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Ready to Start a Business?

Do you have a great idea for a business but aren’t sure how to put it into action?  SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses can help you get started.  Should you start from scratch? Buy an already existing business? Purchase a franchise? What sources of capital are out there, and how do you know if you’d be a good business owner anyway?

On Tuesday, February 2 from 6-8pm, an expert from SCORE will be at the library to answer these questions and more. This workshop presents the reality of owning a business and the importance of conducting a self-assessment to determine if business ownership is for you.

Topics include:

  • The owner’s role and the need for self-assessment
  • Having a business plan
  • Legal structure, insurance, regulatory issues
  • Financial analysis, planning and forecasting
  • Markets and marketing strategies to define and promote the business

Seats are limited for this program, so be sure to pre-register as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

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The Roosevelts Part One: Theodore Roosevelt: Uncomfortable Retirement

Did 2014’s documentary The Roosevelts on PBS leave you wanting more about one of the 20th century’s most influential families?  Muskegon Community College instructors Kurt Troutman and George Maniates will be at the library to help out! This winter, they’ll be presenting a 3-part series entitled “All in the Family – the Roosevelts: Gilded Humanity” which will examine the political and personal lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

The dates and topics of the talks are as follows:

Tuesday, January 19 at 7pm        Theodore Roosevelt: Uncomfortable Retirement
Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm      Franklin D. Roosevelt: Life in the Chair
Tuesday, March 15 at 7pm           Eleanor Roosevelt: An Open Marriage

Join us to learn more about this incredibly interesting family that helped shape the 20th century and the United States’ place in the world.

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Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!

We’re introducing a new monthly after-school program for kids 7-12! Full STEAM Ahead is a way to explore fun and creative STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) activities in a low-pressure and cooperative setting.  During the school year, Full STEAM Ahead will be held on the second Thursday of the month at 4pm. Each month, we’ll have 2 or 3 different activities ranging from stop motion animation to circuit building to engineering challenges.

Full STEAM Ahead kicks off on Thursday, January 14 at 4pm.  Kids will be able to work together on a construction challenge and create art with Perler beads.  Feel free to simply stop by; pre-registration is not necessary.  Many thanks to the generosity of Steven & Kathryn Bandstra for making Full STEAM Ahead possible.

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Winter Photography Tips & Tricks

The snow’s come just in time – join us and Judge Ed Post for some tips on taking amazing pictures during the winter this Tuesday, January 12 at 7pm. Since the weather didn’t cooperate, Winter Photography has been recheduled for Wednesday, January 20 at 7pm. Be sure to come learn more about taking photographs in the cold months then!

Judge Post will be exploring the photography opportunities and challenges inherent in winter’s ice and snow.  He’ll discuss composition, exposure and techniques for capturing the best possible pictures. Whether you’re a beginning photographer or you have years of experience behind your lens, you’ll find Judge Post’s presentation useful and entertaining.

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It’s a Blizzard of Books!

Are you worried about a letdown after the holidays?  Fear not!  The Blizzard of Books is coming to sweep you away!  Whether you need to put your feet up after holiday chaos or you just want to get some good reading in, the Blizzard of Books, our winter reading club, is there for you to look forward to!Signup begins bright and early on January 4th, and the club will conclude March 12, 2016. All high school students and adults are welcome to join. All you have to do is sign up, read five library books of your choice, and come in to get a prize.  Each time you redeem a prize (limit 3 per person), we’ll enter you into the grand prize drawing!  What’s one of the best ways to spend the winter? Curled up with a good book. If you’re looking for book suggestions, take a look at some of our brand new adult fiction, non-fiction, or stop by to chat with a librarian for personal recommendations.