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September 2015

YMCA Veggie Van

September 8 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Community Resource & Senior Volunteer Fair

September 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Are you interested in learning about volunteer opportunities? Join us at the Community Resource & Senior Volunteer Fair. This open house event will bring together over 25 local organizations and feature information on community resources and volunteer opportunities for seniors. Registration is requested. Please call 616-222-7042 to sign up.

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Pajama Time!

September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Every week until November 2, 2015

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. Great for working parents!

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YMCA Veggie Van

September 15 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

September 19 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 7, 2015

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

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Pajama Time!

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 2, 2015

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. Great for working parents!

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YMCA Veggie Van

September 22 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Small Business Class: How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

September 24 @ 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 highlighted.

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When to Keep Secrets and When to Tell Truths: the Nuances of Writing About Your Family and Their History

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

After 15 years researching the stories and letters of her German-Jewish family from the Holocaust, author Barbara Stark-Nemon preserves their legacy in her debut novel, Even in Darkness. As a child, Stark-Nemon grew up listening to her grandfather’s unforgettable tales of their family’s former life in Europe. One story intrigued her more than any other: How did her grandfather’s sister, who did not escape during the Holocaust, manage to survive, and why had she remained in Germany living with a…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 7, 2015

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

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Pajama Time!

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 2, 2015

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. Great for working parents!

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YMCA Veggie Van

September 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Small Business Class: Introduction to Finding Grants for Nonprofits

September 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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Small Business Class: Introduction to Proposal Writing for Nonprofits

September 30 @ 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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Voices Behind the Books

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

Come hear all about audiobooks! Three audio book narrators—Kate Rudd, Tanya Eby, and Amy McFadden—will read selections from their works and talk about the process of making an audiobook. Together, these three audiobook superstars have narrated over 800 books covering all genres imaginable. Kate Rudd narrated the Odyssey and Audie-award winning The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Tanya Eby is the voice of the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen. Amy McFadden in known for her comedic…

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October 2015

Reading the Great Lakes

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

Come explore the Lakes with us! We’ll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. October’s selection is Love, Sex…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 7, 2015

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

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Pajama Time!

October 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 2, 2015

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. Great for working parents!

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Introduction to Essential Oils

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn what the ancients knew about the healing properties of essential oils such as lavender, melaleuca (tea tree), clover, and peppermint. Aromatherapy and essential oils expert Ilka Handshaw will demonstrate what essential oils are, how they are made, and how they work—from treating acne to weight loss. Discover practical ways to incorporate them into your daily life.

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YMCA Veggie Van

October 6 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Free

Cooking Matters for Families

October 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 10, 2015

Get cooking at GRPL! In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters for Families, a six-week class that teaches families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Learn how to pick nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in healthy ways. Families will receive recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing the ingredients of the day. One of the classes will be held in a local grocery store.…

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EatPlayGrow

October 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

EatPlayGrow combines the latest science and research to teach children ages 2-5 and their parents how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. Join GRPL and Cherry Health for interactive and engaging lessons that incorporate art-making, storytelling, music and movement activities into fun, hands-on educational lessons about the importance of making positive choices in areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity, and sleep. October’s theme is Dem Bones.

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Small Business Class: Market Research Series

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until October 21, 2015

No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their markets, customers, and competition? Learn how in this series on market research co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center. Registration is required. Wednesday, October 7 7:00 pm Market Research I: Industry Research Wednesday, October…

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Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity

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

Well-know Michigan author John Gallagher’s new book, Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity, examines the life and art of famed architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986). Best known for designing the now-lost World Trade Center in New York, Yamasaki tried to soften and humanize the cold glass-box style of modern architecture with designs that emphasized gardens, plazas, sunlit atriums, and other features created to offer moments of surprise and delight. He crafted a wealth of important buildings around the world but…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 10 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 7, 2015

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

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Pajama Time!

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 2, 2015

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. Great for working parents!

Find out more »

YMCA Veggie Van

October 13 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

Find out more »
Free

Cooking Matters for Families

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 10, 2015

Get cooking at GRPL! In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters for Families, a six-week class that teaches families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Learn how to pick nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in healthy ways. Families will receive recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing the ingredients of the day. One of the classes will be held in a local grocery store.…

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Small Business Class: Market Research Series

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until October 21, 2015

No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their markets, customers, and competition? Learn how in this series on market research co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center. Registration is required. Wednesday, October 7 7:00 pm Market Research I: Industry Research Wednesday, October…

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Human Library

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live with voices in your head? Why there is such diversity of belief within Hinduism? Or how it feels to grow up as female but know deep inside that you are really male? Stop by and borrow a variety of “human books” – people representing multiple areas of diversity who have volunteered to tell their personal story. The Human Library gives you the unique opportunity to interact and engage in thought-provoking…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 17 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 7, 2015

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

Find out more »

Pajama Time!

October 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 2, 2015

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. Great for working parents!

Find out more »

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

October 20 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 8, 2015

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.

Find out more »

YMCA Veggie Van

October 20 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

Find out more »
Free

Cooking Matters for Families

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 10, 2015

Get cooking at GRPL! In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters for Families, a six-week class that teaches families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Learn how to pick nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in healthy ways. Families will receive recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing the ingredients of the day. One of the classes will be held in a local grocery store.…

Find out more »

Small Business Class: Market Research Series

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until October 21, 2015

No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their markets, customers, and competition? Learn how in this series on market research co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center. Registration is required. Wednesday, October 7 7:00 pm Market Research I: Industry Research Wednesday, October…

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

October 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Huge used book sale! Find treasures, bargains, and more! All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 24 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 7, 2015

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

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

October 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Huge used book sale! Find treasures, bargains, and more! All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Pajama Time!

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 2, 2015

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. Great for working parents!

Find out more »

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 8, 2015

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.

Find out more »

YMCA Veggie Van

October 27 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

Find out more »
Free

Cooking Matters for Families

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 10, 2015

Get cooking at GRPL! In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters for Families, a six-week class that teaches families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Learn how to pick nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in healthy ways. Families will receive recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing the ingredients of the day. One of the classes will be held in a local grocery store.…

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Día de los Muertos: Honoring Day of the Dead

October 30 - November 1

Come celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Grand Rapids Public Library. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on. Loved ones come together to build altars that celebrate the life and memory of the dead. This is a time of celebration and joy, filled with talk and memories of those who have died. Altars from members of the community honoring family and friends will be on display. Every altar is…

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Free

Genealogy Lock-In

October 30 @ 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! Learn how to use the microfilm reader/scanner/printer, save images, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Use the time to search databases—we will have plenty of computers available or bring your own laptop and use the library’s WiFi network. Bring your genealogy questions or Ancestry and Heritage Quest problems—volunteers will be on hand to assist. Network with other…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 31 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 7, 2015

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

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November 2015

Día de los Muertos: Family Day

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Families are invited to learn more about the Day of the Dead holiday, explore the altars, decorate sugar skulls, have your face painted and do a craft. The day will include bilingual story times, live music, food from El Granjero and Pan de Muerto provided by Panaderia Margo.

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Pajama Time!

November 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 2, 2015

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing lullabies, and get those wiggles out before bed. For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. Great for working parents!

Find out more »

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

November 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 8, 2015

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.

Find out more »

YMCA Veggie Van

November 3 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

Find out more »
Free

Cooking Matters for Families

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 10, 2015

Get cooking at GRPL! In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters for Families, a six-week class that teaches families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Learn how to pick nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in healthy ways. Families will receive recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing the ingredients of the day. One of the classes will be held in a local grocery store.…

Find out more »

Small Business Class: Small Business Research Essentials

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the Business Librarian for an informative journey through the Library’s small business resources. Arm yourself with the best business information available, and give yourself the upper hand whether you are starting or growing your business.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

November 7 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 7, 2015

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

Find out more »

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

November 10 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 8, 2015

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.

Find out more »

YMCA Veggie Van

November 10 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

Find out more »
Free

Cooking Matters for Families

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until November 10, 2015

Get cooking at GRPL! In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters for Families, a six-week class that teaches families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Learn how to pick nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in healthy ways. Families will receive recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing the ingredients of the day. One of the classes will be held in a local grocery store.…

Find out more »

Small Business Class: Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

November 10 @ 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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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

November 14 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 7, 2015

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

Find out more »

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

November 17 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 8, 2015

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.

Find out more »

YMCA Veggie Van

November 17 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

Find out more »

Small Business Class: Introduction to Finding Grants for Nonprofits

November 18 @ 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.

Find out more »

Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

November 21 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until December 7, 2015

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

Find out more »

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

November 24 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until December 8, 2015

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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YMCA Veggie Van

November 24 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

November 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until December 7, 2015

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

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December 2015

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

December 1 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until December 8, 2015

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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YMCA Veggie Van

December 1 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Small Business Class: How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

December 2 @ 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 highlighted.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

December 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until December 7, 2015

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

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

December 8 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until December 8, 2015

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.

Find out more »

YMCA Veggie Van

December 8 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Small Business Class: Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

December 9 @ 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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YMCA Veggie Van

December 15 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Small Business Class: Introduction to Proposal Writing for Nonprofits

December 16 @ 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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YMCA Veggie Van

December 22 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Main Library Closed

December 27
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The Main Library is closed today. Regular Sunday hours resume in January.

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YMCA Veggie Van

December 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015

The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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