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December 2018

Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

December 13 @ 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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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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Mindstorm Saturdays

December 15 @ 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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LEGO Block Party

December 15 @ 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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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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Let’s Play

December 18 @ 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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January 2019

Winter Poetry Workshop

January 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on January 3, 2019 at 6:00pm

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

Ever lost a half hour to YouTube watching slam poetry videos? Do you ask your friends to read your new poems every week? Join other teen poets from all over the city to read, write and edit poems during holiday break! This two-day workshop intensive is free, open to middle and high school students, and will give you a great literary start to your new year! Ride to Read passes will be available.

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What’s in a Dutch Name?

January 5, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Genealogist Janet Sjaarda Sheeres will explore the origins and meanings of Dutch surnames, as well as the provincial/regional differences of them. Learn what all the Van, Vander, and de prefixes mean and which ancestor decided your last name. Discover how the names were changed upon entering the United States. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society.

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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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Yoga Time

January 26, 2019 @ 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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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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February 2019

Finding Your Michigan Ancestor at the Library of Michigan

February 2, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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One event on February 8, 2019 at 3:00pm

One event on February 23, 2019 at 1:00pm

One event on February 23, 2019 at 3:00pm

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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 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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Know Your Investments

February 11, 2019 @ 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, 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. Play with sand, water, and paint with ice while you imagine warmer days.

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Job Seeking at Your Library

February 13, 2019 @ 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, 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: Fizzy Valentines. Melt some hearts with chemistry on Valentine’s Day.

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Riot, Race and Reconciliation

February 14, 2019 @ 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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GRPL Anime Club

February 16, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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And the Oscar Goes To . . .

February 21, 2019 @ 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 bug 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, 2019 @ 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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Getting Started (or restarted) in Genealogy

February 28, 2019 @ 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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