Library Friends Day • October 13

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LIBRARY FRIENDS DAY • Thursday, October 13, 2011

8:00am to 4:30pm, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

Workshops • Speakers • Networking • Awards

A day designed for Friends of Libraries during

The Minnesota Library Association 2011 Annual Conference

“Libraries: Superior Value for Life”

The 2011 Annual Conference of the Minnesota Library Association will be held October 12-14, 2011, in Duluth, Minnesota. This premier educational event attracts more than 400 library professionals plus Friends of the Library and library trustees from across Minnesota. The three-day conference features high-quality continuing education opportunities with more than 50 sessions across eight simultaneous tracks(including October 13 sessions for Library Trustees & Friends), a silent auction fundraiser, countless networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall with vendors you want to talk to showcasing library products and services. a Legacy Program Showcase of artists, online handouts.

New features this year, the MALF Annual Meeting will be combined with Idea Sharing and a blog highlights Duluth area attractions and events.

Fun and networking — Take advantage of great social and networking opportunities through refreshment breaks, sessions designed for Friends, the silent auction fundraiser and Legacy Program Showcase in the evening.

Meals and refreshments — Your registration fee of $60 includes breakfast, box lunch, dessert buffet, and two  refreshment breaks. You must pre-register to guarantee your meals on October 13, 2011.

Paperless Handouts — Most of the presentation handouts will be online prior to October 13 and for 90 days after the conference as provided by presenters. A few handouts will be provided at conference by MALF or presenters.

Easy registration — Complete details about sessions, speakers, and registration are at Register online or download a hardcopy form.

If you do not have Internet access and need registration information, contact the MLA office at 651-999-5343.

When registering, use the Session number in parentheses, below.

Library Friends and Trustees register for one-day only, (Thursday, October 13) $60.00.


Libraries: Superior Value for Life

Schedule for Friends of the Library Day at the MLA Conference


7:00-8:00 am    Continental Breakfast Session


Presenter - Virginia Heinrich, Information Studies, Metropolitan Community and Technical College

Presenter - Margie Schuster, Volunteer Services, Hennepin County Library • MALF Board of Directors

• Advocacy Committee member, Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations

(ALTAFF, a division of the American Library Association)

9:00 am to 3:30 pm Exhibits and Silent Auction will be open

9:00-10:00 am  Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Subunit meeting

10:00-11:00 am  IDEA SHARING BY FRIENDS!  (Brief annual meeting)

The Minnesota Association of Library Friends will present the Board of Directors 2012-2013, an annual report, and new ways to be involved in MALF. Then, join the fast and fun sharing of ideas among Friends of Libraries in Minnesota! Grab the mic and share tips for success. Tell everyone what your Friends’ group has done to add members and to increase financial and public support for your library. Ideas, tips and Friends’ news sent to MALF before Conference will be a take-away summary to get ideas flowing. Everyone is an expert and a learner in this useful, fun, not to be missed session!

Meeting - Chris Olson, Minnesota Association of Library Friends, President + MELSA, Executive Director

Idea Facilitator - Jan Siffing, Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation • MALF Board of Directors

Idea Facilitator - Joan Larson, Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation • MALF Board of Directors

11:00 a.m– Noon Box Lunch with Exhibitors


Engagement through Games: Reaching Library Users Through Playful Ways, with Scott Nicholson

1:30-2:30 p.m.  POSITIVELY FRIENDS (D8)

What happens when Friends, library and community work together in positive ways? Understanding library priorities and Friends of Libraries’ roles and relationships is essential to success. In Alexandria and Ely, presentations to community organizations have recruited new library Friends and brought new support for the library. Del Mari Runck, Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation in Alexandria, and Joe Owens, Friends of Ely Library, will share their presentations and describe their audience, goals and outcomes. Each presentation will serve as an example for presenters of Friends of the Library programming who want to get the word out in their community. Discover how, when, where and when to say something positive about your library and Friends of the Library. Results? Positively!

Presenter - Del Mari Runck, Neighborhood National Bank, President/CEO

Presenter - Joe Owens, Friends of Ely Library, President

2:30 – 3:30 pm   Refreshment Break  - Exhibits and silent auction close

3:30-4:30 pm    TEN MINUTES TO WIN IT— Award for Best Project by Friends of LIBRARIES (E1)

The Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) will spotlight exceptional projects made possible by Friends of Libraries from January 2010 to July 2011 and will present The Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Friends of Libraries. Learn ways to plan, implement and evaluate library Friends' activities. Take away useful, replicable ideas from presentations by three Friends of the Library groups. Honoring these Award Finalists, MALF will present a plaque and $1,000 to the award-winning Friends organization and $250 to two Friends groups receiving a Certificate of Recognition. A panel of judges decided award-winners in August and we celebrate the big reveal in October.

AWARD FINALISTS will present their Friends of the Library Project

The Friends of the Red Wing Library • Hot Reads for Cold Nights 2011 at Red Wing Public Library

The Friends of St. Michael—Albertville—Hanover Library • Building It Together

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library • Book It: The Party!

8:00-10:00 pm   Legacy Program Showcase

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