Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Silent Auction Donations

Dear friends-

Once again, the St. Kate's Student Group is hosting a silent auction at the MN SLA Holiday Party, in order to raise funds for our annual conference scholarship. Below is our call for donations. Please consider donating something. No matter what, we hope to see you at the party!

On Thursday, December 3, 2009, the St. Kate’s Special Library Association Student Group will host a Silent Auction fundraiser at the Holiday Party event sponsored by MALL and SLA at Open Book in Minneapolis to raise funds for a scholarship. This scholarship will help send a St. Kate’s MLIS student to the SLA Annual Conference being held in New Orleans in June 2010.

We would love your help with donations!
· Gift certificates – Gas Stations, Restaurants, coffee/tea shops, movie theaters, video stores, book retailers, pet stores, craft stores, Home Depot, Best Buy – any place you frequent
· Gift baskets – wine/liquor, bath items, BBQ tools
· Tickets to sporting or cultural events – MN Wild, MN Twins, Guthrie
· Memberships – museums, cultural
· Hand-crafted items - jewelry, purses, scarves, quilt
· Photography or Artwork
· An invitation to dinner or a home-cooked meal
· An hour of housecleaning service or some babysitting

Anything YOU’D like to bid on!

Do you have a friend or relative with a creative flare, or deep pockets who would like to contribute something?

Donations may be dropped off at St. Kate’s in a box in the MLIS office near the reception desk. If you would like to schedule a pickup or have questions, please contact Carol Lynn O'Gara by either telephone at 612-986-3143 or e-mail at carollynnogara-at-yahoo.com

Please submit donations by Wednesday, November 25, 2009.

Don’t forget, your donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated by the St. Kate’s SLA student group and the MLIS students at St. Kate’s.

Thank you!!

Long overdue tour recap!

Apologies for the late tour recap - especially since it was a wonderful evening!

On October 15, after several of us shared a happy hour snack downtown, about 15 librarians and library students gathered at Hennepin County Library's Central Library in Minneapolis for a tour of the special collections there.

We started with Marcelyn Sletten in the Milestones Collection, part of the childrens' library. The collection includes award winners, local authors, and other noteworthy books and related objects. Marcelyn described her experiences with children in this room, including several funny and touching stories about children who responded to the items in the room (such as an international collection of Cinderella stories). After Marcelyn talked, we took some time to explore the collection ourselves. Everyone spotted something that provoked a memory of his or her own childhood, or of time spent with children, and the room was filled with excited exclamations.

Once we were able to tear ourselves away from the fun in the Milestones collection, we went upstairs with Special Collections librarian Heather Lawton to see the rest of the special collections. Many attendees were especially impressed by seeing the vault (and the security on it), where especially valuable or fragile items are stored, including a huge Audobon book. That book was one of many we saw with incredibly impressive illustrations. In the Athenaeum room, we also saw old Minneapolis high school yearbooks (including those of local celebrities Prince and Josh Hartnett - frequently requested by library visitors!).

It was a wonderful tour, and the librarians were extremely generous with sharing stories and information about the collections. Call one up if you want to see these fun and unusual items!

Many thanks to Heather, Marcelyn, and all those who attended.