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April 2019

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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Educator-Only Book Sale

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Teachers and other educators are invited to a special Friends of the Library Book Sale. This is a perfect way to stock your classroom! Picture books, YA fiction and nonfiction, and teen fiction and nonfiction will be available. Books are 50 cents each or 3 for $1.00.

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Mindstorm Saturdays

April 27 @ 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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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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LEGO Block Party

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until August 31, 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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Flipped Spanish Class

April 29 @ 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 30 @ 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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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. www.moxielifeorganizing.com

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May 2019

Understanding Masculinity: Supporting Men’s Mental and Emotional Health in Today’s World

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Male socialization is the training we receive from society on how to become a man, and it affects every part of men’s lives from early childhood through adulthood. We are in difficult times for boys and men due to the many challenges and changes in gender roles and expectations. There are many divisive ideas about how we raise boys, the concept of toxic masculinity, and other challenging questions. Join psychotherapist and author Randy Flood from the Men’s Resource Center of…

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Music in the Stacks: Blanca Luz

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

Have a musical interlude at the library! Blanca Luz masterfully walks the tightrope between early adult wistfulness and the rebellious energy of youth. Their propulsive songs champion a refined tightness that comes from maturity, while being defined by an exuberant sense of abandon. Nostalgia mixed with a lust for the future, they’re all you could want from an indie rock band with a distinctly Midwestern flavor.

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Resources for Genealogical Research in Foreign Countries

May 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Once you’ve discovered your immigrant ancestors’ home country, how will you go about finding documents generated while they were still there? How will you research their parents? In this session, Katherine R. Willson will discuss resources available for beginning your genealogical research in foreign countries, including how to locate foreign language genealogy terms and how online maps can provide contextual information on shifting country borders. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society.

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Whoa Baby!

May 13 @ 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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Senior Savvy Learning Series: Selling Your Home in Today’s Market

May 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

During your lifetime you have likely sold a home, but today’s real estate market is different. A real estate professional, home inspector, and appraiser will share the reality of today’s market; from selling for quick cash, investing in repairs, or selling as-is. This lively panel discussion will shed some light on current real estate trends and help you distinguish fact from fiction. Learn the ins and outs of selling a home in today’s fast-paced real estate market, and why it…

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Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Michigan is home to more lighthouses than any other state, and some 30 of them are rumored to be haunted by the spirits of former keepers, mariners, and others with ties to these historic beacons. Dianna Stampfler, long-time writer and promoter of all things Michigan, will share stories from her recently published book, Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses. She will tell tales of those who dedicated their lives (and afterlives) to protect the expansive shoreline of the Great Lakes. A question and…

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GRPL Anime Club

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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 Ghost Messenger.

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DIY@GRPL: String Art

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

String a piece of art! We will be creating one-of-a-kind designs with wood, nails, string, a little hammering, and your own designs. All supplies are provided. Just bring your creativity and a desire to learn a new art form. Space is limited.

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Herbs and Spice and Everything Nice

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join Chef Jen, The Ginger Chef, to discover how to use herbs and spices to enhance your everyday cooking. Learn drying and storage guidelines and add new recipes to your repertoire. Enjoy small plate tasting, culinary trained techniques, and an enjoyable experience.

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Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The Edward Clown family, the nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader, will present stories and memories about their famous grandfather. They will clarify the inaccuracies in what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. Hear stories from the past, about their Lakota identity, their family genealogy, and the life of Crazy Horse. Discover why the family choose to remain silent about the truth for so long before telling their story. A question and answer…

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ArTalks

May 23 @ 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: Nick Szymanski.

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The Grand Rapids Youth Poetry Showcase

May 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The Grand Rapids Youth Poetry Showcase will feature 10 of the most talented, vibrant, and rising stars in the Grand Rapids poetry community. Hosted by the Grand Rapids Poet Laureate Marcel “Fable” Price and members of The Diatribe, this poetry event will empower young people to share their stories, raise awareness of social issues, and be active members in their community.

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June 2019

Blast Off Into Summer Reading

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

We’re bringing you the stars this summer! Join us at our Summer Reading kick-off event for planetarium shows, face painting, space crafts, and snacks. Practice your moon walking skills in the indoor bounce house. Get signed up for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge too!

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Baby Time

June 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until July 24, 2019

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

Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18-months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills. Free and open to the public.

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Be a Boss: Build an App and Make Bank

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until July 31, 2019

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

Join Junior Achievement and learn how to ‘Be a Boss,’ a JA Company Program®. In this 8- week camp, solve a problem in the community by launching your own start-up business app. Unleash your creative entrepreneurial and start building career skills for a high school job, vocational job, or college resume. This camp is for middle and high school students, with coed sessions available as well as sessions for girls only. Register at www.grpl.org/register. Snacks will be provided. This program…

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Pajama Time

June 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until July 22, 2019

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

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

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Be a Boss: Build an App and Make Bank

June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until August 1, 2019

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

Join Junior Achievement and learn how to ‘Be a Boss,’ a JA Company Program®. In this 8- week camp, solve a problem in the community by launching your own start-up business app. Unleash your creative entrepreneurial and start building career skills for a high school job, vocational job, or college resume. This camp is for middle and high school students, with coed sessions available as well as sessions for girls only. Register at www.grpl.org/register. Snacks will be provided. This program…

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Food in Space

June 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Would you like a snack on Saturn? Got the munchies on Mars? No one delivers pizza on Pluto! Eating in space presents unique challenges for astronauts. Come to this fun and educational exploration to find out how astronauts eat among the stars.

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Food in Space

June 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Would you like a snack on Saturn? Got the munchies on Mars? No one delivers pizza on Pluto! Eating in space presents unique challenges for astronauts. Come to this fun and educational exploration to find out how astronauts eat among the stars.

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Adult Beginner Ballet

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Grand Rapids Ballet School’s adult ballet classes are an excellent way to keep both your mind and body fit, flexible and happy. Taught by previous professional dancer Attila Mosolygo, you will learn basic ballet technique, stretching, and conditioning. It’s a lot of fun too! All levels of experience and ability are welcome.

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Exotic Zoo

June 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Something wild is coming to the library! Experience exotic and familiar creatures up close and learn about their natural habitats, diet and more!

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Exotic Zoo

June 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Something wild is coming to the library! Experience exotic and familiar creatures up close and learn about their natural habitats, diet and more!

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The Art of Book Folding

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Book folding is a fun and rewarding art form that allows you to create unique works of art from used books. Learn how to fold a book sculpture of your very own. Use a pattern to mark pages of a book and then fold it into a three dimensional book sculpture. Space is limited. For teens ages 11-18.

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Changing the Narrative

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

Join us for a conversation with creatives who are changing the way Black and Brown stories are told and who tells them. This panel discussion, co-hosted by AIGA West Michigan, will be an honest conversation about he successes and struggles of being in a creative industry in Grand Rapids.

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

June 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

HoChunk Nation powwow dancer Reg Pettibone will teach us about our nation’s Native past. He and his wife, Marca, will share Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more!

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

June 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

HoChunk Nation powwow dancer Reg Pettibone will teach us about our nation’s Native past. He and his wife, Marca, will share Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more!

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