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March 2017

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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. Free and open to the public.

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Managing your Digital Footprint

March 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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 experience 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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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

March 23 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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, have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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Find Out More about the Peace Corps

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Change lives, including your own, by serving in the Peace Corps. You will make a difference for a community in need, gain cross-cultural skills and field experience for your career, and bring your global perspective back home to share with others. Join us for an information session, where individuals will share their Peace Corps stories. Learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until March 26, 2017

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Huge used book sale! Find treasures, bargains, and more! All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 27 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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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. Free and open to the public.

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Pajama Time for Families

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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! For families with children ages birth – 5 years old.

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Pajama Time for Families

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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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! For families with children ages birth – 5 years old.

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Spanish Pajama Time for Families

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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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! CLASES DE PRE-LECTURA usando a los métodos de Todos Los Niños Listos Para Leer en Tu Biblioteca PARA FAMILIAS Padres de familia y cuidadores están invitados a traer a sus niños de entre 18 meses y 5 años a participar en esta…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

March 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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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, have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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Cooking Matters

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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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. Class participants will assist in food preparation during the class and will receive recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of…

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Pajama Time for Toddlers

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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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! For toddlers 18 month – 3 years

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Pajama Time for Families

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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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! For families with children ages birth – 5 years old.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

March 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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, have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 29 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 29 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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. Free and open to the public.

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Speak to a Geek: Drop-In Computer Help Sessions

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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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Introduction to Finding Funders for Nonprofits

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Designed for beginner fundraisers, this brief course shows how your organization can identify potential funders and prepare to seek grants. Using the Foundation Directory Online Platinum, a database of 70,000 foundations, students will compile a list of foundation prospects that match their organization's needs. We'll also briefly touch upon other grant sources, such as government and business, and learn about various guides to proposal writing.

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Getting Started with Lynda.com

March 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Need advanced-level help with Excel? Want to learn how to use new Adobe software? Interested in travel photography? With Lynda.com and your library card, you can pick up a new hobby or begin training for a new career with the help of engaging online tutorials from industry experts. Tutorials cover a wide range of skills and topics in the fields of business, technology, and the arts. This introductory class will walk you through the steps of signing up for this…

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April 2017

Let’s Play! at the Main Library

April 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Let's Play is a four-week program for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers. It focuses on child-driven play and exploring different types of play. Each week a childhood specialist will be available to answer questions parents have about their child's development. Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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Let’s Play! at the Yankee Clipper Branch

April 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Let's Play is a four-week program for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers and focuses on child-driven play. Children will explore different types of play. Each week an early childhood specialist will be available to answer questions parents may have about their child's development. Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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Let’s Play! at the Seymour Branch

April 5 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
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Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Let's Play is a four-week program for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers and focuses on child-driven play. Children will explore different types of play. Each week an early childhood specialist will be available to answer questions parents may have about their child's development. Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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Drive-In Movie: Spring Break Fun

April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Beep! Beep! Spring break fun has arrived at the library! Join us for a drive-in movie right inside the library! Kids can create their own cardboard car, then hop in and enjoy a movie on the big screen. Bring blankets and pillows if you want to snuggle in your “car.” Popcorn generously provided by Celebration Cinema. Kids will cast their vote during the month of March to help choose what movie we will show. The winner will be revealed on…

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Introduction to Proposal Writing for Nonprofits

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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. To learn how to do just that, 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…

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Building Basic Computer Skills

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are you often confused by computer terms and lingo? By learning the key concepts and basic terminology used in technology, you can build a foundation for digital literacy that will last a lifetime. In this class, you will begin the process of developing the skills you will need to navigate the Internet, mobile devices and many types of software.

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Let’s Play! at the West Leonard

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Let's Play is a four-week program for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers and focuses on child-driven play. Children will explore different types of play. Each week an early childhood specialist will be available to answer questions parents may have about their child's development. Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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Reading the Great Lakes – April 2017

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Cope-SongOfTheOwashtanong-web

Come explore the Lakes with us! We'll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the books are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. Aprils’s selection is Song of the…

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Rant, Rave and Review: Film Discussion Series

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Want to talk more about films after watching them on our film streaming service Kanopy? Watch the pre-selected film at home and then attend an engaging and thoughtful discussion and analysis of the film at the library. Ask questions, give opinions, and talk movies! Films may contain adult situations and content. April's selection: Rome, Open City (1945)

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Read So Hard Book Club – April 2017

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harmony Hall, 401 Stocking Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Do you read so hard you have callouses on your fingers from flipping pages? Share your passion for reading and great discussions with the Read So Hard book club! This club is intended for people in their 20s & 30s, but all are welcome. No registration required. Stop by the Info Desk at the Main Library to check out a copy of the next featured book, including audiobooks. Don't forget about downloadable eBooks on Overdrive too! April's selection: Reader's Choice!

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Cutting the Cable Cord

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you been thinking of canceling your cable TV subscription? This program will show you how to stream the content you want while saving money on your monthly bill. We will discuss the devices you need to begin streaming TV and movies. You will learn how to find content from providers such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. We will also show you how to use Hoopla and Kanopy, two streaming services you can use for free with your GRPL library…

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Teen Council Meet Up

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Take charge at the library! Teens in grades 8-12 are invited to join the brand new Teen Council. Help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection, do fun activities and hang out with your friends. Let your voice be heard and have fun too! Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available to participants.

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Discovering the Internet

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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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Evening Explorers – April

April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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EveningExplorers

Does your child like to build and discover how things work? Kids in second through fifth grade can come to the Main Library for hands-on STEM experiences each month. Take part in science experiments and activities each session to find out how things work and explore the world. 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…

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How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass growing in Mexico possessed a strange trait known as a “jumping gene” transformed itself into a larger and more useful grass—the cereal grass we know as maize and then corn. Nurtured by Native Americans, this grain would transform the Americas even before first contact. Eventually, it spanned the globe and drove westward expansions in North America, built cities and inspired innovators and entrepreneurs. Vampires, whiskey, Henry Ford, time zones, Fritos, and the Chicago…

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Know Your Investments

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Educate yourself about the financial industry and your portfolio. Fred Iacovoni, an independent financial manager, will share how to read a prospectus, how different investment products operate, how financial advisers are paid, and why certain products may be recommended. Learn how to figure the costs of a portfolio, and how to tell if your portfolio has your best interest in mind.

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One Book, One City for Kids—Kids Are Talking Fundraising Event

April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation is hosting their annual White Glove event to benefit the One Book, One City for Kids program. This annual reading program encourages all 5th graders in the city to read and discuss the same book. The program strives to encourage a lifelong love of reading, to inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life, and to build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries, and area schools. Tickets are $40 and sponsorships…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

April 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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 will teach you how to communicate with others online and offer tips on how to be safe while doing so. You will learn the basics about 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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[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays – April 2017

April 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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robot-rattlesnake

Teens and tweens in grades 6-12 can stop by the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month to create awesome robots and try out tech trends! Knowledgey Thursdays explore the world of robotics using Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 base set and software. Bring a friend, grab a kit, and build an army of robots. Want to get even more creative? Explore STEAM with different experiments and activities each month! Ride to Read passes are available to participants.

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Music in the Stacks: The Extra Texture

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Extra-Texture

Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by The Extra Texture. The Extra Texture hails from Grand Rapids and blends modern rock with 1960's pop sensibilities. Comparisons have been made to Lou Reed and Pavement. Their first full-length album, Palamino, launched in April 2015.

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Love and Relationships: A Talk with Author Chris Sain, Jr.

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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love hip hop

Who isn't looking for love? At a time where technology, freedom of expression, social media, and instant gratification are prioritized over love, trust and commitment, men and women alike are in and out of relationships, abandoning friendships, quitting marriages, and giving up on love. Chris Sain, Jr's book Finding Real Love in the Love & Hip Hop Era offers a unique, unfiltered perspective as o why love is so hard to find. He provides a modern viewpoint and compelling insights…

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Managing your Digital Footprint

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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 experience 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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Container Gardening with Our Kitchen Table

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn how to grow your own organic food and herbs in containers and window boxes. Our Kitchen Table garden coaches will share tips on soil, planting and caring for food plants with special emphasis on achieving success in an urban setting.

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May 2017

Market Research Series

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their industry, customers and competition? In this series, learn the tools, tactics and strategies to make the market research faster, easier and more beneficial to any level of entrepreneur. Session 1: Industry Information Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 pm Register: bit.ly/2kmXzKS Session 2: Business-to-Customer Market…

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Building Basic Computer Skills

May 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are you often confused by computer terms and lingo? By learning the key concepts and basic terminology used in technology, you can build a foundation for digital literacy that will last a lifetime. In this class, you will begin the process of developing the skills you will need to navigate the Internet, mobile devices and many types of software.

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Rant, Rave and Review: Film Discussion Series

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Ali, Fear Eats the Soul_cover

Want to talk more about films after watching them on our film streaming service Kanopy? Watch the pre-selected film at home and then attend an engaging and thoughtful discussion and analysis of the film at the library. Ask questions, give opinions, and talk movies! Films may contain adult situations and content. May's selection: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974).

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Reading the Great Lakes – May 2017

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Shipman-CharmBracelet-med

Come explore the Lakes with us! We'll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the books are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. May’s selection is The Charm Bracelet…

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Music in the Stacks: The Howlers

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Howlers-Picture-web

Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Matt Ten Clay and The Howlers. Ten Clay is an influential collaborator, producer and mentor in the GR music scene. His work has inspired a generation of GR psyche rockers who have taken his sound and claimed it as part of their own. Out of Sight, Out of Mind is the new EP from The Howlers that takes the listener through Ten Clay’s prolific…

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Mindstorm Saturdays

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until May 20, 2017

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Stop by for drop-in Mindstorms! These hands-on robotics kits will teach kids ages 10 and up essential coding skills. Follow instructions to complete a project or use problem-solving skills and attention to detail to make your own creation. Open tinkering hours are drop-in and self guided.

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Getting Started with Lynda.com

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Need advanced-level help with Excel? Want to learn how to use new Adobe software? Interested in travel photography? With Lynda.com and your library card, you can pick up a new hobby or begin training for a new career with the help of engaging online tutorials from industry experts. Tutorials cover a wide range of skills and topics in the fields of business, technology, and the arts. This introductory class will walk you through the steps of signing up for this…

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Promoting Michigan for 100 Years: A History of the West Michigan Tourist Association

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) was founded in Grand Rapids in 1917. Established as a non-profit organization based on membership, it was the first grass-roots tourist association in the country. At the time, the tourist industry was in its infancy. Although railroad lines, steamship companies, and various hotels and resorts promoted the region they served, there was no concerted effort to boost the tourism advantages of the state. With strong leadership and committed members of WMTA, tourism has grown…

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Teen Council Meet Up

May 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Take charge at the library! Teens in grades 8-12 are invited to join the brand new Teen Council. Help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection, do fun activities and hang out with your friends. Let your voice be heard and have fun too! Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available to participants.

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Discovering the Internet

May 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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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Evening Explorers – May

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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EveningExplorers

Does your child like to build and discover how things work? Kids in second through fifth grade can come to the Main Library for hands-on STEM experiences each month. Take part in science experiments and activities each session to find out how things work and explore the world. This month: Exploring Electricity. Use potatoes and lemons to test if they can be used to create electricity. Make static electricity for shocking experiments and tricks.

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Growing Food at Home: Affordable and Easy Ways to Get Started

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
urban roots, 1316 Madison SE
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Join us at Urban Root’s Community Farm and Education Center to learn the basics of growing food in the city. Get tips on starting an easy and low cost garden and learn about shopping at farmers markets. Discover ways to find fresh, local and nutrient-dense food in your neighborhood. This program will be held rain or shine. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. Parking is available across the street from the farm.

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An Evening Filled with Hope with Wade Rouse

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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HOPE CHEST, THE

Wade Rouse is back in West Michigan this spring to share from his new book, The Hope Chest, which he wrote under the pen name Viola Shipman—a tribute to his grandmother and the woman who inspired his Heirloom Series. In The Hope Chest, wade weaves the tale of the lives of three people who deepen connections to one another—and find hope in the midst of overwhelming life changes—as they discover the contents and secrets of one woman’s hope chest. Wade…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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 will teach you how to communicate with others online and offer tips on how to be safe while doing so. You will learn the basics about 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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[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays – May 2017

May 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Tweens in grades 6-8 can stop by the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month to stretch their STEAM skills and try out tech trends. Explore the world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math through hands-on experiments that teach news and exciting concepts. Bring a friend and let’s get scientific together. May: Bristle-Bots. Create your own jittery robot critter using household items and watch them battle, paint and race.

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Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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2017 Michigan Notable Book winner, William Rapai will discuss some of the invasive species that are impacting the Great Lakes. Learn how they arrives and the impact they are making on our environment. Rapai will also give in depth information on two of the invaders and describe how their relationship is totally reordering life in the Great Lakes. He will then share why, despite these profound changes, there is new optimism. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Clean Eating 101

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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You’ve no doubt heard the term clean eating, but what does it mean? Chef educator Sue Stauffacher will share the meaning and practice of the clean eating movement. She will demonstrate some simple and effective ideas and recipes for substitutes for many common processed foods. Sample tastings will be provided. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

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