Volume XXIX, Issue 52
December 28, 2020
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Still disinfecting surfaces? It might not be worth it
by Patti Neighmond, December 28, 2020

At the start of the pandemic, stores quickly sold out of disinfectant sprays and wipes. People were advised to wipe down their packages and the cans they bought at the grocery store. But scientists have learned a lot this year about the coronavirus and how it's transmitted, and it turns out all that scrubbing and disinfecting might not be necessary.

"In hospitals, surfaces have been tested near COVID-19 patients, and no infectious virus can be identified," Goldman says. What's found is viral RNA, which is like "the corpse of the virus," he says. That's what's left over after the virus dies. "They don't find infectious virus, and that's because the virus is very fragile in the environment — it decays very quickly," Goldman says.

Reading, That Strange and Uniquely Human Thing
How we evolved to read is a story of one creative species.
By Lydia Wilson - December 23, 2020


Recent studies in neuroscience have revealed: People everywhere read words made from pictures, such as Chinese characters (known as pictographs), and words made from letters, in a remarkably similar way. It’s an insight that opens a window on how writing developed and how we read—and how we might tap deeper wells of creativity and communication.

No writing system goes back much further than 5,000 years, a mere blink of an eye in evolutionary terms. “Relative to speech [reading is] very young,” says Tae Twomey of University College London, who has spent her career looking into this new trick of Homo sapiens. “The part of the brain that deals with reading had to evolve somehow from the brain that we used before writing was invented.” And it wasn’t just one part that was recruited. “If you think about it, it’s a complex task. You are extracting visual information in order, ultimately, to get to a meaning.” Once I do start to think about this process—a process I can’t remember not being able to do—it starts to seem extremely alien: Thoughts, ideas, instructions, information are being transferred from one human brain into mine, via my optic nerve. But the visual element is only part of the story.
 
Read the full article HERE.
Holiday Cards through the Years
from the Smithsonian's collections

RESOURCES

RECORD A STORYCORPS INTERVIEW REMOTELY THROUGH YOUR WEB BROWSER

Developed in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,  StoryCorps Connect is a first-of-its kind platform that enables you to record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using video conference technology. The audio and a still photo from each interview goes into our archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.




USEFUL GUIDES FOR GETTING STARTED

Getting Started

GETTING STARTED

 

Great Questions

GREAT QUESTIONS


Conversation Tips

CONVERSATION TIPS

 

Advanced Recording Tips

RECORDING RECOMMENDATIONS

FREE DIGITAL WINTER HOLIDAY LESSON PLANS AND ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS

Click above to see the resources offered by ShareMyLesson

Free Online Activities about Air and Space, Anywhere
More Lists of the Best of 2020
AudioFile's Best Nonfiction Audiobooks of 2020 | Book Marks

Best Books 2020: Worst Year, Best Books | LJ

Best Books | SLJ

Best Books of 2020 | Book Riot

Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2020 | Smithsonian

The Best Books We Read in 2020 | The New Yorker

Good Reads for Winter | Star Tribune 

The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2020 | NYT 

The Best Children’s Books of 2020 | Book Riot

AICL's Best Books of 2020 | American Indians in Children’s Literature

NPR's Best Books Of 2020 | NPR

Choice Announces the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2020 | ALA News

The 10 Best Crime Novels of 2020 | NYT

Colorful Reads X Colorful People:Picture Books Curated by BIPOC Leaders in the Industry | A Thousand Worlds

The 10 Best Books of 2020: It Was an Off Year for the Arts, but Not for Books. Our List of Favorites, Fiction and Nonfiction | Chicago Tribune

Need Some Ideas for Book Gifts to Give? So Many Good Ones from Minnesota Authors This Year. Try These | Pioneer Press

The Best Books for Young Readers of 2020 | University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Bookish News
Drop Everything and Look at This Adorable Baby Yoda READ® Poster | ilovelibraries

The Rich, Literary Life of the Creator of America’s Favorite Girl Spy [Book Review] | NYT

The Hidden Literary Heritage of Harriet the Spy | Literary Hub

Book Clubs in Lockdown | BookBrowse [Registration required to download report.]

BookExpo to Retire: A Roundup of Coverage | NewsBreaks 

Publishers Would Back a Reinvented BookExpo | PW

6 Little Known Places to Download Unique Free Ebooks | MakeUseOf

The Best Places to Download Free Audiobooks in 2020 | Good E-Reade
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BOREDOM BUSTERS FOR KIDS
from National Geographic
Brain games for kids
PHOTOGRAPH BY SHVAYGERT EKATERINA, SHUTTERSTOCK

Beating winter blues. For kids who love winter, the first day of the season (aka Monday) is a great opportunity to teach them about the science and culture behind the winter solstice. But the rest of us can still find things about winter to love. Like that a snowflake can take up to two hours to fall to the ground. Or that polar bears, like the cub above, have strong claws that act like ice picks as they walk. (Explore more winter animals here.) The two sides can even pick their own wintery science experiments: an outdoor ice sculpture for chill children, and a snow-growing activity for those who just want to snuggle inside.
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Our ninth annual Lake Superior Libraries Unsymposium is going virtual this year! Register now for Friday, January 8, 2021 from 1-4 pm and join us for an afternoon of conversation, collaboration, and connection–from wherever you are! Cost: Only your time!

ALS Public Library Status Update
PDF file available for printing and download HERE.
AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
BABBITT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open to curbside service only Monday-Thursday 1:00-5:00 and Friday 1:00-4:00.  Return items to the outside bookdrop. Please call 218-827-3345, see their Facebook page or visit their blog, babbittlibrary.blogspot.com.
 
BAUDETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY
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 bookdrop. Call 218-634-2329 or see their Facebook Page. *
 
BOVEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside service offered Monday-Friday.  Please call for complete information at 218-245-1633 or see their Facebook page.
 
BUHL PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
CALUMET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open with restrictions and offering curbside service Monday 11:00 7:00, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00-4:00.  Find out the full details by calling 218-247-3108 or visit their Facebook page.
 
CARLTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open with limitations and curbside pickup offered Monday 1:00-6:00, Tuesday - Thursday 1:00-5:00, Saturday 11:00-2:00. For more information, call 218-384-3322, email bethany.leseman@alslib.info, or see their Facebook page.
 
CHISHOLM PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
CLOQUET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup of requested materials, kids and adults take-and-make kits, librarian assistance requests and online databases. Monday 12:30-5:30, Tuesday 10:00-2:00, Thursday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00; closed on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Call 218-879-1531, email Cloquet.library@gmail.com or see their website at cloquetlibrary.org.

COLERAINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offering curbside pickup and computer use 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.
 
COOK PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.

DULUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
No appointment curbside pickup at Superior Street Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00-4:00 and Thursday 1:00-7:00.  Computer use by appointment during these hours. Returns accepted 24/7 at the Main Library at both Michigan St. and Superior St. bookdrops.  For more information, call 218-730-4200 or see their website, duluthlibrary.org.
 
ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
EVELETH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offering no-contact "At the Door" pick-up of requested materials. This service is for picking up items on hold ONLY. No other transactions will be handled. Library staff is available by phone Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00. Return items to the bookdrop. Check for updates on their Facebook page, email to evepublib@gmail.com or check their website, evelethpubliclibrary.com.
 
GILBERT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open Monday-Friday 11:00-5:00. Return all materials to the exterior bookdrop. To order materials, call 218-748-2230, email gpldirmn@gmail.com, see their Facebook Page or check their website, gilbert.lib.mn.us/home.
 
GRAND MARAIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
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 dropbox. Call 218-387-1140, email gmlib@alslib.info or visit their website, grandmaraislibrary.org

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

HIBBING PUBLIC LIBRARY
Contactless curbside pickup of holds offered Monday-Thursday 10:00-4:00.  Return items to the bookdrop. Contact them by calling 218-362-5959, message them on their Facebook page or visit their website, ci.hibbing.mn.us/residents/library.
 
HOYT LAKES PUBLIC 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.
 
INTERNATIONAL FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open Monday-Friday 10:00-3:00 and also offers curbside pickup. 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.
 
KEEWATIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offers curbside pickup by appointment and delivery within the city limits by calling Paula at 218-969-8977.
 
MARBLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
MOOSE LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open Monday-Friday 10:00-5:00 and 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.
 
MOUNTAIN IRON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup only Monday-Thursday 10:00-4:00. Return all materials to the interior or exterior bookdrop.  Call 218-735-8625, message them on Facebook, email anna.amundson@alslib.info or see their website at mountainironlibrary.com.
 
SILVER BAY LIBRARY
Offering curbside pickup by appointment. Return items to the bookdrop. Call 218-226-4331, email silverbaypubliclibrary@gmail.com or see their blog, wwwsilverbaynews.blogspot.com.
 
TWO HARBORS PUBLIC LIBRARY
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 bookdrop. Call 218-834-3148, email thplinfo@gmail.com or see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.
 
VIRGINIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offering curbside pickup of library items on hold Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00-5:00, Tuesday 9:00-6:00 and Saturday 10:00-2:00.  Click HERE or call the library at 218-748-7525 See their Facebook page or virginiapubliclibrary.info
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