State Library Services

State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), partners with libraries to achieve equity and excellence in our collective work for Minnesotans. Division staff are consultants who help libraries plan, develop and implement high-quality services that address community needs. State Library Services administers federal grant, state aid, and state grant programs that benefit all types of libraries.

Join Colleagues at the Libraries Serving Youth Meetup
The Libraries Serving Youth Meetup is an annual opportunity for school librarians and public librarians to meet, network and share ideas. This year, attendees will have a chance to connect and develop creative ideas with colleagues around the topic of partnerships between schools and public libraries.

School and public librarians are invited to join us at Wellstone Center in Saint Paul (179 Robie Street East) for the Meetup on Monday, April 30, 2018, 1-4 p.m., followed by an optional networking opportunity at a nearby restaurant (TBD) from 4-5:30 p.m. Learn more about the program, and then register to attend by April 23. Attendees can also bring a meal for an optional on-site lunch from 12:30-1 p.m. prior to the Meetup. Mileage reimbursement may be available for attendees from greater Minnesota. Please contact Leah Larson (651-582-8604) for more information about mileage reimbursement and/or the Meetup.

Minnesota Students Made Nearly 100 Films for 90-Second Newbery Film Festival
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest that encourages kid filmmakers to make movies that creatively tell the entire stories of Newbery Award/Honor-winning books in 90 seconds or less. Making the film is a fun, creative and multi-faceted educational exercise that ties directly into reading, writing and media literacy standards. Kids cooperatively adapt, write, storyboard, produce, direct, costume, act, film, and edit their own movies.

This year, more than 230 Minnesota kid filmmakers submitted nearly 100 films to the competition. To watch the entries from Minnesota and read the judges' remarks, visit the 90-Second Newbery website.

We held the fourth annual Minnesota screening of the year’s best entries on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central. This year's ceremony was co-hosted by authors James Kennedy and Pete Hautman. For more details, please contact Jen Verbrugge.
State Library Services 2018-22 Goal Plan Approved
We are pleased to make available our recently approved LSTA 2018-2022 Five-Year Plan. An overarching focus of the plan is to connect Minnesotans with information and resources through libraries, and we’re looking forward to working with libraries and other partners to achieve our goals. The plan identifies areas for competitive grant-making as well as statewide initiatives. Contact Jen Nelson if you’d like more information about the new plan.

Revised Library Trustee Handbook Now Available
State Library Services has updated the Minnesota Public Library Trustee Handbook. This 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 structures. It also helps trustees understand their roles and responsibilities as library stewards. Its purpose is to give trustees a broad view of their duties and responsibilities.

If you have questions or feedback about the handbook, please contact Joe Manion.

Order Literacy Bookmarks and Posters
The Minnesota Department of Education, through a partnership between State Library Services and the Office of Early Learning, has created bookmarks and posters you can use to help promote family engagement practices that support early literacy and reading well by third grade. The bookmarks and posters are available in six languages: English, Hmong, Karen, Ojibwe, Somali, and Spanish.

Minnesota public libraries, school libraries and early learning organizations may request bookmarks and posters online. Allow 2-3 weeks for processing. Email Jen Verbrugge to request bookmark quantities greater than 1,000 and/or poster quantities greater than 200. Quantities may be limited.

Get Updates
State Library Services sends out grant and program updates through its e-newsletter. Sign up for email updates, and check out past newsletters below.
April 5, 2018
March 8, 2018
February 28, 2018
January 25, 2018
January 9, 2018
December 14, 2017

  •  - 3/23/18
  • Minnesota LSTA Five-Year Plan, 2018-2022 - 3/21/18
  • Minnesota Book Awards Special Book Club Offer 2018 - 3/6/18
    Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library offering opportunity for book clubs, 2018
  • Minnesota Public Library Trustee Handbook, rev. 2017 - 4/3/17
    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.
  • Early Childhood Screening: A Webinar for Minnesota Librarians - 1/18/17
    MDE Early Childhood Screening Coordinator, Margo Chresand, shares ways that public libraries can help increase Early Childhood Screening participation in Minnesota.
  •  - 1/15/16