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Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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November 2018

Mindstorm Saturdays

November 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until June 1, 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. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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Block Party

November 24 @ 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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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

November 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on October 23, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 26, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on December 13, 2018 at 11:00am

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 your information secure.

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Let’s Play

November 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until December 18, 2018

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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Discovering the Internet

November 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on November 27, 2018 at 1:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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Grantseeking Research for Nonprofits

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

Designed for beginner fundraisers, this brief course shows how your organization can identify potential funders and prepare to seek grants. Using the Foundation Directory Online Platinum, a database of 140,000 funding sources, students will compile a list of foundation prospects that match their organization's needs. We'll also briefly touch upon other grant sources, such as government and business, and learn about various guidelines to proposal writing.

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Every Penny Counts: Enjoy Your Holidays on a Budget

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Are you wondering how you can plan for and enjoy your holidays without breaking the bank? Jinnifer Ortquist from MSU Extension will teach the benefits of a spending plan and budgeting, determining needs versus wants, creative money saving tips, and other tactics to make sure you’ve made your list and checked it twice. Registration is required. Sign up at www.grpl.org/register.

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December 2018

Bring Your Ancestors to Life with Archival Resources

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

Discover how to use archival collections to go beyond basic facts and dates and learn more about who your ancestors were. Julie Tabberer will illustrate how to think creatively and find primary sources that may contain unexpected information. Archives hold unique and rich material that can be particularly helpful for researching women and people of color. Using the library’s archives, Julie will give you tips and guidelines for using archival records for genealogy research in any geographic area. This program…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

December 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on December 4, 2018 at 1:00pm

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits

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

Nonprofit professionals will learn how to write a proposal that tells your story that is appealing to funders. Discover the key components of a proposal that a foundation is looking for and how to make your proposal as effective as possible.

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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Profiles

December 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on October 16, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on December 6, 2018 at 11:00am

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, discover how social media uses personal information and how you can regain some control over your online profiles. We will discuss important settings and features that help you control your social media profiles and online identity.

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Social Justice Begins with Me: A Book Club for Kids

December 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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 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 State…

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Whoa Baby

December 10 @ 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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Managing your Digital Footprint

December 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on December 11, 2018 at 1:00pm

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

December 11 @ 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: Patterns and Printing. Have you ever made a swirly picture using shaving cream? Print patters, make pictures, and have fun using paint, potatoes, and other messy things.

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How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on December 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

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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Evening Explorers

December 13 @ 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: High (and Low) Tech Greeting Cards. Use math and circuitry to create fun and interactive greeting cards.

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The Burden: It’s Time to Put it Down

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

Author and journalist Rochelle Riley will lead an overdue conversation about race as she discusses her book, The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery. The Burden is a plea to America to understand what life post-slavery remains like for many African Americans, who are descended from people whose unpaid labor built this land, but have had to spend the last century and a half carrying the dual burden of fighting racial injustice and rising above the lowered…

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DIY@GRPL: Yarn Wreaths

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Create a one-of-a-kind wreath that fits your decor and personality. Supplies are provided. If you have a specific color of yarn you’d like to use, feel free to bring it with you.

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January 2019

Building Basic Computer Skills

January 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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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CHAOS Lab

January 8, 2019 @ 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. Sand galore! Play with sand that feels cold.

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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

January 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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Evening Explorers

January 10, 2019 @ 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: Fossil Dig. Learn about ancient animals and dig for “fossils.”

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Mackinac Island’s Historic Cottages of the Rich and Famous

January 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

In recognition of Mackinac Island’s growing popularity, the U.S. government created a national park on the island, setting 1,000 acres of the federal property aside for a public park. The park was placed under the jurisdiction of the War Department, which would grant leases for small parcels of property for the purpose of constructing summer cottages. Soon, a cottage community was established by prominent and wealthy families from Michigan and the Midwest. This program is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids…

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DIY@GRPL: Bullet Journaling 101

January 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Are you looking for ways to organize your to-do lists, sticky notes, goals, journal and calendar? Join us as we learn the basics of bullet journaling, a system of rapid logging to keep track of your life in a creative and productive way. BYOJ (bring your own journal), or we will provide you with dotted paper for you to practice on. Registration required. Visit www.grpl.org/register to sign up.

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Whoa Baby!

January 14, 2019 @ 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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Baby & Me Storytimes

January 14, 2019 @ 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 15, 2019 @ 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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Discovering the Internet

January 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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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STEAM Ahead Storytime

January 16, 2019 @ 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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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Profiles

January 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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Music in the Stacks: Hannah Laine and Dutcher Snedeker

January 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Hannah Laine is a soulful vocalist, songwriter and pianist from Grand Rapids. Her music is rich with meditative vocal lines and lyrics that express raw emotion. Since the release of her debut EP Cut Your Strings, she has been performing in Earth Radio, a Future Soul group consisting for some of West Michigan’s most respected players including noted pianist Dutcher Snedeker.

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History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History

January 19, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

A day-long event made up of six programs exploring various aspects of Grand Rapids history. Presented by area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations, topics are varied and reflect the unique heritage of West Michigan. Topics include: Lawrence C. Earle is Grand Rapids’ First Artist African American Women in Turn-of-the-Twentieth Century Grand Rapids Grand Rapids and the Holocaust Evening Entertainment in Grand Rapids, 1940-1970 School Gardening Programs in Progressive Era Grand Rapids WWII: When Patriotism Was the Norm…

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Exploring Social Media and Email

January 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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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Small Business Research Essentials

January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Join the Business Librarian for an informative journey through the library's small business resources. Arm yourself with the best business information available and give yourself the upper hand whether you are starting or growing your business.

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Basic Computer Maintenance

January 24, 2019 @ 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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Hygge Night

January 24, 2019 @ 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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Managing your Digital Footprint

January 29, 2019 @ 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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How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

January 30, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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