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August 2019

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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Let’s Play

August 27 @ 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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Open Lab – Bilingual Computer Help

August 28 @ 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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September 2019

Open Lab – Bilingual Computer Help

September 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 25, 2019

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

Need help with your computer, tablet, or smartphone? We're here to help. Stop by during our drop-in computer help sessions.

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Building Basic Computer Skills

September 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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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Mindstorm Saturdays

September 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until May 30, 2020

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. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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Lego Block Party

September 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 28, 2019

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

Kids 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. This month’s challenge: Design your dream school.

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Victorian Lady

September 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Learn about the lives of Victorian era women with local historical interpreter Wendy Batchelder. She will offer a fascinating peek at the daily routine of a Victorian lady. Hear how fashions like hair and jewelry were presented. Guests are encouraged to bring their own photos for group discussion, as fashion clues can help date photographs. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society.

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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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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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CHAOS Lab

September 10 @ 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: Wheels of Mayhem. Use a toy truck to paint, pretend to make a care engine, or take your toy vehicles on a muddy course full of pine cones, shells, and other obstacles.

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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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Discovering the Internet

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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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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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Reach Customers Online with Google

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads.

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Managing Your Digital Footprint

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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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Yoga Time

September 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Bend and breathe in this yoga class for kids, led by an instructor from AM Yoga. Mats will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. For ages 4-11.

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October 2019

Lego Block Party

October 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until October 26, 2019

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

Kids 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. This month’s challenge: Design your dream school.

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Resources for Genealogical Research in Foreign Countries

October 5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Once you've discovered your immigrant ancestor's home country, how will you go about finding documents generated while they were still there, and how will you research his or her parents? Participants in this program will discuss how to use available resources be begin conducting research in foreign countries, including how to locate foreign language genealogy terms and examine online maps that provide contextual information on shifting country boarders. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society.

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CHAOS Lab

October 8 @ 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: Gross Gala. Pretend you are a monster and make a monster size mess! Prepare gross monster stew, paint a picture of a pumpkin with a pumpkin, and enjoy other frightfully fun activities.

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Paths Less Taken: Grand Rapids Women and the Egyptian Revival in Cemetery Architecture

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Tom Dilley, author and expert on Grand Rapids cemeteries, takes a daring, speculative path to consider why around 1900, the Egyptian Revival fashion took hold in Grand Rapids more than in other areas of the country. The brooding Egyptian Revival style in a funerary setting is uncommon in the Midwest and virtually unknown in the South. Tom will explore why three of our four examples of this exotic style of cemetery design--which in the eyes of the religious establishment was…

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Social Justice Begins with Me: A Book Club for Kids

October 12 @ 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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Friends of the Library Book Sale

October 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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

Huge used book sale! Find treasures, bargains, and more! Saturday all books 3 for $1.00 or 50¢ each. Sunday fill a bag for $5. All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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DIY@GRPL: Book Planters

October 19 @ 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. Space is limited.

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Michigan POW Camps in WWII

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

Prisoner of War (POW) camps popped up nationwide during World War II, and Michigan had dozens of camps that housed about six thousand German and Italian war prisoners. Men were processed at Fort Custer near Battle Creek, then assigned to 31 smaller camps, most in remote areas of the state. Under the Geneva Convention, prisoners were allowed to volunteer for non war-related work. They picked fruit in Berrien County, harvested sugar beets in the Thumb, cut pulpwood in the Upper…

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Yoga Time

October 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Bend and breathe in this yoga class for kids, led by an instructor from AM Yoga. Mats will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. For ages 4-11.

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Día de los Muertos: Honoring Day of the Dead

October 30 - November 3
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Come celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Grand Rapids Public Library. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on. Loved ones come together to build altars that celebrate the life and memory of the dead. This is a time of celebration and joy, filled with talk and memories of those who have died. Altars from members of the community honoring family and friends will be on display. Every altar is…

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