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January 2020

Mindstorm Saturdays

January 25 @ 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

Mindstorm Saturdays Saturdays, September 7 - May 30, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Main Library - 111 Library St NE Free, This is a self-guided, drop-in event. 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. Team members from Team Asteroids 14486 will be available to offer instruction on building and programming robots. Great for curious kids in grades…

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Yoga Time

January 25 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until March 28, 2020

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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LEGO Block Party

LEGO Block Party 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Main Library - 111 Library St NE Free 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.

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Adventurers Guild

January 25 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Adventurers Guild takes players on a tour through a dangerous fantasy world created by Dungeons & Dragons where they become the heroes of the story. Adventurers will be able to change the path of the narrative by their choices and interactions. Players ages 13 and up are welcome. Snacks provided. Free Registration is required. Register ⟶ http://bit.ly/AdventurersGuild25

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Toddler Time

January 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday, repeating until April 27, 2020

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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. Mondays, January 13 – April 27 6:30 pm | Main Library

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Toddler Time

January 28 @ 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until April 28, 2020

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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. Tuesdays, January 14 - April 28 11:00 am | Main Library

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Managing Your Digital Footprint

January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Have you ever forgotten a password? Managing your digital footprint may seem intimidating, but with a plan and the right tools you can stay safe and get the most out of your experience online. This class offers methods and tools to begin managing your online profiles, passwords and information.

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Small Business Research Essentials

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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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Baby & Me Storytimes

January 30 @ 11:00 am - 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until April 30, 2020

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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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. Thursday, January 16 – April 30 11:00 am | Main Library

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February 2020

Experimental Film Family Day

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Experimental Film Family Day Saturday, February 1, 2020, 3:00 pm Main Library Free Lights, camera, experimentation! Join us as we showcase some of the most interesting and innovative short films you will ever see! Kids 8 and up can learn to create their own abstract films and animation. We will be showing the Ann Arbor Film Festival's "Almost All Ages" program. These innovative short films will inspire everyone to experiment with cameras, lights, and anything else that is at hand.…

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Backup Basics: How to Secure your Data

February 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Whether it’s your family photos, business documents or digital media collection, your digital data is valuable. In this class, we 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. Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Main Library Free

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Backup Basics: How to Secure Your Data

February 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Backup Basics: How to Secure Your Data Thursday, February 6, 2020, 11:00 am Main Library Free Whether it's your family photos, business documents or digital media collection, your digital data is valuable. Learn how to keep your digital data safe and secure. From thumb drives and hard drives to cloud storage, find multiple ways to backup your data  using a computer, smartphone or tablet.

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And the Oscar Goes To . . .

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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And the Oscar Goes To . . . Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6:00 pm Main Library Free 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 big night. Make your own call on who will win and who should win the film industry's most coveted award.

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Black Family History Series

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until February 22, 2020

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Black Family History Series Saturdays, February 8, 15, 22, 2020, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm Main Library Free What parent or grandparent hasn't been asked where they came from, what their job was, or how they met their spouse? While these family history questions are universal, answers can 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 you learn about and document your…

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Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors

February 8 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors Saturday, February 8, 2020, 1:30 pm Main Library Free America is a nation of immigrants, but it is not always easy to track our ancestors back to a boat, let alone their town of origin. Jessica Trotter will offer tips and resources for your search with ideas for types of records that might include origins, strategies for working with whole families, and important factors to keep in mind depending on the time period you are researching.…

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Adventurers Guild

February 8 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Adventurers Guild takes players on a tour through a dangerous fantasy world created by Dungeons & Dragons where they become the heroes of the story. Adventurers will be able to change the path of the narrative by their choices and interactions. Players ages 13 and up are welcome. Snacks provided. Free Registration is required. Register ⟶ http://bit.ly/AdventurersGuild_Feb08

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BISSELL’s History Through Advertising and Design

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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BISSELL's History Through Advertising and Design Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7:00 pm Main Library Free Melville Bissell patented his first carpet sweeper in 1876, beginning a long history of cleaning innovation. Melville and his wife Anna began making and selling these sweepers out of the second floor of their crockery shop. The business grew and, in 1883, a factory was built in Grand Rapids specifically designed for manufacturing carpet sweepers. When Melville unexpectedly died in 1889, Anna took control of…

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Taste of Soul Sunday 2020

Taste of Soul Sunday

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Taste of Soul Sunday Sunday, February 16, 2020, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Main Library Free 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 Kevin Murphy, Lady Ace Boogie, Serita's Black Rose, and The Gospel Believers. Presentations by We Are Lit, Dr. Randal Jelks, the Ebony Road Players, and New Hope Baptist Live, Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives. Free food…

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Hustle/Step Soul Line Dance Party with DJ Andre Posey

February 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Hustle/Step Soul Line Dance Party with DJ Andre Posey Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6:30 pm Main Library Free Refreshments will be served Want to learn how to Hustle/Step? DJ and dance instructor Andre Posey will lead participants through both simple and complicated hustle soul line dances. Soul line dances are unpartnered line dances that are easy enough for anyone from kids to seniors of all shapes and sizes to join in on the fun. Soul or urban line dances such…

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Holistic Job Seeking at Your Library

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Holistic Job Seeking at Your Library Tuesday, February 19, 2020, 7:00 pm Main Library Free Job searching can be hard. Decisions are maddening, research is a grind, and resume writing is no cakewalk. In this class, learn how to make your job search effective. Learn how to think about job research, how to present yourself in person and in writing, and how to plan for future work that might not yet exist.

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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

February 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age Thursday, February 20, 2020, 11:00 am Main Library Free It seems everyday we hear about how governments, corporations and hackers are gaining access to individual accounts and personal information. There is a lot you can do to minimize risk when you go online. Discover how to secure information and manage your digital footprint. Learn how to secure your Internet connection and browser, create and manage effective passwords, and how to manage authentication…

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Music in the Stacks: FLUSHED

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

Music in the Stacks: FLUSHED Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 pm Main Library Free FLUSHED is a three-piece garage rock ensemble from Grand Rapids. Their fuzzy, warm and sugar-coated riffs snuggle up for a hug with some minor chords. Their liner notes reveal reflections on heartache and friendship, and motifs centered on becoming, secrecy, and the inner self vs the outer self. FLUSHED has received two Jammie Awards from WYCE for their first studio album, Care Less, which was released…

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Yoga Time

February 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Yoga Time

Yoga Time Saturday, February 22 | 11:00 am  Main Library  Free   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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DIY@GRPL: Decorative Boxes

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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DIY@GRPL: Decorative Boxes Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:00 pm Main Library Free Create a one-of-a-kind decorative box using book pages. All supplies are provided and space is limited.

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Adventurers Guild

February 22 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Adventurers Guild takes players on a tour through a dangerous fantasy world created by Dungeons & Dragons where they become the heroes of the story. Adventurers will be able to change the path of the narrative by their choices and interactions. Players ages 13 and up are welcome. Snacks provided. Free Registration is required. Register ⟶ http://bit.ly/AdventurersGuild_Feb22

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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Profiles

February 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have revolutionized how we communicate and relate to one another. But at what cost? In this class, we cover how social media uses personal information and how you can regain some control over your online profiles. We also discuss important settings and features that help you control your social media profiles and online identity.  Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Main Library Free

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March 2020

Getting Started (or Restarted) in Genealogy

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 6, 2020

Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Getting Started (or Restarted) in Genealogy Mondays, March 2 - April 6, 2020 7:00 pm | Main Library - 111 Library St NE Free Whether you have been working on your family's genealogy for decades or are just getting started, this class is for you. In this six-week series, Susan Rabick and Sue Irvine will teach you basic and advanced research strategies, including four generation charts, family group sheets, and organizing your research.  Learn new skills and brush up on…

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Adventurers Guild

March 7 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Adventurers Guild Saturday, March 7, 2020 3:30 pm | Main Library - 111 Library St NE Adventurers Guild takes players on a tour through a dangerous fantasy world created by Dungeons & Dragons where they become the heroes of the story. Adventurers will be able to change the path of the narrative by their choices and interactions. Players ages 13 and above are welcome. Snacks provided. Registration is required. Sign up at www.grpl.org/register Questions? Call 616.988.5400.

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A Journey from Plaster to Community: The Story of the GUB

A Journey from Plaster to Community: The Story of the GUB

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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A Journey from Plaster to Community: The Story of the GUB Thursday, March 12, 2019 7:00 pm | Main Library - 111 Library St NE Explore the history of Grand Rapids' southwest neighboring community, starting in 1833, Often mentioned as an "urban-suburban neighborhood with a small-town attitude," the history of Galewood-Urbandate-Burlingame (GUB) is one that is historically rich in pride, loyalty, and changing culture. Beginning with the discovery and milling of plaster, the advent of the electric interurban, growth of…

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Genealogy Lock-In

Genealogy Lock-In

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Genealogy Lock-In Friday, March 13, 2020 6:00 pm | Main Library - 111 Library St NE 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…

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Becoming a Successful Writer

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Becoming a Successful Writer Monday, March 16, 2020 7:00 pm | Main Library - 111 Library St NE Join us for an evening with five award-winning authors from West Michigan. They will discuss the work and joy of writing. Discover inside information on the many paths available today to publishing, promoting, and distributing your book. Gain insight on how to excite readers. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. This event is designed for writers at all levels, including anyone…

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Adventurers Guild

March 21 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Adventurers Guild Saturday, March 21, 2020 3:30 pm | Main Library - 111 Library St NE Adventurers Guild takes players on a tour through a dangerous fantasy world created by Dungeons & Dragons where they become the heroes of the story. Adventurers will be able to change the path of the narrative by their choices and interactions. Players ages 13 and above are welcome. Snacks provided. Registration is required. Sign up at www.grpl.org/register Questions? Call 616.988.5400.

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Music in the Stacks

Music in the Stacks: Wicker Basket

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Music in the Stacks: Wicker Basket Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:00 pm | Main Library - 111 Library St NE A manifestation of the Midwest, Wicker Basket has spent decades sharing his musical electronic explorations. You may have heard his work on WYCE, at Festival of the Arts, any Midwest venue, or in the tunnels under US-131.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Friends of the Library Book Sale Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Main Library - 111 Library St NE Huge used book sale! Find treasures, bargains, and more. On Saturday, all books are 3 for $1.00 or 50¢ each. On Sunday, fill a bag for $5.00. All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Yoga Time

Yoga Time

March 28 @ 11:00 am
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Yoga Time Saturday, March 28, 2020 11:00 am | Main Library - 111 Library St NE 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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Friends of the Library Book Sale

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, 49503 United States
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Friends of the Library Book Sale Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Main Library - 111 Library St NE Huge used book sale! Find treasures, bargains, and more. On Saturday, all books are 3 for $1.00 or 50¢ each. On Sunday, fill a bag for $5.00. All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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