Pre-register by Sept. 21 for October MLA Conference + “Library Friends Day”

By David Katz

Update: The deadline is fast approaching to pre-register for “Minnesota Libraries: A Capitol Idea,” the dynamic annual conference of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA). This year’s event is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 3 - Friday, Oct. 5 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd.

Registration is reasonably priced, easy, and flexible enough to fit your specific interests and time restraints. For the duration of the pre-registration period, Library Friends and trustees pay only $75 for Thursday attendance. Full conference access is $300 for non-MLA members. (Exhibit hall-only admission is $25.)

Still on the fence about attending? Did you know it is one of the best opportunities all year to network and brainstorm with fellow library friends and trustees? Here’s a high-level overview of what you can expect from “Library Friends Day,” October 4.

Continental Breakfast (7:00-8:00am)

Exhibits and Silent Auction will be open 9:00am to 3:30pm

Subunit Session (8:00-8:50)

Minnesota Association of Library Friends, brief annual meeting.

Minnesota Library Trustees Association, a separate brief annual meeting.

Idea-Popcorn! Idea exchange among Library Friends and Trustees

Session C3 (9:00-10:00) 10 Minutes to Win It! Award for Best Project by Friends of Libraries

FINALISTS present their project in ten minutes!

• The Friends of the Houston Public Library: A New Chapter for the Houston Public Library

• The Friends of the Nokomis Library: Super Kinder — Listos Para el Kinder

• The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries: Help Someone Become the Next Andrew Carnegie

MALF presents $1,000 or $250, with a plaque or a certificate, to these three finalist organizations.

Refreshment Break, visit Silent Auction and Exhibits (10:00-11:00)

Session D9 (11:00-12:00) Pros and Cons of 501c3, presented for library staff, trustees and Friends of Libraries by Phil Duran, MAP for Nonprofits — Management Assistance Project.

Lunch and Exhibits (12:00-1:00)


Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries

Session E2  (2:30-3:30) Listen Up, Legislators! presented by Featured Speaker

Session F9 (3:45-4:45) Roles and Responsibilities of Library Friends, Trustees, and Staff.

Panel: Lois Thompson, Director, Hennepin County Library + Lenore Johnson, Minnesota Library Trustee Association and former County Commissioner + Chris Olson, Past-president, Minnesota Association of Library Friends


In addition, register now and you will enjoy:

Fun and networking — Take advantage of great social and networking opportunities through refreshment breaks and sessions designed for library Friends and trustees.

Meals and refreshments — Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, dessert buffet and refreshment breaks. (You must pre-register to guarantee your meals on October 4).


“Odds and Ends”

Want to contribute to the success of this innovative and growing annual event? Click here to learn more about volunteering opportunities, to make a donation, or for promotional resources to help spread the word. 

Live outside the metropolitan area, but still thinking about attending? Click here for a list of lodging options and “extracurriculars” in St. Paul. 


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