Volume XXIX, Issue 48
November 30, 2020
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Selecting the year’s Best Books has always been a challenge. But challenge doesn’t even begin to describe the year that 2020 has been—a horrific pandemic, economic upheaval, and the painful but necessary reckoning with our country’s hateful history of racism and oppression. Books have the ability to heal, empower, and galvanize. Art can give us a language to interpret the chaos of this world. We’re librarians, writers, editors, book lovers. We wouldn’t read through hundreds of contenders if we didn’t believe this was true. Most of all, we believe that the most important thing we can give the young people who will read these 108 titles is the message that there is still hope in these times of uncertainty. The following selections offer a way to share the message that rings through Tami Charles’s revelatory book: “You, dear child, matter.” We are supremely privileged to have had the great Bryan Collier, illustrator of Charles’s All Because You Matter, create our Best Books cover.


By lsimon on November 20, 2020

Looking for great gifts for your loved ones this holiday season? Books always make for perfect presents, and librarians have expert reading recommendations for all your friends and family.

Below, you’ll find tons of links to librarian-curated book lists and awards, featuring a wide array of diverse titles for readers of all ages.

(To really spread joy this holiday season, purchase your picks from your local independent bookstore—small businesses need all the support they can get during the pandemic and beyond.)  READ MORE HERE.

The Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) announced that they will close their campus museum and research center to the public, effective Saturday, November 21st, until January 5th, but will keep the Miner's Daughter Gift Shop open at a limited capacity through December 19th.

Quirky collection in Hennepin County's Central Library is 'like your own personal museum'

Tucked away in a public place, the room houses documents revealing Minnesota's past. 
By  Star Tribune
NOVEMBER 24, 2020 — 12:37PM
Read the whole article HERE.

Library offers more laptops, Wi-Fi access

The Washington County Library has added 100 Chromebook laptops and 400 Wi-Fi hot spot devices to its items available for checkout to make it easier for people to go online during the pandemic. The devices were paid for with federal CARES Act funds and a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.

"Free access to hot spots and Chromebooks will help patrons with distance learning, job seeking, maintaining their small business, and simply staying connected," Library Director Amy Stenftenagel said.

More than 9,000 households in Washington County do not have a computer with a broadband internet subscription, according to the 2018 American Community Survey.

Matt McKinney

Add libraries to the list, please. 
NOVEMBER 25, 2020 — 5:52PM

Workers sanitize furniture at Minneapolis Central Library in downtown in March.

I am writing to ask that Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan work with local governments to close libraries to the public for the duration of the pandemic surge.

I make biweekly visits to our local branch because my 9-year-old seems to be heading for a Guinness World Record in reading, and books have become a source of escapist joy in a time of incredible uncertainty. But having the buildings open is unsafe for me, my family, library staff and all the patrons who enter the doors.

During a recent visit, alarmed at seeing strangers’ noses (oh, 2020, what have you done to us?), I approached the help desk at our branch and passive-aggressively asked a staff member how they were enforcing mask-wearing. The response, in short, is that they are like the rest of us: simultaneously doing our best and still not able to do enough.

The amount of time patrons are spending in libraries is not the grab-and-go advertised on their door decals. Most patrons require interaction with staff and many spend an hour or longer. Enforcing proper mask-wearing, sanitizing surfaces and limiting people’s time inside are losing battles for staff.

Our public libraries are valuable community resources and attract patrons from every germ bubble (I humbly offer this phrase to Dr. Anthony Fauci for his medical review), including those populations who have been ravaged by the pandemic — Black, Indigenous and people of color and the elderly. Hennepin County Libraries, whose mission to “nourish minds, transform lives and build community together,” is now a practical danger to the people they serve.

I have heard you and our pandemic experts pleading with the public to follow guidelines. As we’ve seen in other sectors, pleading is not working. Hennepin County leadership has indicated that it is taking cues from the state about what service level to provide, so I’m asking for some specific recommendations for libraries.

Staff can still participate meaningfully in curbside pickup, virtual programming and outreach, organizing mobile printing and increasing access to Wi-Fi and laptops. They did it before opening to the public. It wasn’t perfect, but it was safer for everyone and that’s the best any of us can ask for right now.

Except for good books. We can also ask for good books.


Seeking Input on State Library Services' EDI Plan


State Library Services held listening sessions on racial equity in Summer 2020. We've drafted a plan based on the results of the listening sessions, and we are looking for feedback from Indigenous and library staff of color in addition to those who attended the sessions.

If you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color, and are willing to meet and review our ideas for racial equity initiatives, please let us know by filling out this form by Tuesday, December 8. If you have questions, email or call Leah Larson (651-582-8604).


Nature Lab

Check out their Virtual Field Trips

Explore Our Youth Curriculum

Access resources aligned to The Nature Conservancy's research and designed specifically for a young audience and classroom use.

Learn more HERE.

Check out the Education section for these offerings & more HERE.
  • Reassessing Our Pandemic Priorities
  • We Can Make Schools a Force for Climate Action
  • Using 2020 as a Teachable Moment in Education

The Great American Read

Read the 100 List

Click above for America’s 100 most-loved books.
Explore the book list and visit the book pages to learn more.
You can also print a checklist of the books

Your free learning, research, training,
& activities center for family history
How Some Words Get Forgotted
from PBS' It's OK to Be Smart

Read 'n' Play Blog

with ideas & resources
for library youth services

See more HERE.

The Times is working with Verizon to provide high school students and teachers with a free digital subscription through September 1, 2021 — helping them stay connected to the world, even as it continues to change. Find out more HERE.
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'Friend-ly Tips' Effective Friends Marketing
December 7 from 1:00-2:30

MALF is pleased to spotlight Communications & Marketing during our last webinar of 2020. Please join us 1:00-2:30 p.m. CT on Monday, December 7 for “’Friend-ly Tips’: Effective Friends Marketing.”  This webinar is FREE to attend, but you must pre-register. Click here to claim your seat. (Do so by December 6.) 

DECEMBER 8th from 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) is offering rights statements implementation training virtually on Tuesday, December 8th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

This event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about how to apply standardized rights statements to digital items in their collection. We use the standardized rights statements developed by the international collaborative rightsstatements.org. RightsStatements.org statements are a simple, standardized system of labels that more clearly communicate the copyright and re-use status of digital objects to the public. Adding these labels to your digital collections will improve usability and access for users, and the Minnesota Digital Library is proud to participate in this initiative to increase the use of these statements in Minnesota Reflections and beyond.

December 10th at 1:00pm
Sourcewell Technology is offering
FREE Webinar Wednesdays
Sign up for any of the free education webinars hosted by the Education Technology Experts at Sourcewell Technology. All webinars will be recorded and sent to registered attendees afterwards.
  • "Distance, Hybrid, and Face-to-face: Tips for Keeping Teachers Supported" on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 3pm CT
  • "Cybersecurity for Educators During the Pandemic" on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 3pm CT
  • "Engaging All Your Students During Distance Learning" on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 3pm CT
  • "Chalkboard to 1:1 - Seven Lessons Learned" on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 11am CT
Register for Free HERE.

Join us January 8, 2021 for our virtual Unsymposium for invigorating discussion with other library folks and be prepared to take that enthusiasm back to your library! Registration is now open! Sign up for our mailing listfollow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website for updates.

The Unsymposium is free and open to everyone.

When: Friday, January 8, 2021, 1-4 pm
Where: Unhangout (more information will be provided to registrants)
Registration: Now Open!
Cost: Only your time!


 Deadline Extended to Jan 6th

Youth In Philanthropy Grant Application Process

Please Note: the January 2021 deadline to apply for a Youth In Philanthropy grant has been extended to January 6th, 2021.

The KIDS PLUS Youth In Philanthropy Board invites young people in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties, as well as in Superior, Wisconsin, to request a grant of up to $1,000. The project and grant application must be planned, written, and carried out by young people, with the support of an adult advisor, to benefit schools, youth-serving organizations, and communities.  Learn More HERE.

ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant

The ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant is sponsored by Candlewick Press in honor of author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary and replicable outreach to underserved populations through a new and innovative program or an expansion of work already being done. The grant is administered by the ALSC Programs and Services Recognition Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

The ALSC  Programs and Services Recognition committee is currently accepting online applications for the 2021 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant! Applications close December 16th. 

Application form found 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.
Curbside pickup of requested materials, kids and adults take-and-make kits, librarian assistance requests and online databases. Monday 12:30-5:30pm, Tuesday 10:00am-2:00pm, Thursday 1:00-6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm; closed on Wednesdays and Fridays.  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.
Offering no-contact "At the Door" pick-up of requested materials, items on hold ONLY. No other transactions will be handled. Library staff is available by phone Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. Return items to the bookdrop. Check for updates on their Facebook page 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.
“When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to it, meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable. This lessens the evil; while fretting and fuming only serves to increase your own torments.” – Thomas Jefferson
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