Updates from State Library Services

Updates from State Library Services

March 2019 

Updates from State Library Services

Libraries support financial literacy

All types of libraries help users navigate the perils and rewards of personal finance. Libraries offer resources and programs for people who want to buy homes, invest money, save for college and retirement, or seeking financial assistance or redress for scams.

State Library Services is partnering with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to provide library staff members with the knowledge needed to confidently provide personal finance information to their users, including those who are economically vulnerable and youth just beginning to secure their financial futures.

The Minnesota Library Financial Education Workshop will help academic, school, public and special libraries become the go-to source for financial education. Experts from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and local representatives from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Social Security Administration and other financial experts will share issues and resources for financial literacy.

Two free, all-day workshops will be presented in Minnesota:

  • Tuesday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Cloud Public Library, 1300 W. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Wednesday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave. S., Edina, Minnesota

Register for the Minnesota Library Financial Education Workshop.

For more information, feel free to contact Joe Manion, 651-582-8640.

Readers and Writers Attracted to Center for the Book

State Library Services provides funds from the state Legislature for the work of Minnesota’s Center for the Book. All 50 states have a Center designated by the Library of Congress to promote reading, literacy, libraries and scholarship. The Friends of the St. Paul Library serve as the Center for the Book in Minnesota.

As the state’s Center, The Friends sponsor programs that benefit Minnesotans of all ages across the state. You may be familiar with The Minnesota Book Awards, Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota, Letters About Literature, and Great Lakes Read.

The Center also provides the Minnesota Writers Directory and resources for writers including a directory of organizations and networks, graduate writing programs, literary publications, and funding opportunities. For more information, see the recent post on BloggED.

New Reports Available from IMLS

Each year State Library Services receives $2.5 - $2.7 million from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Grants to States program. With a new reporting tool, you can see how we use the funds to support and improve library services across the state. Reports from grantees can give you an idea of what a successful project looks like, the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library reports on its activities, and you can learn more about the activities of State Library Services. To find out about what we did in 2017, check out the newly released reports on the IMLS website.

Last Call for 2018 Public Library Data

By law, Minnesota’s public libraries submit annual statistics to the Minnesota Department of Education. The data is also submitted to the Institute of Museums and Library Services for the Public Libraries in the United States Survey. The 2018 online survey is now open through April 1. Statistics include input and output measures related to facilities, services, programs, collections, staffing, hours of operation, and income and expenditures. Survey results contribute to a national file of public library data that is available to the library research community, local, state and federal policy makers, and the public. All twelve regional library systems and 140 public libraries complete the survey. We greatly appreciate the time and expertise library directors and filers contribute to the success of the report. Please contact Joe Manion (651-582-8640) if you have questions.

Updates from MDE

Community Learning Centers grant

Public or private organizations are invited to apply for a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) estimates that $5 million is available. The minimum grant award is $50,000 annually. There is no maximum grant award amount. The funds will support the creation or expansion of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for young people, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. Applications are due by April 19, 2019. For more information visit the Grant Opportunity webpage on the MDE website.

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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.