Updates from State Library Services

Updates from State Library Services

November 2019, Issue 2

Updates from State Library Services


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Libraries in...Laundromats?

Join us for an upcoming webinar on Libraries in Laundromats – Bringing Learning Spaces to Ordinary Places.

When: Wednesday, December 4, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Presenters: Adam Echelman and Lily Ross from Libraries Without Borders

The Wash and Learn Initiative, coordinated by Libraries Without Borders in partnership with local public libraries, brings technology and library programming to people where they are – in laundromats!

During this webinar, you will learn about the mission of the Wash and Learn Initiative; what makes literacy programs in laundromats unique; and how librarians in Minnesota are engaging laundromat patrons through programming. Webinar attendees will walk away with a newfound understanding of how to bring learning spaces to ordinary places.

Register now for Libraries in Laundromats. Please contact Hannah Buckland (651-582-8792) if you have questions.



Youth Voice and Choice:

Special Focus on Somali Youth

Working with Somali youth at your library? Make plans to attend one of our January workshops. Together we'll explore the importance of relationships for youth services.

Learn how you are already implementing elements of connected learning, and come away with new, attainable ideas for youth programming and language for advocacy. Then we'll look at how this framework is particularly relevant to Somali youth.

Register for Youth Voice and Choice hands-on training

Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rum River Library
4201 6th Ave NW
Anoka MN 55303

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Burnhaven Library
1101 County Rd 42 W
Burnsville MN 55306

This training is part of the YALSA/COSLA IMLS grant funded project "Transforming Teen Services: a Train the Trainer Approach." Please contact Leah Larson (651-582-8604) if you have any questions.


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Host an Exhibit at Your Library

State Library Services has partnered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to create two traveling tabletop exhibits: Resilient Communities and Fix-a-Leak.

Resilient Communities identifies ways to address the challenges Minnesota communities confront in our changing climate, including increased temperatures, extreme weather, and food insecurity.

Fix-a-Leak raises awareness about water conservation in homes, using an interactive cross-section of a toilet to demonstrate water loss.

To have either of these free exhibits visit your library in 2020, please contact Hannah Buckland (651-582-8792).


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Every Voter Counts

As the 2020 election cycle approaches, State Library Services is working with the Office of the Secretary of State (OSS) and Minitex to ensure that libraries are prepared to provide election and voting information to all patrons. OSS has a wealth of resources (in multiple languages) addressing various aspects of the voting process.

OSS is also available to provide voter information webinars and trainings to library staff throughout Minnesota.

Help us determine what voter information is most relevant to your patrons by completing a short Voter Engagement Resources survey

Questions? Contact Hannah Buckland (651-582-8792).


Updates from our Partners


Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code 2019-2020

State Library Services is partnering with Girls Who Code (GWC) this year to bring free computer science learning opportunities to your community.

Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school programs for girls in grades 3–5 or grades 6–12. Please note, this program targets, but is not limited to, girls.

Participants will join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Participants learn not only hard coding skills and computational thinking, but also project management skills, collaboration, bravery, resilience, how to positively impact their community, and so much more.

Apply now with the brief GWC Clubs Application through our partnership! When you start a GWC Club, you’ll gain access to free resources, flexible plug-and-play curriculum, funding opportunities, ongoing support, alumni opportunities for your young learners, and more! There’s no computer science experience needed to get started; GWC is there for you every step of the way. 

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Letters About Literature Statewide Writing Contest

Submissions now open for a unique writing contest! The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Library of Congress-designated Minnesota Center for the Book, along with local sponsor Red Balloon Bookshop, invites all Minnesota students in grades 4–12 to participate in the statewide Letters About Literature competition.

The program asks students to read a book, poem, or speech and reflect on how the work affected them personally. Students then write to the author to express what the book meant to them. Authors can be of any genre or time period and can come from any country.

Online submissions are open now and the deadline is January 10, 2020. Visit the Minnesota Center for the Book's website for official guidelines, entry forms, and teacher guides.

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OCLC Discovery and Fulfillment Survey

OCLC's Global Council is exploring how individuals discover and access resources, and they've developed a discovery and fulfillment survey for libraries. Share your thoughts on challenges and opportunities with delivery services through their brief Discovery and Fulfillment survey. The survey closes January 17, 2020.


Data Practices in Minnesota Government

Minnesota's legislature established the Subcommittee on Data Practices earlier this year to study issues relating to government data practices and individuals' personal data privacy rights and to review legislation impacting data practices, data security, and personal data privacy.

They've met three times this fall, with one more meeting scheduled for December. So far they've covered topics such as facial recognition technology, drones, and definitions of cloud data.

Visit the Minnesota Legislature's Subcommittee on Data Practices webpage to view the meeting schedule and materials, and to access video and audio from past meetings.

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About State Library Services

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.