SELCO Library Legacy Listening Sessions

Let Us Hear Your Voice

BlogPost02-DraftYour opinion is needed! Please attend a Legacy Listening Session at your local library. SELCO staff representatives will hold sessions in all 11 counties in the region. What Legacy programs and projects have you attended? What did you think? Will you share your ideas about possible additional projects and programs? Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Library Legacy funding offers opportunities for programs and community partnerships. We look forward to hearing what is important to you and your community, and your ideas for possible future partnerships and activities.



All meetings 6-7:30 p.m.

 July 21     Buckham Memorial Library – 11 Division St. E, Faribault

July 21     Winona Public Library- 151 West 5th Street

July 22     Zumbrota Public Library- 100 West Avenue

July 27     Owatonna Public Library- 105 North Elm Avenue

Aug   5     Preston Public Library- 101 St. Paul Street NW

Aug 10     Rochester Public Library- 101 2nd Street SE

Aug 11     Lake City Public Library- 1215 North 7th Street

Aug 18     Houston Nature Center- 215 West Plum Street

Aug 24     Freeborn County Historical Museum- 1031 Bridge Ave, Albert Lea

 Aug 26     Dodge Center Public Library- 13 First Avenue NW

Aug 26     Austin Public Library- 323 4th Avenue NE

For more information contact Jennifer Harveland, Communication Specialist at 507-288-5513 or

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Cow’s Adventures in SELCO

A travelogue from Minnesota Author, David LaRochelle as he travels the state with Minnesota Illustrator, Mike Wohnoutka and the Once Upon a Reader star performer – Cow

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June is National Dairy Month so Cow was in high demand for guest appearances, but she took time from her busy schedule to join Mike and me as we visited six more SELCO libraries Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. Once again the wonderful folks at SELCO (Amy, Amy, Reagen, Cindy and all the great librarians we met) did a fabulous job of welcoming us at each stop.

Monday’s rain didn’t keep the 125 attendees away from joining us at the Rochester Public Library. Despite some bad driving from David (I wish I could blame it on Cow), we made it to our second stop just in the nick of time, which was one of our most unusual venues to date: the weight room at the Rochester Family YMCA. 80 day camp kids and their counselors, spanning a very wide age-range, joined us in this unique location. Cow being the star that she is took it all in stride.

Tuesday was a beautiful day for a drive to the small town of Dodge Center where 50 kids packed the cozy meeting room in the library. It was then on to Spring Valley where Jenny Simon and her crew had the entire library decked out for our visit, with cow balloons, milk cans, window paintings, the Moo! Story Walk, dozens of cow books, and after our show, milk and cookies and a LIVE COW. 200 kids and their caregivers joined us under the storybook tree in the children’s area for our show.

Wednesday morning we had an audience of 150 at the Austin Public Library. We bypassed the Spam Museum (we were afraid it might hit a little too close to home for Cow), and headed to Albert Lea for a performance to 100 in the afternoon. Both libraries had beautiful lake views and the librarians in both stops were well prepared for our visit.

Thanks to all the librarians and the wonderful women at SELCO who made these visits so successful. We are glad that we get to work with you again in September.

Cow is out touring on her own at the moment, but I thought I’d pass along some of the photos from her appearances this past week.

Your bovine buddies,

David, Mike, and Cow

Cow meets cow in Spring Valley

Cow meets cow in Spring Valley

Cow hears a story in Austin

Cow hears a story in Austin

Cow drives the Rochester bookmobile

Cow drives the Rochester bookmobile



More photos of Cow’s travels throughout Minnesota

Once Upon a Reader – Cow Visits Southeast Minnesota!

Once Upon a Reader CowCow, who’s been making her way around Minnesota visiting libraries and kids of all ages, popped down to the Southeast corner in mid-May. She took in the sights and sounds of Owatonna, Faribault, Plainview, and Red Wing and was happy to spend time with more than 1000 children and almost 150 adults! Reading stories, singing songs, drawing pictures, and generally just having a moo-velous time, Cow was certainly a hit with her fans. After taking a well-deserved vacation at an undisclosed location, she’ll be back soon in June 22-24 with stops in Rochester, Dodge Center, Spring Valley, Austin and Albert Lea. Don’t miss your chance to see this cow-ptivating star!

New MHS Program Offerings

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The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) has been working hard to create engaging, exciting programs that meet the needs of the library adult audience. They are proud to release the newest Adult Programming Catalog. The programs in this brochure are available to take place in libraries anytime between September 2015 and March 2016.

Last year, MHS tested offering the historic craft offerings as a series. This was very popular and therefore that option is back. Libraries can book just one, or if they are interested in hosting a series – all three. Participants of the workshop this year will learn the art of letter writing, everything from hand lettering to DIY monograms to beautiful pop-up cards.

The lecture offerings highlight favorite topics and speakers: the History of Baseball in Minnesota, WWI and its impact on Minnesota, and back by popular demand – Arn Kind! He’ll be using his highly interactive presentation style to the topic of Minnesota’s Firsts.

Finally, MHS will share a third and final offering that will make a huge impact on local communities — a Dementia Friends Training and Workshop. This training will educate participants in the basics of dementia, tools to be a better “friend” to those caring for or living with dementia, and techniques for creating conversation and connection through historical objects and photographs. MHS hopes you will decide to share this training and spark an important conversation about preparing Dementia Friendly communities in Minnesota.

Minnesota Historical Society Library Programming Catalog Fall: September 2015 – March 2016

2015 Minnesota Book Award Winners Announced!

MNBA logoThe winners of the 27th Annual Minnesota Book Awards were announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony on April 18, 2015 in St. Paul.  This year’s selections include:

  • Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman & Rick Allen (Children’s Literature)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester (General Nonfiction)
  • The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen (Genre Fiction)
  • Tailings: A Memoir by Kaethe Schwehn (Memoir & Creative Nonfiction)
  • Dangerous Goods by Sean Hill (Poetry)
  • West of the Moon by Margi Preus (Young People’s Literature)
  • Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement by Lori Sturdevant (Minnesota)
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Novel & Short Story)

For more information about the winners, please click HERE.

Community Reads: Still a few weeks left to apply!

There’s still a bit of time left for you to apply this fiscal year for a legacy-supported Community Reads grant!  The program has been designed specifically to aid you in your community-wide reading efforts.  It also helps to promote reading, research, and discovery through the sharing of perspectives among local residents who read the same book and participate in programs focused on the community selected title.  

Don’t forget that the grants are now available for up to $2,000!  With this Library Legacy support towards a library’s program, the grant itself may be used to underwrite the honorariums and travel expenses of featured speakers and expand local advertising/marketing.  All SELCO libraries are encouraged to submit an application which may be found HERE.  Applications for the FY2015 fiscal year must be in by May 1, 2015 and the funds spent by September 30, 2015.

All relevant information surrounding this opportunity, including a short list of FAQs can be found on our Community Reads page on our website, or if you have any questions please contact  As we enter the final months of our second year of this project, we continue to look forward to seeing all of the great community reading events planned around the region!

Successful Library & History Day Partnership

historyDayText-lg-REVThrough a unique partnership, the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) and the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), enhanced learning opportunities for 5,429 students participating in 2015 History Day library activities. This year’s project saw dramatic increases in the number of schools and students served:

  • Total participation (5,429) increased by nearly 1,000 students over FY2014 — that’s a 22% increase in a single year
  • 60 field trips were supported — up 25%
  • Not only were there more field trips, these trips included more students. 3,768 students were supported by field trip funding this year — that’s a 56% increase over FY2014.

Click here for a statewide History Day summary report

Library Outreach shifts gears with new BookBike

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Rochester Public Library announces the launch of the BookBike outreach program. RPL’s BookBike, a little library on wheels, will visit locations within a one-mile radius of the downtown library this spring, summer and fall. Pulled by library staff on bicycles along nearby bike paths and lanes, RPL’s BookBike will offer library books, library cards, program information, assistance with digital materials, bike trail maps and fun incentives for kids.

Families and kids of all ages can “Meet the BookBike” in the Rochester Public Library auditorium on Thursday, April 2nd Saturday, May 2nd at 10:30am. Programming partners, We Bike Rochester and Olmsted County Public Health, will deliver special bicycle safety programs and fun bike activities on both days. Visit the BookBike at many area locations to get a library card, check out some “wheelie” good books or just to say, “Hey, nice bike!”.

Check online for the BookBike schedule

The BookBike was funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, through a Community Collaboration grant from SELCO for Library Legacy activities.

2015 Poetic Strokes & Word Flow Anthology has been published!

Publication CoverThe 9th volume of SELCO’s Poetic Strokes & Word Flow regional poetry anthology has been recently published.  Featuring the works of citizen poets from Southeastern Minnesota, a total of 55 poems were selected to be included from the initial competition.  The anthology has two parts in it’s single volume.  The first, Poetic Strokes, features the works from the adult competition, ages 19+, while the second part, Word Flow, features teen poets, ages 14-18.  

Copies of the anthology are being distributed this week to help celebrate National Poetry Month in April.  Poets whose poems are selected for the anthology will receive five copies.  A single copy is sent to each person who submitted poem(s) for consideration.  And in addition, copies are sent to all SELCO region legislators and the Governor.  There will also be copies of this new volume, plus all previous ones, available at your local library.

As a capstone piece to this year’s volume, SELCO will be hosting a Poetry Bash on Tuesday, April 28th at the Rochester Civic Theater for those who participated in the competition.

For more information on Poetic Strokes & Word Flow, please view the project’s primary website:

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

Rushford Peterson Schools hosting easel

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SELCO’s traveling art exhibit, easel – Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries – is going to school. In a joint venture between the Rushford Public Library and the Rushford Peterson Public Schools, easel will be on display in the school library from February 26 – April 8, 2015. Students and faculty will enjoy the depictions of easel theme during the school day and the art will be integrated into various classroom lesson plans. In addition, the public library staff will volunteer coverage at the school library during after-school functions that the general public may attend which will extend the viewing options.

easel is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.