Minnesota Association of Library Friends


Adel Public Library Community Gift Wrapping

Courtesy of the Adel Public Library

Do you hate holiday wrapping?

 Bring your gifts to the Adel Public Library to get them wrapped for you!

The Friends of the Adel Library will begin gift wrapping in exchange for a free will donation December 8th-December 22nd.

Your gifts will be beautifully wrapped by Friends' volunteers and staff members.

Paper, ribbons, and gift tags will be provided, but it would be helpful if you can provide boxes for the gifts.

Proceeds will be used for library projects.

Adel Public Library
310 S 10th St.
Adel, Iowa  50003
Phone: (515) 993-3512

Take the National Friends of Libraries Week survey!

Posted by jim on November 20, 2010

ALTAFF is seeking feedback from Friends of the Library groups to help shape the future of National Friends of Libraries Week. Library directors and library staff who work with Friends groups are also invited to respond to the short survey. Reponses will help determine whether to keep the celebration in October or move it to another time of the year, what additional resources and materials ALTAFF should develop, and how groups celebrate the event in their community. The survey will be open through December 15....


Were you at the MLA Conference?  MALF Board members and many of our members attended.  Here are a random assortment of photos we took throughout Friends Day!


At its most recent meeting, the MALF Board of Directors unanimously voted to elect Chris Olson as its president; his term of office begins on January 1, 2011 and he will serve during a pivotal moment in MALF’s history.  

As a board member, Olson has served MALF in a variety of ways during the past 20 years (Terms from 1990 – 1994; 1997 – 2007; and 2009 --).  He has provided leadership to the organization as newsletter and website editor, membership manager and most recently in the futures planning process and as secretary pro tem.  Olson is well known in the Minnesota library community through his work as the Executive Director for the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) and for Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC). Olson also worked as the public information officer for the Lake Agassiz Regional Library in northwestern Minnesota, where he served as a staff liaison to the Friends groups in that region.

He is a former president of the Minnesota Library Association and has served as a councilor for the American Library Association.   He also currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at St. Catherine University in the Masters of Library Science program.

MALF is proud to announce that The Friends of the Rochester Public Library (FORPL) was awarded $1,000 and the 2010 Evy Nordley Best Project by Friends Group plaque at the Minnesota Library Association's Annual Conference.  This  award recognizes the importance of Friends of the Library projects with impact.  "Threads of Our Community", submitted by FORPL is detailed (with photos), as are all of the submissions for this year's award.  MALF sincerely hopes that these effective projects help all of our members to generate ideas that support your local library!

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