Volume XXIX, Issue 35
August 31, 2020
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September Literacy Calendar

Fall CLAS Meeting Sept 15th

Vote2020 - Engage Voters

Emergency Early Care & Education Wrap-Around Grants

Learning Opportunities
S T O R Y  B I N S
Let’s Build Rockets and Robots
Mini Bin 95
Space Station
Story Bin 36
For more information and to reserve these great 
Story Bins and STEAM Kits or any others,
contact Paula Stanaway
218-741-3840 or paula.stanaway@alslib.info.
Fall 2020 CLAS Meeting - Sept 15th

Please join us for the Fall 2020 CLAS meeting online via Zoom on Tuesday, September 15, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.!  This meeting is open to all ALS member public and school library staff working with youth.  
We will be discussing topics submitted by you and ALS staff, including using social media for event and collection promotion, resources for homeschooling families and students with a virtual learning plan, winter reading program brainstorming, and more!   If you would like to submit a topic for discussion, please send my way via email at your earliest convenience.  

To register for the CLAS meeting, please click on the following link by 9/10/20: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZVTZ2VP.  A registration reminder/confirmation, the meeting agenda, and the log-in information will be sent out two business days before the meeting.  Clock hour certificates will be sent to attendees via email following the meeting.
State Children's Services Meeting
Tue, Sep 1, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)

Please join us for a special call featuring our colleagues in school libraries to check in and discuss what the upcoming school year looks like.  Hosted by Leah Larson and Ashley Bieber from MN State Library Services.
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 921-240-661

Reader, meet book: RA on-the-go

by Kathy Stewart from the NoveList Blog
In the News ... from KBJR6

Back to the books: Duluth library adapting to pandemic restrictions

As the start of the school year gets closer, the Duluth Public Library is preparing for a possible uptick in customers.

After closing due to the pandemic, the Superior Street library location reopened for curbside pickup in April.  Readers can order their books ahead of time online and stop by the location to pick them up.  

The library had to lay off more than half of their staff, so there is usually a one to three day wait for book requests. Library officials said they are operating at about 20% of their normal circulation for this time of year.

The library normally sees a drop off in September when the kids go back to school, but Head of Circulation Byron Johnson said distance learning might change that.

"This year it might be different," Johnson said. "We just really don't know because it there's a lot of people doing remote learning. They may need the resources the library has to provide."

Before books can return to circulation, they have to be quarantined for three days, according to CDC guidelines. The library is preparing to offer online ACT/SAT prep courses and materials for students.

Click here to learn more about the resources the library has to offer.

COVID-19: Plastics Put to the Test

The REALM project has published the results of the third round of laboratory testing for COVID-19. In Test 3, they tested five plastic-based materials: a DVD, a storage bag, a hard plastic storage container, Plexiglass, and a talking book USB cassette.

After five days of quarantine, three of the five items still had detectable levels of SARS-CoV-2; the virus was not detected on the storage bag or the DVD.

The results suggest that, for these plastic-based materials, cleaning and disinfecting may be a quicker method of decontamination than quarantine.

To view past webinars on Tests 1 and 2, and to watch for any future REALM project webinars, check the REALM project's information hub.

OverDrive Upcoming changes
In alignment with security best practices, and following suit with other technology industry leaders like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, OverDrive will end support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 on October 30, 2020. After October 30, the OverDrive app and OverDrive websites will no longer work on devices that don't support TLS 1.2.
Beginning September 1, 2020, the OverDrive app and OverDrive websites will display a message on devices currently using TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to alert affected users of the upcoming change. This message will link to a help article that explains the change and provides information about the system updates that will be needed to access your OverDrive digital library after October 30.
We understand the inconvenience this may cause for your patrons on affected devices. This change is necessary to uphold our standards of security and patron privacy, and our commitment to delivering a quality experience to all OverDrive users.
If you have any questions, please contact your Account Manager.
Thank you, OverDrive


Now more than ever, libraries play an important role in engaging voters. State Library Services has partnered with the Office of the Secretary of State to help library staff provide accurate voter information to patrons. At this time, we are delighted to offer three resources:
1.  Attend a Sept 17th webinar with Secretary of State Steve Simon: 
Join us on Thursday, September 17 from 2:30-4:00 for a special webinar about how libraries can support voters and voter turnout in the 2020 election.
Featuring Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon as a guest speaker, this webinar will equip library staff to answer patron questions about the 2020 voting process and provide an opportunity for Q&A. Please register in advance. This webinar will be recorded. This announcement and the link to register can be shared with all staff.
2.  Order informational materials: Library staff can order nonpartisan voter and election-related materials at no cost directly from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Electronic versions of many resources are available on their web site.
3.  Download the voter engagement toolkit: Libraries looking to get the word out in local communications and through social media can use the customizable messages and resources available through the 2020 voter engagement toolkit. This includes social media messaging, downloadable graphics, and videos.
Dive into our fall list of over 300 adult audiobook titles here! From John GRISHAM, to DESUS & MERO, to Lee CHILDBrené BROWN, and many more, this season promises adventure, healing, comedy, and increased enthusiasm for listening! 
Looking for kids' titles? Find Listening Library's fall list here with new audiobooks from Nic STONESabaa TAHIRKaren M. McMANUS, and over 140 other kids' and teen treasures.

Reach for the Stars Catalogue

Looking for this year's Reach for the Stars catalogue? The 2020-2021 edition is available to download for free as a full-color PDF or text-only version.

Reach for the Stars lists more than 120 academic enrichment programs – from Academic Decathalon to Youth Eco Solutions – available to Minnesota students in grades K through 12.

State Library Services Newsletter Archive

from the Minnesota Department of Education
Dear librarians,

We are delighted to announce that the D.U.C. is re-starting book distribution!

After pausing operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are now accepting
and shipping book orders. Our catalog offers 300+ titles on contemporary art
by 60+ publishers. All public schools and libraries are eligible to place
annual orders. Books are entirely free and shipped free of charge.

Visit our website to create an account and place your order here: 

We know many institutions will continue to teach and work from home. Reading
Resources, our online teaching guides, can support remote learning. Our most
recent one focuses on the work of Kara Walker, re-examining the histories and
ongoing practices of racism in our country. This new online teaching guide
considers strategies for thinking about her work in relation to the history of
slavery in the U.S., and supports difficult conversations around how history
is represented:

We also want to know how we can better meet your current needs with new
digital and educational services. Please share your thoughts by responding to
our short survey:

To receive updates on new books and educational resources, subscribe to our
newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/b5akSz

With best wishes,

Art Resources Transfer

Emergency Early Care and Education
Wrap-Around Grants - Round I

There are two funding levels for which
eligible organizations may apply:

Small grants up to $5,000
Grants of $5,001 to $20,000

The first round application opens August 27, 2020
and closes September 25, 2020


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Libraries Supporting Voter Turnout in 2020:
A Webinar with Secretary of State Steve Simon
Sept 17th from 2:30-4:00

Featuring Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon as a guest speaker, this webinar will equip you to engage patrons in the 2020 voting process and provide an opportunity for you to get your questions about voting answered.
Register for Free HERE.

Holistic Service in Uncertain Times

What can libraries learn from social workers? Find out by attending a virtual workshop series in September on whole person librarianship.

Urban and suburban libraries: Monday, Sept. 21, and Wednesday, Sept. 23

Small and rural libraries: Tuesday, Sept. 22, and Thursday, Sept. 24

Register today to attend a Whole Person Librarianship workshop

Arrowhead Library System is hosting a
MackinVIA Webinar for School Library Staff
Sept 24th from 11:00-12:30

Brian Cretzmeyer from Mackin will be discussing the ALS MackinVIA PreK-Grade 12 School eBook Collection available to you, your students, and school staff for FREE!

The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 24, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  To register, please click on the following link by 9/21/20: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCVH5WT.  You will receive an email confirmation and participation link two business days before the webinar.

For more information, including MARC records, please check out our ALS-specific MackinVIA page here:   https://www.mackin.com/hq/arrowhead/ 

Falling Out of Love With Screens

As we head into fall, the days shorten and our screens glow ever brighter. Enter LiveMore ScreenLess, a Minnesota-based organization with a mission to advocate and promote digital well-being

The series kicks off on Thursday, September 24, from 1 to 2 p.m., with a webinar digging into the latest research on why we are tethered to our technology, especially our phones.

Register for LiveMore ScreenLess Webinar Series - #1.

On Demand Learning from   

Opportunity Out of Adversity:
Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries

Format: Webinar, original date August 6, 2020
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Length: 1 hour

Getting Started with Virtual Storytimes

Format: Webinar, original date June 16, 2020
Hosted by: WebJunction 
Length: 1 hour 45 minutes


LibraryWorks Webinars
Registration fee: $49/person.
Ask about group discounts for parties of 4 or more.

Earn While You Learn!
LibraryWorks Webinars Help You to
Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Working with Your Teens, Pages and Students as Library
Employees and Volunteers
  <>  Thursday, September 3, 2020

What They Didn’t Teach You in Library School:
The Cycle of True Marketing
 <> Thursday, September 10, 2020

Trends in Online Safety and Privacy <> Thursday, September 17, 2020

See the full list HERE.
Curbside pickup available Mon & Fri 11:00– 4:00, Tues, Wed & Thurs 1:00 – 5:30.  Offering computer use & photocopying by appointment.  Return materials to the exterior bookdrop. To place a request, call 218-229-2021, send an email to paula.chapman@alslib.info, or go to aurorapubliclibrarymn.blogspot.com.

Open to the public with restrictions and curbside service also available Mon-Thu 12:00-6:00 and Fri 12:00-5:00.Return books to bookdrop or inside. Call 218-827-3345 or see their Facebook Page for more.

Open to the public with restrictions, Mon-Fri 10:00-5:30 and Sat 10:00-2:00. Curbside pick up is also available. Call 218-634-2329 or see their Facebook Page for more.

Curbside service offered Mon-Fri.  Please call for complete information at 218-245-1633 or see the June 2 post on their Facebook page.

Offers no-contact Book & Media checkout and return services at the side door entrance. Call 218-258-3391 Mon, Wed, Fri from 10:00-6:00.  For more information see their Facebook page.

Library open Mon 11:00-7:00, Tues, Wed and Thurs 9:00-4:00 with restrictions and offering curbside service.  Find out the full details by calling call 218-247-3108 or visit their Facebook page.

Curbside pickup and appointments to use the computer or check out items are available Mon 1:00-6:00, Tues-Thurs 1:00-5:00, Sat 11:00-2:00. Call 218-384-3322 for more information or see the May 28th post on their Facebook page.

Curbside pickup available Mon 2:00-6:00, Wed 10:00-2:00, Fri 11:00-3:00. 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 with limited services and offering curbside service Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30. Return books to the bookdrop or inside the library. Call 218-879-1531, email cloquet.library@gmail.com or see their website at cloquetlibrary.org

Offering curbside pickup and computer use by appointment Mon, Tues and Thurs 9:00-5:00, Wed 9:00-6:00, and Fri 9:00-4:00!  Computer use can be scheduled. Contact them by calling 218-245-2315, message through their Facebook page or email colerainepubliclibrary@alslib.info.

Offering curbside pickup Mon-Fri 10:00 am-4:00 pm by appointment! Books can be returned to the outside book drop.  Call 218-666-2210 or email crystal.phillips@alslib.info.  For more info, see their e-newsletter HERE or their website: cookpubliclibrary.org.

No appointment curbside pickup of held items at Superior Street.  Return books to the exterior bookdrop during hours. Hours are Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 10:00-4:00 and Thurs 1:00-7:00.  For more information, call 218-730-4200 or see their website, duluthlibrary.org.

Offering curbside pickup by appointment 9:00-11:30 and 1:00-3:30 weekdays. Return items to the exterior book drop by the main doors. Call 218-365-5140 and more information is  available at elylibrary.org.

Closed until further notice but staff is available by phone Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00 at . Return items to the bookdrop. Check for updates on their Facebook page, email to evepublib@gmail.com or check their website, evelethpubliclibrary.com.
Scheduled pick up of requested items Tues, Wed, Thurs 11:00-3:00. Return all materials to their dropbox. To order materials for pickup, 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, printing and staff help by phone and email Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00, Sat 10:00-2:00. Return materials to the exterior dropbox. Call 218-387-1140, email gmlib@alslib.info or visit their website, grandmaraislibrary.org.

Drive through pickup of holds Mon-Fri 12:00-6:00. Return materials to the drive up dropbox on the North side of the building. For all the updated info, call 218-326-7640 or see their website, cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/library.

Contactless curbside pickup of holds offered Mon-Thurs 10:00-4:00.  Books can be returned to the bookdrop. Call 218-362-5959, message them on their Facebook page or visit their website, ci.hibbing.mn.us/residents/library.

Curbside pickup by appointment Mon-Fri 1:00-4:00 pm.  For full information, call 218-225-2412 or see their website, hoytlakeslibrary.org.

Now open Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thu-Fri 10am-6pm and also offers curbside pickup service. Books can be returned inside the library or to the bookdrop. 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 Mon, Tues, Thurs 1:00-5:00, Wed 2:00-7:00, Fri 10:00-1:00 with some restrictions.  For more information or to reserve computer time, call 218-247-7676 or see the May 14th post on their Facebook page.

Open with new hours of  Mon-Fri 10:00-4:30 and curbside pickup is still available.  Call 218-485-4424 or see Facebook for more.

Curbside pickup only Mon-Thurs 10:00-4:00. Return all materials to the front outside bookdrop.  Call 218-735-8625, message them on Facebook, email anna.amundson@alslib.info or see their website at mountainironlibrary.com.

Open to the public with restrictions, also offering curbside service Mon-Thurs 10:00-6:30, Fri 10:00-6:00. Return items to bookdrop. Call 218-226-4331, email silverbaypubliclibrary@gmail.com or see their blog, wwwsilverbaynews.blogspot.com.

Open to the public with restrictions Mon, Wed, Fri 9:30-5:00 and Tues, Thurs 11:30-7:00. Curbside pickup also available; call ahead to schedule. Return all books to the outdoor bookdrop. Call 218-834-3148, email thplinfo@gmail.com or see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.

Curbside pickup is available by calling the staff at 218-748-7525 Mon-Fri 10:00-4:00.  Return items to the two drop boxes in front of the library. For more information, see their Facebook page or send a message through their website, virginiapubliclibrary.info.
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– Simon Sinek
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