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Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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September 2019

Baby & Me Storytimes

September 23 @ 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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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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Toddler Time

September 24 @ 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 25 @ 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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Open Lab – Computer Help

September 25 @ 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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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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Mindstorm Saturdays

September 28 @ 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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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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Lego Block Party

September 28 @ 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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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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From Managerial Void to the Medical Mile: The Evolving Roles of Women and the Enduring Presence of History

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

Fleshing out the history of women founders of early Grand Rapids medical institutions, Julia Bouwkamp will reveal a pattern where they were pushed from the centers of organizations they had created to the more feminine realm of nursing. Despite their marginalization, these nineteenth-century women exploited limiting ideas about gender to continue the expansion and sophistication of our medical world. This program is co-sponsored by the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council, the Grand Rapids Historical Society, and the Grand Rapids…

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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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November 2019

Día de los Muertos: Family Day

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

Families are invited to learn more about the Día de los Muertos holiday. Children can have their face painted and listen to bilingual storytimes. Other activities include live music and food sampling from local restaurants.

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Basic Computer Maintenance

November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Have you noticed your computer 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 the various problems and threats that can completely disable or reduce the lifespan of your machine.

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Social Justice Begins with Me: A Book Club for Kids

November 9 @ 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 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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Understanding the Ethnic Ancestry in Your DNA Test

November 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Many DNA tests now include a breakdown of your overall ethnic ancestry. Yet many people don't get the results they expect. Different companies may show different results for the same person. People also wonder why siblings see different results in the same test, or why Native American ancestry does not always show up as expected. This session will address these issues and more, such as which tests to consider and which to avoid. We will review and compare actual ethnicity…

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Backup Basics: How to Secure Your Data

November 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Whether its your family photos, business documents, or digital media collection, your digital data is valuable. Learn 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 on any device.

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Grant Seeking 101

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

The process of grant writing can be daunting, but we'll show you the ropes. Learn how to plan, write, and fund your grants using Grantspace.org and The Foundation Directory Professional.

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Division Avenue: A Trip Back in Time

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

South Division was once a dirt road that connected Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo. Over time, it evolved into a thriving corridor important to area businesses and the people of Grand Rapids. Prior to an era with malls and shopping centers, South Division was home to a number of retail businesses, as well as auto deals, lawyers, restaurants, factories, hotels, doctors, and more. In the first of a two-part series, local researcher Ed Pacienca details the story of South Division, including…

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Genealogy Lock-In

November 15 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

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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Yoga Time

November 16 @ 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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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Profiles

November 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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? Learn how social media uses personal information and how to regain some control over your online profiles. Discover important settings and features that help control your social media profiles and online identity.

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