Membership Renewal Reminder

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MALF is a membership organization, and your dues underpin our ability to orchestrate Friends-specific programming, offer a wide range of member grants and awards, and so much more.

As a reminder, MALF’s membership year is equal to the calendar year. Consequently, all members who have not yet renewed for 2019 are asked to do so by December 31.

If you haven’t already received it, check your mail in the coming days for a 2019 renewal notice. As always, you can also visit our website for more details. Please direct any questions to or 651-366-6492.

Submit 'Friends of Libraries Week Award' Noms Today

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Did your Friends of the Library observe National Friends of Libraries Week on October 21-27? If you did, United for Libraries (the Friends arm of the American Library Association) wants to hear from you.

Every year since 2007, UFL has honored at least two participating Friends organizations with an (aptly named) Friend of Libraries Week Award. This special acknowledgment comes with a $250 cash prize and significant national press.

United for Libraries conceptualized National Friends of Libraries Week as a two-fold opportunity: for Friends to raise community awareness about their contributions to the local library (and solicit memberships), and for library staff and trustees to celebrate their Friends.

That’s a broad framework, and deliberately so. Creativity in execution is strongly encouraged!

In years past, Friends have marked National Friends of Libraries Week with everything from a pet photo contest in Rutherford, N.J., to a first-of-its-kind Native American storyteller program in Glendale, Ariz., to a pumpkin decorating competition in Escanaba.

Even if your commemoration was on the more conventional side, be sure to apply for this year’s award. Do so by Tuesday, December 4.
 Click here for instructions. Miss the "holiday" this fall? Not to worry - National Friends of Libraries Week 2019 is already slated for October 20-26, 2019. Mark your calendars!

November Brings Giving Opportunities Galore

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December may be the traditional “season of giving,” but here in Minnesota, the month of November gives it a run for the title. November offers not one, but two ‘holidays’ over which you can celebrate and support libraries - and the nonprofits that keep them strong.

First, this coming Thursday, November 15 is Give to the Max Day (GTTM). GiveMN’s self-styled “Minnesota giving holiday” is now in its tenth year. In its run to date, GTTM has raised upwards of $150 million for a host of charities and schools. Friends of the Library of all sizes have been beneficiaries. 
Click here to see if your local Friends are participating, and here to read up on the advantages of donating as part of Give to the Max Day.

Friends Leaders: Click here to ‘claim’ your nonprofit, and to learn best practices for optimizing GTTM donations.

Second, mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday! Observed the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (memorably, right after Black Friday and Cyber Monday), Giving Tuesday is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season. Thanks to grassroots momentum throughout (and recently, beyond) the United States, the holiday is slowly becoming a global phenomenon.

Friends Leaders: Want to know how to make the most out of Giving Tuesday? 
Click here for case studies and recommendations.

Last, we’d be remiss not to add that MALF also welcomes financial gifts in any amount. You can support our mission on Give to the Max Day, Giving Tuesday, or any other day by donating (see right side of homepage).

Like What We Do? Join Our Board!

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As any Friends veteran will tell you, financial gifts alone cannot keep Friends of the Library afloat. Your time and talents are no less valuable.

In this spirit, MALF invites you to put your name forward for our own Board of Directors. Our all-volunteer Board hail from across the state and represent many walks of life. Without them, our programming, grant work, and advocacy efforts would not be possible.

Would-be directors are asked to be present for half-day quarterly meetings in Saint Paul, and available (in person or remotely) for occasional committee sessions as needs dictate.  

If interested, please send a brief cover letter and resume to Our nominating committee chair will respond promptly to all inquiries.