The following information was shared via email with the library community Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.
While the Governor’s line-item veto of the legislature’s operating budget
means the people’s business isn’t quite finished, it is for our practical
The final Bonding bill, signed into law, appropriates $2 million for library
construction and renovation projects.
The final Legacy bill, signed into law, appropriates $2.5 million for
library legacy programming for the next two years.
The final E-12 bill, signed into law, doesn’t appropriate new funding for
regional library programs.
If the courts decide against the legislature’s forthcoming lawsuit over the
line-item veto, it’s the Governor’s desire to revisit several items in the
Tax bill. Those items are related to commercial-industrial property taxes
paid to the state, tobacco taxes and changes to the estate tax. He’s also
indicated a desire to revisit the teacher licensure reform package passed in
the E-12 bill.
The 2018 session begins at noon on Tuesday, February 20th.
Samuel P. Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates
All of the reviews of the Minnesota Book Award finalists have been posted. Sponsored each year by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, the award finalists were announced in March. SELCO staff and library staff from around the region contributed to our reviews of the 36 books in nine categories; Poetry, General Nonfiction, Children’s Literature, Genre Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Novel & Short Story, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, and Middle Grade Literature.
Our thanks to all those who read and contributed reviews. You can find links to the brief reviews on our website or go directly to our MNBA 2017 playlist on SELCOtv. Winners will be announced Saturday, April 8, 2017 at a ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel St. Paul Riverfront and posted on the SELCO Facebook page as they are announced.
The following information was shared via email with the library community on Thursday, March 30, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.
Senate Legacy Bill
The Senate Legacy bill was made public today. The Senate Environment & Legacy committee will go through the bill tomorrow in committee at 10am. The bill includes $2.2 million/year for regional library system legacy funds and $300,000/year for the digital library.
As a reminder, the House Legacy bill includes $2.75 million in FY 18 and $2.5 million in FY 19 for regional library systems legacy funding and $375,000/year for the digital library project.
Here you can see the Senate Legacy spreadsheet (scroll to lines 271 regional systems, 279 digital library).
Click here to view the Senate Legacy bill (scroll to lines 62.29 regional systems, 65.26 digital library).
Samuel P. Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates
The Minnesota Book Awards are sponsored each year by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. Finalists were announced earlier this month. SELCO staff and library staff from around the region are contributing to our reviews of the 36 books in nine categories; Poetry, General Nonfiction, Children’s Literature, Genre Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Novel & Short Story, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, and Middle Grade Literature.
You can find links to the brief reviews on our website or go directly to our MNBA 2017 playlist on SELCOtv. We will be posting reviews throughout the month of March. Winners will be announced April 8, 2017 at a ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel St. Paul Riverfront.
With the school year beginning we have a brand new Back to School Packet for you. This year we’ve tried something different and are sending the packet entirely in an electronic form. You’ll find a link below to a Google Drive folder which includes updates and information on :
Each 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.
As we kick off the New Year, the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) is pleased to commence season two of Once Upon a Reader. 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.
A panel of youth services librarians from across the state selected Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, by Minnesota author/illustrator Derek Anderson, as the focus of this year’s program. “Anderson combines humor with simple, straightforward rhymes to successfully convey basic counting concepts,” praises School Library Journal. “Because of its big, vivid illustrations and rhythmic, sprightly rhymes, [Ten Pigs] is ideal for sharing with a group as a read-aloud.”
CRPLSA launched Once Upon a Reader’s inaugural season in 2014, with funding from Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. This year’s season will be observed from March to October and include a diverse mix of tie-in activities, enabling libraries of all sizes and in all corners of the state to participate in the program.
Beginning this spring, Derek Anderson will travel across the state entertaining and educating kids in each participating regional library system with his “Ten Pigs Trunk Show.” During this portable one-man show, the author will read the book aloud, lead a reenactment, sketch, sing, and more. Visit onceuponareader.org, or click HERE, to see when Derek will be in a community near you.
Additional Once Upon a Reader activity materials are offered through the program’s website. Available for purchase are a waterproof and reusable Story Stroll, sign-sized book pages that allow you to display the Ten Pigs story outside a library or along a path; an Epic Storytime Kit, which includes your own copy of Ten Pigs, four other bath time and barnyard tales, and tie-in crafts; and a 15-piece Ten Pigs Play Kit for libraries to circulate among families and care providers.
Free and downloadable resources include a Ten Pigs scavenger hunt, matching game, drawing activity, bubble adventure, and more!
As Once Upon a Reader ramps up in earnest, library staff are encouraged to join with peers across the state in OUR Resource Share, a Facebook group devoted to the sharing of Once Upon a Reader photos and stories, programming ideas, and resource suggestions. In addition to keeping the conversation going, this Facebook resource allows members to share and download documents where helpful.
The 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.
The Legacy Review Committee met in November and approved five Community Collaboration Grants for full funding. Congratulations to Cannon Falls, Kasson, Lanesboro, Owatonna, and Winona Public Libraries!