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July 2018
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Diane Bonaparte: Paintings on Display

July 1 - July 31
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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The paintings of Diane Bonaparte will be on display on the gallery walls of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library from July 1-31 during regular library hours.   Artist Statement: "The Southwest, with all its prickly charm, is quite a challenge to capture on canvas. The blues and purples contrast against yellow and orange like a song."

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Clayton Schwarder: Paintings on Display

July 1 - July 31
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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The paintings of Clayton Schwarder will be on display on the wooden towers of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library from July 1-31 during regular library hours.   Artist Statement: "Our society is mesmerized by the instant gratification provided by today's media. The graphic content of television, movies, Internet and video games has numbed our perception of the real world around us. The people we see in photos and on the news become characters that we see as entertainment for…

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PaperWorks: Artwork on Display

July 1 - July 31
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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PaperWorks are on display in the glass cases and windowed room of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library from July 1-31 during regular library hours. PaperWorks provides educational and creative opportunities for all who love and work with and on paper. We promote the appreciation and enjoyment of the paper and book arts through monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, workshops, programs, classes, and collaborative groups, community exhibitions by PaperWorks members, scholarships for students studying paper arts, and donations of art…

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Books on Wheels Volunteer Orientation

July 21 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Do you love to read and are you looking for a challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunity? The Pima County Public Library has a Books on Wheels (on bikes) program in Tucson and is looking for volunteers to help select books for homebound community members. We invite you to attend a training session to be held at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. At the training session you'll hear more about the Books on Wheels program and learn the process of…

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Financing Options for Small Businesses

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Got a great idea but don't know how to finance it? Together with SCORE, an SBA Lender Relations Specialist will offer insights into the requirements for various types of loans and alternative financing methods, such as: Working Capital Machinery and Equipment Renovation and Construction Debt Refinancing Micro Loan Programs - from $1,000 and up. Export Working Capital Veteran's, Women's and Minority Loans You will leave this event with a clear understanding of which financing options might be right for you…

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Creating Pollinator Gardens

July 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Learn about the importance of pollinators in the vegetable garden and how you can invite them into your gardens by creating beneficial habitat using native plants. Presented by Brandon Merchant.

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Grants 101

July 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Are you perplexed by how to apply for grants? Would you like to give your grant applications an edge, beyond the grammar and syntax of the actual application? Our class will cover the process of grants that are beyond what is obvious on a grant application, including how to narrow down your project focus and organize your grant search process. You will also learn how to build long-term relationships with foundations and funders and the steps to take in stewardship…

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Understand Your Competitors

July 26 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Differentiation is key when you're in a saturated market. Do you know how your business fills a unique niche in the market? The first step to positioning your business is understanding your competitors. In this workshop you will use ReferenceUSA, a national business directory, to understand who your competitors are, where they're concentrated, and how big of a market share they hold. This class can also be used to identify potential customers for businesses who sell to other businesses.

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Simple steps for Starting Your Own Business – Financial Matters

July 28 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Are you worried about Financial Matters?SCORE's workshops give you a practical overview of the fundamentals required to write a business plan and start a small business. Proven practices. Sound advice. Experienced and successful entrepreneurs themselves, our trained instructors will guide you through the first important steps. Attend any or all of these workshops and you'll gain: Knowledge of the fundamentals you need to start a small business Perspective from mentors who've been there and can see what you don't see The…

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Strategic Social Media for Businesses & Nonprofits

July 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Social Media Librarian Lisa Bunker has been teaching and working professionally on Facebook and other social media platforms since 2009, and is a contributing author of the 2017 book "Using Social Media to Build Library Communities." This workshop will cover: How writing for social media is different from other ways you market your business or nonprofit Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the major social media platforms Content strategies based on your target audience, and your company or non-profit's…

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August 2018
Free

Your Business by the Numbers: Introduction to Economic Programs

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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This workshop is designed for business people interested in growing their business, raising their awareness of the local community and local competition and researching site locations, among many other uses. The course content will include training on basic navigation of the Census website and an overview of data available from the Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, the Census Business Builder, and other business tools pertinent to marketing, managing, and growing your business. A limited number of laptops will be…

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Main Library Book Club

August 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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The Main Library Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month at noon. The book we will read for our August 2, 2018, meeting is Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut.

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Census Data for Grantwriting

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Are you looking for data for your grant? What supportive data goes into your needs statement? Have you identified your target group(s) for your grant? This workshop will help you successfully navigate through census.gov and American FactFinder to capture information that will support your grantwriting and lead to better results. Major workshop topics include: Learn to easily navigate the American FactFinder Website tool to obtain community level detail. Learn what census products and data sets provide the best information for…

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Doing Business With the U.S. Government

August 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Join experts in government contracting for first-hand knowledge on: Certification as a Potential Federal Vendor Marketing your Business to Federal Contracting Entities Identifying Contracting Opportunities General Overview of the Solicitation

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Grants Open Lab

August 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Research private grantmakers in the Foundation Directory Online and the Arizona Guide to Grants databases with library staff present to give hints and tips on how to maximize your search results. Nonprofit volunteers, staff, fundraisers, and board members are welcome!

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Seeds for Thought Book Club

August 11 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Quarterly book club reading books about building a vibrant community by improving food systems, sustainability and social justice.   This month's book is Letters to A Young Farmer.   Book Club attendees: Please note that the Joel D. Valdez Main Library doesn't open until 10:00 am on Saturdays. Please enter the library on the plaza level at the side door nearest the library garage elevator.

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Improve Your Public Speaking Skills to Enhance Effective Communication

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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In this two hour session you will gain knowledge of how and why developing your public speaking skills will improve many areas of your life, including your work environment. Be prepared to speak before the attendees of the session. You will gain a better understanding of how FEAR stops us from being successful in our personal communication strategies. Presented by: John-Peter Wilhite John-Peter Wilhite has a Masters in speech communication where in his research he focused on the role of…

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Plant Propagation (aka Pirating Plants!)

August 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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In this class you'll learn about the two primary methods of plant propagation while also learning best practices that will help you become a more successful propagator. Presented by Brandon Merchant.

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Business and Nonprofit Legal Help by Appointment

August 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Do you have legal questions surrounding the starting or running of a nonprofit or business? Bring your questions and ask Mimi Petro of the Udall Law Firm to gain invaluable insights into the legal do's and don'ts associated with your venture. Please call Infoline at 791-4010 to sign-up for a 15 minute appointment.

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Facebook Lab for Business & Nonprofits

August 14 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Let's get into the inner workings and analytics of your business or nonprofit Facebook page and take a look at what you're doing right, and what could work better for you. Everyone who comes will get individualized attention and a worksheet to help build your content strategy. Social Media Librarian Lisa Bunker has been teaching and working professionally on Facebook and other social media platforms since 2009, and is a contributing author of the 2017 book "Using Social Media to…

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Small Business Lending

August 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Join us for an overview of the steps that small businesses need to understand when they're looking for business loans from banks. By the end of this training, you will: Know the 5 Cs of Credit See common mistakes seen on loan applications Understand the kinds of documentation needed to process business loan applications Presented by staff from Washington Federal.

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Main Library Poetry Circle

August 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Join us for monthly poetry discussions, led by docents from the UA Poetry Center. The event is free, and no preparation or knowledge of poetry is necessary.   Everyone is welcome to attend as we read from favorite poets, learn about new poets and share our views. Each participant will receive a packet of the poems to be read and discussed, sourced from the Poetry Center's world-renowned collection.   On August 18th we will read and discuss the poetry of Ross…

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Basics for Starting Your Own Business

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Do you have a great business idea but don't know how to get started? Come learn the basics of starting a business! This class provides a checklist of considerations when starting a small business, including: (a) whether to form an entity to hold the business (corporation, LLC, etc.) and a general pros and cons of each type of entity (b) the importance of a budget and financial statements/projections (c) kinds of insurance available to protect a business (d) where to…

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Strategic Social Media for Businesses & Nonprofits

August 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, 85701
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Social Media Librarian Lisa Bunker has been teaching and working professionally on Facebook and other social media platforms since 2009, and is a contributing author of the 2017 book "Using Social Media to Build Library Communities." This workshop will cover: How writing for social media is different from other ways you market your business or nonprofit Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the major social media platforms Content strategies based on your target audience, and your company or non-profit's…

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