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Give to the Max Day 2019

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Last year, Friends from Duluth to Rochester and many points in between raised thousands of dollars as part of Minnesota’s unofficial giving holiday, Give to the Max Day. In total, donors raised a whopping $21 million for nearly 5,500 good causes.

Don’t leave your slice of the pie behind for Give to the Max Day 2019!
 Registering your nonprofit is easy; but you will want to do so well ahead of the big day, November 14. Many donors select their favorite causes and pre-schedule their gifts ahead of time. Registering also puts your Friends in contention for “golden tickets” -- $500 bonuses given by lottery to participating organizations. Additional tips and tricks for coordinating a successful GTTM campaign (including promotional tools and workshop opportunities) are available here.

Happy National Friends of Libraries Week

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October 20-26 marks National Friends of Libraries Week (NFLW). Now in its 14th year, this annual celebration of Friends is sponsored by the American Library Association but powered by you. Ways to observe NFLW are as many and varied as Friends’ valued contributions to their libraries. In recent years, we have heard of bookmark design contests, in-library scavenger hunts -- and taking the cake, pun intended, on-site baking demonstrations by local cookbook authors.

Odds are, if you are choosing to partake, your own celebration will not be quite so imaginative (or messy). Fundraisers, membership drives, and recognition ceremonies are far more common Friends of Libraries Week tie-ins. (
Click here for ideas, plus ready-made graphics and a host of other resources.)

Regardless of what you do, the American Library Association wants to hear about it! United for Libraries – the Friends arm of ALA – will award two monetary grants to participating organizations through it’s National Friends of Libraries Week Award contest. While innovation is looked upon favorably, visibility and results are more important still.
 Click here to apply. Be sure to do so by December 10.

Help Us Help You Help Libraries!

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Public libraries are constantly evolving, and it is incumbent on Friends of the Library to change with the times as well. With this in mind, the board of the Minnesota Association of Library Friends likes to “step back” periodically to reevaluate our services and organizational priorities.

At its core, MALF exists to serve you – Friends at the local level. We would greatly appreciate your candid feedback on this brief survey. Please participate by November 4. And if we could ask for just one further favor... please share the link with your Friends network!