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December 2016

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

December 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Let’s Play! at the Main Library

December 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until December 19, 2016

Let's Play is a four-week program for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers and focuses on child-driven play. Children will explore different types of play. Each week an early childhood specialist will be available to answer questions parents may have about their child's development. Families are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

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Cooking Matters

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until December 6, 2016

In partnership with the YMCA, GRPL 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. Participants will receive recipes, books and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing the ingredients of the day's lesson. Attendance to all…

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Discovering the Internet

December 6 @ 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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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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Evening Explorers – December

December 8 @ 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: String: Learn to tie a variety of knots and how you can use them. We will provide crochet hooks to learn a few techniques to make a cool creation.

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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…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

December 13 @ 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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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.

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Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Pere Marquette Steam Locomotive was built in 1941 and boasts a long and interesting career hauling tens of thousands of riders. For many years the 1225, and all the Pere Marquette steam locomotives, were maintained in Grand Rapids at the sprawling railroad shop complex in Wyoming. Most recently, it had a starring role in the 2004 movie, The Polar Express. Thanks to a devoted team of advocates and volunteers, the 1225—rescued from a salvage yard and ultimately donated to Michigan State…

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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.

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[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays – December 2016

December 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
EV3-LEGO-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!

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January 2017

Reading the Great Lakes – January 2017

January 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
burnt toast

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. January’s selection is Burnt Toast Makes…

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Getting Started with Lynda.com

January 7, 2017 @ 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…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

January 9, 2017 @ 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 9, 2017 @ 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 10, 2017 @ 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 10, 2017 @ 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: One-on-One Computer Sessions

January 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
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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Teen Council Meet Up

January 11, 2017 @ 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! Pizza and Ride to Read passes will be available to participants.

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Building Basic Computer Skills

January 12, 2017 @ 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 »

Evening Explorers – January

January 12, 2017 @ 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: String: Learn to tie a variety of knots and how you can use them. We will provide crochet hooks to learn a few techniques to make a cool creation.

Find out more »

Discovering the Internet

January 19, 2017 @ 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 »

[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays – January 2017

January 19, 2017 @ 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!

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Music in the Stacks: Tom Hymn

January 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
tomhymn

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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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Sessions

January 24, 2017 @ 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.

Find out more »

Small Business Research Essentials

January 25, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
VanderPloeg - RIverside wide view VanderPloeg

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, 2017 @ 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

Building Basic Computer Skills

February 2, 2017 @ 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

February 9, 2017 @ 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

February 16, 2017 @ 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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March 2017

Small Business Research Essentials

March 1, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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

March 9, 2017 @ 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

March 16, 2017 @ 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

March 23, 2017 @ 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 »

Getting Started with Lynda.com

March 30, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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