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23 Things — Minnesota Style

Like all good Minnesotans who have moved away from the homeland, I see it as my duty to inform the rest of the world about my home state. If a MN company is mentioned in conversation, for example, (Best Buy, Target, Aveda, Hormel…), I make sure everyone knows it’s a MN company that has been mentioned. In conversations about music, I can almost always find a way to make a connection to Prince or The Replacements or Husker Du or Bob Dylan or some other Minnesota music maker. People often bring up Garrison Keillor, but I make sure they know Louise Erdrich, Leif Enger, and F. Scott Fitzgerald are MN authors, too. It is very important to me, therefore, to make sure you know how cool the recent Minnesota library learning program, 23 Things on a Stick, is. Even if not from MN, I’m sure I would be impressed with the way the Minnesotans have taken the idea and run with it in a big way.

Many, many moons ago my friend and hero Ruth Solie of the Northern Lights Library Network told me about an idea she and the other multi-type directors were considering… taking the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County’s 23 Things program and running it statewide. That little idea sparked a hugely successful project. During the first round of 23 Things on a Stick, many participated in the program and a good share of them completed it. By popular demand, a second round will run from May 15-September 15, 2008. Check out the project website to view some of the blogs and other projects that are the result of this program.

Library staff development

Bringing it all back home

I just returned to Kansas (where I live) after spending some time in Minnesota (my home state). I delivered seven half-day workshops at various locations around the state and had a great time. The training was funded by LSTA $ and is part of the state’s voluntary certification program. Stops included: Wyoming, Mt Iron, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Redwood Falls, Mankato, and Rochester. It was a wonderful time of year to be up there, with the fall leaves changing.

I feel like I have delivered train-the-trainer workshops so many times and in so many places, so it’s amazing that I continually learn so much. Each group brings new ideas and a new energy to the topic. The Impromptu Librarian was at one of the sessions and blogged her notes.

Next stop: Hawaii! Who would have thought being a librarian would be such a travel adventure?