ALA Youth Media Award Winners

DiCamilloFlocaAccording to American Libraries Direct, “ALA announced the top books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The announcement was webcast for those who could not attend and is still viewable as an hour-long archived recording. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. This is why people want to hear the announcements in person….”

           The Full List of Youth Media Award winners

FlocaPublic Information Office, Jan. 27; AL: The Scoop, Jan. 27

Upcoming Library Trainings & Grants

MDELogoTO: Minnesota Library Staff
FROM: State Library Services
DATE: January 30, 2014
SUBJECT: Proquest Training, Public Library Annual Report Training, Department of Commerce Programs, Legal Information Training, Library Services and Technology Act and 21st Century Grants

Upcoming Library Training and Grant Opportunities

Proquest Digital Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922) Webinars

The Historical Minneapolis Tribune is a great resource for local history, genealogy and History Day research. Bi-monthly webinars will help you increase your skills and knowledge. One-hour sessions are currently scheduled through March 2014.  February and March sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 2–3 p.m.
  • Tuesday,  March 4, 2014, 12 noon–1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5–6 p.m.

Preregistration is not required. Login instructions and the full list of webinars are available on Proquest’s Training website. For more information, or to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in these events, contact Jennifer Verbrugge at 651-582-8356 or

Public Library Annual Report Training

Data collection for the 2013 Public Library Statistical Survey will get underway on February 3, 2014. The collection period will close on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. State Library Services and Counting Opinions are offering a webinar to provide an introduction to the process and offer instruction in data entry.  While this session is likely of most interest to individuals who have never used LibPAS, it may also serve as a good refresher. The training webinar  will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014, 1–2 p.m., and pre-registration is not required.

Counting Opinions will also offer a special training session on using LibPAS to create reports.  Reports can document your libraries’ annual activity in any area reported on, as well as identify trends over time. The session is scheduled for Friday, February 7, 2014, 11 a.m. –12 noon. Pre-registration is not required. Please enter the webinar by typing in your name. E-mail Jennifer Nelson to let her know if you or other staff at your library are interested but unable to attend, as other sessions may be scheduled.

Contact Mary Ann Van Cura to request a reasonable accomodation to participate. Note: The Minnesota Department of Education requires advance notice to provide the requested accomodation and a 48-hour notice to cancel requested accomodation.

Legal Information Training at Your Public Library

Do you dread getting asked legal questions? The State Law Library can help! State Law Librarian Liz Reppe can visit your library and talk to the librarians or the public about finding legal information. Classes can be tailored to a particular area of law, and Liz can provide recommendations related to your library’s collection. In the alternative, she can present a class on how to find people using free Web resources. The State Law Library serves the whole state.  Legal reference questions from librarians or patrons can be directed to the library via e-mail ( or by phone at 651-297-7651. To set up a library visit, contact Liz Reppe at 651-297-2089 or

Department of Commerce Programming Opportunities

Bring the expertise of the Minnesota Department of Commerce to programming in your library. Commerce Department outreach staff will speak for free on topics ranging from avoiding scams and frauds to saving money through energy conservation. Sessions are available for all ages, preschoolers to seniors. Work with Commerce Department staff to customize presentations based on the specific interests and needs of your patrons. Sessions last one hour, which includes time for questions. There is no limit to attendance size. All you need to provide is a meeting room and a connection to the internet as well as assistance with publicizing the events. For more information about available programs and scheduling, contact Jennifer Verbrugge at 651-582-8356 or

Library Services and Technology Act Competitive Grant Round

Now’s the time to start thinking about how grant funds can help your library. State Library Services will open a Library Services and Technology Act competitive grant round by Tuesday March 4, 2014. We anticipate that applications will be due April 22, 2014, for projects taking place between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

An informational webinar will be held on Friday, March 7, 1–2 p.m.; advance registration is not required. Access the webinar site. Please contact Jackie Blagsvedt at or 651-582-8805 for more information or to request a reseasonable accomodation.  Note: The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) requires a two-week advance notice in order to provide the requested accommodation and requires a 48-hour notice to cancel a requested accommodation.

21st Century Community Learning Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Education is seeking applications from eligible applicants—Minnesota schools, school districts, non-profit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education and for profit-corporations—who seek funding for establishing, sustaining and/or enhancing community learning centers statewide as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Grant Program. The resources are intended to be used to provide a wide range of high-quality enrichment opportunities that complement the regular academic program of students during times when school is not in session, including before and after school, evenings, school release days and summer.

The department estimates the initial grant period will be from August 1, 2014, until July 31, 2017, with anticipated extensions up to two additional years contingent upon progress and continued funding. Please visit the Grant Opportunity Web page and scroll down to this grant opportunity for the application documents. The application (cover sheet, assurances, narrative, forms and budget documents) must be received (not postmarked by) Monday, March 10, 2014, 4:30 p.m. CST.

For more information or to sign up for this listserve, please contact Jennifer R. Nelson at 651-582-8791 or

New ELM Webinars

ELMRegister now for  upcoming ELM webinar offerings. They begin February 18th!

Do you need a refresher or want to learn something new? Minitex Reference Outreach & Instruction has a new group of ELM webinar offerings packed with practical information you can apply to work or your personal interests.

Click below for more information on specific class dates, times, and descriptions.

Quirky Conundrums Only Book Lovers Truly Understand

Image by Jamierabbits. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons' licensing.
Image by Jamierabbits. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons’ licensing.

According to HuffPost Books, “An avid reader is one of the best things a person can be. Not only does reading literature enhance your brain’s connectivity , it also allows you to experience other cultures, and avoid making embarrassing  grammatical errors.There are, however, a handful of irksome situations that book lovers have to face. When is it okay to abandon a so-so novel? What’s the most efficient method of bookshelf organization? Is it snobby to dump someone on the basis of his or her dislike of reading? These and other quirky conundrums are perhaps the only downside to loving books with all of your heart and soul.” Just for fun, get a quick list of 19 quirky conundrums that you will completely understand as the book lover you are!

Your fantasy of living in a library

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Image by keterha. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons’ licensing.

Kristy Raffensberger writes: “There are many people who say the library played an important role in their childhood. But for Kenneth Choquette, the library was—quite literally—his home. Ken’s grandfather, John Mahon, was the custodian at the Webster branch of the New York Public Library from approximately 1940 to 1971. In those days, mostly because of the coal furnace, being a custodian was a twenty-four hour job. At the very top of Webster, up a back staircase, was Ken’s home: a four-room apartment.”…

Growing up in the Webster Library, New York Public Library blogs, Jan. 8

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