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September 2015

Introduction to Finding Grants for Nonprofits

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Designed for beginner fundraisers, this brief course shows how your organization can identify potential funders and prepare to seek grants. Using the Foundation Directory Online Platinum, a database of 70,000 foundations, students will compile a list of foundation prospects that match their organization’s needs. We’ll also briefly touch upon other grant sources, such as government and business, and learn about various guides to proposal writing.

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Introduction to Proposal Writing for Nonprofits

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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You’ve found a possible foundation to fund your new project. That’s excellent. Now the real work begins: writing a proposal that will put your program on the path to success by telling your story well to the people that matter most. To learn how to do just that, join the Business Librarian for a session on proposal writing. Learn the key components of a proposal that a nonprofit foundation is looking for, and how you can make your proposal as…

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Voices Behind the Books

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come hear all about audiobooks! Three audio book narrators—Kate Rudd, Tanya Eby, and Amy McFadden—will read selections from their works and talk about the process of making an audiobook. Together, these three audiobook superstars have narrated over 800 books covering all genres imaginable. Kate Rudd narrated the Odyssey and Audie-award winning The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Tanya Eby is the voice of the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen. Amy McFadden in known for her comedic…

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October 2015

Reading the Great Lakes

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come explore the Lakes with us! We’ll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. October’s selection is Love, Sex…

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Introduction to Essential Oils

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn what the ancients knew about the healing properties of essential oils such as lavender, melaleuca (tea tree), clover, and peppermint. Aromatherapy and essential oils expert Ilka Handshaw will demonstrate what essential oils are, how they are made, and how they work—from treating acne to weight loss. Discover practical ways to incorporate them into your daily life.

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YMCA Veggie Van

October 6 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Cooking Matters for Families

October 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Every week until November 10, 2015
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Get cooking at GRPL! In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters for Families, a six-week class that teaches families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Learn how to pick nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in healthy ways. Families will receive recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing the ingredients of the day. One of the classes will be held in a local grocery store.…

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SBDC Market Research Series

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Every week until October 21, 2015
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their markets, customers, and competition? Learn how in this series on market research co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center. Registration is required. Market Research I: Industry Research Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:00 pm Register:…

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Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Well-know Michigan author John Gallagher’s new book, Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity, examines the life and art of famed architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986). Best known for designing the now-lost World Trade Center in New York, Yamasaki tried to soften and humanize the cold glass-box style of modern architecture with designs that emphasized gardens, plazas, sunlit atriums, and other features created to offer moments of surprise and delight. He crafted a wealth of important buildings around the world but…

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YMCA Veggie Van

October 13 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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