Webinar Recap: 'Marketing Tune-Up Clinic'

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Marketing is a multi-faceted and sometimes daunting prospect, but it’s an area of operations that no nonprofit can afford to neglect.

Kathy Dempsey, the nationally acclaimed Accidental Library Marketer, joined us earlier this month for a “low stress, high yield” marketing tune-up clinic. Topics of special note included branding, the design and strategic use of print collateral, and how best to partner with one’s library on overarching marketing efforts.

If you missed the webinar, don’t worry. The full 90-minute program is available for replay on our YouTube channel. Moreover, our speaker graciously left all attendees with a handout of suggested readings. If you would like a copy of this handout and the presentation slide deck, simply email our office a
t info@mnlibraryfriends.org.

Minnesota Book Awards Are NEXT TUESDAY!

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Authors and book-lovers from all across the state will congregate at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts next Tuesday, April 26 for the annual Minnesota Book Awards. Limited seats are still available at the bargain price of $22/per.

Don’t want to trek out to Saint Paul on a weekday? You can also be in communion with fellow bibliophiles from the comfort of your own home - courtesy of a FREE livestream option. Click here for registration details.

Last but not least, whet your appetite before Tuesday by watching nine “Meet the Finalists” panel recordings featuring more than 40 area authors writing in the Book Awards genres of: Children’s Literature; General Nonfiction; Genre Fiction; Memoir & Creative Nonfiction; Middle Grade Literature; Minnesota Nonfiction; Novel & Short Story; Poetry; and Young Adult Literature.

'Stand Up for Standout Friends' Returns For 2022

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In some circles, Friends of the Library is seen as a near-synonym for used book sale. While it is true that Friends offer the best book bargains around, our contributions to library work these days are much more diverse, creative, and crucial than the outdated stereotype suggests.

Last year alone, Friends across Minnesota: co-hosted vaccination clinics, constructed clever and harrowing “escape rooms,” built and manned parade floats, provided gratis janitorial support, funded countless take-and-make craft kits –– and that’s just a start. There is simply no pigeonholing Friends of the Library work as it looks in 2022.

In recognition and celebration of that fact, MALF proudly hosts an annual Stand Up for Standout Friends recognition program. Now in its seventh year, this initiative has proven one of our most popular membership perks.

Each member group can submit one name per year. Whether you’ve nominated someone every cycle to date, or are new to the fold, we want to hear from you! 

You may be asking yourself, what exactly are ‘standout’ qualities? In short, it is up to you! Some group may wish to acknowledge a current or former board member or other executive for their contributions in a leadership role. Others may choose to honor a Friend who has been with their organization since its founding. You are also welcome to bestow the honorific based on number of hours volunteered, amount of money raised, or any mix of these and other factors.

Perks include: a matted certificate of recognition from MALF; signed and personalized book from a chart-topping Minnesota author (details TBA); commendation letter to the mayor and county commissioner in each recipient’s hometown; and inclusion in a special video tribute that will be shared with libraries and their supporters across the state.

Click here to access the nomination form, and visit our website for more details. Remember to submit the e-form and supporting materials to MALF by 
Friday, July 22.