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May 2018

Summer Reading Challenge

Monday, May 28, 2018
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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until Monday, September 3, 2018

Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Libraries Rock this summer at the Grand Rapids Public Library! Sign up for this free summer-long program to participate in fun events and get rewarded for reading. Are you up to the challenge? Competitors can sign up today at grpl.org/summerreading. For kids 18 and under.

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June 2018

GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

Friday, June 1, 2018
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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until Friday, August 31, 2018

Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Free

The Grand Rapids Public Library has once again partnered with area organizations to present GR Reads, a summer reading program designed for adults. Come discover the ten interesting books that our smart staff have selected, and join your neighbors for fun, informative programs that are inspired by the books. For a complete list of books and events, visit www.grpl.org/grreads or…

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October 2018

Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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Grand Rapids Zine Artist Panel

Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join GRPL and Vault of Midnight for a panel discussion with some of Grand Rapids’ best zine artists. Cody Flowers Comics (Neighborhood Watch), Frankie Johnson (Glass Crayon), Kim Nguyen (FLAP), Lydia VanHoven (The Bandit Zine), and Scott Wygmans (Metal Heads) will discuss their art and how you can get started making your own zine. Each artist will be selling their artwork at…

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Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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CHAOS Lab: Monstrous Mess

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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: Monstrous Mess. Pretend you’re a little monster and make a monster sized mess! Play with melting playdough, monster…

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Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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Evening Explorers: Edible Architecture

Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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: Edible Architecture. Learn about the science behind buildings and build a structure with things you can eat.

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Social Justice Begins with Me: Book Club for Kids

Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Children ages 4-11 can explore social justice topics that impact their daily lives through children's literature. GVSU, GRPL and community volunteers 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…

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How to Change a Mind

Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Rhetoric is a word that gets tossed around a lot, but what is it really, and what does it do? Very simply, rhetoric is persuasive communication. It’s everywhere, from everyday marketing to Facebook. Dr. Jillian Canode will share what rhetorical tools are, how they’re used, and how they affect how you think. This event is free and open to the…

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Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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Music in the Stacks: Valentiger

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Valentiger. Carefully crafted and effortlessly orchestrated, Valentiger’s collective confidence is as deserved as it is tongue-in-cheek. Their infusion of wit and humor with an enlightened cultural outlook creates a product as reflective of their individual personalities as it is cloaked in surprising wisdom. This…

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Huge used book sale! Find bargains, treasures, and more! All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library. Saturday, October 20: 3 Books for $1.00 Sunday, October 21: $5.00 Bag Sale

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DIY at GRPL: Torn Paper Art

Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Create your own colorful masterpiece using torn paper. You might be surprised at how incredible this fun and relaxing project turns out! All supplies provided. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking in the library lot.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Huge used book sale! Find bargains, treasures, and more! All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library. Saturday, October 20: 3 Books for $1.00 Sunday, October 21: $5.00 Bag Sale

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Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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Keep on the Grass: A Brief History of Grand Rapids Parks

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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There was a time when people flocked to city parks in the summer to escape the heat beneath the shade of large trees, to picnic on the lawns, to watch baseball games, play tennis, swim, and socialize with their neighbors. Parks provided supervised games and activities six days a week throughout the summer for the city’s children. Dances and other…

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Coco Movie Showing

Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 10:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us for a showing of Pixar’s Coco. This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome to bring something comfy and curl up on the floor (or in a chair). Free and open to the public.

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Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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November 2018

Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Thursday, November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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Social Justice Begins with Me: Book Club for Kids

Saturday, November 10, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Children ages 4-11 can explore social justice topics that impact their daily lives through children's literature. GVSU, GRPL and community volunteers 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…

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Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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December 2018

Mind Meets Music at GRPL

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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FREE REOCCURRING EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrate learning through music! Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program that uses music to improve literacy and math skills. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade will experience songs, games, movement, and core lessons centered around reading and writing music. These musical strategies enhance brain development and increase the basic skills required for…

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Social Justice Begins with Me: Book Club for Kids

Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Children ages 4-11 can explore social justice topics that impact their daily lives through children's literature. GVSU, GRPL and community volunteers 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…

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March 2019

Senior Savvy Learning Series: Aging in Place

Tuesday, March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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You love your home and want to stay there indefinitely. Are you prepared? Have you taken steps to equip yourself and your residence for the long haul? Learn the pros and cons about aging in place and local organizations available to help. Laura Kelso, Certified Senior Housing Professional, will host an expert panel that includes representatives from Disability Advocates, the…

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CHAOS Lab

Tuesday, March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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: Zany Art. Have you ever painted on ice or snow? Do you like to make your own paintbrushes?…

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Grand Rapids Kids Joke Time

Wednesday, March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Does your child love to make people laugh? Join us for an evening of giggles and laughter with Gilda’s LaughFest! Event will take place in Ryerson Auditorium. Supported with Kids Music and fun by the Blue Water Ramblers!

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WiFi Basics: Get the Most Out of Your Home Network

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

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Community Town Hall

Wednesday, March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 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…

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GRPL Anime Club

Saturday, March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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 "My Neighbor Totoro"

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April 2019

Mermaid Storytime

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

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Mermaid Storytime

Tuesday, April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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Peace Corps Application Workshop and Information Session

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

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Screening “The Abandoned Bride”

Saturday, April 6 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Our documentary is the story based on our mother’s passion for genealogical research. She uncovered a family mystery decades ago about our grandfather's secret love affair with Dora Gallner when he was stationed in Europe as part of the Army of Occupation after WWI. He came home alone and married our grandmother a year later. Lynette and I decided to…

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Whoa Baby!

Monday, April 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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

Monday, April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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Adulting 101: How Much Home Can You Afford?

Monday, April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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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Flipped Spanish Class

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

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Senior Savvy Learning Series: Transform Your Space

Thursday, April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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Music in the Stacks: Jordan Hamilton

Thursday, April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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DIY at GRPL: Intro to Zentangle

Saturday, April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 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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Flipped Spanish Class

Monday, April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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The Secrets of The Summer Cottage with Wade Rouse

Wednesday, April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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: Maureen Nollette

Thursday, April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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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GRPL Anime Club

Saturday, April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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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Flipped Spanish Class

Monday, April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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Adulting 101: Organizing and Decluttering

Tuesday, April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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.…

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May 2019

Flipped Spanish Class

Monday, May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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Flipped Spanish Class

Monday, May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses

Thursday, May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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What is it about lighthouses that attract ghostly spirits? Maybe it’s simply a passion that will not go away. Lighthouse keepers were known to be extremely dedicated to their profession and it seems that many were never able to give it up — even after death. More than 30 lights in Michigan are rumored to be haunted. From the smell…

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Grand Rapids Youth Poetry Showcase

Saturday, May 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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June 2019

Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition Awards Reading

Saturday, June 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition Reading Ceremony What: Poets whose work placed or was given an honorable mention in this year's competition will be reading their poems. Copies of the 2019 "Voices", the contest's publication, will also be available. Where: Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Branch, Ryerson Auditorium, 111 Library St NE When: Saturday, June 8th from 1 PM to 2 PM,…

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Food in Space

Tuesday, June 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Would you like a snack on Saturn? Got the munchies on Mars? No one delivers pizza on Pluto! Eating in space presents unique challenges for astronauts. Come to this fun and educational exploration to find out how astronauts eat among the stars. Tuesday, June 11 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 12 10:30…

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Food in Space

Tuesday, June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Would you like a snack on Saturn? Got the munchies on Mars? No one delivers pizza on Pluto! Eating in space presents unique challenges for astronauts. Come to this fun and educational exploration to find out how astronauts eat among the stars. Tuesday, June 11 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 12 10:30…

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Food in Space

Wednesday, June 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Would you like a snack on Saturn? Got the munchies on Mars? No one delivers pizza on Pluto! Eating in space presents unique challenges for astronauts. Come to this fun and educational exploration to find out how astronauts eat among the stars. Tuesday, June 11 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 12 10:30…

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Food in Space

Wednesday, June 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Would you like a snack on Saturn? Got the munchies on Mars? No one delivers pizza on Pluto! Eating in space presents unique challenges for astronauts. Come to this fun and educational exploration to find out how astronauts eat among the stars. Tuesday, June 11 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 12 10:30…

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Food in Space

Wednesday, June 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Would you like a snack on Saturn? Got the munchies on Mars? No one delivers pizza on Pluto! Eating in space presents unique challenges for astronauts. Come to this fun and educational exploration to find out how astronauts eat among the stars. Tuesday, June 11 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 12 10:30…

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Free Adult Ballet Class at the Library

Monday, June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Grand Rapids Ballet School adult ballet classes are an excellent way to keep both your mind and body fit, flexible, and happy. Taught by previous professional dancer and current school director, Attila Mosolygo, you will learn basic ballet technique, stretching, and conditioning. And it’s a lot of fun too! All levels of experience and ability are welcome. Tickets

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Exotic Zoo

Tuesday, June 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Something wild is coming to the library! Experience exotic and familiar creatures up close and learn about their natural habitats, diet and more! Tuesday, June 18 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 19 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm | Main Library https://www.grpl.org/summerreading/events/

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Exotic Zoo

Tuesday, June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Something wild is coming to the library! Experience exotic and familiar creatures up close and learn about their natural habitats, diet and more! Tuesday, June 18 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 19 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm | Main Library https://www.grpl.org/summerreading/events/

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Exotic Zoo

Wednesday, June 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Something wild is coming to the library! Experience exotic and familiar creatures up close and learn about their natural habitats, diet and more! Tuesday, June 18 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 19 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm | Main Library https://www.grpl.org/summerreading/events/

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Exotic Zoo

Wednesday, June 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Something wild is coming to the library! Experience exotic and familiar creatures up close and learn about their natural habitats, diet and more! Tuesday, June 18 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 19 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm | Main Library https://www.grpl.org/summerreading/events/

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Exotic Zoo

Wednesday, June 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Something wild is coming to the library! Experience exotic and familiar creatures up close and learn about their natural habitats, diet and more! Tuesday, June 18 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 19 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm | Main Library https://www.grpl.org/summerreading/events/

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

Tuesday, June 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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HoChunk Nation powwow dancer Reg Pettibone will teach us about our nation’s Native past. He and his wife, Marca, will share Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more! Tuesday, June 25 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 26 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm…

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

Tuesday, June 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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HoChunk Nation powwow dancer Reg Pettibone will teach us about our nation’s Native past. He and his wife, Marca, will share Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more! Tuesday, June 25 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 26 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm…

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

Wednesday, June 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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HoChunk Nation powwow dancer Reg Pettibone will teach us about our nation’s Native past. He and his wife, Marca, will share Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more! Tuesday, June 25 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 26 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm…

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

Wednesday, June 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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HoChunk Nation powwow dancer Reg Pettibone will teach us about our nation’s Native past. He and his wife, Marca, will share Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more! Tuesday, June 25 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 26 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm…

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program

Wednesday, June 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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HoChunk Nation powwow dancer Reg Pettibone will teach us about our nation’s Native past. He and his wife, Marca, will share Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more! Tuesday, June 25 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, June 26 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm…

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July 2019

Comedy Magic with Cameron Zvara

Tuesday, July 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us for tons of fun with hilarious magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara! Cameron’s show is full of magic, comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation. Tuesday, July 9 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, July 10 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm | Main Library https://www.grpl.org/summerreading/events/

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Comedy Magic with Cameron Zvara

Tuesday, July 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us for tons of fun with hilarious magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara! Cameron’s show is full of magic, comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation. Tuesday, July 9 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, July 10 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm | Main Library https://www.grpl.org/summerreading/events/

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Comedy Magic with Cameron Zvara

Wednesday, July 10 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us for tons of fun with hilarious magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara! Cameron’s show is full of magic, comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation. Tuesday, July 9 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, July 10 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm | Main Library https://www.grpl.org/summerreading/events/

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Comedy Magic with Cameron Zvara

Wednesday, July 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us for tons of fun with hilarious magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara! Cameron’s show is full of magic, comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation. Tuesday, July 9 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, July 10 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm | Main Library https://www.grpl.org/summerreading/events/

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Comedy Magic with Cameron Zvara

Wednesday, July 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us for tons of fun with hilarious magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara! Cameron’s show is full of magic, comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation. Tuesday, July 9 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, July 10 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm | Yankee Clipper Branch 6:30 pm | Main Library https://www.grpl.org/summerreading/events/

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Comic Geek Out

Saturday, July 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Celebrate the comic books you love, and geek out about films, TV shows, and science fiction/fantasy books. Events include: -Meet New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Brown. His books include graphic memoirs for adults, all-ages humorous parodies, Star Wars adventures including the popular Jedi Academy series, and the Lucy and Andy Neanderthal graphic novel series. -Zine making workshop for ages…

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ScribbleMonster

Tuesday, July 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Be a part of the crew when ScribbleMonster break out the laser lights and electric guitar in a play-along rock concert powered by the sun! They’ll use music to activate learning with participation and creativity. Tuesday, July 16 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, July 17 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm |…

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ScribbleMonster

Tuesday, July 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Be a part of the crew when ScribbleMonster break out the laser lights and electric guitar in a play-along rock concert powered by the sun! They’ll use music to activate learning with participation and creativity. Tuesday, July 16 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, July 17 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm |…

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ScribbleMonster

Wednesday, July 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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e a part of the crew when ScribbleMonster break out the laser lights and electric guitar in a play-along rock concert powered by the sun! They’ll use music to activate learning with participation and creativity. Tuesday, July 16 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, July 17 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm |…

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ScribbleMonster

Wednesday, July 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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e a part of the crew when ScribbleMonster break out the laser lights and electric guitar in a play-along rock concert powered by the sun! They’ll use music to activate learning with participation and creativity. Tuesday, July 16 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, July 17 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm |…

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ScribbleMonster

Wednesday, July 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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e a part of the crew when ScribbleMonster break out the laser lights and electric guitar in a play-along rock concert powered by the sun! They’ll use music to activate learning with participation and creativity. Tuesday, July 16 10:30 am | Main Library 2:00 pm | West Leonard Branch Wednesday, July 17 10:30 am | Seymour Branch 3:00 pm |…

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Fly Me to the Moon

Thursday, July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo mission to land on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Educators from the Air Zoo will share how gravity keeps the Moon in orbit around the Earth and what it takes to escape Earth’s gravity. Experience the creation of Moon craters and the challenges involved in landing safely on its varied surface.…

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GR Reads Photowalk

Monday, July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Main Library - Meet on the front steps 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! https://www.grpl.org/grreads/book10/ (rain date July 29)

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Intro to Coding Workshop at Grand Rapids Public Library

Thursday, July 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Looking to transition to a career in tech or curious about tech careers? Let us help you on your journey! At Grand Circus, we believe anyone can become a developer. This FREE Intro to Coding Workshop is designed for those who are curious about coding, but who have very little or no coding experience. By the year 2020, there will…

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Amazing UFO Cases

Tuesday, July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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, engaged with military aircraft, and much more. https://www.grpl.org/grreads/book2/

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August 2019

GR Reads Pop Up Market

Thursday, August 1 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Inspired by Ayoola’s fashion sense in 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. Vendors include: -African Fashions -Afro Princess Publishing -Barb’s Bangles -Essential Bodywear -Flavorful Pound Cakes & Treats -Hook a Sista Up Collaborative -Loc…

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Greek Cooking with Greek to Go

Monday, August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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Greek Cooking with Greek to Go

Wednesday, August 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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Summer Foraging in the Midwest

Tuesday, August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Main Library - meet on the front steps 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…

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Books and Butchers

Monday, August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Do you know the difference between spare ribs and baby back ribs? Ever 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 experience and knowledge about preparing, cooking…

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Shopping for Food: A Short History

Tuesday, August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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. https://www.grpl.org/grreads/book7/

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A Community Conversation on Facing the Opioid Epidemic

Thursday, August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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October 2019

Ghosts of Grand Rapids – Downtown East – Historic Ghost Walking Tour

Friday, October 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join Julie Rathsack, one of the authors of Ghosts of Grand Rapids, for an evening of Grand Rapids history mixed with the paranormal world. Julie will portray a member of Grand Rapids' past to heighten your historical experience. The Ghosts of Grand Rapids Walking Tours begin and end at the Grand Rapids Public Library (111 Library St NE), cover just…

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