Program Proposal

Program presenters can be individuals, organizations, performers, artists, or educators.


Programs may include workshops, performances, concerts, or informational presentations.

Effective March 1, 2021, all prospective program presenters must use the following online application. We will no longer accept program proposals via email, telephone, mail, or in person.

Library staff can only engage presenters who have submitted proposals via this application and have been awarded a contract by the BRCL Programs and Services Department.

  • BRCL plans programs between 3-6 months in advance of the presentation date.

  • We receive a high volume of requests and are not able to respond directly to all submissions. If your program is of interest, our staff will contact you.

  • Typically payment for programs ranges from free to $250. Staff will consider material needs, size of the audience, and relevance to mission in negotiating fees.

  • Due to limited financial resources, out-of-state presenters are rarely booked.

  • All presenters who are booked will be required to sign a scope of work, and if there will be payment for services, a W-9, and other financial documents will be required for the City of Big Rapids. These materials will be supplied once a presenter is confirmed.


What you need to know about library-sponsored programs:

  • Your event needs to be free and open to the public.

  • You’ll need to allow at least three months before the program date for library planning and publicity.

  • You may not sell products or services during presentations at the Library. However, with prior arrangement, we may allow the sale of works by presenters such as books, music or artwork immediately before or after the presentation.



Please complete the following form to submit a program proposal to Big Rapids Community Library’s Program and Services Department.

If we are interested in evaluating your services further, you will be contacted by a member of the Big Rapids Community Library Programs and Services Department.


Complete all required information.


426 S. Michigan Ave.

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Phone (231) 796-5234

Fax (231) 796-1078

Library Hours
Monday            11 am - 6 pm
Tuesday            11 am - 6 pm
Wednesday      11 am - 6 pm
Thursday           11 am - 6 pm
Friday                11 am - 6 pm 
Saturday           10 am - 3 pm
Sunday              Closed

Text 231-216-8942

to speak to a librarian.