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"Refresh and Revitalize Your Friends Group"

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Does your Friends group organize the same slate of events year after year, without appreciable growth or diversification? Does the same handful of long-time volunteers assume all leadership responsibilities, with no real prospect of “new blood” in sight?

Is your membership roster stagnant, or worse, declining? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, rest assured that you are not alone. When we survey our members about challenges and opportunities, preventing and reversing those interrelated trends always rises to the fore. Here by popular demand, “Revitalization” is the focus of this year’s Minnesota Association of Library Friends workshop series. Please join us this September. Sally Gardner Reed, executive director of United for Libraries, will lead and keynote half-day workshops in four locations across Minnesota. We will hold sessions of "Refresh and Revitalize Your Friends Group" in:

2016_Workshops_Map_2.pngAustin Public Library
323 4th Ave NE, Austin, MN, 55912
Wednesday, September 14 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
(ACL) Rum River Library  
4201 6th Ave, Anoka, MN, 55303
Thursday, September 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
(DCL) Wentworth Library
199 Wentworth Ave. E., W. St. Paul, MN, 55118
Friday, September 16 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 

Douglas County Library
720 Fillmore St., Alexandria, MN, 56308
Saturday, September 17 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
“We will cover a lot of ground, but focus on how to change the typical ‘structure’ of the Friends group to attract new, young, and active volunteers,” promises Sally.
In addition to the keynote, attendees will participate in small group roundtables, plus have a chance to share their thoughts and experiences during an hour-long idea exchange session – a MALF workshop staple, and one of participants’ best opportunities all year round to network and share with Friends from across Minnesota.
"Refresh and Revitalize Your Friends Group" is FREE to attend, and it is not necessary for you to be a member of MALF or any Library Friends organization to do so. A complimentary lunch will be provided at each location. Pre-registration is required, to ensure the appropriate number of lunches and informational packets. Registration for all four sessions opens Monday, July 18 and will close in early September. 
United for Libraries (formerly Friends of Libraries U.S.A.) is the Friends of the Library arm of the American Library Association, and MALF’s counterpart on the national stage. As executive director, Sally Gardner Reed oversees UFL resource development, strategic planning, and committee assignments.


Note: To enjoy a complimentary lunch or dinner, you must register at least one full week prior to your workshop. Fill out and submit the form below. Only the fields marked by an * are required, but information in the additional fields is helpful and appreciated. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your reservation request, and a subsequent reminder as the date draws near. If you are registering on behalf of a party, please submit a separate form for EACH attendee. 

 Austin Public Library (9/14)
 Rum River Library (9/15)
 Wentworth Library (9/16)
 Douglas Co. Library (9/17)
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