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July 2018

Robotics Petting Zoo

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Artificial intelligence and robots used to be the stuff of science fiction. But not anymore. Every year, new devices come into our lives that can automate many of our everyday tasks. Stop by to see robots perform complex and surprising tasks. FIRST robotics clubs from around West Michigan will present their robots, sharing their knowledge and offering insight into how the robots were designed and built. Great for the whole family.

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Baby Time

July 23 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until July 23, 2018

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

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.

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Pajama Time!

July 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until July 23, 2018

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

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!

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

July 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on July 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

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

Champion Powwow dancer and Native American from the Ho-Chunk Nation, Reg Pettibone presents a unique program that introduces you to this nation's cultural past in a whole new way. Along with his wife Marca, from the Paiute Nation, Reg draws on his traditional upbringing to provide a better understanding of true Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more!

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Michigan Native Plants in Your Home Landscape

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

Learn how to transform your landscape into a beautiful haven using native Michigan plants. Give our pollinators room to grow, feed and reproduce while developing a sense of place specific to West Michigan. Discover the native plants of Michigan and bring home a native seed activity.

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Code Camp: Build a Business with Junior Achievement

July 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until August 23, 2018

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

Want to learn to build your own app? Come join Junior Achievement at the Grand Rapids Public Library for Code Camp, a JA Company Program. The camp is a 10-week session on how to solve a problem in the community by launching your own start-up business app. Unleash your creative entrepreneurial spirit and start building career skills for a high school job,vocational job, or college resume. This camp is for middle and high school students. Register at www.grpl.org/register. Limited drop-in…

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Surviving College Culture Shock

July 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Are you a first year college student? A Grand Rapids Public School graduate getting ready to move on campus? Perhaps you are heading to a college in a different state? Maybe you are nervous about balancing academics and life at home? Come hear current students share the tips and tools they used to help navigate the college cultural shift. This panel is a part of T2C Studio’s College Bootcamp Event, an event that is designed to help students and parents…

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Mindstorm Saturdays

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until August 25, 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, problem solving, and more. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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Bubbleman Ron

July 31 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on August 1, 2018 at 6:30pm

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

Bubbleman Ron uses an ordinary soap bubble solution to create square bubbles, merry-go-round bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles inside of bubbles, tornado bubbles, and much more! Join us for this entertaining blend of science and fun!

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August 2018

Writing Workshop with Shani Womack

August 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Flint native Shani Womack brings her love of community and storytelling in this writing workshop for teens ages 11-18. She will show the importance of storytelling and how people from all walks of life can find ways to share their stories.

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Falcons and Chimney Swifts: An Urban Birdwalk

August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join the Grand Rapids Audubon Club for a walk around downtown to see birds that have found ways to thrive in heavily populated areas. We will be on the lookout for Chimney Swifts, which have learned how to roost in home's chimneys and large smoke stacks, and Peregrine Falcons, that were introduced years ago atop McKay Tower, as a way to control the pigeon population. Wear good walking shoes for this 90-minute walk. Rain Date: August 6

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Summer Reading Celebration

August 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on August 8, 2018 at 6:30pm

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

Join us for a fun celebration at your favorite GRPL location! Enjoy crafts and refreshments, and be sure to pick up your finisher swag bag and t-shirt.

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Genealogy Lock-In

August 10 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists. Learn how to use the library databases, newspaper microfilm and other resources, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Bring your family history questions or problems—volunteers from the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will be on hand to assist. Network with other genealogists—you never know what you might find. Registration required: www.grpl.org/register or call 616-988-5400.

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Introduction to Zentangle

August 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on August 16, 2018 at 6:30pm

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

Come discover the wonderful benefits of the Zentangle® Drawing Method! The Zentangle Method is a fun, relaxing and easy-to-learn way of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Taught by Amy Kam of the peaceful pen, learn the techniques and basic steps of creating a Zentangle work of art. Discover the gift of relaxation, expanded awareness, enhanced focus, new techniques for problem-solving and uncover new ways to see beauty or embrace the unexpected. No art experience is necessary and beginners…

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Beyond Her Grave Bicycle Tour: The Legacies of Women Buried in Fulton Street and Oakhill Cemeteries

August 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on August 18, 2018 at 11:00am

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

She Rides Her Own Way and the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council will host a one-of-a-kind bicycle cemetery tour highlighting notable women of the past. Leaving from the Main Library, the tour will stop at Fulton Street Cemetery, the city's oldest public burial ground. It will then proceed to Oakhill Cemetery, filled with architectural treasures. Learn about the historic women who shaped the Grand Rapids community as you visit their final resting place. Rain date - Tuesday, August 21, 2018,…

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Resiliency and Perseverance: An Evening with Pastor Troy Evans

August 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Pastor Troy Evans started out a lot like Robert Peace—a young black man growing up in the inner city. He lived in a rough neighborhood and was drawn to gang life at an early age. But where Peace's story ends in tragedy, Pastor Troy was able to turn his circumstances around and create a thriving life and unique ministry that touches the lives of young people just like him. Join us for a conversation centered around resiliency and perseverance and…

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Protecting and Restoring the Great Lakes

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Emily Finnell, Chief Strategist of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, will share past and ongoing efforts to protect and restore our Great Lakes. She coordinated the development and implementation of the Michigan Water Strategy, a 30-year plan that focuses on healthy ecosystems, enhancing the use and enjoyment of Michigan's water resources, and growing stewardship. Learn about the initiatives and policies around the Great Lakes. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

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September 2018

Mindstorm Saturdays

September 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until June 1, 2019

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, problem solving, and more. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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Small Business Research Essentials

September 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

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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Almost Adulting

September 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Teens: get answers to your money questions! Learn how to find a job, figure out the smartest way to bank, and discover strategies for getting and using scholarships in this 3-part series. Because almost adulting is hard work, a snack will be provided. Spanish resources will be available. Get smart with your money now and set yourself up for a successful future. This week: Get Paid. Find out how to get a job and get paid! Sometimes finding a job…

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World War I Women’s Defense Cards

September 8 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

During one week in April 1918, 20,000 Grand Rapids women—half the city’s female population—registered for the war effort. One thousand registrars were trained to conduct a 30-minute interview with each woman. Each woman’s information was recorded on a government-issued 5x8 card. Unlike the male WWI registration cards, those from the woman’s nationwide registration are a data-rich resource. The men’s cards were saved; the women’s cards disappeared. Decades later, the women’s cards were discovered in the attic of the Grand Rapids…

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Basic Computer Maintenance

September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on November 5, 2018 at 11:00am

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

Have you noticed your computer slowing down? Have you had a virus or malware infect your machine? In this class, we demonstrate a few basic things you can do to keep your desktop, laptop, or mobile device running smoothly and efficiently. Learn about the various problems and threats that can completely disable or reduce the lifespan of your machine.

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Baby & Me Storytimes

September 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until November 12, 2018

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

Bring your baby, 0-18 months, and bounce along to fun stories, songs, and rhymes. Baby & Me is a 15-minute storytime followed by a relaxed playtime where you and baby will meet new friends.

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Toddler Time

September 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until November 13, 2018

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

Bring your toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to share fun stories, songs, and rhymes and learn together! Toddler Time is a 25-minute long storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime designed to help your child's brain grow.

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CHAOS Lab

September 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on October 9, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 13, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on December 11, 2018 at 6:30pm

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

Toddlers and preschoolers will explore the world through merry mess-making. Each month there will be a new set of activities to make kids squeal with glee! Create some chaos in the library, not in your home. Dress for a mess! This month: Art Gone Wild. Have you ever painted with feathers? How about your feet? Make a mess using unique paintbrushes and paint from nature.

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Finding the Lake Michigan Mermaid: A Conversation with the Authors

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The Lake Michigan Mermaid is a new tale that feels familiar. The breeze off the lake, the sand underfoot, the supreme sadness of being young and not in control. These sensations come rushing back page-by-page, bringing to life an ancient myth of coming of age in a troubled world. Join authors Linda Nemec Foster and Ann-Marie Oomen for an exciting conversation inspired by their book, The Lake Michigan Mermaid. Learn about the authors’ collaborative process, hear poems from the book,…

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Learn to Code with Lynda.com

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 2, 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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STEAM Ahead Storytime

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until November 14, 2018

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

Children ages 3-5 can discover the world around them through science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Join us for a 20-minute storytime followed by 25-minutes of hands-on activities.

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How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on December 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

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 highlighted.

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Evening Explorers

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on October 11, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 8, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on December 13, 2018 at 6:30pm

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 STEAM experience each month. Take part in science experiments and activities to learn how things work and explore the world around you. This month: IRL Minecraft. Learn about the basics of coding and engineering in activities based on the popular video game. Keep your device at home – this Minecraft takes place in real life.

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The Life and Times of Roger B. Chaffee

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join former NASA historian Glen Swanson to learn about the life and times of Grand Rapids native Roger Bruce Chaffee. Chaffee would have flown aboard America’s first manned Apollo mission but his life was cut short by a tragic fire that broke out inside the spacecraft on January 27, 1967 during a routine launch-pad systems test. The lessons learned from the fatal accident paved the way for the eventual success of the Apollo Program culminating in six missions that allowed…

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DIY@GRPL: Design Your Own Mug

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Create your own coffee mug designs with sharpies, then take them home and bake them to set and use. We’ll provide one mug per participant; feel free to bring your own if you would like to make more than one.

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Almost Adulting

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Teens: get answers to your money questions! Learn how to find a job, figure out the smartest way to bank, and discover strategies for getting and using scholarships in this 3-part series. Because almost adulting is hard work, a snack will be provided. Spanish resources will be available. Get smart with your money now and set yourself up for a successful future. This week: Get Bank. Learn how to make your money work for you! Exploring how different financial institutions…

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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Profiles

September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on October 16, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on December 6, 2018 at 11:00am

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

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have revolutionized how we communicate and relate to one another. But at what cost? In this class, discover how social media uses personal information and how you can regain some control over your online profiles. We will discuss important settings and features that help you control your social media profiles and online identity.

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The #ToughSkinSoftHeart Truth to Being a #RockstarWoman who Leads, Loves, and Serves

September 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Every difference maker has two sides. The tough outer shell is the leader seen and experienced from the outside. The softer inside houses a real human who takes on the world one day at a time and second-guesses every decision the next. Michigan author Shannon Cohen’s new book, Tough Skin, Soft Heart: A Leadership Guide for Growing Stronger, Better and Wiser, was written to inspire and uplift ‘Rockstar Women’--a female difference maker who is a pillar in her home, marketplace,…

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How to Use the Library to Write a Marketing Plan

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

One of the first rules of marketing is 'go where your customers are.' Where are your customers and what stories will you tell them? How do you stand out from the crowd and know if you are successful in reaching them? Join the Business Librarian for an informative session on how to use modern tools and timeless tactics to engage customers, start and grow your business.

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Almost Adulting

September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Teens: get answers to your money questions! Learn how to find a job, figure out the smartest way to bank, and discover strategies for getting and using scholarships in this 3-part series. Because almost adulting is hard work, a snack will be provided. Spanish resources will be available. Get smart with your money now and set yourself up for a successful future. This week: Get Schooled. Turn scholarships into earned money! College is expensive and a little effort can go…

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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on October 23, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 26, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on December 13, 2018 at 11:00am

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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Cash-Flow for Small Business

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The most important part of any business plan is the financial section. It’s where the rubber meets the road, but it’s also hard to understand. Serial entrepreneur and mentor Dennis Dornbush will teach the ins and outs of startup financials. Learn about break-even analysis, keeping up with cash-flows, budgeting, and other skills to make sure your start-up is on the right track. Basic spreadsheet skills are needed for this class.

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Grantseeking Research for Nonprofits

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

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 140,000 funding sources, 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 guidelines to proposal writing.

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October 2018

CHAOS Lab

October 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Toddlers and preschoolers will explore the world through merry mess-making. Each month there will be a new set of activities to make kids squeal with glee! Create some chaos in the library, not in your home. Dress for a mess! This month: Monstrous Mess. Pretend you're a little monster and make a monster sized mess! Play with melting play dough, monster soup, and more.

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Evening Explorers

October 11 @ 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 STEAM experience each month. Take part in science experiments and activities to learn how things work and explore the world around you. This month: Edible Architecture. Learn about the science behind buildings and build a structure with things you eat.

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November 2018

Evening Explorers

November 8 @ 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 STEAM experience each month. Take part in science experiments and activities to learn how things work and explore the world around you. This month: Toy Take Apart. Have you ever wondered what is inside your favorite toy? We will provide a variety of toys that you can take apart and see how they work.

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CHAOS Lab

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Toddlers and preschoolers will explore the world through merry mess-making. Each month there will be a new set of activities to make kids squeal with glee! Create some chaos in the library, not in your home. Dress for a mess! This month: Snow and Slush.Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow .  .  . in the library! Play with cool to the touch cloud dough, fluffy goop, and other things.

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December 2018

CHAOS Lab

December 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Toddlers and preschoolers will explore the world through merry mess-making. Each month there will be a new set of activities to make kids squeal with glee! Create some chaos in the library, not in your home. Dress for a mess! This month: Patterns and Printing. Have you ever made a swirly picture using shaving cream? Print patters, make pictures, and have fun using paint, potatoes, and other messy things.

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Evening Explorers

December 13 @ 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 STEAM experience each month. Take part in science experiments and activities to learn how things work and explore the world around you. This month: High (and Low) Tech Greeting Cards. Use math and circuitry to create fun and interactive greeting cards.

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