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May Grant Classes

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Join us for the following two grant writing classes in May:

Click on the title to register online

Introduction to Finding Grants

Tuesday, May 9. 4:00 p.m. at the Old Fort Library
Friday, May 12. 3:00 p.m. at the Marion Library

Registration required, limited seating.

Are you new to the field of grantseeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. We’ll cover the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Tuesday, May 16. 4:00 p.m. at the Old Fort Library
Friday, May 19. 3:00 p.m. at the Marion Library

Registration online or call, limited seating.

Ideal for those new to grant proposal writing or in need of a quick refresher. This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal.
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal.
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.


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Old Fort Library Book Sale- April 28th & 29th

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Friday, April 28th, 10 am-5 pm

Saturday, April 29th, 9 am- 5 pm

Clear some space on those bookshelves, it’s time for the Friends of the McDowell County Public Library Spring Book Sale at the Old Fort Branch Library!

We will have a variety of items available, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks, there is something for everyone, and all proceeds support the McDowell County Public Library System.


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Autism Awareness Month

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What is National Autism Awareness Month?

One in every 68 children in America are diagnosed with some form of autism. Almost twenty-five years ago the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion. National Autism Awareness Month has since grown to become an inspirational movement.

If you’d like to learn more, explore some of these resources:

Autism Speaks , Autism Society, and Autism Society of North Carolina

These organizations provide an overview of the symptoms of autism; state, national and global statistics; resources on current therapies; and how to find local support.

NC Cardinal- Autism

Explore over 775 books, audio-books, and downloadable resources available though our NC Cardinal catalog.  Titles include cookbooks and therapies available for parents and caregivers, a variety of perspectives on the condition of autism, biographies, as well as novels that include characters with autism.

McDowell County School System

Our local school system provides a wide variety of resources for children with autism.  Their website provides a comprehensive list of local groups that parents and caregivers can contact.

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Clean Out Your Closets!

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Need to make room for summer clothes? Donate gently used, clean clothing (no undergarments please) to the library from April 1st thru May 22nd. On May 24th, patrons may come in and take items they need, all for free. Any items not taken will be donated to the local shelters.

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