The Buck Starts Here At Estes Valley Library
Over the last few years, the Estes Valley Library has increased its focus on money-related resources. For example, the Library launched a successful two-year initiative to promote financial literacy, from basic money management to personal finance. “Common Cents Counts” has been sustained through grant funds.
The Library continues to be a valuable resource for those who want to improve their financial standing in a tough economy. The Library is addressing several money-centered topics for different audiences: 1) starting or running a business; 2) seeking a job; 3) improving personal finance; and 4) supporting local non-profits.
With that in mind, the Library is creating a special collection of materials centered on these four topic areas. The new collection is built around the theme “The Buck Starts Here.” The new section will contain materials for small business planning, job seeking and resume writing, nonprofit resource materials, as well as money management and personal finance materials. The new section is currently under construction and will be fully in place within the next few weeks.
Successfully seeking grants and improving fundraising techniques can be key to the survival of local non-profits. The Library has been a close partner of the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC) since that organization was formed, housing its print resources and offering access to foundation databases for grant seekers.
Building on this, the Estes Valley Library has just been selected as a new Cooperating Collection site by the Foundation Center in New York. This special grant, along with generous funding from the EPNRC, will provide full in-library access to the Foundation Directory Online and greatly augment the print materials available to help local nonprofits. Obtaining the best possible information on foundations can save local nonprofits time and money and enable them to identify good grant opportunities.
Additionally, the Library continues to partner closely with the EPNRC for workshops and ongoing education. Workshops were held throughout 2011 on topics ranging from grant-seeking to board recruitment and development. Upcoming workshops include: “Succession Planning for Nonprofits” on Wednesday, March 7, and “Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofits” on Wednesday, April 18. Visit epnonprofit.org or contact the Library for full details. Advance registration is recommended.
For more information about this initiative or other Library services, visit estesvalleylibrary.org or call (970) 586-8116.