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February 2017

Winter Reading Challenge

February 27
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Daily until February 28, 2017
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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WRC

The weather outside is frightful, which makes it the perfect time to settle in with a good book. Sign up for the Winter Reading Challenge, select the number of books you are going to challenge yourself to read or listen to before the end of February, and win prizes! Great for the whole family! So what's your number?

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One Book, One City for Kids

February 27
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Daily until March 31, 2017
All Library Locations,
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program that encourages all 5th graders in the city to read and discuss the same book. The program also strives to encourage a lifelong love of reading among students, to inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life through discussion, and to build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries, and area schools. This year the entire city will be reading Out of My Mind by Sharon M.…

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Pajama Time for Families

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day until March 27, 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! For families with children ages birth – 5 years old.

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Pajama Time for Families

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day until March 27, 2017
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

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day until March 27, 2017
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

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 28, 2017
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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Pajama Time for Toddlers

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until March 28, 2017
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

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day until March 28, 2017
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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March 2017

Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

March 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 29, 2017
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 1 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 29, 2017
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 1 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 29, 2017
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 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until May 17, 2017
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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Small Business Research Essentials

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 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. 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.…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until March 30, 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. Free and open to the public.

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Building Basic Computer Skills

March 2 @ 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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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

March 2 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until March 29, 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 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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Rant, Rave and Review: Film Discussion Series

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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blind chance

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. March's selection: Blind Chance (1981).

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Reading the Great Lakes – March 2017

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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know the mother

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. March’s selection is Know the Mother…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 6 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until March 27, 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. Free and open to the public.

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An Evening with Sharon M. Draper

March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Draper-OutOfMyMind-web

The author of the book, Out of My Mind, which is included in many school curriculum nationally, will be presenting and signing books. This ends the One Book, One City for Kids program. Educators and youth, not only will you meet the author of this year’s selection, but you will be able to come and mingle with others who have read the book. Refreshments and cake will be served.

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Cooking Matters

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until April 11, 2017
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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Teen Council Meet Up

March 8 @ 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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Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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As nature's largest and longest-lived creations, trees play an extraordinary and important role in our cities; they are living landmarks that define space, cool the air, sooth our psyches, and connect us to nature and our past. Author and founder of the Baltimore Tree Trust, Jill Jonnes will share her work in the area of “Trees as Green Infrastructure.”

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How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 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 covered.

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Discovering the Internet

March 9 @ 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 – March

March 9 @ 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 is science experiments and activities to find out how things work and explore the world. This month: Aircraft Design. Use a paper airplane to demonstrate the four forces of aerodynamics (drag, gravity, lift, and thrust). Make the paper model that helped engineers figure our how to make a car…

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Blood on the Mitten

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Before Michigan became a state, there were witch trials, scalp collectors, dirty sports, and a massacre of epic proportions. The lumber era that followed made Michigan as much of a wild west as Deadwood, and Prohibition allowed a group of Detroit thugs to run roughshod over even the likes of Al Capone. Author Tom Carr will share stories of crimes of passion, crimes of necessity, and cold, calculated evil as he examines the historical context of murder in Michigan and…

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Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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One of the first rules of marketing is 'go where your customers are.' And where are your customers? Increasingly, they are found online! Join the Business Librarian for an informative session on how to use Facebook and other social media tools to engage customers, start and grow your business.

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Exploring Social Media and Email

March 16 @ 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 – March 2017

March 16 @ 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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Kid’s Joke Time

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Kids are invited to take the stage during LaughFest through Kids Joke Time. Young comedians are encouraged to gather their favorite jokes and take the mic. What ensues makes this one of the most entertaining events during the festival. This is a free event for all to attend.

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Music in the Stacks: PARTS

March 16 @ 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 PARTS. PARTS is a two-piece electronic band that incorporates vocals, synthesizers, drum machines and samples. Their first release, a self-titled cassette EP, was released in September 2015.

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Amazing Worlds: Fantasy Writing with H.M. Bouwman

March 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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BOOK-COVER-Crack-in-Sea

In this 1 ½ hour workshop, teens ages 10 and up will talk and write fantasy with novelist H.M. Bouwman. Discover world building, magical and fantasy elements, characters, and plot. During the workshop teens will write and leave with ideas for a story of their own.

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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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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 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-03-25 01:00 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 3 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-03-25 12:00
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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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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Weekly on the same day until April 24, 2017
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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Weekly on the same day until April 25, 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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Let’s Play! at the Seymour Branch

April 5 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until April 26, 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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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
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until April 27, 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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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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romeopencity_poster2.indd

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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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