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April 2015

Small Business Class: Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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One of the first rules of marketing is ‘go where your customers are.’ And where are your customers? Increasingly, they are found online! Join the Business Librarian for an informative session on how to use Facebook and other social media tools to engage customers, start and grow your business.

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Genealogy Class: Prepping for the Allen County Public Library

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Thinking about going to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN on April 22nd and 23rd? They have one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world.

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Genealogy Class: Bringing Your Family Story to Life – Tips and Ideas

April 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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You’ve spent many hours (or years) doing research, poring over documents, visiting libraries, and interviewing people. Now you want to write up your family history to be more than charts, or lists of names and dates. How can you bring your family narrative to life, in a format that people will want to read? This talk will give you tips and ideas for writing narrative that draws the readers in while helping them keep track of who’s who.

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Small Business Class: How to Use the Library to Write a Business Plan

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Do you have a great idea for a business? Take the first step to starting your own: write a business plan! A more advance class for those with working knowledge of computers and the Internet, this course will highlight resources to assist students in crafting a well-written business plan. Both online and offline resources will be highlighted.

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Small Business Class for Nonprofits: Online Grantseeking Resources

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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As a member of the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network, the Grand Rapids Public Library has access to a variety of grantseeking resources. Students will learn more about topics like nonprofit fundraisng, proposal writing, and more.

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Small Business Class for Nonprofits: Proposal Writing Basics

April 29 @ 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. Learn how to write a proposal that will put your program on the path to success by telling your story well. Discover the key components of a proposal that a nonprofit foundation is looking for, and how you can make your proposal the most effective.

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May 2015

Genealogy Class: Find-a-Grave

May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Find-a-Grave is a resource for anyone seeking the final disposition of family, friends, and famous individuals from around the world. It is a virtual cemetery experience. Learn more about this website and how to use it.

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Genealogy Class: Dutch Heritage Databases

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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WieWasWie and Zeeuws Archief are online databases for locating vital records in the Netherlands. Zeeuws Archief is the official database for the Province of Zeeland and contains over 5.3 million records. WieWasWie is an official Dutch database with records from all provinces. Dutch vital records exist from at least 1811, but there are some records dating back to the 1700s. This class will teach you how to access these databases, locate abstracts of vital records and make copies. Basic computer…

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