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June 2016

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

June 27 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on June 27, 2016

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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Pajama Time!

June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on June 27, 2016

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing songs, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents!

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Wildlife Safari

June 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Learn about the super senses of the animal kingdom, including the American Barn Owl, Australian Sugar Gliders, and Siberian Lynx. Nelson’s Wildlife Safari brings the wonder and excitement of animals in a truly unique hands-on encounter. Kids will see and touch creatures both great and small, while experiencing sights and sounds on a virtual trip around the world.

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Michigan Wolves: History, Identification and Management

June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Discover the dynamic history of wolves in Michigan, and learn to identify wolves and wolf tracks. Wildlife biologist Jennifer Kleitch will also discuss the management of wolves in the state and how the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is working to gain a better understanding of wolves in Michigan.

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Wildlife Safari

June 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn about the super senses of the animal kingdom, including the American Barn Owl, Australian Sugar Gliders, and Siberian Lynx. Nelson’s Wildlife Safari brings the wonder and excitement of animals in a truly unique hands-on encounter. Kids will see and touch creatures both great and small, while experiencing sights and sounds on a virtual trip around the world.

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Meditation 101

June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mindfulness is both a practice and a way of life that will help you focus your attention on the present moment with kindness and curiosity. The practice of mindfulness has been shown to support increased physical, emotional and mental health. Taught by April Hadley, co-founder of the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness, this class will include a brief introduction to meditation and mindfulness, along with a guided meditation practice. Explore what the practice of mindfulness is, understand the brain science…

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July 2016

Science of Aromatherapy

July 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Have you ever wondered about smells and how they can affect your moods? If so, you’ll love this science of aromatherapy workshop, featuring plant-based essential oils. Aromatherapy dates back to ancient times in relaxing the mind and body. Come experiment and make a skin care product to take home. For grades 6-12.

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Reading the Great Lakes – July 2016

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. July’s selection is In the…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

July 11 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 1, 2016

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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Pajama Time!

July 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 1, 2016

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing songs, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents!

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Yoga for Kids of All Ages

July 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 pm

Namaste! Sing Song Yoga™ is a yoga program designed for children that uses original children’s songs to assist in learning yoga poses. Parents are encouraged to stay with their younger children until a certain level of comfort and willingness is well established. Yoga mats are provided or bring your own mat or beach towel.

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The Rise and Fall of German U-boats

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn more about the rise and fall of the World War II German submarine fleet from Keith Gill, the former curator of the U-505 submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The U-505 submarine is the only U-boat captured by the U.S. Navy during the war. It is one of only five U-boats left in the world and the only one in the United States. Gill will discuss both the restoration and relocation project for the submarine,…

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Yoga for Kids of All Ages

July 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Namaste! Sing Song Yoga™ is a yoga program designed for children that uses original children’s songs to assist in learning yoga poses. Parents are encouraged to stay with their younger children until a certain level of comfort and willingness is well established. Yoga mats are provided or bring your own mat or beach towel.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

July 18 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 1, 2016

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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Pajama Time!

July 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 1, 2016

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing songs, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents!

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Drummunity

July 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Drumming in the library?! YES! Come join the “Drummunity” circle, with percussionist Lori Fithian. She brings the drums; you get to play them! Grab your whole family and get in the Drummunity groove! She’ll show us how to play, sing and dance to the community beat with rhythm games, songs and fun for all ages. No experience necessary.

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SBDC Social Media Series: Intro to Social Media

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Looking to enhance your social media skills for business? Come learn from Leandra Williams with the Grand Rapids Small Business Development Center. Using real world examples, this three-part series consists of lectures, hands-on training, and interactive questions-and-answer sessions. Bring your own laptop or tablet to create your own social media accounts. Registration is required. 

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Drummunity

July 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Drumming in the library?! YES! Come join the “Drummunity” circle, with percussionist Lori Fithian. She brings the drums; you get to play them! Grab your whole family and get in the Drummunity groove! She’ll show us how to play, sing and dance to the community beat with rhythm games, songs and fun for all ages. No experience necessary.

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Forensics: Using Science to Solve Mysteries with Dr. David Foran

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Michigan State University’s Dr. David Foran, director of the nation’s oldest forensic science education program, will introduce participants to the world of forensic science. Discover the difference between the dramatized versions portrayed in the media and the highly technical testing that actual forensic scientists conduct. Dr. Foran will focus on modern forensic casework, ranging from the tragic to the fantastic, and highlight numerous fascinating cases from the past.

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CARE Ballet

July 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am

The dancers of the Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble bring music and fun 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!

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

July 25 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 1, 2016

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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Pajama Time!

July 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 1, 2016

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing songs, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents!

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Baffling Bill the Magician

July 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

POOF! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill the Magician arrives with Gus the Bunny to amaze with illusion and comedy, and to celebrate summer reading! Baffling Bill the Magician will teach you feats of magic and will provide you with an amazing bag of tricks that you can take home and perform for friends and family.

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Baffling Bill the Magician

July 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

POOF! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill the Magician arrives with Gus the Bunny to amaze with illusion and comedy, and to celebrate summer reading! Baffling Bill the Magician will teach you feats of magic and will provide you with an amazing bag of tricks that you can take home and perform for friends and family.

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Free

Genealogy Lock-In

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists! Learn how to use the microfilm reader/scanner/printer, save images, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Use the time to search databases—we will have plenty of computers available or bring your own laptop and use the library’s WiFi network. Bring your genealogy questions or Ancestry and Heritage Quest problems—volunteers will be on hand to assist. Network with other…

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Free

Mini-Golf in the Library

July 30 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Fore! Spend a Saturday afternoon with your child at the library—playing golf!?! Spend time with your son, daughter, or special child in your life as the Grand Rapid Public Library temporarily turns into a mini golf course. The Main Library will host an 18-hole mini golf course with holes wrapping around the stacks and hallways on multiple floors. At its heart, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me is about a father’s love for his son. The poetry of his writing…

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August 2016

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

August 1 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 1, 2016

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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Pajama Time!

August 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
An event every week on the same day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 1, 2016

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing songs, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents!

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Acting Up Theatre

August 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Charlie the Couch Potato does nothing all day except watch TV, play video games and eat junk food. The problem is that he was planted to become a fat-free potato for fat-free french fries, but he has a lot of fat and has no motivation to lose it. Now, the chef has hired a fitness specialist to whip Charlie into shape. The fitness specialist—Move More Murray—encourages Charlie to put down the snacks and to “move, play and read!”

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SBDC Social Media Series: Social Media 101

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Looking to enhance your social media skills for business? Come learn from Leandra Williams with the Grand Rapids Small Business Development Center. Using real world examples, this three-part series consists of lectures, hands-on training, and interactive questions–and–answer sessions. Bring your own laptop or tablet to create your own social media accounts. Registration is required.

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Acting Up Theatre

August 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Charlie the Couch Potato does nothing all day except watch TV, play video games and eat junk food. The problem is that he was planted to become a fat-free potato for fat-free french fries, but he has a lot of fat and has no motivation to lose it. Now, the chef has hired a fitness specialist to whip Charlie into shape. The fitness specialist—Move More Murray—encourages Charlie to put down the snacks and to “move, play and read!”

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Guerilla Cosplay Workshop

August 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Want to make comics-based costumes inexpensively? Want to cosplay for a comic-con but aren’t sure how to make a costume? Attend this workshop and create an easy cosplay costume. Learn tips and tricks on creating a cosplay outfit. Bring some friends and create a costume together. There will be prizes and a fashion show. For grades 6-12.

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Reading the Great Lakes – August 2016

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. August’s selection is Ravens in…

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Mascot Summer Reading Celebration

August 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Are your summer reading goals a slam dunk? Are you going the extra mile and reading even more than you planned? Come to your favorite branch to celebrate reading and summer with your favorite team mascot! Celebrate with your teammates and enjoy cake and punch while collecting lots of prizes for all of your reading efforts. Get your picture taken with local team mascots like Griff, Sparty, Louie the Laker, and Hoopie. Make a fun craft too!

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Mascot Summer Reading Celebration

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Are your summer reading goals a slam dunk? Are you going the extra mile and reading even more than you planned? Come to your favorite branch to celebrate reading and summer with your favorite team mascot! Celebrate with your teammates and enjoy cake and punch while collecting lots of prizes for all of your reading efforts. Get your picture taken with local team mascots like Griff, Sparty, Louie the Laker, and Hoopie. Make a fun craft too!

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Speak Up: All About Oral History

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

History is made up of the stories of individual people. Oral histories record these stories, highlighting the role a person played in the broader community. Over time, some stories are buried or forgotten. Oral histories can speak to these gaps, bringing new information to light and changing the story going forward. But what exactly are oral histories, where do you find them, and how do you use them? Using film and audio clips, historian and archivist Jennifer Morrison will discuss…

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SBDC Social Media Series: Social Media 201

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Looking to enhance your social media skills for business? Come learn from Leandra Williams with the Grand Rapids Small Business Development Center. Using real world examples, this three-part series consists of lectures, hands-on training, and interactive questions–and–answer sessions. Bring your own laptop or tablet to create your own social media accounts. Registration is required.

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Renewal Madness

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a discussion on why the City of Grand Rapids chose to enter the path of Urban Renewal in the latter half of the 20th century. Our local history experts will examine the national trends as to why urban renewal was considered a benefit to the city, how the city decided what to eradicate and what to keep, who this plan might have benefited, and how it still affects us today.

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An Evening with Author W. Bruce Cameron

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Stop in for a conversation with bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron, Michigan Notable Book finalist for The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man. After beginning his career as a humor columnist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News, Cameron has gone on to write bestselling novels as well as to write for television and feature films. He will discuss how a Michigan boy went from repossessing cars to being a LA-based author/screenwriter still connected to his roots. A book signing will…

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September 2016

Screen Printing Party with WMCAT

September 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge at our Screen Printing Party. Not only can you pick up your finisher t-shirt, you will have the opportunity to screen print your own notebook with the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT). Come meet the Ambrose Apprentices and use the WMCAT Mobile Maker to screen print a notebook. There will be other fun activities and snacks. For grades 6-12.

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