MALF Announces COVID-19 Grant Recipients | Pt. 2

6. Friends of the Pelican Rapids Library
be5df7f3-b5b7-42a6-94d9-b2bbe7a7d7c3.pngLibraries are for everyone – even the very youngest among us. In service to this mantra, the Friends of the Pelican Rapids Library gifts a complimentary “Baby Bundle” to each newborn in their Library’s service area. Bundles include a flannel receiving blanket, crocheted sweater, handmade quilt, library card application form and (of course!) board books. MALF’s grant ensures continuity of this popular program, even while the Friends’ profitable book sales and silent auction are necessarily on pause.

7. Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries
Out of an abundance of caution, many Minnesotans are seizing on this turbulent time as the perfect opportunity to assess their estates and revisit personal wills. The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries (FRCL) hope that library lovers in their area will consider including The Friends as
recipients of a planned gift. Families who pledge such a gift in advance are honored as part of a select Legacy Circle. FRCL will use MALF’s grant to hire a graphic designer to create collateral materials explaining and promoting this growing Legacy Circle.

8. Friends of the Rochester Public Library 
During a “normal” year, the Friends of the Rochester Public Library subsidizes a $1,000 education scholarship for one of the Library’s interns. (Beneficiaries are selected through an essay contest focused around applicants’ feelings on the importance of libraries.) In the wake of the pandemic, the Friends have suspended donation intake and seen online book sales slow to a trickle. They will use MALF’s grant to fill the resulting budgetary shortfall, thereby ensuring that a 2020 intern can receive the usual stipend to offset tuition and textbook costs.

9. Friends of the Rock County Library 
53bed07a-7fd7-4fa5-b80a-8f4106185f3a.jpgAs is the case just about everywhere, children in and around Luverne are missing their usual summer pastimes: camps, sports, and the like. Library programming is another casualty of COVID-19 closures. As a substitute for all the fun activities that cannot be held in the Rock County Community Library this summer, the Friends are funding biweekly “Make and Take” crafts. Free for the taking, these kits tie into the Library’s summer reading program theme (Dig Deeper). In this trying time, parents can never have enough screen-free diversions!

10. Friends of the Saint James Library
COVID-19 has adversely impacted every aspect of the Friends of the Saint James Library's diverse fundraising model. Less revenue, in turn, makes for exceptionally touch choices on what the Friends fund for the Watonwan County Multicultural Library. One asset deemed especially important is Ancestry [dot] com. MALF's grant will go a long way toward guaranteeing patrons continuity of this perennially popular amenity.