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Our Year In Review!

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year_in_review__large.pngAs we have said before, and will say again, your active and continued involvement in MALF is a visible marker of the fact that Minnesotans care about the health of our libraries. Year’s end is the perfect time to stop and reflect on how much we have accomplished, together, over the past twelve months

Highlights from our year in review include...

  • We brought the fourth installment of our annual fall workshop series to enthusiastic audiences in Edina, Aitkin, and Marshall. Nearly 200(!) of you Friends turned out in September for Beyond Book Sales: the Future of Friends Fundraising, our best rated workshop to date.
  • In another continuation of a favorite fall tradition, we met with others of you at Library Friends Day – part of the annual MLA Conference, and held this year in Saint Paul. We took that opportunity to bring you expert speakers, broker a highly productive ‘idea exchange’ session, and announce our fall award winners. (Hearty congratulations again to Friends of the Austin Public Library, winners of this year’s Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Friends, and to Barbi Byers, Library Friend of the Year.)
  • We inducted Vermilion Community College, the academic home of Minnesota writer and conservationist Sigurd Olson, as Minnesota’s sixth official Literary Landmark.
  • In addition to numerous monetary awards granted to member Friends groups in 2015, MALF honored one of our early leaders with a contribution to the College of St. Catherine’s new Chris D. Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund.
  • We expanded member benefits, rolling out a new stipend grant to help first-time attendees travel to Washington D.C. for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD).

The above is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Visit our blog to catch up on what you might have missed in 2015! 

2016 NLLD Scholarship Deadline Extended

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deadline.pngInterested in, but on the fence about, attending National Library Legislative Day in Washington D.C. next May? We highly recommend the experience!

In fact, MALF is extending the deadline on its 2016 scholarship for first-time participants. Any resident of Minnesota is eligible to apply for this one-time $500 stipend, provided they are affiliated with a Friends of the Library group that is a member of MALF (or are themselves an Individual-level member).

If 2016 is the year you take the leap, fill out this form and mail with an attached cover letter to: Minnesota Assoc. of Library Friends, 325 Cedar St., Ste. 555, St. Paul, MN, 55101. You may also mail the same to us, at info@mnlibraryfriends.org. Cover letter should address your background as a Friend of the Library, your aspirations as a library supporter, and your reasons for wishing to attend NLLD. Apply by Dec. 21, 2015 (extended: Jan. 6, 2016).

About NLLD: Coordinated by the American Library Association, NLLD is an annual, two-day event – and the highest profile library advocacy opportunity in the country. Minnesota attendees will receive an in-depth briefing on library legislation before getting the opportunity to meet in person with members of our own congressional delegation.

First-Time National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) Attendees: Apply By Dec. 21 For MALF Grant

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MALF aims to provide a strong voice for Friends of the Library. We offer assistance to Friends on the local level and, wherever possible, champion libraries at the state level. While such grassroots support remains instrumental for public funding, much of the legislation that affects libraries originates instead at the national level. We need to make sure that our collective voice is heard in Washington, as well as in our own communities.

vote.pngIn recognition of this fact, MALF is pleased to offer a one-time scholarship of $500 to a Friend of the Library interested in traveling to Washington, D.C. on May 2-3, 2016, to advocate for libraries as part of National Library Legislative Day (NLLD).

Coordinated by the American Library Association, this annual, two-day event is the highest profile library advocacy opportunity in the country. Minnesota attendees will receive an in-depth briefing on library legislation before getting the opportunity to meet in person with members of our own congressional delegation.

This special MALF scholarship is for first-time participants who currently reside in Minnesota. Individual-level membership in MALF, or affiliation with a Friends of the Library group that is a member of MALF, is also required. Interested? Simply fill out and return this form, along with an attached cover letter. Cover letter should address your background as a Friend of the Library, your aspirations as a library supporter, and your reasons for wishing to attend NLLD. Apply by Dec. 21, 2015