Read & Ride Day – 2015

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 4 Pack it up! –   2:30-5:30pm

Ambassador Benefits
You’ll have to supply your own mini-donuts, but the other bennies are just as plentiful and  rewarding:

  • A State Fair gate pass
  • A cool t-shirt: Read to Live, Live to Read
  • A Blue Ribbon Bargain Book
  • A great day at the Fair!

More details —
Read and Ride Day is the Minnesota State Fair discount day for library users. Anyone showing a library card at the ticket booth will receive a discount. As part of the celebration there will be a Read & Ride library event in Carousel Park (in front of the Grand Stand) from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with free family activities. Library Ambassadors are the key to making the event a success!

Click Here to register, as well as see shift times and duties.  Staff from all types of libraries are welcome to be Ambassadors.

There is even a new event website for details about entertainment & activities. It is updated throughout the summer at  READRIDEDAY.ORG

For more information or questions, contact Kathleen James

* Please Note: When serving as a Library Ambassador you are representing your library or library system. MELSA understands you are on work time and have obtained permission to participate from your supervisor. 

MELSA and a Moo! board game

OUR Logo - ColorAs 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.

State Library Services at the State Fair

Blue Ribbon Reader 2014Join State Library Services for a photo opportunity at the State Fair on August 22, 24, 27 or 31.

Librarians and MDE staff be at the fair with a new, life-size Blue Ribbon Reader cutout that lets readers highlight their favorite book(s) and take a picture. Special guest Governor Mark Dayton is tentatively scheduled to read to children at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 27. State Library Services will also have three new bookmarks available for fair goers. One promotes early literacy practices, a second gives parents tips for keeping reading fun, and the third reminds students that a library card is an important back-to-school supply. Check out the Minnesota Department of Education booth in the Education Building.

You can also order bookmarks for your library. Please email Jackie Blagsvedt or call at 651-582-8805 for more information or to place an order.

MNBA celebrating Read + Ride Day at the Fair

Read and Ride no dateThe Minnesota Book Awards will join Minnesota’s public libraries on August 27 in presenting a day of free family fun in Carousel Park. There will be performers on stage all day, a scavenger hunt, dozens of authors (Kevin Kling, Chris Monroe, Erin Hart, Julie Kramer and more!), characters, crafts, trivia & games, plenty of photo ops and tons of fun.

Show your public library card at the gate for discounted admission.

Read and Ride Day at the Fair

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Join fair-goers and library-lovers for Read and Ride Day  on Wednesday, August 27 for the Minnesota State Fair discount day. Anyone showing a library card at the ticket booth will receive a discount. As part of the celebration there will be a Read & Ride library event in Carousel Park (in front of the Grand Stand) from 9:00am – 5:00pm with free family activities.

Library Ambassadors are key to making the event a success so volunteer now! Find available shifts & sign-up here. All library staff are welcome (in accordance with your library’s policies). Ambassadors receive a gate pass to the Fair & a cool t-shirt! Plus a whole lot of fun!