ALA Grant Opportunity: "Let's Talk About It"

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Libraries are a unique nexus point for community collaboration and open dialogue. Indeed, nearly all libraries coordinate adult programming – events that, in many communities, few other institutions are as well equipped to host.

In recognition of this fact, the American Library Association created its
 Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) series. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, LTAI is a ten-week, scholar-led curriculum that invites a library’s staff and patrons to do a “deep dive” on a topic core to American history, society or identity. Each cycle is based around a curated selection of books on that topic.

Women’s Suffrage is the focus of the next round, slated for next March - September. ALA will select up to 25 interested libraries to co-host this 2022 installment of Let’s Talk About It.

Winners each receive $1,000 towards program costs (including but not limited to speaker honorariums). Participating libraries also receive ten copies each of five book titles focused on the suffrage movement, plus enjoy support and resources from ALA’s Programs Office.


Click here to learn more. Be sure to submit before the December 1, 2021 deadline!

Prepare Today For 'Give to the Max Day'

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Charities view December as the pivotal month for fundraising. Donors often wait until this proverbial last minute to make year-end, tax-exempt contributions to their favorite causes. Fortunately for not-for-profits here in Minnesota, though, there is a golden opportunity to kickstart year-end fundraising a full month early!

Give to the Max Day 2021 (#GTMD21), the state’s semi-official giving holiday, is slated for Thursday, November 18. Last year, more than 3,000 nonprofits – including dozens of Friends of the Library groups – got in on the action and raised upwards of $30 million. That’s a new record!

New to Give to the Max Day, but interested in taking advantage this time around? GiveMN, the organization which stewards GTMD, has helpfully compiled a variety of free resources – including many created specifically for fundraising novices! These include a “DIY” fundraising campaign planning workbook, downloadable templates and graphics, and no-cost workshop opportunities. 
Click here to learn more!

Saturday Splash: Recap + Video Links

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Thanks to everyone who joined us on October 9 for MALF’s second annual Saturday Splash. We packed a lot of leaning and fun into just two hours – and as an added bonus, no one had to drive home afterwards! While MALF looks forward to hosting you all in person someday soon, virtual events bring that distinct advantage…

There’s another advantage, as well. If you missed Saturday Splash – or attended but wish to revisit a favorite segment – you can now catch
 the whole program on YouTube.

1. Keynote + Q&A. Comedienne and Minnesota Book Award mainstay Lorna Landvik regaled us with stories from her youth (including how visits to her Minneapolis branch library influenced the humorist’s unique career trajectory). As an added bonus, Lorna shared a ukulele homage to our favorite public institutions… in all likelihood, a first!

2. Evy Nordley Awards. Four fantastic Friends groups offered “flash presentations” on ingenious fundraisers and initiatives conducted 2020-21.

Austin Friends of the Library (Flockin’ Flamingoes Fundraiser)
Friends of the Cook Public Library (Community Reads: Murder on the Nile)
Grand Rapids Area Friends of the Library (Holiday Notecard Fundraiser)
Becker County Friends of the Library (150 Sails Over Detroit Lakes)

Spoiler: Austin came away as first place finisher. Watch for an unabridged presentation on Flockin’ Flamingoes Fundraiser in our next e-newsletter!

3. Stand Up for Standout Friends. We wrapped up with a 20-minute video montage honoring the commitment and achievements of twelve ‘Standout’ volunteers across Minnesota. Communities represented include: Bemidji, Brainerd, Cook, Edina, Grand Rapids, Kasson, Moorhead, Northfield, Ramsey County, Stillwater, Wabasha and Winona.

If you attended Saturday Splash but haven’t yet had an opportunity to provide feedback, it’s not too late to take our 5-mintue surveyWe really do take this feedback to heart as we plan future Friends programming.