YSIE Update

Vol. 1:1 - 2015

YSIE April Meeting: Small but Mighty

We had a smaller crowd at our Spring YSIE meeting in Albert Lea but folks in attendance had the chance to talk further about Summer Reading Programs, assessed the collection of both statewide and regional statistics, and got see the wonderful space that Albert Lea has dedicated to Teens and Children alike. Thanks so much to ALPL for hosting! To help select our next meeting date, click the banner below.
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Once Upon a Reader - Cow Visits Southeast Minnesota!

Cow, who's been making her way around Minnesota visiting libraries and kids of all ages, popped down to the Southeast corner in mid-May. She took in the sights and sounds of Owatonna, Faribault, Plainview, and Red Wing and was happy to spend time with more than 1000 children and almost 150 adults! Reading stories, singing songs, drawing pictures, and generally just having a moo-velous time, Cow was certainly a hit with her fans. After taking a well-deserved vacation at an undisclosed location, she'll be back soon in June 22-24 with stops in Rochester, Dodge Center, Spring Valley, Austin and Albert Lea. Don't miss your chance to see this cow-ptivating star!

Camp Read-a-Lot 2015 Registration Open

A professional development opportunity for those who work with children's literature, focusing specifically on grades 2-5. Our Campers have a chance to read from a set list of books prior to Camp and then spend the day discussing the books. They'll also have a chance to hear from Minnesota children's author Douglas Wood, and a panel from the Diversity & Outreach Round Table (DORT) on diversity in children's literature. Attendees also have the opportunity to mix and mingle with like-minded colleagues from around the region, enjoy good food in a stunning location, and can earn up to 25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as well! For more information and to register click HERE.

Summer Reading Programs

Summer is in full swing now and everyone's busy keeping those summer readers busy. As a reminder here are some resources that have been passed along by folks to aid in SRPs:

CSLP & iREAD, the two programs that folks work with in our region have also subtlely shared their future themes so keep these in mind when thinking about the next few years.


  • 2016 - Wellness, Fitness, Sports (fits with the Summer Olympics)
  • 2017 - Build a Better World
  • 2018 - Music


  • 2016 - Read for the Win! -- Sports, Athleticism (fits with the Summer Olympics)
  • 2017 - Reading by Design -- Engineering, Architecture

Believe It. Build It - Minnesota's Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices

Watch out for Ignite Afterschool staff in your region this June! With the help of our Regional Igniter partners, we're holding 4 regional meetings across the state to advance afterschool opportunities and drive the work of our network. Click each to learn more and RSVP.
1. Presenting at the EPIC Conference in Willmar on June 4th.
2. Hosting NW MN Regional Meeting in Detroit Lakes on June 15th
3. Hosting SE MN Regional Meeting in Rochester on June 23rd
4. Hosting NE MN Regional Meeting in Duluth on June 24th

Along with connecting with fellow youth workers, each meeting will include:
  • Lunch or light snacks
  • Introduction to Believe It. Build It. – Minnesota’s Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices, and discussion on how to best put it to use for stakeholders in your region.
  • Update and next steps on statewide afterschool funding legislation
  • Building and connecting afterschool program providers to quality resources and trainings
We look forward to seeing you there!

Our mailing address is:
Ignite Afterschool
615 1st Ave NE
Suite 125, Ignite Afterschool, c/o Youthprise
Minneapolis, MN 55413