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July 2017

Zine Making Workshop

July 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Learn about books called "zines" and how to make them. This workshop focuses on creating comic zines. Illustrator Rayne Klar will guide you through several basic tools for making successful comics, as well as production tricks for creating your own at home. For grades 6-12.

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Reading the Great Lakes

July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Come explore the Lakes with us! We'll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be led 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. July’s selection is Once in…

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Summer Storytimes for Babies

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until July 24, 2017

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until July 24, 2017

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

July 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Learn about the super senses of the animal kingdom, including the American Barn Owl, Australian Sugar Gliders, and Siberian Lynx. Nelson's Wildlife Safari brings the wonder and excitement of animals in a truly unique hands-on encounter. Kids will see and touch creatures both great and small, while experiencing sights and sounds on a virtual trip around the world.

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Doors and Gateways of Grand Rapids Photo Walk

July 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Entrances take us into different worlds all the time—street to home, public to private. Doors and gates are symbolic in our everyday lives. Join photographer and artist Dianne Carroll Burdick on a photo walk of historic Grand Rapids. Learn tips and tricks for shooting urban architecture and discover interesting vantage points. Bring your own camera. All skill levels welcome. Submit your favorite digital photos from the walk to be added to the archives in the Grand Rapids History and Special…

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Teen Council

July 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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. Let your voice be heard and have fun too! For teens in grades 8-12.

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Wildlife Safari

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Learn about the super senses of the animal kingdom, including the American Barn Owl, Australian Sugar Gliders, and Siberian Lynx. Nelson's Wildlife Safari brings the wonder and excitement of animals in a truly unique hands-on encounter. Kids will see and touch creatures both great and small, while experiencing sights and sounds on a virtual trip around the world.

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Threats Facing the Lake Michigan Shoreline

July 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Now is a time of great change for the Great Lakes. After almost 15 years of relatively low lake levels, water levels throughout the Great Lakes have risen very rapidly over the past three years. Low water levels produced wide, growing, and stable looking beaches, which have disappeared with rising water levels. At the same time, storms have increased in frequency and intensity, with hurricane strength winds becoming more commonplace. The number of fatalities due to dangerous waves and currents…

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The Science of Dark Matter

July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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What exactly is dark matter and what does it mean to our understanding of the universe? Join Paulette Epstein, Planetarium Manager and Staff Astronomer at the Michigan Science Center, as she discusses why scientists think dark matter exists. Learn what it could be made out of and the different detection methods available to scientists right now. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

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The Gratitude Steel Band

July 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Explore the history and music of steel drums! The Gratitude Steel Band will perform a Caribbean Fun Time show. Kids will have an opportunity to play the steel drum and the show ends with limbo and conga line fun!

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Bangarang Circus

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Located in Grand Rapids, Bangarang Circus is a collective of performance artists who share a passion for all things circus. They will transform the library into a circus arena and perform aerial acts, contortion and tumbling, acrobatics and flow arts, and much more. Come be amazed and astounded!

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The Gratitude Steel Band

July 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Explore the history and music of steel drums! The Gratitude Steel Band will perform a Caribbean Fun Time show. Kids will have an opportunity to play the steel drum and the show ends with limbo and conga line fun!

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Madcap Puppets

July 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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There's no business like monkey business! Max and Vinnie are expert zookeepers, but keeping the rascally monkeys from getting into trouble is easier said than done. When Mr. Cleaver, the zoo manager, decides to send one of the monkeys to another zoo, it's time for their great escape! Travel with the monkeys as the explore new exhibits at the zoo--each one is a backdrop for exciting stories from around the world.

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Madcap Puppets

July 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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There's no business like monkey business! Max and Vinnie are expert zookeepers, but keeping the rascally monkeys from getting into trouble is easier said than done. When Mr. Cleaver, the zoo manager, decides to send one of the monkeys to another zoo, it's time for their great escape! Travel with the monkeys as the explore new exhibits at the zoo--each one is a backdrop for exciting stories from around the world.

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The Right to Fight and Serve: The Montford Point Marines

July 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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In June of 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, the first presidential decree issued on race since the Reconstruction era. The order barred government agencies and federal contractors, including the armed services, from refusing employment on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin. For the first time, Marines would be required to recruit and enlist African Americans, who would be segregated to Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, NC. The Montford Point Marines faced racism, hatred, and…

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August 2017

Summer Reading Celebration at the Main Library

August 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Join us for a summer reading celebration at your favorite location of the Grand Rapids Public Library! If you've completed the summer reading challenge, the party is a great time to collect your finisher prize and t-shirt. If you are still working on your challenge, come party with your teammates! Fun crafts and refreshments will be provided.

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Samuel H. Ranck: Librarian at War

August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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When America entered World War I, librarians were called upon to provide balm to the triple psychological threat of war: boredom, terror, and grief. Samuel H. Ranck, Director of the Grand Rapids Public Library, was called to serve in France in 1918 and became the sole librarian casualty of war. While abroad, he took dozens of photographs and wrote hundreds of pages about his experiences and the people he met along the way. He captured insightful glimpses into the lives…

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Summer Reading Celebration at the Main Library

August 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Join us for a summer reading celebration at your favorite location of the Grand Rapids Public Library! If you've completed the summer reading challenge, the party is a great time to collect your finisher prize and t-shirt. If you are still working on your challenge, come party with your teammates! Fun crafts and refreshments will be provided.

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Scratch Programming

August 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Interested in computers and video game? Want to know how computer programs think? Then come to this easy introduction to the Scratch programming language. Learn the basics of computer programming and get an in depth look at Scratch. You'll learn how to make your own computer game and gain skills to last you a lifetime! No prior coding experience needed. For grades 6-12.

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Reading the Great Lakes

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Come explore the Lakes with us! We'll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be led 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. August’s selection is My Heart…

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From a Silk Cocoon: A Japanese American Story

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Labeled as “disloyal” and deemed “enemy aliens dangerous to public peace and safety of the United States,” Dr. Satsuki Ina’s American-born parents struggled to prove their innocence and fight deportation while held in separate American concentration camps during World War II. Dr. Ina will share excerpts from her parents’ letters, diaries, and haiku poetry to recount the frightening and tragic outcomes resulting from wartime hysteria and racial profiling. Chilling similarities of events from 75 years ago, the psychotherapist and documentary…

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Teen Council

August 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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. Let your voice be heard and have fun too! For teens in grades 8-12.

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Herman Miller’s History in West Michigan

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller was synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design. Since then, Herman Miller has collaborated with some of the most talented designers in the world, including Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Propst, Bill Stumpf, and many others. Today, in addition to classic pieces and new designs for the home, Herman Miller…

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The History of American Vaudeville

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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From the opening for Tony Pastor’s Fourteenth Street Theatre in 1881 until the Palace Theatre in New York was wired for “Talking Pictures” in 1930, vaudeville was the most popular and influential form of entertainment in the United States. Taking its lead from fledgling corporate America, the titans of vaudeville management sought to use marketing, packaging and quality control to reach millions of Americans in thousands of theatres throughout the US. How did vaudeville develop? What was life like for…

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Protecting Your Privacy Online

August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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It seems that 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. Come learn how to secure your information and manage your digital footprint. Topics will include securing your internet connection and browser, creating and managing effective passwords, and using email aliases to keep your information more secure.

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Harlem Hellfighters: A Jazz Retrospective

August 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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The great intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois implored African Americans to close ranks and join the fight to end the Great War. Although Black troops had to fight in segregated units in World War I, Du Bois understood that, historically, Black participation in the military produced advancements in civil rights. He noted that Black men would fight on two fronts, abroad in the war and back home for their civil rights. Join GVSU African American Studies Professor Louis Moore in a…

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Raising Strong Black Women Panel Discussion

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Black women are surrounded by stereotypes about their hair, their education, and their attitudes. Join us for a community discussion about raising the next generation of Black women. Topics will include counteracting negative stereotypes, empowerment, bullying, and the balance of protecting our daughters without sheltering them too much. Community leaders Nadia Brigham, Rebecca Diffin, Kristian Grant, and Darlene O’Neil will lead the discussion and share their insights and wisdom.

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Giving the Gift of Life: Fact vs. Fiction

August 24 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Truth can be stranger than fiction. Learn about the organ, tissue, and eye donation process in our state and nation. Jennifer Tislerics, from Gift of Life Michigan, will provide details about who is eligible to donate, how matches are made, and the logistics behind donations. Local people who have received life-saving organ transplants and whose loved ones donated will share their inspiring stories. Ask questions and have an opportunity to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.

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