Tag Archives: MELSA

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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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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Hullabaloos: History Day Research Days

History Day Hullabaloos are research open houses held at a variety of metro librariess as well as libraries in Duluth, Moorhead, Rochester, and St. Cloud.  Check the the 2016-2017 Hullabaloo schedule for a complete listing of locations, dates, and times … Continue reading

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LSTA 2016 Results

The results of the most recent Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grant round have been released and three public libraries are among the recipients.  These include MELSA member: Hennepin County Library and SELCO members:  Albert Lea Public Library … Continue reading

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Ramsey County Library

Ramsey County Library was awarded a $806,500 Library Construction Grant to build a regional library for the Ramsey County Library in Shoreview. The new building will join Maplewood and Roseville as the third regional library in the county system. Ramsey … Continue reading

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Library advocacy theme unveiled!

Library advocates from across Minnesota began planning for the 2017 Minnesota Legislative session during the annual Library Legislative Forum on July 12, held at the St. Cloud Public Library (GRRL). Minnesota Loves Libraries will be unifying theme for 2017 library … 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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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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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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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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More regional broadband support

By adding their names to the Minnesota Broadband Vision, regional library boards are showing their support for a future in which residents of all generations and backgrounds will have access to affordable, high-quality broadband. Included on the growing list: Great River Regional … Continue reading

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Teen Lit Con 2016

Teen Lit Con 2016 –  A day to celebrate teen literature, promote reading and writing, and to create a community of readers by connecting teens and authors. May 7, 2016 Henry Sibley High School 1897 Delaware Ave, Mendota Heights Free … Continue reading

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Club Book – New Season

MELSA is excited to announce the new season lineup for Club Book! Check out some of the amazing authors coming to the Twin Cities over the next few months.  If you miss a program or simply want to hear the … Continue reading

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Storytime for Grown Ups

How to Plan and Implement a Storytime for Grown Ups Join Joe Manion, Library Development Specialist at State Library Services and  Tim Claussen, Reader & Trainer, for an informative library programming workshop.  Participants will learn how to create and deliver … Continue reading

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LSTA Mini Grants Awarded

State Library Services just announced the projects selected to receive a 2015 Libraries Supporting the World’s Best Workforce LSTA mini grant. The World’s Best Workforce recognizes that Minnesota must have students who are college and career ready and poised to … Continue reading

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Teen Lit Con 2016 Authors Announced!

Teen Lit Con author line-up for May 7, 2016! Headliners Neal Shusterman, author of 2015 NBA Young People’s Literature Award winner Challenger Deep Jason Reynolds, author of Boy in the Black Suit. All American Boys, co-authored with Brendan Kiely, is … Continue reading

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Club Book successful – again

As MELSA wraps up the 2015 Club Book season, the regional wants to thank all the incredible authors who visited the Metro this fall, as well as the wonderful libraries who hosted events. The guests shared inspiring stories about their … Continue reading

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Behringer Named MELSA Executive Director

MELSA has named Ken Behringer as its executive director. Behringer brings more than twenty-five years of experience working with library services in Minnesota in a variety of settings. Most recently he served as director of the Dakota County Library system. … Continue reading

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MELSA Highlights

MELSA again sponsored the annual Twin Cities Book Festival and hosted the Children’s Pavilion. A variety of activities were featured throughout the day:  a tiny tot obstacle course, designing puzzles and, of course, special appearance by best loved Minnesota authors.  … Continue reading

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Power Up Libraries

The White House selected three MELSA libraries — Hennepin County Library, Ramsey County Library, and Saint Paul Public Library to participate in its new ConnectED Initiative.  The project builds partnerships between public libraries and their local school districts, with a goal … Continue reading

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New Season

Club Book is proud to announce the new lineup for the Fall 2015 Season. Club Book brings best-selling and award-winning national and regional authors to libraries throughout the seven-county Twin Cities region. A program of Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) … Continue reading

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LSTA Grants Awarded

State Library Services uses Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds to expand access to learning services, information tools and educational resources in all types of libraries. The State Library helps libraries provide educational and civic engagement opportunities, lifelong learning, … Continue reading

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Discover Five Practices Essential for Pre-Readers

The Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is excited to bring renowned early literacy educator Saroj Ghoting back to Minnesota for a series of workshops that will give librarians … Continue reading

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Metro e-Government Study through LSTA

MELSA was awarded a $100,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant.  The project seeks to understand the extent to which library users and non-users access e-govenrment and e-learning services.  A Request for Information and Qualifications with a response deadline … Continue reading

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Read & Ride Day – 2015

Be A Reading  Ambassador!!   A variety of activities are planned for the day. Your ambassador duties vary by shift. And, you can even choose your shift. Shift 1  Set-up crew  – 7:30am-10am Shift 2 – 9:00am-Noon Shift 3 – Noon-3pm Shift … Continue reading

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MELSA Seeks Executive Director

MELSA seeks a regional library system Executive Director.  Using the services of Water & Company – Executive Recruitment the major responsibilities include: Implement the MELSA strategic plan and policies Manage MELSA Administer and oversee agency operations Communicate effectively Provide strategic … Continue reading

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MELSA’s First Pages

MELSA 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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Twin Cities Teen Lit Con

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. E. Lockhart Gene Luen Yang Gayle Forman Matt de la … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Library Construction Grants

An appropriation to the 2014 Library Construction Grant program provided $2,000,000 for library construction and renovation projects. One-to-one matching grants help build libraries that meet high standards of accessibility and energy efficiency. Three projects were earmarked to receive funds, with … Continue reading

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MILE Class of 2015 Announced

MLA recently announced the 2015 class for the  Minnesota Library Association Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE)! The 25 selectees for this year’s class will meet their peers in a dynamic four-day retreat at beautiful Sugar Lake Lodge near Grand Rapids, … Continue reading

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MELSA Interim Director

The MELSA Governing Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Melissa Brechon as the MELSA Interim Director effective February 4, 2015. Ms. Brechon is the former Library Director for Carver County Library and brings over 25 years of library … Continue reading

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New mini grant recipients

State Library Services is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the second round of Expanded Learning Through Libraries mini-grants.  Each applicant was eligible for up to $10,000 and the final awards ranged from $3,437 to the maximum, $10,000.  These … Continue reading

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MELSA Honored

MELSA was honored recently with the highest recognition bestowed by MacPhail Center for Music – The MacPhail Duet Award. The annual award honors an individual who or an organization that has advanced the mission of MacPhail “to music signs transform … Continue reading

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