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May 2019

LEGO Block Party

May 25 @ 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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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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Genealogy Open House

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

The Grand Rapids area is full of genealogy groups, resources and classes. Join the Western Michigan Genealogical Society for an open house to explore, learn and get connected. Volunteers will be on hand to talk about special topics such as DNA research, African American genealogy, and writing your family story. You can learn how to research your ancestor’s house and get a tour of the archives at the library. Learn about volunteer projects with WMGS and other ways you can…

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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 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm 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

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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Baby Time

June 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am 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

June 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am 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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Summer Storytimes for Families

June 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am 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

June 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am 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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Summer Storytimes for Families

June 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am 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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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 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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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Broadway Karaoke at the Last Chance Saloon

June 22 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Last Chance Saloon, 1132 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI United States

Calling all wanna-be Broadway babies and crooners! Join us for a fun night of karaoke including some of your favorite show tunes. Performers who sing a song from a Broadway musical will be entered to win tickets to Circle Theatre’s 21st Century Broadway concert. Hosted by Jen’s Jamz, this event is 21 and older. Food and drinks available for purchase.

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Changing the Narrative

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Muse, 727 Leonard St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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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GR Reads: The Movies – Flash Gordon

June 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
wealthy theater, 1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

Although NASA scientists are claiming the unexpected eclipse and strange hot hail are nothing to worry about, Dr. Hans Zarkov knows better. He takes football star Flash Gordon and travel agent Dale Arden with him into space to rectify things. They land on planet Mongo, where the despot Ming the Merciless is attacking Earth out of pure boredom. With the help of a race of Hawkmen, Flash and the gang struggle to save their home planet. Tickets are $3 with…

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

June 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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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A Day in the Life of a Zoo Veterinarian

June 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
John Ball Zoo, 1300 W Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI United States

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the zoo? Get the inside scoop from Dr. Ryan Colburn, head veterinarian for the John Ball Zoo. Hear about interesting cases and stories and even get the opportunity to see some of the equipment that the veterinarian team uses every day as they strive to provide excellent medical care for all zoo residents . . .furry, feathered and scaled. Some zoo animals will also make an appearance. The program…

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July 2019

Comedy Magic with Cameron Zvara

July 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on July 10, 2019 at 10:30am

One event on July 10, 2019 at 3:00pm

One event on July 10, 2019 at 6:30pm

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

Join us for tons of fun with hilarious magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara! Cameron’s show is full of magic, comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation.

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Comedy Magic with Cameron Zvara

July 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on July 9, 2019 at 2:00pm

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

Join us for tons of fun with hilarious magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara! Cameron’s show is full of magic, comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation.

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Comedy Magic with Cameron Zvara

July 10 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Join us for tons of fun with hilarious magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara! Cameron’s show is full of magic, comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation.

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Comedy Magic with Cameron Zvara

July 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Join us for tons of fun with hilarious magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara! Cameron’s show is full of magic, comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation.

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Make Space for Honeybees

July 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Explore the universe of honeybees and learn the three types of bees in a hive, how bees produce honey, and how it gets harvested. You will also learn about pollination and the importance of honeybees to our food supply. You will also taste honey from a hive, make a hand rolled beeswax candle to take home, and view live honeybees in the safe, controlled environment of an observation hive. For ages 11 -18.

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Comic Geek Out

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Celebrate the comic books you love, and geek out about films, TV shows, and science fiction/fantasy books. Events include: Meet New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Brown. His books include graphic memoirs for adults, all-ages humorous parodies, Star Wars adventures including the popular Jedi Academy series, and the Lucy and Andy Neanderthal graphic novel series. Zine making workshop for ages 11 and up. Discover zines, an easy and accessible way to share ideas, comics, stories and more. Learn tips for…

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Adult Beginner Ballet

July 15 @ 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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ScribbleMonster

July 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on July 17, 2019 at 10:30am

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One event on July 17, 2019 at 6:30pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Be a part of the crew when ScribbleMonster break out the laser lights and electric guitar in a play-along rock concert powered by the sun! They’ll use music to activate learning with participation and creativity.

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ScribbleMonster

July 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch, 1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Be a part of the crew when ScribbleMonster break out the laser lights and electric guitar in a play-along rock concert powered by the sun! They’ll use music to activate learning with participation and creativity.

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GR Reads: The Movies – West Side Story

July 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
wealthy theater, 1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

West Side Story sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, in New York of the 1950s. A young woman who is sister the to Sharks leader has her first taste of love with the former head of the Jets. Tickets are $3 with a valid GRPL library card. Use code GRPL2019 to purchase tickets online.

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ScribbleMonster

July 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch, 2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States

Be a part of the crew when ScribbleMonster break out the laser lights and electric guitar in a play-along rock concert powered by the sun! They’ll use music to activate learning with participation and creativity.

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ScribbleMonster

July 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States

Be a part of the crew when ScribbleMonster break out the laser lights and electric guitar in a play-along rock concert powered by the sun! They’ll use music to activate learning with participation and creativity.

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ScribbleMonster

July 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Be a part of the crew when ScribbleMonster break out the laser lights and electric guitar in a play-along rock concert powered by the sun! They’ll use music to activate learning with participation and creativity.

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Fly Me to the Moon

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

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo mission to land on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Educators from the Air Zoo will share how gravity keeps the Moon in orbit around the Earth and what it takes to escape Earth’s gravity. Experience the creation of Moon craters and the challenges involved in landing safely on its varied surface. Learn about current and future missions to other moons and planets in our solar system.

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GR Reads Photowalk

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

Grab your camera for a walking photography lesson with local professional photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick. Learn tips and tricks for shooting in an urban setting and discover interesting vantage points and framing techniques. All skill levels welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget your camera! Rain date July 29. Meet on the front steps of the Main Library.

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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Tour

July 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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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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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Final Approach at the Public Museum

July 27 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 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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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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