Inside the world of animals


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) What do a famous comedian and a zoological veterinarian have in common?  We’re about to find out as we connect this week’s GR Reads book selection to a big event featuring a guest from John Ball Zoo.

Summertime is the perfect time to sit back, drink some iced tea, and read a good book. That’s why summertime is GR Reads time. This year Grand Rapids Public Library staff have picked ten books that are sure to keep you reading (or listening) right through to September. Their 29 events give you something new to do every week – and all are free! Why not check them out?

One of the books, “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg. Author, actor and comedian Ansari teams up with sociologist and co-author Eric Klinenberg to talk about the trials and tribulations of dating in the modern world.

There are 2 events tied to this book:

Beyond the Birds and the Bees at John Ball Park

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:00 pm

John Ball Park Pond Pavillion – 1300 Fulton W.

John Ball Zoo’s Veterinarian Dr. Ryan Colburn and Animal Care Supervisor Tim Sampson will guide participants through the world of animal mating behaviors. What animal makes an elaborate “house” filled with shiny gifts to attract a mate? What animal changes its sex in order to procreate? Ryan and Tim will escort you through an after-hours zoo tour and share fascinating facts about some of the animals that live in the zoo and their more unusual mating habits and qualities. For adults 18 and older. Space is limited for tours.

LGBT Speed Dating for Millennials

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 7:00 pm

Grand Rapids Brewing Company – 1 Ionia SW

Enjoy a fun-filled night with lots of other LBGT singles! Speed daters will have 4-6 minutes to chat with a potential match before moving on to the next. If two people indicate mutual interest, they will be given contact information to schedule a follow-up date. The event is free, but due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. For ages 21 and older. Registration is required.

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