Short Summer Hiatus

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beachThe CMLE blog posts will be on a short hiatus again during the summer months, but we will be back in the Fall! At that time, we will continue to scan the horizon, wrap our arms around the glut of library news and opportunity, filter and distill it down to an easy to digest format, and share it with you again starting in September. We remain committed to offering technology ideas and tips, best practices, cost savings, big picture concepts, library events, and application ideas too.  We hope this little blip in service gives everyone a refreshing “breather”. Watch our website in the event that time sensitive information surfaces that we feel a need to share immediately during the summer months. See you in the Fall!

Need something to read while you wait? Check out our top 10 CMLE blog posts for the academic year!

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Updates from MN State Library Services

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FROM: State Library Services
DATE: June 5, 2015
SUBJECT: Updates from State Library Services

Your Library Can Help Build the World’s Best Workforce

The Libraries and World’s Best Workforce mini grant initiative is designed to help libraries offer programs, services and learning activities that provide educational opportunities for children and young adults (ages 0-25), especially those living in poverty or facing other barriers to success, while tying in the goals of the World’s Best Workforce. An estimated $75,000 is available for grant awards of up to $10,000 each.

Join us for a grant guidance webinar to learn more about applying for this mini grant opportunity. Both webinars will cover the same content. There’s no need to pre-register, just click on one of the links below to participate:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10-11 a.m.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Over the last year we’ve seen libraries and schools come together to try out new ways to help kids be more successful in school and in life. This year, we’ve extended the application period until October 2 to give you a chance to build the partnerships that will allow you to creatively serve your community. And we’re looking forward to seeing how your library proposes making sure that kids have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful.

The application and instructions are available at the Minnesota Department of Education’s grants management site. For more information, please contact Jackie Blagsvedt at jacqueline.blagsvedt@state.mn.us or 651-582-8805.

Connect with Ignite Afterschool Statewide

Ignite Afterschool is a statewide network dedicated to developing high-quality afterschool and summer programs for all youth. With the help of their Regional Igniter partners, Ignite Afterschool is holding three meetings across the state to advance afterschool opportunities for youth. To learn more about the meetings and RSVP, follow the links below:

Attend the Northwest Minnesota Regional Meeting in Detroit Lakes, June 15, Noon-3 p.m.
Attend the Southeast Minnesota Regional Meeting in Rochester, June 23, 1-3:30 p.m.
Attend the Northeast Minnesota Regional Meeting in Duluth, June 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Each meeting will include a(n):

  • Opportunity to connect with fellow youth workers.
  • Introduction to Believe It. Build It. – Minnesota’s Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices.
  • Discussion on how to best put it the Believe It. Build It. guide to use.
  • Updates and next steps on statewide afterschool funding legislation.
  • Lunch or light snack.

This is a terrific opportunity to connect with out-of-school-time program providers in your region and find out how you can work together.

Upgrade Your Knowledge of Digital Learning

The Minnesota eLearning Summit is for K-12, college, and university educators and innovators in the Midwest who are committed to effective online and blended learning. Connect with more than 400 fellow educators at nearly 80 concurrent breakout sessions on July 29 and 30 at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Online registration and the draft program are available now; take advantage of the discount for early registration by July 1, 2015. Visit mnelearningsummit.org for more information.

School Librarians, You’re 2 Cool 2 Be 4-gotten–Stay in Touch This Summer

School is out—or nearly out—for the summer. If you’re looking at a work break over the summer, please stay connected with State Library Services. We promise to keep you updated about grant opportunities, workshops, programming and more. Email Jen Verbrugge at jennifer.verbrugge@state.mn.us with your personal email address, and she’ll get you signed up right away.

From the Director: The year in review….

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Patricia Post, CMLE Director

CMLE staffers dust themselves off this time of  year and take stock of this fiscal/academic year. Academic and K-12 library staff are doing the same, and we realize many are limping to the finish line on fumes! We also realize our public library staff are just entering their busiest season, and we wish them well in their important work of inspiring kids to love the library and keep up their reading skills!

As we take stock of the high points this year, our weekly publishing hits the top of the list, and this week, we offered a blog post that captured our 10 most popular blog posts.  This was a big year for us around infrastructure, and the reveal of our new website was beyond satisfying. Our site is powered by WordPress, which allows us to easily keep our site fresh and current!  Our favorite event this year hands down was our copyright event with almost 60 of you along with U of M Copyright Librarian Nancy Sims joining us at the Stearns History Museum. The item that made me feel most connected this year was the set of results we received through our needs assessment. Your voice matters very much to us as we develop future programming. Special mention also goes to our first Google Hangout meetings this winter, which had direct positive impact on GRRL’s policy around library cards for students. We hope to enlarge the circle a tiny bit and try this again next fiscal year.

Our summer CMLE to-do list is quite different from our weekly work during the academic year. Summer is an important time for administrative work including the July Library Legislative Forum, our annual audit, year-end reports to MDE, book discount agreements, internal system updates, program planning for next year, and our commitments to the MLA and ITEM Fall conferences too.

So, it might seem a  bit sad, but our Weekly Review and associated blog posts will be on a short hiatus again during the summer months, but we will be back in the Fall! At that time, we will continue to scan the horizon, wrap our arms around the glut of library news and opportunity, filter and distill it down to an easy to digest format, and share it with you again starting in September. We remain committed to offering technology ideas and tips, best practices, cost savings, big picture concepts, library events, and application ideas too.  We hope this little blip in service gives everyone a refreshing “breather”. Watch our website in the event that time sensitive information surfaces that we feel a need to share immediately during the summer months. Enjoy your summer with quiet moments of  serenity curled up with a good book under a big shady tree. Are you taking classes or attending events this summer to sharpen your skill set? Good for you…that is another important way to take care of yourself. Summer is a great time to retool, renew and refresh. See you in the Fall!

Didn’t have time to read all of our blog posts this year? No problem, no guilt. Go to http://cmle.org/ and notice the blog post archives in the right frame of the page. Select the month you missed, and meander through this year’s posts! Many of the posts are timeless, so better late than never….

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We’ve Learned

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There is a Media Generalist opening in the Elk River School District. It is a .5 FTE opening at VandenBerge Middle School. View the position description now.


Rodger Lindgren, District Media Specialist, Aitkin Schools, Aitkin, MN, has retired this school year.


We’ve also learned that Angie Kalthoff and Sara Norman will be hosting some summer workshops. All classes will be at Discovery Elementary School in Waite Park and are for Primary/Elementary teachers. Topics include a variety of classes from iPad Basics for Teachers to Augmented Reality. Check out the link below for the list of all 7 classes:

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Public library summer reading programs in the region

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Don’t let the summer slide affect your students! In the CMLE region we’re lucky enough to have two great public libraries with two great summer reading programs. Below are the two press releases from ECRL and GRRL about their summer reading programs. Get those kids signed up now and keep on reading!


ECRLEast Central Regional Library – 2015 – Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Program

Have you heard?  It’s time to Read to the Rhythm at your local East Central Regional Library branch. Our libraries will be hoppin’ and boppin’ all summer long.  This music-themed program encourages children and teens to read through the summer. There will be a program for both kids and teens. Stop by your local ECRL library branch and pick up a flyer listing all the activities and events offered this summer for both kids and teens. You can also check out the News Bits section or the events calendar on our webpage at www.ecrlib.org for the big events being held around the region.

There will be contests, special programs and events, reading logs and prizes and tons of fun. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss and those students who participate in their local summer reading program do better in school than those that do not. To kick-off the Read to the Rhythm summer program, the Teddy Bear Band will be performing at each of our 14 branch libraries.

Plus our Outreach program will be getting in the groove as well as every Outreach site will also be offering a children’s Read to the Rhythm program at each of our 7 sites. Glen Everhart will be presenting his Heebie Jeebies program at each of the Outreach sites as well. So hop and bop on over to your ECRL branch or Outreach Site this summer and Read to the Rhythm.


GRRLGreat River Regional Library – 2015 – Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Program

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will begin its annual Summer Reading Program for children and teens ages 0-18 on Monday, June 8, continuing through Saturday, Aug. 8. Two programs are offered, both with the theme, “Read To The Rhythm.” Both programs will feature activities built on a music theme, and include prize drawings.

The Read To The Rhythm program for children from birth through age 12 has two age groups:

  • Children from birth to age 5
  • Children from age 3 through 6th grade

Parents of children ages 3 to 5 may choose which group is best for their child.

Children in both groups will be given a reading record on which to mark their reading activities. Children may read as much as they want and complete as many records as they like. Each record represents five hours of reading. Reading records must be completed and returned to the library by the end of the program in order for the child to be eligible for prize drawings.

Teens in grades six through 12 are encouraged to complete and turn in reading records as the program progresses. Each completed reading record is an opportunity to win prizes in library prize drawings. Sixth-grade students may join either the teen or children’s program.

The goal for both programs is to encourage children to read during the summer school break. The Summer Reading Program emphasizes reading for pleasure, which has been shown to have beneficial effects on children’s reading skills. Participation in summer reading programs has been shown to reduce summer slide effects.

Libraries across the entire region are planning fun kick-off programs and special events to encourage participation. Numerous musicians will perform at area libraries. Singer/songwriter Paul Spring will perform at all 32 GRRL locations between June 8 and June 20. Check the events calendar on www.griver.org to find out about special programs at your local library.

20 Great Blogs by and for Education Administrators

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think hardPamela DeLoatch of Edudemic writes,

It’s not easy being a school administrator.  As leader of your school or department, it may be difficult to find peers you can confide in, discuss challenges or get insights.

DeLoatch combats tough administrative issues with a list of 20 blogs that can come as welcome assistance for education administrators.  Most of them are written by and for administrators, but some “are written from people who aren’t in the trenches, and can provide a different, but necessary perspective.”  See the post now for the list, which includes brief descriptions.

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Final call for EdCampMidMN!

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7407206_origJoin the learning fun at EdCampMidMN on June 10, 2015. The EdCampMidMN event will be at the ISELF building on the St. Cloud State University Campus (St. Cloud, Minnesota). EdCamp follows the unconference process and is:

  • Completely free. Yes, you read that right. There is NO cost to attend.
  • You design the schedule. We give you the framework, you pick the topics.
  • Have conversations that matter to you. This event is about having rich conversations, not being lectured by experts.

June 10th is fast approaching so Register Now!