Pioneerland Library System Legacy Grant SFY 2016-SFY 2017

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$117,126
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$113,127
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Pioneerland Library System
Recipient Type
Libraries
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2015
End Date
June 2019
Activity Type
Digitization/Online Information Access
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Fund Administration
Grants/Contracts
Preservation
Research
Counties Affected
Big Stone
Chippewa
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
McLeod
Meeker
Renville
Swift
Yellow Medicine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2015 Chapter 2--S.F. No. 1, 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, 2017, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2019.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$117,126
Other Funds Leveraged
$3,225
Direct expenses
$120,351
Administration costs
$5,902
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.5
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of activities, programs, and/or events: 154

Total participation/attendance: 6,769

Total number of partnerships: 129 

Description of Funds
Mankato Symphony Story Time
Description: "Story Time with Chione" combines music with classic children's stories. Ideal for ages 3-10, children and adults alike experience the instruments of the wind quintet through music and cherished story time. This event gives everyone who attends the opportunity to experience orchestral music in a small, accessible space.

Outcomes: This unique storytime event took place in two libraries with a total of 44 adults and 79 children in attendance. Participants enjoyed how the musicians were able to involve the children in the stories and the music including learning about how each of the featured instruments makes its sound. The musicians were easy to work with and interacted very well with all the children who attended the program.

Participant Response: Since the events, staff at both libraries have been approached by families who attended the program mentioning how much they enjoyed Chione and the opportunity to have live classical music played for their children. Additional comments include "So amazing to have access to such great talent." "Awesome! Talented musicians! I would LOVE to see this again!"

History & Memories of Little Golden Books
Description: 2017 was the 75th anniversary of the Little Golden Book. Ellen L. Radel, who has been collecting and researching Little Golden Books for more than 10 years and is on a quest to acquire the full collection, presented on these charming books and their history over the last 75 years. The presentations, hosted by 17 libraries in the Pioneerland region, included the history of how the Little Golden Book concept began, developed and changed over the decades including stories of some of the most prolific authors and illustrators, many of whom were very talented women.

Outcomes: Attendees to the Little Golden Books programs were positively reacquainted with these books, and the memories they have of these iconic publications from their childhood. They learned about the history of this entirely new (at the time) genre of children's literature, exclusive to America that began when these books were born in 1942. This program was geared to adults.

Participant Response: Attendees' comments after attending these presentations include: "I enjoyed everything about this program. The presenter's love of the Golden Books came through. This brought back a lot of early childhood memories." "This program reinforced the value of reading to children." "This was so informative. I had no idea there were so many Little Golden Books. They are always delightful." "Learned the history of the beginning of Little Golden Books in 1942. The information about the authors and illustrators was fascinating." "It was great to hear about something close to my heart from childhood."

Ralph's World
Description: Ralph Covert, a Grammy-nominated children's performer brought his high-energy interactive musical show, Ralph's World, to Pioneerland Library System. Total of 24 shows across PLS.

Outcomes: Ralph's World was a wonderful children's program enjoyed by all ages! Grammy-nominated musician Ralph Covert toured Pioneerland in July and performed at 24 libraries over ten days, with a total of 760 kids of all ages attending. Feedback from both children and adult attendees, and from staff, was awesome. Ralph is wonderful with kids and provides a fun show filled with dancing, singing, silliness, and tons of audience participation. In addition, there are lessons in what it means to be dyslexic and how not to let it stop you achieving what you want to in life.

Participant Response: Some of the many positive comments include: "Really enjoyed the interaction - the way he (Ralph) flowed according to the needs/comments of the children." "Ralph did a great job. He's very kid-friendly without being too 'kiddy.'" "My kids really enjoyed the program - we would definitely come back to the library for another program. Two thumbs up!"
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2015 Chapter 2--S.F. No. 1, 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, 2017, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2019.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$113,127
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 $2.2 million Minnesota Regional Library System Legacy Grant. Pioneerland Library System (PLS) is a consolidated regional public library system in west central Minnesota. PLS has thirty-two branch libraries located in nine counties: Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Swift, and Yellow Medicine. With Arts and Cultural Heritage funds, PLS 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
Laurie
Last Name
Ortega
Organization Name
Pioneerland Library System
Street Address
410 5th St. SW, P.O. Box 327
City
Willmar
State
MN
Zip Code
56201-0327
Phone
(320) 235-6106 x28
Email
laurie.ortega@pioneerland.lib.mn.us