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Farewell To 2011

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Goodbye and Hello

The MALF Board of Directors said goodbye to two long-serving and highly productive board members at its meeting on November 7 and will say hello to four new ones in 2012.

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Teens & Social Media: Pew Report

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By Ann Treacy via Blandin on Broadband

Last week Pew Internet & American Life released a report on teens and social media. Some findings surprised me; others did not. To begin the report indicates that...

Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites.

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The public library: A relevant public resource

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By Nick Dimassis, assistant director, East Regional Library System

seattle-library.jpgThe “Got the people, but not the skills” (October 26, Star Tribune) editorial stated that “a highly educated, appropriately skilled workforce is key to reinvigorating job creation,” and that although not in a “position to close the skills gap with a major surge in public spending,” Minnesota can “do more to make the most of its existing resources.”  One of those existing resources not mentioned?  Your public library.

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Evy Nordley Award Photos

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2011 Evy Nordley Award winners Howie Burke (center) and Tom Zander (right) of the Friends of the Saint Michael - Albertville - Hanover Library with MALF Board President Chris Olson (left). The group won the award for their fundraising project "Building it. Together."

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John Cotton Dana Awards: Win $10k for your library

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Have you had success with a library marketing campaign? If so, share your story—and you could win $10,000 for your library.

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2011 Evy Nordley Winner: Building it. Together.

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One Friends committee Building It. Together.

nordley-award-winners.jpgBuilding It. Together. is the Evy Nordley award winning Friends project for 2011.

The Building it. Together. project came about as a new civic building, encompassing a library, senior center and city offices, was beginning construction in 2010.

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MN Receives $750k Through Innovative Labor Grant

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Adapted from U.S. Department of Labor press release.

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Call Your Senator in Support of SKILLS Act

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Funding for school libraries is in jeopardy. Across the country, students are attending schools without effective school library programs. Without access to school libraries, students are missing out on college and career readiness programs, digital literacy instruction, and personalized support from state certified school librarians.
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Best Library Friends Projects of 2011

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Where’s the Book Bag
Friends of the Buffalo Library

Friends of the Buffalo Library sponsored a summer contest. The public was invited to purchase a library book bag for $9, take it on summer travels or walks around town, and snap a photo of the bag in front of a familiar landmark for a chance to win a prize. From June to August 2010 photos were submitted to bookbagpics@yahoo.com or brought to the library desk, listing name, phone, and location of photo. Photos were posted in the library when received. In September the public guessed the location of book bag photos. Posters encouraged readers to “Guess where The Friends of the Buffalo Public Library traveled this summer and match numbered photos of book bags’ travels (left column) with alphabetical locations (right column).” Friends awarded prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

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Volunteer at the Children's Pavillion

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Courtesy of our Friends at MELSA originally from MetroBriefs:

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If you want to spend a fun Saturday surrounded by authors and performers promoting reading to kids, this is the Ambassador (volunteer) gig for you.  

Event: Twin Cities Book Festival Children's Pavilion
Date : Saturday, October 15
Time: 11:00-4:00

Location: Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC is easy to get to (http://www.minneapolis.edu/), the Children's Pavilion is on the second floor of the Technical Building connected to the parking ramp by skyway. MELSA will reimburse for parking. 

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Senate Committee Clears Bill, Funds for Libraries

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The following comes from the American Library Association Washington Office. Please continue to contact your legislators to ensure funding for school libraries in this unsure economy.

capitol-hill.jpgThe Senate Appropriations Committee passed its Labor, Health and Human Services, Education appropriations bill yesterday with at least $15 million designated for school libraries. The bill also level-funds the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at $189 million.

The Senate bill sets aside $30 million for national non-profit organizations and school libraries in high-need areas and directs that at least 50 percent of this funding be used for school libraries.

“Last year, funding for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program was wiped from this bill, which left school libraries without any specific federal funding, and the President’s budget request also zeroed out the program,” Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, said.

“It seems the Senate Appropriations Committee has recognized what a mistake this was, and we thank them for including new funding in the bill that will directly benefit students depending on their school libraries. Yet, we understand that there is a long road ahead and urge House appropriators to safeguard this funding for our nation’s students when they mark up their version of the bill.”

school-library.jpgSheketoff said protecting LSTA funding at its current level in this “slash and burn” Congress is one of the most important federal issues for public libraries.

“This is a very uncertain time for the future of many, many federal programs,” Sheketoff said.

“We knew there was a strong chance the Senate appropriators could choose to further reduce LSTA funding – or even cut it all together. While we take it as a positive sign that LSTA cleared the first hurdle, we know the race is not over yet. In these tough economic times, the public has been using their public libraries more than ever, depending on the library’s computers, Internet access and employment skills training.  LSTA allows libraries to continue offering these important services.”

Getting and Keeping Members

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for Friends and Foundations

books.jpgAs an organization, MALF aims to provide useful information to Friends groups across the state. In our resources section you can find a number of useful PDFs (including this blog post) on anything from gaining 501c3 status to creative fundraising. I was browsing our resources today and thought this was a very helpful document regarding membership. I hope you find it helpful too, it comes from the great folks at ALTAFF. 

There are basically two types of Friends members – “contributing members” who faithfully write a check every year because they want to support the library; and “active members” who serve on the executive board and/or are willing to volunteer for committee assignments and other Friends’ projects. Both types of members are important – “contributors” because their money helps you help the library, and “active members” because they help with the work and leadership of the group.

  1. Define your mission and why people should join. Then be sure you make the case for support at every opportunity – during your membership drive, the Friends book sale, and all Friends events and programs.
  2. Set your dues so that membership is available in a number of classes, from a minimum (for seniors and students) to increasingly higher patron levels.
  3. Design an attractive brochure that gives members an idea of the group’s purpose, and offers ways for them to become involved. List the types of committees and volunteer opportunities you have and be sure to call if they indicate interest. These new “active members” can become future executive board members keeping your group dynamic and fresh.
  4. bookshelf.gifBe sure that all programs you sponsor include an opportunity for the audience to become members of the Friends. These programs should entertain, educate, and stimulate the audience. Provide hospitality at every function, so that members and non-members are made to feel welcome.
  5. Have membership brochures available at the check-out desks of libraries, book sales and every other Friends function. Keep the community aware by notifying the media about the Friends’ events.
  6. Be prompt in sending out renewal notices. Let members know how their dues help the library and what the Friends have accomplished during the year.
  7. Membership benefits can include special ticket prices for events sponsored by the Friends and a preview night “for members only” at the book sale. A newsletter for members should be published a minimum of twice a year; quarterly is better, and monthly is best.
  8. Solicit the business community to join. Have a special membership category for them and list their names so they receive recognition.

For additional ideas, see Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends, available from ALTAFF.

Sally Gardner Reed
Executive Director

www.ala.org/altaff
(800) 545-2433, ext. 2161
fax (215) 545-3821

109 S. 13th St., Suite 3N
Philadelphia, PA 19107 

eCourse: Raise Money and Build Relationships

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eCourse Facilitated by Paul Signorelli
October 3rd - October 28th

Building partnerships with community businesses and organizations is an excellent way for libraries to address the increased demand for library services that is coinciding with current funding cuts. These partnerships offer the opportunity to engage with influential members of the community who can help raise funds for new services as well as showcase the library’s value.
In this interactive course, Paul Signorelli will help you identify and act on opportunities that match your library's mission and goals with those of businesses and other organizations in your community.

Paul Signorelli has more than 20 years of experience as a learning leader for libraries and other organizations and businesses.


10...Steps to Effective Library Advocacy

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Check out this video from ALA Washington's Webinar “10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries." It is a little over an hour long but it has some really interesting and useful information for anyone interested in Library advocacy.

10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries from ALA Washington on Vimeo.

Governor Signs HF844 Bill (May)

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Front row, left to right:
Andru Peters, SELCO/SELS Board of Directors, Lake City City Council, and Lake City Library Board
Ann Hutton, SELCO executive director
Senator Carla Nelson, R-Rochester
Representative Carol McFarlane, R-White Bear Lake
Susan Nemitz, Ramsey County library director
 
Back row, left to right:
Michael Scott, Southeastern Libraries Cooperating assistant director
Jon Nelson, son of Senator Carla Nelson
Carol Walsh, MALF board, Friends of the St. Paul Public Library advocacy committee
Kit Hadley, St. Paul Public Library director
Elaine Keefe, MLA lobbyist

On May 24, 2011 Governor Dayton signed 32 bills that received strong bi-partisan support.  Among them was HF 844, our bill providing for the appointment of a public library representative to serve as an adviser to the Governor's Workforce Development Council.  Please take a moment to send a note of thanks to our authors:

Evy Nordley Award Finalists Announced

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The 2011 Award Finalists

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The Friends of the Red Wing Library

This winter-time program offers interesting and relevant author programs, 'reader bags' for the first 60 people that sign up, monthly literary contests and lots of opportunities to win prizes! The program was offered free and open to the public.

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The Friends of St. Michael—Albertville—Hanover Library

The fundraising drive called “Building It Together” is a combined effort of the Friends of the St. Michael Library, the Friends of the Senior Center and involved citizens who, like you, live or work in this community and care about the future of our towns. The program has a site that shows each item purchased or built by the donations made by citizens.

bookit_postcard.jpgBook It: The Party!
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
The Friends launched a new series of social events which combine friendly competitions, world-class food, cocktails, art and music. Designed to bring young professionals into the Library, “Book It: The Party” provides guests an opportunity to meet new people, explore the library, and give something back to the Library and the City in which they live and work.

AWARD FINALISTS will present their Friends of the Library Project at the MLA Conference in Duluth on Library Friends Day October 13

The Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) will spotlight exceptional projects made possible by Friends of Libraries from January 2010 to July 2011 and will present The Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Friends of Libraries. Learn ways to plan, implement and evaluate library Friends' activities. Take away useful, replicable ideas from presentations by three Friends of the Library groups. Honoring these Award Finalists, MALF will present a plaque and $1,000 to the award-winning Friends organization and $250 to two Friends groups receiving a Certificate of Recognition. A panel of judges decided award-winners in August and we celebrate the big reveal in October.

Library Friends Day • October 13

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MN Association of Library Friends invites you to register now!
Visit www.mnlibraryassociation.org/mlaconference2011 for complete details and registration.

LIBRARY FRIENDS DAY • Thursday, October 13, 2011

8:00am to 4:30pm, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

Workshops • Speakers • Networking • Awards

A day designed for Friends of Libraries during

The Minnesota Library Association 2011 Annual Conference

“Libraries: Superior Value for Life”

The 2011 Annual Conference of the Minnesota Library Association will be held October 12-14, 2011, in Duluth, Minnesota. This premier educational event attracts more than 400 library professionals plus Friends of the Library and library trustees from across Minnesota. The three-day conference features high-quality continuing education opportunities with more than 50 sessions across eight simultaneous tracks(including October 13 sessions for Library Trustees & Friends), a silent auction fundraiser, countless networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall with vendors you want to talk to showcasing library products and services. a Legacy Program Showcase of artists, online handouts.

New features this year, the MALF Annual Meeting will be combined with Idea Sharing and a blog highlights Duluth area attractions and events.

Fun and networking — Take advantage of great social and networking opportunities through refreshment breaks, sessions designed for Friends, the silent auction fundraiser and Legacy Program Showcase in the evening.

Meals and refreshments — Your registration fee of $60 includes breakfast, box lunch, dessert buffet, and two  refreshment breaks. You must pre-register to guarantee your meals on October 13, 2011.

Paperless Handouts — Most of the presentation handouts will be online prior to October 13 and for 90 days after the conference as provided by presenters. A few handouts will be provided at conference by MALF or presenters.

Easy registration — Complete details about sessions, speakers, and registration are at www.mnlibraryassociation.org/mlaconference2011. Register online or download a hardcopy form.

If you do not have Internet access and need registration information, contact the MLA office at 651-999-5343.

When registering, use the Session number in parentheses, below.

Library Friends and Trustees register for one-day only, (Thursday, October 13) $60.00.

 

Libraries: Superior Value for Life

Schedule for Friends of the Library Day at the MLA Conference

 

7:00-8:00 am    Continental Breakfast Session

8:00-9:00 am   EVERYONE IS A LIBRARY ADVOCATE (C4)

Presenter - Virginia Heinrich, Information Studies, Metropolitan Community and Technical College

Presenter - Margie Schuster, Volunteer Services, Hennepin County Library • MALF Board of Directors

• Advocacy Committee member, Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations

(ALTAFF, a division of the American Library Association)

9:00 am to 3:30 pm Exhibits and Silent Auction will be open

9:00-10:00 am  Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Subunit meeting

10:00-11:00 am  IDEA SHARING BY FRIENDS!  (Brief annual meeting)

The Minnesota Association of Library Friends will present the Board of Directors 2012-2013, an annual report, and new ways to be involved in MALF. Then, join the fast and fun sharing of ideas among Friends of Libraries in Minnesota! Grab the mic and share tips for success. Tell everyone what your Friends’ group has done to add members and to increase financial and public support for your library. Ideas, tips and Friends’ news sent to MALF before Conference will be a take-away summary to get ideas flowing. Everyone is an expert and a learner in this useful, fun, not to be missed session!

Meeting - Chris Olson, Minnesota Association of Library Friends, President + MELSA, Executive Director

Idea Facilitator - Jan Siffing, Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation • MALF Board of Directors

Idea Facilitator - Joan Larson, Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation • MALF Board of Directors

11:00 a.m– Noon Box Lunch with Exhibitors

Noon – 1:30 pm  DESSERT AND KEYNOTE

Engagement through Games: Reaching Library Users Through Playful Ways, with Scott Nicholson

1:30-2:30 p.m.  POSITIVELY FRIENDS (D8)

What happens when Friends, library and community work together in positive ways? Understanding library priorities and Friends of Libraries’ roles and relationships is essential to success. In Alexandria and Ely, presentations to community organizations have recruited new library Friends and brought new support for the library. Del Mari Runck, Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation in Alexandria, and Joe Owens, Friends of Ely Library, will share their presentations and describe their audience, goals and outcomes. Each presentation will serve as an example for presenters of Friends of the Library programming who want to get the word out in their community. Discover how, when, where and when to say something positive about your library and Friends of the Library. Results? Positively!

Presenter - Del Mari Runck, Neighborhood National Bank, President/CEO

Presenter - Joe Owens, Friends of Ely Library, President

2:30 – 3:30 pm   Refreshment Break  - Exhibits and silent auction close

3:30-4:30 pm    TEN MINUTES TO WIN IT— Award for Best Project by Friends of LIBRARIES (E1)

The Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) will spotlight exceptional projects made possible by Friends of Libraries from January 2010 to July 2011 and will present The Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Friends of Libraries. Learn ways to plan, implement and evaluate library Friends' activities. Take away useful, replicable ideas from presentations by three Friends of the Library groups. Honoring these Award Finalists, MALF will present a plaque and $1,000 to the award-winning Friends organization and $250 to two Friends groups receiving a Certificate of Recognition. A panel of judges decided award-winners in August and we celebrate the big reveal in October.

AWARD FINALISTS will present their Friends of the Library Project

The Friends of the Red Wing Library • Hot Reads for Cold Nights 2011 at Red Wing Public Library

The Friends of St. Michael—Albertville—Hanover Library • Building It Together

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library • Book It: The Party!

8:00-10:00 pm   Legacy Program Showcase

The MLF Silent Auction Wants You!

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(Actually, we want your donations.)

Top Ten Reasons to Donate to the 
Minnesota Library Foundation Silent Auction

10.

That garden gnome you got for a wedding gift could hang out in someone else’s yard.

9.

It’s a good cause. What other reason do you need?

8.

You can finally get that lava lamp from Aunt Melba out of the basement.

7.

Bragging rights when your donated item brings in big bucks.

6.

One librarian’s junk is another librarian’s treasure.

5.

It’s your chance to get that big-bucks neighbor of yours who’s always telling you that he wants to help libraries to fork over something of value—like airline tickets or a gift card to a five-star restaurant.

4.

You could probably get that really talented consultant you know to donate a few hours of his or her time and expertise—if you just waive his or her overdue fines.

3.

It’s your chance to finally get rid of that cheesy photo of the “shushing” librarian.

2.

It’s easy! Use the Silent Auction contribution form to donate. Completed forms may be faxed to 651-649-3169 and donations may be dropped off before October 1st at the Melsa office at 1619 Dayton Avenue, Ste 314, in St. Paul, MN.

...and the number one reason to donate to the Silent Auction:

1.
You are supporting the Minnesota Library Foundation, which helps fund the Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE), supports the Minnesota Book Awards, and provides small grants to libraries across the state.
Thank you.

Angie Petrie & Margaret Stone
Silent Auction co-chairs
Minnesota Library Foundation

Webinar: 10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries

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Join ALA for a webinar about easy ways to advocate for libraries

10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST)

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/406997026

What does "advocacy" mean?

You’ve probably heard that big budget and policy changes are afoot in Washington, DC – and perhaps that constituent voices are more important than ever.  In fact, advocacy is the buzz word du jour – but does the word itself resonate with library supporters who are not already engaged in grassroots activities?   What does “advocacy” mean, and how does it translate into action? Library trustees, members of friends groups, librarian advocates, and library supporters of all kinds can do many things to make advocacy a meaningful word.

Ten easy actions

Join this webinar to learn about ten easy actions, including writing personalized letters, building coalitions in your community and even using social media outlets to help develop and deliver your message. If America’s libraries are going to survive these difficult times, we need your voice – and your action.

The MLA Conference needs you!

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The Minnesota Library Association is looking for volunteers for this year's conference. Volunteering at the conference is a fantastic way to network and meet new people, catch up with old friends as you see them, and get in touch with the workings of the conference.

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Registration open for 2011 MLA conference

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2011 annual Minnesota Library Conference:

Superior Value for Life

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Wednesday through Friday,
October 12-14

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Duluth.


Registration is now open for MLA's 2011 Annual Conference! This three-day conference will be held October 12-14, 2011, in Duluth, Minnesota, and will be of value to all library professionals and supporters.
Visit www.mnlibraryassociation.org/mlaconference2011 for complete details and registration. 

Celebrate Minnesota Libraries - Sneak Preview!

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View photos at the Star Tribune Lifestyle web report:

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/119713774.html

 

Cass Lake Library, Cass Lake, MN

12 Ways Libraries Are Good for the Country, By Leonard Kniffel

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12 Ways Libraries Are Good for the Country

American Libraries Magazine (link to original article)

 http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/12212010/12-ways-libraries-are-good-country

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MALF Newsletter - Spring 2011

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The Association published its quarterly newsletter last week.  We are excited about the direction we are taking and hope that you will share your suggestions and comments with us.

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Rochester Friends and Friends' Bookstore

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This entry, written by Friends of the Rochester Public Library PastPresident, Shirley Edmonson, itemizes the work this group has done.  MALF congratulates this award-winning member of the Association for its strong support of libraries.

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Friends of the Rochester Public Library - Very successful book sale!

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Every year the Friends’ Bookstore donates their yearly profits to the library. This year business was doing so well in the bookstore, they were able to donate $52,000!

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Two Minnesota Institutions Join Forces to Bolster Jobseekers

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UI and MELSA team up to improve UI services

DEED’s Unemployment Insurance Division (UI) and the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) hosted a webinar titled “Understanding Unemployment Insurance and Its Impact on Your Library Customers” on Jan. 27.  Nearly 300 library staff from across the nation participated in the training session.

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Baker & Taylor - National Friends of the Library Award - Apply now!

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PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to Friends of the Library groups. Applications are due May 2, 2011.

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Gov. Dayton proclaims March 3rd "Minnesota Talking Book Awareness Day"

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Please take a moment to read Governor Dayton’s proclamation, which highlights the important services State Services for the Blind provides to Minnesotans through our Communication Center and in coordination with the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library.

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Minnesota Library Lost to Fire - Cosmos, MN

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The Association wishes to extend its sympathy to the staff and community members affected by the total loss of the community library in Cosmos, MN, to fire.  We are very grateful that nobody was injured, but a community anchor like a library is a major loss in a small town like Cosmos.

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Newsletter Link - Library Foundation of Hennepin County - Feb. 2011

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Hello everyone!  The link to the HTML version of this exciting newsletter is below - what ideas are sparked for your group?!

 

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An important article for library supporters....

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While our economy seems to be slowly staggering back to its feet, state and municipal governments remain hard-hit as the result of lost tax revenues, lost stimulus money and pension fund payments that have grown to monstrous size to make up for the market losses of 2007 and 2008. Those governments are cutting everywhere they can and public libraries nationwide have been one of the biggest and least deserved losers in the process.

Widespread public access to knowledge, like public education, is one of the pillars of our democracy, a guarantee that we can maintain a well-informed citizenry.

But libraries seem to be losing out in the funding battles, due, in part, to the mistaken belief that they are somehow anachronistic in an age when so many Americans have instant computer access to information through the Internet. This is, frankly, a let-them-eat-cake-attitude that threatens to destroy a network of public assets that remains critical in our country.

Millions of Americans simply cannot afford to replace what libraries have traditionally offered for free -- access to books, computers and research assistance. Ironically, the importance of these services is even greater in a time of economic uncertainty.

For Americans facing job losses, working to gain new skills and seeking assistance in an increasingly digital world, U.S. public libraries are first responders. Two-thirds of libraries report they provide the only free access to computers and the Internet in their communities. Libraries function as crucial technology hubs, not merely for free Web access, but those who need computer training and assistance. Library business centers help support entrepreneurship and retraining

For thousands and thousands of American kids, libraries are the only safe place they can find to study, a haven free from the dangers of street or the numbing temptations of television. As schools cutback services, the library looms even more important to countless children. And libraries often offer young parents the only chance they can provide to inculcate their children in a culture of books, one of the most essential building blocks for success in school.

For the elderly, libraries are often important community centers that help them escape the loneliness of old age.

Most important of all, perhaps, a library within a community stands as a testimonial to its values, its belief in universal access to literature and knowledge.

The value of all of these services has been widely accepted in our nation for at least a century. But we have now entered an era of unprecedented budget cuts.

For example, in California, Governor Brown's new proposed budget decreases General Fund assistance for public libraries by $30.4 million, eliminating the California Library Services Act, Public Library Foundation and the California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Services -- that is, access, resource sharing and adult literacy. In Texas, the cuts are even more stark, with the new budget proposing complete elimination of several programs that have either provided direct aid to libraries or irreplaceable programs, like those that created shared databases. Even in my own community, a small city on the northern edge of Chicago where a major university sits, my neighbors and I have been struggling to save a small branch library that was pivotal to the education of many neighborhood kids.

Librarians know that shrinking budgets demand hard choices, and they do not expect to be exempt as local and state governments endure the hardest times they have faced since the Depression. But it is wrong to cut library budgets disproportionately compared to other reductions, and that is what is happening around the country.

I count myself as one of millions of Americans whose life simply would not be the same without the libraries that supported my learning. We cannot take that opportunity away from so many Americans who need that help urgently now.

Scott Turow is the author most-recently of "Innocent," a sequel to "Presumed Innocent," and president of the Authors Guild.

Minnesota Citizens - be a part of the process! Library Legislative Day is March 1, 2011

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Mar 01     8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Best Western Kelly Inn - 161 Saint Anthony Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55103
Calling all Minnesota Citizens who care about libraries, those who volunteer in libraries, people who gladly donate books to their library's Friends or other support group, Citizens who often speak with friends and colleagues about the importance of libraries, voters who cast their vote - in everyelection - in conscious, informed support of laws and lawmakers that  sustain and expand this vital institution.  Libraries safeguard our right to freedom of information - as Americans, as Minnesotans, and as Citizens of our communities and workplaces, all of us must help to protect this freedom and the institution dedicated to this principle.  We believe that grassroots support is the only way to make elected officials aware of how many constituents in their district are avid supporters of libraries - of every type.
Calling all people who would like to learn how to support libraries, in groups, as companies, as individuals - we can help you learn how to support libraries any way you care to lend your support.  Today, we ask you to register and attend, if you are able.  If you are not able to attend, how about writing or calling your state and local elected officials.  Thank them for their difficult work, tell them that you care deeply about libraries and that you will be watching them closely to see how they vote on matters that affect your library.
Event details:
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2011
  • 8:00AM–4:00PM
  • Please note new location!
    Best Western Kelly Inn
    St. Paul, MN
  • FREE
  • Register by February 22
More than anything, legislators need to see that their constituents value libraries.

Visit http://mnlibraryassociation.org/event11_0301 for an agenda, complete event details, and registration.
Please register by Tuesday, February 22.

Click to read the Friends of the Bemidji Library's newsletter - February 2011

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Spring is on the way!!

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MALF Grants $1,000 to Brainerd Friends Group

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The MALF board of directors, yesterday, awarded $1000 to the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library (part of the Kitchigami Regional Library System).  Grants like this distribution from the Marie Goss & Evy Nordley Endowment Fund are made available to help Friends of Library groups defray the expenses of obtaining 501c3 status for a new group, or for the legal incorporation of an existing group.  We are very pleased that Brainerd Public Library's Friends group is moving to the next level of support for the Brainerd Public Library - congratulations!

Five Friends groups recognized by ALTAFF during National Friends of Library Week

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PHILADELPHIA – Five Friends groups were recognized for winning National Friends of Libraries Week Awards by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) during the ALTAFF Gala Author Tea, held during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Boston. The awards are jointly sponsored by the Lana and Michael Porter Foundation and ALTAFF. Each group received a $250 check and a certificate.

http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2010/january2010/friends_altaff.cfm

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The five winning Friends groups were Friends of San Pedro (Calif.) Library, Friends of Lake Community Branch Library (Uniontown, Ohio), Library Friends of Conroe (Conroe, Texas), Friends of Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library and Empire Friends Roundtable (New York State). They were recognized for creativity and innovation; involvement of Friends, library staff and Trustees; recognition of Friends group and promotion of Friends group to the community during National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 18-24, 2009.

Friends of San Pedro Library celebrated National Friends of Libraries Week with activities that included participation of Friends members, library staff, library patrons, civil officials, local merchants and local news media. An essay contest was held for children, young adults and adults on the topic “Why I Like the Library.” An award reception was held to recognize the winners, who read their essays and received a certificate, an “I Love San Pedro Library” bumper sticker and their choice of an item from the library book store.

The Friends of the Lake Community Branch Library used the slogan “Libraries Need Friends More Than Ever” as part of its 2009 celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. The publicity surrounding the celebration set the stage for the Friends’ 2010 membership drive and included outdoor signage, radio announcements and news releases. The Friends’ annual meeting was held Oct. 21, featuring author David Lee Morgan, Jr., who discussed his recently published sports titles.

Library Friends of Conroe celebrated National Friends of Libraries Week with a Pirate’s Treasure Party at the library on the Friday of that week. County officials, library board members and local media were among those who received the 350 invitations. At the party, the Friends gave out certificates to volunteers. In advance of the party, a table promoting the Friends was set up at the library that included brochures, membership applications, activity sheets for children and bookmarks.

The Friends of Birmingham Public Library celebrated National Friends of Libraries Week for the first time in 2009. The group used the opportunity to launch a fundraising and membership campaign. The City of Birmingham presented the Friends with a proclamation thanking them for their funding and support of library programs. The Friends also hosted a successful luncheon for volunteers, Trustees and staff, encouraging them to join the Friends. Overall, the fundraising/membership campaign resulted in 100 new members and raised more than $2,800.

For its 2009 National Friends of Libraries Week celebration, the Empire Friends Roundtable continued their initiative to promote the celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week to Friends groups throughout New York State. Using the funds they received for winning a 2008 National Friends of Libraries Week Award, plus a donated amount of $50, the Empire Friends held its own contest for the best celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week in New York State. Thanks to support from the Legislative Committee of the New York Library Association (NYLA) and the action by Michael Borges, NYLA director, the New York State Assembly passed Assembly #748, declaring Oct. 18-24, 2009, as National Friends of Libraries Week.
More details about the winners may be found at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/altaff/friends/grantsawards/friendsweek/2009.cfm.

National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate. Friends groups can use the time to creatively promote their group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. The celebration also offers an excellent opportunity for the library staff and board of trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. The next National Friends of Libraries Week will be celebrated Oct. 17-23, 2010. For more information and resources, visithttp://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/altaff/altaff/folweek.

ALTAFF is a division of ALA with approximately 5,000 Friends of the Library, Trustee, Foundation and individual members and affiliates representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. Begun in early 2009 with the merger of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA), the new division brings together Trustees and Friends into a partnership that unites the voices of citizens who support libraries to create a powerful force for libraries in the 21st Century. For more information about ALTAFF, please contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick@ala.org.

Browse all of the 2010 Evy Nordley Best Project Entries

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The Minnesota Association of Library Friends Presents

2010 Best Projects by Friends of Libraries

 

Garden Party Tea and Silent Auction

Friends of the Cokato Area Library

     On a cold afternoon in March, 98 gardeners, foodies, tea-drinkers, photographers, artists, musicians, Red Hat Ladies, and library-lovers came together in Cokato to share a delicious lunch in the midst of a “sunny spring garden,” when Friends of the Cokato Area Library hosted a Garden Party Tea and Silent Auction fundraiser for library expansion. A serene garden-scape was set by the beautiful oil paintings of a local artist on display and by the close up photographs of flowers provided by the Cokato Photo Club.  A Scandinavian folk band added to the festivities. Every item on the unique, four-course menu contained an ingredient from the garden.  Following the lunch, the Cokato librarian briefly explained the library’s need for expansion. The Friends realized a net profit from the event of $2,241 toward the building project.

Contact: Konnie Miller, 320-543-3765, storytimelady@embarqmail.com

 

Children’s Book Bins

Friends of Eden Prairie Library

     Given the extraordinary circulation of juvenile items in their library, highest of all 41 Hennepin County libraries, the Friends of the Eden Prairie Library have raised $5,175, as part of a much larger fundraising goal, to provide book bins in the children’s area of the library. Although the bins were included as part of the library’s remodeling plan, they were eliminated due to budget constraints. Books have been kept in storage and on rolling carts. With funding provided by the Eden Prairie Foundation and by the Friends of the Library, working together with other community groups including local high school students, Eden Prairie Women of Today, Dunn Brothers Coffee Shops, Flagship Bank, local business owners and child care centers, the wonderful collection of children’s books will be more fully accessible to children and their families.

Contact: Maura Steblay, 952-934-5099, msteblay@finsvcs.com

 

 

Upgrade of Computers

Friends of Ely Public Library

     After being selected as one of only 18 libraries in Minnesota to receive a Gates Foundation grant named “Turning the Page: Building Your Library Community,” the Friends of the Ely Public Library provided matching funds to strengthen their library community. As a result of their participation in the Gates program, Friends established a program to update the library’s 12 existing computers, purchased between 1997 and 2006, and to purchase 5 new computers for public use. The Ely library provides computer use and free internet access to the public. During 2010, the Friends funded the installation of the five new public computers and contributed to the funding of new staff computers. Their fundraising efforts are ongoing.

Contact: Joe Owens, 218-365-2522, JoeCarolin@aol.com

 

 

Festival of the Wreaths

Friends of Fergus Falls Public Library

     The Friends of Fergus Falls Public Library planned the Festival of Wreaths as a fundraiser. The intent was to create an intriguing new project that would appeal to both bibliophiles and the creative arts community, while drawing attention to the library as a community asset and to the Friends as the library’s staunch supporter. Twenty-six undecorated wreaths were purchased and distributed to individuals or groups for decorating, with instructions to use a book as their design theme. The twenty-six completed wreaths, reflecting books such as

     How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Millions of Cats, Where the Wild Things Are, and the Friday Night Knitting Club were displayed in the library’s meeting room. Silent auction bids continued for two weeks.

Friends of the Library hosted a fun reception for announcing 26 winning bidders who received book-themed wreaths. The Friends’ income from the fundraiser, after expenses, was over $900.

Contact: Sara Thronsedt, 218-739-5271, thronsedt@aol.com.

 

Library Basement Renovation and Friends Formation

Henderson Friends of the Library

     To provide funds needed to finish a basement in the library, the Henderson Friends of the Library helped solicit donations from other community organizations and served as fiscal agent for the project. Together with the GFWC Ladies Tourist Club, Lions Club, City Council, Golden Age Club, Heritage Committee, Chamber of Commerce, and other groups, they raised the funds necessary to complete new meeting and activity rooms and to provide a handicapped-accessible entry into the lower level. The project was described in the local newspaper, and the Friends have received many compliments on the finished rooms. Numerous activities have been held there since December 2009.

Contact: Judy Loewe, 507-248-3345, gjloewe@frontiernet.net

 

 

Babies, Love, Books

Friends of the Little Falls Carnegie Library

      At the suggestion of Librarian Stephen Miller, the Friends of the Little Falls Carnegie Library provided funds for the purchase of 500 book bags to be presented to all the mothers of newborns at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. The objective was to encourage mothers of newborns to read to their babies, thus fostering a love of reading and use of the library. The bags contain two carefully chosen board books suitable for young babies, along with a coupon for a third book available to them at the library and a membership form for the Friends of the Library. From the enthusiastic response of the mothers as reported by the maternity nurses and from the letters of thanks they have received, the Friends consider the program to be an outstanding success.

Contact: Karol Charon, 320-749-2382, kcharon2@hotmail.com

  

Hans Mayer Concert Fundraiser

The  Mille Lacs Friends of the Library

     After receiving an offer from a talented musician and library patron to do a benefit children’s concert, the Mille Lacs Friends of the Library decided that a good way to raise money for a planned library expansion would be to present the concert together with a book sale and a bake sale. The two sales brought in about $400, and the Friends received $45 in additional donations. Thirty-five children and adults attended the concert.  A core group of Friends served as sales persons, and a larger group of library patrons donated books and baked goods. Publicity included an announcement in the local paper and flyers around town. The Friends hope to do another book/bake sale in the spring.

Contact: Kathy Morrow, 320-676-3929, kmorrow@ecrlib.org

 

Centennial Calendar

Friends of the Northfield Public Library

     The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Northfield’s Carnegie library building. As part of the celebration of that event, the Friends of the Library created a 2010 calendar, featuring historic photos and information about the library and its influence on Northfield’s civic and intellectual life. In addition to being sold to the public, the calendar was distributed at other centennial events and was part of a multi-pronged effort to draw attention at a crucial time to the library’s long and vital role in the community.

Contact: Mary Schier, 507-663-0726, mary@maryschier.com,

or Lisa Wisdorf, 507-645-6606, leesa@ci.northfield.mn.us 

 

 

Book It! 5K Walk/Run                                                                                                                                      

The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries

     In May of 2010, the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries sponsored a Book It! 5K Walk/Run, which started and ended on the grounds of the newly reconstructed Roseville Library at the intersection of County Road B and Hamline Avenue. This was one of the fundraising events conducted as part of the Roseville Library Capital Campaign. In addition to raising money for the new Children’s Outdoor Reading Garden and the opening collection, the event increased the library’s visibility with younger members of the community. The event also helped transform the image of Friends from a group of retirees to a more dynamic and age diverse organization. Over 360 people ranging in age from 2 to 75 and 50 volunteers participated in the event, which netted over $3,800. The short-term results and long-term impact greatly exceeded expectations. The Book It! 5K Walk/Run will become an annual Friends’ Fundraiser.

Contact: Sue Gehrz, Director, The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries, 651-486-2213, sgehrz@rclreads.org

 

 Threads of Our Community - 2010 Best Project

Friends of the Rochester Public Library

     Inspired by a five-year quilting project in Canada and aware of a project by  Friends of Pelican Rapids Library, staff and volunteers of Rochester Public Library conceived a ‘community quilt’ as a work of art to complement an upcoming RACE exhibit to be held at the library from May to September 2010 in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic. Named Threads of Our Community, the Friends’ project was designed to show the diversity of the Rochester community. Local artists were invited to submit quilt blocks reflecting their unique needlework traditions and culture. 55 quilt blocks were received representing 40 countries, backgrounds, cultures, and needlework skills. Two talented Friends of Rochester Library wove the 55 blocks into a single piece of art. Displayed in the library, the quilt complemented the RACE exhibit which asked ‘Are We So Different?’ while viewing race through the lens of biology, history and culture. The quilt is also the subject of a book with full color photographs and descriptions of each square and culture. Community Education is funding this publication. Displayed in library for all to see and enjoy, the quilt will be auctioned off in 2011 to raise funds for the library.

Contact: Shirley Edmonson, 507-288-7553, shirld.edmonson@chartermi.net

 

Gaming for Everyone

Friends of the Rockford Library

     After receiving a request from the library for funds to purchase Wii gaming systems and software, the Friends of the Rockford Library provided funding to the library for this purpose. Young adults, the Friends were told, are one of the largest groups of library users, but also one of the most difficult to effectively serve. Having gaming systems available at the library demonstrates to younger library users that they are valued customers and provides an incentive for teens to come into the library and to use the library’s services more fully. An additional benefit of the Wii games is that they enhance intergenerational activities and have appeal to persons aged 55 and over.

Contact: Trish Clancy, 763-537-9001, trish.clancy@gmail.com

 

Potluck Paradise

Friends of the St. James Public Library

     Friends of the St. James Library took a book and author event to a whole new level in presenting authors Rae Katherine Eighmey and Debbie Miller speaking about their book Potluck Paradise: Favorite Fare from Church and Community Cookbooks. Following a talk and cooking demonstration by the authors, the Friends engaged First Presbyterian Church women to host a lunch and create a recipe book that includes recipes for all of the dishes served at the event, in effect creating their own church cookbook.  Tables were decorated with old fashioned cooking and baking equipment. Displays of vintage aprons, church and community cookbooks, and cooking-themed mysteries created a festive atmosphere.  A group of Waverly Lutheran Church ladies, whose cookbook was a favorite of the two authors, were special guests at the event.  In sponsoring this program, the St. James Library Friends not only raised the profile of the library and the Friends, but drew attention to a Minnesota Book Award nominated book. With the help of a grant from The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, they covered their expenses.

Contact: Helen Ensey, 507-375-5305, sliene@tds.lib.mn.us

 

 Love Your Library

Friends of the Sandstone Library

     The summer 2009 News from The Library of America proclaimed, With Friends Like These . . . The Sky’s the Limit! The article, accompanied by photos of the bookcases and five members of The Friends of Sandstone Library, stated ‘The Friends of the Library in Sandstone, Minnesota recently celebrated their new Classics Corner, which houses 184 volumes from the Library of America.’

Contact: Melissa Grabau, 218-372-8722, richmelgrab@frontiernet.net

 

Collaboration with Sentencing to Serve (STS) Program

Friends of the Southdale Library

     For its annual book sale, the Friends of the Southdale Library collaborated with the Hennepin County Sentencing to Service (STS) program, an alternative sentencing program for adult and juvenile offenders. A crew of eight adults was assigned to help set up tables, unpack boxes, and arrange sale books by rough Dewey subject areas. At the end of the day, all of the STS crew, their supervisor, and  Friends’ members enjoyed a sense of camaraderie and achievement. The two groups have agreed to continue collaborating in future, starting with the November book sale.

Contact: Ardis Wexler, 952-925-2097, judgeardis@aol.com

 

 

New Library Construction and Friends Formation

Staples Friends of the Library

     The recently formed Staples Friends of the Library showed leadership in providing the initiative and energy behind the opening of a new public library in February 2010. The Friends group formed in 2007. For three years the board and its members participated in building discussions and planning, facilitated program fundraising, led a successful capital campaign, and helped put together a three-day Grand Opening celebration for the community.  Working closely with Great River Regional Library staff to help design the new library facility, the Friends coordinated visits to various library facilities in central Minnesota. They held numerous fundraising events in 2009 including a book sale, a root beer float sale during the city’s Rail Road Days celebration, and a hot dog sale in the park as part of the 100th Year Anniversary of the Staples Public Library. Between October and December 2009, the Friends raised over $30,000 for the new library. Since the new library’s opening, circulation has increased dramatically and attendance at library programs has grown significantly. In an area of the state with high levels of poverty, these increases in library support and library use are particularly significant.

 Contact: Gloria Palmer, 218-894-1204, mgpalmer5@msn.com

 

 

Library-A-Thon

Friends of Thorson Memorial Library, Elbow Lake

     “Not the Library Your Mother Remembers” was the theme for the annual Library-A-Thon fundraiser at the Thorson Memorial Library in Elbow Lake. Sponsored by the Friends of the library, the two-day event included activities for all ages such as arts and crafts, a Scrabble tournament, Books for Bingo, a family movie, and a teen movie with all the popcorn teens could eat. Refreshments provided throughout the event included coffee and donuts at the library, a soup and sandwich lunch, supper with after-dinner entertainment, and a Lions pancake breakfast . Working together, the Friends and the staff of the library planned all the activities for this major fundraising event. Local businesses, community organizations and city officials volunteered their services in support of the library.

Contact: Gwen Brutlag, 218-458-2113 (h) or 218-739-8761, gbrutlag@runestone.net 

 


2010 Best Projects by Friends of Libraries
A Garden Party Tea and Silent Auction
Friends of the Cokato Area Library
On a cold afternoon in March, 98 gardeners, foodies, tea-drinkers, photographers, artists, musicians, Red Hat Ladies, and library-lovers came together in Cokato to share a delicious lunch in the midst of a “sunny spring garden,” when Friends of the Cokato Area Library hosted a Garden Party Tea and Silent Auction fundraiser for library expansion. A serene garden-scape was set by the beautiful oil paintings of a local artist on display and by the close up photographs of flowers provided by the Cokato Photo Club. A Scandinavian folk band added to the festivities. Every item on the unique, four-course menu contained an ingredient from the garden. Following the lunch, the Cokato librarian briefly explained the library’s need for expansion. The Friends realized a net profit from the event of $2,241 toward the building project.
Contact: Konnie Miller, 320-543-3765, storytimelady@embarqmail.com
Children’s Book Bins
Friends of Eden Prairie Library
Given the extraordinary circulation of juvenile items in their library, highest of all 41 Hennepin County libraries, the Friends of the Eden Prairie Library have raised $5,175, as part of a much larger fundraising goal, to provide book bins in the children’s area of the library. Although the bins were included as part of the library’s remodeling plan, they were eliminated due to budget constraints. Books have been kept in storage and on rolling carts. With funding provided by the Eden Prairie Foundation and by the Friends of the Library, working together with other community groups including local high school students, Eden Prairie Women of Today, Dunn Brothers Coffee Shops, Flagship Bank, local business owners and child care centers, the wonderful collection of children’s books will be more fully accessible to children and their families.
Contact: Maura Steblay, 952-934-5099, msteblay@finsvcs.com
Upgrade of Computers
Friends of Ely Public Library
After being selected as one of only 18 libraries in Minnesota to receive a Gates Foundation grant named “Turning the Page: Building Your Library Community,” the Friends of the Ely Public Library provided matching funds to strengthen their library community. As a result of their participation in the Gates program, Friends established a program to update the library’s 12 existing computers, purchased between 1997 and 2006, and to purchase 5 new computers for public use. The Ely library provides computer use and free internet access to the public. During 2010, the Friends funded the installation of the five new public computers and contributed to the funding of new staff computers. Their fundraising efforts are ongoing.
Contact: Joe Owens, 218-365-2522, JoeCarolin@aol.com
Festival of the Wreaths
Friends of Fergus Falls Public Library
The Friends of Fergus Falls Public Library planned the Festival of Wreaths as a fundraiser. The intent was to create an intriguing new project that would appeal to both bibliophiles and the creative arts community, while drawing attention to the library as a community asset and to the Friends as the library’s staunch supporter. Twenty-six
undecorated wreaths were purchased and distributed to individuals or groups for decorating, with instructions to use a book as their design theme. The twenty-six completed wreaths, reflecting books such as
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Millions of Cats, Where the Wild Things Are, and the Friday Night Knitting Club were displayed in the library’s meeting room. Silent auction bids continued for two weeks.
Friends of the Library hosted a fun reception for announcing 26 winning bidders who received book-themed wreaths. The Friends’ income from the fundraiser, after expenses, was over $900.
Contact: Sara Thronsedt, 218-739-5271, thronsedt@aol.com.
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Library Basement
Henderson Friends of the Library
To provide funds needed to finish a basement in the library, the Henderson Friends of the Library helped solicit donations from other community organizations and served as fiscal agent for the project. Together with the GFWC Ladies Tourist Club, Lions Club, City Council, Golden Age Club, Heritage Committee, Chamber of Commerce, and other groups, they raised the funds necessary to complete new meeting and activity rooms and to provide a handicapped-accessible entry into the lower level. The project was described in the local newspaper, and the Friends have received many compliments on the finished rooms. Numerous activities have been held there since December 2009.
Contact: Judy Loewe, 507-248-3345, gjloewe@frontiernet.net
Babies, Love, Books
Friends of the Little Falls Carnegie Library
At the suggestion of Librarian Stephen Miller, the Friends of the Little Falls Carnegie Library provided funds for the purchase of 500 book bags to be presented to all the mothers of newborns at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. The objective was to encourage mothers of newborns to read to their babies, thus fostering a love of reading and use of the library. The bags contain two carefully chosen board books suitable for young babies, along with a coupon for a third book available to them at the library and a membership form for the Friends of the Library. From the enthusiastic response of the mothers as reported by the maternity nurses and from the letters of thanks they have received, the Friends consider the program to be an outstanding success.
Contact: Karol Charon, 320-749-2382, kcharon2@hotmail.com
Hans Mayer Concert Fundraiser
The Mille Lacs Friends of the Library
After receiving an offer from a talented musician and library patron to do a benefit children’s concert, the Mille Lacs Friends of the Library decided that a good way to raise money for a planned library expansion would be to present the concert together with a book sale and a bake sale. The two sales brought in about $400, and the Friends received $45 in additional donations. Thirty-five children and adults attended the concert. A core group of Friends served as sales persons, and a larger group of library patrons donated books and baked goods. Publicity included an announcement in the local paper and flyers around town. The Friends hope to do another book/bake sale in the spring.
Contact: Kathy Morrow, 320-676-3929, kmorrow@ecrlib.org
Centennial Calendar
Friends of the Northfield Public Library
The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Northfield’s Carnegie library building. As part of the celebration of that event, the Friends of the Library created a 2010 calendar, featuring historic photos and information about the library and its influence on Northfield’s civic and intellectual life. In addition to being sold to the public, the calendar was distributed at other centennial events and was part of a multi-pronged effort to draw attention at a crucial time to the library’s long and vital role in the community.
Contact: Mary Schier, 507-663-0726, mary@maryschier.com,
or Lisa Wisdorf, 507-645-6606, leesa@ci.northfield.mn.us
Book It! 5K Walk/Run Page 3 of 4
The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries
In May of 2010, the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries sponsored a Book It! 5K Walk/Run, which started and ended on the grounds of the newly reconstructed Roseville Library at the intersection of County Road B and Hamline Avenue. This was one of the fundraising events conducted as part of the Roseville Library Capital Campaign. In addition to raising money for the new Children’s Outdoor Reading Garden and the opening
collection, the event increased the library’s visibility with younger members of the community. The event also helped transform the image of Friends from a group of retirees to a more dynamic and age diverse organization. Over 360 people ranging in age from 2 to 75 and 50 volunteers participated in the event, which netted over $3,800. The short-term results and long-term impact greatly exceeded expectations. The Book It! 5K Walk/Run will become an annual Friends’ Fundraiser.
Contact: Sue Gehrz, Director, The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries, 651-486-2213, sgehrz@rclreads.org
Threads of Our Community
Friends of the Rochester Public Library
Inspired by a five-year quilting project in Canada and aware of a project by Friends of Pelican Rapids Library, staff and volunteers of Rochester Public Library conceived a ‘community quilt’ as a work of art to complement an upcoming RACE exhibit to be held at the library from May to September 2010 in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic. Named Threads of Our Community, the Friends’ project was designed to show the diversity of the Rochester community. Local artists were invited to submit quilt blocks reflecting their unique needlework traditions and culture. 55 quilt blocks were received representing 40 countries, backgrounds, cultures, and needlework skills. Two talented Friends of Rochester Library wove the 55 blocks into a single piece of art. Displayed in the library, the quilt complemented the RACE exhibit which asked ‘Are We So Different?’ while viewing race through the lens of biology, history and culture. The quilt is also the subject of a book with full color photographs and descriptions of each square and culture. Community Education is funding this publication. Displayed in library for all to see and enjoy, the quilt will be auctioned off in 2011 to raise funds for the library.
Contact: Shirley Edmonson, 507-288-7553, shirld.edmonson@chartermi.net
Gaming for Everyone
Friends of the Rockford Library
After receiving a request from the library for funds to purchase Wii gaming systems and software, the Friends of the Rockford Library provided funding to the library for this purpose. Young adults, the Friends were told, are one of the largest groups of library users, but also one of the most difficult to effectively serve. Having gaming systems available
at the library demonstrates to younger library users that they are valued customers and provides an incentive for teens to come into the library and to use the library’s services more fully. An additional benefit of the Wii games is that they enhance intergenerational activities and have appeal to persons aged 55 and over.
Contact: Trish Clancy, 763-537-9001, trish.clancy@gmail.com
Potluck Paradise
Friends of the St. James Public Library
Friends of the St. James Library took a book and author event to a whole new level in presenting authors Rae Katherine Eighmey and Debbie Miller speaking about their book Potluck Paradise: Favorite Fare from Church and Community Cookbooks. Following a talk and cooking demonstration by the authors, the Friends engaged First Presbyterian Church women to host a lunch and create a recipe book that includes recipes for all of the dishes served at the event, in effect creating their own church cookbook. Tables were decorated with old fashioned cooking and baking equipment. Displays of vintage aprons, church and community cookbooks, and cooking-themed mysteries created a festive atmosphere. A group of Waverly Lutheran Church ladies, whose cookbook was a favorite of the two authors, were special guests at the event. In sponsoring this program, the St. James Library Friends not only raised the profile of the library and the Friends, but drew attention to a Minnesota Book Award nominated book. With the help of a grant from The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, they covered their expenses.
Contact: Helen Ensey, 507-375-5305, sliene@tds.lib.mn.us
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Love Your Library
Friends of the Sandstone Library
The summer 2009 News from The Library of America proclaimed, With Friends Like These . . . The Sky’s the Limit! The article, accompanied by photos of the bookcases and five members of The Friends of Sandstone Library, stated ‘The Friends of the Library in Sandstone, Minnesota recently celebrated their new Classics Corner, which houses 184 volumes from the Library of America.’
Contact: Melissa Grabau, 218-372-8722, richmelgrab@frontiernet.net
Collaboration with Sentencing to Serve (STS) Program
Friends of the Southdale Library
For its annual book sale, the Friends of the Southdale Library collaborated with the Hennepin County Sentencing to Service (STS) program, an alternative sentencing program for adult and juvenile offenders. A crew of eight adults was assigned to help set up tables, unpack boxes, and arrange sale books by rough Dewey subject areas. At the end of the day, all of the STS crew, their supervisor, and Friends’ members enjoyed a sense of camaraderie and achievement. The two groups have agreed to continue collaborating in future, starting with the November book sale.
Contact: Ardis Wexler, 952-925-2097, judgeardis@aol.com
New Library Construction and Friends Formation
Staples Friends of the Library
The recently formed Staples Friends of the Library showed leadership in providing the initiative and energy behind the opening of a new public library in February 2010. The Friends group formed in 2007. For three years the board and its members participated in building discussions and planning, facilitated program fundraising, led a successful capital campaign, and helped put together a three-day Grand Opening celebration for the community. Working closely with Great River Regional Library staff to help design the new library facility, the Friends coordinated visits to various library facilities in central Minnesota. They held numerous fundraising events in 2009 including a book sale, a root beer float sale during the city’s Rail Road Days celebration, and a hot dog sale in the park as part of the 100th
Year Anniversary of the Staples Public Library. Between October and December 2009, the Friends raised over $30,000 for the new library. Since the new library’s opening, circulation has increased dramatically and attendance at library programs has grown significantly. In an area of the state with high levels of poverty, these increases in library support and library use are particularly significant.
Contact: Gloria Palmer, 218-894-1204, mgpalmer5@msn.com
Library-A-Thon
Friends of Thorson Memorial Library, Elbow Lake
“Not the Library Your Mother Remembers” was the theme for the annual Library-A-Thon fundraiser at the Thorson Memorial Library in Elbow Lake. Sponsored by the Friends of the library, the two-day event included activities for all ages such as arts and crafts, a Scrabble tournament, Books for Bingo, a family movie, and a teen movie with all the popcorn teens could eat. Refreshments provided throughout the event included coffee and donuts at the library, a soup and sandwich lunch, supper with after-dinner entertainment, and a Lions pancake breakfast . Working together, the Friends and the staff of the library planned all the activities for this major fundraising event. Local businesses, community organizations and city officials volunteered their services in support of the library.
Contact: Gwen Brutlag, 218-458-2113 (h) or 218-739-8761, gbrutlag@runestone.net

Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library Announces Free Events Schedule

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Visit the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library's e-announcement of its events scheduled for January, 2011.

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Foundation works to bring broadband service to rural MN

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Information on broadband use, access, and trends, especially in rural Minnesota. Sponsored by the Blandin Foundation and their Broadband Initiative.

 

http://blandinonbroadband.org/