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May Grant Classes

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

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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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Winter Reading Challenge

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Welcome to the Winter Reading Challenge!

Are you ready to have fun, read all kinds of books, and win prizes?  If so, you are in the right place.  This Winter Reading Challenge is a 3-month long challenge giving you plenty of time to cozy up with some good books and win prizes.

 

Instructions:

The Winter Reading Challenge is divided up into four groups, R-E-A-D.  Each group has six different book challenges.  You can read from any group in any order.  Once a group has been completed (all six books have been read), bring your challenge sheet with your completed group and filled in book list to the Marion Library or Old Fort Library.  For each group you complete, you will be given a book buck and a raffle ticket to enter into our Prize Drawing.  Be sure to turn in your challenge sheet with the book list on back filled in to the library by 5:30 pm on Friday, March 31st. You will receive a raffle ticket just for turning in your challenge sheet and if you have completed all four groups, you will be given another raffle ticket for our Prize Drawing.  Each contestant will have the possibility of six raffle tickets.

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March Grant Writing Classes

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Join us for the following two grant writing classes:

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Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Tuesday, March 7. 4:00 p.m. at the Old Fort Library

Friday, March 10. 3:00 p.m. at the Marion Library

Registration required, limited seating.

Fundraising is the vehicle that lets nonprofits do their work. This workshop helps young organizations build a case for support and provides an overview of common fundraising types. While open to all, this workshop is ideal for those who have already established their nonprofit organization.

Introduction to Finding Grants

Tuesday, March 14. 4:00 p.m. at the Old Fort Library

Friday, March 17. 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.

 

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Celebrate Women’s History Month

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Explore the many accomplishments made by women in the United States and across the world!

Browse some of the rich digital resources that are freely available:

General History:

Women’s History Month at the Library of Congress

Women’s Suffrage Photographs


North Carolina History:

Women’s History Month at the State Library

Notable North Carolina Women via NCpedia-A great resource for kids!

Frankie Silver

To view the full film, go to Folkstreams.net

 


Women in the Armed Services:

Women’s Memorial– Located in Arlington, VA., the Women’s Memorial honors all the women who have served and are currently serving the in the military.

Rosie the Riveter-The story behind the iconic image.


 Ancestor and Genealogy Research:

Discover your Female Ancestors and Maiden Names– Geneaology.com, a free part of Ancestry.com

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Celebrate Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, explore some of the history, arts, and achievements made by notable African-Americans.

Exploring North Carolina:  African American History (NCpedia)

Discover the history and heritage of African Americans in North Carolina from the colonial era to the present day.  The database covers a selection of resources on important topics and events, including: biographies; the art and cultural heritage of African Americans in the state; slavery and the ante-bellum era; the struggle for citizenship and civil rights; business and educational leadership; politics; and historic sites and monuments.

North Carolina native, Nina Simone


The Rich Heritage of African Americans in North Carolina

(State of NC publication)
A .pdf guide created by the State of North Carolina to explore the history of the African American community in our state. Includes a reference map as well as a listing of historic and cultural sites.


Explore Videos from NC Live

Watch videos of artists and writers discussing artistic movements, such as the Harlem Renaissance, and reading their work.

 

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February Grant Writing Classes

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Join us for the following two grant writing classes:

Click on the title to register online

Introduction to Finding Grants

Tuesday, February 7. 4:00 p.m. at the Old Fort Library

Friday, February 10. 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, February 14. 4:00 p.m. at the Old Fort Library

Friday, February 17. 3:00 p.m. at the Marion Library

Registration required, limited seating.

Ideal for those new to 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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STEM Programs for Teens

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Join Lori Richard for her new teen program, Intro. to Innovation!

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Teens will have a chance to experiment with a Makey Makey, laptop computer, conductive and non- conductive materials. If you are interested in the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program please register at the children’s desk at the Marion Library and Circulation Desk at the Old Fort Library.

To view when we’ll be offering programs of all types, visit the Teen’s Program & Event Page.

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    Marion Library

    Mon, Wed, Fri: 10-5:30
    Tue, Thu: 10-7
    Saturday: 11-5
    Sunday: Closed
    Holiday Hours

    Old Fort Library

    Monday: Closed
    Tues, Wed, Fri: 10-5:30
    Thursday: 10-7
    Saturday: 12:30-5
    Sunday: Closed
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    Phone 828-652-3858
    Fax 828-652-2098

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    Phone 828-668-7111
    Fax 828-668-4013


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    90 W Court St
    Marion, NC 28752
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    65 E Mitchell St
    Old Fort, NC 28762
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