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MELSA provides regional public programming, as well as supports local programs provided by its eight member library systems.

Club Book
Club Book

Club Book brings best-selling and award-winning national and regional authors to library communities throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan region.

History Day partnership with MNHS
History Day partnership with MNHS

MELSA financially supports the library research experience for middle and high school students participating in History Day across the seven-county metro region by partnering with the Minnesota Historical Society.

Legacy Amendment & Libraries
Legacy Amendment

MELSA and its member libraries present an array of arts, cultural, literary, and Minnesota history programs in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations, independent artists, historical societies, and community organizations. Programs are funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.

MN Writes MN Reads
MN Writes MN Reads

Local authors can create ebooks and share them with readers across the state and potentially across the country using free tools provided by Minnesota's libraries.

Read & Ride Day at the MN State Fair
Read & Ride Day at the MN State Fair

Celebrate at the Minnesota State Fair with your public library - stage shows and family fun at Dan Patch Park.

smARTpass
smARTpass

smARTpass is a web-based arts access program that allows metro public library users to reserve complimentary and discounted admissions to metro arts partners events and locations. 

smARTpass Reimagined

smARTpass comes to you via your metro public libraries. Showcasing eight arts and culture partners during September and October, this series is your opportunity to experience a variety of programs on your home screen/phone/tablet.

Summer With Your Metro Public Library

Your local library offers a variety of programs and learning activities to help children and teens be ready for school in the fall. Find virtual programs and performances to inspire, downloadable activities to get you out and moving (if only in your yard), and digital books, music and even more!

Teen Lit Con
Teen Lit Con

Teen Lit Con celebrates teen literature, promotes reading and writing, and creates a community of readers by connecting teens and authors.

Winter Reads
Winter Reads

Your metro public libraries invite you to participate in Winter Reads during January and February. Submit reviews of books you read or listen to, enjoy the Winter Reads displays in many of the participating library branches, and more. Check out what's going on at your local library!

Previous MELSA Programs