GRPL Spring Break Reads For Kids of All Ages

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Jessica Liddell, Teen Librarian from Grand Rapids Public Library shares books for kids of all ages.

Books featured:

  • (kids) Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  • (kids) Donna Wilson's Creative Creatures by Donna Wilson
  • (teens) The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • (teens) I Funny by James Patterson
  • (adult) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • (whole family) Whole Foods Spring Break Book Bundle
  • Download ebooks, e-audiobooks and magazines with your library card: www.grpl.org/download
  • Spring break events: www.grpl.org/events

Talking Points:

  • The Grand Rapids Public Library has great reads for the whole family this spring break. There is something for everyone.
  • Choose your format: traditional books, audio or e-audio books are great for car trips or to listen to when doing other activities like crafts, or ebooks for mobile devices. All are available from the library.
  • If you like to read magazines, GRPL now has over 100 magazines that you can download to your computer or mobile device for free. Does not expire like an e-book and even let's you know when a new issue is available!
  • Rock and roll events at the library all week: rock out with the music group Gemini or smash a rock with our geode program.

Grand Rapids Public Library Events for April 8-14, 2013

Adult Computer Class: Internet Security 101
Monday, April 8, 2013, 7:00 pm
Main Library - 111 Library NE

Designed for those who already have a working knowledge of computers and some experience with using the mouse. This class covers the basics of internet security from protecting your computer against malware and virus attacks, configuring your computer security and firewall settings to protecting your personal information online. After taking this class, you'll have a basic understanding of the importance of internet security.

Adult Computer Class: Word Processing II & Spreadsheets
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 7:00 pm
Main Library - 111 Library St NE

Designed for those already familiar with the basics of word processing, this class covers more advanced formatting topics such as headers and footers, columns, tables, along with a basic overview of spreadsheets.

Be a Teen Director: Special Effects
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 3:00 pm
Main Library - 111 Library St NE

Teens ages 11-18 can explore various types of special effects in movies. Learn how to create different effects, use a green screen and SFX effects. Discover what type of effects work best for animation, documentary, as well as live action films. Registration required: ww.grpl.org/register.

Teen Board Gaming Group
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6:00 pm
Main Library - 111 Library St NE

It's your move, teens! Join us every month to learn and play a variety of modern and classic board games. Bring your friends and show off your mad board gaming skills. Check out new games too.

Early Childhood Essentials Class: Montessori Method
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6:30 pm
Main Library - 111 Library St NE

Elizabeth Topliffe, Interim Head of School at Stepping Stones Montessori, will discuss how science is now able to explain many of the pieces for children's learning and development, and how the Montessori method incorporates so many of those pieces.

Adult Computer Class: Facebook 101
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:00 pm
Main Library - 111 Library St NE

A more advanced class designed for those who already have a working knowledge of computers and the Internet. Students in this class will be introduced to blogging sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. These sites are the new way to communicate and share photos with friends and family.

Adult Computer Class: Thingamabobs & Doodads
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 11:00 am
Main Library - 111 Library St NE

Do you have a new tablet or handheld electronic device? Are you considering purchasing one? This class will highlight some of the more popular electronic devices, how they work, and how you can use the library's electronic resources to maximize the use of your device.

Teen Fanfiction Workshop
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 11:00 am
Main Library - 111 Library St NE

Teens can explore the basic idea of fanfiction and learn about its symbols and abbreviations. Discover how you can become an online writing sensation! Snacks provided.

Teen Basic Typing Class
Every Tuesday and Thursday in April, 3:00 pm
Main Library - 111 Library St NE

As a teen, you might be lightning-fast at texting but how are your typing skills? Don't let lack of training slow down your ability to crank out research papers, short stories, and novels. This nine-session class will get you up to speed in just one month. Learn to love your homekeys and type your way through the alphabet without peeking at the keyboard. Space is limited so sign up today at www.grpl.org/register.

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies
Times and locations vary

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. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 9, 16, 23
11:00 am    Main Library - 111 Library St NE

Wednesday, April 10, 17, 24
10:30 am    Seymour Branch - 2350 Eastern SE

Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers
Times and locations vary

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their energetic toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to 30-minute classes featuring hands-on, literacy-rich activities including stories, songs with fingerplays and other action, and sign language. Toddlers will develop pre-reading skills as they make connections between words and movement and have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 10, 17, 24
11:00 am    Main Library  - 111 Library St NE
        West Leonard Branch - 1017 Leonard NW

Pre-Reading Classes for Kids
Times and locations vary

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschool children, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 11, 18, 25
10:30 am    Yankee Clipper Branch - 2025 Leonard NE
        Seymour Branch - 2350 Eastern SE
11:00 am    West Leonard Branch - 1017 Leonard NW

Saturday, April 13, 20, 27
11:00 am    Main Library - 111 Library St NE

Young Dancers
Saturdays, April 13, 20, 27, 10:00 am
Main Library - 111 Library St NE

This is a creative movement class for children ages 4-8 offered through the City of Grand Rapids' Parks and Recreation Department. Children will develop rhythm, balance, flexibility, and an appreciation of music and dance, while learning ballet and jazz steps. Ballet shoes required. Register at www.recreationgr.us or 616-456-3232.

Creative Movement Class
Saturdays, April 13, 20, 27, 10:30 am
Main Library - 111 Library St NE

This unique library-based program offered through the City of Grand Rapids' Parks and Recreation Department, allows kids ages 3-6 to be creative physically as well as mentally. The first 30 minutes focuses on dance movements, including rhythm and coordination. Following the class will be the library's Pre-Reading Class for Kids. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Requirements: parent/guardian participation. Register at www.recreationgr.us or 616-456-3232.

All library events are free and open to the public. Visit www.grpl.org or call 616-988-5400 for branch hours and locations. The Grand Rapids Public Library connects people to the transforming power of knowledge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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