Prince William Public Library March Highlights

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Provided by Prince William Public Library System

The Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS) offers a number of programs throughout the year for all ages.  Please visit our website to learn more about all of the events offered for the month.

Need a little MAGIC to Help Meet Your Business Needs?

Say the magic word – abracadabra – and visit the Management and Government Information Center (MAGIC), located at Chinn Park Regional Library. Whether you are looking to start or grow your business,retrieve industry information, or research local laws and regulations, MAGIC has specialized staff and resources to assist you.
Let’s say that you have a great idea for a new business venture, but you’re pretty new to the industry and you’re just not sure how to start. MAGIC can start you down the right path on the following topics:
  • Marketing and industry research
  • Finding resources about securing capital to start your business
  • Marketing your new business
  • Managing for success

Nonprofits – Local and State Information – Legal

Nonprofits, we haven’t forgotten about you! In fact, the Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS), through MAGIC, is a Funding Information Network (FIN) Partner. Through its partnership with the Funding Information Network, PWPLS hosts Foundation Center databases and training support, available at no cost to our local community. Database access is only available in-person at Chinn Park Regional Library.
MAGIC also provides local and state information related to Who’s Who in local, regional, and state elected positions. If you need voter information, our MAGIC website links directly to Virginia’s Department of Elections so you can apply to register to vote and access your Virginia Voter Record to update your registration, apply to vote absentee, and view your voter-related information.
MAGIC also provides a guide to legal information. Whether you need to find an attorney, need to learn more about consumer protection, or just need general legal help, we have compiled resources to get you started.

Programs in MAGIC

Don’t forget to check programs that MAGIC offers every month. This month, MAGIC will be offering Introduction to Fundraising Planning on Tuesday, March 24, 1:00 p.m. If your organization needs help directing its fundraising efforts, you won’t want to miss this program. A Candid representative will reveal how planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a road map to success. This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan including tips on making your case for support, diversifying your organization’s fundraising base, and creating a plan of action. Registration required.
Even if you can’t make it to Chinn Park Regional Library, our website and Digital Library are available to you 24/7. Under the “Financial” tab in our Digital Library, you’ll find 12 premium websites, including Mergent Online – one resource that collects several different databases on company and industry information – and Gale LegalForms, a comprehensive collection of downloadable legal forms.
Whether you’re ready to invest in a new business venture, or are just conducting local research, say the magic words: “I’m heading over to MAGIC at Chinn Park Regional Library!”

Dr. Seuss and Read Across America

Celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday with story times, crafts, and fun!

Prince William Counts: Census 2020

Stop by our information tables to find out the most up-to-date and accurate information on the U.S. Census and what you can do to ensure that Prince William Counts.

Young Fresh Chefs: Grilled and Sweet!

Make a grilled cheese sandwich, basil pesto, tropical smoothies, and more with Jasmine Kelly of Young Fresh Chefs. Registration required.

Bluebirds in Your Backyard

Encourage beautiful bluebirds to visit your yard and help control insect pests. Learn how to place and monitor bluebird nest boxes for the best benefit.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning

This introductory class provides the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on: making a case for support, diversifying an organization’s fundraising base, and creating a plan of action.

Battle at Brawner’s Farm

Historian Lionel Raymond will take us through the lead up to and action at Brawner’s Farm, a significant episode in the Battle of Second Manassas, August 1862.

The 2020 Census and Your Library

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count every resident in the U.S. As a public library, we’re here to help make your experience completing the census a little easier. You may wonder why it’s important to complete the census. Besides the mandate (the U.S. Constitution requires that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years), the census helps with the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities based on the census data.

Local Impact

For Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park residents, this means you are impacting everything from:
  • Planning public transportation services. Imagine: the potential for more – and easier – ways for more residents to get to and from the library.
  • Planning future government services. What is needed in the greater Prince William community? The census data can help determine that.
  • Planning budgets for government at all levels. Yes, that includes county government!
  • Directing services to children and adults with limited English-language proficiency. For the library, this helps us determine what books, resources, and programs we should be adding to our collections and offering to patrons.

How is the library helping to support the 2020 Census?

  • We’ve been awarded a grant from the American Library Association to bolster our service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. Join us on Census Day, April 1: We’ll be on the Woodbridge NoVA campus! Get help completing the U.S. Census online. We’ll also have people help you register to vote and apply for a U.S. Passport. Have fun with a live DJ, free food from local food trucks, and free Census 2020 swag!
  • We’re offering our community rooms so that citizens can be trained to collect census data.
  • You can take the survey on our computers (or by using our Wi-Fi!) If you don’t have a computer at home, or you’d just rather complete the census at the library, our computers and free Wi-Fi are available for you.
Still not convinced? Did you know that  for every Virginian not counted in the census, the region loses $1,200 per year for 10 years until the next census (that’s $12,000 total!) in federal funds for programs like education, hospitals, roads, and other public works projects. While completing the census is mandatory, it’s also a way for you to participate in our democracy and say “I count!”

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