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.

Libraries and the World’s Best Workforce Mini Grant Opportunity
State Library Services is pleased to announce a new competitive mini grant initiative. The Libraries and World’s Best Workforce initiative is designed to help libraries offer programs and services that address Goal 1.2 of Minnesota’s Five-Year Plan for LSTA and the World’s Best Workforce. An estimated $75,000 is available for grant awards of up to $10,000 each. We welcome grant proposals 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.

Read a more detailed description of this initiative. The application and instructions are available at the Minnesota Department of Education’s grants management site. For more information, please contact Jackie Blagsvedt at or 651-582-8805.

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. 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 

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.

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.