Volume XXIX, Issue 30
July 27, 2020
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Live Assistance for the FAFSA

ALS School Library Staff Online Get-Together
Rescheduled to
August 25th -10:00-Noon

REALM Project Results

Information about the PACER Center

Arm & Hammer
Summer Camp

When Rep. John Lewis
got his first library card
HelpNow - Live Assistance for the FAFSA

We are excited to announce our newest enhancement to HelpNow. Beginning June 21, Brainfuse will be offering live assistance for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to all United States library HelpNow clients. Live FAFSA tutors will be available to help both students and parents with completing the FAFSA application. Tutors will be able to assist users at any stage of the application.

On your HelpNow homepage, you will see a Featured Services section.  Upon entering this section, you will be able to connect with a live FAFSA tutor. Brainfuse has always been committed to helping students overcome academic challenges of gaining college admission. With the addition of our new service, we are filling a critical need for those seeking federal financial aid.

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Filling out the FAFSA can be a complex, but necessary, process. Brainfuse now offers live online FAFSA tutors – available to help both students and parents complete the FAFSA application. Whether you are not sure how to start or have questions on specific aspects, Brainfuse tutors are ready to assist! #BrainfuseCommunity, #librariestransform, #whatlibrariesdo, #collegebound, #FAFSA, #financialaid, #college, #admissions, #education, #money, #students

ALS School Library Staff Online Get-Together
Now Scheduled for
August 25th from 10:00-Noon

The Arrowhead Library System Member School Library Staff Online Get-Together on July 28 has been rescheduled due to low registration.  The new date is Tuesday, August 25, 10 a.m. to Noon.  This is a great opportunity to connect with other school library staff in the region to brainstorm ideas to start the new school year, to share best practices, to highlight favorite resources and more!

To register for the rescheduled event, please click on the following link by 8/20/20

You will receive a confirmation email and log-in link two business days before the online meeting.  I'll send out an agenda at that time -- if there are topics you'd like to see on the agenda, please feel free to send my way via email.  

Questions?  Please contact Mollie Stanford at 218-741-3840 or mollie.stanford@alslib.info!  

MALF Announces COVID-19 Grant Recipients

Friends of the Cook Library
Last year, generous Friends funding allowed the small but proud Cook Public Library to expand its physical footprint with a front patio. This outdoors addition allows patrons additional space to read and to access the free WiFi. In this Age of Coronavirus, the easy social distancing allowed by the patio makes it an even more valuable asset. Unfortunately, the original project budget could not be stretched to purchase tables or chairs for the new space. The Friends will use MALF’s grant to purchase appropriate furnishings.  See the Cook Public Library Monthly E-Newsletter HERE.
Virtual Library Comic Convention Events
Join us for a half-day of events covering topics from creating community engagement collections in your library to comic book art 101. It will be a fun-filled day with each session offering something unique that everyone can participate in. Click the graphic above to register. We’ll see you on July 30th!
In The News ...

Novel Coronavirus Detectable
on Board Books for Three Days |
REALM Project Results

by SLJ Staff, July 20, 2020

The Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project released results from its second round of testing. The project, supported by IMLS funding, is designed to give librarians information to create an evidence-based protocol for safety when reopening during the continued threat of the novel coronavirus. 
The following five items were tested in this second round of research:
  • Board books
  • Braille paper pages
  • Glossy paper pages
  • Magazine pages
  • Archival folders

Samples from each item were inoculated with the novel coronavirus and placed inside the closed book or magazine. Unlike the first round of testing, which looked at hardcover and softcover books,  mylar book jackets, and DVD cases, these items were placed as they would be in a library. Books were stacked or shelved and magazines and folders were left in piles.

Results show that after two days of quarantine, the virus was not detectable on the archival folders. After four days of quarantine, it was undectable on the board books, braille pages, and glossy book pages. The magazine pages showed "a trace amount" of the virus on the fourth day. There was no testing beyond that.

The full test report is available to download.

In The News ...
In The News ...

Hibbing Public Library Notes

in the Mesabi Tribune from July 24, 2020
Read it HERE.
From Minitex ...

Resource Sharing to resume scanning from U of MN Twin Cities campus libraries


Minitex accepting and processing returns


Minitex restarting Interlibrary Loan


Dark Horse, Orca, and more added to Ebooks Minnesota

The U’s virtual reference librarians field questions — all kinds of questions — 24/7
Read the article HERE.
Community Read: Own Voices & Diversity Books for Students
This collection includes over 50 titles from Lerner Publishing Group and Triangle Interactive. You can access a full list of titles included in this OverDrive-sponsored donation here.
Reopening Archives, Libraries, and
Museums (REALM) Information Hub:
A COVID-19 Research Project
See all the resources from WebJunction HERE.


Hey parents, want to hear a secret? Our free, on-demand virtual summer camp looks, feels and sounds like it’s all about your kids, but the truth is…it’s also about you. This summer, we’ve done the prep and the planning so you can kick back and enjoy.

From the science of baking to the art of slime-making, Arm & Hammer Summer Camp brings to life kid-friendly recipes, crafts and science experiments through daily playlists that empower kids to learn and create…but also give you 5 minutes to answer an email. Click above to start your summer camp experience!
Parents helping parents

Who is PACER for?
  • Families and their children or young adults with disabilities or special health care needs from birth through adulthood.
  • Educators and other professionals who work with students with or without disabilities.
  • Parents of all children and schools working together to encourage family involvement in education.
PACER helps parents enhance the quality of life and expand opportunities for their children, including those with disabilities.  Click on the blue graphic above to start learning how they can help you and your family.

Communicate quickly with your community.

LibraryAware is made especially for libraries. With thousands of professionally designed templates and millions of stock images and graphics selected especially for libraries, you can quickly create coordinated pieces to alert patrons to your changing services:

  • Graphics to share on your website and on social
  • Emails
  • Newsletters
  • Print items to share in curbside pickup bags such as: bookmarks and flyers
Assess The Risk of In-Person Programs
Georgia Tech recently released a risk tool that may be used to help determine if and when in-person programs should be offered.  See the free tool HERE.
Digital Learning Leader
Consider building evidence as a digital learning leader at the free site: 
Please feel free to publicize this site to anyone in the teacher library community.
Online Teaching, setting up a home workspace and self-care.

The book starts with a recognition of these challenging times and provides advice on setting up a home workspace--and self-care.  The authors go on to describe essential aspects of online teaching--that are really just good teaching. The introduction refers to the work by John Hattie on effective practices.

The Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K-12, Teaching for Engagement and Impact in Any Setting by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie is a hands-on guide to preparing and delivering distance learning. At just over 200 pages and available in multiple formats, we have a print copy (ISBN 9781071828922- $29.95) and an eBook (ISBN 
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REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums:
Materials Testing and Resource Overview

Learn about the REALM testing process,
research updates, and project resources.

August 4th from 2:00-3:30 pm 

The webinar is full but it will be livestreamed on YouTube
so register HERE.
A Conversation with David Mitchell

August 5th at 11:00 am

Join us for an insightful conversation with award-winning
author David Mitchell. Librarians, library staff and leadership,
we invite you to escape for a bit, engage in live Q&A and enjoy time shared with one of Britain’s greatest writers. Register HERE.
Live Twitter Chat on Creating Inclusive Communities

August 5 at 12:00 p.m. Central

Join PLA's Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) for their next live Twitter chat on Wednesday, August 5 from 12–1:00 p.m. Central! The discussion will focus on creating inclusive communities through an EDISJ lens.  To register, click on the graphic above.

Click above to register FREE.
Translation of Service:
How Does My School Library Program Look Now?

Aug 6th at 6:00 PM

This presentation will provide professional development and support for school librarians in the implementation of program administration, print/digital resources and the development of advocacy efforts
through marketing and branding.

Minnesota Library Association Legislative Forum

Virtual Presentations

Monday, August 10

Morning Session - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Afternoon Session - 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Register HERE.
Online homework help and virtual learning services
for your patrons during the COVID-19 crisis

Wed, Aug 12, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Highlighting our easy-to-use online classroom, we will demonstrate how HelpNow offers patrons of all ages state-aligned one-to-one tutoring, intensive writing assistance, targeted skills building, test preparation, and a full line of collaborative learning and self-study tools. In addition, we will emphasize how our virtual learning services are particularly valuable during the current COVID-19 crisis. Click above to register.
This program is from 1:00 - 3:00 pm central time.
 >> NOT FREE <<
Curbside pickup available Mon & Fri 11:00– 4:00, Tues, Wed & Thurs 1:00 – 5:30 pm.  To place a request, send an email to paula.chapman@alslib.info, call 218-229-2021 or see their blog, aurorapubliclibrarymn.blogspot.com.

Open to the public with limitations Mon-Thurs 12:00-6:00 and Fri 12:00-5:00.  Return items to the book drop. Please call 218-827-3345, see their Facebook page or visit their blog, babbittlibrary.blogspot.com

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 2nd post on their Facebook page.

Offers no-contact Book & Media checkout and return services at the side door entrance. Call 218-258-3391 Mon-Thurs 10:00-6:00 & Fri 1:00-5:00.  See their May 29th post for full details on their Facebook page.

Library open Mon & Thurs 11:00-7:00, Tues & Wed 10:00-4:30 with restrictions and offering curbside service.  Find out the full details by calling call 218-247-3108 or from their May 18th post on 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. Call 218-254-7913, email at chisholmlibrarymn@gmail.com or see the May 26th post on Facebook.

Now Open! Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30.  
Limited Services - browse the collection, computer time by appointment, copy, print and fax.  Curbside pick up of materials ordered or put on hold.  Call 218-879-1531 or see their website at cloquetlibrary.org

Offering curbside pickup Mon, Tues and Thurs 9:00-5:00, Wed 9:00-6:00, and Fri 9:00-4:00!  Computer use can be scheduled. See the June 1st post for more info on their Facebook page. Call 218-245-2315, message through Facebook or email colerainepubliclibrary@alslib.info.
Offering curbside pickup Mon-Fri 10:00 am-4:00 pm by appointment! Call 218-666-2210 or email crystal.phillips@alslib.info.  For more info, see their e-newsletter HERE or their May 4th post on Facebook.

Curbside pickup with no appointment available at Superior Street.  Call 218-730-4200 to reserve books or see the directions onsite.  New hours are Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 10:00-4:00 and Thurs 1:00-7:00.  More information available on their website, duluthlibrary.org.
Call 218-365-5140 for curbside pick up from 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-3:30 pm on weekdays.  More info available at elylibrary.org.
Closed until further notice but check out the updates on their Facebook page.

Offers pick up of requested items -- hours vary. Call 218-748-2230 for arrangements, see their Facebook Page, or their website, gilbert.lib.mn.us/home.

Pickup window hours are Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00, Sat 10:00-2:00 for items placed on hold. Call 218-387-1140 or email gmlib@alslib.info or visit their website, grandmaraislibrary.org.
Grab-And-Go drive through pick up of holds available Mon-Fri 12:00-6:00. For all the updated info, call 218-326-7640 or see their website, cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/library.

Contactless curbside pickup of holds offered Mon-Thurs 12:00-4:00.  See their tips for getting great library materials by calling 218-362-5959 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 offer curbside pickup service. Call 218-283-8051 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.

Non-contact curbside pickup Mon-Thurs 10:00-4:00 by calling 218-735-8625 or see their website for more information at mountainironlibrary.com.
Open to the public but also continuing curbside service Mon-Thurs 10:00-6:30, Fri 10:00-6:00.
Call 218-226-4331, email silverbaypubliclibrary@gmail.com or see their blog, wwwsilverbaynews.blogspot.com.

Curbside pickup service Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri 11:00–3:00, Wed 11:00–8:00 by calling 218-834-3148 to place an order & see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.

Curbside pickup is available by appointment Mon-Fri 10:00-4:00 by calling the staff at 218-748-7525.  For more information, see their website, virginiapubliclibrary.info.

The Day Congressman John Lewis Got his Library Card

“In 1956 at the age of 16, with some of my bothers, sister, and my first cousin, we went down to the public library in the little town of Troy, Alabama, to try to get library cards, to try to check out some books. And we were told by the librarian that the library was for whites only and not for coloreds. l never went back to the Pike County public library, in the little town of Troy, Alabama until July 5, 1998, for a book signing of my book Walking with the Wind, and hundreds of black and white citizens showed up. And at the end of the event they gave me my library card.”   
Congressman John Lewis
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