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.

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:

  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.