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.

90-Second Newbery Film Festival
Calling All Kid Filmmakers!

The 90-Second Newbery is now accepting video submissions from Minnesota’s young filmmakers. Selected Minnesota-made movies will be screened with submissions from other states at the first-ever Minnesota 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in February.
 
A 90-Second Newbery film tells the story of a Newbery Award winner or honor book in 90 seconds or less. We’d love to see the creative kids that you work with submit their movies. The 90-Second Newbery website features dozens of films to spark ideas, how-to guides and complete instructions for uploading films. The festival will be hosted by author of The Order of Odd-Fish and 90-Second Newbery founder James Kennedy, and renowned local author Kelly Barnhill (The Witch’s Boy).
 
Join us on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Hennepin County Library—Minneapolis Central’s Pohlad Hall.
 
Deadline for submitting films has been extended to January 16, 2015!

90-Second Newbery Press Kit
Sample Press Release
Newbery logo (png) - Newbery logo (tiff)
Promotional flyer
James Kennedy video invite
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.

Explore eBooks MN
Public, academic, school and special librarians joined in a statewide effort to create a foundation for integrating eBooks in Minnesota’s libraries. Combining Minnesota’s internal expertise with perspectives from eBook innovators nationwide, this collaborative effort provided an opportunity for librarians to come together to create consensus around the direction of eBooks in Minnesota. For more information, visit the Explore eBooks MN website. For more information about Minnesota’s next steps, contact Jennifer Nelson.

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.