Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Chisago Lakes Area Library

14 lucky stuffed animal friends got to sleep over at the Chisago Lakes Area Library on July 17th as part of the DREAM BIG–READ Summer Reading Program. 

First, children and their stuffed animals came to a special evening storytime.  We read sleepover stories such as Sophie and Sammie’s Library Sleepover and Time to Sleep Sheep the Sheep and had a bedtime snack.  When the children were ready to leave, we sang lullabies to our animals, and tucked them in for the night. 

After the children left, the animals didn’t stay in bed for long.  They got up and wanted to play.  How FUN the library is at night! Here’s a peak at the mischief our special friends got into.

Playing games on the children’s computer.
Hanging out by the picture books.

Coloring a BEAUTIFUL picture.

Relaxing with “Read It” the froggy who lives at the library!

“Look!  This movie is about a puppy, just like me!”

These animals decided to take a break from all the fun and help the librarians by shelving books.  Thanks guys!

When these animals grow up, they might want to work in the library.

Peek-a-boo!

“Can we go for a ride in this basket?”

Playing hide-and-go seek in the book drop.

Hanging out in the staff’s breakroom.

Uhoh, the animals are hungry again.  They’re getting into the librarians’ food!

Settling down to watch a movie.

The next morning, the children came to our regular storytime at the library to pick up their friends.  Each child took home a photo book of their animal’s adventures.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the program!

Sarah Biro, Branch Librarian, Chisago Lakes Area Library

Arts and Culture in the Library

Libraries are at the center of their communities in providing information and recreation. Now, thanks to funds provided through the Legacy Amendment, we will be providing arts and cultural experiences in our libraries. The Legacy Amendment was approved by 56% of Minnesota voters in November 2008. This Amendment raised the state sales tax 3/8 of 1% (starting July 1, 2009 and lasting 25 years) to generate money for four funds: Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage.

Libraries were included in the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the legislation*, which will receive 19.75% of the sales tax generated each year. This Fund will be divided among many recipients, including the following:

  • Board of Arts (with opportunities for partnerships with libraries and schools)
  • Regional Public Library funding for arts and arts education programs (will receive $4.25 million in FY 2010 and $4.25 in FY 2011)
  • Minnesota Digital Library (will receive $500,000 in FY 2010)

Public Library funding for arts and arts education programs will be allocated to the 12 regional public library systems according to the current regional library basic system support (RLBSS) grant formula. The Department of Education will administer this funding. In addition to our local programming, ECRL will participate along with the other regional public library systems to fund a state project to bring arts and culture into libraries.

The funding from the Legacy Amendment must be used to supplement, not supplant, traditional sources of funding. Recipients of the funding will need to prove that their use of the money was “supplemental” in nature—not a supplanting of current funding.

At its August 10th meeting, the ECRL Board of Directors authorized a committee to oversee the use of ECRL’s portion of the Legacy Funds. We will also be participating in a statewide project of arts in libraries.

*Minnesota Session Laws 2009, Chapter 172, Article 4, Section Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Subdivision 3

Barbara Misselt, Director

Organic Puppet Theater at the Cambridge Library

Maryauna, Aaron, Brandon, and Carson learned how to lead happy and healthy lives at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, May 9 when Linda Sorenson and her Organic Puppet Theater were here. The children made lung puppets and then presented a puppet show donning healthy organ props and costumes.
Nancy Dunbar, Cambridge Branch Librarian

Sandstone patrons crafty

Crafters if all kinds are invited to the Sandstone Public Library every Tuesday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m.. Knitters, spinners and weavers gather with other handy crafters to share projects and accumulate new ideas. It’s a great time and a great place to meet.

One of our patrons made the positive comment that “Libraries have really changed in the past few years”, and he was right. Now, we like to consider ourselves the gathering place for the town, a place to feel comfortable and to share thoughts and ideas. Each month we host the Sandstone Book Club, the Friends of the Library meetings and any other group who wants to meet here. Everyone is welcome at the Sandstone Public Library.

Photos from craft night:
Sandstone Library's crafters
Some examples of beading Instructor Mary Reynold’s bead work

Sandstone Library's crafters
Beginning beading was taught one night. More classes will follow

Sandstone Library's crafters
Tuesday evenings at the Sandstone Library are open to crafters of all ages

Jeanne Coffey, Sandstone Library Branch Manager