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"Strengthening Libraries Together"
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During the month of September, MALF will partner with libraries and local Friends groups across the state to bring a new and free workshop, “Strengthening Libraries Together,” to five Minnesota communities. Attendees will learn ways to increase Friends of the Library membership and raise significant funds for their libraries. They will also have an opportunity to share ideas and network with others facing similar challenges.

Melissa-Brechon-Portrait-Web.jpgSession leader Melissa Brechon has been active in Minnesota’s library community for over 25 years, most recently in leadership roles at the Austin (MN) Public Library and the Carver County Library. She is currently a lead consultant with Library Strategies, where she works closely with public libraries across the country. Her areas of specialty include strategic planning, community needs assessment, facility and staffing studies, Board and leadership development, feasibility studies, and capital campaigns. Brechon is a member of five Friends of the Library groups in Minnesota, active in both ALA and MLA, and is presently serving as an adjunct faculty member at St. Catherine’s.

Sessions will be held in:

Duluth Public Library
2432 E. 5th St., Duluth, MN
Saturday, September 6, 9:30am-3:00pm
Register by August 30

Rasmey County Library - Roseville
2180 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville, MN
Monday, September 15, 4:30pm-8:30pm
Register by September 8 

Rochester Public Library
101 Second St. SE, Rochester, MN
Thursday, September 18, 1:00p-7:00pm
Register by September 11 

Lake Agassiz Regional Library - Moorhead
118 5th St. S., Moorhead, MN
Saturday, September 20, 9:30am-3:00pm
Register by September 13

Great River Regional Librayr - St. Cloud
1300 W. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN
UPDATED: Saturday, September 27, 10:30am-4:00pm
Register by September 20

Session highlights include a keynote titled "Ten Things I Know to be True (About Friends of the Library Fundraising)," in which Brechon will explore current trends and best practices for Friends' fundraising and membership solicitation. Workshops will also include a panel disccusion featuring local Friends. Attendees will come away energized by new ideas for organizational growth and successful community initiatives.

Everyone is invited to sign up for a free workshop. It is not necessary to be a member of MALF or any Library Friends organization to attend. Please be sure to register!