Did you miss our inaugural Saturday Splash on Saturday 19, 2020? Don't worry - you can catch up on the day's festivities in full on our new YouTube

The ongoing pandemic is making waves across 2021... let's make a positive splash  of our own! 

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Last fall, hundreds of you joined MALF for our first-ever Friends of the Library conference. Like countless other events, the pandemic forced “Saturday Splash” online. That pivot brought a silver lining, though – allowing Friends from all across the state to attend a seminar they would have been unable to experience in person.

In response to your positive feedback on the format, as well as reinstated gathering restrictions in many parts of the state, Saturday Splash will reprise this model in 2021!

Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, October 9. Festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. and conclude a little before noon. Saturday Splash will be keynoted and emceed by Minnesota’s own Lorna Landvik.

Landvik is a comedienne, actress, playwright, and prolific novelist. Her 1995 fiction debut Patty Jane’s House of Curl – a zany but heartwarming story about two sisters who open a beauty parlor, “complete with live harp music and Norwegian baked goods” – introduced readers to Landvik’s unique brand of humor. She has since published nearly a dozen other books.

Her newest is Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes). In the fictional yet real-to-life town of Granite Creek, Minnesota, a curmudgeonly but beloved newspaper columnist slips unexpectedly into a coma. In a scramble to fill the void, her editor republishes old articles – dredging up a host of memories for the denizens of Granite Creek in the process.

In addition to a keynote talk about her work and feelings about libraries, Landvik will hold court for a live Q&A session. She will also stick around to moderate the second hour of Saturday Splash, when we will shine the light on some of Minnesota’s outstanding Friends in two short segments.

○ Evy Nordley Award. Friends representatives from Austin, Cook, Detroit Lakes, Grand Rapids will overview the design and execution of the 2020-21 projects that put them in contention for “Best Project by Friends of the Library.”

○ Stand Up for Standout Friends. We will wrap with a short video montage profiling the 2021 class of volunteers who have been put forward by their peers for MALF’s unique Standout Friends honor. (Fun fact: Among other perks, each honoree will receive a personalized copy of Lorna Landvik’s latest book!)

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NOTE: After you click SUBMIT, you should see "Webinar Registration Approved" in blue lettering. This confirms reservation of your spot on October 9. MALF will send reminders to attendees as we draw close to the date. (Feel free to make a record of the Webinar ID and Join Link at the bottom of the confirmation screen, but know that these details will be provided again in those forthcoming MALF emails.)

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Below are in-demand handouts and workbooks from past years' workshops and conferences. Download any you please. If you attended some past session and are not seeing a desired document, contact us at info@mnlibraryfriends.org.