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April 2017

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

Speak to a Geek: Drop-In Computer Help Sessions

May 3 @ 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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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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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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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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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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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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Genealogy Lock-In

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists. Learn how to use the library databases, newspaper microfilm, and other other resources, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Volunteers from the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will be available to assist with your research. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up at www.grpl.org/register or call 616-988-5400.

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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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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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Ringlets

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join Embellish Handbell Ensemble for a fun and captivating program full of handbells! Ringlets is a special program just for kids that combines music education and an introduction to ringing handbells through hands-on creative activities and a fun setting.

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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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June 2017

Reading the Great Lakes – June 2017

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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. June’s selection is Bird Box by…

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Summer Storytimes for Babies

June 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until July 24, 2017

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills.

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Pajama Time!

June 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until July 24, 2017

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!

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Summer Storytimes for Families

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until July 26, 2017

West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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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 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until July 27, 2017

Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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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 8 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until July 27, 2017

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

June 8 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Thursday, repeating until July 27, 2017

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.

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Construction Truck Petting Zoo

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Sam's Construction

Is your child in awe of construction trucks? Would they like to see them up close and in-person? Come explore our petting zoo of real construction trucks on display in the streets in front of the Main Library and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. A variety of trucks will be on display from the Kent County Road Commission and the cities of Grand Rapids, Walker, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville, and East Grand Rapids. Hands-on activities and delicious snacks for the whole…

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123 Andrés

June 13 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Latin Grammy award-winning Andrés Salguero, better known as 123 Andrés, is one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene. Called “a rockstar for little language learners” by Billboard Magazine, Andrés brings joyful sounds, passion for bilingualism, and a high-energy love of music to audiences. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés gets kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English.

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123 Andrés

June 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Latin Grammy award-winning Andrés Salguero, better known as 123 Andrés, is one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene. Called “a rockstar for little language learners” by Billboard Magazine, Andrés brings joyful sounds, passion for bilingualism, and a high-energy love of music to audiences. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés gets kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English.

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123 Andrés

June 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Latin Grammy award-winning Andrés Salguero, better known as 123 Andrés, is one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene. Called “a rockstar for little language learners” by Billboard Magazine, Andrés brings joyful sounds, passion for bilingualism, and a high-energy love of music to audiences. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés gets kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English.

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Teen Council Meet Up

June 14 @ 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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123 Andrés

June 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Latin Grammy award-winning Andrés Salguero, better known as 123 Andrés, is one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene. Called “a rockstar for little language learners” by Billboard Magazine, Andrés brings joyful sounds, passion for bilingualism, and a high-energy love of music to audiences. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés gets kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English.

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Bicycle Fever

June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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By 1895, America was neck-deep in "bicycle fever," as the safety bicycle evolved from a dangerous and expensive contraption to an easy and affordable way to travel. In Grand Rapids, bike culture was huge, influencing society and industry, and exciting the citizens with races and rides. Join Grand Rapids Public Library staff member Colleen Alles as she discusses the culture and climate of Furniture City's obsession with bicycles. View historic, one-of-a-kind historical documents like photos, publications, and newspaper articles.

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123 Andrés

June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Latin Grammy award-winning Andrés Salguero, better known as 123 Andrés, is one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene. Called “a rockstar for little language learners” by Billboard Magazine, Andrés brings joyful sounds, passion for bilingualism, and a high-energy love of music to audiences. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés gets kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English.

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Hurricane and Weather Forecasting Through the Centuries

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Getting an accurate weather forecast is more than just a matter of comfort and convenience—sometimes it can mean the difference between life and death. Technology to predict the weather has evolved dramatically through the past century. Join WOOD TV 8 Meteorologist Terri DeBoer as she explores the increased accuracy of weather forecasting, including severe weather and hurricane tracking. Terri will also give an overview of how technology has made weather broadcasts a much more informative and entertaining experience for the…

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Baffling Bill the Magician

June 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Be astounded when Baffling Bill the Magician wows you with magic! With help from Gus the Bunny and his assistant Kym, Baffling Bill will perform tricks to make you ooh and aah. See Kym disappear and reappear before your eyes!

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Baffling Bill the Magician

June 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Be astounded when Baffling Bill the Magician wows you with magic! With help from Gus the Bunny and his assistant Kym, Baffling Bill will perform tricks to make you ooh and aah. See Kym disappear and reappear before your eyes!

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Baffling Bill the Magician

June 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Be astounded when Baffling Bill the Magician wows you with magic! With help from Gus the Bunny and his assistant Kym, Baffling Bill will perform tricks to make you ooh and aah. See Kym disappear and reappear before your eyes!

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Baffling Bill the Magician

June 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Be astounded when Baffling Bill the Magician wows you with magic! With help from Gus the Bunny and his assistant Kym, Baffling Bill will perform tricks to make you ooh and aah. See Kym disappear and reappear before your eyes!

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Baffling Bill the Magician

June 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Be astounded when Baffling Bill the Magician wows you with magic! With help from Gus the Bunny and his assistant Kym, Baffling Bill will perform tricks to make you ooh and aah. See Kym disappear and reappear before your eyes!

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Chasing Winds: A Breezy History of Storm Chasing Culture

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Storm chasing has become a widespread activity over the years, involving amateur weather observers, photographers, and meteorologists. Beginning with one individual in 1956, the history of storm chasing includes humble roots, personal adventure, scientific achievement, and tragedy. The culture fosters a fascination with extremes in atmospheric phenomena. Journalist and filmmaker Blake Naftel will share visual excerpts centered in and around West Michigan and Kent County. Historical tornadoes and severe weather events will also be included in the presentation.

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Cirque Amongus

June 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Discover the “big top” within you. Cirque Amongus will surprise and delight audiences with a combination of comedy, circus skills, and audience participation. Come join us for the fun and joy of the circus without the animals.

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Cirque Amongus

June 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Discover the “big top” within you. Cirque Amongus will surprise and delight audiences with a combination of comedy, circus skills, and audience participation. Come join us for the fun and joy of the circus without the animals.

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Run Away to the Circus with Cirque Amongus

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you ever wanted to run away to the circus and learn all of the renown acts? Now is your chance! In this adults-only workshop, professional entertainers from Cirque Amongus will teach you the fundamentals of circus arts—juggling, movement and balancing. Try your hand at juggling balls, rings and clubs. Attempt to ride the unicycle and walk on stilts. Perform on the static trapeze. Learn rolling globe walking, spinning plates, diabolos, and a whole lot more! Come dressed to move.

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Japanese Garden Tour at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 7:00pm

Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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This 1-hour outdoor tour will explore the 8-arce Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. Learn about the traditional elements and structures used in a Japanese garden and discover the thought-provoking Contemporary sculptures that make this Japanese Garden so unique. Space is limited. Tickets are available at the Gardens admission desk 1/2 hour before each tour. Show your GRPL library card to receive free admission and tour tickets.

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Lids at the Library

June 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Madison Square Branch, 1201 Madison Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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The Grand Rapids Griffins' "Put a Lid on It!" program and Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids will visit the Madison Square Branch to distribute 100 free bike helmets to kids ages 1-12 (subject to availability). A parent or guardian much be present for a child to receive a helmet. For more information, call 616-391-SAFE.

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Cirque Amongus

June 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Discover the “big top” within you. Cirque Amongus will surprise and delight audiences with a combination of comedy, circus skills, and audience participation. Come join us for the fun and joy of the circus without the animals.

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Cirque Amongus

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Discover the “big top” within you. Cirque Amongus will surprise and delight audiences with a combination of comedy, circus skills, and audience participation. Come join us for the fun and joy of the circus without the animals.

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How Does a Work of Art End Up in a Museum?

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
GRAM, 101 Monroe Center
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Each of the 5,000+ objects in the collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum has a unique history, or provenance. Some works, which were purchased directly from a living artist, have a rather short history, whereas others have taken long and circuitous routes into GRAM's collection. Registrar Julie Conklin and Curatorial Assistant Jennifer Wcisel will share photos, stories, and documents from the museum archives that bring to life the journeys of these objects. Discover what the back of paintings reveal…

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