State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, provides leadership to Minnesota’s libraries. Division staff are consultants who help libraries to plan, develop and implement high-quality services that address community needs. State Library Services administers federal grant, state aid, and state grant programs that benefit all types of libraries.
2015 Competitive LSTA Grant Opportunity
State Library Services, is pleased to announce the 2015 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grant opportunity. An estimated $650,000 is available to fund grant projects that help to achieve Minnesota’s LSTA Five-Year Plan (2013-2017). Visit the LSTA page for more information.
Construction Grants Announced
Please visit the Library Construction Grant page for more information about projects funded.
Summer and At-Risk Food Programs for Kids
Fewer than 17 percent of Minnesota kids who benefit from the free or reduced-price school lunch program have access to summer and afterschool food programs. Limited access to free food programs, particularly during the summer, leaves many children hungry. Public libraries can help make sure kids have access to nutritious food when school is not in session. Begin planning your summer 2015 participation today, there are many ways your library can get involved:
90-Second Newbery Film Festival
A 90-Second Newbery film tells the story of a Newbery Award winner or honor book in 90 seconds or less. Kid filmmakers from across Minnesota and around the world submitted works to the 2015 contest. The first-ever Minnesota screening of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival took place at the end of February 2015, co-hosted by authors James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and Kelly Barnhill (The Witch’s Boy). Nearly a dozen Minnesota-made films were shown before a standing room only crowd at Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central’s Pohlad Hall. See a list of and links to submissions created by Minnesota students. For more information about the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, visit the official site. This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education.
Libraries Serving Youth Meetup
Register now for State Library Services’ first-ever Libraries Serving Youth Meetup. It’s a chance for school and public library staff to meet, network and share ideas. Learn about successful public library and school collaborations, get creative ideas and enjoy a free working lunch. Scheduled presenters from across the state include Brianna Belanger, Mike Evavold, Chad Lubbers, Ellen Morehouse, Donna Ohlgren, Nina Shimmin, and Erin Smith.
The Meetup will be Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville. Space is limited, so register today. There is no charge for the event. A certificate of attendance for CEUs will be available.