Updates from State Library Services, December 2019

Updates from State Library Services

December 2019

Updates from State Library Services

Every Voter Counts

The 2020 election cycle approaches! To ensure that libraries are prepared to provide election and voting information to all patrons, State Library Services is working with the Office of the Secretary of State (OSS) and Minitex.

OSS has a wealth of resources (in multiple languages) about the voting process on their website. They are also available to provide training to library staff.

What voter information is most relevant to your patrons? Let us know by completing a short Voter Engagement Resources survey by December 23.

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

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And Speaking of Counting...

We are just a few weeks away from opening up the FY2019 Minnesota Public Libraries Annual Report for submissions through LibPas. More details in the next newsletter! In the meantime, if you have questions about what you'll need to prepare to complete the report, please contact Verena Getahun (651-582-8714).

Youth Voice and Choice

Youth Voice and Choice Training: Focus on Somali Youth

We've still got space in our January workshops on the importance of relationships for youth services, with a special focus on Somali youth.

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.

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.

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

90-second Newbery

Calling Young Minnesota Filmmakers!

Get ready for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, the annual video contest in which young filmmakers create short movies that tell the stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. The Minnesota deadline for submissions is February 21, 2020

The contest is open to anyone grades K through 12 (adult help is OK), so please promote the opportunity to local kids and families. Budding filmmakers can find help at the 90-Second Newbery website, including videomaking resources and a gallery of some of the best 90-Second Newberys. Questions? Contact Leah Larson (651-582-8604).


Updates from the State

Hour of Code at MDE

Help in My Hour of Code

On December 11, nineteen elementary and middle school girls from Girls Who Code clubs at Dover-Eyota and Randolph Schools visited the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). They came ready to coach MDE staff, including Commissioner of Education Mary Cathryn Ricker, through an Hour of Code. The girls also learned about IT and web communications careers from MDE staff.

It’s not too late to start a Girls Who Code club for the spring semester! Clubs with three or more students receive a $400 budget per semester to spend on snacks, equipment, field trips or other club-related needs. Also, the curriculum is now available in Spanish, French and Hindi!

No tech experience is required for facilitators. Students of any gender are welcome to join clubs. For more information, please contact Leah Larson (651-582-8604).


Updates from our Partners

Beyond Compare

Want a quick way to see key statistics for peer libraries across the U.S.? Check out the Library Search and Compare Tool, developed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help you navigate data from the Public Library Survey.

IMLS has just updated the tool with FY2017 data, which is the newest data available at the federal level. For help using the tool, contact Verena Getahun (651-582-8714).

Photo credit David Clarke/Unsplash

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Hmong archives

Screening of "America's Secret War"

Join the Minnesota Humanities Center, Twin Cities PBS (TPT), and the East Side Freedom Library (ESFL) for a screening of the TPT documentary “Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America’s Secret War,” followed by a Q&A, and an introduction to the Hmong Archives housed at the ESFL.

Documentary Screening and Q&A: January 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.
Introduction to the Hmong Archives: January 7, 2020, 7:50 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

All are welcome to join us for either the documentary screening, the Hmong Archives, or both! The event is free, but registration is required by Monday, January 6, 2020. Register online for the Screening of "America's Secret War" and Introduction to the Hmong Archives. Light refreshments will be served.

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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.

Transforming Communities, Library-Style

Is your library working to engage your community? Consider applying for a new grant from the American Library Association: the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant. This $2,000 grant will go to one school, public, academic, tribal, or special library to advance its community engagement efforts. The deadline for submission is February 3, 2020.

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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.