Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nonprofit Training At Your Library

Whether trying to start your own nonprofit, find support for continuing education, or write a grant or business proposal, there are a number of things to remember throughout the process that can either hinder or help you achieve your goal.

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is very lucky to have a relationship with The Foundation Center Atlanta, the leading source of philanthropy worldwide. According to its website, The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. And in the next few months many of our libraries will be hosting classes taught by a reference librarian from The Center that focus on connecting people with the resources they need to succeed.

We encourage our patrons to take full advantage of these sessions! The full list of classes, dates, times, and locations can be found on our website.

You can also visit the Ivan Allen, Jr. Reference Department on the 2nd floor of the Central Library for free public access to the Foundation Center's electronic databases, as well as their materials on fundraising and nonprofit management. Visit our website for more information.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Library Closed For Holiday

Just a friendly reminder that the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be closed next Monday, January 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. All branches will reopen as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

There are many events scheduled around Atlanta celebrating this day. Many of the King Day events are centered in the King Historic District in the Auburn Avenue area, including Monday morning’s annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church and the march and rally on Auburn Avenue Monday afternoon. You can visit the King Center's website for more information. You can also visit the Best of the Big A blog from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution for a listing of other events that will be happening in and around Atlanta this weekend.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Big Read Essay Contest For Teens


The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and the National Endowment for the Arts invite all high school students to participate in The Big Read Essay Contest!

Closes Friday, January 18, 2013. 

Attention high school students! The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is the proud recipient of the 2013 Big Read grant, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Look for all the exciting programs and events surrounding A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. But for now Atlanta and Fulton County youth are encouraged to craft a letter supporting an opinion (either pro or con) on the Death penalty in the state of Georgia. A typed letter supporting your opinion should be submitted to your local Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Young Adult Librarian.  All essays are due by 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 18. Two winning submissions will be submitted to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (AJC) for possible publication. See full contest rules at your local branch or visit www.afpls.org and see Latest News “The Big Read Essay Contest.”

We certainly hope we have a last minute surge of submissions. Good luck to all of our entrants!