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As part of the 2018 Arrowhead Library System Strategic Planning process, we are evaluating services available to ALS member public, school, academic, and special libraries.  Please take a few minutes and let us know how ALS services and staff communication are working for you at the local level.  Your feedback will help us determine future services to all types of libraries. Deadline for submissions: 11/15/18   

What's Happening Arrowhead

NASA@My Library: Dark Matter | Ely Public Library - Monday, October 29 from 4:00-5:00 PM

Halloween Party | Calumet Public Library - Monday, October 29 from 4:30-6:00 PM

Local Candidates Meet and Greet | Two Harbors Public Library - Monday, October 29 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Introduction to NaNoWriMo | Virginia Public Library - Tuesday, October 30 from 12:00-1:00 PM

Fiber Arts Tea | Cook Public Library - Tuesday, October 30 from 5:00-6:00 PM

Trick or Treat at the Library | Cloquet Public Library - Wednesday, October 31 from 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM

Trick-Or-Treat at the Library | Two Harbors Public Library - Wednesday, October 31 from 11:00 AM- 8:00 PM

Friends of the Library Book Sale | Two Harbors Public Library - Thursday, November 1 through Saturday, November 3 

Ancestry Workshop with Ty and April | Hibbing Public Library - Thursday, November 1 from 2:00-3:00 PM

Snowshoeing | Grand Rapids Area Library - Thursday, November 1 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Art for Adults with Laura | Hibbing Public Library - Friday, November 2 from 1:00-2:45 PM

Holiday Book Boutique | Grand Rapids Area Library - Saturday, November 3 from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Card Making with Mary Anderson | Cloquet Public Library - Saturday, November 3 from 10:30 AM - Noon

Kids & Teens Broadcast

After reviewing national and statewide trends regarding fine forgiveness, ALS library staff see that fines and fees are barriers to youth in our communities and, in order to help reduce barriers to library use and encourage lifelong learning, the ALS Executive Committee and ALS Staff are recommending the We're Thankful for You! Fine & Fee-Free Initiative for November 2018.  This initiative includes the following recommendations:
  • No fees will be charged to youth ages 0-18 for replacement library cards (can be the frog design or ALS logo design)
  • When youth ages 0-18 return lost items to the library, all attached fines and fees will be waived
  • Grant fine amnesty to all youth ages 0-18 with overdue fines
We hope you have the opportunity to participate in this initiative at the local level!  Please let us know if you have questions.


Letters About Literature

Did you know that you can get ELM bookmarks, brochures, and other promotional materials delivered to you for free? Please help us to share ELM by requesting some of these materials today.

In addition to bookmarks and brochures, we have some newer items as well.

A series of postcards highlights ELM resources for specific purposes, including job seeking, test preparation, and K-12 grade levels. These are perfect for targeted outreach.

We also have some wonderful trading cards that highlight individual databases or other specific uses.

Thanks as always for sharing ELM!

Continuing Education with ALS 

Upcoming Horizon Training Opportunities - Fall/Winter 2018
Fall 2018 Brainfuse Webinars for ALS Member Library Staff
If you missed the first webinar, there's still time to tune in to the second Brainfuse webinar for ALS member library staff of all types!  This interactive webinar will focus on the two databases available to ALS patrons and students -- HelpNow and JobNow.  The webinar will take place on:
  • Tuesday, November 13, 1-2:30 p.m.
To register for a webinar, please click on the following link: 

You will receive a confirmation email and log-in link two business days before the webinar.  If you or your staff are interested in attending a webinar and the dates and times don't work for your schedule, please feel free to view an archived ALS Brainfuse webinar here:  https://www.screencast.com/t/mbF1UXSQ
The Conference is Calling

LJ SLJ Library Con Live!

Afterschool for All MN

Employment Opportunities 
Library Children’s Specialist | Eveleth Public Library
Deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 4:00 PM

The City of Eveleth is seeking a creative and enthusiastic individual who has a passion for programming and children to join our team at the Eveleth Public Library as a Library Technician Children’s Specialist.

Must have excellent customer service skills, the ability to work in a team environment, great communication skills, a love of working with children, teens, adults, and seniors, strong organizational skills, the ability to move from task to task, flexible work schedule (days, evenings & Saturdays), have strong computers skills, and be comfortable with technologies necessary to help patrons navigate the library environment. The library operates with a very small staff and cross training will be essential.  Be prepared to do a little bit of everything at our library.  We have a friendly staff and a gorgeous Carnegie library.

This is a part time position working approximately 20 hours per week which includes mornings, days, evenings, and Saturdays.

Visit www.evelethmn.com for an application packet.  Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Mail or drop off application to:

City Administrator
413 Pierce St.
Eveleth, MN 55734

The City of Eveleth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Library Director | Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN 
Deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 11:59 PM

We're hiring a Library Director to lead the public library system for the largest county in Minnesota. The Library Director will provide leadership for 41 libraries, website, and outreach services serving more than 1.2 million residents.
View and apply to the posting:
Director - Hennepin County Library
Any questions can be directed to:
Laura Miller, M.A.
Recruiter, Workforce Development I Hennepin County Human Resources
A-400 Government Center I 300 South Sixth Street I Minneapolis, MN  55487
Office 612.348.7585 I Laura.L.Miller@hennepin.us
Your Future. Made Here. I Find us at hennepin.jobs

Youth Services Librarian | City of Roseburg, Oregon
Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2018, at 5:00 PM

Roseburg Public Library seeks a creative self-starter who will embrace the unique opportunity of developing a vibrant youth services department in the new library. The Youth Services Librarian performs professional work serving library patrons directly or indirectly with a focus on children and young adult library services. Works under the direction of the Library Director who outlines objectives and work activities and reviews work for effectiveness and results obtained. May provide direct supervision to appropriate Library staff and volunteers.

How To Apply: Complete an application form available via one of the following methods:
In-Person: City of Roseburg Human Resources 900 SE Douglas Avenue Roseburg, OR 97470
Telephone Request: (541) 492-7010 (24-hour Jobline); (541) 492-6700 (Office)
Download from: www.cityofroseburg.org, click on Employment
Email: info@cityofroseburg.org

Submit completed application to Human Resources by the closing date listed in the job announcement in person, by mail, or email: info@cityofroseburg.org . Applications submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. All required documents should be presented with the application. Resumes are accepted in addition to the City of Roseburg application form.

And a link to more about the town and its library:

Apply for Greatness

ALA CARNEGIE-WHITNEY GRANTThe ALA Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes, or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. Applications for a Carnegie-Whitney grant must be received by November 2.


Great Stories Club

Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
Applications are due November 16.

Learn More

American Creed Community Conversations

American Creed Community Conversations
  Apply now: Applications are due Nov. 19, 2018. 

Save the Date

Minnesota’s cities and towns are rapidly diversifying. Libraries, like other government institutions, are expected to respond to diverse community needs. By assessing and adapting library services with an equity lens, libraries can provide responsive, quality library services to all Minnesotans.

State Library Services is hosting All Are Welcome: The Role of Libraries in Advancing Racial Equity for library managers, board members, and front-line staff. This free workshop provides an introduction to the role, responsibilities and opportunities for libraries to advance racial equity. Participants will learn about the historical and present-day causes of racial inequities and participate in facilitated discussions and interactive exercises focused on normalizing racial equity as a core value.

Attendees will learn key terminology; how to operationalize racial equity; and how to organize internally and in partnership with community organizations. They will become familiar with a framework for institutional change and library practices used by libraries in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity’s Library Interest Group. This workshop also introduces a racial equity tool that can be used in decisions relating to policies, practices, programs, budget, and communication strategies. Participants gain skill at identifying and addressing institutional and structural racism, and building capacity to advance racial equity in their workplace.

Workshop objectives

  • Gain understanding of the government’s role in contributing to racial inequity and our responsibility to advance racial equity;
  • Develop a shared racial equity analysis, including definitions of key terminology and concepts (racial equity/inequity, implicit/explicit bias, individual/institutional/structural racism); and,
  • Gain an introductory understanding of operationalizing and organizing for racial equity.

Workshop dates and locations

This free workshop will be repeated in three locations.

  • Grand Rapids Area Library, Grand Rapids, on Monday, November 5, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Blue Earth County Library, Mankato, on Friday, November 16, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Brookdale Library, Brooklyn Center, on Monday, December 3, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Workshops are limited to 50 participants each. Registration will open soon.

Workshop leaders

Gordon Goodwin, Midwest Regional Project Manager for the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), leads the workshop. Gordon has worked for 30 years with and for foundations, community development organizations and public/private sector consortia in metropolitan and rural settings to promote racial justice. 

Jane Eastwood, Consultant, Independent Racial Equity and Libraries, is a co-presenter. Eastwood is the former Library Director for the Saint Paul Public Library and Education Director for the City of Saint Paul.

For questions about the workshop, contact Joe Manion, Library Development and Services Specialist at State Library Services, 651-582-8640.

This project is made possible, in part, by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

While Here in Minnesota

Sad Minnesota Library Dog Kills It on Social Media | MN Patch by Beth Dalbey (October 23, 2018)
Sad Minnesota Library Dog Kills It On Social Media

HUGO, MN — Earlier this year, the world dropped a collective tear for Sting, a retired greyhound racer portrayed as the saddest dog in Minnesota because none of the children in the White Bear Library literacy program wanted to read to him. But after pictures of the forlorn looking dog with a naturally long face struck a chord worldwide, the children clamored for a chance to read to him.

Sting now has his own Facebook page, where he has nearly 4,000 followers, and an Instagram account, where about 1,060 people are keeping up with his antics. He has a new buddy, Luigi, a Galgo (Spanish greyhound) and Podenco mix that lived most of his life with rescue groups.

Sting and Luigi are hits at the library. And Sting regularly stops by the Gillette Children's Hospital in Saint Paul, where he gives comfort to the sick kids.

Muellner, 56, adopted Sting eight years ago this month after he ended his racing career at a now-shuttered greyhound track in Iowa. Other retired greyhounds have become therapy dogs, and Sting's human, John Muellner, knew he would be a natural fit.

For one thing, Sting is the perfect height and bedridden or wheelchair-bound patients don't have to bend over to stroke his silky coat. Sting and other greyhounds are also sweet, calm and good-natured.

"He treats everyone the same," Muellner said of Sting. "The parents will lower the side rail on the hospital bed, and Sting is so easygoing. I can't tell you how many times he has been poked, had his ears pulled or been stepped on, and he keeps trucking right along. He takes what's dished out without getting mad or trying to get away.""Nothing scares him," Muellner said, pointing out that because Sting is so laid back, he isn't spooked by wheelchairs, walkers and unfamiliar noises.

Luigi, who came to the United States from Spain, joined Sting earlier this year after Colin, another greyhound Muellner adopted, died in December.

Photo of Luigi courtesy of John Muellner

And although Sting is no longer lonely at the library, Luigi has stolen a bit of his limelight.

"Honestly, in some ways, Luigi does a little better because he loves the attention, loves to stick his nose where he shouldn't while kids are reading," Muellner said. "Sting doesn't put a whole lot of effort into it. With some kids, it draws them in when they see Sting coming across the room and they're excited, but when he gets close they're shy. But he just stands there and lets them pet him. He doesn't move around much."

The change in the children who read to the dogs at the library in White Bear is remarkable, Muellner said. The idea behind the Paws to Read program is to help children improve their literacy skills by reading aloud to a non-judgmental audience.

"We have several kids, when they first sit down to read, who are not sure what to do," he said. "You can barely hear them talk, but hopefully by the end, they will be raising voices with exclamation points or question."

Sting got his social media pages in March after stories of the lonely library dog spread on social and traditional media. Muellner enjoys digging into analytics to see who his fans are and where they live. Most are overseas, particularly in Australia, where greyhound racing is also strong.

"In the beginning, it was easily 80 percent women and 20 percent men, but now it's 65-35," he said.

Muellner recommends to others that they adopt the docile greyhounds, whether as therapy dogs or as a family pet. With all of the dogs he has adopted, he takes a few days off his job as at Multi-Tech Systems in Mound View, Minnesota, where he designs and lays out circuit boards.

"With any adoption dog, you should take off a few days to get used to each other and a new schedule, which they're used to," he said. "It's a totally new situation."

If you're interested in adopting a greyhound, a good place to start is Greyhound Pets of America, which has chapters in about 30 states, including Minnesota.

Follow Sting and Luigi on Facebook.
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Photo of Sting, left, and Luigi courtesy of John Muellner

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