ECRL Fundraising RFP

ECRL logo newFUNDRAISING SERVICES

The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library is seeking a fundraising consultant to plan and manage a campaign to raise a minimum of $1 million to help fund the cost of building a new public library in Cambridge MN. Responses to the RFP must be received by noon on February 19, 2016 and should be directed to Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. A full copy of the RFP is available on the library website.  Questions can be addressed to Karen S. Lee, 763-552-9605, kslee@windstream.net.

Call for MLA Silent Auction Items

MLA conference logo 2015The Silent Auction is a fun annual tradition at the MLA Conference that has been supporting the Minnesota Library Foundation and in turn, the local library community, for twenty years.

Help make this year another success!

While there are always some great donations from local businesses, authors, and even Etsy artists, the auction still needs generous individuals like you to help fill the tables.  As librarians, board members, and Friends are well-rounded and multi-talented people — Do you have a skill, creative hobby, or knack for shopping? Please consider donating an item or service! We also know everyone is human — Are your closets full of barely-touched impulse purchases or unwanted gifts? Bring them in and write them off on your taxes! (No one will tell your Great Aunt you never used that Bundt pan…promise.)

When you’re done searching your closets and tapping into your creative genius, please alert the auction planners, Allison Current and Erica Ross an, an email heads-up at mnlibfoundation@gmail.com as soon as possible.   Then mail or drop off your items with a donation form at the CLIC Office by September 24th: 

1619 Dayton Avenue Ste. 204
St. Paul, MN 55104 

The Minnesota Library Foundation helps fund the Minnesota Leadership Institute for emerging leaders, supports the Minnesota Book Awards and provides small grants to libraries across the state.

Saint Paul Public Library’s Bookmobile Debuts New Artwork

MELSA SPPL bookmobile 2015The Saint Paul Public Library’s iconic Bookmobile debuted a new wrap in the Grand Old Day Parade on Sunday, June 7. The full vehicle wrap features original artwork by Twin Cities illustrator Julie Boehmer. The design showcases the people and places of Saint Paul, reflecting a community that values lifelong learning, healthy living, and engagement with our vibrant city resources.

A new sponsorship by HealthPartners, facilitated by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, supports the Bookmobile’s new look and its services to the community. The design presents the sponsorship as an essential partnership between two important institutions working to strengthen and improve the future of the communities they serve.

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library hopes to increase awareness of the new design and the sponsorship by HealthPartners with a special offer for everyone in the city to make a difference for their beloved library: For each picture taken of the new Bookmobile and posted to the social media channels Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #stpBookmobile, The Friends will donate $5 to the library, up to a total of $1,000. The campaign runs through Labor Day.

The public is encouraged to share pictures on social media to raise funds for the library  #StPBookmobile

Saint Paul Public Library’s Bookmobile travels throughout the city to deliver library services and collections to communities that may otherwise be unable to access the library. The Bookmobile provides loans of all types of materials, reference assistance, library card registration, and Internet access. The Bookmobile serves about 80 community partners, including housing communities for older and/or disabled adults, after-school partners, and organizations serving children and families. In 2014, the Bookmobile had over 142,000 visits and circulated more than 120,000 items.

News by Chase Maxwell and re-posted with permission

 

Friends Workshops Focused On Fundraising

MALF_HORIZ_VECTORIn cities and towns across the country, the public library stands as the enduring, seemingly unchanging heart of the community. But a closer looks shows that, in point of fact, libraries are constantly adapting to meet the evolving needs of their patron base. In order to stay relevant in this environment, Friends of the Library organizations must be prepared to realign their priorities and programs to match the library’s – in other words, to expand beyond their traditional comfort zone.

MALF’s fall 2015 workshop series, Beyond Book Sales: The Future of Friends Fundraising, shines a light on the all-important fundraising aspect of Friends work. What can we do, in this current landscape, to raise real funds for our library? How do we take those first steps in a new direction? And, circling back to our roots, what does the future hold in store for the tried-and-true used book sale?

In September, library consultant and former Friends executive Stu Wilson will lead three half-day sessions covering these questions and more. Each will include an hour-long keynote, during which Wilson will brief attendees on: fundraising fundamentals; book sale trends; libraries’ increasing need for private support; changing community needs and volunteer demographics; and, effective social media tools. There will be ample opportunities for audience Q&A.

METRO:  Edina Public LibraryMALF 2015 workshop map
5280 Grandview Square, Edina
Friday, Sept. 11, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Register by September 4

CENTRAL:  Aitkin Public Library
110 1st Avenue NE, Aitkin
Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Register by September 5

SOUTH:  Marshall – Lyon Co. Public Library
201 C Street, Marshall
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Register by September 8

Every session will also include an hour-long idea exchange session – a MALF workshop staple, and one of attendees’ best opportunities all year round to network and share with Friends from across Minnesota. In addition, our local co-hosts in Aitkin, Edina and Marshall will provide guided library tours at each site.

Everyone is invited to sign up for a free workshop. It is not necessary to be a member of MALF or any Library Friends organization to attend, and all participants will receive free lunch or dinner (depending on session run time). However, you must PRE-REGISTER ONLINE at least one week prior to the date of your workshop.

About Stu. Workshop moderator and keynote presenter Stu Wilson is a lead consultant and project coordinator with the St. Paul-based Library Strategies Consulting Group. His specialty areas include strategic planning, board development, advocacy, and of course, fundraising. Wilson’s career experience includes productive terms as both Executive Director of the Friends of the Hennepin Co. Library and Vice-President of the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. He is also the founder of Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, a nonprofit celebrating the legacy of author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Donations Encouraged: MLF Silent Auction

MLA Foundation logoWhether you’re out and about exploring new places or working on your favorite hobby this summer, now is the time to start thinking about your donation to this year’s Silent Auction! This year’s Minnesota Library Association (MLA) conference will be in Mankato from October 8-9 and is expected to be attended by hundreds of librarians, trustees, exhibitors, and Friends of Libraries from all across Minnesota.

The Silent Auction is one of the Minnesota Library Foundation’s (MLF) major fundraisers. The Foundation’s mission is “to benefit the community by raising and distributing funds to enhance the services and increase public awareness of Minnesota libraries.” We are only able to do this with your support!

All donations should include a contribution form and can be shipped to:

MLF Silent Auction
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 314
St. Paul, MN 55104

Please clearly mark the package or envelope for “Silent Auction.”  Note that if your donation includes an expiration date, our event does not take place until October.

Thank you for your past support of the Minnesota Library Foundation through your generous donation to the Silent Auction. With your help we can make our eighteenth annual auction – a valuable and fun part of the MLA conference – a success!  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

 Judy Todd                                Lyndi Finifrock Fabbrini

F. Scott Fitzgerald Celebrated at Lunch for Libraries

F Scott FitzgeraldMinnesota’s love for native son F. Scott Fitzgerald hasn’t abated in the decades since his death. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, as the success of events like the recent Great Gatsby library gala in Roseville can attest. It is fitting, then, that this literary giant is the focus of MLA’s seventh annual summer Lunch for Libraries fundraiser.

Lunch for Libraries will feature scholar Dave Page, a teacher of English at Inver Hills Community College, who recently edited an early and overlooked Fitzgerald work piece.  Long before Fitzgerald’s rise to fame, while still growing up in the Crocus Hill neighborhood of St. Paul, this schoolboy kept an ordered diary of his life. He named it, appropriately enough, his “Thoughtbook.”

You can hear Page speak Wednesday, June 11 at Macalester College’s Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. The program will begin at 11:15 a.m. with book sales and signings. Page’s talk will run until 1:15 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each or $300 to sponsor a table for eight. For more information or to purchase tickets, email Judy Todd, or call MELSA, 651-645-5731.

The Minnesota Library Foundation raises and distributes funds to enhance services and increase public awareness of all Minnesota libraries. Lunch for Libraries has raised more than $10,000 – both for libraries throughout the state and for leadership training for emerging library leaders.