Author Archives: Ann Hutton

Announcing MNBA Finalists

On Saturday, January 28, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced the finalists in nine categories for the 29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards.  Reviewed and chosen by 27 judges from around the state – writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2017-01-26

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Dayton’s Budget Plan Governor Dayton announced a budget plan earlier this … Continue reading

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Legislative Day Registration Opens

Minnesota Library Legislative Day is just around the corner. Library supporters are invited to converge at the Capitol for this important annual event on February 21-22. Although Wednesday is the highlight, activities begin on Tuesday at the Rice Street Library. … Continue reading

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New Season of Club Book

Club Book is proud to announce the new lineup for the Winter/Spring 2017 Season. Club Book brings best-selling and award-winning national and regional authors to libraries throughout the seven-county Twin Cities region.  This MELSA Library Legacy program is coordinated by … Continue reading

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ECRL photo makes MN Reflections calendar

This photo of the old bookmobile in Stanchfield was selected as a cover shot for the MN Reflections 2017 calendar. In May 1960, a photograph was taken of people standing in line for the East Central Regional Library bookmobile in … Continue reading

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VLS Seeks Executive Director

The Viking Library System (VLS) announces an excellent opportunity to lead a well-established federated regional public library system.  Services are provided directly to the public through bookmobile and outreach services and indirectly through 11 independent member libraries. The system is … Continue reading

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February Legislative Day

Just announced:  Library Legislative Day will be held Wednesday, February 22. Briefings will be offered Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.  Times and locations are still being finalized.  Mark your calendar now and plan to join library supporters at the Capitol.

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ECRL Executive Director Search

The East Central Regional Library (ECRL) announces the upcoming vacancy and search for a new Executive Director. The successful candidate will be the Executive Director of a 6-county consolidated public library system in east central Minnesota which operates 14 branches and … Continue reading

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SELCO Executive Director Search

Job search underway in the southeast.  SELCO seeks an individual with strong leadership skills to provide direction for a diverse membership and manage SELCO staff at its headquarters in Rochester. SELCO has created customized webpages offering information to prospective candidates … Continue reading

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Hot Reads in LARL

Lake Agassiz Regional Library is thrilled to invite it’s reading public to participate in Hot Reads for Cold Nights, an annual winter reading program for adults. The LARL program rules are simple: read or listen to four books, audiobooks, eBooks, or eAudiobooks … Continue reading

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Minitex to enhance eBook app

Library users will more easily access eBooks across multiple systems thanks to SimplyE, a free app from phones and tablets that is being further developed at Minitex. SimplyE, developed by the New York Public Library, eliminates the need for a … Continue reading

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ARSL successful & sends thanks

With over 500 participants representing rural and small libraries in nearly every state and Canada, the recent ARSL – Association of Rural & Small Libraries annual conference in Fargo was a success.  CRPLSA provided financial support by underwriting the keynote … Continue reading

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National Library Legislative Day 2017

Registration for National Library Legislative Day 2017 is now open. To find information about the event, to register, or to book a hotel room, visit ala.org/nlld. As with previous years, National Library Legislative Day 2017 will be held at the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Loves Libraries Launched

Today marks the official launch of Minnesota Loves Libraries, a statewide, grassroots advocacy campaign set to run through January. We are looking for stories that exemplify service, community connections, and individual success. Have you had a positive interaction with a library staff … Continue reading

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Winter Reading Programs

Blustery weather and long winter nights provide the perfect excuse to snuggle down with a good book (or two, or three).  The Arrowhead Library System and SELCO winter reading programs will enhance the reading enjoyment whether the reader chooses a … Continue reading

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LARL 1000 Before Kindergarten

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) is happy to announce the launch of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a program designed to foster relationship-building and brain development while preparing youth for kindergarten. Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2016-12-02

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. State Budget Forecast Released State officials released the November budget forecast for the state of Minnesota … Continue reading

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Minnesota Loves Libraries close to launch

It’s almost here — Libraries throughout the state are nearly ready to launch the first-ever, statewide Minnesota Loves Libraries campaign! The time has come to begin gathering stories of how libraries make a difference in people’s lives so we can … Continue reading

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LibTech Registration Opens in 7 Days

Competition is always steep for the limited seating at the annual Library Technology Conference.  Registration has been known to fill up in hours.  Get set now to register on Wednesday, December 7th at 12:00 Noon (CST). For more information or … Continue reading

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Library Legacy Summary

Ready to go to press!  Celebrating Arts & Culture: Minnesota Regional Public Library Systems Legacy Amendment Highlights CRPLSA has produced a visually compelling written summary of public programs and activities funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Celebrating Arts … Continue reading

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First Legislative Update for the 2017 Session

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. House and Senate GOP leadership announced committee structures and chairs today. They worked to align the … Continue reading

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KRLS & MELSA make it an even dozen!

With board action by the Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS) and MELSA trustees, the library community has unanimous support by 12 regions for a 2017 legislative initiative to change the Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) formula. This new initiative … Continue reading

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Children Play & Learn in ECRL

Children hardly needed a tutorial in how to interact with the new Play and Learn space during an open house November 2, 2016, at North Branch Area Library of East Central Regional Library (ECRL). Parents and their little ones learned … Continue reading

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MILE 2017

Participate in The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE) 2017 — Leading for Life! Are you currently in a leadership position? Do you want to work towards entering a leadership position or role? Do you find yourself … Continue reading

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New TdSLC Director Announced

On Thursday, November 17, the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (TdSLC) Board of Directors formally endorsed the hiring of a new Executive Director. The new Executive Director will be Ms. Ann Hokanson, currently the Director of the Austin, Minnesota, Public … Continue reading

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Libraries Respond

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services has created Libraries Respond as a space for us to help keep current events in conversation with libraries’ ongoing work in and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This page will … Continue reading

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VLS Endorses RLBSS Formula Change

On November 15, 2016, the Viking Library System Board approved a resolution supporting a change in the formula by which Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) is calculated and the state aid is distributed to the 12 regions.  The resolution … Continue reading

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Summer Reading Resource Fair POSTPONED

Due to anticipated heavy snow and possible blizzard-like conditions, the GRRL staff will postpone the Summer Reading Resource Fair.  The Fair was planned for this Friday, November 18. The RESCHEDULED Summer Reading Program Resource Fair will be held on Friday, December … Continue reading

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Lake Superior Libraries Unsymposium

Sometimes you need a break from the average conference.  You need an UNCONFERENCE! Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Lake Superior Libraries Mid-Winter Unsymposium at UW-Superior’s Jim Dan Hill Library! Join us on January 6, 2017 for an afternoon … Continue reading

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Misselt to Retire

After nine years at the helm of East Central Regional Library (ECRL), Barbara Misselt will retire April 1, 2017.  In a letter accepted by the ECRL Board, she wrote: Thank you for the opportunity to lead this organization in providing … Continue reading

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CRPLSA at AMC

CRPLSA will once again participate at the Association of Minnesota Counties annual conference, December 5-6, 2016.  System Directors will staff a booth in the exhibit area and share information about libraries serving Minnesota’s 87 counties.

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Winter Bees Wins an Emmy!

Congratulations on the Emmy win for Winter Bees: And Other Poems of the Cold about the making of a Minnesota Book Award-winning children’s book. This Beyond the Book television special was a production by TPT in partnership with The Friends of the St. Paul … Continue reading

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SELCO approves formula change initiative

The SELCO Board of Directors unanimously supports the resolution to seek a formula change and an increase in the annual appropriation of Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS).  The proposed formula change will reduce the Equalization factor of the formula … Continue reading

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St. Cloud Library Reopening

The headquarters of the Great River Regional Library (GRRL)  – the St. Cloud Public Library will offer limited services beginning Monday, October 24 as cleaning and restoration work in the St. Cloud Public Library continues. The closing and cleanup work … Continue reading

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Formula change support grows!

Recent action at mid-month board meetings on October 20 moved forward the possibility of a 2017 legislative initiative to change the Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) formula.  The most recent approvals were from: Lake Agassiz Regional Library Northwest Regional Library … Continue reading

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GRRL & PCLS Support Formula Change

The regional library boards governing Great River Regional Library (GRRL) and Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) approved supporting resolutions to seek a statutory formula change tied with an increase in the  annual Regional Library Basic System Support appropriation.  The formula change … Continue reading

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