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February 2019

STEAM Ahead Storytime

February 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until March 27, 2019

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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Job Seeking at Your Library

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 26, 2019

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

Gain a better understanding of the job seeking process and gain the confidence to become a strong candidate for the job you want. Join the Business Librarian in this three-part series to learn: Session I: The Process of Finding Good Work Session II: Interviewing for Normal People Session III: Writing for Success

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And the Oscar Goes To . . .

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Whether you are a regular film goer or haven’t been to a theater in years, join us for an overview of this year’s Academy Award nominees just before Oscar’s big night. Make your own call on who will win and who should win the film industry’s most coveted award.

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Medicaid Information and Enrollment Sessions

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on February 22, 2019 at 1:00pm

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

Catherine’s Health Center will have an in-person counselor available to answer questions about Medicaid and provide guidance on the application process. Catherine’s Health Center improves the health of our community by providing high quality, affordable and compassionate health care to the underserved.

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Black Family History Series

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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One event on February 23, 2019 at 10:00am

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

What parent or grandparent hasn’t had a child ask where they came from, what their job was, or how they met their spouse? While these family history questions are universal, answers can sometimes be challenging to find. This is especially true for African Americans interested in their family history. Join us for a series of workshops that will help people of African American ancestry learn and document your family’s genealogical history. Hosted by local genealogist Joyce Daniels, the series will…

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Mindstorm Saturdays

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until May 25, 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. Be sure to check out the six new robots and science add-on pack that explores energy, heat, temperature, light, force and motion. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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Yoga Time

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Bend, breathe, and shake off the winter blues in this yoga class for kids ages 4-11. Led by staff from AM Yoga, Yoga Time introduces kids to different kinds of fitness in a no pressure environment. Mats will be provides, but you are welcome to bring your own.

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LEGO Block Party

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until April 27, 2019

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Kids ages 6 and up can explore engineering, art, math, and other core concepts using LEGOs and other building blocks. Each month will feature a building challenge to teach critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and more. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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Baby & Me Storytimes

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until March 25, 2019

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

February 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until March 26, 2019

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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Getting Started (or restarted) in Genealogy

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until April 4, 2019

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

Whether you have been working on your family’s genealogy for decades or just getting started, this class is for you. In this six-week series, Susan Rabick will provide instruction around basic and advanced research strategies, including four generation charts, family group sheets and organizing your research. Come learn new skills and brush up on old techniques around using databases and primary sources to research family histories. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society. February 28 – Introduction…

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March 2019

How the Pokagon Potawatomi Avoided Removal

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

Marcus Winchester, a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, will discuss how his community avoided the Indian Removal Act of 1830. This is a story of tactfulness, relationship building, and ingenuity on behalf of the Potawatomi leaders of this time period. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society.

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Building Basic Computer Skills

March 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on March 7, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 8, 2019 at 6:30pm

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

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

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Music in the Stacks: Mystery Guest

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

Have a musical interlude in the stacks! Stop by the library for a concert in a unique setting. Due to contractual obligations, we can’t tell you who this  Grand Rapids native is just yet, but we promise this concert is worth the wait.

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DIY@GRPL: Alcohol Ink Art

March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Create a unique piece of art using alcohol ink. Participants will practice different techniques on paper and ceramic tile. Supplies are provided. For ages 18 and up. Space is limited.

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Whoa Baby!

March 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

For a first-time caregiver or parent, a new baby can bring an incredible amount of joy, but it can also bring a lot of changes too. There is a huge learning curve and parenting can be an isolating experience. In this drop-in group we’ll talk about the joys and struggles of being a first-time parent. Babies welcome!

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One Book, One City for Kids Author Visit

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Meet Pablo Cartaya, the author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, at the end of the One Book, One City for Kids program. He will talk about his book and then sign copies. Enjoy cake and refreshments as you mingle with other readers. 

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CHAOS Lab

March 12 @ 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: Zany Art. Have you ever painted on ice or snow? Do you like to make your own paintbrushes? Have you ever painted upside down? Experiment with these zany painting techniques and more!

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Kid’s Joke Time

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Kids are invited to take the stage during LaughFest through Kids Joke Time. Young comedians are encouraged to gather their favorite jokes and take the mic. What ensues makes this one of the most entertaining events during the festival. Free and open to the public

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Discovering the Internet

March 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on March 14, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 15, 2019 at 6:30pm

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

Using the Internet can be an intimidating experience for many people. Learn how the Internet works and basic definitions for the most common Internet terms. Discover tips and tricks on how to protect your information and identity while searching, shopping and surfing the web.

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Senior Savvy Learning Series: Aging in Place

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

You love your home and want to stay there indefinitely. Are you prepared? Have you taken steps to equip yourself and your residence for the long haul? Learn the pros and cons about aging in place and local organizations available to help. Laura Kelso, Certified Senior Housing Professional, will host an expert panel that includes representatives from Disability Advocates, the Northview Senior Center, and Home Repair Services. Learn effective strategies and resources to assist you in living safely in your…

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Evening Explorers

March 14 @ 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: Pi Day Party. Celebrate all things math with a Pi Day party.

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Faith of the Fathers: The Courage, Humor, and Dedication of Catholic Civil War Chaplains

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

As religion helped bring about the Civil War, it also helped support its soldiers. The Catholic priest-chaplains were a unique group of pioneers—adventuresome, courageous, outspoken Catholic apologists in a “foreign land.” This presentation will highlight these unique men—their numbers, impact, and some of the colorful characters among them. Being an antebellum Catholic was not an easy task living in a strong anti-Catholic culture, with a Vatican that didn’t “get” American democracy and with a priest shortage created by an influx…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on March 21, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 22, 2019 at 6:30pm

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

The Internet and social media have made it easier than ever to keep in touch with friends and family. Beginning with a brief introduction to email, this class teaches you how to communicate with others online and offers tips on how to be safe while doing so. Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Find out what you need to get started with Skype, Google Hangouts and other video calling services.

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Yoga Time

March 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Bend, breathe, and shake off the winter blues in this yoga class for kids ages 4-11. Led by staff from AM Yoga, Yoga Time introduces kids to different kinds of fitness in a no pressure environment. Mats will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

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WiFi Basics: Get the Most Out of Your Home Network

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Is you home WiFi network secure? Are you getting the fastest connections possible? In this class, we will discuss home WiFi networks and how you can increase the speed and security of your system. Learn about the latest technologies and equip yourself to make informed decisions about your WiFi network and devices. Topics will include encryption, accessibility, speed, and password security.

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Managing your Digital Footprint

March 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on March 28, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 29, 2019 at 6:30pm

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

Have you ever forgotten a password? Do you wish you had a plan to manage your online information and protect your privacy? Managing your digital footprint may seem intimidating, but with a plan and the right tools, you can stay safe and get the most out your experience online. This class offers methods and tools you can use right away to begin managing your online profiles, passwords and information.

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GRPL Anime Club

March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join the new Anime Club to learn about Japanese culture, customs, and language. Enjoy trivia, authentic Japanese candy, and manga recommendations. This month we will be screening Your Name.

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April 2019

Mermaid Storytime

April 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Dive into spring break at the library! Families and children of all ages are invited to make a splash with fellow mermaid fans at a mythical storytime. Mermaid tales, songs, and rhymes will get children in the spirit to make their own mermaid tales. After all the aquatic fun, enjoy mermaid treats that are sure to make a wave. Put on your sparkliest clothes—or even a mermaid costume—and explore the magic of reading.

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Mermaid Storytime

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

Dive into spring break at the library! Families and children of all ages are invited to make a splash with fellow mermaid fans at a mythical storytime. Mermaid tales, songs, and rhymes will get children in the spirit to make their own mermaid tales. After all the aquatic fun, enjoy mermaid treats that are sure to make a wave. Put on your sparkliest clothes—or even a mermaid costume—and explore the magic of reading.

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Peace Corps Application Workshop and Information Session

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

Make your Peace Corps application stand out from the rest. Recruiters and Returned Volunteers will show you how to browse volunteer openings, assist you in finding the right program, and explain the steps you can take to improve your chances and strengthen your application. Get valuable tips to guide you through the application process and hear stories from people who serviced.

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The Abandoned Bride: A Documentary

April 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Twenty years after their grandfather Del Havens died, sisters Lynne Doele and Dr. Deb Havens discovered a secret that stunned their entire family: a box of pictures and postcards from their grandfather’s post WWI service in Europe. Among them were sad messages from a mysterious woman named Dora Gallner, claiming to be his abandoned bride. All the postcards written to Del’s mother seemed to support Dora’s claim. The two sisters traveled to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to search for Dora…

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Whoa Baby!

April 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

For a first-time caregiver or parent, a new baby can bring an incredible amount of joy, but it can also bring a lot of changes too. There is a huge learning curve and parenting can be an isolating experience. In this drop-in group we’ll talk about the joys and struggles of being a first-time parent. Babies welcome!

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Flipped Spanish Class

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until May 13, 2019

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

Learning a new language can be a challenge. In this 6-week class, you will prepare using library tools outside of the classroom and come to class for tailored instruction. Instead of lectures, class time will be reserved for speaking Spanish, making mistakes, and flexing your inquisitive mind. Learn more about the language-learning resources available with your library card, and practice Spanish with other learners. Registration is recommended. Sign up at www.grpl.org/register.

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Let’s Play

April 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until April 30, 2019

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

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

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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on April 9, 2019 at 1:00pm

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

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

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From Pig Farm to Thriving Neighborhood

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

Come hear the story of the beginning, development and struggles of the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood. Fred Davidson, from the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association, will share the story of the neighborhood. See the varied and beautiful architecture of the homes, meet the prominent citizens who have added to the city, and watch the evolution of the schools. This program is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society.

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Adulting 101: How Much Home Can You Afford?

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Looking to buy a home? In this informative workshop from the MSU Extension, educator Jinnifer Ortquist will guide you through the process by highlighting home-buying steps, defining unique terms like qualifying ratios, and illustrating how to calculate your home affordability based on your current income.

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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Profiles

April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on April 16, 2019 at 1:00pm

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, we will cover how social media uses personal information and how you can regain some control over your online profiles and online identity, settings, and features that help you control your social media profiles and online identity.

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Treasures of Your Library: A White Glove Event

April 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Come for a special evening exploring our city’s rich history. View one-of-a-kind historic maps and Civil War era diaries of a man who knew Abraham Lincoln. All proceeds from this event benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Purchase tickets at www.grplfoundation.org.

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Senior Savvy Learning Series: Transform Your Space

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

For many years, your home has provided safety, shelter, and created endless memories. For many of us, that also means a lifetime of physical items that brought us joy. Learn from the experts who help people deal with the physical and emotional aspects of decluttering. The panel includes a certified organizer and hording expert, and a senior move manager to provide practical strategies for reclaiming your home.

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Music in the Stacks: Jordan Hamilton

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Have a musical interlude at the library! Jordan Hamilton, cellist of Last Gasp Collective and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, merges songwriting, loop pedals, sample machines, and vocals to create a sonic landscape of experimental hip-hop, folk, soul, and classical music. The WMU graduate aims to find new ways for the cello, a traditional instrument, to relate to a modern audience where it can be found playing the music of Bach, the Beatles, or Chance the Rapper. Filled with an…

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DIY@GRPL: Intro to Zentangle

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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. Learn the techniques and basic steps of creating a Zentangle work of art. No art experience is necessary, and beginners are welcome. All supplies are included. Space is limited.

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Basic Computer Maintenance

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on April 23, 2019 at 1:00pm

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

Have you noticed that your computer is slowing down? Have you had a virus or malware infect your machine? Learn a few basic things you can do to keep your desktop, laptop or mobile device running smoothly and efficiently. Discover more about the various problems and threats that can completely disable or reduce the life span of your computer.

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The Secrets of The Summer Cottage with Wade Rouse

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

Bestselling author Wade Rouse discusses the rules, history, and mystery behind his latest novel. Inspired by summers at his grandparents’ cabin, and the magic of Michigan’s cottages that unite generations, it defines summer and recaptures our childhood joy. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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ArTalks

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

ArTalks is a series highlighting local Grand Rapids artists. Get a personal glimpse into the studio practice of the city’s leading visual artists. Artists will share images of their work and discuss their processes, insights, and ideas behind their creative production. This month: Maureen Nollette.

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GRPL Anime Club

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join the new Anime Club to learn about Japanese culture, customs, and language. Enjoy trivia, authentic Japanese candy, and manga recommendations. This month we will be screening Your Name.

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Backup Basics: How to Secure Your Data

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on April 30, 2019 at 1:00pm

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

Whether it’s your family photos, business documents, or digital media collection, your digital data has value. In this class, we will discuss how to ensure your digital data is kept safe and secure. From thumb drives and hard drives to cloud storage, find multiple ways to backup your data whether you use a traditional computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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Adulting 101: Organizing and Decluttering

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

We all have emotional attachment to our stuff. It’s time for a change when it starts getting in the way of living life to the fullest. There’s no one size fits all for getting organized, but there are easy and achievable methods to get us more comfortable in our spaces. Come learn organizing tips and strategies for a simpler life.

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