Saturday Splash: Recap + Video Links

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.