During the month of September, MALF will partner with libraries and local Friends groups across the state to bring “Strengthening Libraries Together,” a new and free workshop, to five Minnesota communities. Attendees will learn ways to increase Friends of the Library membership and raise significant funds for their libraries. They will also have an opportunity to share ideas and network with others facing similar challenges.

Session leader Melissa Brechon has been active in Minnesota’s library community for over 25 years, most recently in leadership roles at the Austin (MN) Public Library and the Carver County Library. She is currently a lead consultant with Library Strategies, where she works closely with public libraries across the country. Her areas of specialty include strategic planning, facility and staffing studies, Board and leadership development, feasibility studies, and capital campaigns.

Sessions will be held in:

Duluth Public Library
2432 E. 5th St., Duluth, MN
Saturday, Sept. 6, 9:30am-3:00pm
Register by August 30

Rasmey County Library – Roseville
2180 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville, MN
Monday, Sept. 15, 4:30pm-8:30pm
Register by September 8 

Rochester Public Library
101 Second St. SE, Rochester, MN
Thursday, Sept. 18, 1:00p-7:00pm
Register by September 11 

Lake Agassiz Regional Library – Moorhead
118 5th St. S., Moorhead, MN
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9:30am-3:00pm
Register by September 13

Great River Regional Library – St. Cloud
1300 W. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN
Saturday, Sept. 27, 9:30am-3:00pm
Register by September 20

Session highlights include a keynote titled “Ten Things I Know to be True (About Friends of the Library Fundraising),” in which Brechon will explore current trends and best practices for Friends’ fundraising and membership solicitation. Workshops will also include a panel discussion featuring local Friends. Attendees will come away energized by new ideas for organizational growth and successful community initiatives.

 Please download and share our event flyer and press release.