yourself with the best business information available and give yourself the upper hand whether you are starting or growing your business.

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Grand Rapids Police Policy and Procedure Review Task Force–Public Meeting

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

Community-police relations is an important and timely topic. Join us to learn what Grand Rapids is doing to ensure our police force has policies and procedures in place that enables effective law enforcement, respect the rights and dignity of all residents and follow nationwide best practices. You'll have an opportunity to give input to the Grand Rapids Police Policy and Procedure Review Task Force, a group of residents, law enforcement officers and nationally recognized consultants who are reviewing GRPD policies…

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Discovering the Internet

March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on February 7, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on March 8, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on April 16, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on May 10, 2018 at 1:00pm

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

Using the Internet can be an intimidating experience for many people. In this class, you will learn how the Internet works and basic definitions for the most common Internet terms. Discover tips and tricks on how to protect your information and identity while searching, shopping and surfing the web.

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One Crazy Contest Workshops

March 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

When you think about what your name means to you, do you want to write a poem? Make a picture? Record a video? Do you want hands-on experience creating something that represents your name? Drop in to one of our workshops for help finding your creative expression. A variety of supplies will be available as well as contest entry forms. For upper elementary and middle school students.

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Evening Explorers

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Do you like to build and discover how things work? Kids in grades 1-5 can have a unique, hands-on STEM experience each month. Take part in science experiments and activities to learn how things work and explore the world around you. This month explore balloon science. Learn about how hot air balloons work. Bend and twist balloons.

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Grant’s Canal: The Union’s Attempt to Bypass Vicksburg

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

Speaker David Bastian will explore the Civil War's summer and winter campaigns for 1862-1863. The combined Union Army and Navy forces sought to secure the remaining portions of the Mississippi River under Confederate control. The impregnable fortifications of Vicksburg caused the Union to engage in the largest engineering endeavor of the War--trying to divert the Mighty Mississippi.

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Genealogy Lock-In

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
Free

Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists. Learn how to use library databases, newspaper microfilm and other resources, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Bring your family history questions or problems--volunteers from the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will be on hand to assist. Network with other genealogists--you never know what you might find! Registration required at www.grpl.org/register or call 988-5400.

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Spring Wild Herbs for Wellness

March 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join herbalist, forager and author Lisa Rose on a wild journey to learn about wild plants that can be used for food and herbal medicine. Come away with tips on how to locate and eat plants like garlic mustard, white pine needles, stinging nettles, dandelion and violet leaves. Learn how these herbs and wild foods can combat spring colds, allergies, stagnant digestion, and support the body's transition through spring.

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One Crazy Contest Workshops

March 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

When you think about what your name means to you, do you want to write a poem? Make a picture? Record a video? Do you want hands-on experience creating something that represents your name? Drop in to one of our workshops for help finding your creative expression. A variety of supplies will be available as well as contest entry forms. For upper elementary and middle school students.

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Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

At a time when it is hard to imagine a politician putting country ahead of party, that's the story Hendrik Meijer will share when discussing his new biography Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century. Meijer tells the story of Vandenberg's career--which saw him shift from a rock-ribbed isolationist to a supporter of international organizations. He was a leading architect of the Marshall Plan, the United Nations and NATO, and demonstrated that true progress can be…

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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Profiles

March 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on February 5, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on March 14, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on April 17, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have revolutionized how we communicate and relate to one another. But at what cost? In this class, discover how social media uses personal information and how you can regain some control over your online profiles. We will discuss important settings and features that help you control your social media profiles and online identity.

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Teen Council

March 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Take charge at the library! You are invited to join the Teen Council. Help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection, do fun activities, and hang out with your friends. This month the discussion will focus on member's choice and the activity will be String Art. Snacks and Ride to Read passes are provided. For teens in grades 8-12.

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How to Use the Library to Write a Marketing Plan

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on March 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

One of the first rules of marketing is 'go where your customers are.' Where are your customers and what stories will you tell them? How do you stand out from the crowd and know if you are successful in reaching them? Join the Business Librarian for an informative session on how to use modern tools and timeless tactics to engage customers, start and grow your business.

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Exploring Social Media and Email

March 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on February 14, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on March 15, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on April 23, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on May 17, 2018 at 1:00pm

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

The Internet and social media have made it easier than ever to keep in touch with friends and family. Beginning with a brief introduction to email, this class teaches you how to communicate with others online and offers tips on how to be safe while doing so. Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Find out what you need to get started with Skype, Google Hangouts, and other video calling services.

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Kid’s Joke Time

March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Kids are invited to take the stage during LaughFest through Kids Joke Time. Young comedians are encouraged to gather their favorite jokes and take the mic. What ensues makes this one of the most entertaining events during the festival. This is a free event for all to attend.

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One Book, One City for Kids Author Visit: Rita Williams-Garcia

March 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Get ready for an evening of creative explosion! Meet Rita Williams-Garcia, the author of One Crazy Summer, the 2018 One Book, One City for Kids selection. Meet other readers, hear the author talk about her book, and enjoy cake! The winners of the One Crazy Contest will be awarded and presentations of their work can be seen.

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Peace Corps Application Workshop and Information Session

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Make your Peace Corps application stand out from the rest. Peace Corps recruiters and returned Peace Corps volunteers will show you how to browse volunteer openings, assist you in finding the right program, explain steps you can take to improve your application, and provide valuable tips to guide you through the application process. Hear stories about Peace Corps service.

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The World Through the Lens of Merze Tate

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

J. Edgar Hoover urged his agents to dig into every detail of the life of Merze Tate . . .and those closest to her. What was her story and why did she come to the attention of the State Department? Author Sonya Bernard-Hollins will walk through Tate's life using never-before published F.B.I. documents. This photobiography told through the Tate's own camera lens, bring to life the story of a trailblazer who, although recipient of prestigious national accolades as a political…

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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

March 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on February 12, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on March 28, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on April 24, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

It seems every day we hear about how governments, corporations, and hackers are gaining access to individual accounts and personal information. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to minimize risk as you go online. Join us in learning how to secure information and manage your digital footprint. Topics include securing your internet connection and browser, creating and managing effective passwords, and using email aliases to keep your information secure.

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Music in the Stacks: Yolonda Lavender

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Yolonda Lavender. Lavender is a national recording artist with the independent label Truth Tone Records. Hailing from Kalamazoo, her sound is soul-based with gospel, r&b, hip-hop, blues and jazz influences. She has shared the stage with artists like Erykah Badu, Keith Murray, The Spinners, En Vogue, and more. Yolanda is the CEO of Soul Artistry and the Executive Director of the Black Arts &…

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April 2018

Unicorn Party!

April 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on April 2, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on April 3, 2018 at 11:00am

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

Add a little unicorn fun to your spring break! Families and children of all ages are invited to frolic with fellow unicorn fans at an enchanted storytime. Unicorn stories, songs, and rhymes will accompany a special unicorn craft. After the hoof-stomping fun, enjoy amazing unicorn treats and other exciting activities. Put on your sparkly clothes—or even a unicorn costume—and explore the magic of reading.

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Let’s Play

April 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 2018

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

Let's Play is a four-week program for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers that focuses on child-driven play. Children will explore different types of play. Each week, an early childhood specialist will be on hand to answer questions caregivers may have about their child's development. Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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Let’s Play

April 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 2018

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

Let's Play is a four-week program for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers that focuses on child-driven play. Children will explore different types of play. Each week, an early childhood specialist will be on hand to answer questions caregivers may have about their child's development. Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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Harry Potter Escape Room

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on April 5, 2018 at 10:00am

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

Can you escape Professor Vector's classroom? Teams of up to 4 players can try to solve all of the puzzles in this Harry Potter-themed escape room. Each team will only have 30 minutes to escape, so have your wits about you! Reserve your team's time at grpl.org/register or call the Youth Services Department at 616-988-5400. Time slots are first-come, first served, so sign up soon! There will also be fun wizarding crafts at all GRPL locations during spring break!

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Let’s Play

April 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until April 25, 2018

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

Let's Play is a four-week program for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers that focuses on child-driven play. Children will explore different types of play. Each week, an early childhood specialist will be on hand to answer questions caregivers may have about their child's development. Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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Workshop Wednesdays

April 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) through hands-on activities, discussions, and career exploration. Each month, a different topic will be explored. This month learn about light bulb terrarium. Get ready for Earth Day by using recycled light bulbs to create your own mini terrarium with moss and other tiny plants. Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available. Great for curious kids in grades 6-8, but other kids are welcome to attend as…

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Let’s Play

April 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until April 26, 2018

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

Let's Play is a four-week program for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers that focuses on child-driven play. Children will explore different types of play. Each week, an early childhood specialist will be on hand to answer questions caregivers may have about their child's development. Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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Did I REALLY Read It?

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

Often--especially while conducting research--it's easy to glance at a document and think a cursory review has told you all you need to know. After all, the document gave you an important piece of data that was previously unknown. But researchers would do well to stop and ask themselves, did I really read it? Did I go through line by line through the document? Have I challenged my assumptions? Have I glossed over something in my rush and in my excitement?…

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Teen Council

April 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Take charge at the library! You are invited to join the Teen Council. Help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection, do fun activities, and hang out with your friends. This month the discussion will focus on social justice and the activity will be creating a Light Bulb Terrarium. Snacks and Ride to Read passes are provided. For teens in grades 8-12.

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Evening Explorers

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Do you like to build and discover how things work? Kids in grades 1-5 can have a unique, hands-on STEM experience each month. Take part in science experiments and activities to learn how things work and explore the world around you. This month explore environmental engineering. Create, test, and refine basic solutions to environmental problems. Clean the grunge from water. Test different materials to discover which ones most effectively clean up after an oil spill. See the effect of acid rain…

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Gateway to the Playground of a Nation: A Look Back at Promoting Grand Rapids and West Michigan

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Grand Rapids has been the home of the West Michigan Tourist Association since 1917. Even Earlier, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce promoted the city starting in 1887. Other organizations such as the Grand Rapids Advertising Club and the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitor's Bureau (now Experience Grand Rapids) also had a hand in promoting the city and region, bringing tourists and travelers to experience the attractions of our city and the beauty and recreational opportunities on our…

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Chef’s Spotlight: Garlic

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Old World Olive Company, 108 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Join Chef Jen, the Ginger Chef, at Old World Olive Company, and learn all about our favorite spring flavor, garlic. Get inspired learning chef's techniques to peel and use garlic with ease and creativity. Delve into the history of our favorite "stinking rose" and walk away with wonderful recipes that you can make at home. The evening promises small plate tasting, 10% discounted products, culinary trained techniques, and most importantly, a fun and enjoyable experience. Free parking at the Main…

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Introduction to Proposal Writing for Nonprofits

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

You've found a possible foundation to fund your new project. Now the real work begins: writing a proposal that will put your program on the path to success by telling your story well to the people that matter most. Join the Business Librarian for a session on proposal writing. Learn the key components of a proposal that a nonprofit foundation is looking for, and how you can make your proposal as effective as possible.

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Music in the Stacks: How To Live Together

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by How To Live Together. How To Live Together (HTLT) is a synth pop duo made up of Jessie Kaczmarczyk and Steffanie Rosalez. Coming together in 2014, HTLT began finding ways to combine upbeat melodies and deep moody synth riffs to create an entirely unique sound. Mixing big analog and modular sounds with Nintendo blips and samples, HTLT utilizes a variety of synthesizers to explore…

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DIY Painted Wood Coasters

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

In this workshop, paint and coat wood slices to make unique coasters. Bring a stencil you would like to use on your coaster, or use one of ours. Wood slices, templates, paint and all other supplies will be provided. Space is limited.

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Grow Your First Garden

April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
urban roots, 1316 Madison Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Urban Roots is a Grand Rapids non-profit dedicated to connecting people to the soil and to the table. Their mission is to cultivate durable and resilient families, communities, and ecosystems through urban agriculture. Starting a garden can seem overwhelming if you have never done it before, but it doesn't have to be! They will show you how you can get started--on the cheap and easy! Learn how you can grow food at home in any amount of space. Program will…

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Composting You Can Really Do

April 28 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
urban roots, 1316 Madison Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Urban Roots is a Grand Rapids non-profit dedicated to connecting people to the soil and to the table. Their mission is to cultivate durable and resilient families, communities, and ecosystems through urban agriculture. It is exciting to watch your food scraps and junk mail turn into a valuable garden amendment! This class focuses on realistic and achievable ways you can divert your waste and decrease your contribution to the waste stream. You will learn about collection services, worm bins, Bokashi,…

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May 2018

Workshop Wednesdays

May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) through hands-on activities, discussions, and career exploration. Each month, a different topic will be explored. This month learn about Bristle Bots. Bristle Bots are tiny simple robots that move with the power of vibration. We can study how they move by creating obstacle courses, painting with them, and racing them. Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available. Great for curious kids in grades 6-8, but other…

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Teen Council

May 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Take charge at the library! You are invited to join the Teen Council. Help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection, do fun activities, and hang out with your friends. This month the discussion will focus on member's choice and the activity will be Perler Beads. Snacks and Ride to Read passes are provided. For teens in grades 8-12.

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Evening Explorers

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Do you like to build and discover how things work? Kids in grades 1-5 can have a unique, hands-on STEM experience each month. Take part in science experiments and activities to learn how things work and explore the world around you. This month explore speed. Make cars and paper airplanes. How can you make them go fast, faster, and fastest.

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