We love summer time here at CMLE HQ – and are busily making all kinds of great plans to help us serve our members in the upcoming year!
It truly is an amazing experience to be able to work with all the different libraries, archives, history centers, and other organizations that make up a multitype system. And I always am a big believer that everyone is stronger when we work together! (Feel free to insert any cheesy “yay team!” cliche of your choice here)
One of our missions here at HQ is to help our members to connect with each other. Everyone is doing interesting work across the system (I’ve seen it!!!); and it can really help when you know you have colleagues in other libraries to help support you and your work.
We have many fun plans ahead, but to get started we are going to have a Back-To-School/Fall-Is-Coming time to hang out and chat with each other!
This will be at HQ (570 1st Street SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304), and will be a casual event. We will have snacks and goodies available, raffles of prizes, tours of the office (plants! faux windows! bike desk!), and a chance for people to meet up and chat!
Let’s set a day and time that works for most people! Please vote in the poll below, and let’s get this on our calendars so we can get ready for two of the best things: snacks and library talk!
It would be great to hear from an accomplished author, and to learn more about Somali culture, so we can be ready to provide outstanding library service! Come meet Hudda Ibrahim!
Check out this event happening Wednesday July 12, at the St. Cloud Technical & Community College Library. (If you missed the July 12th event, mark your calendar for July 29th! Barnes and Noble St. Cloud is hosting Hudda Ibrahim along with other authors for a similar event. More info here.)
From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (There will be a brief program at 4 p.m.)
Date: Wednesday, July 12
Place: St. Cloud Technical & Community College Library
From “Somalia to Snow” gives readers an invaluable insider’s look into the lives and culture of our Somali neighbors and the important challenges they face. Designed with a diverse audience in mind, this book is a must-read for students, healthcare professionals, business owners, social service agencies and anyone who wants to better understand the Somali people in Minnesota. READ RECENT PRESS
The RART Retreat is back! Register by March 28 and join us on April 1, 10:00-3:00, to discuss readers’ advisory for romance fiction and related genres and enjoy a talk by best-selling paranormal romance author MaryJanice Davidson. Cost is $25 for MLA members and $30 for non-members and includes breakfast and lunch.
Inver Glen Branch, Dakota County Library
8098 Blaine Ave.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 (651) 554-6840
Schedule at a glance: 10:00 – 10:30 Registration 10:30 – 11:00 Ice Breaker and Introductions 11:00 – 12:00 MaryJanice Davidson 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 Romance Panel Discussion 1:30 – 1:45 Break 1:45 – 2:45 Diversity and the Romance Genre 2:45 – 3:00 Wrap up
(Note from Mary: I really like MaryJanice Davidson’s books! If you like fun, fluffy, with a swig of vampires/mermaids/werewolves, that take place in Minnesota – these are the books for you!)
Even though every day is a great day to celebrate libraries, there is a special week each year designated to highlight their importance and awesomeness!
This year, that week is from April 9 – 15 and “is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.”
This year’s theme for the week is “Libraries Transform.” ALA has a Press Kit to help you prepare for activities and events you may want to plan to take place during this exciting week! Check out their library week fact sheet or watch this video from the 2016 National Library Week Video Challenge