Join Friends, YA Lit Enthusiasts for Spotlight on Books

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cass.pngSpotlight on Books, central Minnesota’s premiere conference focused on children’s and youth literature, is gearing up for its twenty-eight year. Join guests of honor like Anton Treuer, Candace Fleming and Carrie Ehlet Newman on April 8-9 at the beautiful Chase on the Lake resort in Walker, Minn. It’s a perfect getaway for teachers, librarians, Friends of the Library or college students who have an interest in this topic.

The Friends of the Grand Rapids Public Library, long-time supporters of the annual event, are introducing a new fundraiser this year. A large and one-of-a-kind quilted wall hanging, featuring the signatures of Treuer and over twenty other authors, will be raffled off during Spotlight on Books weekend. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on site, with proceeds benefiting the work of the Friends of the Grand Rapids Public Library. (The quilt raffle will take place in September, and the winner will be notified.)

Visit the Spotlight on Books website for more details, and to register!

2016 Minnesota Library Legislative Day Registration Opens

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As the season’s first big thaw sets in, we at MALF are turning an eye to the Minnesota library community’s exciting spring schedule. Highlights include 2016 Minnesota Library Legislative Day, the linchpin event of our state’s library advocacy calendar. Friends of the Library – and library supporters of all types and stripes – from all across the state are invited to converge at the Capitol in Saint Paul for the Big Event on April 12-13.


Although Wednesday is the highlight, activities begin on Tuesday. MLA invites you to the Ramsey County Library - Roseville (2180 N. Hamline Ave.) that afternoon. After light refreshments and an informal meet-and-greet, representatives of Capitol Hill Associates, MLA’s lobbying team, will get us up to speed on legislative developments affecting public libraries in 2016-18. (Amy Wilde, chair of Minnesota Libraries, Trustees and Advocates (MLTA), will then hold a brief second session specific to trustees.)

We will gather in downtown Saint Paul at the Judicial Center the next morning. In order to schedule a meeting with your elected representatives on April 13, click here and enter your city and zip code information to find their contact details.

Click here for more information on Minnesota Library Legislation Day, and to register. Online registration is available through April 8.

We’ll see you at the Capitol!