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Morning Buzz: November 20, 2020
Posted at 11:02 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 11:02:11-05

1. The Grand Rapids Public Library will temporarily end in-person services next week to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Curbside service will still be offered at all locations when the changes go into effect Monday.

Digital download and streaming services will also be available.

Library patrons will be able to place up to 25 holds in their GRPL account and pick them up at the location of their choice.

Holds must be placed in advance and patrons will be contacted when they are ready for pick-up.

2. It's the final day of Shop Til You Drop in Holland.

Normally a three-hour event on a single day, this year's event was expanded to an entire week due to concerns over the health and safety of the community.

Today is the final day to take advantage of discounts, promotions, and giveaways at downtown Holland businesses.

For all the details, head to the downtown Holland Facebook page.

3. It's the most wonderful time of the beer! Founders in Detroit is releasing its first-ever advent calendar.

The calendar is filled with 24 bottles of different Founders beer, especially rare, limited, and barrel-aged surprises.

A very limited amount of these advent calendars will be released on November 25 at 11 a.m. by call-in ordering only at (313)-335-3431.

It cost $150 and is limited to one per person.

4. Hallmark is giving people a chance to thank educators for all they've done during this difficult year.

The company has begun giving away one million greeting cards to those who would like to express their appreciation to teachers, administrators, bus drivers, coaches, counselors, custodians, and other school staff who've been doing their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

The cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis through Hallmark's website.

They're being given out in packs of three, allowing anyone in the continental U.S. to thank not just one, but three educators who've had to contend with distance learning, face masks, and changing schedules since the COVID outbreak began.

5. The coronavirus has forced us to change the way we celebrate holidays and special occasions. Now, there's one more tradition getting added to that list; Groundhog Day.

Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Pennsylvania Groundhog, will still make an appearance in February. However, there will not be any in-person attendance or guests at Gobbler's Knob on February 2.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club made the announcement this week. They said in a release that they're developing live virtual events and interactions in place of in-person events.