Hints for Making the Day Work for You

Hints for Making the Day Work for You

No one wants to have a miserable day in St Paul! Read this list of hints from previous attendees to make your day a success!

  • Find a buddy; the whole experience is better if you have someone to share it with. Check with your regional public library system and/or your multitype to see how appointments are handled in your region.
  • No buddy, but still want to go? Contact the LegWork Committee before the day; we will find you a group to join. LegWorkMLA@gmail.com
  • Be sure to exchange cell phone numbers with your group members. Appointments may change, you may be late due to chatty legislators, or whatever. You want to be able to reach others in your group.
  • Dress for the weather & the situation! The Capitol complex is connected by tunnels, so you can often get away without a coat. Being hardy Minnesotans, and depending on the March weather, you may be able to go outside without a coat! The State Office Building & the Senate Office Building are about a block apart (uphill! from State Office to MN Senate Building). There is a coat rack in the L’Etoile du Nord and there will be people there all day. You do need to pick up your coat no later than 4:00pm that day.
  • Pack light! Leave your heavy bags at home or locked in your car trunk. Carry only what you need for survival. Lugging your computer, a big purse, or even a tablet around all day is wearing. Plus you will be carrying the info packets. So maybe bring a (library) tote bag! Like these.
  • Bring your business cards to leave with the legislator or aide.
  • Wear comfortable shoes! You will be walking a lot!
  • Bring a camera or cell phone to take pictures. Legislators love shout-outs & thank yous! Tag your social media with #MNLibLegDay19 and send a copy to your Legislator.
  • Plan breaks throughout the day. You will want to reflect & discuss with your group. The Legislative Reference Library is a nice quiet spot on the 6th floor of the State Office Building. The Senate building has some seating areas. There are some new small seating areas near the tunnels. The State Office Building has the fewest seating areas. Our space in L'Etoile du Nord has seating & is next to the Rathskeller Cafe in the Capitol.
  • Water--there are fountains throughout the complex to fill your water bottle.
  • Restrooms are abundant & easy to find in both Office Buildings. The Capitol restoration included new/more restrooms!