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April 2018

Exploring Social Media and Email

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on February 14, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on March 15, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on April 23, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on May 17, 2018 at 11:00am

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

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 teaches you how to communicate with others online and offers tips on how to be safe while doing so. Learn the basics of 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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Let’s Play

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 2018

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

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

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Speak to a Geek: Drop-In Computer Help Sessions

April 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 22, 2018

One event on January 25, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on March 5, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on April 19, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on May 7, 2018 at 1:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

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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Mind Meets Music

April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until May 31, 2018

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program using music to improve literacy skills. Children in grades Kindergarten - 2nd grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. Children learn music in new ways while expressing their own unique creativity.

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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on February 12, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on March 28, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on April 24, 2018 at 7:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

It seems every day we hear about how governments, corporations, and hackers are gaining access to individual accounts and personal information. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to minimize risk as you go online. Join us in learning how to secure information and manage your digital footprint. Topics include securing your internet connection and browser, creating and managing effective passwords, and using email aliases to keep your information secure.

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Introduction to Project Budgets for Nonprofits

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on April 25, 2018 at 7:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

One of the hardest parts of writing a proposal is crafting a budget that will help you tackle a particular problem. It is the part of grants that grant writers often fear most. Learn to craft a budget for a grant proposal, understand what foundations are seeking in a budget, and learn how to best tell the story of your grant through its budget.

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Mindstorm Saturdays

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until May 26, 2018

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, these hands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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Managing Your Digital Footprint

April 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on February 28, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on March 29, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on April 30, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on May 24, 2018 at 11:00am

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

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 experiences 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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May 2018

Workshop Wednesdays

May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) through hands-on activities, discussions, and career exploration. Each month, a different topic will be explored. This month learn about Bristle Bots. Bristle Bots are tiny simple robots that move with the power of vibration. We can study how they move by creating obstacle courses, painting with them, and racing them. Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available. Great for curious kids in grades 6-8, but other…

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Learn to Code with Lynda.com

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 23, 2018

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Do you want to learn to write computer programs, design websites, and create mobile apps for free and on your own time? With Lynda.com and your GRPL library card, you can get started right away. In this series of classes, learn how to begin coding and develop skills that are needed in the tech job market. First, discover the basic tools used in coding and some simple techniques to get started. In the following two classes, you will begin to…

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Building Basic Computer Skills

May 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on March 1, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on April 9, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on May 3, 2018 at 11:00am

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Are you often confused by computer terms and lingo? By learning key concepts and basic terminology used in technology, you will build a foundation for digital literacy that will last a lifetime. In this class, learn the skills you need to navigate the Internet, mobile devices, and many types of software.

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Adulting 101: Basic Home Maintenance

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Learn how to do a long list of home repairs and upkeep including filtering systems, venting systems, general repair, and preventative maintenance. Discover ways to save energy and money on most home repairs. Weatherization, like sealing windows, doors, and foundations, will also be covered.

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Adulting 101: Green Cleaning

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join Angela Fox from GreenMichigan.org and learn why making your own cleaning products is both good for your home and the environment. Attendees will not only go home with recipes to make their own cleaners, but will also get to make their own softscrub to take home. Come learn how to make your house sparkle without using harsh chemicals. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Market Research Series

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 22, 2018

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce their risk through information, specifically market research. In this series, learn how to conduct research by industry, customers, and competition and learn the tools, tactics and strategies to make market research faster, easier, and more beneficial to any entrepreneur at any level. Sign up at grpl.org/register.

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Teen Council

May 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Take charge at the library! You are invited to join the Teen Council. Help plan library programs, share ideas about the teen collection, do fun activities, and hang out with your friends. This month the discussion will focus on member's choice and the activity will be Perler Beads. Snacks and Ride to Read passes are provided. For teens in grades 8-12.

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Discovering the Internet

May 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on February 7, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on March 8, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on April 16, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on May 10, 2018 at 11:00am

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

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

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Do you like to build and discover how things work? Kids in grades 1-5 can have a unique, hands-on STEM experience each month. Take part in science experiments and activities to learn how things work and explore the world around you. This month explore speed. Make cars and paper airplanes. How can you make them go fast, faster, and fastest.

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Adulting 101: Find Work That Works

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Let's admit it: job searching is not exactly fun. Decisions are maddening, research is a grind, and resume writing is no cakewalk. If we can't make the search for a career fun, how can we at least make our search effective? Join the Business Librarian to find out exactly how to think about the job search, how to present yourself in person and in writing, and most importantly, how to plan for future work that might not yet exist.

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LOCAL EPIC: A Poetry Workshop

May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Poetry is an epic form of human expression; it reaches to the core of us, who we are as people, and the communities we build. It is an invitation to craft something new while learning from the present and the past. Join us for a writing workshop with poet and teacher Mike Sikkema, as we explore poetry from our collection, write our own poetry, and add, in our own way, to the LOCAL EPIC.

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An Evening with Wade Rouse: A Recipe for a Great Book

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Wade Rouse is back with his third and final heirloom-centered novel, written under the pen name Viola Shipman. The Recipe Box tells the story of Samantha "Sam" Mullins, whose dreams of making her mark in New York City's culinary world do not work out as planned. Back at home on her family's orchard, Sam gains a new appreciation for her family and their history thanks to a well-worn, beloved family recipe box. Wade Rouse is the internationally bestselling author of…

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Lorraine Hansberry, Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Three Voices for Social Justice

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

In partnership with WGVU, join us for a multimedia presentation featuring selections from the PBS special Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Healing Heart and a live performance of The Meeting by the Ebony Road Players.

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Adulting 101: Tips to Create and Manage Your Spending Plan

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Everybody tells you to save your money, whether it is for retirement, emergencies, or future goals. But how to your save when your student loans are out, the rent is due, and you still have to feed yourself on something other than ramen? This workshop, taught by Jinnifer Ortquist of the MSU Extension, will train you to think critically about spending, save like you mean it, and show you the way a spending plan can help you make your financial…

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June 2018

Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition Awards Reading

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Winners of the 2018 Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition will read their poems and celebrate poetry in Kent County.

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Phone, Mail and e-Scams

June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Learn the telltale signs of scams in phone calls, mail, email, and tests. Carol Hillman, from the Consumer Protection Division of the Michigan Attorney General's office, will teach you how to take steps to minimize your chance of being victimized. Light refreshments will be served.

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Gone Before Spring: A Retro Look at Alger Heights

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Local author Sheila Solomon Shotwell's new novel, Gone Before Spring, is a coming-of-age story that takes place in Alger Heights in the 1960s. Together with local historian Melissa Fox, the pair will uncover the history of the southeast neighborhood, highlighting the business district and Garfield Park. They will look at daily life there during the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and a rising counter culture. Don't miss a special appearance by Mrs. Roshewski, the owner of Mitchell's Young at…

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Finding Non-Traditional Records

June 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

We all know that vital records and census records are the go-tos for genealogical information. But what else is out there that might give you needed bits of information, and how do you find those records? Jessica Trotter, a trained archivist, librarian and genealogist, will discuss identifying additional records to look for and offer some strategies for locating them. Co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society.

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Rhythm & Books: A Library Music Festival for Kids

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join us in front of the Main Library to kick off summer reading! Celebrate culture and community with music, food, crafts, and fun! Meet new friends and learn new songs from renowned children's performers 123 Andres, Scribble Monster, and Beverly Meyer - The Music Lady. Get signed up for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge too!

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