Cow in Pioneerland

Cow and McLeod County Dairy Princesses 2015-07
Cow & the McLeod County Dairy Princesses in Glencoe

Hello Once Upon a Reader fans,

Cow took a day off from her summer vacation to visit two libraries in the Pioneerland Library System (PLS) yesterday. Mike and I went along to act as her assistants.

In Glencoe, she presented to a group of 100 kids and adults in the beautifully renovated old high school. She was beside herself with joy when she was made an honorary Dairy Princess, but then again, she also felt is was only a matter of time before her regal nature was recognized. Thanks to Slade for making the trek out to Glencoe to film the show for posterity.

On the western edge of Minnesota in Dawson, Cow gave an evening presentation to a small, but receptive group of 30 in the high school performing arts auditorium. It was wonderful that every family was able to go home with their own free copy of the book.

Cow is already back in vacation mode, at the beach in the new swim attire designed by Kim Faurot. If the paparazzi can get close enough to her, you might be subjected to some lakeside photos of Cow later next month. In the meantime, here are a few photos from yesterday.

David, Mike and of course, Cow

PS – More pictures of Cow

ShoStoWriMo at GRRL

To celebrate Short Story Writing Month, the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) sought  short, short stories of 32 words or less inspired by this historical photograph from the Minnesota Digital Library.

Patrons were asked, “What’s the story here?” and then encouraged to download the submission form to write a short, short story.  Writers could submit their short story online or in person at any GRRL between November 15 to December 15, 2014.

Stories were posted on the library’s website or in local branch library locations during last year’s Winter Reading Program in January and February, 2015.

GRRL short story sample 2014-2015

Click below for two more samples as highlighted on the GRRL Facebook page.

Sample 1

Sample 2

 

Cow Tours SELCO

A travelogue from Minnesota Author, David LaRochelle as he travels the state with Minnesota Illustrator, Mike Wohnoutka and the Once Upon a Reader star performer – Cow and their adventures in SELCO.

Hello Once Upon a Reader folks!Cow profile pix-crop

June is National Dairy Month so Cow was in high demand for guest appearances, but she took time from her busy schedule to join Mike and me as we visited six more SELCO libraries Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. Once again the wonderful folks at SELCO (Amy, Amy, Reagan, Cindy and all the great librarians we met) did a fabulous job of welcoming us at each stop.

Monday’s rain didn’t keep the 125 attendees away from joining us at the Rochester Public Library. Despite some bad driving from David (I wish I could blame it on Cow), we made it to our second stop just in the nick of time, which was one of our most unusual venues to date: the weight room at the Rochester Family YMCA. 80 day camp kids and their counselors, spanning a very wide age-range, joined us in this unique location. Cow being the star that she is took it all in stride.

Tuesday was a beautiful day for a drive to the small town of Dodge Center where 50 kids packed the cozy meeting room in the library. It was then on to Spring Valley where Jenny Simon and her crew had the entire library decked out for our visit, with cow balloons, milk cans, window paintings, the Moo! Story Walk, dozens of cow books, and after our show, milk and cookies and a LIVE COW. 200 kids and their caregivers joined us under the storybook tree in the children’s area for our show.

Wednesday morning we had an audience of 150 at the Austin Public Library. We bypassed the Spam Museum (we were afraid it might hit a little too close to home for Cow), and headed to Albert Lea for a performance to 100 in the afternoon. Both libraries had beautiful lake views and the librarians in both stops were well prepared for our visit.

Thanks to all the librarians and the wonderful women at SELCO who made these visits so successful. We are glad that we get to work with you again in September.

Cow is out touring on her own at the moment, but I thought I’d pass along some of the photos from her appearances this past week.

Your bovine buddies,

David, Mike, and Cow

More photos of Cow’s travels throughout Minnesota

Wyoming Moo-ooo Walk

ECRL Moo storywalk 2015-06Special events abound for Once Upon a Reader
a statewide one-book program designed for Pre-K children to promote early literacy skills.  Even walking and reading at the same time in the East Central Regional Library (ECRL) !

Once Upon a Reader encourages young children and their parents or caregivers to read together.  The featured title for the inaugural two year event is MOO! by Minnesota author David LaRochelle and Minnesota illustrator, Mike Wohnoutka.  The program is being promoted in public libraries throughout the state.

 

A CRPLSA sponsored Library Legacy activity with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

ALS Sculpture installed in Grand Marais

ALS Grand Marais sculpture installation 2015-06
Installation in progress

The Grand Marais Public Library, an Arrowhead Library System (ALS) member, hosted a sculpture dedication on Friday, June 5 to celebrate the installation of a new work of public art.  The local artist and sculptor Tom Christiansen,was on hand at the dedication as were other local and regional dignitaries.

The sculpture is constructed of spun aluminum. Arranged around the top of the 17-foot tower are a number of large puzzle pieces in bright red, blue or yellow primary colors.  It is easily visible to residents and visitors  traveling along Minnesota’s north shore as the new art piece is located on the the lawn between the library and Highway 61.

Christiansen was selected from a group of fourteen submissions to the initial request for proposal from the library board. There were four finalists, the other three being Nancy Seaton and Sharon Frykman both of Grand Marais and Ann Klefstad of Duluth.

This new addition to the public art presence in Grand Marais was paid for by the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment through Library Legacy funds made available to the Arrowhead Library System.

MDE Directives for Library Legacy Funds

MN Library Legacy Logo SmallThe Library Legacy appropriation provides grant funds  to the 12 Minnesota regional library systems with the intent “to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota.”

As distributed by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) these funds “may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries.”  To support these efforts, MDE outlines the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund priorities and outcomes for libraries.

As reference in Minnesota Session Law 137

More of Cow’s Adventures

Cow and David with library fans 2015-05Hello Team MOO!

Cow (and Mike and David) have had a very successful month of May, mooing from the top to bottom of Minnesota. 

On May 8 Cow traveled far north, to visit 140 K, 1st, and 2nd graders at the Warren elementary school in the morning, and then performed for 70 folks at the Thief River Falls Public Library in the afternoon. A few days later she made a southern tour of the state, visiting over 200 kids at the Owatonna Public Library in the morning of May 11, and over 200 kids at the stunning Buckham Memorial Library in Faribault in the afternoon. The next day she was eager to visit with 120 day care kids at the Plainview Public Library and then had one of her largest crowds to date, over 250 kindergarteners at the Red Wing Public Library in the afternoon. Her final show of the month was on “da range,” visiting 170 attendees in Mountain Iron.

Once again librarians were incredible, providing lots of activities and handouts for kids to enjoy, and making our job very easy.

All this traveling can be exhausting, even for a seasoned veteran like Cow. She’s now on hiatus for over a month, at a location she’d rather not disclosed for fear of being mobbed by her adoring fans, but she’ll be ready to resume her road tour at the end of June (which she is quick to point out is National Dairy Month).

Here’s her latest photo gallery and pictures from her earlier travels

From Cow’s crew,
David and Mike

Minnesota Byways for VLS

Ohman MN Byways Pulbic Library book cover.inddDoug Ohman has traveled the state to document historic sites and structures that are quickly being lost to history. During a tour of Viking Library System (VLS) libraries, Doug will share personal stories and the captivating history of some of Minnesota’s most treasured buildings, sites, and monuments  featured in his book series “Minnesota Byways.”

For dates, times and locations, check the VLS  calendar of Library Legacy programs.

Made possible with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

NEW MHS Program Offerings

MHS Library Legacy Partnership Logo
The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) has been working hard to create engaging, exciting programs that meet the needs of the library adult audience. They are proud to release the newest Adult Programming Catalog. The programs in this brochure are available to take place in libraries anytime between September 2015 and March 2016.

Last year, MHS tested offering the historic craft offerings as a series. This was very popular and therefore that option is back. Libraries can book just one, or if they are interested in hosting a series – all three. Participants of the workshop this year will learn the art of letter writing, everything from hand lettering to DIY monograms to beautiful pop-up cards.

The lecture offerings highlight favorite topics and speakers: the History of Baseball in Minnesota, WWI and its impact on Minnesota, and back by popular demand – Arn Kind! He’ll be using his highly interactive presentation style to the topic of Minnesota’s Firsts.

Finally, MHS will share a third and final offering that will make a huge impact on local communities — a Dementia Friends Training and Workshop. This training will educate participants in the basics of dementia, tools to be a better “friend” to those caring for or living with dementia, and techniques for creating conversation and connection through historical objects and photographs. MHS hopes you will decide to share this training and spark an important conversation about preparing Dementia Friendly communities in Minnesota.

Minnesota Historical Society Library Programming Catalog Fall: September 2015 – March 2016

Mooing in Vikingland

Since she was in Vikingland, Cow wanted to dress the part
Since she was in Vikingland, Cow wanted to dress the part

Hello MOO! Followers,

Cow (and Mike and David) were out on the road last week, visiting six libraries in the Viking Library System (VLS). All three of us were very, very happy to have Tom Lieberman with us, playing live music before, during, and after our shows. What a rich experience his music made these presentations. We were chaperoned by Gail Nordstrom who joined us at every library, brought us treats, and made us feel like royalty (which of course Cow thinks she is). Thank you, Gail, for your planning, organizing, and thoughtfulness which made this such a successful trip for all of us.

We began our tour on Monday, April 27, with 200 kindergartners and preschoolers joining us in the gym adjacent to the Douglas County Library. Our evening presentation was at a gorgeous old Carnegie Library in Glenwood, where Leslie Randall rolled out the red carpet for us. 70 attendees squeezed into the children’s area for our show. We had a great dinner with Gail and Leslie sitting outside along a lake, watching the sunset and listening to loons. Spring had arrived.

Cow was speechless (almost) when she met Big Ole in Alexandria
Cow was speechless (almost) when she met Big Ole in Alexandria

Tuesday, April 27 we were in the basement of the Thorson Memorial Library. Like all the libraries we visited on this trip, they were very prepared for our visit. 110 kids showed up to see Cow (and Tom and Mike and me). In the evening at the Fergus Falls Library, 105 attendees pulled themselves away from the beautiful spring weather to hear our show.
On our last day, April 28, it was standing room only at the Morris Public Library where 210 attendees crowded in to see us. Our final presentation was to 70 attendees at the Charles M. Dale Elementary School in Browns Valley. We were serenaded by Native American drumming as we left, an opportunity we doubt whether we will have again.

Cow picked out some of her favorite photos to send you. We hope you enjoy them. She is packing again, because we leave tomorrow for Thief River Falls and Warren.

Moo! to one and all!

David, Mike, and Cow

Once Upon a Reader, the Moo! Trunk Shows, and all of Cow’s Adventures are made possible with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

ALS Celebrates Civil War History

Arn Kind visited libraries across the Arrowhead Library System (ALS) to share information about the American Civil War in this  final year of the sesquicentennial commemoration.

Through drama, role-playing and living history experiences, Kind gives participants an understanding of this turbulent time and brings history alive. He dresses as a Union soldier and describes the uniform, equipment, and weapons used by soldiers.

A very important part of Arn’s presentations are the artifacts, uniforms and equipment that participants handle as part of this hands-on history experience. At the end, audience members may choose to play an active role in historical events by becoming recruits in the Union Army as they are sworn in and learn some of the rudiments of Hardee’s Light Infantry Tactics Drill Manual while handling wooden replicas of Civil War muskets.

Front page coverage of this ALS program in the Mesabi Daily News with more on  page A12 and even more on page C1

Arn Kind is a member of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment; a reenactment group based out of Fort Snelling. Because this group is noted for its authenticity, they have appeared in many documentaries and historical feature films such as The Blue and the Gray, North & South, Glory, Gettysburg, Dances With Wolves, and Gods and Generals.

2015 MNBA Winners Announced

MNBA logo purpleThe winners of the 27th Annual Minnesota Book Awards (MNBA) were announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony on April 18, 2015 in St. Paul.  This year’s selections include:

  • Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman & Rick Allen (Children’s Literature)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester (General Nonfiction)
  • The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen (Genre Fiction)
  • Tailings: A Memoir by Kaethe Schwehn (Memoir & Creative Nonfiction)
  • Dangerous Goods by Sean Hill (Poetry)
  • West of the Moon by Margi Preus (Young People’s Literature)
  • Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement by Lori Sturdevant (Minnesota)
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Novel & Short Story)

For more information about the 2015 MNBA winners, please click HERE.

SELCOtv features MNBA booktalks

MNBA logo purpleThe 27th Annual Minnesota Book Awards  Gala is just days away.  In anticipation of this unique literary event, SELCOtv features booktalks by the SELCO staff reviewing the four finalists in each of the eight categories.

MELSA’s First Pages

MELSA firstpages logoMELSA libraries throughout the Twin Cities metro area will  host creative writing workshops, First Pages, for budding authors of all ages with teaching artists from The Loft Literary Center.

 

Made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

More Moo! Adventures with Mike, David & Cow

Hello everyone following Cow’s Adventures,

Cow (and Mike and David) have been on the road again, traveling from Moorhead to Inver Grove Heights. Cow has had lots of adventures already this month, and is eager to share her latest photos, so here they are. I’m sorry there are so many, but believe me, this is less than what Cow wanted to send.

We started out with two shows at the Probstfield Center for Education in Moorhead on April 2, with 200+ attendees at the first show and 150+ at the second show. At the Burnhaven Library in Burnsville on April 4 we had about 40 attendees, and in Inver Grove Heights we had about 30 in the audience. At the Maplewood Library where Monica Stratton had LOTS of handouts for the kids, there were 120 attendees. Then today at our two shows at the Northtown Library in Blaine, we filled the room with 125 kids and adults at each show, and had to turn away about 40 folks at each show (one of the librarians gave an impromptu storytime for those who couldn’t fit in our meeting room, and those kids at least got free copies of the book).

We continue to be amazed at some of the wonderful promotion and extension-activities libraries and librarians have been doing with MOO! We are very proud to be part of OUR.

David, Mike, but mostly COW

PS – For the pictures of Cow’s latest travels and earlier library visits

Once Upon a Reader, the Moo! Trunk Shows, and all of Cow’s Adventures are made possible with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

Successful History Day Partnership

MHS History Day logoThrough a unique partnership, CRPLSA and the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), enhanced the learning opportunities for 5,429 students participating in 2014 History Day library activities.  This year’s project saw dramatic increases in the number of schools and students served:

  • Total participation (5,429) increased by nearly 1,000 students over FY2014 — that’s a 22% increase in a single year
  • 60 field trips were supported — up 25%
  • Not only were there more field trips, these trips included more students. 3,768 students were supported by field trip funding this year — that’s a 56% increase over FY2014.

Click here for a statewide History Day summary report

Twin Cities Teen Lit Con

MELSA Teen Lit Con 2015The Twin Cities Teen Lit Con brings teens together with their current and future favorite authors. Ten authors will participate in this second annual event on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

  • E. Lockhart
  • Gene Luen Yang
  • Gayle Forman
  • Matt de la Peña
  • Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  • Steve Brezenoff
  • Pat Schmatz
  • Patrick Jones
  • Rebecca Hahn
  • Jonathan Freisen

There will be author panels, featured speakers, writing workshops, breakout sessions and an exhibit hall with book sales, book signings, and other book related cool stuff to do.  Over 600 attendees enjoyed the fun at the 2014 Teen Lit Con and Con organizers are planning for an even larger crowd this year.

Check out 2015 Twin Cities Teen Lit Con details

Library Outreach shifts gears with new BookBike

Rochester bookbike 2015-04Rochester Public Library announces the launch of the BookBike outreach program. RPL’s BookBike, a little library on wheels, will visit locations within a one-mile radius of the downtown library this spring, summer and fall. Pulled by library staff on bicycles along nearby bike paths and lanes, RPL’s BookBike will offer library books, library cards, program information, assistance with digital materials, bike trail maps and fun incentives for kids.

Families and kids of all ages can “Meet the BookBike” in the Rochester Public Library auditorium on Thursday, April 2nd Saturday, May 2nd at 10:30am. Programming partners, We Bike Rochester and Olmsted County Public Health, will deliver special bicycle safety programs and fun bike activities on both days.

BookBike logo

Visit the BookBike at many area locations to get a library card, check out some “wheelie” good books or just to say, “Hey, nice bike!”.

Check online for the BookBike schedule

The BookBike was funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, through a Community Collaboration grant from SELCO for Library Legacy activities.

SELCO’s Poetic Strokes & Word Flow Released

SELCO Poetic Strokes -  Wordflow 2015SELCO is proud to release  Poetic Strokes & Word Flow, its ninth regional poetry anthology. Featuring the works of citizen poets from Southeastern Minnesota, a total of 55 poems were selected to be included from the initial competition. The anthology has two parts in it’s single volume. The first, Poetic Strokes, features the works from the adult competition, ages 19+, while the second part, Word Flow, features teen poets, ages 14-18. Copies of the anthology will be distributed in celebration of  National Poetry Month.

As a capstone piece to this year’s volume, the SELCO Library Foundation will  host a Poetry Bash on Tuesday, April 28th at the Rochester Civic Theater for those who participated in the competition.

For more information on Poetic Strokes & Word Flow, please view the project’s primary website: poetry.selco.info.

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

Old MacDonald Had a Banjo to show in ECRL

The children’s show, Old MacDonald Had a Banjo, imagines a farm full of songs bursting out entertaining, educating, and involving the audience in singing, movement, and silliness. Folk musician Paul Imholte plays the part of Old MacDonald as he sings original and classic children’s songs.

Old McDonald Had a Banjo is part of East Central Regional Library’s (ECRL) celebration of Once Upon a Reader, a statewide literacy initiative program that celebrates Minnesota’s rich cultural heritage by bringing the joy of stories, art, and literacy to our state’s youngest members through libraries.

The Old McDonald Had a Banjo tour will be available at ten ECRL libraries from April 1-29, 2015. Check the ECRL calendar for details.

Cow Visits the Metro

From David, Mike, and Cow

Mike, Cow, and David had two very successful shows on Saturday. We performed in the amphitheater of the beautiful tree-filled atrium of the R. H. Stafford Library in Woodbury for 150 folks, and we performed in the afternoon in Cottage Grove for 24 enthusiastic attendees. Free books were given out at both MELSA locations.

Cow is resting again, but she is already looking forward to all of her travels next month, including her first night in a hotel (heaven help the poor desk clerk).

For more pictures of Cow visiting the MELSA libraries, as well as other locations

ECRL Voyageur Program

ECRL fur trade program 2015-03Experience The French Voyageur and Minnesota’s Fur Trade as historical presenter, Arn Kind teaches East Central Regional Library (ECRL) patrons about how the fur trade began, the cultures and the people, the transportation of goods and furs plus lots more.  Arn brings artifacts, clothing and equipment so participants can observe, handle and interact with this living history program.

The fur trade tour will be available at six locations from March 16-31, 2015. Check the ECRL calendar for details.

Cow’s continuing adventures in ECRL & MELSA

From David, Mike, and of course, Cow

Cow is back from another whirlwind tour of libraries. Friday morning, March 13, she was at the Moo-ra Public library (ECRL) with 56 attendees and that afternoon she was at the Aitkin branch of ECRL performing for 83 folks. Saturday morning 54 kids and adults showed up to see her in North Branch and 109 people crowded into the basement of the Cambridge Public Library in the afternoon to meet this famous bovine (both Saturday locations were in ECRL). Finally on Sunday she entertained an audience of 47, including Once Upon a Reader’s very own Melissa Brechon, in the MELSA region at Forest Lake where all of the kids received their own autographed copy of MOO!

Mike Wohnoutka and David LaRochelle were especially impressed with how on the ball the librarians have been, with amazing publicity in ECRL plus Vicki Sorn, Cortney Wyant, and Patty Thompson showed up at each of these four shows to make sure everything was ready for the Once Upon a Reader – Moo trunk show.  There was an amazing display of activities with Suzanne at the Forest Lake Library as Washington County Library celebrates the Month of Moo!

David shared photos of  their adventures, mostly of Cow. She wanted to send more, but he had to put a limit.  Cow was very well received at all five shows.  Check out her Flickr pix. Cow is napping, getting her beauty sleep for her star performances in Woodbury next Saturday.

Once Upon a Reader – Moo! calendar  Find out when and where Cow will be visiting next

Once Upon a Reader information

“Once Upon a Reader – Moo Trunk Shows” were made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

Library Legacy Request

MN Library Legacy Logo SmallLibraries showcase authors and jugglers, dancers and artists.

A request of $4,250,000 per year from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will enable libraries continue offering these unique local opportunities.

Link to the request

Library Legacy funds help create strong communities and raise awareness of Minnesota’s local and statewide arts, history, literary talent, and cultural heritage.

Cow’s Week of Travels

Cow at a GRRL library programCow, Mike Wohnoutka, and David LaRochelle had a very successful week with Moo! Trunk Shows around Minnesota. 

On Monday they were in Great River Regional Library (GRRL) with stops at Staples (119 attendees at the morning presentation) and Melrose (49 attendees at the evening presentation. On Tuesday they braved the snow for a noon presentation in Elk River (49 attendees) and an evening presentation in St. Michael (75 attendees).

The dynamic trio moved to Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (TdSLC) with a visit at the Mankato Public Library for two library presentations (12 attendees in the morning and 5 attendees in the afternoon…maybe everyone had already seen the Truck Show while at the MLA conference last fall  😉 ).

At all six shows Cow was very well received.  Check out her Flickr pix.

Once Upon a Reader – Moo! calendar  Find out when and where Cow will be visiting next

Once Upon a Reader information

OUR is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

Cow’s Travels Begin!

OUR with Moo David and Mike 2015Author David LaRochelle, Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, and Cow got together to discuss various routes for their tour of Minnesota libraries. As you can see, the three didn’t always agree. Cow had very definite opinions about which routes to take — most of which involve going past historic dairy farms.

 

Once Upon a Reader – Moo! calendar  Check out when and where Cow will be visiting next

Once Upon a Reader information

OUR is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

Modern Spirit premieres

George Morrison imageA new documentary based on the 2014 Minnesota Book Award-winning book, Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, premieres Sunday, February 22 on  Twin Cities Public Television (tpt).  The concept of creating a high quality documentary to explore a recent Minnesota Book Award recipient was conceived of and funded by CRPLSA.  Modern Spirit will hopefully be the first of a long legacy of future programs.  Produced in partnership with tpt, the documentary gives a fascinating profile of the art, life and impact of famed Minnesota artist George Morrison and features interviews with authors Kristin Makholm and W. Jackson Rushing III.

The Minnesota Museum of American Art, The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) will host a premiere screening on Thursday, February 19 at the Jerome Hill Theater.  The premiere screening begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer segment with Shari Lamke, tpt producer, and artist Hazel Belvo, as well as a reception in the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s project space.

New PCLS Legacy Coordinator

Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Library Legacy Coordinator, Rebecca Hudson.  Rebecca has 23-years of library experience as the Assistant Librarian for the Slayton Public Library and thus brings practical, front line experience to regional programming challenges.  In addition to serving as the PCLS Legacy Coordinator, Rebecca will fill the role of Office Administrator vacated with the retirement of long-time PCLS employee, Chris Lang.  Welcome, Rebecca.

32 MNBA Finalists Announced

MNBA logo purplePreliminary round judges from all around the state met January 31 to select the finalists in each of the eight Book Awards categories.  Winners will be announced at the Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 18 at the Union Depot in St. Paul.  The eight categories and the selection of titles cover a wide range of reading interests and genres.

  • Children’s Literature
  • General Nonfiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
  • Minnesota
  • Novel & Short Story
  • Poetry
  • Young People’s Literature

Order Once Upon a Reader kits – NOW!

OUR Logo - ColorNews from Anna Haase Krueger, the Once Upon a Reader project coordinator, regarding the purchase of extra kits.  Time is of the essence so if you want kits for your individual library, now is the time to order!

Please share this information with your member libraries and Friends groups if they might be ordering from the wonderful selection of Once Upon a Reader items.

We have sold out of just about everything at this point!  But never fear, I will be doing a reorder in January.  But, because I have nothing in stock, it is crucial that libraries that want to order additional kits for spring events (March/April/May) place their orders by January 20 so I have enough time to order materials, create the kits, and get them shipped out.

We will set a final ordering deadline later in spring, likely March or April.

Order form

ALS features Henna BodyArt

 ALS Henna program 2014-12Art ~ History ~ Hands-on-Workshop

The Arrowhead Library System (ALS)  is pleased to present the Art and History of Henna Body Art with Kristy Johnson. This free program will include the history and culture of henna through the ages as well as how to mix and apply pure, natural henna. Programs will be offered at 16 ALS locations between December 19, 2014 through January 6, 2015.  Check the ALS events calendar for dates and times.

In this workshop, Kristy will share the history, cultural traditions and science of henna, in a fun relaxed atmosphere packed with hands-on education and experience.  Participants will learn how to prepare the perfect batch of pure natural henna paste, application techniques, and the importance of choosing natural henna, as well as an opportunity to create and practice traditional designs on paper, themselves and other brave students in the workshop!

This ALS program, sponsored funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Successful Club Book Season

MELSA Club BookMELSA and everyone at Club Book would like to say a special thank you for making this another great season. Club Book wrapped up the Summer/Fall 2014 lineup with a stimulating talk by Nikki Giovanni on November 13th. Listen to her podcast here.

The 2015 season kicks off on Thursday, February 12, with adventure writer Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars and The Painter. The entirety of next season’s lineup will be announced in early January.

While you are doing your holiday traveling, check out the 18 free Club Book podcasts available for streaming and download on iTunes and clubbook.org. They are perfect for those long trips over the river and through the woods.

See you all next season!

Club Book is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.