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Experience the Creativity of Minnesota’s Kid Filmmakers with Kelly Barnhill

We are thrilled to announce that 123 films were submitted by Minnesota students to this year’s 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. 90-Second Newbery founder and middle grade author James Kennedy has chosen his favorite entries from Minnesota, and is set to show them at the third annual screening on Saturday, February 25, in Pohlad Hall, 3-4:30 p.m., at Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central. Newbery Award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill, will co-host the event with Mr. Kennedy. On-site book sales are provided by Addendum Books. Make your free reservation to attend the screening today. While it helps us to plan, a reservation does not guarantee a seat. In case of large turnout, we will live-stream the event in an overflow room adjacent to Pohlad Hall. Help us promote the event by downloading and sharing the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival poster. Please contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356) for more information.

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Updates from State Library Services

TO: Minnesota Libraries
FROM: State Library Services
DATE: January 23, 2017
SUBJECT: Updates from State Library Services

Updates from State Library Services

Support Kindergarten Readiness Using Minnesota’s Newly Revised ECIPs
The complete revision of Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards: The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs)—including parent guides in English, Hmong, Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese and Russian—are now available on the MDE website. The ECIPs provide benchmarks for parents and care providers so they can know when a child is on track and identify if a child might need additional early learning supports. The language, literacy and communications ECIPs highlight how well the Every Child Ready to Read 2 curriculum supports early literacy learning. The ECIPs can also help you enhance your early learning programing and children’s play environments to support kindergarten readiness across all of the early learning domains, including approaches to learning, math, scientific thinking, the arts, social and emotional awareness, social systems and physical movements. Contact Jackie Blagsvedt (651-582-8805) for more information.

New E-Reader Users Need Your Help
If your patrons need help downloading ebooks to their brand-new e-readers, check out this handy resource featuring step-by-step access advice for major platforms and devices. The website is an ILEAD USA project designed by librarians in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, please contact Emily Kissane (651-582-8508).

Thank You for Taking Our Afterschool Survey
Back in November, we asked for your help in determining the work public libraries are doing in the afterschool realm. More than 100 of you from all across the state completed an optional survey for us, and we thank you for the time and effort you put into it! What we learned is that libraries approach afterschool/out-of-school services very differently. 63 percent of survey respondents offer an afterschool program of some kind, and those programs serve nearly 66,000 students. Transportation was identified as the most significant barrier to increased participation. We have shared the information with Ignite Afterschool, Minnesota’s afterschool network, and look forward to seeing how they will showcase the afterschool scene in public libraries. Please contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356) for more information.

Early Childhood Screening and Libraries Webinar
Public librarians can help increase participation in early childhood screening by encouraging families to get their children screened between the ages of 3 and the start of kindergarten. To learn how you can help increase families’ awareness of screening and comfort with the process, please watch this 15-minute webinar presented this past December by MDE’s Early Childhood Screening Coordinator, Margo Chresand. If you have only five minutes to spare, this brief informational video (created by MDE and community partners and funded by The McKnight Foundation) presents basic information about screening for parents and caregivers. Please contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356) for more information.

New Recording Program Featuring Minnesota Titles, Seeks Volunteer Narrators
The Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library (MBTBL) provides direct library services to Minnesotans who can no longer read standard print materials. We recently began a recording program for all ages focusing on recording materials (fiction or non-fiction) by Minnesota authors, or about Minnesota in subject or location. We are proud to announce that we just recorded our first digital talking book, Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen. Narrated by Donald Scheel at the recording studio in Faribault, it pairs poetry with factual sidebars to illustrate how animals survive the bitter cold of winter. Winter Bees (DBC09971) is now available to eligible MBTBL patrons statewide on cartridge by mail or nationally via download through Minnesota BARD.

For more information about the library or its recording program, please contact Catherine Durivage (507-384-6860) or if you or someone you know is interested in volunteer recording opportunities, contact Etta Thornburg (507-684-6865).

For more information about the book, check out TPT’s Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award-Winning Winter Bees: Beyond the Book, produced in partnership with the Friends of St. Paul Public Library and CRPLSA.

Updates from MDE

Progress Update on Minnesota’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan
Thank you to everyone who has so far provided insights about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Due to a changing timeline, you still have time to submit your ideas about the valuable role libraries play in student success. Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released final regulations on accountability, state plans and data reporting for ESSA. As a result, implementation will now begin in the 2018-2019 school year. Minnesota will submit our state plan to the U.S. Department of Education in September 2017, which allows more opportunity for additional stakeholder engagement and community outreach. We have a new online survey available in four different languages to hear from you about ESSA. Please share your feedback by completing the survey by Jan. 31. For more information, see our latest ESSA Update newsletter, visit the ESSA webpage or email MDE.

Updates from Our Partners

Get Ready for the Celestial Event of the Century
On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a spectacle that hasn’t occurred in 99 years. The Space Science Institute (SSI) was awarded a grant that will provide 1.26 million solar viewing glasses and other resources for 1,500 public libraries across the nation. Your library could be a center for eclipse education and viewing for your community. Register your library with the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute. Once you’re registered, you’ll have access to NCIL resources to help you plan and promote your eclipse event. Learn more by attending a webinar on Wednesday, January 25, at 2 p.m. or visit the NCIL website for more information. Note: Although the webinar does not require registration, it will be available only on a first-come, first-served basis, so you are encouraged to sign in at least a half an hour early. If the room is full, you can access a full recording on the STAR_Net website on January 26.

Lilead Fellows Program for School District Library Supervisors
The Lilead Fellows Program is an intensive professional development program designed to help school district library supervisors be effective and inspirational leaders while thinking differently and creatively about their library programs. The initial cohort consisted of 25 Fellows from districts across the country who engaged in an 18-month program of virtual and face-to-face learning and sharing both online and in person, concluding at the ALA Annual Meeting in Orlando in June 2016.

Applications for the second cohort of the Lilead Fellows Program will be available beginning January 4, 2017, and will be due on March 17, 2017.

The Lilead Project will host two informational webinars to provide an overview of the program and answer questions about the application process. Join the Adobe Connect meeting on either January 25, 2017, 3-4 p.m. CST, or February 7, 2017, 6-7 p.m. CST. RSVP to receive updates and reminders for the information sessions.

The Lilead Project is made possible in part by an IMLS grant. For more information, please visit the Lilead Project website, email the Lilead Project, or connect with local contact Jane Prestebak.

Updates from the State Library Services


Updates from State Library Services

Calling All Kid Filmmakers!
The deadline to submit films for the 2016-2017 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is January 7, 2017. Make sure you complete and send those films in! The third annual Minnesota screening of the best local entries is on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 3-4:30 p.m., at Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central. Mark your calendars and make your free reservation for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Co-hosts of the event will be James Kennedy (90-Second Newbery founder and middle grade author of The Order of Odd-Fish) and Kelly Barnhill (Minneapolis author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon). Please download and print a promotional poster to help spread the word about this popular event. For more details, please contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356).

Tax Season Is Rapidly Approaching Order Outreach Materials Today
Your library probably receives at least a few questions about taxes during the tax season. State Library Services is working again with Prepare + Prosper’s statewide outreach campaign, Claim it!, and the Department of Revenue to provide your library with free resources and an informational webinar.

Order outreach materials from Prepare + Prosper for your library to help individuals find out if they qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and to help them locate a free tax preparation site. Place your 2017 Claim it! order today to receive these free materials in time for tax season.

Prepare + Prosper and the Department of Revenue recently hosted a webinar for libraries with resources and information to help you during the 2017 tax season. Please contact Emily Kissane (651-582-8508) with questions or for the link to the archived recording. Continue reading Updates from the State Library Services

CMLE's web redesign week is Dec. 14th – 20th, stop in and say hello!

Snowmen and Sound of Music candles at CMLE HQ!

Here at CMLE Headquarters, we have eagerly been awaiting the chance to dive in and make some changes and improvements to our website. Mid-December would be the perfect time to do that! During the week of Dec. 14th – 20th, we will be here at HQ devoting our focus to website redesign. We are sharing this information with you in case you have some suggestions for the updated website! Is there anything you’d like to see more of, certain features that would make the site more accessible, or templates that you find especially useful? Let us know! Email us or feel free to stop in during our week of web redesign.

holiday-3Since we love the holiday season, if you do stop in, we will show you around our decorated space and share some yummy treats – maybe even some hot chocolate! You can feel free to chat with us about libraries, websites, or your holiday plans.

holiday-2Hope to see you then!

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Early Childhood Screening Informational Video and Webinar
Early Childhood Screening, offered by all school districts, is a way to determine if young children are on track for meeting developmental milestones. Some families do not take advantage of Early Childhood Screening because they don’t know about it or they have concerns about it. If parents knew more about what screening is and is not, they may be more likely to have their child screened and identify areas for additional focus before kindergarten.

Public librarians can help increase participation in screening by encouraging families to get their children screened between the ages of 3 and the start of kindergarten. The Minnesota Department of Education and community partners teamed up to create a five-minute informational video with basic information about screening for parents and caregivers, thanks to funding from The McKnight Foundation.

To learn how you can help increase families’ awareness of screening and comfort with the process, please join us for a lunch break webinar presented by MDE’s Early Childhood Screening Coordinator, Margo Chresand on Thursday, December 8, noon-12:30 p.m. (Add to your calendar.) Please contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356) with questions or to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event. Note: MDE requires a two-weekadvance notice in order to provide the requested accommodation and requires a 48-hour notice in order to cancel a requested accommodation.

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