YSIE Update

Vol. 1:4 - 2015

Mark Your Calendars! -- Summer Reading Program Kickoff

Tuesday, Jan. 12th 2016 at 9:30am-2:30pm

2600 19th Street Northwest

Rochester, MN

Once Upon a Reader - Year 2

CRPLSA will be bringing children across Minnesota a second season of Once Upon a Reader, the statewide one-book program. The program, which focuses on children aged 0-6, will highlight the importance of reading and sharing books with children.


Funded through the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, the book selected for the 2016-2017 Once Upon a Reader program is Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure. The book is written and illustrated by Minnesota resident Derek Anderson. The program will feature original music by local singer/songwriter Tom Lieberman.


SELCO will be working with the statewide OUR staff to provide books to Head Start children in the region, as well as copies for the day cares and the public libraries. New programming kits are being developed as well as those ever-popular trunk shows, and they're also working to build a better back-end to the OUR website for practitioners like yourselves.


We'll send out more information as we receive it!

State Library Services Update

State Library Services is continuing to expand their focus on and resources for youth services. Here are just a few items that have come through recently.


Afterschool at your Library -- On October 22, share with your community the importance of the afterschool learning opportunities your library provides. Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool (LoA) is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their importance to children, families and communities. Ignite Afterschool, Minnesota’s afterschool network, provides supports to all libraries holding Lights On Afterschool celebrations. Subscribe to Ignite Afterschool’s email updates to get more information right in your inbox.

In the meantime, here are some ways to jump-start your LoA event planning:

Be on the lookout for more Lights On Afterschool updates soon. Contact Jen Verbrugge at jennifer.verbrugge@state.mn.us for more information.


Bring the Eco Experience to Your Public Library -- The Eco Experience, a project of the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is the second largest exhibit at the State Fair. It is a place to discover sustainable options for home, garden and family; to learn about clean water, urban farming, furniture and clothing reuse, recycling, air quality, climate change, renewable energy, and eco-friendly transportation. It is one of the State Fair’s most popular attractions, even winning the People’s Choice Award in 2013, but it is only available to the public during the twelve days of the fair.

Beginning this December, you can bring a piece of the Eco Experience to your library for a month-long stay.


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has fabricated a traveling tabletop exhibit, “Your Resilient Community: Assets to Help Your Community Weather a Changing Climate.” Consisting of two large pieces and a portable table, the interactive exhibit helps identify community assets which address three changing climate challenges affecting Minnesota communities.


Exhibit spec sheets will be available at State Library Services’ booth in the MLA conference exhibit hall, and on the State Library Services website after the conference. We’re finalizing details related to the circulation (including an online reservation form) and will share more information by November 1. In the meantime, please contact Emily Kissane at emily.kissane@state.mn.us or 651-582-8508 for more information


Most of this info is pulled directly from the update put out by the State Library Services team.

ELM Expo on November 6th - Register Today!

Hands-on & Up-Close with the ELM Databases -- Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) is an outstanding suite of databases available to all Minnesotans. Join us to learn more about ELM, the specialized databases available, which database is best for what, & more. Learn with the experts how to search, save, & share your results. Take home tips on how to teach the databases to users.


This day-long training event will give you the chance to attend multiple sessions tailored to your interests & experience. Computers available, but feel free to bring your own laptop or tablet to personalize your learning.

All levels of experience welcome! Novice or advanced searcher, there will something for you.


Who Should Attend

Public, academic, school, & special librarians. School librarians (K-12) are urged to come as a team with History Day Teachers, Guidance Counselors, English Teachers, STEM Teachers, & anyone who uses ELM or wants to use ELM in libraries or classrooms. CEUs available.


When - FRIDAY, November 6, 2015 | 8:30am to 4pm


Cost - $30 includes morning snack, lunch, & handouts. (Check with your multitype library system for library staff scholarships.)


Where - Anoka-Hennepin Staff Development Center, 2727 North Ferry St., Anoka MN 55303 (Map)


REGISTER HERE (Enrollment is limited to the first 100 people.)

YALSA Grant Opportunities

BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant -- Do you wish there was extra money to buy more items for your library’s teen section? Are your teens wishing they had a larger selection of materials at their public library? Then this might be your lucky day! The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is now accepting applications for the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant. The $1,000 grant, made possible by BWI, will be awarded to up to two YALSA members to be used to support the purchase of new materials to support collection development in public libraries. The grant is also designed to recognize the excellent work of those YALSA members working directly with young adults ages 12-18 in a public library.


The committee is looking for proposals that present innovative ideas on how to expand young adult collections. Applicants will be judged on the basis of the degree of need for additional materials for young adults in their library, the degree of their current collection’s use, and the benefits this grant will bring to young adults. Other criteria, grant information and the application form can be found on the YALSA Awards and Grants website,http://www.ala.org/yalsa/awardsandgrants/bwi. Applications must be submitted online no later than December 1, 2015.


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2016 Summer Learning & Teen Intern Grants -- YALSA has opened up the applications for its 2016 summer learning and teen intern grants.


Through generous funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, two grants are available, the Summer Learning Resources Grant and the Teen Summer Intern Program Grant. The purpose of these grants are to help libraries combat the summer slide.

Twenty summer learning resources grants, worth $1000 each, will be awarded to libraries in need that will allow them to put the funds towards resources and services to help prevent the summer slide in under-served teens. Twenty teen summer intern program grants, also worth $1000 each, will be awarded to libraries to support the implementation of summer learning programs while also providing teens a chance to build hands-on job skills.


Interested applicants are invited to apply for the grants if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a YALSA member at the time the application is submitted
  • Summer learning program must be administered through a library
  • Summer learning program must be open to all teens in your community
  • Library must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store


Eligible applicants can apply now through Jan. 1, 2016. Recipients will be notified during the week of Feb. 15, 2016.


To learn more about how the grants support summer learning programs, view a brief video featuring past grantees. To learn more about the grants and to apply, please visit YALSA’s Summer Learning website.