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Minnesota Library Foundation Announces Silent Auction 'Mini-Grant' Winners

Here’s a brain teaser: What do reading club book bags, library teen zones, and the statewide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War have in common?

Each is a 2012 beneficiary of the Minnesota Library Foundation’s annual Silent Auction.

Once again, the Minnesota Library Association hosted this popular and growing auction as part of its annual conference. This year’s event, held in the exhibit showroom at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, drew plenty of traffic.


Final figures have yet to be announced, but the Minnesota Library Foundation and MLA have announced that the proceeds will benefit four public libraries and one school library.

In addition to book bags, teen zone refurbishments, and historical sesquicentennial events, the 2012 ‘mini-grants’ will also go toward a circulation automation project and upgrading an outmoded school library. More particulars will be announced soon. 

Beneficiaries from last year’s auction were equally diverse. They included Slayton Public Library (for art easels, to expand the facility’s art display capacity), the Minnesota Community Technical College (to promote its large and unique Zine collection), and Lincoln High School (to help fund an after-school tutoring program). What diversity! Clearly, the Minnesota Library Foundation’s auction – and other fundraising efforts – have a large impact on Minnesota’s library community and literary community at large. Thank you to all the volunteers who make it possible.

To find out how you can get involved with the planning for the 2013 event, visit the Minnesota Library Foundation online.