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Scholastic Offering School Media Center Mini-Grants

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As anyone working in the library field can tell you, school media centers are habitually underfunded. This is particularly true in inner city neighborhoods and poverty-stricken areas. Consequently, their collection development budgets tend to be quite tight.

If this is the case at your school, Scholastic Inc. wants to help. In partnership with New York Times bestselling author James Patterson, the publisher
is donating $1,250,000 to school library collection development. In all, 4,500 recipients will be chosen. Five hundred “new teachers” (defined as 0-3 years on the job) can win $500. An additional 4,000 teachers and school librarians will be awarded $250/each.

Applying is simple – truly, couldn’t be easier! All applicants are asked to do is verify their credentials and write 100 words on how a $250 or $500 donation would benefit their library and student body.
Click here for details.

Major Benefactor Citation: How Does It Work?

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According to one estimate, Americans gave $410 billion in 2018. Those donors come from every stratum of society. Unsurprisingly, however, only a handful of patrons are in a position to give $10,000 or more to their favorite cause. Where these do exist, however, they should be recognized for their largesse and community spirit.  

united-for-libs.pngWith that in mind, United for Libraries (the Friends arm of the American Library Association) is offering members 

and non-members special ‘Major Benefactor Citations.’ This commendation is meant to acknowledge and honor outstanding library supporters, and to encourage others to follow their generous example.

The Major Benefactor Citation consists of a custom plaque for the benefactor, and another for the requesting Friends group. United for Libraries also provides recipients with a variety of informational sheets and promotions templates to build an event around the Citation and promote library giving.

In addition, all Major Benefactor Citation recipients are featured on the United for Libraries website and in a press release issued by ALA.

Monetary and in-kind contributions to library operations or programming are all eligible for this recognition. Click here for more information. 

"Sing Their Praises" - MCN Unsung Hero Award

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Every day, volunteers of all kinds work tirelessly, but without fanfare, to better their communities. They rarely receive the recognition that these selfless contributions deserve.

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits knows this. For the past four years, the organization has offered its prestigious Unsung Hero Award, “in acknowledgment of the recipient’s role in creating a positive impact on Minnesota.”


Candidates must be Minnesota residents, and self-nominations will not be accepted. Otherwise, eligibility criteria are few!

While the award is a competitive one, top prize includes $10,000 and a special recognition at MCN’s annual conference in Rochester in October.
 Click here to up on application procedures – and about 2015-2018 recipients, to better gauge if the colleague you have in mind would be competitive. Submit by Monday, May 27. As always, good luck!

While you’re at it: Be sure to submit your high achiever for MALF’s own Stand Up for Standout Friends. This Friends-specific recognition opportunity is open to all MALF member organizations. Click here to review recipient honors and application steps. Stand Up for Standout Friends submissions are due Friday, August 2.

Can Minnesota Claim America's 'Best Small Library'?

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Nestled in the heart of Appalachia, the three-branch Madison County Public Libraries system is one of the smallest in North Carolina. It is also, in many ways, the most impressive – this according to Library Journal, who named it the “Best Small Library in America” last year.

The reasons for Madison’s selection are many, but its programmatic achievements top the list. Last year, event and class attendance exceeded 16,000. That’s pretty astounding, for a library serving a population of only 21,000 (and which does so on a modest budget, to boot).

The annual ‘Best Small Library’ distinction is bestowed annually by Library Journal and Baker & Taylor. As the name suggests, its intent is to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of modestly-sized libraries. The winner receives $5,000, a
 feature story in Library Journal, and a number of other perks.

Do you feel that your Friends efforts contribute to making your local library the ‘Best’ of its kind? Consider nominating it for the 2019 award cycle, which runs from now to July 2.


Judging is based on a number of factors, including: creativity in developing and implementing replicable programming; volunteer support base; sustained cooperation with other community organizations; and evidence of the library’s long-standing value as a community center. Only public libraries with service populations under 25,000 are eligible for consideration.

For more information, including comprehensive judging criteria and step-by-step nomination instructions,
 visit Library Journal.