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July 2019

Be a Boss: Build an App and Make Bank

July 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until August 1, 2019

West Side Branch, 713 Bridge NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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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Be a Boss: Build an App and Make Bank

July 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm 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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Baby Time

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

Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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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Summer Storytimes for Families

July 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until July 24, 2019

West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children 18-months to 5 years old to this 45-minute class featuring hands-on, literacy rich activities such as stories, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.

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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Tour

July 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on August 15, 2019 at 11:00 am

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Curator Don Hollaway will led a tour of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and discuss the life of First Lady Betty Ford using museum exhibits and artifacts. The first 25 GRPL cardholders will get in free when they present their GRPL library card. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is free in the lot on the west side of the museum.

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Be a Boss: Build an App and Make Bank

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm 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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Open Lab – Bilingual Computer Help

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until August 28, 2019

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

Need help with your computer, tablet or smartphone? We’re here for you. Stop by during our drop-in computer help sessions and out bilingual staff can answer your questions.

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Kids’ Food Basket and You

July 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

There is nothing fun about childhood hunger but making our community a better place can feel great! Find out how you can get started by helping Kids' Food Basket. Learn about food insecurity, the importance of fresh and healthy food, and what Kids' Food Basket does. Families will then walk to the new facility to get a tour of the farm. Afterwards, kids will get the chance to decorate bags that will be used to pack suppers.

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Summer Storytimes for Families

July 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Thursday, repeating until July 25, 2019

Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children 18-months to 5 years old to this 45-minute class featuring hands-on, literacy rich activities such as stories, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.

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Summer Storytimes for Families

July 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until July 25, 2019

Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children 18-months to 5 years old to this 45-minute class featuring hands-on, literacy rich activities such as stories, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.

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Modern Pop Art Experience and Collage Workshop

July 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Michael Albert has been creating art since his college days at NYU. His art has evolved from pen & ink doodles, to wax oil drawings, to the cubist mosaic cereal box collages he has become known for. Michael will share his art and expertise in this hands-on events where you will make your own collage. All materials will be provided. Free and open to the public.

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Intro to Coding Workshop

July 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Looking to trasition to a career in tech or curious about tech careers? This free workshop, taught by the Grand Circus community, is designed for those curious about coding but have little or no coding experience. This workshop will provide you with basic programming technology and give you the opportunity to practice basic programming ideas. This workshop is provided in collaboration with the City of Grand Rapids SmartZone and the Grand Rapids Public Library. Registration is required. Sign up at…

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Final Approach at the Public Museum

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

A joint program with our Summer Reading Challenge for kids, join us at the Grand Rapids Public Museum to celebrate summer and space. Show your GRPL library card and get free admission to the museum. Kids will get a free ride on the carousel and limited planetarium tickets will be available. Stop by the library stations for snacks and space crafts. Free parking in the Museum ramp with a Kent County ID.

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Summer Storytimes for Families

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until August 3, 2019

Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children 18-months to 5 years old to this 45-minute class featuring hands-on, literacy rich activities such as stories, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.

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Amazing UFO Cases

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

Every year, the Mutual UFO Network, the world’s largest civilian UFO research organization, compiles the best cases it receives. Join State Director Bill Konkolesky as he shares stunning recent accounts of unidentified aerial phenomena. Learn about accounts of amazing maneuvers that startled people and animals, engaging with military aircraft, and much more.

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August 2019

GR Reads Pop Up Market

August 1 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Inspired by Ayoola’s fashion sense in the GR Reads’ selection My Sister, the Serial Killer, the library is hosting a pop up market. Come shop and support small local businesses that offer clothing, organic bath and beauty products, delicious food, and more. Full list of vendors at www.grpl.org/grreads.

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Greek Cooking with Greek to Go

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on August 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

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

Opa! Fresh, local fruits and veggies abound in West Michigan during the summer months. Why not try a new, fun take on all our local produce? Join Esther Koukios, owner of Greek to Go, to learn to make tourlou. Tourlou is a vegetable medley that can showcase the bright flavors of your garden with a Grecian touch. You will also learn to make tzatziki, a tasty cucumber yogurt dip that goes far beyond a gyro sandwich. You’ll end your time…

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Let’s Play

August 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until August 27, 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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Let’s Play

August 6 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 27, 2019

West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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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GR Reads: The Movies – Annihilation

August 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
wealthy theater, 1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

After her husband returns physically changed from a secret mission, a biologist decides to join a dangerous expedition into a zone where the laws of nature have been turned around. Tickets are $3 with a valid GRPL library card. Use code GRPL2019 to purchase tickets online.

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An Evening at the Calvin Observatory

August 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Calvin College, 3201 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, MI United States

Professor Larry Molnar will present a tour of the August evening sky, highlighting Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon. He will also discuss NASA’s Mars exploration and discuss Scott Kelly’s book Endurance. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to observe the night sky with Calvin’s 16-inch telescope in the rooftop dome and with a portable telescope on the college lawn. Meet in the Science Building Room 110.

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Let’s Play

August 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until August 28, 2019

Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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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Let’s Play

August 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until August 29, 2019

West Side Branch, 713 Bridge NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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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Kombucha 101

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sacred Springs Taproom, 1059 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI United States

Kom-bu-cha: A fizzy, fermented tea that is rich in probiotics. Geoff Lamden, co-creator of Sacred Springs, will present the history of kombucha, the possible health benefits, and how to brew kombucha. The first ten people to sign in at the program will receive a complimentary kombucha culture. The culture is not required to participate in the program, but it can be purchased at the event.

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Summer Foraging in the Midwest

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join herbalist, forager, and author Lisa Rose on a wild journey to learn about local plants that can be used for food and herbal medicine. Come away with tips on how to locate the wild edibles of summer and learn the safe harvesting rules of urban foraging. Proper identification, harvesting ethics, traditional uses and recipes will be discussed. Meet on the front steps of the Main Library.

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Genealogy Lock-In

August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
Free

Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists. Learn how to use the library databases, newspaper microfilm and other resources, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Bring your family history questions or problems—volunteers from the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will be on hand to assist. Network with other genealogists—you never know what you might find. Registration required: www.grpl.org/register or call 616-988-5400.

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Books and Butchers

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Do you know the difference between spare ribs and baby back ribs? Even wonder where pork chops come from or what is the difference between bacon and pork belly? The butchers from E.A. Brady’s will offer a unique demonstration of the process of butchering a half hog. As they work, they will share their experiences and knowledge about preparing, cooking, and serving quality meat products that are sourced in West Michigan. They will also discuss running a socially conscious small…

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Shopping for Food: A Short History

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

The GR Reads pick Grocery is an in-depth look at a shared American experience—shopping for food. The way we buy groceries has a colorful past and a future filled with change. Local grocer Hank Meijer looks at the evolving supermarket landscape through the over-lapping perspectives of Ruhlman’s book and his own experience.

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A Community Conversation on Facing the Opioid Epidemic

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Recently declared a national public health emergency, opioid-related deaths kill more people in Michigan than car accidents or firearms. Local responses range from providing police with tools that counteract overdoses to opening safe injection sites. Join the library, along with Dirt City Sanctuary, the Kent County Opioid Task Force, and The Red Project for an important community conversation. Learn how the opioid epidemic has taken shape locally and how we can work to tackle the growing epidemic in our community.

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September 2019

Baby & Me Storytimes

September 9 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Monday, repeating until November 11, 2019

West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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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Baby & Me Storytimes

September 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday, repeating until November 11, 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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Bilingual Pajama Time

September 9 @ 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday, repeating until November 11, 2019

West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Join us for an evening bilingual storytime filled with fun stories, movement, and music activities. The 30-minute English and Spanish storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime. Wear your pajamas and get those wiggles out before bed! For families with children 5 and under.

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Toddler Time

September 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until November 12, 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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Pajama Time!

September 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 12, 2019

Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Come explore learning through fun stories, movement, and music activities during this evening storytime. Pajama Time is a 30-minute storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime. Wear your pajamas and get those wiggles out before bed! For families with children 5 and under.

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STEAM Ahead Storytime

September 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 12, 2019

Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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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Toddler Time

September 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 13, 2019

Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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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Baby & Me Storytimes

September 11 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 13, 2019

Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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

September 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 13, 2019

West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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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STEAM Ahead Storytime

September 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 13, 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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Baby & Me Storytimes

September 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Thursday, repeating until November 14, 2019

Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until November 14, 2019

Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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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STEAM Ahead Storytime

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until November 14, 2019

West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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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Pajama Time!

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until November 14, 2019

Madison Square Branch, 1201 Madison SE
Grand Rapisd, MI 49507 United States

Come explore learning through fun stories, movement, and music activities during this evening storytime. Pajama Time is a 30-minute storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime. Wear your pajamas and get those wiggles out before bed! For families with children 5 and under.

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Storytimes for Families

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until November 16, 2019

Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children 18-months to 5 years old to this 45-minute class featuring hands-on, literacy rich activities such as stories, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.

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Social Justice Begins with Me: A Book Club for Kids

September 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Children ages 4-11 can explore social justice topics that impact their daily lives through children's literature. GVSU, GRPL and community volunteers a will read children's books on that month's social justice topic (e.g. celebrating diversity, gender, equity, disability). After the book readings, we discuss the month's social justice topic in small groups and enjoy a snack and themed craft activity. This program is a partnership between the Grand Rapids Public Library and the School of Social Work at Grand Valley…

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