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West Leonard Branch

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1017 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
616.988.5416

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June 2015

Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

June 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until June 25, 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. Families with infants – preschoolers welcome.

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Superhero Sign Up for Summer Reading

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

Participate in superhero crafts and get signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Learn more about the Hero’s Quest and our amazing programs and events going on throughout the summer.

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EatPlayGrow

June 10 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Every month on the second Wednesday until July 8, 2015

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, based on emerging medical research, sleep.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

June 11 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until June 25, 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. Families with infants – preschoolers welcome.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

June 18 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until June 25, 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. Families with infants – preschoolers welcome.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

June 25 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until June 25, 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. Families with infants – preschoolers welcome.

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July 2015

EatPlayGrow

July 8 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the second Wednesday until July 8, 2015

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, based on emerging medical research, sleep.

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The Remarkable Mr. Tosh and Other Puppet Vignettes

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe as they share stories of some uncommon heroes through music, movement, and wordplay.

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August 2015

Real Heroes Read!

August 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join zany performers and authors David Anthony and Charles David Classman to celebrate that writers are today’s wizards, learn how to gift-wrap your writing, and enjoy juggling. David and Charles are the authors of the three series, Mystery Underground, Heroes A2Z, and Knightscares.

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Comics Workshop with Cartoonist Sam Carbaugh

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sam Carbaugh, a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and author of the recently published, Comics! Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning, will teach you how to create your very own comics! Learn how to draw basic comic characters and how to create, publish, and distribute your own minicomics! All drawing levels are encouraged to attend. For sixth grade and older.

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Greg Lester’s Puppet Adventures: Thumbelina

August 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A very small girl goes for a walk in the forest and is unknowingly led on a magnificent journey of inner discovery and self-worth. She finds that she is a hero and that great strength comes in small packages. Dreams are right in front of those who are willing to find them.

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