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September 2017

Toddler Time

September 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until November 15, 2017

Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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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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Baby & Me Storytimes

September 20 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until November 15, 2017

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

September 20 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until November 15, 2017

West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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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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Baby & Me Storytimes

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until November 16, 2017

Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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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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Backup Basics: How to Secure Your Data

September 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on December 11, 2017 at 1:00pm

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

September 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until November 16, 2017

Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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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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Dress Rehearsal for the Arsenal

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Historian Chris Causley is a founding member and current president of the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society. He will discuss how Michigan's manufacturing industries responded to the nation's call in 1917 during WWI. Learn about Ford Eagle Boats, Fischer DH-4 airplanes, Liberty engines, Dodge recuperators, American Cat caissons, and how the lessons learned influenced the "Arsenal of Democracy" of WWII.

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Mindstorm Saturdays

September 23 @ 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
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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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Baby & Me Storytimes

September 25 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until November 13, 2017

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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Managing Your Digital Footprint

September 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on October 24, 2017 at 7:00pm

One event on November 16, 2017 at 11:00am

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 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 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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Spanish Pajama Time

September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until November 13, 2017

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

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until November 14, 2017

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

September 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 12, 2017

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 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. Stop by during one of our drop-in question and answer sessions at the Main Library.

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Mind Meets Music

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 14, 2017

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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Pajama Time!

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 14, 2017

Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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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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Small Business Research Essentials

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 29, 2017 at 7:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Profiles

September 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on October 25, 2017 at 1:00pm

One event on December 13, 2017 at 11:00am

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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October 2017

Building Basic Computer Skills

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on October 3, 2017 at 7:00pm

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

October 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 hydraulics. Learn the principles of water power by assembling a functioning robotic arm that moves using hydraulic power. 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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How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on December 13, 2017 at 7:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Do you have a great idea for a business? Take the first step to starting your own: write a business plan. A more advanced class designed for those who already have a working knowledge of computers and the Internet, this course will highlight library resources to assist students in crafting a well-written business plan. Both online and offline resources will be highlighted.

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Poetry Reading with Naomi Long Madgett and Friends

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Join Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett for an afternoon of poetry and music. Dr. Madgett's work celebrates the experiences of Black Americans and her work as founder and editor of Lotus Press has encouraged countless up-and-coming poets. Dr. Madgett will be joined by Sonya Pouncy, a Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop Fellow, who will read from an in-progress collection on the life of Mrs. Henrietta Lacks, progenitor of the immortal HeLa cell line. Lamar Willis, an educator and musician, will…

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Locating Living Relatives (Reverse Genealogy)

October 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Step away from researching our deceased ancestors and attempt to locate living relatives who might be in possession of Great-Great-Grandma's family Bible, photos of Civil War ancestors, or letters written from the home country. We'll discuss online sites that allow us to look for potential living relatives at no cost and methods for contacting them without sounding like a scammer or phisher.

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Discovering the Internet

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 2, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on December 4, 2017 at 1:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 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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Basic Computer Maintenance

October 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on October 11, 2017 at 1:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Have you noticed your computer is slowing down? Have you had a virus or malware infect your machine? In this class, learn a few basic things you can do to keep your desktop, laptop or mobile device running smoothly. We will discuss various problems and threats that can completely disable or reduce the lifespan of your machine.

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Teen Council

October 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 3D Printing Pen. Snacks and Ride to Read passes are provided. For teens in grades 8-12.

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Financials for Small Business with Dennis Dornbush

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on December 6, 2017 at 7:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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The most important part of any business plan is the financials section. Serial entrepreneur, accountant, and mentor Dennis Dornbush will teach the ins and outs of startup financials. Learn about breakeven analysis, keeping up with cash-flows, budgeting, and other skills to make sure that your start-up is on the right track. Basic spreadsheet skills are required for this class.

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Evening Explorers

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 the science of slimy things. Investigate, discover, and create answers to: What does slug slime feel like and why do slugs need it anyway? How can something be both a solid and liquid? Can you combine liquids…

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Speedrome Gone, But Not Forgotten

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Doug Taylor will share the history of this very special place. Located on North Park Street between the Grand River and West River Drive, the site hosted the West Michigan Fairgrounds, the short lived Air Park, and the Speedrome. Opened in 1950, the Speedrome hosted Nascar races and, in the 1960s, super fast modifieds and semi late model stock cars. Taylor will bring to life the days of the thundering race cars that roared around the trac since 1903, with…

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Introduction to Shibori

October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Learn the ancient Japanese technique of indigo dyed fabric called shibori. By folding, twisting, or compressing natural fiber cloth, you can create a number of different patterns, from organic to geometric. Join local makers Lindsay Jones and Erin Lenau as the demonstrate this beautiful form of tie-dying. You'll have the opportunity to experiment with multiple patterns and leave with finished pieces of shibori. All dye, fabric and materials will be provided. Space is limited.

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Placing X: A Novel in Michigan Cultural History

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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The 2017-18 Great Michigan Read, X: A Novel by Ilyasah Al Shabazz and Kekla Magoon explores the Michigan roots of Malcolm X, including the early life experiences, both good and bad, that molded him into one of the most prominent leaders of the twentieth century. In this presentation, Dr. Michelle Johnson situates Malcom X and the novel at the center of Black cultural experiences in Michigan from 1860-1948. In particular, she explores connections between Michigan and Caribbean countries, labor, class,…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on October 17, 2017 at 7:00pm

One event on November 9, 2017 at 11:00am

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 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 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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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on December 6, 2017 at 11:00am

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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Grantseeking Basics for Nonprofits

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 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 Professional, a database of 140,000 foundations and 3.2 million grants, students will compile a list of foundation prospects that match their organization's needs. We'll also briefly touch upon other funding sources, such as government and business, and learn about various guides to proposal writing.

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Music in the Stacks: Hollywood Makeout

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Hollywood Makeout. In 2013, Erin Lenau (lead vox, guitar) and Cedric Canero (bass, backup vox) began writing songs together in their apartment. Tim Broderick (drums, backup vox) lived in the apartment beneath them (which made getting together for practice convenient) and Hollywood Makeout was born. After performing as a three piece for awhile, Tim Warren (guitar) came on as the 4th member to complete…

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 22, 2017 at 1:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Huge used book sale! Find treasures, bargains, and more! Saturday: 3 for $1 Sunday: Fill a bag for $5 (we provide the bag) All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Safe Cycling for All Seasons

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Even in Michigan, bicycling can be fun and enjoyable all year long. Learn how to ride safely and have fun on your bicycle no matter the weather. A short presentation by the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition will cover sage cycling basics and special considerations for different seasons and settings. A Q&A session will follow. All riders welcome!

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Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 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. 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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Día de los Muertos: Honoring Day of the Dead

October 28
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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until November 1, 2017

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Come celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Grand Rapids Public Library. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on. Loved ones come together to build altars that celebrate the life and memory of the dead. This is a time of celebration and joy, filled with talk and memories of those who have died. Altars from members of the community honoring family and friends will be on display. Every altar is…

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Día de los Muertos: Family Day

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Families are invited to learn more about the Day of the Dead holiday, explore the altars, decorate sugar skulls, have your face painted, and do a craft. The day will include bilingual story times, live music from Gabriel Estrada III, food from local restaurants and Pan de Muerto provided by Panaderia Margo. Free and open to the public.

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November 2017

Workshop Wednesdays

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 Kinetic Creatures. Kinetic Creatures are walking cardboard animals that you build from a kit. Learn about movement and engineering while you help us put together Rory, Geno, and Elly. Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available. Great for curious kids in grades 6-8, but other kids are…

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Web Marketing Series

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 15, 2017

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Marketing is about the stories we tell, and the tools we use to tell them. For this new series at GRPL, we'll start with how any entrepreneur can build a compelling story to connect with consumers. Web Marketing I will cover the basics of marketing, crafting a target market, and story construction. Web Marketing II will cover the creation of a basic website using WordPress. Web Marketing III will cover advanced tools and tactics that an entrepreneur can use to…

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Researching Civil War Historical Novels

November 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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The Turner Daughter Series details the lives of a family that was torn apart by the Civil War. Each novel revolves around one family member and also features a historic figure as a main character. Though the War Shall Rise Against Me takes place in Gettysburg and focuses on Charlotte Turner, who is left to run the family farm in Pennsylvania. Author Erica "Marie LaPres" Emelander will talk about her novels and the research she does to make them as…

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Cutting the Cable Cord

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Streaming video and live television are a rapidly expanding market. There are dozens of content providers online that allow you to stream television and movies live or on demand. With new options available, many people save money each month by canceling their cable television subscription in favor of streaming video over the Internet. In this updated class, we will discuss what you need to start streaming television and saving money.

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Teen Council

November 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 Day of the Dead and the activity will be creating Sugar Skulls. Snacks and Ride to Read passes are provided. For teens in grades 8-12.

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Evening Explorers

November 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 dream catchers. Learn the origin and stories of the dream catcher. Make a dream catcher that has been taught to us from a mother and daughter of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.

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Genealogy Lock-In

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

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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Modern Lettering for Beginners

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Learn the art of hand lettering! In this beginner class, Jamie Johnson from 6.25 Paper Studio will guide you through lettering basics, proportions, and a few different font styles. You will spend time practicing and trying out your new skills. Space is limited.

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Speak Up GR: Gentrification and Our City

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Gentrification is a hot topic in the City of Grand Rapids, thanks to the rapid changes to our neighborhoods and our skyline. But how do we ensure that Grand Rapids does not fall into the gentrification trap that has caused problems in so many cities all over the country? Our panel included Darel Ross II (LINC and Start Garden), Landon Bartley (City of Grand Rapids Planning Department), Dr. Benjamin Ofori-Amoah (WMU Geography Department) and David Allen (Grand Rapids City Commission).…

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Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors: Stories from the Jim Crow Museum

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Dr. David Pilgrim is the founder and director of the Jim Crow Museum, the largest publicly accessible collection of racist objects in the United States localed at Ferris State University. In this presentation, he will examine the origins and significance of several long-standing anti-black stories and the caricatures and stereotypes that undergird them. Using examples from the Jim Crow Museum, Dr. Pilgrim will include stories from his journey, challenging the integrity of racial narratives. A book signing will follow his…

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You Are Your Brand: Digital Citizenship for Future Professionals

November 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Navigating the web can be challenging and harmful to your reputation. This 45-minute workshop will give teens the knowledge to fight cyberbullying and internet drama. Learn what a digital footprint is, and how it can affect your future career. Discover how to keep your information secure online. This program is intended for high school juniors and seniors, but anyone can attend.

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Music in the Stacks: Karisa Wilson

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Karisa Wilson, an award-winning songwriter and native Grand Rapidian. Wilson is a classically trained violinist, guitarist, and singer who performs a soulful blend of folk, pop and jazz. She performs solo, with a backing band, or with the Bluewater Kings band.

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Santa’s Workshop

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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After the Santa Claus Parade, stop by the library to warm up with some holiday cheer. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by after the parade to meet all the good little girls and boys in Grand Rapids. Listen to stories with Mrs. Claus while you warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. Decorate your very own tabletop holiday tree and help us light the Library Tree! Visit with Santa and tell him your holiday wishes. Holiday crafts…

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Let’s Play!

November 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until December 19, 2017

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 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

November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 19, 2017

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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Let’s Play

November 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until December 20, 2017

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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Let’s Play

November 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until December 21, 2017

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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December 2017

Workshop Wednesdays

December 6 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 paper circuits. Electricity can happen anywhere! Design your own paper circuit on paper and light up LEDs using copper tape and conductive ink. 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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Teen Council

December 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 onupcoming movies and the activity will be a movie showing. Snacks and Ride to Read passes are provided. For teens in grades 8-12.

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Evening Explorers

December 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 the human body. Create your own stethoscope. Make tasty blood and learn the four main components of blood.

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January 2018

Workshop Wednesdays

January 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 sewn circuits. Create fashionable circuitry. Bring in old clothing for yourself. Extra supplies will also be available. 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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Teen Council

January 10, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 comics (American and Japanese) and the activity will be Zine Making. Snacks and Ride to Read passes are provided. For teens in grades 8-12.

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Evening Explorers

January 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 wildlife biology. Learn about animals and birds by making examples of animal camouflage. Make a bird feeder. Build a bird's nest.

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February 2018

Workshop Wednesdays

February 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 tensile bubbles. Use your engineering skills to create geometric bubble wands and watch how the design affects the shapes of the bubbles. 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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Evening Explorers

February 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 engineering. Build a variety of materials, including marshmallows and toothpicks. Complete challenges.

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Teen Council

February 14, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 Black History Month and the activity will be Grown Up Coloring. Snacks and Ride to Read passes are provided. For teens in grades 8-12.

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March 2018

Workshop Wednesdays

March 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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Evening Explorers

March 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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Teen Council

March 14, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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April 2018

Workshop Wednesdays

April 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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Teen Council

April 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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May 2018

Workshop Wednesdays

May 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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