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SELCO and libraries throughout the region offer high-impact experiences for area residents through Library Legacy programs.  Each activity is carefully crafted to expand awareness of Minnesota’s local and statewide arts, culture, and history resources.

Learn more about SELCO’s current Library Legacy program offerings by clicking on the links below.

A competitive grant program designed to allow library partnerships to stretch the imagination within the community.

Expands any participating library’s one-book, community read project.

A regional author tour featuring recent Minnesota Book Award winners and finalists, as well as supporting collections.

SELCO support of local History Day Hullabaloos that expand research options.

Digitization of regional historic newspapers throughout the 11-counties.

A selection of individual artists and performers for ease of scheduling local programs.

 


Recent SELCO Library Legacy offerings

A traveling art exhibit featuring the artistic interpretation by regional artists in a variety of mediums on the theme of authors, books, letters, the library, or the joy of reading.  

SELCO’s engagement in a statewide one-book program, focusing on preschool aged children and highlighting the importance of reading and sharing of great literature with children.

A regional poetry contest for adults and young adult writers producing a poetry anthology.


Background

In November 2008, Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment (known colloquially as the Legacy Amendment), which increased the state sales tax by three-eights of one percent. These monies are distributed into four funds: Outdoor Heritage, Clean Water, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Under the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) Minnesota’s regional public libraries receive an appropriation “for regional programs and working with arts and cultural partners.”

SELCO tracks all projects based on city, county and Minnesota House District. Handouts for advocacy use may be found by clicking HERE.

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Libraries and hosting organizations are required to credit this important source of funding by including the Library Legacy logo and the ACHF logo in promotional materials, although a disclaimer is acceptable in certain situations. Information on Legacy Logos and disclaimers can be found by clicking HERE.