MN State Library Updates

state_mnTO: Minnesota Libraries
FROM: State Library Services
DATE: November 20, 2014
SUBJECT: Web Page Updates, 90-Second Newbery and MNsure

State Library Services Web Page Updated
The State Library Services web page is a one-stop resource for many of State Library Services’ programs and activities. There, you’ll find resources for promoting the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, an online form to request our Early Literacy and Keep Reading Fun bookmarks, and a link to more information about the statewide initiative to explore the future of e-books. You can also easily access information about library construction grants, LSTA grant opportunities, and statewide public library statistics.

Calling All Kid Filmmakers!
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers make movies that creatively tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in ninety seconds or less. With the deadline to submit films set for December 20, 2014 (deadline extended to 1-16-2015 as of 12-11-2014), there’s only one month left to create. Please promote the opportunity to local kids and families through your library or school. Visit the State Library Services web page to download the logo, a sample press release, a flyer, a video invite from 90-Second Newbery founder James Kennedy, and more.

Mark your calendar for the first-ever Minnesota screening of the best 90-Second Newbery entries on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 3:00-4:30 pm at Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central. Co-hosts of the event will be James Kennedy, founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery, and Kelly Barnhill, Minneapolis author of The Witch’s Boy. For more details, please contact Jennifer Verbrugge, Library Program and Partnership Coordinator, at or 651-582-8356.

MNsure Webinar for Libraries Available for Viewing
MNsure’s webinar on open enrollment is available for viewing on MNsure’s YouTube channel.  The session reviewed MNsure’s marketing, outreach, and operations for the current open enrollment period that runs through February 15, 2015. For more information or to request the webinar slides, please contact Emily Kissane at or 651-582-8508.