East Central Regional Library (ECRL)was part of a grant project with Health Access to Minnesota to provide assistance by MNsure navigators at branch libraries. Appointments started out slow, but then were booked solid for an altogether worthwhile venture.
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) hosted a GRRL All Staff Day in April. It is Organization Orientation Part 2, with specific focus placed on GRRL departmental roles and procedures. This in-depth view provided an increased understanding of how various GRRL departments work as a unit and their relationships with other GRRL elements.
Northwest Regional Library (NWRL) has the Storyland Exhibit at the Thief River Falls library. This interactive display allows children to participate in a hands-on activity in each of three areas. Many area schools and daycares have scheduled visits to the display and each child who participates receives a copy of one of the related books to keep. NWRL will host the display through May.
The Minnesota Department of Education introduced blogg[ED]MN, as a new communication tool in January 2014. From updates on new efforts, investments and policies to interviews with education leaders and profiles of innovative schools, blogg[ED]MN offers a place where readers can stay up to date on what’s going on in Minnesota education.
East Central Regional Library (ECRL) held a drawing contest at each of the 14 library branches. The winning child’s drawing from each community was created into a glass sculpture.
ECRL will unveil these 14 exquisite, fun and unique sculptures through a traveling exhibit that will visit each branch library between March 3 – 29, 2014. Glassblower, Anthony Michaud-Scorza, will present information on the glassblowing process and share details of this creative project, as well as participate in a question and answer period. Check the ECRL calendar for specific dates, times, and locations.
Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Recently representatives from the Fairview Clinic visited the Chisago Lakes Area Library with Curious George and ECRL’s mascot, Sherlock. Following the short program children received free board books from the Reach Out and Read program, parents were given early literacy information and kids were able to pose for pictures with both Curious George and Sherlock .
An outreach van was purchased five years ago to replace the East Central Regional Library (ECRL) bookmobile when it went out of service. For many people the joy of visiting a public library may be “out of reach” either due to distance, transportation, age or physical disability. The ECRL van has been able to serve those people where access to any of ECRL’s 14 branch libraries is either difficult or impossible.
Beginning February 3, 2014, ECRL Outreach Services will begin its first major schedule change in five-years. Service in Askov will be discontinued since no patrons came to the stop anymore. All current outreach stops will either change the day, time or length of their stops starting in February. The new schedule is being implemented based on an evaluation of the number of patrons visiting each outreach stop and the number of items being checked out at each stop. The changes were approved December 16, 2013 by the ECRL Board and will be re-evaluated after six months.