Author Archives: Ann Hutton

Ten Pigs in the News

Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, author and illustrator,  Derek Anderson and the Dodge Center Public Library made the morning news in southeastern Minnesota. Check out the KTTC news broadcast.

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Library Lobbyist Survey

A Request from MLA, ITEM, CRPLSA and the Multitypes, please take the Lobbyist Evaluation Survey The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) holds a letter of agreement for governmental affairs consultant services with Capitol Hill Associates, Inc. on behalf of MLA, ITEM, … Continue reading

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New GRRL Website

Just in time for summer, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) launched a new website on June 21.  It immediately offers offers a spash of color with “river” of bookcovers and bold clickable images for library information topics. GRRLs’ primary goals … Continue reading

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Hutton to retire

Ann Hutton, SELCO Executive Director since 1996, has announced her plans to retire May 1, 2017.  In her letter to the SELCO Board of Directors she stated: Having started my library career as a school librarian in Wisconsin, a state … Continue reading

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Legislative Forum 2016 – Registration Open!

Calling all MLA and ITEM members and library advocates and trustees — you are invited to gather at Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud on Tuesday, July 12th from 9:00am until 3:00pm for the annual Library Legislative Forum. This … Continue reading

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SELCO’s MNBA Publicity

SELCO created personalized press kits for nine Minnesota Book Award finalists and winners to help promote recent author visits.  The press materials always include a general press release, a sample Facebook post, and a tweet for the library’s Twitter account. … Continue reading

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Apply Now for ARSL Scholarships

Scholarships applications are still being accepted for The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)  annual conference.  Apply by June 30! ARSL Conference Scholarships   Join librarians from around the country at North of Normal, October 27-29, 2016 at the … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2016-06-10

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Monday, May 23, 2016 by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Tax Bill Veto: On Monday of this week, Governor Dayton pocket-vetoed … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes at the Library…

Floating Collection East Central Regional Library (ECRL) is moving towards a floating collection throughout its 14 branch consolidated region.  During the pilot period, floating non-print (CDs, DVDs, and books on CD) has demonstrated increased circulation in those areas. Regional staff … Continue reading

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Refresh and Revitalize Your Friends Group: MALF Workshop

MALF Brings a New Workshop Series to Minnesota Libraries By popular demand, “Revitalization” is the focus of this year’s Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) annual workshop series.  Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of United for Libraries, will lead and … Continue reading

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Selfie for MLA at 125

As part of the 125th anniversary celebrations, MLA will collect video selfies. Don’t be camera shy.  Share your best MLA memory in two minutes or less. Here is how: Start by introducing yourself … name, library affiliation (current or past), … Continue reading

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MELSA wraps up a successful Club Book

As MELSA wraps up a successful Winter/Spring 2016 Club Book season, sincere thanks to the incredible authors who visited the Twin Cities, as well as the wonderful libraries who hosted events. The guest authors shared inspiring stories about their work, … Continue reading

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2016 Legislative Session Ends

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Monday, May 23, 2016 by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. The 2016 legislative session has ended with very mixed results. Last … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2016-05-19

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. End of Session Negotiations: There is still no agreement between legislative leaders and Governor Dayton on … Continue reading

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2016 Legislative Forum

Save the date — July 12! The annual Library Legislative Forum will be held at the St. Cloud Public Library/Great River Regional Library headquarters on July 12th. Mark your calendars! More information will be coming soon.

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Legislative Update 2016-05-16

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. End of Session Negotiations: The legislative session is nearing the end. Legislators must adjourn no later … Continue reading

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Successful Teen Lit Con 2016

Teen Lit Con 2016: A Huge Success   With an endorsement as the “best event of its kind in the US” from none other than National Book Award Winner Neal Shusterman, Teen Lit Con 2016 closed another chapter on this widely … Continue reading

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NLLD Photos

From Washington, DC and the halls of government…                                           ALA’s photostream for NLLD 2016

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Llamas Visit the Library

Llama Llama Pajama Party Even a light drizzle on a gray afternoon did not deter over 950 library patrons bedecked in PJs from visiting the St. Cloud Public Library for the annual Llama Llama Pajama Party.  Two llamas were tucked … Continue reading

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TdSLC Seeks Executive Director

The Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (TdSLC) is looking for an Executive Director.  This dynamic and challenging position will manage a cooperative that serves libraries in a nine county area around Mankato, Minnesota.  Mankato is a vibrant, fast-growing city, home … Continue reading

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Minnesotans in Washington

A small continent of Minnesotans visited our nation’s Capitol this National Library Legislative Day, May 2-3, 2016. Jim Weikum, ALS Director and former Minnesota Library Association Legislative Chair, led the group. Also attending NLLD were Judith Schotzko, a SELCO Board … Continue reading

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10 Pigs visits ALS

The traveling trunk show featuring author / illustrator, Derek Anderson and Ten Pigs is off to a rollicking good time in the Arrowhead Library System (ALS). Squeals abounded at the Falls Elementary School in International Falls and the Duluth Public … Continue reading

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ARSL Registration Open

Early Bird  conference registration open!   Register now for this fun-filled, informative conference coming to the upper Midwest on Wednesday, October 26 – Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Fargo. Take advantage of this unique close-to-home opportunity to connect, learn and … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2016-05-02

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. The Senate bonding bill (SF 2839) was released this morning, and it contains good news for … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2016-04-29

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. The legislative session must end no later than 3 weeks from Monday.  Here is an update … Continue reading

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MNBA 2016 Pix & Vid

Check out 2016 Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony photos and video

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ALS with new web look

Just launched — a new Arrowhead Library System website! The ALS website design and migration was managed by Art Unlimited, an online marketing firm,  in Angora, Minnesota.  ALS issued an RFP in Fall 2015 that required a hosted site and … Continue reading

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GRRL Vans on the Road

Great River Regional Library’s (GRRL) new vans hit the road this week. The vans are wrapped in graphics and serve as traveling billboards for the region. The designs are the work of Public Relations Graphic Designer, Bernadette Stephenson.

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PCLS Supports Broadband

The Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) endorsed the Minnesota Broadband Vision through a Resolution passed April 4, 2016. Vision Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in … Continue reading

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Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2016

Registration for the fifth annual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium is now open! LSLS16, “NOW That’s What I Call Libraries!” will be held on Friday, May 20th, 2016 at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Library staff, administrators, trustees, … Continue reading

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Get Carded in International Falls

Watch and enjoy the International Falls Public Library’s community-wide campaign to encourage residents to get a library card and discovery the valuable resources at the library and online.

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MNBA Winners 2016

And the winners are…  Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall   (Children’s Literature) No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions by Ryan Berg   (Nonfiction) The Grave Soul by Ellen Hart   (Genre Fiction) Water and What … Continue reading

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Success = Library Legislative Day

Despite the construction making navigation around the Capitol complex a bit tricky, the beautiful spring weather and productive office visits made the 2016 Minnesota Library Legislative a success.  Every year library supporters from across the state go to Library Day … Continue reading

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New MELSA Legacy Coordinator

MELSA has selected Andrea McKennan as the new Public Information Specialist.  Her duties will overlap those previously assigned to Melinda Ludwiczak, the former MELSA Project Manager who retired April 15.  Andrea will be responsible for Library Legacy program coordination and staff … Continue reading

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PLD Day 2016 Reminder

Time is running out to register for PLD Day 2016! Join fellow public library staff for an inspiring day of talks by Gwen Westberg of Patina stores, staff from the University of Minnesota’s TRiO program, and Valerie Horton of Minitex. … Continue reading

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