TAKE ACTION TO SAVE FEDERAL LIBRARY FUNDING

The White House budget that was released today calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums.  Libraries need your help to ensure that IMLS is saved.

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”

Ray Bradbury

 

Here’s what you can do right now:

  • Use the sample messages in this document to contact the offices of your members of Congress
  • Share your photo or story via this form of how support from IMLS has enabled you and your library to help the teens in your community.  YALSA will use this information to advocate against the elimination of IMLS
  • Sign up via this web page to receive updates on the #SaveIMLS effort
  • Add your name to this online petition being circulated by EveryLibrary

Don’t know much about IMLS?  Here’s a quick overview: through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000.  In addition, IMLS offers competitive grant opportunities that individual libraries and museums can apply for.  In FY14 they awarded 594 grants (from 1,299 applications) totaling more than $54,700,000.  Visit the IMLS site to see how much funding your state receives from them.

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS

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Halina “Bieciuk” Lewis to speak on Holocaust

Halina Lewis will be speaking at the La Crescent public library on Thursday, March 16th at 7:00pm.

Halina Lewis was born in a German Displaced Persons camp in 1946 to parents who were survivors of the Holocaust.  “My parents are not here to share their stories of imprisonment, loss and eventaul freedom.  I can share with you their backgrounds before WWII and immigrating to the U.S.  The difficulties of fitting into a new world, new culture, and the lingering fears.”  Ms. Lewis states.

This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

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DR. SEUSS PAJAMA NIGHT @ THE LIBRARY

Thursday, March 2nd @ 6:00pm the La Crescent Public Library will be hosting Dr. Seuss Pajama night.  Come and listen to Seuss stories and enjoy snacks, including green eggs & ham!  Each child attending will receive a swag bag!

Rumor has it that there may be a special visitor!

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FREE WILLS AND HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS

FREE WILLS FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS

 

LA CRESCENT, MINNESOTA – Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) will be holding a free Wills for Seniors clinic on Wednesday March 15, 2017 at the   La Crescent Public Library.

This clinic provides low income seniors with the opportunity to obtain free estate planning documents at a convenient time and location.  Clinic attendees work individually with volunteers to draft their documents, which are then reviewed and approved by an experienced estate planning attorney prior to signing.

Having a will and health care directive brings peace of mind for many people, even low income individuals, because they know that they have planned ahead for their future.

This is a free clinic, but since it is aimed at low income individuals, attendees must call to be screened for eligibility and to schedule an appointment.  Interested seniors should call the SMRLS intake number, 1-888-575-2954.

This program is funded by grant from the UCare Foundation and is part of SMRLS’ program to offer free estate planning documents to low income seniors throughout the our service area.

For more information, please contact Andrea Palumbo at andrea.palumbo@smrls.org and 651-222-5863.

About Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS):

SMRLS is Minnesota’s oldest legal aid provider, serving the 33 counties of southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities’ east and south metro, as well as agricultural workers throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.  For more than 100 years, SMRLS has helped individuals and families secure and protect their basic needs, maintaining freedom from hunger, homelessness, sickness, and abuse. Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services provides free, high-quality legal help to low-income people in critical civil matters.

About the UCare Foundation:

Established in 1998, the UCare Foundation is a community-directed initiative of UCare, an independent and not-for-profit health plan serving Minnesotans.  UCare focuses its grant-making activities on programs and initiatives that use innovative services, education, community outreach and research to improve the health of underserved populations in the Twin Cities and throughout Greater Minnesota.

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LIBRARY CLOSED ON MONDAY – FEBRUARY 20TH

The library will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents Day.

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Minnesota Loves Libraries!

“Minnesota Loves Libraries” a grassroots advocacy campaign.

We are looking for stories that exemplify service, community connections, and individual success. Have you had a positive interaction with a library staff member? Did you attend a program that taught you something? Maybe you were able to access information that helped you get a job or improve your work skills, or maybe a librarian guided you to the perfect book to share with your child at bedtime. Whatever it is, we’d like to hear about it!

Supported by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA), the campaign is launching statewide and will be administered by each library region individually. Library users are invited to stop by their local library to fill out a postcard or visit Minnesota Loves Libraries to use the online form. The purpose is to gather stories of how Minnesotans use the library and how it makes a difference in their lives.

Fill out one of the postcards and drop in the box on the circulation desk.  We will bundle up the completed cards and see that they reach our legislators.  Library supporters who attend Legislative Day at the Minnesota Capitol in March will hand deliver these messages from across the region. Legislators will receive comments from their constituents so that they get a glimpse of library services available in their district, and to provide an opportunity for them to respond directly.

As an added incentive, the library will be drawing from the completed cards for a $10 Starbucks gift card.

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AARP & FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY PROVIDING FREE TAX SERVICE

AARP and the Friends of the La Crescent Public Library will be providing free income tax assistance for 2016 tax returns for low income and elderly individuals and families.  Services include preparation of the Federal & State Returns, and the MN Property Tax Refund for Renters & Property Owners.

Tax preparation will begin on February 6, 2017 and continue through April 15, 2017.  Return preparation is by appointment only!

For an appointment, contact the La Crescent Public Library @ 507-895-4047 or call/email Tom Sheehan @ 507-319-9838 or laxse@acegroup.cc

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Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Award-Winning Author and Storyteller Kevin Strauss Presents:

 How To Write a “Darn Good” Poem

 

Learn how to turn an idea, image, or emotion into an effective and engaging poem. Poetry, with its artistic flexibility is one of the most efficient and enjoyable ways share an idea or feeling with someone else. The best part is that with the right instruction, anyone can write a poem! Find out how at these workshops.

Each class in this series stands alone and includes two hours of lecture, writing exercises, and small group discussions. Following each 2-hour workshop, participants can take part in a 30- minute “Writer’s Roundtable” where they can bring 1-2 pages of written work to read and get feedback from the group.

All participants can get written feedback on their writing via email with Award-Winning Author and Storyteller Kevin Strauss (www.naturestory.com). On the day of the last session, volunteers can read their work as part of the “Writer’s Read Concert”.

 All Workshops Take Place 6:00-8:30pm at the La Crescent Public Library; 321 Main Street, La Crescent

January 24— Introduction to Poetry

January 31 — Playing with Forms (Haiku, Cinquain, Sonnet, and Sestina)

February 7— Free Verse Isn’t Free (but it is fun)

February 14— Editing and Preparing Your Poems for Publication

February 14— 7:30pm Volunteer Poetry Concert

Come hear the poetry that your neighbors and friends have written.

To Register for this Free Workshop Series, Contact La Crescent Public Library:

Phone: 507-895-4047 E-mail:  lbeach@selco.info

 For Questions about the Workshops, Contact Kevin Strauss at kevin@naturestory.com or 507-993-3411

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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