Southeastern Libraries Cooperating Legacy Grant SFY 2010 - SFY 2011

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$459,484
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$514,072
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
Recipient Type
Libraries
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2009
End Date
June 2011
Counties Affected
Dodge
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Houston
Mower
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha
Winona
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota, 2009 Chapter 172, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

These appropriations are for grants allocated using existing formulas under Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, to the 12 Minnesota Regional Library Systems, to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. No more then 2.5 percent of the funds may be used for administration by regional library systems. 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. The Department of Education, State Library Services Division shall administer these funds.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$459,484
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable Outcomes may be collected by survey, anecdotal responses, pre-test/post-test, observations; End user change in Behavior, Attitude, Skills, Knowledge, Condition and/or Status

Description of Funds
Minnesota Regional Library Legacy Grant. $514,072 in 2010 and $459,484 in 2011 are appropriated for arts and cultural heritage programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or statewide library organizations. SELCO administers its regional funds in cooperation with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota, 2009 Chapter 172, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

These appropriations are for grants allocated using existing formulas under Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, to the 12 Minnesota Regional Library Systems, to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. No more then 2.5 percent of the funds may be used for administration by regional library systems. 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. The Department of Education, State Library Services Division shall administer these funds.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$514,072
Other Funds Leveraged
$154,985
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable Outcomes may be collected by survey, anecdotal responses, pre-test/post-test, observations; End user change in Behavior, Attitude, Skills, Knowledge, Condition and/or Status

Description of Funds
Minnesota Regional Library Legacy Grant. $514,072 in 2010 and $459,484 in 2011 are appropriated for arts and cultural heritage programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or statewide library organizations. SELCO administers its regional funds in cooperation with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education.
Project Overview

Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment raises revenue for Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Libraries are beneficiaries of a portion of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Funding.

Minnesota has a strong library presence with over 350 active public library buildings within twelve regional public library systems. Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) is a federated regional public library system with central services located in southeastern Minnesota. SELCO has thirty-five member public libraries located in eleven counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona. SELCO and member public libraries provide free access to library services and program activities for all residents of the region without discrimination. Through cooperation, shared services, and reciprocal agreements, library users have access to a wide range of public library services, programs and resources within the region and statewide. Through system collaboration, communities develop libraries that capitalize on economies of scale providing greater effectiveness, improved quality and access to more resources.

Through the State Library Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Education, the regional public library systems each receive part of the $4.25 million Minnesota Regional Library Legacy Grant through a state formula program. SELCO's share through the formula is $514,072 in 2010 and $459,484 in 2011. The funds enable SELCO and member libraries to connect with authors, playwrights, musicians, story tellers, and other arts activities providing a strong program connect for all Minnesotans with the arts and cultural heritage activities. Despite the tremendous success of this grant program the demand for arts and cultural activities throughout the twelve library regions exceed the available resources.

Project Details

Total Number of Programs Held: 98
Total Attendance: 31,757
Total Number of Partnerships: 140

In-Kind Staff and Partnership Contributions: $154,985

Program Highlights
Poetic Strokes
The Poetic Strokes contest called for local poets to submit an original piece to be considered for publication in the regional anthology, Poetic Strokes. This would be the fourth volume in the Poetic Strokes series – previous contests took place in 1999-2001 and had ceased due to limited funding. The revival of Poetic Strokes was a definite need in the SELCO region as library staff and patrons were looking for an opportunity to showcase the talent in southeastern Minnesota.

118 poets submitted a total of 280 poems for judging from 30 different communities, representing all 11 SELCO counties. 42 poems by 30 poets were selected by the judging panel for publication in the 2010 Poetic Strokes anthology.

After publication, 1,500 copies of Poetic Strokes were provided to the contributing poets, SELCO member libraries, and members of the Minnesota Legislature, including the Governor. A local selected poet mentioned the Poetic Strokes contest in her blog, and Minnesota Governor Pawlenty sent a signed letter of thanks and appreciation to SELCO staff for promoting reading and literature.

SELCO staff surveyed all participating poets and found it was a wonderful experience for most all participants. 100% of participating poets returning surveys found that the Poetic Strokes contest met their expectations, was enjoyable, and increased interest in writing poetry. 78% of participating poets returning surveys said they were more likely to submit to future Poetic Strokes contests and other writing contests. 89% of participating poets returning surveys were more likely to read local poets and poetry in general, and 78% were more likely to connect with other local poets.

100% of surveyed library patrons thought Poetic Strokes enhanced their knowledge and understanding of local poets, increased their interest in reading and writing poetry, and made them more likely to attend future poetry workshops and readings at the library.

SELCO is committed to improving the collection process of outcomes for the second year of Poetic Strokes by increasing ways to publicize to hit more of the SELCO’s 11 counties to increase participation and to work closely with writers groups to establish poetry readings and workshops around the SELCO region.

Bringing Spanish Poetry to Life in SE Minnesota
Bringing Spanish Poetry to Life in SE Minnesota brought the Deborah Elias Danza Española Company (St. Paul, MN) to five communities in southeastern Minnesota. The program provided both classroom lecture/demonstrations and public performances of “The Moon’s Desire.” Both of these activities focused on acquainting the audience with poet Federico García Lorca and Spanish poetry in general as well as Spanish music and dance.

Throughout the course of the program, 12 partners assisted in the delivery of performances. The schools not only provided students and classroom time, the Spanish classes studied poetry and traditional dance weeks prior to the presentations. The public libraries assisted in promotion for the public performances with displays of relevant library material to attract attention. Other organizations either hosted the public performance and/or assisted with additional promotion and program preparation.

The 20 classroom presentations were attended by 586 students. The four public performances had a total of 283 attendees. Combined, there were 869 audience members for this program. All survey respondents said there was an increase in their awareness of Lorca and of the flamenco dancing style. The public performances yielded a desire to learn more of Spanish poetry and the students said they learned more of the language and culture of Spain. Amusingly, one student at LaCrescent found ways around her schedule to attend the program in three different classes.

Project Manager
First Name
Ann
Last Name
Hutton
Organization Name
Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
Street Address
2600 19th Street NW
City
Rochester
State
MN
Zip Code
55901
Phone
(507) 288-5513
Email
ahutton@selco.info