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Get Excited for Teen Lit Con 2018!!

Do you work with teens that love to read? Then you absolutely need to start planning to attend this year’s Teen Lit Con! (It’s a FREE event for teens!)

This year the event will be held Saturday May 12th from 10am – 4pm at Chaska High School. According to the Teen Lit Con site, “the purpose of this day is to celebrate teen literature, promote reading and writing, and to create a community of readers by connecting teens and authors.”

If that’s not enough, read this recap from Rogers High School Media Specialist Bethany Kauffman, which describes the joy of last year’s event, along with some awesome pictures.

And finally…the authors this year are fantastic! Authors at this year’s event include:

We hope you are able to share this event with your students/teen patrons and encourage them to take part in this fantastic, FREE day of YA literature!


Booked for the Evening event

Are you a school, children’s or teen librarian looking to connect with others in your field and get some great book suggestions at the same time? Definitely check out Booked for the Evening, an event at St. Kate’s in St. Paul. Attendees will be able to “hear from expert panelists as they review the best new literature for kids and teens.”

The event is only $20 and takes place Monday, November 13, 6:00–8:45 p.m. in the Rauenhorst Ballroom.

The event features a “panel of expert librarians, who are graduates of the St. Kate’s master in library and information science (MLIS) program, will highlight books for primary, intermediate, and young adult readers. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the best in recent literature for youth.”

Read the schedule, meet the experts, and register for this fun event here!

We want to start off Fall with a celebration!

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Are you having a good summer?

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)
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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.)

Register here!

You’re Invited!


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 book can be purchased at the event for $22.00 or at www.HuddaIbrahim.com.

Date and Time

Wed, July 12, 2017

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM CDT

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St. Cloud Technical & Community College Library

1540 Northway Drive

St. Cloud, MN 56303

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Somali translation: Continue reading HUDDA IBRAHIM BOOK-SIGNING EVENT

CMLE socializes!

CMLE is constantly working to build connections across our system! And our regular social dinner gatherings are a great way to help people meet up and build your networks!

As you can see, we had a great time visiting Old Chicago. Several of us had dessert; we just couldn’t tear ourselves away!

We will have a poll up soon for our next day and location. Be thinking about where you would like to gather in early May! Feel free to add any suggestions in the comments, or email to us.