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PAFL Honored at Minnesota Library Association Conference

Last Thursday, Pipestone Area Friends of the Library won a statewide award from the Minnesota Association of Library Friends.

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For the second time in three years, PAFL has been the recipient of $1,000 for their support of library programming. During the first annual Full STEAM Ahead event in May 2017, members of PAFL backed Meinders Community Library staff in their crazy endeavor to host a hands on extravaganza of crafts, technology, and programming.

From the start, they asked, “What can we do?”

The answer: they did a lot. Their in-kind volunteer contribution was valued at more than $4,000. They secured donations from local businesses to feed our 111 Full STEAM Ahead participants. They found local hobbyists to present at our four-hour event and spent time and energy on marketing and promotion.

The success of our first Full STEAM Ahead paved the way for our $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant, as well as a $5,000 grant from the Pipestone Area Community Foundation and a handful of smaller donations.

We are forever indebted to our local Friends group for their ongoing support of our library and our community. 

 

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Escape to St. Cloud

If you stop in the library today or tomorrow, you might notice that Emily and I are not at our posts. Never fear, our escape from the library is still all about the library, as we will be attending the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference in St. Cloud.

While there, we will be learning more about library science, programming, and management, as well as collaborating with other librarians throughout the state. Further, we will be presenting for the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library for our Full STEAM Ahead event which is up for the Evy Nordely Award.

As it stands, Full STEAM Ahead is a top three finalist for this award which is presented by the Minnesota Association of Library Friends. Two years ago, we won first place and $1,000 for our Night at the Museum. Depending on what place we win this year, we could receive $250 for third place, $500 for second, or $1,000 for first place.

Regardless of how we do, creating great programs is always at the forefront of our minds.

In addition, I will co-present with another librarian from out-state Minnesota on community engagement. It is truly an honor that our library has been chosen as an example across the state as one that works with and for its community. This is a testament to Pipestone and the individuals who support the library in myriad ways including, but not limited to: checking out materials, reading the newspaper, using our computers, printing or faxing papers, attending programs, playing in our children’s area, using our conference room and our STEAM Room, donating materials or services, volunteering, or sharing all we have to offer with family and friends who may wish to utilize any of the above.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested, you can find the spotlight on Pipestone in MALF’s newsletter here.

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Escape Reality

Reading a good book is a great way to escape day to day life. Meeting the author is an added bonus.

Tomorrow, Joseph A. Amato will take us on a journey of Minnesota’s history and mythology to meet “‘Buffalo Man’– Minnesota’s last giant in a world that has no more room for giants.”

Joe Amato