90-second Newbery coming to MN!

90 second newbery

Calling All Kid Filmmakers!

The 90-Second Newbery is now accepting video submissions from Minnesota’s young filmmakers. Selected Minnesota-made movies will be screened with submissions from other states at the first-ever Minnesota 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in February.

How You Can Help

A 90-Second Newbery film tells the story of a Newbery Award winner or honor book in 90 seconds or less. Minnesota librarians would love to see our state’s creative kids submit their movies. The 90-Second Newbery website features dozens of films to spark ideas, how-to guides and complete instructions  for uploading films. The submission deadline for consideration in February’s screening is December 20, 2014. Please help spread the word about this fun opportunity.

What’s Next

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival will be hosted by author (The Order of Odd-Fish) and 90-Second Newbery founder James Kennedy and renowned local author Kelly Barnhill (The Witch’s Boy).

Gather on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 3:00-4:30 pm at Hennepin County Library — Minneapolis Central’s Pohlad Hall. The festival is free and open to all.

For more information and additional resources, email Jennifer Verbrugge or call 651-582-8356.

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LARL successful bus tours

LARL logoLake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) has been experimenting with bus trips to a variety of locations. Two recent tours include a trip from the Detroit Lakes Public Library to the Charles A. Lindbergh House and Camp Ripley Military Museum in Little Falls and a bus trip from the Crookston Public Library to the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County: Stave Church and Viking Ship in Moorhead. Both trips were very well received. LARL will continue to plan trips exploring sites both within the region and around the state.

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Defined role for YSC

With a deep dedication directed to supporting quality library programming for youth from the smallest toddlers through tweens and teens, regional youth services providers gather regularly.  Recently CRPLSA more clearly defined a broad role for the Youth Services Committee (YSC) while allowing for self-direction within the assigned among these subject specialists. CRPLSA’s YSC will:

  1. Discuss possible opportunities for collaboration of regional summer reading program activities
  2. Coordinate early literacy with local providers
  3. Support the Once Upon a Reader program
  4. Recommend appropriate training for consideration by CRPLSA
  5. Undertake other tasks as assigned by CRPLSA

Click here for a complete list of YSC responsibilities.

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MELSA and a Moo! board game

OUR Logo - ColorAs part of Read & Ride Day festivities at the great Minnesota get-together — the State Fair — MELSA hosted its regional launch of Once Upon a Reader. Featured throughout the day were a live action MOO! board game and cow backpacks for all children.  MELSA partners for the event included:  Twin Cities Siteres in Crime, Minitex, the Minnesota Book Awards (MNBA), Minnesota Parent (magazine), the McPhail Center for Music and tpt - Twin Cities Public Television.

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NWRL hosts Les Kletke

NWRL LogoLocal Author Les Kletke will  speak about his latest book, On Golden Plain:  Reflections on Agriculture in the Northern Plains from those who helped shape the industry at a variety of Northwest Regional Library (NWRL) locations.

  • Monday, October 20th ~ Godel Memorial Library, Warren
  • Tuesday, October 21st ~ Hallock City Hall and Thief River Falls Library
  • Wednesday, October 22nd~ Red Lake Falls Library
  • Thursday, October 23rd ~ Greenbush Community Center
  • Friday, October 24th ~ Roseau City Center
  • Saturday, October 25th ~ Warroad Public Library

Check the NWRL Events Calendar for times and more details.

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MN High Tech Association supports increased bandwidth for libraries

Vote for Libraries buttonMargaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO of the Governor’s Broadband Task Force, has prepared a detailed letter for Commissioner Brenda Cassellius of the Minnesota Department of Education. In the letter, Ms. Anderson Kelliher addresses the importance of adequate broadband connectivity in Minnesota’s libraries and schools. Ms. Anderson Kelliher urges Commissioner Casselius to support increased State funding for the Regional Library Telecommunications Aid (RLTA) and Telecommunications Equity Aid (TEA) programs. Margaret Anderson Kelliher is the President of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) and former Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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PCLS and MLCL continue discussions

PCLS-logoThe Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) Board approved membership terms and conditions for the Marshall Lyon County Library (MLCL) to re-join the regional library system.  The MLCL Board will meet next week to discuss and possibly act on future membership.

The Marshall Independent offers a summary of recent actions and the general requirements.

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MALF Partnering with OUR to Offer Dollar-to-Dollar Match

MALF_HORIZ_VECTORMALF is pleased to support the new, first-ever,  statewide, early literacy one-book initiative, Once Upon a Reader (OUR).  To celebrate libraries, literacy and the important role of Library Friends, MALF will offer members a dollar-for-dollar match to offset the costs of purchasing OUR resources. For example:

  • Purchase two Take-Home Play Kits at a total cost of $200, and MALF will reimburse you $100.
  • Order a Vacation Scrapbook and a Milk and Cookie Storytime Kit at a total cost of $145, and MALF will reimburse you $72.50 – and so on. The combinations are endless!
  • Matches will be capped at three (3) items and/or $300 per Friends group.

Participating in this special MALF-OUR offer is simple. Place an order online through the OUR program website. Print a copy of your receipt or order confirmation form and mail it to MALF at the address listed below with a copy of the MALF matching funds form. MALF will remit reimbursement within 30-business days. Please remember that eligibility is contingent on current MALF membership. MALF’s total match fund is $3,000, so order today!

OUR Logo - ColorThe book chosen for OUR’s inaugural year is Moo!, written by Minnesota author David LaRochelle and illustrated by Minnesota artist Mike Wohnoutka.  While a statewide Library Legacy initiative, there is room for creativity and customization on the local level. CRPLSA is making available six program enhancements for purchase by local libraries and Friends groups. Four of the activity packages are eligible for this MALF match. There’s something for every budget.

Minnesota Association of Library Friends
325 Cedar Street, Suite 555
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

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ECRL Kids Design Glass at MLA

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The East Central Regional Library (ECRL) conference session entitled “Creating a Wow! Legacy Project” perfectly met the MLA “Better Together” conference theme.  ECRL staff and Library Legacy project sculptor, transported and installed the glass sculptures created through the “Kids Design Glass” project. Barbara Misselt and Vickie Sorn described the project process. Sculptor Anthony Michaud-Scorza talked about the creation of the art pieces – from children’s artwork to blown glass, assisted by Legacy staff Cortney Walbridge and Patty Thompson.

Note the glass sculptures on the display table in the background.

“Kids Design Glass” was made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

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Once Upon a Reader Launched in Mankato

OUR launch in Mankato 2014-10Amidst giggles and then more giggles, 50 Head Start students and their teachers stumped and danced and, yes, giggled with a very talkative cow puppet in Mankato.   Author David LaRochelle, illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, and songwriter Tom Lieberman launched Once Upon a Reader introducing library staff gathered for the annual library conference to the traveling trunk show and musical selections.  A Mankato Free Press reporter covered the event even including interviews with very talkative three-year olds.

Check the Once Upon a Reader website for more information!

And, LIKE Once Upon a Reader on Facebook.

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One Book Program Announced

OUR Logo - ColorMinnesota’s Regional Public Libraries Announce Statewide “One Book” Program for Young Children

Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Legacy Fund supports a new, interactive and multichannel reading program designed to help libraries bring young children and books together. Once
Upon a Reader will launch its first year with the award-winning “Moo!” – written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka.

Once Upon a Reader features one book. This year’s choice is Moo!, written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka—both Minnesota residents. Moo! received this year’s Minnesota Book Award for Children’s Literature and was named by the Association for Library Service as a Children’s Notable Book, among many other honors.

Once Upon a Reader will include a variety of programs in public libraries throughout the state, from October through May. Events will range from the “Moo! Traveling Trunk Show,” an interactive program with the author and illustrator performing puppet shows, drawing exercises, music, and group storytelling, to Storywalks and Scavenger Hunts, focusing on extending activities into the community.

As part of Once Upon a Reader, the program will give a copy of Moo! to over 14,000 Head Start students in Minnesota, along with reading and program guidelines. Many libraries will partner with local Head Start programs to offer Moo! programs and activities.

Once Upon a Reader is sponsored by CRPLSA and coordinated by Library Strategies, a consulting group of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. For information about the program, contact Library Strategies at 651-287-0060.

Copy of the complete Media Release

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Celebration of the Life of Chris Olson

Curlique 1 for websiteCelebration of Life

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Rauenhorst Hall, Coueur de Catherine Building, St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Sponsored by
Ronald L. Erickson
St. Catherine University – MLIS program,

Memorials may be sent to the Moorhead Public Library at 118 5th St. S, Moorhead, MN 56560.

Star Tribune Obituary

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ECRL Board Member Particiaptes in State Library Consulting Group

ECRL G McMahon photoChisago County Commissioner George McMahon has been appointed to the Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group of the Minnesota Department of Education. Commissioner McMahon represents the Association of Minnesota Counties on the Consultant Group.  Commissioner  McMahon also brings operational experience as one of three Chisago County appointed trustees on the ECRL Board of Directors.

The 2014 Minnesota Legislature directed the Commissioner of the Department of Education to consult with people knowledgeable about state libraries and service delivery about ways to increase service delivery and collaboration between library governance systems.

The appointed group includes representatives from the Department of Education, regional public library systems, multicounty multitype library systems, metro and greater Minnesota public libraries, Minitex, public school library media specialists, Office of Higher Education, Association of Minnesota Counties, and League of Minnesota Cities.

The Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group will review options for changing library procedures and governance systems to ensure equitable and cost-effective access to library services statewide. The legislative charge also asks the group to consider ways to increase access to emerging electronic services.

A final report with recommendations is due by February 1, 2015. The Commissioner of Education must report to the Education Policy and Finance Committees of the Minnesota State Legislature on how to structure library systems to ensure that all Minnesota residents have equitable and cost-effective access to state-supported library services.

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LARL’s Not So Silent Auction

LARL logoThe second annual “Not So Silent” Auction supporting Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Moorhead Public Library.  This second annual event will feature wine tasting, entertainment, a book sale, and — yes — an auction.

For more details

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Come visit the TARDIS!

NWRL to have TARDIS 2014

The TARDIS will be at the Thief River Falls Public Library
the month of October and most of November.

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Chris Olson Obituary

Curlique 1 for websiteChris Olson’s obituary and funeral arrangements are shared in a recent edition of the Detroit Lakes newspaper, DL-Online.  A celebration of his life is being planned for later this month in the Twin Cities.  Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

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Chris Olson

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With great sadness…The Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators shares the news that our friend and colleague, Chris Olson has died.

From Gayle Degler, MELSA Board President and Carver County Commissioner

It is with great sadness that I inform you Chris Olson passed away Sunday evening due to complications from diabetes.  Chris was dedicated to the library community his whole life.  At this time, we know funeral services will be held in Detroit Lakes.  When more details become available, we will pass them on to you.

Gayle Degler

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New Interactive Minnesota Writers Map

Wrters-map-smallThe Minnesota Book Awards is very pleased to announce a new, online version of the popular Minnesota Writers Map which was first launched in the spring of 2013. Now featuring interactive information on each of the 112 authors listed, the online project is intended to be an ever-expanding effort. In the coming months, additional authors will be added, with more audio and video resources continually being incorporated to make it a truly living and breathing representation of the state’s literary legacy.

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90-Second Newbery

Get Your Movies Ready for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers creatively tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in ninety seconds or less. Making the film is a fun, creative and literacy-rich experience. Kids write, storyboard, produce, act, frame and edit. Public librarians, school librarians, homeschool parents and teachers are encouraged to work with their kids to make movies. The deadline to submit films is December 20, 2014.

Inspiration and more information can be found on the 90-Second Newbery website.

Want to make a 90-Second Newbery video, but are daunted by the project? Download this handy guide of tips, tricks, and strategies.

A Minnesota First! Mark your calendar for the first-ever Minnesota screening of the best local entries. Co-hosts of the event will be James Kennedy, author, founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery, and Kelly Barnhill, Minneapolis author of The Witch’s Boy, The Mostly True Story of Jack, and Iron Hearted Violet.

Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 3:00-4:30 pm

Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central

For more details, email Jennifer Verbrugge, Library Program and Partnership Coordinator, or call 651-582-8356.

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FUN!damental in ALS

ALS logoFrom September 26, 2014 through February 14, 2015 various Arrowhead Library System (ALS) locations will host Brian Rauvola with FUN!damental. Brian will present a three hour hands-on beginning photography workshop about using digital cameras and editing photos. Participants are encourage to bring  their cameras (compact or dSLR), camera manuals, a tripod and other accessories to learn how to use camera’s features to improve picture taking.

Check the ALS Legacy Events for time and location details

Each FUN!damental group will explore the library inside and outside (weather permitting) to practice taking photos while also learning to use light effectively and other artistic elements, such as composition, leading lines, rule of 3rds, etc. to improve images, as well as software to optimize and resize images.

Brian Rauvola has been a semi-professional photographer in the Duluth and the North Shore area for nearly 20 years. He owns and operates the Duluth Photography Institute, which began October 2010 and offers workshops, gallery space, and a fully equipped lighting studio.

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It’s Complicated…

It’s Complicated: The Nuts & Bolts of Minnesota Libraries

Have you heard these acronyms—MELSA, MOE, MLA, ITEM, ARLD, SLS, ELM, MDE, IMLS, RPLS, LSTA? Do you know the difference between a federated and consolidated library system? What’s a multitype? Where does money for libraries in Minnesota come from? Have other questions about how libraries in Minnesota work and cooperate? This is the workshop for you!

Join other library staff from around the Twin Cities as you learn the structure of Minnesota libraries, how different types of libraries are organized and funded, how libraries work together, what other organizations are part of libraries’ infrastructure, issues facing libraries, and more. Bring your questions about Minnesota libraries and prepare to leave with useful insight on how we work.

All library staff are welcome to attend, regardless of how long you have worked in Minnesota libraries.

Wenesday November 5, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ramsey County Library – Roseville

2180 North Hamline Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113


  • Kathleen James, MELSA
  • Chris Olson, MELSA
  • Ann Walker Smalley, Metronet

Click here to register

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MDE Consultant Group: Meeting #2

MDE Logo 2013The Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group created by Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner, Brenda Casselius, held its second meeting on September 15.  The handouts from the meeting may be found on the MDE website.

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New published author in VLS

Read the Art cover artGail Nordstrom, Viking Library System, and Heidi Hammond, University of St. Catherine, have a new book: Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: A Guide to the Illustrations.  This new reference book describes the distinguishing elements within Caldecott Award winning art and will prove a useful tool in understanding book illustrations.

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History Day 2014 a success

MHS History Day logoThe Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) acclaims National History Day Minnesota 2014 a success.  CRPLSA has bragging rights in this achievement as a result of an ongoing  partnership with MHS that is entering its sixth year.  This partnership brings together the wealth of resources at MHS and library programming support that includes:

  • Providing library and research support for History Day participants
  • Strengthening a statewide network between regional library staff, History Day staff, and History Day teachers
  • Evaluating and documenting the success of History Day library field trips and research open houses.

Increased exposure to History Day library programming and research support resulted in improved student outcomes.  MHS History Day staff have prepared a detailed report describing 2014 activities and successes, as well as a brief summary.

2014 Report for the Minnesota History Day Library Partnership

2014 Report Summary (2 pages)

National History Day Minnesota is an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12.  Sponsored in part by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota,  History Day aims to teach students how to conduct in-depth research, use primary and secondary sources, read a variety of texts, analyze and synthesize information, and write and present historical content.  All skills that will serve them well as they advance in their education.

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SELCO Features MNBA Authors

SELCO MNBA Fall 2014 Author Tour graphicFall colors are appearing as are Minnesota Book Award authors in libraries throughout the southeast.  Once again, SELCO will host a traveling author tour featuring 13 authors visiting 23 locations during 10 weeks from September through November.  Check the Author Tour postcard for dates, times and locations.

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PCLS Celebrates!

PCLS 40 anniversaryJoin current and former Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) board members, library directors, system staff and others in celebrating 40 years of service to the libraries of southwestern Minnesota.

  • Date:  Thursday, September 25, 2014
  • Time:  6:00 p.m. Reception and 6:45 p.m. Program and book signing by renowned author and humorist, Kevin Kling
  • Location: Worthington Event Center, Worthington, MN
  • RSVP:  Via email or by calling the PCLS office – 507-376-5803
  • For more information: Program flyer
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Winona Hosts Floating Librarian

Floating Library in WinonaLunch with Librarians:  The Floating Library’s Sarah Peters

When:  Friday, September 12th @ 12:00 Noon
Where:  Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room,
RSVP:  Samantha or 507-452-4860

Note:  Lunch provided. Space is limited

Sarah Peters wrote a Legacy Project Grant known as the Floating Library.  For the past few weekends in August, Peters and the Floating Library have been on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis allowing many to check out books, chapbooks, and even a book you can feed to the fish.  On Saturday, September 13th, the Floating Library will be on Lake Winona in Winona, Minnesota.

At the Lunch with Librarians, Peters will chat about the concept behind the Floating Library, how it works, and answer any questions.

For more information about Peters and the Floating Library

Star Tribune article about the Floating Library

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Hot Reads for Cold Nights

hot_reads_15_banner_1450x430_2SELCO is now accepting orders for products for the 2015 Hot Reads for Cold Nights winter reading program. This year’s theme takes its cue from the vibrant colors of the Northern Lights which glide across our skies during the depths of winter. After an evening outside viewing one of Mother Nature’s greatest light shows, folks should be plenty happy to curl up with some cocoa in one of our mugs or tug on one of our long-sleeved hoodies for some extra warmth. Check out these products and more in our order forms below!

The deadline for ordering products is October 9, 2014.

For any and all questions regarding your order, please call the SELCO office at 1.800.992.5061.

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MNBA at National Book Festival

MNBA logoThis past weekend, The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library had the honor of participating in the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington D.C. where they represented Minnesota and the Minnesota Book Awards (MNBA) in the Pavilion of the States. As the state affiliate of the National Center for the Book, The Friends were very pleased to take part in this event.

In the near future, The Friends will share information about the annual Letters About Literature essay contest — sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress — which will kick off in September. Last year 1,113 Minnesota students submitted essays for the contest, with 119 becoming finalists. Visit their website to read the winning letters.

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MDE Consultant Group Meets

The Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group conducted its first meeting on August 18 at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).  The group includes individuals knowledgeable about libraries and the delivery of library services.  Based on their legislative charge they will review options for changing library procedures and governance systems to ensure equitable and cost-effective access to library services statewide, as well as consider ways to increase access to emerging electronic services.

The MDE website will serve as the collection point for the Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group roster and all meeting materials.  All meetings are open to the public.  The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 15 from 1:30-3:30 pm. at MDE.

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McHenry Statement Regarding State-Funded Services

MDE Logo 2013Following the withdrawal of the Marshall Lyon County Library from the Plum Creek Library System (PCLS), State Library Services received several questions related to the availability of state-funded library programs and services to Marshall patrons.

Kevin McHenry, Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education, has issued a statement that provides responses to those questions and offers clarification on the eligibility to access specific services.

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MALF Offers New Programming Grant

MALF_HORIZ_VECTORA library’s Friends organization is one of its most valuable resources – a wellspring for innovative event and fundraising ideas. But while creativity and initiative may not be in short supply, funds to kick-start such programs usually are. In our continuing efforts to bridge that gap, the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) is pleased to announce its new Event and Programming Grant.

This is the perfect opportunity to finally bring your pet project to life! Simply fill out this form and mail or email it to MALF as instructed in the header. Be prepared to provide a draft plan of action, tentative timeline (including goals and objectives), intended audience, anticipated publicity efforts, a list of expected expenses, and anticipated impact on the library and/or its patrons.

Friends of the Library groups of all sizes are encouraged to apply, provided they serve a Minnesota library and are current in their MALF membership. (If necessary, annual membership dues may be submitted along with application materials.)

Each entry will be carefully considered by MALF’s Board of Directors. Please note that the Board meets only once a quarter, so plan accordingly. Note also that applicants who can prove a second source of funding, particularly another grant, will receive first priority in consideration.

Direct questions via email to MALF. We look forward to receiving your application!

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State Library Services at the State Fair

Blue Ribbon Reader 2014Join State Library Services for a photo opportunity at the State Fair on August 22, 24, 27 or 31.

Librarians and MDE staff be at the fair with a new, life-size Blue Ribbon Reader cutout that lets readers highlight their favorite book(s) and take a picture. Special guest Governor Mark Dayton is tentatively scheduled to read to children at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 27. State Library Services will also have three new bookmarks available for fair goers. One promotes early literacy practices, a second gives parents tips for keeping reading fun, and the third reminds students that a library card is an important back-to-school supply. Check out the Minnesota Department of Education booth in the Education Building.

You can also order bookmarks for your library. Please email Jackie Blagsvedt or call at 651-582-8805 for more information or to place an order.

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eBook Summit Follow-up

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014A note of appreciation and an update from Jennifer Verbrugge, Library Program and Partnership Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Education …

Thank you for participating in the Explore eBooks MN Summit!  Because of you, the Summit was an engaging day of idea-sharing and thoughtful exploration into Minnesota’s ebook future.

Here are the results of the facilitated discussion, also available on the Explore eBooks MN website, check the Summit tab. Audio recordings of the keynote speeches can also be found there, and we’ll soon add the presenters’ PowerPoint slides.

Please share your thoughts about the summit by taking a brief survey.

The results of the summit will be shared during sessions at both the upcoming ITEM and MLA conferences. We look forward to seeing you there!

Again, thank you!
–Jen Verbrugge

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MNBA Judge Applications

MNBA Call for JudgesApply today to serve as a Minnesota Book Awards judge! Qualified individuals—both experienced in judging and those new to the judging process—are encouraged to apply. Learn more here.

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MNBA celebrating Read + Ride Day at the Fair

Read and Ride no dateThe Minnesota Book Awards will join Minnesota’s public libraries on August 27 in presenting a day of free family fun in Carousel Park. There will be performers on stage all day, a scavenger hunt, dozens of authors (Kevin Kling, Chris Monroe, Erin Hart, Julie Kramer and more!), characters, crafts, trivia & games, plenty of photo ops and tons of fun.

Show your public library card at the gate for discounted admission.

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Minnesota’s Library Legacy Coordinators

MN Library Legacy Logo SmallWith cooler temps in the forecast and summer reading programs a fading memory in most communities, attention turns to school beginnings and new Legacy activities around the state.  Each region has staff coordinating events. The Legacy Coordinators often provide onsite assistance to local library staff, help write grant applications and reports, coordinate publicity efforts, offer training, and share information specific to the success of unique regional endeavors undertaken with Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds. Listed below are the individuals responsible for assisting with Library Legacy activities.

Region Legacy Coordinator
Arrowhead Library System Chris Magnusson
East Central Regional Library Cortney Walbridge
Great River Regional Library Beth Ringsmuth-Stolpman
Kitchigami Regional Library System Stephanie Langer
Lake Agassiz Regional Library Jenna Kahly
MELSA Melinda Ludwiczak
Northwest Regional Library Emily Savageau
Pioneerland Library System Laurie Ortega
Plum Creek Library System Chris Lang
SELCO Jeremy Kittleson
Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative Jessica Kreutter
Viking Library System Gail Nordstrom

In addition to these individuals designated as the regional Legacy Coordinators, the system director and other regional library staff may be very involved in Legacy activities. Check individual regional websites for more information about upcoming programs and other opportunities.

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Mini Grants for Learning

Mini Grant Opportunities for Playful Learning Spaces and Out-of-School Learning Collaborative Programs

State Library Services is pleased to announce a second round of two competitive grant opportunities — Playful Learning in Libraries Mini Grants and Expanded Learning through Libraries Mini Grants. With streamlined applications, mini grants are short term grant awards of up to $10,000 for projects taking place from approximately early-January through September 30, 2015.

Playful Learning in Libraries Mini Grants are offered to bolster the capacity of public libraries to provide welcoming and engaging play-friendly spaces and experiences that engage children ages 0-8 and their parents/caregivers in play and learning. These projects will also ensure that early learners experience a variety of playful activities that support their growth across the six domains of Minnesota’s early childhood indicators of progress. A Playful Learning in Libraries Mini Grant application guidance webinar will be held on August 19, 2014 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. For more information about this opportunity, please email Jackie Blagsvedt, LSTA Coordinator or call 651-582-8805.

Expanded Learning through Libraries Mini Grants are designed to support activity-based partnerships between schools and public libraries.  The overarching goal is to increase organizational capacity to connect students with meaningful out-of-school time opportunities that improve literacy, academic achievement, college readiness and more. An Expanded Learning Mini Grant application guidance webinar will be held on August 19, 2014 from 3:30- 4:30 p.m. For more information about this opportunity, please email Jennifer Verbrugge, Library Program and Partnership Coordinator or call 651-582-8356.

Grant opportunity documents, including timelines, are available on MDE’s grants management site.

To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Jackie Blagsvedt, LSTA Coordinator. Note: The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) requires advance notice in order to provide the requested accommodation and requires a 48-hour notice to cancel a requested accommodation.

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MLA Conference Registration – Open

Conference Registration is Open!MLA conference logo 2014

With over 60 sessions, the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) offers something for everyone. The two-day annual conference schedule will cross eight session times and offer nine professional tracks:

  • Administration & Leadership
  • Authors, Literature, and Programming
  • Children & Young Adults
  • Collection Management & Technical Services
  • Digital Information & Technologies
  • Diversity
  • Library Trustees & Friends
  • Professional Development
  • Public Services

In addition, conference goers will enjoy a silent auction fundraiser for the Minnesota Library Association Foundation, countless networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall with vendors showcasing library products and services.

Early-bird discounted rates end August 31.

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Read and Ride Day at the Fair


Join fair-goers and library-lovers for Read and Ride Day  on Wednesday, August 27 for the Minnesota State Fair discount day. Anyone showing a library card at the ticket booth will receive a discount. As part of the celebration there will be a Read & Ride library event in Carousel Park (in front of the Grand Stand) from 9:00am – 5:00pm with free family activities.

Library Ambassadors are key to making the event a success so volunteer now! Find available shifts & sign-up here. All library staff are welcome (in accordance with your library’s policies). Ambassadors receive a gate pass to the Fair & a cool t-shirt! Plus a whole lot of fun!

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Creative Aging Training Opportunity

Lifetime Arts: Creative Aging Librarian Training Institute

September 16-17, 2014, 9 AM-4 PM
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Doty Board Room

This two-day training institute will prepare Minnesota librarians to advance creative aging in their communities, expand librarians’ connections to other aging and arts professionals, and contribute to the development of libraries as key institutions for positive aging. Participating librarians will learn how to initiate, develop and implement professionally-conducted arts education programs for older adults in their local libraries. Curriculum topics include:

  • Creative Aging Best Practices (featuring library case studies
  • Adult Learning/Arts Instruction
  • Community Partnerships
  • Internal and External Needs and Assets Assessments
  • Planning and Implementation Strategies for Creative Aging Programs:
    • Determining Community Interests
    • Selecting and Working with a Teaching Artist
    • Recruiting Participants
    • Documentation and Evaluation Approaches
    • Promotion and Communications
    • Strategies for Sustainability.

Registration open to 50 librarians. Training presented by Lifetime Arts.

Fee: Free, continental breakfast and lunch included both days.
Training supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Meals funded by MELSA.

For more information, contact Melinda Ludwiczak, MELSA Project Manager,  651-645-5731

Click here to register

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MNBA Seeks Eligible Books

MNBA logoNominations for the Minnesota Book Awards Open

The shelves in the Minnesota Book Awards (MNBA) office are empty and the MNBA staff can’t wait to watch them fill up again with the fantastic Minnesota books being published in 2014.

Authors, publishers, and agents may nominate an eligible book by completing the online nomination form and submitting five nonreturnable copies of the book, plus a $45 nomination fee. The entry guidelines are available online.  Nominations accepted from Friday, August 1 through Friday, December 5, 2014.

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Club Book – Summer & Fall Schedule

MELSA Club BookClub Book is proud to announce the new lineup for the Summer/Fall 2014 Season. Club Book brings best-selling and award-winning national and regional authors to libraries throughout the seven-county Twin Cities region. A program of Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) and coordinated by Library Strategies, Club Book is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. All events are free and open to the public!

Podcasts of this season’s discussions will be available a few days after each event at www.clubbook.org and on iTunes. Last season’s podcasts are available for streaming and download, so check them out!

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23 Mobile Things – Complete!

23MobileThings AvatarThe first offering of 23 Mobile Things is complete!

Sponsored by Minnesota’s multitype systems, 23 Mobile Things was a self-paced, online learning opportunity that helped participants learn about mobile apps, and gain an a better understanding of their Android and Apple mobile devices.  Initiated on January 15  and extended until July 15, 2014, over 100 library staff completed all “23 things” and became eligible for prizes.

For those who didn’t finish or didn’t start, watch for another round in October 2014.

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MLA Strategic Plan

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The MLA Board continues to work on implementing the strategic plan shared at the  Membership Meeting at last Fall’s Annual Conference.

The areas of focus are:

  • Engaging our members
  • Strengthening our organization
  • Developing and equipping our leaders
  • Educating and activating a library support network

We are working on projects in all of these areas. We have started a review of our own MLA information (membership, budget, committees, etc.) to better understand our current environment, and are planning to survey other state library associations in the coming months to see how we compare to similar organizations and discover what we may learn from them. We will also be reaching out to you, MLA members, to get your feedback on a range of issues and to make sure that we are meeting your needs. Thanks in advance for your participation in this process!

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Strengthen Libraries Together: MALF Workshop

MALF_HORIZ_VECTORThe Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) will partner with libraries and Friends of the Library groups to bring a free workshop, Strengthening Libraries Together, to five Minnesota communities this September. Attendees will learn ways to increase Friends of the Library membership and raise significant funds for their libraries. They will also have an opportunity to share ideas and network with others facing similar challenges.

Sessions include:

  • Duluth Public Library, Saturday, September 6, 9:30am-3:00pm, Register by August 30
  • Ramsey County Library – Roseville, Monday, September 15, 4:30pm-8:30pm, Register by September 8
  • Rochester Public Library, Thursday September 18, 1:00pm-7:00pm, Register by September 11
  • Lake Agassiz Regional Library – Moorhead, Saturday, September 20, 9:30am-3:00pm, Register by September 13
  • Great River Regional Library – St. Cloud, Saturday, September 27, 9:30am-3:00pm, Register by September 20

Presenter:  The workshops will be led by Melissa Brechon, a library consultant who brings 25 years of applicable experience as a librarian and administrator. Session highlights include a keynote titled “Ten Things I Know to Be True (About Friends of the Library Fundraising),” in which Brechon will explore current trends and best practices for Friends’ fundraising and membership solicitation. Workshops will also include a panel discussion featuring local Friends. Attendees will come away energized by new ideas for organizational growth and successful community initiatives.

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. Note: To enjoy a complimentary lunch or dinner, you must register at least one full week before your workshop. Registration takes only a moment online. Visit the MALF website and click on the “Workshops” graphic on the home page. (Alternatively: Send an email at info@mnlibraryfriends.org to reserve your spot.)

Strengthen Libraries Together press release

Strengthen Libraries Together workshop promotional flyer

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Call for Construction Grant Reviewers

State Library Services invites applications from individuals interested in participating on the Library Construction Grant review panel. Reviewers will read and score applications and assess applications for adherence to Library Construction Grant guidelines. The panel will meet in October. Please submit a resume and a brief letter detailing experience with library construction projects and services to library patrons with disabilities by 4:30 p.m. on Friday August 1, 2014 to Emily Kissane.

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Library Construction Grant Applications

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State Library Services is pleased to announce that 2014 Library Construction Grant program applications are available. The program provides public libraries with funding for renovation, construction, and improvement projects that result in more accessible library facilities. Projects may:

  • Remove architectural barriers from a library building or site.
  • Remediate conditions hazardous to health or safety.
  • Renovate or expand an existing building for use as a library.
  • Construct a new library.

The 2014 Minnesota Legislature allocated a total of $2,000,000 to the program, with $570,000 for the city of Jackson, $257,000 for the city of Perham, $50,000 for the city of Bagley, and remaining funds for competitive grant awards.

Application forms and instructions are available at the Department of Education’s Grants Management site. Scroll to Library Construction Grant opportunity. Completed applications are due October 2, 2014.

An informational webinar is scheduled for Friday, August 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call 1-888-742-5095or participate via WebEx. Pre-registration is not required.

Please contact Emily Kissane or 651-582-8508 for more information, the complete timeline, or to request a reasonable accommodation to attend the online meeting. Note: The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) requires a two-week advance notice in order to provide the requested accommodation and requires a 48-hour notice to cancel a requested accommodation.

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LTC 2015 Planning Survey

LTC 2015 logoHelp the 2015 Library Technology Conference planners. Complete this brief survey.

The LTC planners aspire to offer a conference that covers a wide variety of topics related to libraries and technology, and that both appeal to and represent the interests of a broad range of library professionals. We’re trying to find out what kinds of support might be helpful for potential speakers or presenters.

Thank you in advance for completing the survey.

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eContent Creation in Libraries

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014eContent Creation in Libraries:  Explore eBooks MN Webinar, 5th and final in a series

Academic, public and K-12 libraries are increasingly involved in e-content creation. K-12 libraries, for example, foster efforts by schools and school districts to create and make accessible standards-driven open education resources. Academic libraries have opportunities to support the creation of eTextbooks and as self-publishing takes hold, public libraries have a potential role to play in the creation, publishing and distribution process. This session will highlight the ways in which libraries of all types are participating in eContent creation and Open Access Publishing.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1–2 p.m.

Presenters: Joy Kirchner, University of Minnesota and Sybil Smith, CEO of Smith House Press Publishing Consultants

As associate university librarian for content and collections and interim Co-AUL for research and learning at the University of Minnesota, Joy Kirchner is a member of the senior leadership team where she oversees two of the Libraries divisions that manage collections acquisitions, development, preservation and publishing. A chief priority this year included the roll-out of a Content Services Initiative that involved conceptualizing, implementing and promoting sustainable services for content creation and publishing for scholarly and creative works for the campus community.

Sybil Smith has been publishing books since 1982 and is CEO of Smith House Press Publishing Consultants, which helps authors successfully self-publish their own books. She also owns two publishing companies, Smith House Press and FINS Publications, and regularly gives seminars including “Congratulations, You Have Written a Book…Now What?” and “How to Write, Publish and Sell Your eBook.”

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