Legacy and Bonding Bill Updates

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

Legacy Bill

This evening the Legacy conference committee wrapped up their work on the
omnibus legacy bill. Library Legacy funding is at $2.5 million/year for the
next two years. The Senate position was $2.2 million/year and the House
brought $2.7 & $2.5 million for the next two years, respectively. The House
position largely won out thanks once again to Rep. Mary Murphy’s hard work.
While she wasn’t actually on the conference committee she sat through the
entire hearing tonight to make sure our funding was secure.

Bonding Bill

Last night the House failed to pass the bonding bill that Chair Dean Urdahl
brought forward. Chair Urdahl has maintained our $2 million for library
construction grants through the process. It’s unclear what kind of process,
if any, they will use to resolve a bonding bill for this session. It’s
possible that they will fail to pass a bonding bill again. Hopefully they
figure it out. Our $2 million for library construction grants has been a
part of every bonding iteration in the House, Senate and Governor’s
proposals for over a year.

Samuel P. Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates

Celebrating Art & Culture — to be printed soon

MN Library Legacy Logo Small

Ready to go to press! 

Celebrating Arts & Culture: Minnesota Regional Public Library Systems Legacy Amendment Highlights

The Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) has produced a visually compelling written summary of  the public programs and activities funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Celebrating Arts and Culture will provide a succinct report for the 2017 Minnesota Legislature highlighting the wide variety of Legacy programming that has occurred in libraries throughout the state.  

Celebrating Arts & Culture briefly describes public art projects, live performances, literary programs, art making, and historical and cultural exploration. The Library Legacy story is told through a montage of photographs and personal quotes. The summary graphical demonstrates the breadth of programming funded with Legacy dollars and the unique ability of libraries to provide meaningful cultural events to people in all corners of the state regardless of community size.

Celebrating Arts & Culture: Minnesota Regional Public Library Systems Legacy Amendment Highlights

Libraries can expect a copy very soon.

A CRPLSA sponsored Library Legacy activity made possible with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota.

Be part of the 2017 Winter Author Tour!

Doug OhmanEach year SELCO works with local libraries to build regional author tours around Minnesota Book Award (MNBA) finalists and winners, either with a multiple or single author tour.  For Winter 2017, we will be featuring regional favorite Doug Ohman between February and April.  An avid speaker, storyteller, and photographer, Doug has deep roots in Minnesota and has been a part of the creation of eight books featuring his photography.  Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks was a 2011 MNBA Finalist and Barns of Minnesota was a Finalist in 2006.  

Ohman has captured the varied essence of the state and has created several photographic series on such subjects as cabins, barns, and schoolhouses.  He also delves into Minnesota’s history by offering programs on The New Deal in Minnesota and the state’s role in the Civil War.  All in all, there are 17 different programs from which a library could choose.  We’re looking to plan the tour for dates between February 18 – April 28, 2017 (no availability on April 1).

Applications to be a part of the 2017 Winter Author tour will be accepted from August 1-31.  Click HERE to apply today!

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

Ten Pigs Trunk Shows Wrap!

Today was the final day of Once Upon a Reader trunk shows in SELCO. Author/illustrator Derek Anderson traveled the region, reading, singing and playing with children in an energetic show based around his book, Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure.

Library staff throughout the region did a great job promoting the shows, and after six days and 12 trunk shows in 11 communities, Derek said he thoroughly enjoyed his time in southeast Minnesota.  The hundreds of children, caregivers and parents who participated in the high-energy trunk show agreed. Aimed at pre-K children and their families, this statewide one-book program  promotes Minnesota children’s literature and encourages families to Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play together – five practices critical to early literacy skills development.

Additional resources for libraries and parents are free and downloadable at .

Ten Pigs Coming to SELCO!

10 Pigs 2016

Derek Anderson and his TEN PIGS are busy getting ready for the Once Upon a Reader Trunk Shows coming to SELCO libraries! They’re rehearsing their parts, gathering props, stocking up on bubble bath and loading the bathtub for 12 Trunk Shows.  Visit a library and join the fun!

Check the list for a library near you.


Date Time Location
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 10:30a Austin Public Library
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 2:00p Albert Lea Public Library
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 10:30a Red Wing Public Library
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 2:00p Lake City Public Library
Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:00a Winona Public Library
Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:00p Hokah Public Library
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:00a Owatonna Public Library
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:00p Buckham Memorial Library (Faribault, MN)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 10:00a Dodge Center Public Library
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 2:00p Spring Valley Public Library
Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:00a Rochester Public Library
Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:00p Rochester Public Library

MNBA Finalists booktalked on SELCOtv

SelcoTV Cover PageJust in time for the 2016 Minnesota Book Awards, SELCO staff will “booktalk” each of this year’s 32 finalists for SELCOtv.  A special YouTube playlist aggregates the videos as they are posted.  During the days leading up to the awards ceremony on April 16, 1-2 booktalks from the eight award categories will be posted each day.


Here is a selection of those shared thus far in the individual MNBA genre categories:

28th Annual MNBA Finalists Announced

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is pleased to announce the finalists in all eight categories for the 28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards. Chosen on Saturday, January 30, by 24 judges from around the state – writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community

Award winMNBAners will be announced at the 28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 16, at St. Paul’s historic Union Depot, 214 Fourth Street East. The Preface reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and available by visiting or calling 651-222-3242. The official hashtag for social media is #MNBA16. All are encouraged to use it when posting comments, status updates or tweeting about any of the authors or their books.

Story Stroll Order Deadline

Ten Pigs round imageSunday, January 31 will be the last day to place orders for Once Upon a Reader storytime kits, story strolls, and play kits – for those libraries that want materials included in the first round of fulfillment and delivery. All orders received between January 6 and January 31 will be processed during the month of February (and in hand before the commencement of Derek Anderson’s first trunk shows). All orders received between Monday, February 1 and Thursday, March 31 will be fulfilled during the month of April. Regions and libraries may hold off and place orders after the January mark, if that works best for regional planning.

SELCO and each region participating in Once Upon a Reader will be receiving one free, complete set of Once Upon a Reader materials (a storytime kit, story stroll, and play kit). These will be delivered to regional library offices via Minitex along with kits ordered in round one.

For more information email David Katz, Once Upon A Reader Coordinator or contact the SELCO Legacy Team.

Library Legacy RFP

MN Library Legacy Logo SmallThe Council of Regional Public Library Administrators (CRPLSA) is seeking proposals for a creatively produced, visually compelling document covering 2 years (FY2014-FY2015) of public programs and activities funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, created by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment of 2008. Programs include statewide projects such as Once Upon a Reader and the Minnesota Book Awards literary map, as well as projects that have taken place in each of the state’s 12 regional library systems.

This Request for Proposal (RFP) provides the instructions for submitting proposals, the criteria by which a vendor may be selected, and the contractual terms by which CRPLSA intends to manage the relationship between CRPLSA and the selected firm.