Volume XXIX, Issue 39
September 28, 2020
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Customer Service Webinar Series
with Pat Wagner from ALS


Online, every Tuesday in
October 2020, 10-11 a.m.


For ALS member public, school, academic and special library staff

This webinar series will focus on customer service
best practices and tools for library staff of all types:
   
<> October 6: Intro to Great Customer Service
<> October 13: The Ethics of Library Customer Service
<> October 20: Dealing with Hostile & Potentially Dangerous Library Users
<> October 27: When the Library Makes Mistakes

Please register here and select the session(s) you would like to attend: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PRW2BZ9 
Click above to get a PDF file of both sides of the October 2020 Literacy Calendar
HelpNow: Brainfuse is more than homework help. You can also build your skills by connecting with a live tutor, viewing videos, completing practice tests, and even playing study games with Flashbulb. What do you want to learn this fall? #brainfuse #helpnow #whatlibrariesdo #BrainfuseCommunity #onlinelearning, #distancelearning #onlinetutoring #homeworkhelp #braingames #whatdoyouwanttolearn
JobNow: During normal times, job hunting is stressful. With COVID-19 and increased competition, it is even more stressful. Brainfuse can help! Visit the Career Prep & Job Resources section of JobNow to learn how you can make your searching more effective. Also, you can connect with a live job coach to get expert (free) answers to your questions.  #jobnow #jobseeker #BrainfuseCommunity #librariestransform #whatlibrariesdo #findajob #jobcoaching #covid19jobs
Friends of the Virginia Public Library
The small Virginia Public Library, located halfway between Duluth and the Canadian border, leans heavily on its Friends group to offset a wide range of expenses. Proceeds from biannual Friends book sales go towards the library's summer reading program for area children; "Hot Reads for Cold Nights" winter programming for adults; and the popular Queen City Reads community initiative. Given the trajectory of the pandemic, it is likely that at least two – and maybe more – book sales will be cancelled before some manner of normalcy returns. MALF’s grant will cover part of the resulting budgetary shortfall.

How libraries are writing a new
chapter during the pandemic

Read about book bikes, bibliophile hotels, outdoor story times, and other ways libraries are reacting to COVID-19.  By MELANIE D.G. KAPLAN, National Geographic


AMERICANS’ LOVE AFFAIR with libraries has only grown during the pandemic—and so has their book borrowing. According to OverDrive, which libraries use to loan out digital material, weekly e-book lending across the United States has increased nearly 50 percent since March 9, even as some libraries remain physically closed.

Libraries today not only provide free access to books, they also serve as contemporary community centers with shelter from the elements, accessible loos, and—usually—free Wi-Fi. “You don’t have to be a book lover or a reader to enjoy libraries today,” says Richard Reyes-Gavilan, the executive director of Washington, D.C.’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, which reopens September 24 after a three-year, $211 million renovation.

The landmark 1972 building by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe saw its blocky glass and steel exterior renovated; its formerly dark and dingy interior was reimagined with a monumental, curving staircase, a roof terrace, and a light-filled, two-story reading room with a digital ceiling collage. Still there: an original interior mural with scenes from King’s life.

Like many contemporary libraries, MLK now stylishly balances stacks of reading materials with creative, civic-minded spaces such as a dance studio, cafe, and workroom equipped with 3-D printers and sewing machines. “It’s a dignified, optimistic, and joyful space where people will want to spend time,” says Reyes-Gavilan.

Here’s a roundup of how libraries and other bookish organizations are helping both locals and travelers read out the pandemic this fall.

Library architecture’s new chapter

Once upon a time, libraries were meant to be mere book repositories, says Peter Bolek, president and director of design at HBM Architects, which specializes in libraries. “They were buildings that housed materials,” he says. “No great natural light, no comfortable spots, no programming or social activities.”

But in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, as community needs changed, libraries morphed into architectural marvels and gathering places. Take Toledo, Ohio’s 2016 King Road Branch, which Bolek’s firm conceived as a dazzling, modernist mini-pavilion with floor-to-ceiling windows and a free-flowing, bookstore-like interior.

Other newish and notable libraries also combine good design and great reads. Completed in 2018, the South Central Regional Library in Louisville, Kentucky, won an American Architectural Award for its innovative trapezoidal form, clad in gleaming steel and situated in a century-old forest.


Book festivals go virtual

Author readings and other literary happenings have mostly gone online during the pandemic. The world’s largest library—Washington, D.C.’s Library of Congress—will hold its 20th annual National Book Festival virtually from September 25 to 27. The festivities include on-demand videos and live author chats from more than 120 writers, poets, and illustrators, including Colson Whitehead, Madeleine Albright, and D.C.’s own Jason Reynolds. It’ll focus on timely themes such as Black voices and 21st-century democracies.

Washington, D.C. novelist Jason Reynolds—known for young adult titles like Long Way Down—is among dozens of authors appearing online during the 20th annual National Book Festival sponsored by the Library of Congress.

The annual Los Angeles Festival of Books, Stories & Ideas zooms online this year with readings and author talks October 18 through November 14. Headliners include Viet Thanh Nguyen, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Sympathizer.

Walking, but with words

Strolling down the street with your nose in a book can be a physical challenge (don’t trip during that thriller’s denouement!). StoryWalk makes it possible to walk and read at the same time by posting laminated, sequential pages from picture books along half-mile stretches in neighborhoods around the U.S. and in a dozen other countries.

So far, thousands of kid’s books have gone up on tree trunks in city parks, in store windows, or on stakes along sidewalks. It’s been particularly popular with public libraries during the pandemic, says founder Anne Ferguson, who developed the program in collaboration with Montpelier, Vermont’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library. “Libraries are saying, ‘This is what we need—something outdoors, a safe distance apart.’” Some erect a StoryWalk for a day or two, others for a week or two; a few have children produce their own tales.

Books on two—or three—wheels

Think of book bikes as the eco-friendly offspring of an old-fashioned bookmobile and a mobile library. The bikes—or trikes—look a little like ice-cream carts, but they deliver novels, picture books, and biographies, not bonbons. The rolling repositories include the Seattle Public Library’s fleet of three bike trailers and the Paperback Rider, an ambulatory Little Free Library in La Crosse, Wisconsin, that gave away 980 tomes in 2019.

Each Icicle Tricycle custom book trike has shelves that can hold more than 150 books. Made in Portland, Oregon, they’ve rolled into Canada for the Yukon Literacy Coalition and Western Michigan for Reading Now Network events focused on early literacy. “The book bike is a smaller scale than a big bookmobile, and more approachable,” says creator Ryan Icicle. “They’re getting into communities that may not have library services.”

Last year, the Scottsdale, Arizona Public Library got its own, uniquely Wild West-themed delivery vehicle: a Pedal Positive book bike gussied up to resemble a covered wagon.

From page to podcast

Bookmark these public library podcasts for inspiration on what to read next. The New York Public Library’s biweekly The Librarian Is In alternates between freeform interchanges about new titles and a more traditional book club. And the British Library’s Anything But Silent podcast chats up authors (e.g. Simon Doonan, Samra Habib) and explores literary news such as the university professor who is turning classics like Treasure Island into video games to encourage kids to read.

Melanie D.G. Kaplan is a Washington, D.C. travel writer. Follow her on Twitter.

Reviews: 'Little Big Bully,' by Heid E. Erdrich; 'An Incomplete List of Names,' by Michael Torres; 'The Century' by Éireann Lorsung; 'Island of the Innocent,' by Diane Glancy

POETRY: Four new collections of poetry by writers with ties to Minnesota address the problems of the world. 
By Elizabeth Hoover Special to the Star Tribune -- OCTOBER 4, 2020

Minitex Messenger: October 2, 2020

RESOURCES

Cool Libraries Around The Globe
from National Geographic
Click above for the October 2020 Newsletter holding many resources.

New Toolkit to Help Youth Experiencing Financial Insecurity and Homelessness

October 4, 2020ALSC Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers
GRANTS, CONTESTS & AWARDS

ALS MINI GRANTS
STILL AVAILABLE

The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) Governing Board has designated funds for mini grants to enhance library spaces, services, and programming at the local level. Mini grants are open to all ALS member public, school, academic, and special libraries in the ALS seven-county service area. The 2020 ALS Mini Grant Application is now available at https://www.alslib.info/for-library-staff/library-training/.

We still have over 20 mini grants available to awards in 2020 -- libraries may apply for up to $250.  The deadline for applying is November 13, 2020, and expenses for reimbursement must be made by December 1, 2020.

Find more information at the ALS website HERE.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant
The 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 must be received by November 2, 2020. Recipients will be notified by February 2021. 

For more information and guidelines, review the Carnegie-Whitney Grant Guidelines or contact Mary Jo Bolduc at ALA at mbolduc@ala.org.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
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Reimagining Library Service
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12:00pm 

Join us for a collaborative discussion on the impacts a pandemic has on delivery and service models now and into the future. Featuring Stockport Council (UK) and Montville Township Public Library (NJ-US), we’ll focus on how libraries can evolve and thrive as they look forward. With covid-19 disrupting current library service models, join us as we explore endless challenges and opportunities ahead.
GovInfo Phobia: How to Get over that
“Deer in the Headlights” Feeling

October 14 at 1:00 pm

This webinar will help give you a bit of guidance on where to go on the web and how to think about difficult questions. We will focus on the workings of Congress, basic legal questions, statistical and census questions, and even patents. Join us for a stimulating discussion that will make you more confident the next time you are asked about government information. Register Free from Niche Academy HERE.
ALS Public Library Status Update
AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.  Call 218-229-2021 or visit the library's Facebook page for more information.

BABBITT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open with limitations and offers curbside service Monday - Thursday from 12:00 - 6:00pm and Friday 12:00 - 5:00pm.  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 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.

BOVEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside service offered Monday - Friday.  Please call for complete information at 218-245-1633 or see the June 2nd post on 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 from 10:00am - 6:00pm.  For more information see their Facebook page.

CALUMET PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.

CARLTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.

CHISHOLM PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.

CLOQUET PUBLIC LIBRARY
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

COLERAINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.

COOK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup available by appointment Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00pm. Books can be returned to the outside book drop.  Call 218-666-2210 or email crystal.phillips@alslib.info.  For more info, see their e-newsletter HERE or their website: cookpubliclibrary.org.

DULUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
No appointment curbside pickup at Superior Street Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm and Thursday 1:00 - 7:00pm.  Return books to the exterior bookdrop during hours.  For more information, call 218-730-4200 or see their website, duluthlibrary.org.

ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.

EVELETH PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
GILBERT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Scheduled pick up of requested items Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00am - 3:00pm. Return all materials to the dropbox. 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, 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.

GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.

HIBBING PUBLIC 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.

HOYT LAKES PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open with restrictions Monday - Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm for older & vulnerable patrons, 1:00 - 5:00pm for all patrons. Curbside pickup by appointment Monday - Friday 10:00-4:00.  For full information, call 218-225-2412 or see their website, hoytlakeslibrary.org.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.


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 with some restrictions Monday and Friday 1:00 - 5:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 - 6:00pm, Wednesday 12:00 - 8:00pm.  For more information or to reserve computer time, call 218-247-7676 or see the May 14th post on their Facebook page.

MOOSE LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.

MOUNTAIN IRON PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.

SILVER BAY LIBRARY
Open with restrictions, 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.


TWO HARBORS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open with restrictions and offering curbside service Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm and Tuesday & Thursday 11:30am - 7:00pm. Return materials to the outdoor bookdrop. Call 218-834-3148, email thplinfo@gmail.com or see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.


VIRGINIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Closed to the public, but library staff available by phone and offering curbside pickup 9:00am- 5:00pm Monday through Friday and 10:00am-2:00pm Saturday. Call 218-748-7525. see their Facebook page or website, virginiapubliclibrary.info.

 
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