Watch Your Mailboxes / Inboxes!

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As the year winds towards its close, we’re looking ahead eagerly to what’s in store for 2022. MALF will have some exciting updates to share after the holidays. For now, though, we will restrict ourselves to a bit of year-end “housekeeping.”

Be on the lookout: Renewal notices for all individual and institutional MALF members went out in the mail earlier this week. Rates remain unchanged – just $25/group, $10/individual. This dues structure reflects MALF’s hope and intention to involve as many Minnesota library advocates as possible!

If you are unsure of your membership status, your contact details have changed over the past year, or you do not see that December letter, feel free to contact our office at or 651-366-6492.

Webinar Reminder: 'Staying Friends: Volunteer Retention 101'

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Next week brings MALF’s last program of the year – and one which you won’t want to miss, if you rely on volunteers. (And as Friends of the Library, don’t we all?)

Synopsis: As any seasoned volunteer coordinator will tell you, recruiting help is only half the battle. In order to be sustainable, Friends must be effective at volunteer retention, as well. In a nutshell, this means engaging and motivating volunteers in ways that increase the likelihood that one-time assistance grows into a long-term commitment to your cause. That is easier said than done, even under ideal conditions.

Beth Steinhorn, president of VQ Volunteer Strategies, will join MALF at noon on Tuesday, December 7, for a 90-minute primer on how to crack the code!

Expect to come away with energizing case studies and actionable strategies to build a volunteer workforce that sticks around and “levels up” their engagement. Courtesy of Steinhorn, attendees will also receive a valuable pdf handbook: ‘Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers in Uncertain Times.’

Attendance is FREE.
 Click here to save your seatBe sure to do so no later than Monday, December 6. We’ll see you Tuesday! 

TWO Financial Literacy Grant Opportunities

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Libraries proudly champion literacy – and that mandate extends far beyond traditional reading skills. Today’s libraries are also hubs for digital literacy, health literacy, and financial literacy. This last category encompasses everything from tax preparedness, to job search assistance, to personal finance classes. Unfortunately, finite staff and budget resources limit what most libraries can offer their patrons in the realm of financial literacy. We’re pleased to pass along two new grant opportunities geared towards closing that gap.

The first comes courtesy of the FINRA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Public libraries, as well as Friends of the Library who serve as official fiscal agents for their library, are invited to apply for a ≤ $50,000 grant earmarked for financial literacy efforts.

As part of this competitive application process, grantees must demonstrate a compelling need for financial literacy in their service area, and present a detailed project proposal for how the library believes it can close that gap.

Be prepared to speak to goals, strategies, timeline, outreach and marketing, partners, and evaluation intentions. Click here to learn more. Deadline is March 1, 2022.