Volume XXX, Issue 12
March 22, 2021
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Story Bin and Story Strolls
Story Bin:
We Celebrate Diversity

To reserve any item from our Special Collections offerings, contact Paula Stanaway, 218-741-3840 or paula.stanaway

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We have some great new "Diversity" Story strolls and a Story bin!
Reserve yours for spring or summer! Contact Paula Stanaway at 218-741-3840 or paula.stanaway@alslib.info. See it on our website HERE.

The next statewide book club pick is Minneapolis writer Pete Hautman's 'Slider'

E-book available as free download for Minnesotans and author will appear in online chat in April.   By Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, March 17, 2021

“Slider” by Pete Hautman photo by Kaia Nao

A young-adult novel about a boy who enters an eating contest is the next pick for One Book / One Minnesota as the statewide book club heads into its second year.

"Slider," by National Book Award winner Pete Hautman, is the story of a 14-year-old named David, who accidentally charges $2,000 on his mom's credit card and needs desperately to raise the money to pay it back. David also has a little brother with autism, and "it's this thread that gives the novel its deeper moments," according to a review that ran in the Star Tribune.

Hautman, who divides his time between the Twin Cities and Wisconsin, is the author of more than 30 books for adults, young adults and middle-grade students, including "Sweetblood," winner of a Minnesota Book award, and "Godless," winner of a National Book Award.

One Book / One Minnesota is a joint venture of the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and the Minnesota Department of Education. It began last March as a way to bring people together during the pandemic.

From March through April, Minnesotans can access the e-book of "Slider" for free on the Ebooks Minnesota website. A virtual discussion with Hautman will take place at 1 p.m. April 21 — it's free but registration is required. Go to thefriends.org/onebook.

Previous titles discussed in the One Book / One Minnesota club were "Because of Winn-Dixie," by Kate DiCamillo; "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota," edited by Sun Yung Shin, and "A Plague of Doves" by Louise Erdrich.

Laurie Hertzel • @StribBooks

Indigenous Representations Newsletter - March 2021

by Zach Miller
Mar 14, 2021
An image of the bookcovers of "Ancestor Approved" and "Apple in the Middle" accompanied by photos of their authors, Cynthia Leitich Smith and Dawn Quigley
The Indigenous Representations newsletter is a collaboration between Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, St. Cloud State University, the St. Kate’s Master of Library and Information Science program, the University of Minnesota Kerlan Collection, Birchbark Books, MDE State Library Services and the MDE Office of American Indian Education. This edition includes book and resource recommendations for use in the classroom or library.

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Winners & Finalists 2021

March 24th from 6:00-7:00pm
How Technology Is Reshaping Our Democracy:
A Conversation with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Thomas L. Friedman, and James Steyer

Register for Free Virtual event  Click here
Composite headshots of Amy Klobuchar, Thomas Friedman, and Jim SteyerJoin Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, and Common Sense CEO James Steyer for a conversation around technology companies and their growing impact on our society. Steyer will moderate the event as they examine such topics as the role of technology in shaping public policy, the growth of misinformation, and its implications on exacerbating inequality.

The conversation, presented by Common Sense, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and the Carlson Family Foundation, builds on Steyer’s book, Which Side of History?: How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives, published in October 2020 by Common Sense. The book offers a collection of bold essays on how technology affects democracy, society, and our future.

You will receive an email confirmation of your registration within 24 hours. All registered attendees will receive a second email with a livestream link on Tuesday, March 23. The livestream will go live one hour before the event. If you have any questions, please email hhhcomm@umn.edu.

CareerForce - Minnesota's Career Resource

Looking for work? 

Attend this Virtual Career Fair for Northeast Minnesota!

April 13th and 14th from 10:00am-3:00pm each day

Join us for the Spring 2021 Virtual Job Fair for the Northeast Minnesota region.  This is a 2-day event running Tuesday, April 13th and Wednesday, April 14th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day with 75-100 employers.  The event will be held on Premier Virtual’s event platform. You will be able to log in from your phone, tablet or computer and speak directly with recruiters, apply to open positions and research companies all in one location! 

To register as a job seeker click the registration button below.  If you have your resume ready, you can upload that too!

Click here to register for the Virtual Career Fair - April 13th and 14th

Exploring the History of Pandemics with MyHeritage Library Edition
Our partners at MyHeritage dug into their newspaper collections to learn more about people’s attitudes toward masks, romance and retail shopping during the Spanish flu pandemic a century ago.

Virtual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium
Call for Proposals - Deadline Extended to March 25

The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite breakout session proposals for our ninth conference, which will be held virtually on June 11, 2021. The keynote speaker is Fobazi Ettarh. There will be no registration cost for this year’s conference.

This year’s theme, Mapping Our Identity, invites attendees to explore the varied identities of libraries and library workers and how those identities shift in response to external events, personal development, changes in communities, and more. At LSLS21 we will ask, and hopefully start to answer, the questions of “Who are we?,” “Who do we want to become?,” and “How are we getting there?”

Possibilities for presentation topics include:

  • Redefining Boundaries -- How have we, as individuals or organizations, broken barriers to create a new sense of who we are? How do we balance our work with our personal lives, especially as many of us now work from home? What do we do - and just as importantly, what don’t we do - to reinvigorate and advance our missions?
  • Expanding Our Reach -- What partnerships have we been involved in, and how have they changed how we position ourselves? How have we reached out in response to recent national and global crises? What types of programming, marketing campaigns, tools, or services have we implemented to reach farther than we used to?
  • Defining Ourselves -- How do our personal identities intertwine with the identity of being a library worker? What happens when we shift jobs or professions partway through our careers? How does learning about our past influence who we are and who we’re becoming?
  • Protecting Our Identity -- How do we ensure the security of the data we collect, the information and resources we steward, and the systems we use? How do we help our patrons protect their identities? How do we show that we value and advocate for the diverse identities of our communities, despite continued marginalization of and violence against some groups?
  • Perceiving Libraries -- How are libraries perceived, by library workers and by our communities? What do we find helpful about how library workers are perceived, and what might we like to change? How do we capitalize on the positive perceptions or address what’s misunderstood?

Successful breakout session presentations will be applicable to many types of libraries and showcase effective and innovative practices. 60-minute breakout sessions should include 10-15 minutes of question and answer. Panel presentations, particularly those representing a diversity of library types, sizes, and/or locations, are strongly encouraged.

LSLS 2021 will be held virtually. The steering committee will provide more information about the virtual format to breakout session presenters upon notice of their presentation's acceptance.

Breakout session presenters should submit proposals at z.umn.edu/proposals. All proposals should be submitted by March 25th. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in April.  

LSLS allows library staff to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. Staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to attend. The event is organized and supported by library staff and educators from Minnesota and Wisconsin; for a full list of our supporters, see http://lakesuperiorlibrariessymposium.com/about/supporters/.

For questions about proposals and submissions, please contact Lisa Wheeler at ljwheele@d.umn.edu. A complete listing of speakers and agenda will be released in April.  


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  • Customized & Hands-On Apprenticeship 
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Solution Guide: Paving the Road to Success
with EBSCO LearningExpress®

LearningExpress Library® Complete contains valuable skill-building, test prep and job search tools to help patrons ― from students to job seekers to career changers ― achieve their unique goals. Download the PDF to learn more.

                            Stories help. They Entertain. They Teach. They keep young minds active, alert and engaged.

Right now, when family routines may be disrupted and days unpredictable, you can still turn to us. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across eight different languages, that will help them continue learning, dreaming, and just being kids.  All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.
It's that easy.

Learn How to Use Stories.

Start Listening Free HERE
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Reading and Listening Picks for Women's History Month

Commemorate Women’s History Month by highlighting resources that engage patrons and encourage them to think broadly and critically about the experiences of women. Share this colorful poster on your library's website to encourage use of digital resources by and about women.

Reader's Advisory:

Download the flyer "For fans of Bridgerton"  

Download the flyer "While you wait for Bridgerton Season 2" 
From NoveList

           Reese Witherspoon Book Club List

All 53 Books on Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club List

Find out what Reese’s book club is reading this month and see every book chosen for Reese Witherspoon’s book club list.

In 2017, Reese Witherspoon announced the start of Reese’s Book Club through her media company Hello Sunshine. Soon the well-known actress had amassed a loyal following with her thought-provoking choices every month.

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March 23rd at 7:00 pm
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Star Tribune and MPR present Talking Volumes -- Talking Race with CHANG-RAE LEE

Minnesota Public Radio Virtual Events


Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune are proud to announce a special series of Talking Volumes virtual events centered around the topic of race in America. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated economic disparities faced by communities of color. The killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer sparked protests around the world. We are bringing together a diverse group of authors to talk about their books, which all provide unique insights on America’s growing racial divide.  All events will be held via webinar and will include an hour-long interview with the authors and a live interactive panel discussion moderated by the Star Tribune.

March 24th at 10:00am
Rethinking how we measure the impact of libraries

As communities contend with lockdown isolation, economic insecurity, and rampant misinformation, libraries are more vital than ever before. Even so, we haven’t evolved how we quantify and qualify community and personal impacts though the entire world has changed.

Join Christian Lauersen, Director of Libraries and Citizen Services in Roskilde Municipality (Denmark) and Tara Wong, CEO of Oakville Public Library (Canada) for a nuanced discussion that reimagines how we measure and communicate the impact of libraries today and in the future. Register for Free from Bibliotheca HERE.
BlueCloud Cataloging for Horizon Libraries

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 -- 9 a.m.-Noon

Online via Zoom <> Audience:  ALS Member Library staff who work with Horizon

Description: In the first part of the training, attendees will learn how to add items in Horizon, including how to decide when a new record for an item is needed with the same title and author.  In the second part of the training, attendees will learn more about BLUEcloud, including how to import new records and how to use the Smart Search feature. Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QRDH2HH


NEW! -- Horizon Cataloging and Technical Services Meeting

Wednesday, April 7, 10-11:30 a.m.

Online via Zoom <> Audience:  ALS Member Library staff who work with Horizon

Description: General topics to be discussed include BLUEcloud cataloging update, BookWhere, cataloging training and policy, and the idea of centralized cataloging and technical services and what that could mean in the Arrowhead Library System.  Chris Magnusson will be sending out a survey to help create the full agenda.

Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9CKS9BN

Data that Counts: An Introduction to 
Census Data for Public Libraries

A free PLA webinar
April 6 from 1:00-2:00pm

Libraries were central to helping people be counted in the 2020 Census. Now, learn how to make the data count for your library and community. This webinar will introduce you to the important role that public libraries can play in assisting individuals, groups, and organizations with finding, accessing, and using census data for planning and decision making. Resources and tools for searching basic census sources will also be covered. You will hear from librarians who have offered data literacy programs at their libraries to reach multiple audiences, including small businesses and entrepreneurs, local historians, students, and nonprofits and government agencies. More…

Future webinar topics:

  • Building business know-how with Census data
  • Data literacy for youth
  • Advancing civic and community engagement with Census data
  • Digging deeper into local and family history with the Census
  • Enhancing your library’s understanding of your community with Census data
Sourcewell Technology is offering FREE Webinar Wednesdays
Sign up for any of the free education webinars hosted by the Education Technology Experts at Sourcewell Technology. All webinars will be recorded and sent to registered attendees afterwards.

Sourcewell Technology provides schools and districts all the tools and services necessary for success. Check out more at https://www.sourcewelltech.org/

The link for this form can be found at https://bit.ly/SWTWedWeb

Crash Course in Gentle Reads

April 21st from 1:00-2:00pm
Let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best in gentle reads for your readers. Register for free from NoveList HERE.

2021 Minnesota Book Awards Virtual Ceremony

Register HERE for the 33rd annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. The online event is free; registration is required and donations are welcomed.

Minnesota Book Awards Virtual Ceremony
Thursday, April 29, 2021 | Online
Preface Reception 6:30 p.m. | Ceremony 7:00 p.m.

The Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony is an annual celebration of the state's best books. Readers, writers, and book-lovers from all over the state gather together for one incredible evening to honor stories of Minnesotans that connect us all. Winners from nine categories will be announced during the live Ceremony and the annual Kay Sexton Award will also be presented.


ALS Public Library
Status Update
Docs file available for printing and download HERE.
Open to the public with restrictions and curbside service also available on Monday and Friday 10:00-5:00; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00-7:00.  For more information, call 218-229-2021 or visit their Facebook page or blog, aurorapubliclibrarymn.blogspot.com.
Open to the public and offers curbside service Monday-Thursday 12:00-6:00 and Friday 12:00-5:00.  Return items to the outside book drop. Please call 218-827-3345, see their Facebook page or visit their blog, babbittlibrary.blogspot.com.
Open with restrictions and curbside service also available Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30 and Saturday 10:00-2:00. Returns accepted inside or in book drop. Call 218-634-2329 or see their Facebook Page.
Curbside service offered Monday-Friday.  Please call for complete information at 218-245-1633 or see their Facebook page.
Offers no-contact Book & Media checkout and return services at the side door entrance. Call 218-258-3391 Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00-6:00.  For more information see their Facebook page.
Open with restrictions and offering curbside service Monday 9:00-5:00, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00-5:00.  Find out the full details by calling 218-247-3108 or visit their Facebook page.
Open with limitations and curbside pickup offered Monday 1:00-6:00 and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00-5:00. For more information, call 218-384-3322, email bethany.leseman@alslib.info, or see their Facebook page.
Curbside pickup available Monday 12:00-6:00, Wednesday 9:00-2:00 and Friday 10:00-3:00. Return materials to the outside book drop, northeast corner of the building. Call 218-254-7913, email at chisholmlibrarymn@gmail.com or see their page on Facebook.
Open to the public Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30, Saturday 9:30-2:00. Curbside pickup of requested materials available upon request. Call 218-879-1531, email Cloquet.library@gmail.com or see their website at cloquetlibrary.org.

Offering curbside pickup of requested materials, also browse the collection and use a computer by appointment Monday-Thursday 9:00-5:00 and Friday 9:00-4:00.  Call 218-245-2315, message them through Facebook or email colerainepubliclibrary@alslib.info.
Offering lobby pickup, Monday-Thursday, 10:00-4:00, curbside pickup available by appointment.  Patrons must call or email ahead to let staff know which day they are picking up items. Return books to the outside book drop.  For more information, call 218-666-2210, email crystal.phillips@alslib.info, see their newsletter HERE or their website, cookpubliclibrary.org.

No appointment curbside pickup at Superior Street Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00-4:00 and Thursday 1:00-7:00.  Computer use by appointment during these hours. Returns accepted 24/7 at the book drops of all three branches. For more information, call 218-730-4200 or see their website, duluthlibrary.org.
Offering curbside pickup by appointment Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00. Return items to the exterior book drop by the main doors. Call 218-365-5140 and more information is available at elylibrary.org.
Offering no-contact "At the Door" pick-up of requested materials. This service is for picking up items on hold ONLY. Library staff is available by phone Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00. Return items to the book drop. Check for updates on their Facebook page, email to evepublib@gmail.com or check their website, evelethpubliclibrary.com.
Open Monday-Friday 11:00-5:00. Return all materials to the exterior book drop. To order materials, call 218-748-2230, email gpldirmn@gmail.com, see their Facebook Page or check their website, gilbert.lib.mn.us/home.
Circulation via pickup window. Computer use by appointment, printing and staff help by phone or email Monday-Friday 10:00-5:00 and Saturday 10:00-2:00. Return materials to the exterior drop box. Call 218-387-1140, email gmlib@alslib.info or visit their website, grandmaraislibrary.org

Drive through pickup of holds Monday-Friday 12:00-6:00. Return materials to the drive up drop box. Call 218-326-7640, visit cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/library and check their Facebook page for the most current information.

Contactless curbside pickup of holds offered Monday-Thursday 10:00-4:00.  Return items to the book drop. Contact them by calling 218-362-5959, message them on their Facebook page or visit their website, ci.hibbing.mn.us/residents/library.
Open with restrictions Monday-Friday 11:00-5:00. Curbside pickup is available by appointment.  For full information, call 218-225-2412 or see their website, hoytlakeslibrary.org.
Open Monday-Wednesday 10:00-8:00, Thursday-Friday 10:00-6:00 and Saturday 10:00-3:00 and also offers curbside pickup. Books can be returned inside the library or to the book drop. Call 218-283-8051, email to ifallslibrary@gmail.com or see their website, internationalfallslibrary.us.
Offers curbside pickup by appointment and delivery within the city limits by calling Paula at 218-969-8977.
Open Monday & Friday 1:00-5:00, Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-6:00, and Wednesday 12:00-7:00. For more information, call 218-247-7676, or message them through Facebook.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00-5:00 and Thursday 10:00-7:00. Curbside pickup is still available.  Return items to the interior or exterior book drop.  Call 218-485-4424, visit their website, cityofmooselake.net/284/public-library, or see Facebook for more.
Curbside pickup only Monday-Thursday 10:00-6:00 and Friday 10:00-2:00. Return all materials to the interior or exterior book drop.  Call 218-735-8625, message them on Facebook, email anna.amundson@alslib.info or see their website at mountainironlibrary.com.
Offering curbside pickup by appointment. Return items to the book drop. Call 218-226-4331, email silverbaypubliclibrary@gmail.com or see their blog, silverbaynews.blogspot.com.
Open and offering curbside service Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30-5:00 and Tuesday & Thursday 11:30-7:00. Return materials to the exterior book drop. Call 218-834-3148, email thplinfo@gmail.com or see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.
Express browsing and pickup of hold items Monday-Friday from 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:30. Express pickup at the front desk Saturday 10:30 - 1:30. No appointment necessary. Click HERE or call the library at 218-748-7525. See their Facebook page or virginiapubliclibrary.info
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