State Library Services

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.

Apply for a Library Construction Grant
State Library Services is pleased to announce that 2014 Library Construction Grant program, round two applications are available. Application forms and instructions are available on the Department of Education’s Grants Management site. Completed applications are due November 10, 2015. Visit the Library Construction Grant program page at left for more information.

Supercharge Your Storytimes
Minnesota is one of five states selected to participate in a new IMLS-supported OCLC initiative, Supercharged Storytimes, an empowering approach to storytime planning and delivery established in Washington state. Minnesota public library staff members are invited to join the Supercharged Storytimes community.

Approximately 100 staff members, professionals and paraprofessionals, from Minnesota’s libraries will be selected by OCLC to participate this fall in the free multi-week training opportunity. Participants will build a learning community designed to boost the impact of library storytimes and demonstrate how libraries provide high-quality early literacy experiences that get kids ready for kindergarten. Please contact Jackie Blagsvedt at with questions.

Calling Young Filmmakers:  Submit Your 90-Second Newbery Film Entry for 2016!
The 90-Second Newbery films let kids tell the stories of Newbery medal-winning books in 90 seconds or less. Participating teachers appreciate the chance for kids to interact with critically acclaimed books while developing 21st century skills like filmmaking, editing and storyboarding. Submissions are accepted year-round.
Please join 90-Second Newbery Film Festival founder and middle-grade author James Kennedy at a fast-paced crash course in how to produce a film for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Students, teachers, parents and librarians are welcome to attend this interactive, hands-on workshop at the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Register by October 8, 2015. Bring along your tablet or laptop to fully participate.

A favorite part of our year is the annual Minnesota screening of movies made by local students every February. Mark your calendars for the 2016 screening Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Hennepin County Library—Minneapolis Central’s Pohlad Hall. For more information about the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, including how to submit a film, visit the official site or contact Jen Verbrugge.

Announcing the 2015 Competitive LSTA Grant Awards
Please visit State Library Service’s LSTA page for more information about projects funded.

Apply for a Libraries and the World’s Best Workforce Mini Grant
An estimated $75,000 is available for grant awards of up to $10,000 each to support projects that directly serve at-risk children and youth (between the ages of 0-25) through improved or expanded library-based programs, services and/or learning activities. Please visit State Library Service’s LSTA page for more information.

Review Grants, Gain Valuable Insights
Interested in how Minnesota supports grant opportunities that use state and federal funds to help libraries improve facilities and services? Become a grant reviewer.

State Library Services awards Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants that support local library initiatives across the state. LSTA grants fund expanded and innovative services, technology and access for lifelong learning, continuing education, workforce development and literacy skills. Funded by state bond funds, library construction grants award one-to-one matching dollars for projects that renovate or build library buildings.

Grant reviewers independently read and score grant applications based on established criteria. Then they join a panel to discuss grant scores at the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville. Reviewers can be novices who want to learn how to apply for grants or experts who have successfully written and administrated grants in the past.

If you’re interested in becoming a grant reviewer for State Library Services, please complete and submit the Grant Reviewer Survey. As opportunities arise throughout the year, we will contact you about serving on a grant panel. For more information, please contact Jen Nelson, 651-582-8791.

Construction Grants Announced

Please visit the Library Construction Grant page for more information about projects funded.

Literacy Bookmarks
The Minnesota Department of Education, through a partnership between State Library Services and the Office of Early Learning, has created bookmarks you can use to help promote family engagement practices that support early literacy and reading well by third grade. 

Minnesota public libraries, school libraries and early learning organizations may request bookmarks online. Allow 2-3 weeks for processing. Email Jennifer Verbrugge to request quantities greater than 1,000. Include your shipping address, the bookmark style, and quantity of each.