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111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
616-988-5400 www.grpl.org

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July 2019

Baby Time

July 22 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am 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

July 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm 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

July 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm 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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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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Be a Boss: Build an App and Make Bank

July 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm 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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Open Lab – Bilingual Computer Help

July 24 @ 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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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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Intro to Coding Workshop

July 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Looking to trasition to a career in tech or curious about tech careers? This free workshop, taught by the Grand Circus community, is designed for those curious about coding but have little or no coding experience. This workshop will provide you with basic programming technology and give you the opportunity to practice basic programming ideas. This workshop is provided in collaboration with the City of Grand Rapids SmartZone and the Grand Rapids Public Library. Registration is required. Sign up at…

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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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August 2019

GR Reads Pop Up Market

August 1 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Inspired by Ayoola’s fashion sense in the GR Reads’ selection My Sister, the Serial Killer, the library is hosting a pop up market. Come shop and support small local businesses that offer clothing, organic bath and beauty products, delicious food, and more. Full list of vendors at www.grpl.org/grreads.

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Greek Cooking with Greek to Go

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on August 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

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

Opa! Fresh, local fruits and veggies abound in West Michigan during the summer months. Why not try a new, fun take on all our local produce? Join Esther Koukios, owner of Greek to Go, to learn to make tourlou. Tourlou is a vegetable medley that can showcase the bright flavors of your garden with a Grecian touch. You will also learn to make tzatziki, a tasty cucumber yogurt dip that goes far beyond a gyro sandwich. You’ll end your time…

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Let’s Play

August 6 @ 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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Summer Foraging in the Midwest

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

Join herbalist, forager, and author Lisa Rose on a wild journey to learn about local plants that can be used for food and herbal medicine. Come away with tips on how to locate the wild edibles of summer and learn the safe harvesting rules of urban foraging. Proper identification, harvesting ethics, traditional uses and recipes will be discussed. Meet on the front steps of the Main Library.

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Genealogy Lock-In

August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
Free

Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists. Learn how to use the library databases, newspaper microfilm and other resources, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Bring your family history questions or problems—volunteers from the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will be on hand to assist. Network with other genealogists—you never know what you might find. Registration required: www.grpl.org/register or call 616-988-5400.

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Books and Butchers

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Do you know the difference between spare ribs and baby back ribs? Even wonder where pork chops come from or what is the difference between bacon and pork belly? The butchers from E.A. Brady’s will offer a unique demonstration of the process of butchering a half hog. As they work, they will share their experiences and knowledge about preparing, cooking, and serving quality meat products that are sourced in West Michigan. They will also discuss running a socially conscious small…

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Shopping for Food: A Short History

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The GR Reads pick Grocery is an in-depth look at a shared American experience—shopping for food. The way we buy groceries has a colorful past and a future filled with change. Local grocer Hank Meijer looks at the evolving supermarket landscape through the over-lapping perspectives of Ruhlman’s book and his own experience.

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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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September 2019

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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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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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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