Reminder: 'Saturday Splash' Making Waves September 19

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Fall is traditionally MALF’s “busy” season, and we’re not about to let COVID-19 get in the way of that! ICYMI: Join us the morning of September 19 for the inaugural – and fully virtual – “Saturday Splash” mini-conference.

New York Times bestselling novelist William Kent Krueger will keynote and emcee the festivities, which will run from 10 a.m. to about noon. Krueger, best known to many for his chart-topping Cork O’Connor mystery series, will offer a keynote talk on the timeless power of storytelling. An audience Q&A will follow.

Next, MALF will introduce our three
 2020 Evy Nordley Award finalists. Representatives from the Friends of the Library in Brainerd (“Virtual Storytimes”), Marine on St. Croix (“River Radio”) and Isanti (“Bowling Junction Book Sale”) will recap the planning and implementation of their innovative and replicable 2019-2020 projects, before Krueger announces the big winner. Top prize is $1,000.

MALF will cap off Saturday Splash with a celebration of our 2020 class of Stand Up for Standout Friends. Each year since 2016, we have honored local movers and shakers whose dedication and energy help their Friends group and Library excel. 
“Saturday Splash” is completely free to attend, but advance registration is requiredPlease do so by September 12 (i.e., one week before the event) at the latest.

On Demand - One Book | One Minnesota: A Good Time for the Truth

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Last week, the Minnesota Center for the Book hosted a panel of six Black writers (contributing essayists to the seminal 2016 anthology A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota) for the capstone event of the summer’s One Book | One Minnesota statewide read initiative. It was an eye-opening, poignant – and at times, sobering – look at the past and present of race in the North Star State.

You can watch the panel (ft. authors Taiyon Coleman, Shannon Gibney, David Lawrence Grant, Carolyn Holbrook, IBé, Andrea Jenkins, and A Good Time for the Truth collection editor Sun Yung Shin) here.


Inspired by what you hear, and want to cater a similar program to your community? You can!

With a topic as broad and as sensitive as racism, brave and honest conversations can be difficult to start. In recognition of this fact, organizers have curated lists of authors/speakers and discussion facilitators for libraries, Friends groups, and private workplaces to turn to for assistance.

This list includes 13 of the A Good Time for the Truth essayists, including Minnesota Book Award winners Heid E. Erdrich, Diane Wilson and Kao Kalia Yang – plus most of the names listed above. (See the complete list
 here.) Each is ready and eminently qualified to lead your group through a productive conversation around race and racism… through Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, or any number of other virtual tools. 

Click here for further details, including honorarium recommendations for invited speakers. 

Note: If you are an active member of MALF, your Friends are encouraged to consider our Chris D. Olson Event & Programming Grant as a means to cover some (and very possibly, all) expenses attendant with such a program.

'Library Leadership Cultivation' Now Available On Demand

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Recruiting talented, invested and diverse leaders is a challenge for any all-volunteer enterprise – even in the best of times. And these are far from the best of times.

That’s not the only pain point, either. Once on board – pardon the pun – new recruits need to be trained in. It sounds so basic, but MALF routinely fields queries from Friends board members confused about their role, responsibilities, and restrictions. This onboarding, or lack thereof, often reflects grey areas in a board’s policies and practices more generally.

If this is resonating, you might find value in MALF’s on-demand webinar Library Leadership Cultivation - During COVID-19, and Beyond.

Dozens of Friends joined us earlier this summer (virtually, of course!) for this live, free event keynoted by subject matter expert Mary Jo Wimmer. Principal consultant at Trillium Leadership Development and a senior trainer for the Blandin Foundation, Wimmer has coached scores of not-for-profits and civic bodies across Greater Minnesota on recruitment and leadership best practices.

Library Leadership Cultivation hinges around what Wimmer calls her Five Major Responsibilities, or pillars, of board excellence. Click here to watch the webinar on YouTube – and be on the lookout for news about MALF’s next 2020 webinar, coming soon to a screen near you!

MALF Announces COVID-19 Grant Recipients | Pt. 3

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Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, MALF was able to expand our members-only COVID-19 Response Grant program to five more Friends groups (on top of our original slate of ten recipients)! They are:  

willmar.png11. Friends of the Willmar Public Library
Last summer, the Friends of the Willmar Public Library coordinated their first author gala. Featuring beloved Minnesota authors like William Kent Krueger and Kao Kalia Yang, the inaugural Wisdom and Wine netted $5,000 from a sellout crowd of more than 175 bibliophiles. Before the pandemic put the breaks on the 2020 sequel, the Friends had looked forward to hosting Faith Sullivan and Leif Enger. While this stellar line-up may come to fruition at some later date, MALF’s grant will cover projected summer reading and community read expenses for the Willmar Public Library in the meantime.

12. Friends of the Virginia Public Library
Virginia.jpgThe small Virginia Public Library, located halfway between Duluth and the Canadian border, leans heavily on its Friends group to offset a wide range of expenses. Proceeds from biannual Friends book sales go towards the library's summer reading program for area children; "Hot Reads for Cold Nights" winter programming for adults; and the popular Queen City Reads community initiative. Given the trajectory of the pandemic, it is likely that at least two – and maybe more – book sales will be cancelled before some manner of normalcy returns. MALF’s grant will cover part of the budgetary shortfall.

13. Marine Library Association
marine.jpgMarine Community Library is an all-volunteer enterprise – one of only a few operating in the Midwest. Needless to say, it is funded in a fairly unconventional way. As such, it is particularly vulnerable to the trials and travails of the pandemic. MALF's grant will assist greatly with Phase II of the Library's reopening plan, which requires a variety of structural changes to the facility (one of the oldest public buildings in Minnesota still used for public purposes). Purchases will include plexiglass barriers for the volunteer desk, hand sanitizer and disposable gloves, and other sanitation supplies.

14. Friends of the Lakeville - Heritage Library
lakeville.jpgWhile the doors of the Lakeville Heritage Library (Dakota County Library) may be closed and its services limited, the Friends want to make sure that residents retain some connection to this valued public resource. As one means to that end, the Friends are kickstarting a virtual book club. This move brings with it implementation and publicity expenses, albeit modest ones. In addition, the Friends are considering a wide-ranging awareness campaign targeted at Lakeville residents of all ages. Among other inexpensive giveaways, they will distribute Friends- branded chalk to children.

15. Friends of the Saint Cloud Public Library
StCloud2.jpgIt's not unusual for the Friends of the Saint Cloud Library to raise more than $50,000/yr for Great River Regional Library. Much of this income comes from an on-site bookstore that is one of the best kept secrets in Stearns County. When the pandemic shuttered the Library, however, it also closed down this year-round source of revenue. In a normal year, much of the Friends’ proceeds go towards children’s programming and achievement prizes. Expecting a singularly strange school year, the Friends will use MALF’s grant to ensure at least a modicum of normalcy remains for Saint Cloud’s younger residents.

Join Us September 19 for 'Saturday Splash'!

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COVID-19 has had a distressing ripple effect within public libraries, forcing the closure of buildings and wholesale cancellation of programs. Friends' activities, including MALF’s, are by no means excluded from this tsunami wave. If all had gone to plan, 2020 would have been a year jam-packed with workshops and seminars across the state.

In lieu of these in-person opportunities, MALF is preparing to make a splash (in a positive way) next month. Please join us the morning of September 19 for the inaugural and fully virtual “Saturday Splash.”

kent.pngNew York Times bestselling novelist William Kent Krueger will keynote and emcee the festivities, which will run from 10 a.m. to about noon. Krueger, best known to many for his chart-topping Cork O’Connor mystery series, will kick off the program with a keynote talk on the timeless power of storytelling (and the role libraries play in preserving and spreading stories). An audience Q&A will follow.

Next, MALF will introduce our three 2020 Evy Nordley Award finalists. Representatives from the Friends of the Library in Brainerd (“Virtual Storytimes”), Marine on St. Croix (“River Radio”) and Isanti (“Bowling Junction Book Sale”) will recap the planning and implementation of their innovative and replicable 2019-2020 projects, before William Kent Krueger announces the big winner. Top prize is $1,000.

MALF will cap off Saturday Splash with a celebration of our 2020 class of Stand Up for Standout Friends. Each year since 2016, we have honored local movers and shakers whose dedication and energy help their Friends group and Library excel. We would hate for this popular recognition program to go dormant, and so are happy to transition it to the virtual space!

Saturday Splash is completely free to attend, but advance registration is required. Please do so by September 12 (i.e., one week before the event) at the latest.

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NOTE: After you click SUBMIT, you should see "Webinar Registration Approved" in blue lettering. This confirms reservation of your spot on September 19. You will NOT receive an email at time of registration. However, MALF will send reminders to attendees as we draw close to the date. (Feel free to make a record of the Webinar ID and Join Link at the bottom of the confirmation screen, but know that these details will be provided again in those forthcoming MALF emails.)