Southeastern Libraries Cooperating Legacy Grant SFY 2018-SFY 2019

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$236,971
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$236,971
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
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
Dodge
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Houston
Mower
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha
Winona
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
$236,971
Other Funds Leveraged
$8,639
Direct expenses
$65,081
Administration costs
$5,938
Number of full time equivalents funded
Total FTE hours: 0.175
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of projects: 18

Total number of programs and/or events (if different than total number of projects): 28

Total attendance/participation: 1,707

Total number of partnerships: 53

Description of Funds
Four local libraries, Lake City Public Library, Pine Island Public Library (Van Horn Public Library), Plainview Public Library, and Wabasha Public Library, brought award-winning author Kent Nerburn to Minnesota to discuss his spiritual journey and the influence of Native American culture on his writing. This was done through Community Reads Grant with the four libraries partnering to make this possible. Each library did their own activities to enhance Mr. Nerburn's visit. Lake City held a stone carving event. Other libraries provided lists of books and movies on Native American culture or showed the movie "Neither Wolf Nor Dog." This event was well received in every community. There were 364 participants who attended the 8 distinct program events that occurred as part of this Community Reads grant partnership.

Comments from participants-
"Kent Nerburn, one of my favorite Minnesota writers, visited the Plainview library this afternoon. His book, Neither Wolf Nor Dog, truly resonated with my spiritual knowledge and connection with the Minnesota landscape. I was honored to sit and learn from this author." "The experiences definitely exposed the audience to witness the cultural differences expressed in his writing." "You have to relearn history after reading Kent's book." "(We) were unaware of the Native American boarding schools in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota." "I was not previously aware of psychiatric institutions like the Indian Asylum in South Dakota where experiments were conducted." "I did not know that many Native American children were forced to give up their language and customs, which prevented them from exploring and living their culture."
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
$236,971
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. 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. With Arts and Cultural Heritage funds, SELCO 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
Krista
Last Name
Ross
Organization Name
Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
Street Address
2600 19th St. NW
City
Rochester
State
MN
Zip Code
55901-0767
Phone
(507) 288-5513
Email
kross@selco.info