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January 2019

Toddler Time

January 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until March 28, 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

January 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until March 28, 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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Basic Computer Maintenance

January 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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Pajama Time!

January 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until March 28, 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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Hygge Night

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

Embrace winter and join us for a night of hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”). While there is no direct English translation, the words “cozy and hominess” come close to this concept in Danish culture. Wear your favorite sweater, and we will provide hot drinks, treats, games, beautiful picture books, and a hyggelig atmosphere.

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Mindstorm Saturdays

January 26 @ 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

January 26 @ 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

January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until May 25, 2019

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Kids 6 and up can explore engineering, art, math, and other core concepts using Legos and other building blocks. Each month with 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

January 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Monday, repeating until March 25, 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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Bilingual Pajama Time

January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until March 25, 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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Baby & Me Storytimes

January 28 @ 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

January 29 @ 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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Managing your Digital Footprint

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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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Pajama Time!

January 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 26, 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

January 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 26, 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

January 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until March 27, 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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STEAM Ahead Storytime

January 30 @ 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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Baby & Me Storytimes

January 30 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until March 27, 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

January 30 @ 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

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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How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

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

Do you have a great idea for a business? Take the first step to starting your own: write a business plan. A more advanced class designed for those who already have a working knowledge of computers and the Internet, this course will highlight library resources to assist students in crafting a well-written business plan. Both online and offline resources will be highlighted.

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Backup Basics: How to Secure Your Data

January 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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February 2019

Finding Your Michigan Ancestor at the Library of Michigan

February 2 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The Library of Michigan has been collecting Michigan information since 1826. During that time, the Library of Michigan has collected materials that cover almost any aspect of life within the state. From newspapers, books, newsletters to magazines, the Library of Michigan has tried to collect it. Join Time Gleisner, Head of Special Collections at the Library of Michigan and discover what it has to offer anyone interested in Michigan genealogy and history. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan…

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Basic Knife Skills

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join the Ginger Chef to learn basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts for vegetables—mince, dice, brunoise, batonnet and julienne—as well as some advanced techniques. Discover how to select a knife that best fits your needs and ways to keeping all of your cutlery sharp and well-maintained at home. Participants should bring a cutting board, a chef’s knife and a paring knife. Seating is limited.

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How to Use the Library to Write a Marketing Plan

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

One of the first rules of marketing is “go where your customers are.” Learn how to find your customers, craft your story and stand out in the crowd. Join the Business Librarian for an informative session on how to use modern tools and timeless tactics to engage customers to grow your business.

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Music in the Stacks: JRob

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

JRob is a lyrical emcee who grew up listening to Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, and Tupac. He brings reality and substance to his music. JRob has opened for Young Jeezy, GZA, Royce Da 5’9, Currency, Jon Conner, LA the Darkman, and Rah Digga. His projects Peace of a King and Good Aint Enough can be found on most streaming sites.

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Medicaid Information and Enrollment Sessions

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on February 23, 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 9 @ 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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DIY@GRPL: Book Planters

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Create a planter out of a book! This ingenious craft will be a fantastic conversation piece for your home or the perfect gift for a loved one. All supplies will be provided, including one succulent per person.

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Whoa Baby!

February 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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Know Your Investments

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

Investments are complex and can seem scary. Take the first step and discover why you need to educate yourself about investing. Fred Iacovoni, an independent financial manager will share how to read a prospectus, the hidden costs in a portfolio, how different investment products work, and what to look for in your financial adviser.

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CHAOS Lab

February 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: Beach Fun. Play with sand, water, and paint with ice while you imagine warmer days.

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Hustle/Step Soul Line Dance Party

February 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The library is the perfect place to learn – and why not learn how to Hustle/Step? DJ and dance instructor Andre Posey will lead you through both simple and complicated hustle soul line dances. Soul line dances are unpartnered line dances that are easy enough that anyone from kids to seniors can join in on the fun. Learn dances like the wobble, cupid shuffle, cha cha slide, and zydeco slide. Refreshments will be served.

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Hustle/Step Soul Line Dance Party

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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The library is the perfect place to learn—and why not learn how to Hustle/Step? DJ and dance instructor Andre Posey will be leading us through both simple and complicated hustle soul line dances. Soul line dances are unpartnered line dances that are easy enough that anyone from kids to seniors can join in on the fun. Soul or urban line dances such as the wobble, cupid shuffle, cha cha slide, and zydeco slide are similar to other line dances except…

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Job Seeking at Your Library

February 13 @ 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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Evening Explorers

February 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: Fizzy Valentines. Melt some hearts with chemistry on Valentine’s Day.

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Riot, Race and Reconciliation

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

George Bayard will discuss the origins and results of the uprising of black during the summer of 1967. His documentary, Riot, Race and Reconciliation will serve as a backdrop for the talk. In the documentary, local residents and historians share their recollections of that tumultuous time. Artifacts from the African American Museum and Archives will add further context to the talk. This program is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society.

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Genealogy Lock-In

February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

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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GRPL Anime Club

February 16 @ 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 sharing manga recommendations. This month we will screen Momo e no tegami – A Letter to Momo from the creators of Ghost in the Shell and xxxHOLic!

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Taste of Soul Sunday

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join us as we celebrate African American history and culture at Taste of Soul Sunday. Sample African American art, music, literature, history, and food. Performances by Tom Cutts, Yolanda Lavender, Asamu Johnson and the Associates of Blues, and The Gospel Believers. Presentations by author Stephen Mack Jones, storyteller Shani Womack, the Ebony Road Players, and New Hope Baptist Live African American Museum. Free food samples provided by: TaDow BBQ, The Candied Yam, Irie Kitchen, and Flavorful Pound Cakes. Free and…

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After the Bell on Thursday

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

After the Bell on Thursday (AtBoT) is your time to hang and do something at the library when school is out—a craft, activity, or movie. Each month will be something different. This month: PC Take Apart. For grades 6-12. Ride to Read passes will be available.

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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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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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56th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
wealthy theater, 1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

The Ann Arbor Film Festival has been showcasing independent and experimental films since it’s launch in 1964. These interesting and often challenging short films span many genres: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative, and hybrids. In addition, the Pickle Fort Film Collective will host a hands-on experimental film workshop. A short discussion will follow the program. Admission is free but space is limited. Viewer discretion is advised. This is a partnership between Wealthy Theatre, Cinema Lab, and the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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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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After the Bell on Thursday

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

After the Bell on Thursday (AtBoT) is your time to hang and do something at the library when school is out—a craft, activity, or movie. Each month will be something different. This month: Perler Beads. For grades 6-12. Ride to Read passes will be available.

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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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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

Building Basic Computer Skills

April 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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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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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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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Exploring Social Media and Email

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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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Managing your Digital Footprint

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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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