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111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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May 2018

Rhythm & Books: A Library Music Festival for Kids

Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us in front of the Main Library to kick off summer reading! Celebrate culture and community with music, food, crafts, and fun! Meet new friends and learn new songs from renowned children's performers 123 Andres, Scribble Monster, and Beverly Meyer - The Music Lady. Get signed up for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge too!

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June 2018

Mindstorm Saturdays

Saturday, June 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 30, 2018

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, these hands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, problem solving, and more. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition Awards Reading

Saturday, June 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Winners of the 2018 Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition will read their poems and celebrate poetry in Kent County.

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Baby Time – Main Library

Monday, June 4, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills. Mondays, June 4 – 25, July 9 – 23 11:00 am Main…

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Pajama Time!

Monday, June 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, July 23, 2018

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event. Listen to stories, sing songs, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents! Mondays, June 4 – 25, July 9 – 23 6:30 pm Main Library - 111 Library St NE

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Phone, Mail and e-Scams

Thursday, June 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn the telltale signs of scams in phone calls, mail, email, and tests. Carol Hillman, from the Consumer Protection Division of the Michigan Attorney General's office, will teach you how to take steps to minimize your chance of being victimized. Light refreshments will be served.

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Gone Before Spring: A Retro Look at Alger Heights

Thursday, June 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Local author Sheila Solomon Shotwell's new novel, Gone Before Spring, is a coming-of-age story that takes place in Alger Heights in the 1960s. Together with local historian Melissa Fox, the pair will uncover the history of the southeast neighborhood, highlighting the business district and Garfield Park. They will look at daily life there during the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam…

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Finding Non-Traditional Records

Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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We all know that vital records and census records are the go-tos for genealogical information. But what else is out there that might give you needed bits of information, and how do you find those records? Jessica Trotter, a trained archivist, librarian and genealogist, will discuss identifying additional records to look for and offer some strategies for locating them. Co-sponsored…

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Code Camp: Build a Business with Junior Achievement

Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, August 23, 2018

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Want to learn to build your own app? Come join Junior Achievement at the Grand Rapids Public Library for Cod Camp, a JA Company Program. The camp is a 10-week session on how to solve a problem in the community by launching your own start-up business app. Unleash your creative entrepreneurial spirit and start building career skills for a high…

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Whence and Whither: The Literary and Mortuary Arts

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Award-winning writer, poet and funeral director Thomas Lynch has transformed the mundane task of preparing the dead into a life affirming event. Using his work as a funeral director in Milford, Michigan, Lynch's poems describe working with the deceased, family relationships, and myths from his Irish Catholic upbringing. Hear some of Lynch's poems and how his relationship with mortality and…

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Animal Magic

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6:30pm

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Mark Rosenthal uses music to introduce his amazing animal ambassadors! He plays music clips and shares little known facts about each animal. His unique blend of exotic animals, life sciences, and magic makes this a highly entertaining and educational show. Mark was even voted Nickelodeon's Michigan Entertainer of the Year! Tuesday, June 19 10:30 am Main Library - 111 Library…

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Zine Making Workshop

Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Teens ages 11-18 can discover zines, an easy and accessible way to share ideas, comics, stories, news and more. Learn tips for making comics, zine fabrication, and character design from a published local illustrator.

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An Evening with Stephen Mack Jones

Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Michigan Notable Book author, Stephen Mack Jones will discuss his first novel, August Snow, and his experience of writing in many different genres: poetry, plays, and novels. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Kevin Kammeraad & Friends – Main Library

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 6:30pm

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join Kevin Kammeraad and Friends in this interactive, all-ages program of poetry, puppetry, music, and movement. Together we'll create and write, sign and dance, and be inspired to keep on creating long after the show. Tuesday, June 26 10:30 am Main Library - 111 Library St NE 2:00 pm West Leonard Branch - 1017 Leonard NW Wednesday, June 27 10:30…

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Great Lakes Anishinaabek Storytelling

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Storytelling has a high position in the culture of the Anishinaabek. These tales and legends have within them lessons and history capable of touching the hearts and minds of all who come to listen. Storyteller and educator Victoria Voges from the Nokomis Learning Center will share traditional stories and wisdom handed down through the generations. The Nokomis Native American Cultural…

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Bug’s Eye View

Saturday, June 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:30am

One event on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 1:00pm

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come experience the world of arthropods! Engage your inner entomologist as we explore the lifecycle of a cecropia moth, investigate live insects, and buzz around like pollinators. This fun and interactive workshop will show your young scientist how insects are unique in the animal kingdom. This family-friendly event lasts 50 minutes. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served…

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July 2018

Mindstorm Saturdays

Saturday, July 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, July 28, 2018

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, these hands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, problem solving, and more. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.

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Read Like a Rock Star Greatest Hits Magic Show – Main Branch

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 6:00pm

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Be amazed by this high energy, interactive magic show! Magician Jeff performs grand illusion tricks to make you ooh and aah and inspire you to read like a rock star. Tuesday, July 10 10:30 am Main Library - 111 Library St NE 2:00 pm West Leonard Branch - 1017 Leonard NW Wednesday, July 11 10:30 am Seymour Branch - 2350…

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Culture Kingdom Live with Culture Queen – Main Branch

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 6:00pm

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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With just a spoonful of magic and ancient wisdom, Culture Queen helps you discover your own royalty and connect with your culture through self-affirming songs, rich storytelling, and body-positive dance. Bright melodies and uplifting lyrics will have you and your royal children cutting a rug and boogieing down as you proudly proclaim, "I like the me I see!" Tuesday, July…

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Lost to Time: 20 Detroiters You’ve Never Heard Of

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Introducing 20 Detroiters whose names have been lost to time. When they were alive, everyone in town knew their name. They were heroes and geniuses, teachers and merchants, drunks and scoundrels. Each played a notable role that was recognized locally, nationally, and even around the world. Yet today, most Detroiters don't know of their fame. Join Joel Stone, senior curator…

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Robotics Petting Zoo

Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Artificial intelligence and robots used to be the stuff of science fiction. But not anymore. Every year, new devices come into our lives that can automate many of our everyday tasks. Stop by to see robots perform complex and surprising tasks. FIRST robotics clubs from around West Michigan will present their robots, sharing their knowledge and offering insight into how…

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Reginald Pettibone’s Native American Dance and Cultural Program – Main Branch

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Champion Powwow dancer and Native American from the Ho-Chunk Nation, Reg Pettibone presents a unique program that introduces you to this nation's cultural past in a whole new way. Along with his wife Marca, from the Paiute Nation, Reg draws on his traditional upbringing to provide a better understanding of true Native American culture through dance, song, stories, and more!…

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Michigan Native Plants in Your Home Landscape

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn how to transform your landscape into a beautiful haven using native Michigan plants. Give our pollinators room to grow, feed and reproduce while developing a sense of place specific to West Michigan. Discover the native plants of Michigan and bring home a native seed activity.

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Surviving College Culture Shock

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are you a first year college student? A Grand Rapids Public School graduate getting ready to move on campus? Perhaps you are heading to a college in a different state? Maybe you are nervous about balancing academics and life at home? Come hear current students share the tips and tools they used to help navigate the college cultural shift. This…

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Bubbleman Ron – Main Branch

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
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One event on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 6:30pm

Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Bubbleman Ron uses an ordinary soap bubble solution to create square bubbles, merry-go-round bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles inside of bubbles, tornado bubbles, and much more! Join us for this entertaining blend of science and fun! Tuesday, July 31 10:30 am Main Library - 111 Library St NE 2:00 pm West Leonard Branch - 1017 Leonard NW Wednesday, August 1…

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November 2018

Music in the Stacks: PINK SKY

Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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PINK SKY is an indie electronic duo who perform with analog synths, drum machines, samplers, pianos, and live visual projections. Comprised of husband and wife, Ryan and Angelica Hay, PINK SKY is a part of a growing indie synth and DIT scene in West Michigan.

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Dìa de los Muertos Family Day

Sunday, November 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Families are invited to learn more about the Day of the Dead holiday, explore the altars, have their face painted, and do a craft. The day will include bilingual story times, live music from Gabriel Estrada III, food from local restaurants and Pan de Muerto provided by Panaderia Margo. Free and open to the public.

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