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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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Reading the Great Lakes – September 2016

September 1 @ 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. September’s selection is Rez Life:…

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Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits

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

You've found a possible foundation to fund your new project. That's excellent. 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…

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Evening Explorers – September

September 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Do you like to build and create things like origami, paper airplanes, balloon creations, and more? Kids in grades 2-5 can come to the Main Library for hands-on STEAM experiences each month. Take part in science experiments, art, writing and craft activities. This month: Explore Architecture. Plan and build a structure using recycled materials. How tall, how wide, how beautiful, how streamlined, how futuristic will your child make her building?

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Building Basic Computer Skills

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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 Babies

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until November 21, 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 for Families

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until November 14, 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! For families with children ages birth – 5 years old.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

September 13 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until November 15, 2016

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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Michigan’s River Jordan

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join literary and public historian Veta Tucker Smith as she discusses her recently published work, A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland. A long-time West Michigan educator and founder of the Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University, Tucker will discuss the role of the Detroit River corridor in the underground railroad movement, as fugitive slaves fled the United States for Canada. A Fluid Frontier, co-edited by Tucker and Karolyn…

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Small Business Research Essentials

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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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Speak to a Geek: One-on-One Computer Sessions

September 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until October 19, 2016

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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Understanding your Social Security Benefits

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Understanding your Social Security benefits is a crucial part of your life's journey. At this seminar, you will learn a wealth of information about Social Security benefits, and about a variety of resources and tools to help streamline the benefits process. At any stage or any age, whether you are just beginning your career, or within a few years of retirement, educating yourself about your Social Security benefits is a smart investment.

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[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays

September 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Teens 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? Use LittleBits to make a unique and cool creation!

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Discovering the Internet

September 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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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Getting Started with Lynda.com

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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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Exploring Social Media and Email

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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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How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

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

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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October 2016

Managing your Digital Footprint

October 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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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Bicycle Fever

October 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

By 1895, America was neck-deep in “bicycle fever,” as the safety bicycle evolved from a dangerous and expensive contraption to an easy and affordable way to travel without a horse. In Grand Rapids, bike culture was huge, influencing society and industry and exciting the citizens with races and rides. Join GRPL's Colleen Alles as she discusses the culture and climate of Furniture City's obsession with bicycles. View historic, one-of-a-kind primary documents such as photographs, publications and newspaper articles.

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Learn More about the Peace Corps

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

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 informational session, where individuals 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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Market Research Series

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until October 19, 2016

No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their industry, customers, and competition? In this series from the GRPL Business Librarian, you'll learn exactly that: the tools, tactics, and strategies to make market research faster, easier, and more beneficial to any entrepreneur at any level! Registration is required. Wednesday, October 5 7:00…

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Reading the Great Lakes – October 2016

October 6 @ 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. October’s selection is The Turner…

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Great Lakes Island Escapes

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Maureen Dunphy as she discusses her recently published work, Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure. A writer, teacher, consultant, and traveler, Dunphy found her passion in exploring Michigan's hidden gems--its series of small, secluded islands. In fact, the Great Lakes Basin is the largest freshwater system on the planet, home to more than 30,000 tiny islands. Maureen will discuss her book and share her passion for discovering the beauty and magic of these hard-to-reach parts of…

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Discovering the Internet

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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 – October

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

Do you like to build and create things like origami, paper airplanes, balloon sculptures, and more? Kids in grades 2-5 can come to the Main Library for hands-on STEAM experiences each month. Take part in science experiments, art, writing and craft activities. This month: Explore Science. Be a scientist and explore air and gravity, water density, and earth. Try fun experiments like making a grocery bag fly, making beads out of potatoes and more!

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Getting Started with Lynda.com

October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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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Exploring Social Media and Email

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

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

October 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Teens 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? Use LittleBits to make a unique and cool creation!

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

October 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2016-10-22 01:00 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 3 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2016-10-22 12:00

Huge used book sale! Find treasures, bargains, and more! All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Managing your Digital Footprint

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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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Día de los Muertos: Honoring Day of the Dead

October 27
|Recurring Event (See all)
Daily until November 1, 2016

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

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Genealogy Lock-In

October 28 @ 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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Día de los Muertos Family Day

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Families are invited to learn more about the Day of the Dead holiday, explore the altars, decorate sugar skulls, have your face painted and do a craft. The day will include bilingual story times, live music from Cabildo, food from local restaurants, and Pan de Muerto provided by Panaderia Margo. Free and open to the public.

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November 2016

Building Basic Computer Skills

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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.

Find out more »

Speak to a Geek: One-on-One Computer Sessions

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until November 28, 2016

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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Introduction to Finding Funders for Nonprofits

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

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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Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

You've found a possible foundation to fund your new project. That's excellent. 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…

Find out more »

Getting Started with Lynda.com

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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.

Find out more »

Small Business Research Essentials

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

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.

Find out more »

Building Basic Computer Skills

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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.

Find out more »

Managing your Digital Footprint

November 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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.

Find out more »
December 2016

Speak to a Geek: One-on-One Computer Sessions

December 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until December 19, 2016

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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Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

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

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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Getting Started with Lynda.com

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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…

Find out more »

Discovering the Internet

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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.

Find out more »

How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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.

Find out more »

Managing your Digital Footprint

December 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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.

Find out more »
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