Volume XXIX, Issue 22
June 1, 2020
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ALS Services Update

Currently Operating
  • Mail-A-Book - in full operation
  • ALS Online Resources - all are operational
  • ALS Office - phones and emails answered during regular hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Mon-Fri

Postponed Until Further Notice
  • Bookmobile - not running
  • ILL - not being distributed
  • ALS On-Site Trainings - check the website or call for future schedule
  • All Legacy Events are postponed
DIRECTOR'S DECREE

Preparing Community College Students with Research Skills for a Lifetime

 
Quick Links

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Minnesota Libraries Calendar

Digital Public Library
MOLLIE'S MUSINGS

Programming Through the Pandemic from Library Journal

One Book | One Minnesota held Virtual Lunch Party

2020 Summer Reading Lists from ALSC
 



Get out your crayons, markers, pens, pencils or paint to create a cool bookmark about digging into reading and books.

ALS is offering a "Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover Bookmark Design Contest." Kids of all ages are encouraged to print off the bookmark template at HERE and create a unique design. Entries must be submitted via mail and postmarked on or before Aug. 28. Prizes will be awarded for the five most creative submissions.

Read the great article here:  

2020 Summer Reading Lists

from ALSC, a division of the American Library Association

      

     
Check out the fun summer reading program trailer from the Hoyt Lakes Public Library - yay!  Way to go, Sue and staff!
Chad Helton, a pioneering black librarian, will be the new head of
the Hennepin County Library

When Helton takes over the county library in late August, it will be nearly two years since previous director Lois Langer Thompson left. 

By David Chanen Star Tribune MAY 29, 2020

As a black kid growing up in the South, Chad Helton rarely used the library because he never felt he belonged in one.


Read the full story HERE.
Few patrons looked like him, and the programs at the Mount Airy, N.C., library didn’t reflect his community. Little did he know then that a job delivering books in a golf cart after he dropped out of college would lead to a pioneering career as a library administrator.

Helton, the first black top administrator at several college libraries and the Los Angeles library system, was named director of the Hennepin County Library system last week. He will face the challenge of reopening libraries that have been shut down by COVID-19 and also working with communities wounded by the police-involved death of George Floyd.

“The pandemic just highlighted the important role that libraries play in people’s lives,” said Helton, 42. “This is something we’ve never experienced. It certainly will be interesting.”

Minitex announces that the Minnesota
statewide databases have been selected!
Read all about it HERE.
EBSCO STACKS presents

Engage Patrons with Virtual Exhibits

We all have special collections with special needs. Now you can create visual browse and search experiences on your own terms, and include them in your overall discovery strategy. 
LIBRARIANS’ 2020 SUMMER READING PICKS FOR KIDS

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students and their families are facing uncertain times, but one thing remains as true as ever: reading is a great way for kids to stay engaged with learning during the summer.

Every year, youth librarians from the Association for Library Service to Children compile a list of their top summer reading recommendations for kids of all ages. 
For more information about these books and why they were selected, visit the 2020 Summer Reading List webpage. Check with your local library for additional suggestions.  from ilovelibraries, an initiative of the American Library Association

 

Browse through the collection, complete the form to be entered to win and stock up on all the titles everyone will be talking about! Fulfillment varies between print and digital copies according to sponsor and supply is limited so act fast.
(Click on the graphic above to link to their page and the entry form.)
Costs Outstrip Library Budgets | Periodicals Price Survey 2020
New approaches have emerged, but none offer a solution to serial costs continuing to rise higher than library budgets from Library Journal
THE STATUS OF OUR

AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside Pickup Services Mon-Fri
See their BLOG for full details.

BABBITT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open to the Public with restrictions
See their Facebook Page for more info.

BAUDETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open to the Public with restrictions.
See their Facebook Page for more info.

BOVEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside service offered - call for complete information at 218-245-1633.

BUHL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offers no-contact Book & Media checkout and return services. M-Thurs (10am-6pm) & Fri (1pm-5pm).  Phone: 218-258-3391.

CALUMET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Library open with restrictions and offer curbside service.
Full details on their Facebook page.

CARLTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pick up available! Request items at alslib.info or call 218-384-3322 Monday's & Wednesday's 1-3 pm to schedule a pick up time!  See their Facebook page for the details.

CHISHOLM PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pick up now available! Monday 2-6 pm, Wednesday 10am-2pm, Friday 11am-3pm. Call 218-254-7913 or see Facebook.

CLOQUET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside Pickup Monday-Thursday 9:30-6:00 and Friday 9:30-5:30.  See more information on their Facebook page.

COLERAINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
offering curbside pickup from 10am - 2pm Monday- Friday! Call 218-248-2315 and see Facebook for more.

COOK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offering curbside pickup from Monday- Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm by appointment! For more info, see their e-newsletter HERE.

DULUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Scheduling and placing holds Monday through Friday, 10 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm.  See their website HERE.

 
LOCAL LIBRARIES

ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pick-up available by calling the library from 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-3:30 pm on weekdays to schedule a pick-up.  More info available at their website.

GILBERT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Starting June 4th, they will check out requested items that can be picked up in their entrance Mon-Fri from 11:00-4:00. Call 218-748-2230 or see their Facebook Page for more information.  

GRAND MARAIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Providing pickup services from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. See more information at grandmaraislibrary.org  or call 218-387-1140.

GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Pick up service available Noon-6:00 pm Monday-Friday. For all the updated info, see their website.

HOYT LAKES PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00 pm.  Call 218-225-2412 or check their Facebook page for full information.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Now open Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thu-Fri 10am-6pm and also offer curbside pickup service. See Facebook for more info.

MARBLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open regular hours with some restrictions.  For more information, see their Facebook page HERE.

MOOSE LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open to patrons with special hours and some restrictions.  For more information, their Facebook page has all the details.

MOUNTAIN IRON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pick up available. For more information, their Facebook page has all the details.

SILVER BAY LIBRARY
The Silver Bay Public Library is still offering curbside service, but will allow up to five patrons in at a time within a week or so. Call the Library at 218-226-4331 or see their BLOG.

TWO HARBORS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pick up available. For more information, see their announcement HERE.
RESOURCES, INFORMATION & LINKS


Feeling trapped?

You can get free with help from these virtual escape rooms. Go digital and take a journey to new puzzles in special worlds.  More than 100 links offered on the website of Vandergrift Public Library. (Click the graphic above to find out more.)

StoryCorps tools for libraries during COVID-19

StoryCorps
 

For many years, PLA and ALA have partnered with StoryCorps, most recently through programs at the PLA Conference in Nashville and a March 2020 webinar, Creating a Diverse Archive: Lessons in Community Engagement from StoryCorps. Now, StoryCorps has created a new tool to support connections between people facing isolation during COVID-19. StoryCorps Connect is a platform that allows for any two people to record a StoryCorps conversation remotely using video chat technology. The audio and a photo are then sent to the Library of Congress for future generations to access. To date, 600,000+ people have participated in StoryCorps interviews face-to-face. This is the first time it's happening remotely. Libraries are encouraged to partner with StoryCorps on this to help communities make sense of the impact of this pandemic and provide purpose, hope, solace and wisdom, especially around social isolation and elders. StoryCorps has developed a series of tools including copy for social media channels, a customizable press release and a co-brandable logo. You can find all this and more in their Library Resources Google Drive.

                   
Now you can view this great resource on-demand!
Click the image above to view this free, live DIY archival webinar on YouTube!

What you'll get out of this free webinar:
·   Tips and tricks archivists use to preserve materials.
·   Ways to get quicker, easier, affordable results for organizing your stuff.
·   Ways to approach an overwhelming organizational project so that it's manageable.
·   Real-world examples of how to approach organizational projects.
·   Generous Q&A time so that I can answer all your questions.
·   Exclusive access to a private Facebook group to support your efforts.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm.

Women's Suffrage Centennial
Book Donation Request



Apply Here.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote, ALA is partnering with the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission to distribute books about suffrage to public and school libraries across the country. Libraries are invited to request sets of 3 books for their collections by completing this form.
The book sets include:
<> Young readers: Around America to Win the Vote, by Mara Rockliff,
<> Middle grades: The Woman's Hour, The Great Fight to Win
the Vote (middle school reader edition), by Elaine Weiss
<> High School: National Park Service Women's Suffrage Reader
A list of additional recommended books and program and 
display ideas will be included with each donation.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
 <> FREE <>
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
in Literary Studies and Collections
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 <> 1:00-2:00 pm Central
FREE from ProQuest & Library Journal
Register HERE.
Crash Course in Graphic Novels
Tuesday, June 9, 2020,
from 1:00-2:00 pm Central 
from NoveList

Getting Started with Virtual Storytimes

This 90-minute webinar provides a comprehensive introduction
to virtual storytimes from WebJunction.

June 16, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 pm Central

REGISTER HERE.

ON-DEMAND WEBINARS for When You Have The Time

Check out these free on-demand webinars, available at
YOUR convenience.  Some titles you will find include:
<> Maximizing and Measuring Virtual Programs
<> Using Social Media Listening to
Adapt Your Library for COVID-19
<> Public Libraries Respond to
COVID-19: Free Webinar Series


All available from 
“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri
 

“I love the way that each book — any book — is its own journey. You open it, and off you go…” – Sharon Creech
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