New MHS Offerings

mhs library parntnership bannerThe Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) has been working hard to create engaging, exciting programs that meet the needs of the library adult audience. After reviewing the evaluations from the last adult catalog, the staff at the History Center are proud to share the newest Adult Programming Catalog. The programs in this brochure are available to take place in libraries anytime between September 2013 and March 2014.

Of special interest is the Historical Craft Workshop: Civil War Sewing Kits. Participants of this workshop will have the opportunity to learn about these essential kits and create a modern version for their own use.

New this year — Live genealogy workshops via Cisco Jabber technology. For those outside the metro area, MHS is trying to cut back on travel costs by offering these workshops through a free video conferencing service.

If your library is interested in learning more, contact the SELCO’s Library Legacy Coordinator.

Historical Craft Workshop

Portable sewiMHS Civil War Sewing Kitng kits were an essential accessory during the Civil War that could be rolled up and fit easily into pockets. These “housewives” would securely store thread, pins, and notions. During a workshop offered by the Minnesota Historical Society, participants will create modern versions of these popular kits.

Libraries interested in scheduling this SELCO Library Legacy Vetted Program should contact the SELCO Legacy Program Coordinator.

 

Minnesota Writers on the Map Now Online

Writers map smallThe Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and the Minnesota Historical Society are proud to announce online resources supplementing Minnesota’s new literary map.  From Your Street to Main Street:  Minnesota Writers on the Map was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Minnesota Book Awards.  

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library website supports a printable version of the map.  The Minnesota Historical Society provides a rich collection of biographical notes and select titles list on their Minnesota Author Biographies website.  

Free copies of the map are available at libraries around the state.  Copies will also be available during the Aug. 28 Read & Ride Day Celebration in Carousel Park, hosted by MELSA.   

Minnesota Writers on the Map is funded by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through a designation from the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators, Explore Minnesota (the state’s tourism promotion office) and the Center for the Book.

Literary Map Gets Weekend Press

Writers map smallMinnesota’s new literary map received press coverage with a detailed article by Pioneer Press reporter, Mary Ann Grossman.  From Main Street to Your Street:  Minnesota Writers on the Map is a big hit a libraries.  The map will also be distributed at the State Fair at the end of the month on Ride and Read Day.

Get your copy now.  Start reading and visiting Minnesota’s literary landmarks.

Call for easel Artists

easel logo smallThe Call to Artists to participate in the third biennial easel – Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries is in the mail.  Phone calls and email inquiries were already coming in and SELCO, collaborating with SEMVA, is proud to share this invitation.  The most recent easel tour provided enthusiastic viewing in small and large communities, as well as produced sales for participating artists.  SELCO expects both the quality and the quantity of artwork to increase as the show has developed a reputation for an interesting variety of artistic mediums and styles and ease of access at your friendly local library.

The Call to Artists invites artists living in the 11-southeastern counties  to submit one piece of artwork which reflects the artistic interpretation of books, a letter or letters, reading, authors, or the library.

  • All 2-D pieces must be 12×12 inches – exactly, including the frame – not bigger and not smaller.
  • Measuring a 3-D piece of artwork for easel is a bit trickier but manageable since the 12-inch maximum still prevails.  Each 3-D piece may only be a maximum of 12x12x12 inches and, since SELCO is not seeking exact cubes, one or two of the sides may be smaller than 12 inches (nothing larger) and at least one of the measuring points must be 12 inches.
  • The printed Call to Artists includes a 12-inch ruler.  Check the  size of the artwork before submitting!
  • Check the Call to Artists info on the easel website for more information.  Click here for a small (not to scale) printable version of the Call to Artists or call SELCO, 1-800-992-5061, for a print copy.

Artists will need to drop off or make arrangements for delivery of their artwork at SELCO between October 21 – 25 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

A panel of artists who have not submitted artwork will judge the submissions on October 28.  The selected pieces will travel to libraries and community centers from January 2014 through June 2015.

Locations needed for easel exhibit

easel logo smallSELCO is seeking 11-13 locations to host the easel exhibit between January 2014 and June 2015.  If you would like your library to be considered as a location for approximately six weeks during the 18-month easel tour, please respond byThursday, August 15. 

This is not a final commitment at this time, but rather a gauge of interest and a means of discovering possible locations.  Once a selection of locations has been identified, we will discuss specific time frames that work (or don’t work) for your library or community space.  The exhibit size will be tailored to each location – that is those with only a small space will receive a portion of the traveling exhibit, those sites with more room will receive a larger selection of locally produced art on the library literary theme.

SELCO will handle all aspects of the traveling exhibit, including storing (as necessary) and installing the artwork at the libraries.  Artists’ work selected for the exhibit will be insured while in storage, in transit, and onsite.  SELCO will create an exhibit catalog describing each piece including details such as artist’s name, title, medium, artist’s statement, and biographical information.  Participating locations will receive a selection of publicity items to help promote the exhibit.

easel Details
Each piece in this traveling display will reflect the artist’s interpretation of a book, letter or letters, authors, reading, or the library.  Eligible artists must reside in the 11 southeastern counties:  Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, or Winona.  The artistic depiction of the theme must be suitable for a library exhibit and viewing by all ages.

The size limitation of each piece is 12” high x 12” wide x 12” deep max dimension, any artwork larger or smaller than the max dimension will be rejected.  The small and consistent size will enable all libraries to consider hosting the exhibit, even those with limited space.

easel is a juried exhibit.  Judging will occur October 28 by an independent panel of artists who have not submitted artwork.

SELCO is once again collaborating with SEMVA — Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists.  SEMVA artists will handle the installation and removal of the exhibit on location and will be available to present gallery talks while the exhibit is on display at your library.

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

Please consider being a part of the third annual easel traveling art exhibit so that you and your library patrons can experience art in southeastern libraries.  Contact SELCO for more information or to participate.

Great news regarding Library Legacy funding!

The following information was sent via e-mail on May 20, 2013 from Elaine Keefe, MLA/MEMO Lobbyist. Additional linked information added.

UPDATE: Click here for the Legacy Conference Committee Report.  Specifically, see pages 68-69 for regional public library funding (listed under Department of Education) and pages 71-72 (starting on line 71-28, specifically) for information on the Minnesota Digital Library.

Great news! The Legacy Conference Committee just released its spreadsheet. They have agreed to the House position of $3 million per year for regional public libraries. Thank you to all who contacted your legislators. It clearly made a huge difference.

The Minnesota Digital Library received $300,000 per year. Since this was the funding level in both the House and Senate bills, this was expected. (Note: The original amount requested was $750,000.)

Contact the Legacy Conference Committee today!

The House and Senate conferees for the Legacy bill have been appointed.

Please contact them and urge them to support the House position on Legacy funding for regional public libraries. 

The House maintains the current funding level of $3 million per year, whereas the Senate reduces it to $1 million per year.  With the Senate version, SELCO would go from  $308,016 it received in FY2013 to $96,000 in FY2014, greatly affecting SELCO’s ability to support local programming efforts.  Call or email your these folks today and share your story about Library Legacy activities in your community.

The Legacy Conferees are:

Representative/Senator Name Contact Information
Representative Phyllis Kahn 651-296-4257
rep.phyllis.kahn@house.mn
Representative Leon Lillie 651-296-1188
rep.leon.lillie@house.mn
Representative Mike Freiberg 651-296-4176
rep.mike.freiberg@house.mn
Representative David Bly*
*Represents libraries in the SELCO/SELS region
651-296-0171
1-800-920-5882
rep.david.bly@house.mn
Representative Anna Wills 651-296-4306
rep.anna.wills@house.mn
Senator Dick Cohen**
**Address listed is a link to an online form –>
651-296-5931
www.senate.mn/senatorcohenemail
Senator Tom Saxhaug**
**Address listed is a link to an online form –> 
651-296-4136
www.senate.mn/senatorsaxhaugemail
Senator David Tomassoni 651-296-8017
sen.david.tomassoni@senate.mn
Senator Katie Sieben 651-297-8060
sen.katie.sieben@senate.mn
Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen 651-297-8063
sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn

Contact the Minnesota House Legacy Conferees!

The House conferees for the Legacy bill were appointed this morning.

Please contact them and urge them to support the House position on Legacy funding for regional public libraries. 

The House maintains the current funding level of $3 million per year, whereas the Senate reduces it to $1 million per year.  With the Senate version, SELCO would go from  $308,016 it received in FY2013 to $96,000 in FY2014, greatly affecting SELCO’s ability to support local programming efforts.  Call or email your these folks today and share your story about Library Legacy activities in your community.

The House Legacy Conferees are:

Representative Name Contact Information
Representative Phyllis Kahn 651-296-4257
rep.phyllis.kahn@house.mn
Representative Leon Lillie 651-296-1188
rep.leon.lillie@house.mn
Representative Mike Freiberg 651-296-4176
rep.mike.freiberg@house.mn
Representative David Bly*
*Represents libraries in the SELCO/SELS region
651-296-0171
1-800-920-5882
rep.david.bly@house.mn
Representative Anna Wills 651-296-4306
rep.anna.wills@house.mn

Contact your Senator!

Legacy funding for SELCO’s cultural programming is in jeopardy of being reduced by 2/3.

In FY2013, SELCO received $308,016 but under the proposed Senate Legacy bill that amount would be reduced to $96,000 in FY2014, greatly affecting SELCO’s ability to support local programming efforts.

Call or email your Senator today and share your story about Library Legacy activities in your community.  Ask your Senator to influence his or her colleagues on the conference committee to agree to the appropriation of $3 per year as proposed by the House.

Click here for a flyer with more information.  Please share with staff, board members, library Friends, city officials, and anyone interested in library programs.

The legislative session concludes Monday, May 20.  Time is short.  Call or email today.

Thank you,
Ann Hutton, Executive Director