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Happy Fall! We're celebrating early after a full summer of activities including a wonderful Bikes, Barrels & Books Fair.

In addition to accidentally giving kids play equipment to roll around in, like in the picture above, we passed out over 150 Books to families in the North End during the Books For The Block Door-to-Door Campaign for the Fair. We gave out hundreds more in partnership with Black Bird Literacy & We Found Hip Hop at the actual event!
Literacy Kits - Books, Literacy Resources & Golden Tickets for Free Pizza & Books Being Passed out in the North End.
Shout out to Pizza Plex & Amicci's for donating about 400 slices of pizza! Shout to Nikolette for coordinating the boxes upon boxes of nourishment for the kids and community.
To the fair's co-coordinator Devin for wholistic support including rocking out a full writing workshop in KAN's pop-up outdoor classroom, complete with school desks :)
To Juan who brought the Rhino (bike), MoGo that bought the bike share cycles, and MI Rain Barrel & Sierra Club that brought the rain barrels.
To all our partners, funders, supporters, vendors, co-op members, workshop leaders, volunteers and North End friends that came out - Thank You All for supporting Bikes Barrels & Books this year!
More pictures here: Bikes, Barrels & Books 2019 Photo Album.

Hidden Colors 5

KAN Books Co-Op Member, Nzinga LeJeune is leading a film series that begins on Friday, September 6th! The first film in the series is Hidden Colors 5. A trailer of the film can be seen here: Hidden Colors 5 Trailer.

The film will be shown at 6pm at KAN Books, 9405 John R. Street Parking is available on John R and on Kenilworth. Reserve your free ticket by pressing the button below!


Fantastic, The Legacy of Slum Village

The second film in the series is Fantastic: The Legacy of Slum Village Documentary that will screen on Friday, September 13th! A trailer of the film can be seen here: Slum Village Documentary Trailer.

Limited Tickets available. Reserve your free ticket by clicking the button below!


Illuminate: Literacy Entrepreneurs
Program Restarts on September 20th

The Illuminate Entrepreneurs program seeks to increase literacy and encourage entrepreneurship in inner city youth 8-18 through creative writing, self-publishing, food and farming.
The program begins Friday September 20th, 5pm at KAN Books, 9405 John R. The program runs for 8 weeks from September 20th - November 8th. Applications are available here: Illuminate: Literacy Entrepreneurs 2019 Application. Please fill out the application and either email them to: or bring them on the first day of class. Students who registered earlier in the year do not have to re-register for the second session.

Sessions run from 5-8pm (with the exception of September 28th, class will run from 5-6:30pm). Program cost is free! Shout out to the ERB Foundation for their support.

In November, Lauren Brown Danzy will be having a release party for her book of poems and rhymes and cd release! In December we have a showcase, highlighting the work of multiple students from the Illuminate program. Be on the lookout for those dates in the next newsletter.

Community Announcements

D-Town Harvest Festival
& Vendor Opportunity

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) is holding it's 13th Annual D-Town Farm Harvest Festival Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2019.
The event is located at 14027 W. Outer Drive in Rouge Park (between Plymouth and W. Chicago).  The festival will be held from 12 noon-6:00pm both days.
Vendor space is being offered on a first come basis at $65.00 for DBCFSN members and $80.00 for non-members (which includes an individual DBCFSN membership) per table/space for both days.

Vendor Application can be downloaded here: D-Town 13th Annual Festival Vendor Form.

For further vendor information please contact Baba Al Seevers @ (313) 363-5985 or Mama Janet Seevers @ (313) 995-3579.
Road to Readiness is back! We are seeking entrepreneurs whom are seriously interested in growing their business through increased financial acumen and whom are considering obtaining a loan from either a microlender/CDFI or traditional bank. 

Applications are live now through September 9th. There is a $100 registration fee, but scholarships are available. 
  • Developed and led by team of financial experts, facilitated by a CPA
  • Includes 1on1 Quickbooks training
  • Prepare yourself and key teammates to make key financial decisions
  • Results in compilation of a standard loan application package, including personalized one-on-one meetings with bankers on site on the final day of the workshop series
Apply online: Road To Readiness On-Line Application.
Free 25 minutes with members of TechTown's Professional Services Network (subject matter experts in fields ranging from legal, marketing, finance, design, business strategy -for both tech and non-tech businesses) - weekly, at TechTown. Entrepreneurs should be prepared with 1-2 questions to make the most of their time with the Expert.

Next two weeks of appointments available listed below:

Next Week // Week of September 2, 2019
  • Friday
    • (BOOKED) Lydia Michael of Blended Collective: Marketing + Advertising > Diversity + Inclusion | Art | Branding | Music |  Public Relations | Strategy + Business Development
Week of September 9, 2019
  • Wednesday
    • (6 SPOTS LEFT) Becky Riess of Thumbprint Fulfillment: Logistics + Fulfillment > Wholesale | E-Commerce
    • (4 SPOTS LEFT) Racheal Allen of Operation School: Strategy + Business Development > Growth Strategy | Building Systems (Automation + Delegation)
  • Thursday
    • (6 SPOTS LEFT) Shane Trexler of Seraph Biosciences, Inc.: Development (Tech) > Manufacturing / Distribution | Operations | Space Design | Strategy + Business Development
  • Friday
    • (6 SPOTS LEFT) Rob Streeter of Amazon: Retail > E-Commerce | Online Marketplace | Strategy | Retail Marketing + Advertising | Product Marketing + Development | Strategy + Business Dev | User Experience]
Link to Ask an Expert:
 IFF Stronger Nonprofits Initiative
IFF, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase and Fiscal Management Associates (FMA), is launching the Stronger Nonprofits Initiative (SNI), a capacity-building program for nonprofits led by people of color and/or serving low-income communities of color in Detroit.
An optional informational session for interested nonprofits will be held on September 11, 2019, from 8-9:30 AM Eastern at Co-Act Detroit, 6568 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.
SNI is an intensive, 14-month cohort-based program. Participants from 10 selected organizations will work alongside other nonprofit leaders to improve their financial management capacity and gain skills to build the net assets of their organizations. This program is ideal for nonprofits poised and ready for change, and willing to devote meaningful staff and leadership time to the program.
Leaders will gain access to:
  • A series of financial management workshops to help leaders optimize their budgeting and finance operations
  • One-on-one coaching tailored around their leadership development goals
  • Subsidized professional services from experts in real estate planning and finance
  • Assistance exploring loans to help finance facility-related improvements, expansions, or relocations
  • Interaction with peers to network with, learn from, and potentially partner with
Please join us on September 11 and visit the SNI webpage to learn more. Space in the program is limited, so apply soon. The deadline to apply is September 25, 2019 and the program begins in late October.
If you have questions, please email IFF at
KAN Books Fall Hours

*Note Thursday, September 12th, KAN Books will be closed to the general public due to special events and gatherings happening in the space.
Please stop by and read, buy a book, play a djembe, join a writing workshop, participate in a workshop or join the co-op! We look forward to seeing you!

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