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National Endowment of the Humanities Grants!

National Endowment for the Humanities logo


It’s more important than ever to apply for NEH grants. Show support for the agency with your important projects and initiatives!

NEH COMMON HERITAGE GRANTS – Deadline: June 1, 2017
Grant Amount: Up to $12,000

Eligible Grant Activities: Organization and presentation of digitization events for the community.

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New Minnesota Public Library Trustee Handbook available!

The Minnesota State Library Services has distributed copies of the new Public Library Trustee handbook. Check it out, read through it, and be sure you are sharing it with your trustees. All library people work with some sort of board; and though this one is aimed at public libraries, you can still get some good insights from this booklet.

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Museum Computer Network Gives Scholarship


“The Museum Computer Network ( was founded in 1967 with the purpose of supporting professionals who seek to transform the way their cultural organizations reach, engage, and educate their audiences using digital technologies. Every year MCN explores topics of relevance to museum practitioners working with, or affected by, digital media and technology. In 2017, MCN is focusing on how museums can use technology to innovate and emphasize transparency, individual action, and institutional bravery. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary in Pittsburgh, we welcome applications for our scholarship program.

MCN is offering scholarships for 15 qualified applicants to attend the annual conference.
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Updates from State Library Services

Our LSTA Five-Year Evaluation and Planning
We recently submitted the evaluation of our 2013-17 LSTA Five-Year Plan to IMLS. Please take a few minutes to read about the good work we were able to do in support of libraries across the state. Read LSTA Five-Year Evaluation Report.

We are continuing to work with Management Analysis and Development (MAD) to develop a new 2018-2022 LSTA Five-Year Plan. We will use what we learned during our 2013-2017 LSTA plan evaluation process, and seek feedback from stakeholders to guide us toward solid goals for our next five years. Please contact Jen Nelson (651-582-8791) with questions about the Five-Year Plan evaluation or the Five-Year Plan development process.

Updated Library Trustee Handbook Now Available
State Library Services has updated the Minnesota Public Library Trustee Handbook. This revised edition includes updated content from the prior handbook as well as the Library Trustee Manual template published by the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) in 2016. The handbook is meant to be a useful resource for library trustees. It informs trustees about Minnesota’s public library environment and governance structure, and helps them understand their roles and responsibilities as library stewards. Its purpose is to give trustees a broad view of their duties and responsibilities.

Special thanks to Karen Pundsack, Executive Director, Great River Regional Library, and Audrey Betcher, Director, Rochester Public Library, for their insightful editing and content contributions.

If you have questions or feedback about the handbook, please contact Joe Manion (651-582-8640). Continue reading Updates from State Library Services

What could your anime/manga group do??

Manga colored

A library person was asking for information on activities her anime/manga group might do. There were several suggestions, and I am passing them on here, because several of you have these groups or have talked about starting them. This can be a great way to connect to young adults in your community!

Have you done other good things in your library? Share them in the comments!

  • DIY Bento Boxes or candy sushi
  • Perler Beads
  • Paper beads made from manga sheets
  • Button making/bottle cap magnets
  • Sushi candles
  • Anime/manga inspired glass etching
  • Anime/manga inspired t-shirt stenciling
  • A lot of things with Mod Podge and manga or comic books you plan on donating like bracelets or picture frames