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November 2017

Mindstorm Saturdays

November 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until May 26, 2018

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

Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, these hands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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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

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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Speak to a Geek Computer Sessions

November 28 @ 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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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

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

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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Small Business Research Essentials

November 29 @ 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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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

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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Information Literacy Survival Guide for Teens

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

This six-week crash course will introduce high school students in 9-12 grade to skills that will be critical after school and in college. Each session will include a short presentation and activities to put their skills to work. Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available. This week: What is a Research Question?

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December 2017

Genealogical Resources at the Grand Rapids Public Library

December 2 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department houses vast resources for genealogists. Thoroughly covered are Michigan, the Midwest, and eastern states beginning in colonial times. Speaker Susan Rabick will show samples of books, their contents and how to locate those relevant to your research. Vital statistics records, genealogies, histories, and how-to books will be included. Other materials covered will include periodicals, searchable collections, archival collections, and databases.

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Discovering the Internet

December 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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

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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Building a Beer City with Pat Evans

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Ever wonder how Grand Rapids became Beer City USA? Join Pat Evans, author of Grand Rapids Beer: An Intoxicating History of River City Brewing for a fascinating tour of the history of Grand Rapids beer making, from our origins as a whiskey-trading outpost to a modern brewing giant. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

December 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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Workshop Wednesdays

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

Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) through hands-on activities, discussions, and career exploration. Each month, a different topic will be explored. This month learn about 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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Financials for Small Business with Dennis Dornbush

December 6 @ 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

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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Information Literacy Survival Guide for Teens

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

This six-week crash course will introduce high school students in 9-12 grade to skills that will be critical after school and in college. Each session will include a short presentation and activities to put their skills to work. Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available. This week: Credit Where It's Due: Plagiarism and Copyright

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Grand Rapids Grassroots: A Panel Discussion

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

Grand Rapids is known for the political and philanthropic contributions of its wealthiest residents. There are also many people, grassroots activists, working daily to make the city a better place to live. These activists, community leaders, and neighborhood organizers are determined to create a more socially just city. Grand Rapids Grassroots: An Anthology raises up the voices of those individuals and grassroots groups. The discussion will focus on the importance of telling the stories of people doing work to change…

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Building Detectives 101: Researching Urban Resources

December 9 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Many of the resources used to form the back story of downtown properties are unique to our library, and include Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, local Polk City Directories, archival images and documents, real estate listing cards, and newspaper articles. Library Assistant and Architectural Historian Heather Edwards will teach participants how to research downtown commercial spaces using the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department resources.

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De-Stress for the Holidays: An Introduction to Mindfulness

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Mindfulness is the practice of being in the present moment with kindness, curiosity and acceptance. The holidays can be a time of stress for many of us. In this workshop, learn some of the basic skills to help you have a calmer, happier holiday season. Learn how to calm yourself, practice self-compassion, gain clarity and learn about the power of choice. Choose to respond rather than react, and choose gratitude rather than scarcity. All participants will leave with ideas to…

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Kevin Kammeraad’s Winter Wonderland Concert

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

An interactive, all ages winter holiday show featuring Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe. The show is filled with many well-known holiday songs and a couple of originals as well. Come join us for this popular holiday tradition!

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Backup Basics: How to Secure Your Data

December 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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

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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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Profiles

December 13 @ 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

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

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Teen Council

December 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Take charge at the library! You are invited to join the Teen Council. Help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection, do fun activities, and hang out with your friends. This month the discussion will focus 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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How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

December 13 @ 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

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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Information Literacy Survival Guide for Teens

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

This six-week crash course will introduce high school students in 9-12 grade to skills that will be critical after school and in college. Each session will include a short presentation and activities to put their skills to work. Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available. This week: True of False: Making Sense of the Media and Other Sources of News

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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

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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Music in the Stacks: The Bootstrap Boys

December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by The Bootstrap Boys. The Bootstrap Boys are a four-piece country outfit based in Grand Rapids. They've been laying down country-fried originals and well curated covers that run the gamut from classic outlaw hits to old cowboy songs, gospel to pop all in their own Up-North-Down-South style since 2015. Join them for this holiday-themed concert.

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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

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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The Wives (and Lives) of the Early Dutch Pastors

January 6, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The Christian Reformed Church in North America was founded in 1857, and it was headquartered in Grand Rapids. The lives of its pastors have been well documented and written about. However, the stories of the wives of these pastors have been sadly ignored in the historical writings of the church. In her recently published book, For Better or Worse, speaker Janet Sheeres has brought some of these women out of obscurity and describes their challenges and living conditions. Many of…

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Building Basic Computer Skills

January 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on March 1, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on April 9, 2018 at 11:00am

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

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

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

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Speak to a Geek: Drop-In Computer Help Sessions

January 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Basic Computer Maintenance

January 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Have you noticed your computer slowing down? Have you had a virus or malware infect your machine? In this class, we demonstrate a few basic things you can do to keep your desktop, laptop or mobile device running smoothly and efficiently. Learn about the various problems and threats that can completely disable or reduce the lifespan of your machine.

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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

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

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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Discovering the Internet

January 15, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on February 7, 2018 at 1:00pm

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

One event on April 16, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on May 10, 2018 at 11:00am

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

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

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Baby & Me Storytimes

January 15, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until March 26, 2018

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

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

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Spanish Pajama Time

January 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until March 26, 2018

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

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

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Toddler Time

January 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until March 27, 2018

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

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

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Pajama Time!

January 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 27, 2018

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

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

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Pajama Time!

January 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 27, 2018

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

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

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Toddler Time

January 17, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until March 28, 2018

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

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

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Baby & Me Storytimes

January 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until March 28, 2018

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

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

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Family Time

January 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until March 28, 2018

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

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

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Backup Basics: How to Secure Your Data

January 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on March 7, 2018 at 11:00am

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

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

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

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Small Business Research Essentials

January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on March 7, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

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

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Baby & Me Storytimes

January 18, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until March 29, 2018

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

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

Find out more »

Toddler Time

January 18, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until March 29, 2018

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

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

Find out more »

Family Time

January 18, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until March 29, 2018

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

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

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History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History

January 20, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

A day-long event made up of six programs exploring various aspects of Grand Rapids history. Presented by area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations, topics are varied and reflect the unique heritage of West Michigan. Topics include: Welcome to Madison Square Elective Detectives and Crowdsourcing Grand Rapids Women's History Marking History: State Historical Markers in Grand Rapids African Americans in Early Grand Rapids Dress Discoveries: Fashion and the Voigt Family The North End Gets a Name All events…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

January 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on February 14, 2018 at 1:00pm

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

One event on April 23, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on May 17, 2018 at 11:00am

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

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

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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Profiles

January 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on February 5, 2018 at 11:00am

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

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

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

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

Find out more »

How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

January 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

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.

Find out more »

Music in the Stacks: Lipstick Jodi

January 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Lipstick Jodi. Lipstick Jodi is a four-piece indie alt-pop band from Grand Rapids fronted by guitarist and lead singer Karli Morehouse. What began as a duo with Luke Rockhold on drums/vocals quickly became a four-member ensemble with the addition of Camille Hoorn on bass and Jamie Baarman on keys/vocals. After a strong debut EP Good Not Great, flexing a unique, full sound with catchy…

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Managing Your Digital Footprint

January 29, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on February 28, 2018 at 11:00am

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

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

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

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

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

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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

January 31, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on February 12, 2018 at 11:00am

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

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

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

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

Find out more »

How to Use the Library to Write a Marketing Plan

January 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on March 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

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

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February 2018

Workshop Wednesdays

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

Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) through hands-on activities, discussions, and career exploration. Each month, a different topic will be explored. This month learn about 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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