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February 2016

Pajama Time!

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! For toddlers 18 month – 3 years.

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Introduction to Proposal Writing for Nonprofits

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

You’ve found a possible foundation to fund your new project. Now the real work begins: writing a proposal that will put your program on the path to success by telling your story. 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 you proposal as effective as possible.

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Know Your Investments

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

Discover why you need to educate yourself about the financial industry and your portfolio. Fred Iacovoni, an independent financial manager will share how to read a prospectus, how different investment products operate, how financial advisers are paid and why certain products may be recommended. Learn how to figure the costs of a portfolio, and how to tell if your portfolio has your best interests in mind.

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Music in the Stacks: Villalobos

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Villalobos. Julio Villalobos performs pop music with Latin-American folk roots. Influenced by “La Nueva Cancion Chilena” movement. Villalobos embraces his Chilean and Latin-American heritage and runs with new sounds and colors provided by his experience as an immigrant in the US. Julio is accompanied by Josh Dunigan on percussion, Julio “Jarocho” Viveros on guitar, and Nate Bliton on viola.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

February 13 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

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Pajama Time!

February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 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 March 7, 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 lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! For toddlers 18 month – 3 years.

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Before the Blues: A Musical Workshop with Reverend Robert Jones

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

It would probably be fair say that blues music was the dominant popular music style of the 20th Century, but what came before the blues? Even though the quilt of early authentic African American music is largely gone, there are still threads that can give us insight to the music that existed during American slavery and that gave rise to the popular music of the day. In this workshop we will explore such subjects as the “field holler”, work songs,…

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

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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 classes in: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Ebooks, and Library Resources. From getting acquainted with your computer or device, to training is 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 the Main…

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Women of Color in the Workplace: Building a Career

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

This interactive panel discussion will feature women of color from our community, with a range of experiences and voices. Building on our previous panel last August, these women will share their stories and talk about what it means to be a woman of color in the workplace. What steps can you take to build a strong foundation for your career? How do you find and work with a mentor? Is there anything special to consider when interviewing for positions? How…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

February 20 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

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Taste of Soul Sunday

February 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us as we celebrate African American history and culture at Taste of Soul Sunday. Sample African American art, music, literature, history, and food. Performances by Sweet Willie Singleton, Nola Ade, In the Tradition, Asamu Johnson and Fable the Poet. Free food samples provided by: Malamiah Juice Bar, Tadow! BBQ, Daddy Pete’s and LINC Up Soul Food Cafe.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

February 22 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills. Free and open to the public.

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Pajama Time!

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 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 March 7, 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 lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! For toddlers 18 month – 3 years.

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Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

One of the first rules of marketing is ‘go where your customers are.’ And where are your customers? Increasing, 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.

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Our Contribution to the Civil War: Regiments and Camps of Grand Rapids

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn more about the various regiments formed and trained in Grand Rapids during the American Civil War such as the Old Third Michigan Infantry, Sixth Michigan Volunteer Cavalry and many others. Library Assistant Will Miner will discuss training camps and notable locals who contributed to these efforts. Explore the materials about the Civil War available in the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department at the library.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

February 27 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 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 April 16, 2016

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

February 29 @ 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 April 12, 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!

February 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 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 March 7, 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 lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! For toddlers 18 month – 3 years.

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March 2016

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

March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every 1 month(s) on that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on April 12, 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 classes in: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Ebooks, and Library Resources. From getting acquainted with your computer or device, to training is 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 the Main…

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Grace, Gert, and the Berkey & Gay Gals: Women, War and Work in 1910s Grand Rapids

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kick off Women’s History Month by celebrating the working women of Grand Rapids 100 years ago. GRPL local history experts Julie Tabberer, Heather Edwards, and Drew Damron will highlight some of the city’s women employed outside their homes. The last decade of the heady Progressive Era opened doors both personal and professional for these 11,000 women, and the disruptions of wartime provided opportunities in a working world previously off limits. Learn about the women who worked at the Berkey &…

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Reading the Great Lakes

March 3 @ 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. March’s selection is The Long-shining…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

March 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 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 April 16, 2016

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 7 @ 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 April 12, 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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We Bought a WWII Bomber: The Untold Story of a Michigan High School, a B-17 Bomber & the Blue Ridge Parkway

March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

During WWII, to help fund the war effort, students at South High School in Grand Rapids took part in the “Buy the Bomber” program, raising over $375,000 selling War Bonds and Defense Loan Stamps and bought a B-17 Bomber. They christened the bomber, “The Spirit of South High,” after which it flew off never to be heard from again, until now. Author Sandra Warren will share the extraordinary tale of how students raised so much money and the incredible “spirit”…

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An Evening with One Book, One City for Kids Author Pam Muñoz Ryan

March 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Meet the author of the 2016 One Book, One City for Kids selection Pam Muñoz Ryan! Muñoz Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of Esperanza Rising. Talk with the author and mingle with others who have read the book. Refreshments and cake will be served.

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Pajama Time!

March 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 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 March 7, 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 lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! For toddlers 18 month – 3 years.

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Small Business Research Essentials

March 9 @ 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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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

March 12 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 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 April 16, 2016

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

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Zany Zine Workshop

March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join LaughFest for a free introductory workshop on how to tell a funny story or joke with a zine! Participants will discover the basics behind zine publishing—everything from assembly and defining content to honing drawing techniques and printing options. For ages 12 and older.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 14 @ 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 April 12, 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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Humorous Speech Contest

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

Can you tell a funny story? Do you make people laugh? Come join the Grand Rapids Public Library, Toastmasters International, and LaughFest in a humor contest. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. Contestants can choose to perform an improvised stand up performance or a prepared 5 minute routine. Contestants should pre-register..

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Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

One of the first rules of marketing is ‘go where your customers are.’ 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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Speak to a Geek: One-on-One Computer Classes

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every 1 month(s) on that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on April 27, 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 classes in: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Ebooks, and Library Resources. From getting acquainted with your computer or device, to training is 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 the Main…

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Music in the Stacks: Lady Ace Boogie

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

Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Lady Ace Boogie. Born a child of Atlanta, and raised in West Virginia, Linda (Lady Ace Boogie) Tellis wrote her first rap at the age of 10. A spark ignited, a passion for creating music. Ace continues to experiment with sound, solidifying her destiny to transform her passion into action. Lady Ace Boogie released her acclaimed debut album, Feel Good Music, in early 2015.…

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Kids Joke Time

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

Kids are invited to take the stage at Kids Joke Time. The hilarity that ensues from kids sharing their favorite jokes, makes this one of the funniest events during LaughFest. Professional comedian Allen Trieu will MC and teach the kids etiquette of being a comedian. To keep the laughter going, Mr. Picklehead will sing his Dilly Songs. Visit laughfestgr.org for more information.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

March 19 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 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 April 16, 2016

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 21 @ 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 April 12, 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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Introduction to Finding Grants for Nonprofits

March 23 @ 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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Know the Mother: Stories from the Interior Lives of Women

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores how sexism and racism continue to uncoil in the midst of life’s more intimate moments. Cooper will read from her first collection of “flash fiction,” a genre that uses compressed language to tell and entire story. Slipping between poetry and prose, the award-winning journalist and 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow take the reader to places where race and gender are unexpected interlopers—from a traditional Japanese market where a black woman shops with her…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

March 26 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 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 April 16, 2016

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

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Closed for Easter

March 27

The Main Library is closed for Easter. Regular hours resume tomorrow.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 28 @ 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 April 12, 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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April 2016

Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

April 2 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 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 April 16, 2016

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

April 4 @ 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 April 12, 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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Speak to a Geek: One-on-One Computer Classes

April 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every 1 month(s) on that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on April 12, 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 classes in: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Ebooks, and Library Resources. From getting acquainted with your computer or device, to training is 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 the Main…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

April 9 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 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 April 16, 2016

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

April 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 April 12, 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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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

April 16 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 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 April 16, 2016

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

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

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every 1 month(s) on that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on April 27, 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 classes in: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Ebooks, and Library Resources. From getting acquainted with your computer or device, to training is 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 the Main…

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