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Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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March 2019

Mindstorm Saturdays

March 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until May 25, 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. Be sure to check out the six new robots and science add-on pack that explores energy, heat, temperature, light, force and motion. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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Yoga Time

March 23 @ 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 provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

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LEGO Block Party

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until April 27, 2019

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Kids ages 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.

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Baby & Me Storytimes

March 25 @ 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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WiFi Basics: Get the Most Out of Your Home Network

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Is you home WiFi network secure? Are you getting the fastest connections possible? In this class, we will discuss home WiFi networks and how you can increase the speed and security of your system. Learn about the latest technologies and equip yourself to make informed decisions about your WiFi network and devices. Topics will include encryption, accessibility, speed, and password security.

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Toddler Time

March 26 @ 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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STEAM Ahead Storytime

March 27 @ 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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Community Town Hall

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Please join us for a community workshop! Free food - Free kids activities - Door prizes The Grand Rapids Public Library is working on a new strategic plan. This plan will guide our future service for our patrons. We want to hear from Grand Rapids residents about their interests, needs, and ideas for the future of the library. Please RSVP at www.grpl.org/register. For more information, call 616-988-5400.

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Managing your Digital Footprint

March 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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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Getting Started (or restarted) in Genealogy

March 28 @ 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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GRPL Anime Club

March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 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 manga recommendations. This month we will be screening Your Name.

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April 2019

Mermaid Storytime

April 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Dive into spring break at the library! Families and children of all ages are invited to make a splash with fellow mermaid fans at a mythical storytime. Mermaid tales, songs, and rhymes will get children in the spirit to make their own mermaid tales. After all the aquatic fun, enjoy mermaid treats that are sure to make a wave. Put on your sparkliest clothes—or even a mermaid costume—and explore the magic of reading.

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Mermaid Storytime

April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Dive into spring break at the library! Families and children of all ages are invited to make a splash with fellow mermaid fans at a mythical storytime. Mermaid tales, songs, and rhymes will get children in the spirit to make their own mermaid tales. After all the aquatic fun, enjoy mermaid treats that are sure to make a wave. Put on your sparkliest clothes—or even a mermaid costume—and explore the magic of reading.

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Peace Corps Application Workshop and Information Session

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Make your Peace Corps application stand out from the rest. Recruiters and Returned Volunteers will show you how to browse volunteer openings, assist you in finding the right program, and explain the steps you can take to improve your chances and strengthen your application. Get valuable tips to guide you through the application process and hear stories from people who serviced.

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The Abandoned Bride: A Documentary

April 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Twenty years after their grandfather Del Havens died, sisters Lynne Doele and Dr. Deb Havens discovered a secret that stunned their entire family: a box of pictures and postcards from their grandfather’s post WWI service in Europe. Among them were sad messages from a mysterious woman named Dora Gallner, claiming to be his abandoned bride. All the postcards written to Del’s mother seemed to support Dora’s claim. The two sisters traveled to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to search for Dora…

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Whoa Baby!

April 8 @ 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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Flipped Spanish Class

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until May 13, 2019

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

Learning a new language can be a challenge. In this 6-week class, you will prepare using library tools outside of the classroom and come to class for tailored instruction. Instead of lectures, class time will be reserved for speaking Spanish, making mistakes, and flexing your inquisitive mind. Learn more about the language-learning resources available with your library card, and practice Spanish with other learners. Registration is recommended. Sign up at www.grpl.org/register.

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Let’s Play

April 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until April 30, 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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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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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From Pig Farm to Thriving Neighborhood

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Come hear the story of the beginning, development and struggles of the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood. Fred Davidson, from the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association, will share the story of the neighborhood. See the varied and beautiful architecture of the homes, meet the prominent citizens who have added to the city, and watch the evolution of the schools. This program is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society.

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Discovering the Internet

April 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 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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Adulting 101: How Much Home Can You Afford?

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Looking to buy a home? In this informative workshop from the MSU Extension, educator Jinnifer Ortquist will guide you through the process by highlighting home-buying steps, defining unique terms like qualifying ratios, and illustrating how to calculate your home affordability based on your current income.

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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Profiles

April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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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Treasures of Your Library: A White Glove Event

April 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Come for a special evening exploring our city’s rich history. View one-of-a-kind historic maps and Civil War era diaries of a man who knew Abraham Lincoln. All proceeds from this event benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Purchase tickets at www.grplfoundation.org.

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Senior Savvy Learning Series: Transform Your Space

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

For many years, your home has provided safety, shelter, and created endless memories. For many of us, that also means a lifetime of physical items that brought us joy. Learn from the experts who help people deal with the physical and emotional aspects of decluttering. The panel includes a certified organizer and hording expert, and a senior move manager to provide practical strategies for reclaiming your home.

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Music in the Stacks: Jordan Hamilton

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Have a musical interlude at the library! Jordan Hamilton, cellist of Last Gasp Collective and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, merges songwriting, loop pedals, sample machines, and vocals to create a sonic landscape of experimental hip-hop, folk, soul, and classical music. The WMU graduate aims to find new ways for the cello, a traditional instrument, to relate to a modern audience where it can be found playing the music of Bach, the Beatles, or Chance the Rapper. Filled with an…

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DIY@GRPL: Intro to Zentangle

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Come discover the wonderful benefits of the Zentangle Drawing Method! The Zentangle Method is a fun, relaxing and easy-to-learn way of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Learn the techniques and basic steps of creating a Zentangle work of art. No art experience is necessary, and beginners are welcome. All supplies are included. Space is limited.

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Basic Computer Maintenance

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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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The Secrets of The Summer Cottage with Wade Rouse

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

Bestselling author Wade Rouse discusses the rules, history, and mystery behind his latest novel. Inspired by summers at his grandparents’ cabin, and the magic of Michigan’s cottages that unite generations, it defines summer and recaptures our childhood joy. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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ArTalks

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

ArTalks is a series highlighting local Grand Rapids artists. Get a personal glimpse into the studio practice of the city’s leading visual artists. Artists will share images of their work and discuss their processes, insights, and ideas behind their creative production. This month: Maureen Nollette.

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Educator-Only Book Sale

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Teachers and other educators are invited to a special Friends of the Library Book Sale. This is a perfect way to stock your classroom! Picture books, YA fiction and nonfiction, and teen fiction and nonfiction will be available. Books are 50 cents each or 3 for $1.00.

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GRPL Anime Club

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 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 manga recommendations. This month we will be screening Your Name.

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Backup Basics: How to Secure Your Data

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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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Adulting 101: Organizing and Decluttering

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

We all have emotional attachment to our stuff. It’s time for a change when it starts getting in the way of living life to the fullest. There’s no one size fits all for getting organized, but there are easy and achievable methods to get us more comfortable in our spaces. Come learn organizing tips and strategies for a simpler life. www.moxielifeorganizing.com

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May 2019

Understanding Masculinity: Supporting Men’s Mental and Emotional Health in Today’s World

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Male socialization is the training we receive from society on how to become a man, and it affects every part of men’s lives from early childhood through adulthood. We are in difficult times for boys and men due to the many challenges and changes in gender roles and expectations. There are many divisive ideas about how we raise boys, the concept of toxic masculinity, and other challenging questions. Join psychotherapist and author Randy Flood from the Men’s Resource Center of…

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Music in the Stacks: Blanca Luz

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Have a musical interlude at the library! Blanca Luz masterfully walks the tightrope between early adult wistfulness and the rebellious energy of youth. Their propulsive songs champion a refined tightness that comes from maturity, while being defined by an exuberant sense of abandon. Nostalgia mixed with a lust for the future, they’re all you could want from an indie rock band with a distinctly Midwestern flavor.

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Resources for Genealogical Research in Foreign Countries

May 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Once you’ve discovered your immigrant ancestors’ home country, how will you go about finding documents generated while they were still there? How will you research their parents? In this session, Katherine R. Willson will discuss resources available for beginning your genealogical research in foreign countries, including how to locate foreign language genealogy terms and how online maps can provide contextual information on shifting country borders. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society.

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Whoa Baby!

May 13 @ 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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Senior Savvy Learning Series: Selling Your Home in Today’s Market

May 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

During your lifetime you have likely sold a home, but today’s real estate market is different. A real estate professional, home inspector, and appraiser will share the reality of today’s market; from selling for quick cash, investing in repairs, or selling as-is. This lively panel discussion will shed some light on current real estate trends and help you distinguish fact from fiction. Learn the ins and outs of selling a home in today’s fast-paced real estate market, and why it…

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Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

Michigan is home to more lighthouses than any other state, and some 30 of them are rumored to be haunted by the spirits of former keepers, mariners, and others with ties to these historic beacons. Dianna Stampfler, long-time writer and promoter of all things Michigan, will share stories from her recently published book, Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses. She will tell tales of those who dedicated their lives (and afterlives) to protect the expansive shoreline of the Great Lakes. A question and…

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GRPL Anime Club

May 18 @ 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 manga recommendations. This month we will be screening Ghost Messenger.

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DIY@GRPL: String Art

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

String a piece of art! We will be creating one-of-a-kind designs with wood, nails, string, a little hammering, and your own designs. All supplies are provided. Just bring your creativity and a desire to learn a new art form. Space is limited.

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Herbs and Spice and Everything Nice

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

Join Chef Jen, The Ginger Chef, to discover how to use herbs and spices to enhance your everyday cooking. Learn drying and storage guidelines and add new recipes to your repertoire. Enjoy small plate tasting, culinary trained techniques, and an enjoyable experience.

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Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The Edward Clown family, the nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader, will present stories and memories about their famous grandfather. They will clarify the inaccuracies in what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. Hear stories from the past, about their Lakota identity, their family genealogy, and the life of Crazy Horse. Discover why the family choose to remain silent about the truth for so long before telling their story. A question and answer…

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ArTalks

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

ArTalks is a series highlighting local Grand Rapids artists. Get a personal glimpse into the studio practice of the city’s leading visual artists. Artists will share images of their work and discuss their processes, insights, and ideas behind their creative production. This month: Nick Szymanski.

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The Grand Rapids Youth Poetry Showcase

May 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States

The Grand Rapids Youth Poetry Showcase will feature 10 of the most talented, vibrant, and rising stars in the Grand Rapids poetry community. Hosted by the Grand Rapids Poet Laureate Marcel “Fable” Price and members of The Diatribe, this poetry event will empower young people to share their stories, raise awareness of social issues, and be active members in their community.

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