Arrowhead Library System Legacy Grant: SFY 2010 - 2011
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. Arrowhead Library System (ALS) is a federated regional public library system with central services located in northeastern Minnesota. It has twenty-nine member public libraries located in seven counties: Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis. ALS was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties. ALS 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. Arrowhead Library System share through the formula is $457,937 in 2010 and $439,943 in 2011. The funds enable ALS 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.
Total Legacy Dollars Received from the State: $457,762.74
Arrowhead (ALS) allocated:
90% of the funds for region-wide collaborative projects, including 2.5% allowed for administrative expenses.
10% of the funds for state-wide collaborative projects.
Total Number of Programs Held:
134 programs (includes folk dance at 21 locations; Perpich Arts students at 4 locations; museums, events, bus trips at 31 locations; photography at 14 locations; poetry at 16 cities; shadow puppets at 7 locations; Summer Reading Illustrator at 20 locations, landscape architecture at 16 locations)
Total Attendance: 22,496
Total Number of Partnerships:5 (Arrowhead regional Arts Council; Perpich Center for the Arts, Reif Center, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Spirit Lake Poets)
Programs sponsored by funds for the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund reached users in 27 public libraries, 4 schools, 1 community college, 2 child cares, 1 senior center, 1 ECFE, 2 community cafes, and all 7 counties (Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, St. Louis) of the Arrowhead Library System.
The Public Library Consultant for the Arrowhead Library System worked with the ALS Legacy Committee to determine programs and get contact information for possible presenters. The Public Library Consultant worked with the libraries to coordinate and schedule the programs. The ALS Assistant Director prepared the contracts for the presenters and the financial reports.