Summer Reading Challenge Events

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Super Secret Science Saturday

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Do you think you have what it takes to become a Mad Scientist? Test your skills in our secret laboratory, sign up to be a Summer Reading Challenger, enjoy test tube treats, and be initiated into the Mad Scientist Club!

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ottawa Hills Branch – 1150 Giddings SE
Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern SE
Van Belkum Branch – 1563 Plainfield NE
West Leonard Branch – 1017 Leonard NW

2:00 – 5:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE
Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE
West Side Branch – 713 Bridge NW
Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE

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Book Buddies

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Ever want to read to a princess, race car driver, or a dinosaur? Now you can! Come check out a Book Buddy from the library and spend 10 minutes reading your favorite book together! There will be lots of special characters and local personalities to choose from and each one is excited to hear you read. Make sure you log your minutes in your Challenger log! Book Buddies are available on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to change. This is a special partnership between the Heart of West Michigan United Way, the Grand Rapids Public Library, and the Kent District Library. A parent or guardian must accompany their child at this event.

Cirque Amongus

Cirque Amongus

This amazing show is a surprising combination of comedy, circus skills, and audience participation. Accomplished performers with a broad range of acrobatic skills will put on a display guaranteed to amaze and delight all ages.

Tuesday, June 17
10:30 am – Main Library – 111 Library St, NE
2:00 pm – West Leonard Branch – 1017 Leonard NW

Wednesday, June 18
10:30 am – Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern SE
3:00 pm – Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE
6:30 pm – Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Paleo Joe

The Science of Dinosaurs with PaleoJoe

What did dinosaurs eat? Did they burp? If so, did they say excuse me afterward? PaleoJoe will take you back in time to learn about the science of dinosaurs. Hear dinosaur stories, and see fossils up close including skull casts, teeth, and poop! Learn about the predators, scavengers and plant eaters of the ancient Mesozoic, the age of dinosaurs.

Wednesday, June 25
10:30 am – West Side Branch – 713 Bridge SE
2:00 pm – Ottawa Hills Branch – 1150 Giddings SE
6:30 pm – Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Thursday, June 26
10:30 am – Van Belkum Branch – 1563 Plainfield NE
2:00 pm – Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE

CARE Ballet

CARE Ballet Presents: Move! Create! Dance!

The dancers of the Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble bring music, creativity, and fun dancing with a short performance and instruction about the art and science of dance. Aspiring ballerinas and athletes will get the opportunity to interact with the CARE Ballet dancers and learn how our bodies move, twirl, jump, and balance!

Wednesday, July 16
10:30 am – West Side Branch – 713 Bridge SE
2:00 pm – Ottawa Hills Branch – 1150 Giddings SE
6:30 pm – Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Thursday, July 17
10:30 am – Van Belkum Branch – 1563 Plainfield NE
2:00 pm – Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE

Jason Hudy

Magician Jason Hudy

Join award winning magician Jason Hudy in a show that’s part science, part magic, and 100% fun! A performance that’s filled with amazing magic and cool science experiments, and tons of laughs!

Tuesday, July 22
10:30 am – Main Library – 111 Library St NE
2:00 pm – West Leonard Branch – 1017 Leonard NW

Wednesday, July 23
10:30 am – Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern SE
3:00 pm – Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE
6:30 pm – Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Chris Linn

Chris Linn: America’s Magical Funnyman

Half comedian, half magician and all fun—Chris Linn’s theatrical stage show blends clean comedy and unique magic in an action packed one-man show. Laugh along with Chris as he uses crazy props, hilarious audience participation and energetic music and sound effects. It is a show you won’t soon forget!

Wednesday, July 30
10:30 am – West Side Branch – 713 Bridge NW
2:00 pm – Ottawa Hills Branch – 1150 Giddings SE
6:30 pm – Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Thursday, July 31
10:30 am – Van Belkum Branch – 1563 Plainfield NE
2:00 pm – Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE

Dunuya

Dunuya Drum and Dance

Dunuya Drum and Dance is a multicultural ensemble dedicated to fostering community spirit through the rhythms, music, and dance of West Africa and the Diaspora. Their shows are full of audience interaction, through singing, dancing, or playing instruments along with the group.

Tuesday, August 5
10:30 am – Main Library – 111 Library St NE
2:00 pm – West Leonard Branch – 1017 Leonard NW

Wednesday, August 6
10:30 am – Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern SE
3:00 pm – Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE
6:30 pm – Main Library – 111 Library St NE

CANCELED: GRPL’s Got Talent

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Teens, come and show off your talents at this annual event! Singers, dancers, musicians and performance artists of all kinds are welcome to enter for a chance to win prizes. Important dates to remember: Sign up by Monday, August 4 at any GRPL location. Rehearsal is Monday, August 11 from 7-8:30 pm at the Main Library.

Fill out an application.