Because Statements

The LegWork Committee sponsored a contest for Minnesota-focused Because Statements, ending Feb. 2, 2018. A spin-off of the ALA Libraries Transform Initiative, library supporters were asked to submit statements about why Minnesota Libraries transform, highlighting the services and value in all types of libraries (public, academic, school, government, and others).

We had over 70 submissions, shared in this document. The statements are organized into 4 categories: Uniquely Minnesota, General (applicable to all type of libraries), School Libraries, and Public Libraries. We use the Minnesota Libraries Transform Because... statements when we advocate for libraries at the Capitol. Feel free to also use them on social media with the hashtag #mnlibrariestransform. You can also create your own unique Because poster about your library by using ALA-provided poster templates. All you need is Adobe Reader! Look for the Because Statements section on the Minnesota Libraries Transform Toolkit webpage to learn more about creating your own custom Because poster. Thanks to all who shared their creativity in the contest.

Because Statements for Social Media

We created social media shareable graphics with the uniquely Minnesota Because statements. Share these on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter! All files are in .png format.

For easy access from your phone to share on social media, download all of them from this folder, or individually by clicking on the links below.

Minnesota Libraries Transform:

Winners of the Because Statement Contest

The MLA+ITEM LegWork Committee members voted to choose the winners. The winners each received a poster version of their statement. Below are PDF and JPEG versions of the the winning Because statements with their authors. So fun!

Because a Good Book Can Salvage a Bad Fishing Trip

Because Checking Out the Latest Juicy Celebrity Tell-All is the Real Hot Dish

Because There are 10,000 Opportunities for Lakeside Reading


Library Organization Because Statements

Here are the custom Because statements created for library fair booths at Library Legislative Day 2018.


You can download templates (Avery 22804) to print the Uniquely Minnesota Because stickers for use in your library. There are two pages of labels. Each page has an editable Word template and a PDF version. Page 1 PDF - Page 2 PDF - Page 1 Word - Page 2 Word As with all things that require precision in printing, be sure to test on plain paper & adjust the templates for your computer & printer.