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Thursday, October 11 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Friends Beyond Fundraising: Creating Community Engagement by Building Relationships

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The Brainerd Public Library and its active and passionate Friends of the Library group have created successful, award-winning events that have increased the reach and influence of the library and brought in needed funds. Books, Burgers & Brews, now in its third season, is a book club held in a local restaurant, with themed beer and food specials. Attendance has consistently topped 50 and has brought "lapsed" readers back to books and the library. Other events have included a collaboration with the local arts nonprofit and an annual sold-out fundraiser, Wine & Words. Hall and DeChantal will share the lessons they have learned and detail how you can build relationships to create signature events in your own community. Discover how to dream big to attract community members who may not be regular patrons, as well as how to excite your Friends members to be more involved in your mission.

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Sheila McKinney DeChantal

President Of The Friends, Brainerd Public Library - KRLS
I am President of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library. Our collaboration with our Library Staff and Community has lead to some amazing partnerships and Library successes.
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Laurel M. Hall

Branch Manager, Brainerd Public Library

Thursday October 11, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am CDT