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Checking in with a Recent Goss/Nordley Grant Recipient

Big changes are on the horizon for the small town of Warren, Minnesota. This year, the Godel Memorial Public Library, a member branch of the Northwest Regional Library System, is undergoing a facelift and expansion that will nearly double the building’s usable space. And that’s not the only exciting development. In recent months, library lovers in the area also banded together to create their own local support group: the Friends of the Godel Memorial Library.

As any veteran Friends volunteer can tell you, building a start-up of this sort from the ground up is a time-intensive (not to mention costly) venture. At a bare minimum, it entails drafting and filing incorporation documents and soliciting members through some type of membership campaign.

One of the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF)’s prime objectives is to aid Friends of the Library groups through this formative period, including with these daunting initial hurdles. One especially noteworthy tool, tapped recently by the Friends of the Godel Memorial Library, is the Marie Goss and Evy Nordley Grant.


Created and named in honor of MALF’s co-founders, this fund helps to defray the financial expense of creating a new Friends group (or incorporating a pre-existing one). Grants of up to $1,000 are available, contingent on a given group’s anticipated number of members, annual revenue, and start-up expenses.

In the case of the Friends of the Godel Memorial Library, “the generous contribution will be used for filing fees and related costs, as well as the development and mailing of a membership brochure,” said board member Evonne Broten. This grant will go a long way toward assisting us with our goal of being up and running this spring.”

Are you part of a nascent Friends of the Library movement, or know of someone who is? Click here to print or download the Marie Goss and Evy Nordley Grant application form.

To learn about MALF’s other financial aids and awards, visit our “Grants & Awards” page.