Friends of the Library - Gustavus Library Associates

Our Mission Statement:

"Friends of the Library - Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) promotes learning, literature, and the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College."

Gustavus Library Associates celebrates 42 years as a friends-of-the-college organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus. An active board of directors (40 regular and 30 emirita members) plans a year-long calendar of events including a Fall Membership Tea, Author Days, a Scandinavian Smorgasbord Luncheon celebrating the Festival of St. Lucia, and Books in Bloom. All GLA members receive invitations to these events.

A Royal Affair, a biennial gala benefit, is the primary fundraiser for the library. Over two million dollars has been raised for the library endowment through the past eighteen fundraisers.

The Gustavus Library Associates-Friends of the Library has over 200 member households, with membership dues dedicated directly to the acquisitions budget. Download a membership application.

Upcoming Events:


Festival of Lucia
The 2018 Festival of Lucia will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 and will feature author Patrice Johnson and her book, Jul.

Tickets are $25 for the smörgåsbord and tables are rounds of ten guests. Get your tickets here

Fika square

Thursday, September 27, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

You are invited to a special Fika with Friends celebrating with Friends of the Library at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. Financial gifts from Friends of the Library provide over 20% of the library's annual acquisition budget. A short program will take place at 11 a.m. Attendees will receive a 20-percent-off coupon from Swedish Kontur for Fika items.


Books in Bloom

Books in Bloom is a bennial event and will return in May 2019. 



Recent Events:


Festival of Lucia
Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Royal Affair "Glad Tidings"
Saturday, November 11, 2017
J.W. Marriott Mall of America 

Fika with Friends

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Melva Lind Interpretive Center

Books in Bloom
May 5-7, 2017
Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library


2017 Books in Bloom Photo Show


Festival of Lucia

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lucia court 

The Lucia Court and Star Children

room mim manfred

The beautiful buffet in Alumni Hall Mim Manfred '39

court lammers

The Lucia court trying the lutefisk. Entertainers, Paula Lammers '87 and David Martin


 Current and Past Lucia Queens


Fall Author Day with Minnesota Author,
Alison McGhee.

Friday, October 14, 2016
9:30 a.m.
Edina Country Club

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Spring Author Day/Bloom Where You are Planted
Saturday, May 7, 2016

GLA board members Mim Kagol and Bert Ledder explored the achemy between flowers and literature with a book review and a floral demonstration based on The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffengbaugh.

Festival of Lucia

December 10, 2015
Jazz Musician, Maryann Sullivan
Lucia 2015 sullivan

A Royal Affair

November 14, 2015, Radisson Blu, Mall of America

auction 1 auction 2

welcom ballroom

sprites student speakers

Fall Membership Event

September 15, 2015

To see photos from the event and read Miriam Kagol's book review, click on the link below.

 Books in Bloom
May 1-3, 2015
Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

BIB image

Books in Bloom is a friend-raising initiative of Gustavus Library Associates and will be open on Honors Weekend, May 1-3, 2015 at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. 

Modeled after Art in Bloom, the annual spring event celebrated by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Books in Bloom will highlight about 25 books, media, technology and other resource materials within the library with specially-designed floral arrangements.

Author Day
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Guest Speaker: Eric Dregni

Dregni slideshow

room signing

 In Cod We Trust Vikings Minnetonka

Festival of St. Lucia
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Entertainment provided by Lori Evert and Anja -
"The Christmas Wish"

Christmas Wish Book Anja playing


 Books in Bloom
 May 2 - 4, 2014

 Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

 Click here to see a slide show of the event.


BIB poster

Spring Author Day

April 16, 2014
Edina Country Club
Featured Author: Sarah Stonich

 sarah stonich

A Royal Affair

Royal Affair

An evening of merriment, wonderful food, creative auctions, music and dancing.

Saturday, November 16, 2013, Radison Blu, Mall of America

Click here for photos of the event.


Festival of Lucia

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Swedish Smörgåsbord & Guest Speaker: Dave Kenney, author of the College’s two Sesquicentennial histories


Click here for more photos of the event.

GLA Membership Event

Monday, September 23, 2013
President's Home, Gustavus

Books in Bloom

Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, Gustavus
May 3-5, 2013
Free and Open to the Public

Books in Bloom Photo Album

Sponsor and Designer

"The Hobbit"

Books in Bloom sponsors, Milt and Elaine Brostrom and designer, Chuck Eggert

BIB Poster



GLA Spring Author Day

Featuring: Peter Geye
(Author Web Page)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Edina Country Club

Peter Geye Photo

For more photos, see:
Geye Photo Album

Festival of Lucia

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Flikorna Fem

For more photos, see: Lucia Pictures

Beyond The Girl - Women Crime Writers from Scandinavia
October 10, 2012

Author Day

Membership Tea - September 17, 2012

Membership Tea Photo

View More Photos Here

Author Day - "Writer's Workshop" with Becky Fremo - May 10, 2012

Fremo Picture

Click here for more photos.


Books in Bloom - May 4-6, 2012



Click here to view slide show of Books in Bloom 2012

Festival of St. Lucia Luncheon


Click here for more photos of the event.

Fall Author Day with Laurie Hertzel


October 18, 2011

Click here for more photos of the event.

Books in Bloom


May 6-8, 2011- Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, Gustavus Adolphus College

Books in Bloom was designed to tickle the creativity of floral/plant arrangers to illustrate selected media from the library.

In this inaugural year, twenty-two blooms were sponsored and designed and enjoyed by over 400 guests over the weekend.

If you missed it, or would like to enjoy it again, click on Flickr for photos of the event.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors:

Kraus Anderson logo

tds logo

Spring Author Day with Lise and Heid Erdrich

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


The authors sign their books and talk with guests.