Registration is NOW OPEN for MALF's Summer Workshop Series!

As libraries adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of patrons, Friends of the Library groups must also evolve. While the need itself is readily apparent, many organizations struggle when it comes down to actually formulating a plan and putting it into motion. This year, MALF’s 2013 summer workshop series, “Drafting the Blueprint: Building Friends,” will focus on bringing the Friends of the Library concept fully into the twenty-first century.

Host and keynote speaker Ann Walker Smalley (director of Metronet) will lead participants through a day of panels, presentations and participatory activities designed to help you:

  • Understand your library’s place in the larger ‘library universe’
  • Refine your mission and purpose to better align with that new and fresh perspective
  • Learn about key issues facing libraries today, and what you can do about them
  • Collaborate better with other library players (Board, staff, etc.)
  • Build your member base and sustain that growth

Cost is $10.00 per registrant, and lunch is included. 

Dates, Locations, and Schedule
As in years past, in recognition of the broad geographic distribution of Minnesota's Friends groups, the workshop will be repeated in its entirety in three different venues across the state.

Wed., Aug. 21: Mankato 
Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.
Sat, Aug. 24: Fergus Falls
Fergus Falls Public Library, 205 E. Hampden Ave.
Sat., Sept. 7: Mountain Iron
Mountain Iron Public Library, 5742 Mountain Ave.

9:00 a.m.  …….. Registration
9:30-12 p.m…...  Building Friends
12-1 p.m. ……....  Working Lunch
1-2 p.m. ……...   “Beyond the Book Sale”
2:15-3:15 p.m...  “Keeping the Flame Alive”

Registration is easy – no drafting tools required! Here are your options:

I want to both register and pay at this time.

  • Print and fill out the PDF registration form available on our website. Mail with check made payable to “MALF” ($10 x no. of people you are registering for) to our office: MALF, 325 Cedar St., Ste. 555, St. Paul, MN, 55101. (Please note: Refunds not available.)

I want to register now and pay my $10 at the door.

  • Option 1. Fill out and submit the registration e-form located on our website at the bottom of the Workshops page.
  • Option 2. Print and fill out the PDF registration form available on our website. Check box next to “Register now, pay at the door” and mail to our office: MALF, 325 Cedar St., Ste. 555, St. Paul, MN, 55101.
  • Option 3. Email us directly at with: workshop location/date you want to register for, number of people you are reserving seats for, and both name AND email address for each of those individuals. (Spots will only be reserved for people for whom both name and email address are on file.)

We will follow up via email to confirm your registration, and send you reminders in advance of your workshop.

Registration for the two August sessions closes Friday, August 16. Registration for the September session closes Friday, August 30Please remember to reserve your spot. Lunch and information packets can only be guaranteed to those that RSVP before the deadlines.