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.
Webinar on Data Input for the 2016 Minnesota Public Library Report
The 2016 Minnesota Public Library Report survey opens February 1. If you are a new filer or an experienced filer who appreciates a refresher, please join us for a webinar on Tuesday, January 24, 2-3 p.m. Ryan Patrick, Customer Service director for Counting Opinions, will present a live demonstration of how to input your library data into the LibPAS online survey tool and answer any questions. When it’s time, join the meeting via WebEx or join by phone at 1-888-742-5095. Registration is not required.
Updates from Our Partners
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. Sign up online to receive updates and reminders for the Lilead Project information sessions.
The Lilead Project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, please visit the Lilead Project website, email the Lilead Project, or connect with local contact Jane Prestebak.
Power Up Leadership Conference for Library Staff Serving Youth
A new national library conference is launching in Madison, Wisc., March 30-31, 2017. Power Up is ideal for anyone working with youth in libraries. Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library & Information Studies Continuing Education department, the conference features keynotes, workshops and sessions for youth services managers and staff from libraries of all sizes across the country. Registration for the Power Up Conference is now open on the University of Wisconsin-Madison website.
We wish you a happy and safe new year!