Updates from State Library Services: Racial Equity Workshops, Supercharged Storytimes, and more

Updates from State Library Services

October 23, 2018

Updates from State Library Services


All Are Welcome: The Role of Libraries in Advancing Racial Equity

Library board members, managers, and front-line staff are invited to attend an upcoming All Are Welcome: The Role of Libraries in Advancing Racial Equity workshop. This no-cost training provides an introduction to the role, responsibilities and opportunities for libraries to advance racial equity. Participants will learn about the historical and present-day causes of racial inequities and participate in facilitated discussions and interactive exercises focused on normalizing racial equity as a core value. This free workshop is repeated in three locations:

  • Grand Rapids Area Library, Grand Rapids, on Monday, November 5, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Blue Earth County Library, Mankato, on Friday, November 16, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Brookdale Library, Brooklyn Center, on Monday, December 3, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Register today for the workshop nearest you. Learn more about the Role of Libraries in Advancing Racial Equity workshop or contact Joe Manion (651-582-8640) if you have questions.

Supercharged Storytimes for All

Learn How to Supercharge Your Storytimes – At Your Own Pace

The updated, self-paced Supercharged Storytimes course from OCLC has launched. If you're not already taking part in the Supercharged Storytimes for All course being taught by our fantastic Minnesota trainers, please consider taking this version instead. Participants will learn how to intentionally apply research-based practices to boost early literacy skills in young children attending library storytime. This companion course consists of six modules, which include videos, readings, activities, and reflection questions—adding up to about 10 hours of content. Contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356) if you have questions or need more information.

Librarians Guide to Homelessness

Work Confidently with Homeless Patrons

The Minnesota Department of Education is committed to supporting the state’s Heading Home Together plan, and library staff training is one of our goals. All library administrators, staff, board members, and volunteers now have free year-long access to “Practical Tips for Homeless Patrons,” an online, self-paced tutorial presented by Ryan Dowd, the author of “The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness.” Through the course, participants will gain insights into the mind of a person experiencing homelessness—how they communicate, likely experiences that color their worldview, and possible triggers to behavior escalation. Through an empathy lens, library staff and volunteers will also gain tips and tricks for welcoming, serving, and supporting homeless patrons.

To take the training, follow the enrollment steps on the Niche Academy website. Contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356) if you have access issues or other questions.

Updates from our Partners

Ignite Afterschool

Upcoming Event: Afterschool for All MN Advocacy Kick-Off

Ignite Afterschool is Minnesota's Afterschool Network. The network brings together afterschool allies from across the state, with the goal of using the network’s combined resources, passion, and expertise to improve the funding, availability, and quality of afterschool programming for young people throughout Minnesota. 

Please consider attending Afterschool for All MN Advocacy Kick-Off on Thursday, November 29, 3:30–6:30 p.m., at PAIKKA, 550 Vandalia Street #165 in Saint Paul. Adult afterschool stakeholders (teachers, youth workers, program leaders, parents) and youth will gather to raise awareness about the critical role afterschool plays in the lives of youth. Participate in hands-on activities that build advocacy skills, share your afterschool story, learn the facts, and become an afterschool champion. Together, we can ensure that every young person has access to the power of afterschool. Light food and refreshments will be served, so please register in advance. For more information, contact Matt at Ignite.

Count Every One Minnesota 2020 Census

Support the 2020 Census at Your Library

Minnesota’s libraries are well-positioned to support a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census. Because libraries of all types are trusted community partners and embedded in their communities, you can partner with the Census Bureau and other community groups to deliver information about the Census. Working with partners, we can raise awareness of the Census’ importance, demonstrate how its results will affect people’s lives, and work to address their privacy concerns. The 2020 Census will be the first to take place primarily online, and libraries can provide free internet access and technical assistance to support patrons in successfully completing and submitting the form. To learn more about how libraries can become partners for a complete count during the 2020 Census, connect to the American Library Association’s 2020 Census webpage or the Minnesota State Demographic Center’s Census 2020: Countdown to the Count webpage.

About State Library Services

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State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), partners with libraries to achieve equity and excellence in our collective work for Minnesotans. Division staff are consultants who help libraries plan, develop and implement high-quality services that address community needs. State Library Services administers federal grant, state aid, and state grant programs that benefit all types of libraries.