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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.

job-search-websites-05.jpgMinnesota is one of five states to receive grant money from the U.S. Department of Labor to design and implement innovative strategies that will improve re-employment services for unemployed workers. States receiving these funds responded to a "call to innovate" around a new national vision and framework that aim to create an integrated workforce customer registration process, use real-time data for enhanced decision-making, highlight skills transferability and leverage social media tools.

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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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