Volume XXIX, Issue 47
November 23, 2020
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2020-2021 ALS Winter Reading Program Materials for Public Libraries -- Order Today!

These materials are FREE for all ALS member public libraries.  To order, please click on the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K327MBW.  If you could fill out your orders by Friday, December 4, we'd appreciate it!  If you need your materials earlier than the order deadline, please include a comment in the order form.
ATTENTION - If you have any questions regarding story kits or would like to request a story kit, please contact MaryLei Barclay at marylei.barclay@alslib.info through November 30th. Thank you!

Oxford Word of the Year is expanded to
a whole LIST for 2020 to capture mood of
an 'unprecedented' 12 months

A whole host of words have been added to reflect a tumultous 12 months. They have been chosen to reflect the 'ethos, mood, or preoccupations' of 2020. Some words reflect the pandemic, while others capture social movements 
  • Blursday n. a day of the week that is indistinguishable from any other
  • doomscrolling n. the action of compulsively scrolling through social media or news feeds which relate bad news
  • R number n. reproduction number, the average number of cases of an infectious disease arising by transmission from a single infected individual
  • wokeness n. the fact or quality of being alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.
Read the full article from The Daily Mail HERE.

Hennepin County Board amends proposed 2021 budget to reopen 8 libraries next year

Branches have been closed to combat coronavirus. 
By  Star Tribune; November 16, 2020

Hennepin County officials plan to use $2.4 million in Target Field ballpark sales tax revenue to reopen eight libraries early next year.

The addition to next year's proposed $2.1 billion county budget was offered Monday by County Administrator David Hough. The County Board unanimously approved the measure along with 15 other new budget items.

Budget amendments from the county administrator are part of the annual process leading up to the board's final vote on the 2021 budget on Dec. 15. Until then, commissioners will be able to make changes to the budget.

The eight Hennepin County Library branches that would reopen because of the funding are Linden Hills, Pierre Bottineau and Roosevelt in Minneapolis, and in Golden Valley, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Osseo and St. Bonifacius. The funding is expected to save about 35 jobs.

Reopening the eight libraries was part of the original 2021 budget, but Monday's action will fund the positions needed to expand service, Even without the amendment, the libraries would have reopened next year, but with severely reduced staffing and services.

The county's ballpark sales tax was created to pay off the debt on Target Field. Most of it goes to that, with the balance going to Minnesota Ballpark Authority operations, capital expenditures, the library system and youth sports grants.

"Today our organizing efforts paid off and county commissioners voted to stop layoffs of library workers," said Ali Fuhrman, president of AFSCME Local 2822, which represents library and other county workers. "We are thrilled by this news, but are also calling for an additional $2.5 million of ballpark funds earmarked for the Minnesota Ballpark Authority to be redirected to library services to bring back 66 library positions that were cut this summer."

The eight libraries have been closed since March to combat COVID-19, and the East Lake branch in Minneapolis has been closed since the end of May after it was damaged during unrest surrounding George Floyd's death.

The county's 32 other libraries have remained open with limited services.

Commissioner Jan Callison said she wanted to see data on how long library patrons are waiting to get books or if they are getting turned away on computer use.

Chad Helton, who started as the County Library's new director in August, said library officials have had almost no complaints about book access.

Next year's proposed county budget will be financed without an increase in the county's property tax levy, and is about $300 million less than this year's spending plan.


Mask up! How to choose and maintain the best masks for use against COVID-19

Finding masks that meet CDC and WHO guidelines is tough. We did the work for you.

  - 11/20/2020
When shopping for a good cloth mask, there are a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind, put forth by the WHO and CDC. 

  • Look for masks with at least three layers as outlined below—the more the better.
    • An innermost layer made of hydrophilic (water-absorbing) material (cotton or cotton blends).
    • The outermost layer made of hydrophobic (water-repelling) material (polypropylene, polyester, or their blends).
    • A hydrophobic middle layer of synthetic non-woven material such as polypropylene or another cotton layer which may enhance filtration or retain droplets.
  • Ensure a good fit with a tight seal. Form-fitting wires in the nose bridge are especially helpful.
  • Make sure it fits snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face and completely covers the nose and mouth.
  • Choose masks secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Make sure it allows for breathing without restriction.
  • Select materials that can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

Get more fun food facts from Nat Geo Kids, including:

On the one hand, library media positions are being reduced. On the other hand, we don’t have enough licensed candidates to fill open positions. One way to meet this challenge is by recruiting the finest teachers to our join field.

If we fill all open positions with teachers who have the right stuff our reputation will grow! We need teachers who: 

  • Thoughtfully select the best technology to improve learning, 

  • Enthusiastically promote reading for all, 

  • Judiciously grow digital citizens,  

  • Joyfully pursue information to answer questions and solve problems, and

  • Respectfully work with fellow teachers on all of the above.

One option for earning the license for a library media specialist is the School Libraries and Information Studies (SLIS) program offered by Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Our program’s foundation is based on the licensing standards the library media specialist required by PELSB standards. In addition, the program is inspired by new AASL and ISTE standards and their influence of the ITEM standards.

Now is the time to register for our spring courses.

BTW, you can take up to three courses in our program without applying to our graduate school.

Mankato SLIS is taught completely online in asynchronous, but not self-paced, classes.  Of course, an appreciation for purple is required. Everything in Mankato is purple! 

Simon & Schuster Joins Penguin Random House, Extending Open License to March 31

With remote learning looking like the state of play this fall, publishers have extended permissions for read alouds of their titles.  Read the article HERE.

Here at the GMR we have put together some additional funding we hope will help libraries meet the health information needs of their communities during the pandemic. Please share these with the libraries in your region and your communities. Some of these close next week. 
Digital Health Lending Kits 
The Digital Health Lending Kits are designed to support small and rural public libraries’ efforts to bridge the gap in digital health information access.[1]
Each kit will contain the following items:
·         10 iPads (8th generation)
·         10 iPad covers
·         AppleCare+ for each iPad
·         A physical copy of the book Promoting Health Individual and Community at the Library
·         An e-book version of the book Pivoting during the Pandemic: Ideas for Serving Your Community Anytime, Anywhere
·         A selection of print materials related to NLM resources and digital health literacy that can be included with each iPad at check out.
For questions about this award please contact Bobbi Newman bobbi-newman@uiowa.edu
Quick Response COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award Call for Applications The award enables organizations to develop and offer programs, including pilot projects, that will impact health literacy and health information needs related to the COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic in the Greater Midwest Region. This award will provide funds for organizations to offer health information and related programming within their community.
For questions about this award please contact Nora Barnett nora-barnett@uiowa.edu
All of Us Awareness and Virtual Engagement Award This award enables NNLM member organizations within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) to develop and offer programs to improve public access to health information and provide awareness of All of Us to communities. The award also supports professional capacity around precision medicine and All of Us to better understand and support community outreach of the program and to better serve the community health information needs.
For questions about this award please contact Darlene Kaskie darlene-kaskie@uiowa.edu
 Bring the World to Your Classroom
WDSE and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers like you. Browse by Subject or Browse by Grade; find resources by clicking HERE.
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Libraries Supporting Online Learning:
New Strategies and Best Practices
in response to COVID-19


Wednesday December 2 at 1:00 pm

Register for Free with Niche Academy HERE.

Get 40 Marketing Resources in
60 Minutes for Your Library

Thursday, December 10, 2020; 1:00 pm
Register for Free from LibraryWorks HERE

How to influence informal learning
– a focus on public libraries

On demand webinar HERE.  More education & training from Bibliotheca 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.
Offering curbside pickup service by appointment. 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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