Great River Regional Library Legacy Grant SFY 2018-SFY 2019

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$208,158
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$208,158
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Great River Regional Library
Recipient Type
Libraries
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
June 2021
Activity Type
Digitization/Online Information Access
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Fund Administration
Grants/Contracts
Preservation
Research
Counties Affected
Benton
Morrison
Sherburne
Stearns
Todd
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2017 Minnesota Special Session Laws, Chapter 91 - HF.No 707, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 5
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of education for grants to the 12 Minnesota regional library systems to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. These funds must be allocated using the formulas in Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, subdivisions 3, 4, and 5, with the remaining 25 percent to be distributed to all qualifying systems in an amount proportionate to the number of qualifying system entities in each system. For purposes of this subdivision, "qualifying system entity" means a public library, a regional library system, a regional library system headquarters, a county, or an outreach service program. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. These funds must be distributed in ten equal payments per year. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the appropriations encumbered on or before June 30, 2019, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2021.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$208,158
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$116,104
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of projects: 76

Total number of programs and/or events (if different than total number of projects): 189 

Total attendance/participation: 9,246

Total number of partnerships: 51

Description of Funds
The Mobile Sign Shop visited six libraries in the summer of 2018. Artist Peter Haakon Thompson leads the program and explains some design principles to attendees, the steps needed to create a sign, and then participants of all ages can choose a word or a simple drawing to put on a piece of wood, which is then routered and can be painted. The program in St. Cloud generated so much interest, additional wood signs were needed mid-program.

During the long winter months, it takes a special program to bring people to the library. Author of multiple books on haunted historical sites and other creepy things, Chad Lewis, presented on a variety of topics at 22 libraries in January and February and reached a total of 529 attendees. The feedback from these programs was very positive; people were fascinated by the subject matter and Lewis was praised for his presentation skills:
"New and interesting history of the subject matter; new to me information on gangster history of our immediate and regional area. Mr. Lewis is a good storyteller; held our attention."
"Planning on going to more of his talks. This is a first!"
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2017 Minnesota Special Session Laws, Chapter 91-HF.No 707, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 5
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of education for grants to the 12 Minnesota regional library systems to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. These funds must be allocated using the formulas in Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, subdivisions 3, 4, and 5, with the remaining 25 percent to be distributed to all qualifying systems in an amount proportionate to the number of qualifying system entities in each system. For purposes of this subdivision, "qualifying system entity" means a public library, a regional library system, a regional library system headquarters, a county, or an outreach service program. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. These funds must be distributed in ten equal payments per year. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the appropriations encumbered on or before June 30, 2019, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2021.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$208,158
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of projects:
Total number of programs and/or events (if different than total number of projects):
Total attendance/participation:
Total number of partnerships:

Project Overview

Minnesota's twelve regional library systems, which encompass more than 350 public libraries in all areas of the state, can benefit from a portion of the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Through State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, each regional library system is eligible to receive a formula-driven allocation from the annual $2.5 million Minnesota Regional Library System Legacy Grant. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is a consolidated regional public library system in central Minnesota. GRRL has thirty-two branch public libraries located in six counties: Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, and Wright. With Arts and Cultural Heritage funds, GRRL and its member libraries present an array of arts, cultural, literary, and Minnesota history programs in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations, independent artists, historical societies, and community organizations. Projects contribute to the cultural vitality of the region and build a lasting legacy.

Project Manager
First Name
Karen
Last Name
Pundsack
Organization Name
Great River Regional Library
Street Address
1300 West St. Germain
City
St. Cloud
State
MN
Zip Code
56301-3697
Phone
(320) 650-2512
Email
karenp@grrl.lib.mn.us