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.
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.
Through 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.
The 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.
Gene Luen Yang
Matt de la Peña
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.
Rochester 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.
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!”.
SELCO 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.
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 theECRL calendarfor details.
Carla Powers, the Library Manager of the the Duluth Public Library, offers her views on the importance of the Arts and Cultural Fund for Library Legacy activities. Check out the opinion page from the Duluth News Tribune.
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).
Experience 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 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.
Cow, 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 anoonpresentation 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 😉 ).
Author 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.
A 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.
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.
Preliminary 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.
News 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.
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 fromMinnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
MELSA 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.
Amy Nelson will manage a variety of SELCO Library Legacy activities in the role of Legacy Project Coordinator. She will provide assistance to library staff submitting Community Collaboration applications, as well as guide the identification of age appropriate vetted performers for library programming for FY2016-FY2017.
Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Education from University of North Dakota with years of practical class room knowledge, as well as having served as a team leader. She has a variety of experiences with educational support organizations and recently coordinated a summer bookmobile program with the Rochester Public Library which provided children with easy library access over the summer months.
Arrowhead Library System (ALS) member, the Cook Public Library will host glass artist Ron Benson during Cook’s Country Christmas on Friday, December 5, 2014. The artist will discuss his work and his inspiration for the library’s glass project. He will have art available for purchase during the event.
Benson recently completed the library’s public art project. His work has been purchased by the Smithsonian Institute, the Washington National Cathedral and the Minnesota History Center.
The library’s public art project sponsored by ALS with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Fund for Library Legacy activities.
The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) is now offering a series of three workshops on making crepe paper flowers. Within the programming trio, participants who have already participated in fall sessions made a fall bouquet. The winter session will feature a holiday wreath and, during the third workshop, participants will make wearable accessories (as pictured below). MHS will offer the three sessions individually or booked as a series.
Memorial Day actually used to be called “Decoration Day” and would be prepared for all spring by making hundreds of paper flowers for the family’s deceased loved ones. Crepe paper flowers have been popular historically because of their beauty, the way they can shows off the maker’s delicate expertise, and because they are much more durable and readily available than fresh flowers. Not only will participants learn about this craft’s interesting history, but they will try their hand at making beautiful flowers to take home for themselves.
Contact your regional library Legacy coordinator or email MHS for more information.
A photographic exhibition showcasing vivid images of MELSA library buildings is on tour in the metro region. Sixteen libraries will host the exhibition displaying the work of photographer Doug Ohman. Launched in September 2014, the exhibit will travel the region through June 2016. Check the schedule to find a library to visit.
Ohman is the well known and award winning photographer of the Minnesota Byways series. In a joint project between CRPLSA and the Minnesota Historical Society Press, Ohman turned his camera to public libraries. The result was another in the popular byways series — Public Libraries of Minnesota. In that volume, 120 Ohman photographs were paired with Minnesota’s best-known authors for children.
The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Henry Boucha, author of Henry Boucha, Ojibwa-Native American Olympian in a free program about his life growing up in Warroad, becoming an Olympic and NHL hockey player and how his Ojibwa roots have helped him persevere through challenges and tragedies to become a leader in raising
awareness about Native American athletes today.
The program, including a display of Olympic & NHL hockey memorabilia, will be offered at 16 locations around the ALS region.
This Library Legacy program, sponsored by ALS was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To learn more about ALS
Legacy Events, see their calendar.
With Minnesota Book Award finalists and winning authors traveling the SELCO region (and other parts of the state as well) SELCO created a press kits to assist local libraries in getting out the good news about these speakers. The press materials always include a general press release, a sample Facebook post, and a tweet for the library’s Twitter account. Several have expanded information and may include biographical information or even an author’s book jacket photo. These press kits closely resemble those created and shared by ALS promoting the Minnesota History Players. Feel free to use to promote an author visiting your community!
The Saint Paul Public Library hosted three outrageous trunk shows with author David LaRochelle and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, featuring their book MOO!, winner of the 2014 Minnesota Book Award for Children’s Literature. These programs are the first events in the statewide Once Upon a Reader (OUR) program.
Once Upon a Reader is a one-book program designed for pre-K children to promote early literacy skills. The focus of the program is to encourage young children and their parents or caregivers to read together. The program will be featured in public libraries throughout the state of Minnesota, October 2014 through May 2015. Once Upon a Reader is sponsored by CRPLSA and funded from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
At the Saint Paul Public Library events, kids ages 0-6 and their families enjoyed snacks, crafts, and a petting zoo with cows and sheep from Walton’s Hollow following the shows.
Saturday, October 18 at the George Latimer Central Library
Featuring live music by Pop Wagner
Saturday, October 18 at the Hamline Midway Library
Featuring live music with jazz artist Tom Lieberman
Sunday, October 19 at the Arlington Hills Community Center
Featuring live music with jazz artist Tom Lieberman
SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) is proud to offer Poetic Strokes & Word Flow, an annual poetry competition for both adults and teens. This literary opportunity for Southeastern Minnesota poets creates a venue to showcase their talents in unique publication. Each Fall, poets residing in the 11 southeastern counties are encouraged to submit original unpublished works to be considered for inclusion in a single, juried anthology which is distributed throughout the region and the state as part of SELCO’s celebration of National Poetry Month.
This past summer, through a unique partnership between CRPLSA and the Minnesota Historical Society, MHS staff featured several unique programs for teens and adults across libraries in five regions. Programs ranged in subject from Atomic Adventure and Old School Selfies to Steampunk Mystery Mayhem (pictured below). The programs met a variety of interests with attendance of over 400 individuals.
Our presenter was very accommodating to our younger group and special needs participants.
[We liked] making something kiddos can do without a plug!
Lake 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.
As 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.
Local 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
MALF 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!
The 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
National History Day is an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12. CRPLSA’s partnership with the the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) supports library research and field trips, as well as hosting History Day Library “Hullabaloos”.
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.