Thursday, November 6, 2014

Construction Update #3

Work is progressing nicely on our north community room addition.
6 November 2014
Laying brick on 5 November
Completed interior wall along ramp
The scaffolding is jacked high today!

Laying brick on 5 November

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Construction Update #2

29 October 2014
The work continues after yesterday's rain.   

Foundation Built

Foundation Sealed
Floor Filled and Foundation Buried

Children's Room addition facing Perry Rd.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pardon Our Mess...

Fall is Construction Season
October 20 Update

If you've been to the library in the past few days you know that the construction has begun for our two new building additions, both made possible by Dr. & Mrs. Claffey! One addition will expand Community Room, the other will create new space for our lively Children's Room. The business blog will document the changes and post photos as the construction progresses. This expansion project is going to greatly benefit the library and our community. During this period, which will continue into January, the circle drive on the West side of the building won't be accessible, but the large lot in the back won't be affected.

In addition to the building expansion, the interior of McFarlen Library will also be transformed in the coming months. Our teens will gain a dedicated room and existing library space will be organized to maximize existing square footage. Look for these changes to begin sometime in November. 

20 October 2014 - Preparing for the foundation, Community Room expansion

20 October, view of the Community Room exterior wall
Outlining the Children's Room addition, facing Perry Rd.
Another view of the Children's Room extension

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fall Event Schedule Announced

Show Your Library Card and Save!
Our September promotion and other Fall events

September is National Library Sign-Up month and this year we have partnered with local businesses to offer our card holders a chance to save money by simply showing your GDL library card. That's right, show you card and save money at local businesses such as Great Harvest Bread Company, The Laundry in Fenton, plus the Flint Institute of Arts and many more!  

You can't beat saving 10% when dining out!  
Look for information at GDL branches and our homepage coming soon!

In addition to this exciting promotion, we have been working on our Fall program schedule and below are is list of programs at the Grand Blanc branch scheduled through the Business Center. As always, check our event calendar for the complete list. 

All events below are held in the McFarlen Library Community Room
515 Perry Road, Grand Blanc 

Genesee County Bar Association, Attorney Alex Nasser
Wills / Trusts / Estate Planning Seminar, Wednesday, September 10
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Morningstar Investment Research Center (both events at 6:00 PM)
Financing a College Education Seminar, Thursday, September 25
End-of-Year Portfolio Check-Up, Thursday, December 11

FranNet, Franchise Information, co-sponsored with Vet Biz Central
Franchise Informational Seminar, no obligation
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, hosted by Linda Belford

Greenpath Debt Solutions 
 (all events at 6:00 PM)

Be Credit Wise, Wednesday September 24
What is credit, how does it work? Plus establishing and re-establishing good credit. 

Understanding Your Credit Report, Wednesday, October 1 
What does my credit report mean, how do I access it for free? Plus, how to understand your credit score and its impact on your financial health. 

Money Management Through a Job Transition, Wednesday, October 8
Take control of your finances during a career change, layoff, or period of reduced income. 

SCORE Business Counseling returns to the Business Center this fall starting on Tuesday, September 9th, and the second tuesday of each month following. To secure an appointment with our business mentor, please contact the business librarian directly at 810-694-5310. You must have an appointment at least 24 hours in advance.

Friday, May 30, 2014

June Events @ GDL Grand Blanc!

 SCORE, SBDC, Morningstar, 
and Franchise Network

Summer is finally here and GDL has several programs scheduled for June you won't want to miss. All programs are taking place at the Grand Blanc-McFarlen Branch, 515 Perry Road, unless otherwise noted.

SCORE Business Counseling
Tuesday, June 10
1-on-1 meeting  available at 6:00 PM

GDL offers SCORE business counseling on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 4PM to 7PM. Three 1-on-1 sessions are available, and as of the May 30th, only the 6 PM time is available. Please call 810-694-5190 or email the business librarian at to make an appointment.

Morningstar Investment Research Center Seminar:
Dividend Investing
Thursday, June 19, 6:00 PM

Learn from the experts! Morningstar has long been a trusted source of unbiased investment information this free seminar will focus on dividend investing and is hosted by Josh Peters, editor of DividendInvestor, one of four newsletters included in the library's Morningstar subscription. Click HERE to make a reservation.  

Small Business Development Center Seminar:
How To Write A Business Plan
Wednesday, June 11, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Kettering University

Join the I-69 Corridor Region for this free seminar to kick-start your business plan. Attendees should have previously taken SBDC's "How to Start a Business" class. Registration is required, click HERE for more information or make a reservation. NOTE: This event is held at Kettering University. 

FRANNET Franchising Seminar
Thursday, June 26, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join Franchise Placement Specialist Linda Belford as she explains the processing of franchising and the options available to the prospective owner. No specific franchise will be promoted, and there is no obligation in attending the meeting. Linda does not work for any specific franchise so her goal is to find the best possible fit for you. 

For more information on any of these events please contact the business librarian at 810-694-5190.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Stock & Fund Analysis @ GDL

Get Expert Advice Before You Invest
Your Library Card Is More Valuable Than Ever

When you think "library card" it's natural for our minds to jump to printed books. While this remains accurate, it's only a fraction of what Genesee District Library makes available to you at no charge. Thousands of e-books are downloaded every month to kindles and tablets of all kinds, and our new magazine service, Zinio, offers you over 100 magazine subscriptions for download to your PC/Mac or tablet. 

Further down the list of what you might expect your library to provide is investment information. More often than not, when people stop by the business center and see the collection of over 3,500 books, they are most surprised by the extensive selection of investment titles. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and investment strategies for the novice or expert are all covered and readily available.