Chart-topping novelist William Kent Krueger will keynote and emcee the festivities, which will run from 10 a.m. to about noon. Krueger, best known to many for his New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series, will kick off the program with a keynote talk on the timeless power of storytelling (and the role libraries play in preserving and spreading stories). An audience Q&A will follow.
Next, MALF will introduce our three 2020 Evy Nordley Award finalists. Representatives from the Friends of the Library in Brainerd (“Virtual Storytimes”), Marine (“River Radio”) and Isanti (“Bowling Junction Book Sale”) will recap the planning and implementation of their innovative and replicable 2019-2020 projects, before William Kent Krueger announces the big winner. Top prize is $1,000.
MALF will cap off Saturday Splash with a celebration of our 2020 class of Stand Up for Standout Friends. Each year since 2016, we have honored local movers and shakers whose dedication and energy help their Friends and Library excel.
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