Volume XXIX, Issue 46
November 16, 2020
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A Not-So-Brief Introduction

Pre-Recorded Legacy Program with Benjamin Domask-Ruh

November 16-30, 2020
Here is the link to our second pre-recorded virtual Legacy program - yay!  This program is called "Juggling: A Not-So-Brief Introduction" with COMPAS Teaching Artist Benjamin Domask-Ruh.  We have permission to share this video on social media platforms (ALS and ALS member public libraries) November 16-30, 2020.


Please feel free to share our post from the ALS Facebook page on your library's Facebook page or  other social media platforms.  Because this is a Legacy program, you will need to add the Legacy language to any local postings:  This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  I'm also attaching the logo to be shared if possible.  We are required to gather statistics, so if you are creating local posts, please keep that in mind.

The general Legacy evaluation for any pre-recorded virtual Legacy programming can be found here -- please encourage patrons (and staff who watch, too) to fill this out:   https://bit.ly/2TJkOya   

Instead of presenting an in-person program tour this summer, Benjamin has agreed to provide ALS member libraries with Take and Move kits for kids/families that contain juggling supplies and a balance set.  More info to come!

Waterloo library's button project helps show faces behind masks

The library will put a picture of a person's face on a button so they can wear it at work and people can see what they look like without a mask. The project is currently for educators, child care workers, staff at long-term care facilities and other caregivers. (Click on her photo to read the article from CBC.)

(Anjana Kipfer/Waterloo Public Library)

2019 Annual Report Data Posted


If you'd like to stroll down memory lane to the Before Times of 2019, you can now access the 2019 Minnesota Public Library Annual Report (MPLAR) on the Library Statistics webpage.

In the Annual Data Files section, you can access PDFs of individual libraries from 2011 to 2019, as well as the full 2019 dataset for all Minnesota public libraries. The Data Summaries section provides a snapshot of key 2019 data.


As the weather is getting colder, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is reaching out to community leaders and networks to share information about the federally funded Energy Assistance Program (EAP), which helps lower-income Minnesotans keep warm during the winter months by helping them pay their energy and heating bills. The Energy Assistance Program can help by providing financial assistance:
  • To pay past due energy bills to avoid disconnection
  • To purchase fuel for delivery in emergencies
  • To repair or replace homeowners old or malfunctioning furnaces.
The application period is currently open and they are asking public library directors to share this information with the communities you serve. Here are links to flyers you can use in four languages:
MN Energy Assistance Flyer - English
MN Energy Assistance Flyer - Spanish
MN Energy Assistance Flyer - Somali
MN Energy Assistance Flyer - Hmong

You can find more information at the  Minnesota Department of Commerce website.

EdPuzzle allows you to upload your own videos or search and use videos from familiar resources like YouTube, Khan Academy, TED and National Geographic. The video you are using for your lesson can be trimmed down to the essential content, and you can record an audio track for the video to teach a concept. If you don’t need full audio narration, you can leave voice comments or insert questions to check for understanding at specific points.

EdPuzzle reinforces accountability, letting you know how many times a student visited each section and how much time they spent watching. New to EdPuzzle? They offer easy, self-paced online professional development and student certificates, including one on digital citizenship and using the internet responsibly.  FREE for Teachers and Students to use.

With Flipgrid, librarians and teachers can record instructions and give prompts, and students can respond via video. There are many safety features, including the ability to roster classes and moderate videos prior to viewing by the class. Librarians can collaborate with teachers to have students share what books they are reading or summarize their work.

Flipgrid's video scavenger hunt feature, Fliphunt, can be an engaging way to get your students learning and moving. Why not have students record their thoughts about being stuck at home as a video diary of their pandemic and distance learning?  What a great primary source activity! The student videos become the primary source. 

Remind is a free platform for educators that allows communication about assignments and class information to be delivered to students, parents and stakeholders via an auto-generated text message or email. Remind allows the school librarian to send out information without having to use their personal phone number.

We’ve never met a teen without their cell phone at their fingertips, so your messages will likely be received! And the platform allows attachments, which is great if you want to make sure students have a resource at their fingertips. 

Teens not your target audience? Remind is great for parents as well. You can send programming reminders about online story time or other events that they can attend virtually with their child. With all that is going on, even though we are at home, we can still use reminders.

Wonderopolis can spark some great programming ideas. The site offers a daily intriguing question, called the “Wonder of the Day,” and is a great way to share how wonderful learning can be for just the sake of learning. Topics range from an article explaining COVID-19 to exploring what the Kentucky meat shower was and when it took place.
The Championing Children’s Services Toolkit encompasses a variety of easy to use advocacy resources to empower Children’s staff to engage their communities to build healthy successful futures for children. Click above to get the resources ALSC offers.

Find Authors on the Minnesota Writers Directory

writers directory

Did you know that many Minnesota writers are available for virtual events for classrooms, libraries, and beyond?

The Minnesota Writers Directory, a project run by the Minnesota Center for the Book, connects writers across the state with people who want to hear more about their stories and their craft. Browse the site by author, genre, and Skype/Zoom availability to find a writer who is a good fit for your audiences.

The Friends is also featuring a rotating list of writers from different genres each month who are available for virtual events. November's featured writers are: V.T. Bidania, Abby Cooper, Margaret Hasse, and Mélina Mangal. Head to the Friends Virtual Events Spotlight to learn more.   

Tips for inclusivity in
readers' advisory and collection development

by Beth Staats
Nov 11, 2020
People of different ethnicities reading books
Continuing to highlight the Library Journal professional development webinar titled, Equity in Action: Building Diverse Collections, I thought I would share some tips that I took away from the most recent session, Collection Development and Readers’ Advisory for the Inclusive Librarian, presented by Becky Spratford.

Clip Art No More:
Stock Photos for Programs and Marketing

By Rebecca Starr, Information Services Librarian, Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center, Baltimore, Md.


  • Gratisography has wonderfully surreal photos. High-quality portraits portray a range of emotions and scenarios. You may find yourself trying to plan a program around a photo, like I am trying to do with this one. (If you have any ideas, let me know.)
  • Great for: art programs, programs for people with a sense of humor, programs that teach patrons how to do a frustrating task. 

Historical Image Archives

  • While many archives require payment for the rights to use a photo, there are many historical photos that have no copyright restrictions. Two of my go-to sources are the Library of Congress and the United Kingdom's National Archives. Simply limit your search results to “no known copyright restrictions” before choosing an image. Some of my favorite collections are 1940s factory workers and this collection by NASA. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, New Old Stock curates some great ones. Pay attention to the sources on this site, as they’ll offer more ideas for specific subjects. 
  • Great for: genealogy programs, programs for history buffs.


  • Looking for landscapes? Unsplash is one of the first places I look for restriction-free photos for fliers and presentation slides. It aggregates photos from a variety of photographers around the world who are generous enough to offer their images without strings attached. Looking for a photo of the Eiffel Tower? Take your pick of angles and times of day. 
  • Great for: book programs, whimsical programs, social media marketing.


  • For those of you who have been dabbling in the stock photography world for a while, Morguefile might make you cringe a little. However, they’ve been making a concerted effort to highlight their higher-quality photos. It may take some concerted searching, but you’d be surprised at what you can find.
  • Great for: low-resolution photos for handout, random images.
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Great Books Reflection Series:
Measure for Measure by Shakespeare

Nov 24th 10:00am
from bibliotheca

Register for Free HERE.

Brainfuse’s JobNow & VetNow:
Online Career & Veteran Support Services
for Your Patrons during the COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, December 8, 2020; 2-3 pm Eastern

Join us for an informative free webinar presentation that will cover all aspects of Brainfuse’s online career services, JobNow and VetNow. These powerful resources are backed by an industry leading team of experts who provide patrons with live, one-to-one interview coaching, job search guidance, resume assistance, and through VetNow, help in navigating the various benefits available to veterans of the U.S. Military.

Most importantly, we will emphasize how our JobNow and VetNow career services are particularly valuable as our economy rebounds from the COVID-19 crisis. Register for Free HERE.
Events, Library Conferences & Library Webinars
The bibliotheca team looks forward to connecting with libraries across North America at both in-person library conferences as well as monthly webinars focused on innovative library solutions. Check out their schedule HERE.

PLA Webinar

Providing Library Senior Services
in a COVID-19 World

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 1-2 p.m. Central

How to provide library service to seniors, the most vulnerable population affected during COVID-19, has been the question raised by outreach librarians across the United States.

Registration starts at $43. For more information, click HERE.

ALS Public Library Status Update
Open to the public with restrictions and curbside service also available.  Monday and Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 - 7:00 pm.  For more information, call 218-229-2021 or visit their Facebook page or blog, aurorapubliclibrarymn.blogspot.com.
Closed at this time due to health safety measures.  Status will be re-evaluated by the city council on December 1st. Return items to the outside bookdrop. 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 10:00am - 5:30pm and Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm. Returns accepted inside or in bookdrop. 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 from 10:00am - 6:00pm.  For more information see their Facebook page.
Open with restrictions and offering curbside service Monday 11:00am - 7:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm.  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 - 6:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday 1:00 - 5:00pm, Saturday 11:00am - 2:00pm. For more information, call 218-384-3322, email bethany.leseman@alslib.info, or see their Facebook page.
Curbside pickup available Monday 12:00 - 6:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am - 2:00pm and Friday 10:00am - 3:00pm. 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, offering curbside service upon request, Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 7:30pm, Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm and Saturday 9:30am - 2:00pm. Call 218-879-1531, email Cloquet.library@gmail.com or see their website at cloquetlibrary.org.

Offering curbside pickup and computer use by appointment Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm, and Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm.  Call 218-245-2315, message them through Facebook or email colerainepubliclibrary@alslib.info.

Offering lobby pickup, Monday - Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm, 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 and Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm and Thursday 1:00 - 7:00pm.  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.

Offering curbside pickup by appointment 9:00 - 11:30am and 1:00 - 3:30pm Monday - Friday. 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 Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. Return items to the bookdrop. 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 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.
Circulation via pickup window, printing and staff help by phone and email Monday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm. 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 Monday - Friday 12:00 - 6:00pm. 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 Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm.  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.
Open with restrictions Monday-Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm. Curbside pickup is available by appointment.  For full information, call 218-225-2412 or see their website, hoytlakeslibrary.org.
Open Monday - Wednesday 10:00am - 8:00pm, Thursday & Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm 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.
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 - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm 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.
Curbside pickup only Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm. 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.
Open and also offering curbside service Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 6:30pm, Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm. Return items to the bookdrop. Call 218-226-4331, email silverbaypubliclibrary@gmail.com or see their blog, wwwsilverbaynews.blogspot.com.
Open and offering curbside service Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm and Tuesday & Thursday 11:30am - 7:00pm. Return materials to the exterior bookdrop. Call 218-834-3148, email thplinfo@gmail.com or see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.
Offering curbside pickup to receive library items.  Click HERE or call the library at 218-748-7525 during the following hours:  Monday – Thursday 9:00 am–5:30 pm, Friday 9:00 am–4:30 pm and Saturday 10:00am–2:00pm. See their Facebook page or virginiapubliclibrary.info.
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