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January 2017

Discovering the Internet

January 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays – January 2017

January 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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Music in the Stacks: Tom Hymn

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Tom Hymn. Tom Hymn has played in bands like The Soil and the Sun and The Muteflutes before launching his solo career with his debut indie album Early Magic. His work explores the human condition in the same style as Bob Dylan, Paleo, Neutral Milk Hotel and Devendra Banhart. His new record Tom Hymn's Tangerine Dream drops in the winter of 2017.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

January 23 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 27, 2017

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

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Weekly on the same day until March 27, 2017

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

January 24 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 28, 2017

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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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Sessions

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

Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act? Open enrollment for this insurance program is from November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017. Cherry Health will be on hand to provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act and their Certified Application Specialists will be available to help with the enrollment process. Assistance for Spanish speakers is also available.

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Speak to a Geek: Drop-In Computer Help Sessions

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until May 17, 2017

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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Small Business Research Essentials

January 25 @ 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. 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.…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

January 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History

January 28 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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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: Present, But Not Counted: Dutch Immigrant Midwives in Grand Rapids Selling Grand Rapids: Expositions in the Furniture City, 1878-1965 Making Waves: Michigan's Boat Building Industry, 1865-2000 Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Rediscovering Emma Cole's 19th Century Grand Rapids Flora A…

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Managing your Digital Footprint

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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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February 2017

How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

February 1 @ 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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Building Basic Computer Skills

February 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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Know the 10 Signs

February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The warning signs of Alzheimer's disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it's time to learn the facts. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association—Greater Michigan Chapter, this interactive workshop will teach the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's. You will learn to separate myth from reality, address commonly-held fears, and hear from people who have the disease.

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Rant, Rave and Review: Film Discussion Series

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Want to talk more about films after watching them on our film streaming service Kanopy? Watch the pre-selected film at home and then attend an engaging and thoughtful discussion and analysis of the film at the library. Ask questions, give opinions, and talk movies! Films may contain adult situations and content. February's selection: In the Mood for Love (2000).

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Reading the Great Lakes – February 2017

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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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 books are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. February’s selection is Anatomy of a…

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Teen Council Meet Up

February 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Take charge at the library! Teens in grades 8-12 are invited to join the brand new Teen Advisory Board. Help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection, and hang out with your friends. Let your voice be heard and have fun too! The meeting will begin at 3:00 pm and we will make no-sew emoji pillows at 3:45 pm. Pizza and Ride to Read passes will be available to participants.

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Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

February 8 @ 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.

Find out more »

Discovering the Internet

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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 »

Evening Explorers – February

February 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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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: Sculpture: Experiment with balloons, pipe cleaners, and clay. What will you make? Animals, people or something else?

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Genealogy Lock-In for Beginners

February 10 @ 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. This session is specially designed for those who are brand new to family history research. Do you have questions about who your ancestors were? Want to learn more about your family? Classes and a tour will help you get started and volunteers from the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will be on hand to assist with questions. Learn how to use the library's…

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Creating a City of Inclusion: Modern Immigration, Local Impact

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

Can you identify five ethnic groups who call Grand Rapids home? How has immigration impacted our city historically, as well as today? How can our community better support our immigrants? Dive deeper into these questions, and more, with a panel discussion in partnership with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Panelists from organizations working within immigrant & refugee services will share historical insights and impacts of immigration on Grand Rapids, as well as how we can better support immigrants to create an…

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Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits

February 15 @ 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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Exploring Social Media and Email

February 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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.

Find out more »

[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays – February 2017

February 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
robot-rattlesnake

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!

Find out more »

Yes, There is a Michigan Accent

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Not only is the Michigan accent real, it is becoming even more distinct from the rest of the United States due to the Northern Cities Vowel Shift—the most significant change in English vowel pronunciation in a thousand years. Author Edward McClelland will discuss the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, the Inland North Accent (spoken by those in the lower Great Lakes region from Rochester to Milwaukee) and the North Central Dialect (spoken by Yoopers in the UP). His recently-published book How…

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Taste of Soul Sunday

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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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 Glenda Williams, Kathy Lamar, Sound Proof, and Young Men 4 Christ. Presentations on hair wrapping, African American history in West Michigan, and African American inventors. Free food samples provided by: Malamiah Juice Bar, Daddy Pete's, Big Ed's BBQ and Gursha Ethiopian Restaurant. Free and open to the public. Call 616-988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/tasteofsoul for…

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All of This is the Blues

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Detroit native Reverend Robert Jones, Sr., is a singer, storyteller and musician. He uses folk, blues, spirituals, and other American Roots music to champion the beauty and power of our shared culture. He will discuss the seminal figures in blues music and demonstrate the nuances of various regional styles of blues including Piedmont, Delta, Texas and early urban styles. This program is designed to appeal to long time blues fans as well as to those who are new to blues…

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Music in the Stacks: Wu Zee

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

Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Wu Zee. As a founding member of The Almighty Foot Clan, Wu Zee has gained a reputation as one of the most entertaining performers in West Michigan. Though he draws massive influence from hip hop titans such as MF Doom and Wu-Tang Clan, Wu Zee's upbeat style and choice samples never fail to draw a crowd. A nimble lyricist in his own right, Wu…

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March 2017

Small Business Research Essentials

March 1 @ 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. 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.…

Find out more »

Building Basic Computer Skills

March 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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 »

Rant, Rave and Review: Film Discussion Series

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Want to talk more about films after watching them on our film streaming service Kanopy? Watch the pre-selected film at home and then attend an engaging and thoughtful discussion and analysis of the film at the library. Ask questions, give opinions, and talk movies! Films may contain adult situations and content. March's selection: Blind Chance (1981).

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Reading the Great Lakes – March 2017

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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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 books 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 Know the Mother…

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An Evening with Sharon M. Draper

March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The author of the book, Out of My Mind, which is included in many school curriculum nationally, will be presenting and signing books. This ends the One Book, One City for Kids program. Educators and youth, not only will you meet the author of this year’s selection, but you will be able to come and mingle with others who have read the book. Refreshments and cake will be served.

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Cooking Matters

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until April 11, 2017

In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters, a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best possible nourishment to their families. Class participants will assist in food preparation during the class and will receive recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of…

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Teen Council Meet Up

March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Take charge at the library! Teens in grades 8-12 are invited to join the brand new Teen Council. Help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection, do fun activities and hang out with your friends. Let your voice be heard and have fun too! Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available to participants.

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Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

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

As nature's largest and longest-lived creations, trees play an extraordinary and important role in our cities; they are living landmarks that define space, cool the air, sooth our psyches, and connect us to nature and our past. Author and founder of the Baltimore Tree Trust, Jill Jonnes will share her work in the area of “Trees as Green Infrastructure.”

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How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

March 8 @ 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 »

Discovering the Internet

March 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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 »

Evening Explorers – March

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
EveningExplorers

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 is Paper Folding. We will pick the best paper airplanes in our books and give you instructions on how to make them. While we're looking at the paper airplane books, we'll find the most interesting origami…

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Blood on the Mitten

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

Before Michigan became a state, there were witch trials, scalp collectors, dirty sports, and a massacre of epic proportions. The lumber era that followed made Michigan as much of a wild west as Deadwood, and Prohibition allowed a group of Detroit thugs to run roughshod over even the likes of Al Capone. Author Tom Carr will share stories of crimes of passion, crimes of necessity, and cold, calculated evil as he examines the historical context of murder in Michigan and…

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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.' 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.

Find out more »

Exploring Social Media and Email

March 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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.

Find out more »

[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays – March 2017

March 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
robot-rattlesnake

Teens and tweens 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? Explore STEAM with different experiments and activities each month! Ride to Read passes are available to participants.

Find out more »

Managing your Digital Footprint

March 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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 »

Music in the Stacks: PARTS

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

Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by PARTS. PARTS is a two-piece electronic band that incorporates vocals, synthesizers, drum machines and samples. Their first release, a self-titled cassette EP, was released in September 2015.

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Find Out More about the Peace Corps

March 23 @ 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 information session, where individuals will 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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Introduction to Finding Funders for Nonprofits

March 29 @ 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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Getting Started with Lynda.com

March 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 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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April 2017

Building Basic Computer Skills

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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 »

Discovering the Internet

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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 »

Exploring Social Media and Email

April 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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.

Find out more »

Managing your Digital Footprint

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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 »
May 2017

Building Basic Computer Skills

May 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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 »

Getting Started with Lynda.com

May 9 @ 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…

Find out more »

Discovering the Internet

May 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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 »

Exploring Social Media and Email

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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