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.

LSTA Mini Grants Announced
We are pleased to announce the second round of mini grant projects supported by LSTA funds. With a maximum award of $10,000, the 18 selected mini grant projects support activity-based partnerships between schools and libraries, as well as the creation of engaging play-friendly spaces and experiences for children ages 0-8 years old and their caregivers. To learn more about the projects, visit the State Library Services LSTA web page.

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:

  1. Direct patrons to local free meal resources. Find meal sites on the At-Risk Afterschool Meals and the Summer Food Service web pages.
  2. Provide take-home information for families in need. Contact Second Harvest Heartland for pads of tear-off sheets to passively promote summer food service.
  3. See if your library is eligible to be an at-risk afterschool and/or summer food site or sponsor. Learn more on the Summer Food Service website.

90-Second Newbery Film Festival
Join us on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Hennepin County Library—Minneapolis Central’s Pohlad Hall, for the first-ever Minnesota screening of the 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 have submitted works to the contest.

Please RSVP (optional, but appreciated). The event will be co-hosted by madcap authors James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and Kelly Barnhill (The Witch’s Boy).

Please help us promote the screening with this 90-Second Newbery Press Kit
Screening poster
90-Second Newbery website

For more information, contact Jennifer Verbrugge.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
We invite you to join us at the Libraries Serving Youth Meetup on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to meet, network and share ideas with other school and public librarians. Learn about successful public and school library collaborations, share creative ideas and enjoy a free lunch. Presenters include Erin Smith, Mike Evavold, Nina Shimmin, Donna Ohlgren, Ellen Morehouse, Brianna Belanger and Chad Lubbers. Registration opens February 14, 2015.

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.