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April 12: Finger Labyrinth Tile Workshop

Join a finger labyrinth tile workshop hosted by ceramic artist, Melissa Gohman. Learn about creating and designing your very own ceramic finger labyrinth tile.  RSVP is required and 60 spots available. The workshops are free and open to the public.

Workshops are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 12 at Metropolitan State University, Library and Learning Center, LIB 302 (EcoLab), 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

RSVP in one of two ways:

  1. E-mail michelle.filkins@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1621.
  2. RSVP on the Facebook event page.


Meet Chrissy Hursh

Unknown-1Chrissy Hursh is the new Public Services Manager for the Library and Learning Center. She started Jan. 23.

Before joining Metropolitan State University, Hursh was the storage and shelving manager and evening circulation supervisor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison General Library System, where she worked for four years. In total, she has 12 years of experience in library management and patron services.

In addition to a bachelor of science in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences from Purdue, Hursh holds an MPA from Indiana University-Bloomington and an MLIS from UW-Madison.

Sept. 28: “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” forum

On June 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would not deport certain undocumented youth who came to the United States as children. Under a directive from the DHS Secretary, these youth may be granted a type of temporary permission to stay in the U.S. called “deferred action.” The Obama administration called this program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it will terminate the DACA program. The Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting new DACA applications (i.e., from people who don’t already have DACA protection). People who already have DACA protection and whose work permits expire between now and March 5, 2018, will be able to apply for a two-year renewal if they apply by Oct. 5, 2017.

Metropolitan State will host a public forum about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)  4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Library and Learning Center, 645 E 7th St., room 301,  Ecolab.

Five panelists will lead a discussion and answer questions about the decisions and procedures supporting termination of the DACA program.  This forum is designed to be a setting for respective, civil discourse about what termination of the DACA program will mean to our students, our institution, and our community.

Panelists scheduled to attend this event include:

  • Emilia González, executive director of Navigate Minnesota
  • Dr. René Antrop-González, dean of the School of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University
  • John Keller, executive director of the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota
  • State Rep. Carlos Mariani, Saint Paul, District 65B
  • Deputy Consul Julio César Martínez, Consulate of Mexico

The panel will be moderated by Maureen Acosta, director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Metropolitan State University.


Metropolitan State University Library now offers live streaming

Do you love movies? Hate paying the fees associated with streaming services?  The answer is right in the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, which has partnered with Kanopy to provide thousands of movies and television titles for free.

Use this link to access the service:  https://www.kanopystreaming.com/wayf

Kanopy will ask for the name of the library you are associated with, in this case, Metropolitan State University, and after you enter the information users will have access to content that can be stream to computer, Roku, Android and iOS devices.

Read more about this service in this article from The New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/watching/kanopy-criterion-collection-library-card.html.

May 16: Library Game Nights continue through summer

The Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center on Saint Paul campus will continue Game Nights through summer.

Game Night features classic and modern video game consoles and games, board games, food and music. The event is free and open to students, staff, faculty, and the public. Snacks are provided.

Game nights are from 4 to 7 p.m., each third Tuesday of the month  at the first-floor lounge of the library.

March 23: “Student Salon 2017” moves into Gordon Parks Gallery

Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents Student Salon 2017, featuring multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students, enrolled in undergraduate programs.

From cast metal sculptures to black and white photography, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. This year’s exhibition features work produced by three Studio Arts majors: Hannah Gray, Saint Paul; Kimber Starnes, Saint Paul; and Bryan Starry, Minneapolis.

“Some of the work was created in the classroom as part standard assignments. Other pieces were executed beyond the university as part of the students’ individual interests,” said Erica Rasmussen, gallery director. “Whatever the inspiration, it’s a pleasure for me to share the culmination of their artistic pursuits with the university community.”

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23 and continues through April 14. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday. The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-793-1631 or e-mail her at erica.rasmussen@metrostate.edu.

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Feb. 21: Bears vs Babies Party

The Saint Paul Public Library, Dayton’s Bluff Branch

Bears Vs. Babies
Bears Vs. Babies

will host a “playtest party” of a soon-to-be released card game, called “Bears vs Babies,” from 4 to 9 pm. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the library, 645 East 7th Street.

Bears vs Babies is the new game by Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) and Elan Lee, the amazing duo behind the game “Exploding Kittens!”

The Saint Paul Library will be the only location in Minnesota to playtest this new game before it becomes available to the public.

Sign up online to reserve a spot, or just come for the party for snacks, fun activities and other games to play. The event is open to the public and is family friendly. Visit the library’s Facebook event for information.

Why I March: Librarians trip to Washington, D.C.

Metro State Library

Last week my library colleague, Chris Gevara, and I, hopped on a bus full of (mostly) women, and headed to Washington DC for the Women’s March on January 21st. Our former colleague and emerita library staffer Sage Holben was on a different bus in our same group. A number of our library colleagues and their families marched at the Minnesota State Capitol for the “sister march” held the same day. By now you’ve heard the stories of the march and seen the pictures, and have likely read that the March may have been the largest demonstration in US history. It was truly inspiring, an experience that I will never forget, and that still gives me chills to think about. It felt good, and positive, and safe, in spite of my apprehension around crowds. And I think it is no accident that I know so many librarians who marched.

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Resolutions and Rememberence

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January is traditionally the month to make resolutions, and to remember the past year.  In Roman mythology there was a god named Janus who represented beginnings and endings.  The month of January was named for him.  He is depicted as having two faces.  One face is to look to the future and the other is to gaze upon the past.  As we start this new year, we are going to remember some of the people we lost in 2016 along with giving some suggestions for resolutions for 2017.

janus1 A statue depicting Janus

2016 was a tough year in terms of losses.  In January alone we lost over 20 notable individuals including David Bowie and Alan Rickman.  February saw the passing of literary legend Harper Lee.  I personally remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird in the 9th grade.  Former first lady Nancy Reagan passed away at age 94.  Country fans mourned…

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