• MN Association of Library Friends

    MN Association of Library Friends

    MALF connects Friends of Library organizations, provides valuable resources to support their work, and is a strong voice for Friends of Library groups and libraries throughout Minnesota.

  • Webinars & Workshops

    Webinars & Workshops

  • Event & Program Grant

    Event & Program Grant

Who decides a library’s budget? How does interlibrary loan work? What is a library advisory board? These are among the many questions about public library governance and operations that MALF fields every month. Even stalwart, lifelong Friends of the Library may be confused about critical aspects of how their library functions...
This e-newsletter doubles as our last chance to remind and encourage you to apply for the 2024 Evy Nordley Award. Applications must be received over email or postmarked by this Friday, July 5. While we can’t tell you what your odds of winning are, we can say with some certainly: better than you think.
MALF’s next webinar will offer a beginner’s primer on how Minnesota’s more than 350 public libraries function. Please join us over the lunch hour (12:00-1:00 p.m. Central) on Wednesday, August 14 for a webinar we are calling “The Full Story: A Friend’s Guide to Minnesota Library Basics.” Our guest speakers will be Richmond Kinney, MLIS and David Katz, MLIS from Library Strategies Consulting Group (LSCG).
Registration is now open for the 2024 conference of the Minnesota Library Association. Join library staff, trustees and supporters at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on October 24-25 for dozens of panels, keynote talks and networking opportunities. Special guests will include “celebrity librarian” and TikTok phenom Mychal Threets, well-known in the library world and beyond for his powerful message of library joy.
Memorial Day heralds summer, and with it comes several grant and award deadlines for MALF member groups. Coming up first: Friday, July 5 is the cutoff to submit for the annual Evy Nordley Award for Best Project. Common project types entered into this contest include special events, successful fundraisers, membership drives, and advocacy campaigns – but the sky is the limit! Don't think your Friends conducted any activities on the scale of an Evy Nordley prize contender over the past year? Consider contributing to our inclusive and ongoing Stand Up for Standout Friends project instead!

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Note: Minnesota Association of Library Friends is a tax-exempt organization as defined by the IRS (EIN 41-1423551), and therefore eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.