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Please join us for the following Horizon training sessions:

Intermediate Cataloging for Horizon Libraries

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Arrowhead Library System Computer Lab (5528 Emerald Ave., Mt. Iron)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Audience:  ALS Member Library staff who work with Horizon
Description:  Attendees will learn more about the cataloging fields and what goes in them and the OCLC record importing process.   Feel free to bring 3-5 items for practice.  Please bring a brown bag lunch with you to enjoy with your colleagues.   
Please register by Monday, February 19https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6BM9NDZ

Advanced Cataloging/Workday for Horizon Libraries
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Arrowhead Library System Computer Lab (5528 Emerald Ave., Mt. Iron)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Audience: ALS Member Library staff who work with Horizon
Description:   Attendees will receive a brief overview about original cataloging in Horizon and the cataloging workforms available for use.  ALS staff will also be available to answer individual cataloging questions.  Please bring 3-5 items to work on during the training and during the open lab time following the training.  Please bring a brown bag lunch with you to enjoy with your colleagues. 
Please register by Tuesday, March 6https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6BDZYK7

Weeding, MobileCirc, and Inventory Basics for Horizon Libraries
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Arrowhead Library System Computer Lab (5528 Emerald Ave., Mt. Iron)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Audience: ALS Member Library staff who work with Horizon
Description: This session will focus on the inventory process, the use of MobileCirc, a mobile version of Horizon that will allow you to move through the stacks using devices like tablets and smart phones for inventory, and highlight weeding best practices.  Feel free to bring your mobile devices for an interactive inventory experience.  Please bring a brown bag lunch with you to enjoy with your colleagues. 
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Please note there is a registration cap on all sessions as we want to make sure attendees have a hands-on experience.  A registration reminder/confirmation will be sent out two business days before the workshop.  For all workshops, refreshments will be provided and feel free to bring water bottles and other snacks if you so choose.  Make sure to bring a pen/pencil and note paper to take notes, along with any questions you may have about Horizon in general.   Clock hour certificates will be awarded to all attendees.
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Duluth schools remove 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 'Huckleberry Finn' from curriculum - Duluth News Tribune | Lisa Kaczke (Released February 6, 2018) - The novels "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" will no longer be required reading in the Duluth school district due to the books' use of a racial slur, a curriculum change supported by the local NAACP chapter.

The two books will continue to be available in school libraries and can be optional reading for students, but beginning next school year, they'll be replaced as required reading by other literature that addresses the same topics in ninth- and 11th-grade English classes, said Michael Cary, the district's director of curriculum and instruction.

The district's intent is to be considerate of all of its students, Cary said. The district owes it to its students to not subject them to a racial slur that marginalizes them in their required learning, he said. He added that district leaders felt that there are many other options in literature that can teach the same lessons as the two novels without containing a racial slur.

"We felt that we could still teach the same standards and expectations through other novels that didn't require students to feel humiliated or marginalized by the use of racial slurs," Cary said.

There wasn't a specific complaint that triggered the decision, but it was a response to complaints about the books' use of a racial slur that the district has faced for a number of years, Cary said. Superintendent Bill Gronseth said the Duluth school district was hearing from students that the book's use of a racial slur created an uncomfortable atmosphere for them in the classroom. 

Stephan Witherspoon, president of the NAACP's local chapter, applauded the school district's decision to stop requiring students to read the books. Some people think the novels are educational literature for students, he said, but the novels are "just hurtful" and use "hurtful language that has oppressed the people for over 200 years." The district's use of the books as required reading has been an ongoing discussion between elders in the local NAACP and district leaders for years, Witherspoon said.

"It's wrong. There are a lot more authors out there with better literature that can do the same thing that does not degrade our people. I'm glad that they're making the decision and it's long overdue, like 20 years overdue," Witherspoon said. "Let's move forward and work together to make school work for all of our kids, not just some, all of them."

Gronseth said the district's focus is on teaching the lessons contained in those books, and it's a matter of finding another literary source that is "more universally appropriate" to teach those lessons.
 

"It fits really well into the equity work that we're doing, making sure that what we're using as core curriculum is a good experience for all of our students. When curriculum materials are making some students feel uncomfortable, then we need to make a better choice," he said.

The decision has been a long time coming in Duluth — and Gronseth said other districts are starting to move away from requiring the two books in their curriculum because the racial slurs aren't appropriate for the classroom.

The most notable recent removal of "To Kill a Mockingbird" from a school's curriculum due to the racial slur occurred in October in Biloxi, Miss. That move drew criticism from national free-speech groups, including the National Coalition Against Censorship, which in a letter to the Biloxi superintendent wrote: "While the use of historically accurate language in conversations about racism is deeply discomforting to many readers, it is a necessary aspect of any realistic account of our nation's history. A pedagogically sound approach to curricular selection requires educational professionals to ask whether a book has educational value, not whether it is comfortable."

After an outcry, the Biloxi school district announced that interested eighth-graders would be given the chance to take part in an in-depth study of the novel with parental permission, the Biloxi Sun Herald reported.

The American Library Association listed the book as the 21st most banned or challenged book from 2000 to 2009, with "Huckleberry Finn" topping it as the 14th most banned or challenged book in that decade. Many of the challenges of "To Kill a Mockingbird" over the decades have come from black parents concerned about a book containing a racial slur being used in the classroom, according to the ALA.

Duluth district administration and school principals reached the decision in January after discussing for several months the potential implications of the decision, Cary said.

Bernie Burnham, president of the Duluth Federation of Teachers, said the district's English teachers are concerned that they weren't consulted before the decision was finalized. However, the teachers understand the need to be sensitive to their students, she said.

"I don't think anybody is averse to change — there's obviously lots of great literature there that we can use with our students and are there reasons to walk away from that book? Probably — but we just want to be included in conversation about it," Burnham said.

Cary said the decision was kept between district and school administration because it was about "protecting the dignity of our students." They'll use the remainder of this school year to find suitable replacements in the English classes and teachers will be included in choosing different books that teach the same standards and skills, he said. They've also set aside money to purchase new novels for the classes.

"The decision to protect the dignity of our students seemed like a reasonable and easy one to make that didn't require teacher input. But in terms of making sure that we select excellent novels that serve the same purpose, that definitely needs teacher feedback and their help in making that decision," Cary said. Article

 

Kids & Teens Broadcast

 

2018 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

2018 Medal Winner


Wolf in the Snow cover

Wolf in the Snow,” illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell, and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. In this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub each get lost in the snow and rescue each other. Cordell uses pen and ink and watercolor wash to capture the frenzied snowfall and the brave girl’s frantic, frightful journey. Fairy tale elements and a strong sense of color and geometry offer an engrossing, emotionally charged story.  
“HOOOOOWWLLLL!!” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Tish Wilson. “Committee members were astonished that a deceptively simple book could be such a dramatic story of survival.”

 

2018 Honor Books

Big Cat, little cat, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership
Simple and joyful domestic routines underscore the deeply entwined lives of two feline companions and the impact of loss on one. Cooper uses expressive black-and-white line art with strategic, evocative washes of color to convey the reassuring circular nature of life.  
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes, published by Bolden, an Agate Imprint, a Denene Millner Book
Sometimes a haircut is so much more than just a haircut. Sometimes a haircut makes you royalty. A love-letter to the contemporary barbershop experience and the empowerment it affords, Gordon C. James’s impressionistic oil paintings capture every bit of the bravado, swagger, and joy of this African-American institution.
A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi, and published by Capstone Young Readers, a Capstone imprint.  
An early morning fishing trip between father and son provides food for that evening’s dinner and time to reflect on a similar pond in Vietnam. Bui’s evocative thick black ink brushstrokes with graphic novel panels create a cinematic experience, powerfully capturing facial expressions, mood, and quiet moments. Based on the experiences of both the Vietnamese American illustrator and author, this story depicts the immigrant experience as well as universal themes of family, love, and survival.  
Grand Canyon, illustrated and written by Jason Chin, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.   An Asian-American father and daughter explore this nation
An Asian-American father and daughter explore this national park, from the Inner Gorge to the South Rim. Chin uses watercolor, gouache and pen and ink to render sweeping landscapes, culminating in an epic gatefold panorama. Diagrams, die-cuts and field-guide inspired illustrations of animals, plants and fossils reveal the multiple layers and eons of formation.
The Newbery and Caldecott Medals and Honor Book seals are property of the American Library Association and cannot be used in any form or reproduced without permission of the ALA Office of Rights and Permissions.
Caldecott Medal Homepage

 


2018 Newbery Medal Winner

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

2018 Medal Winner


Hello, Universe cover

Hello, Universe, written by Erin Entrada Kelly, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Filipino folklore and real life converge at the bottom of a well. Even while following signs and portents, the characters are the definition of creative agency. Masterfully told through shifting points of view, this modern quest tale shimmers with humor and authentic emotion. 
 
“This reading community celebrates the panoply of American literature for children published in 2017. We are delighted to share our selections with the world,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Cecilia P. McGowan.

 

2018 Honor Books

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James, and published by Bolden, an Agate Imprint, a Denene Millner Book
A boy walks into a barbershop; a prince walks out. Through lyrical free verse, Derrick Barnes’joyous paean celebrates the universal, transformative, confidence-building experience of a great haircut. 
Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds and published by Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, a Caitlyn Dlouhy Book 
Terse, sharp verse depicts a desperate teenager seeking to avenge the shooting death of his brother. Gun tucked into his waistband, he is shocked by the appearance of childhood friends and relatives on a chilling sixty-second elevator ride. Visceral language and raw emotion result in a powerful novel of grief and vengeance. 
Piecing Me Together, written by Renée Watson and published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
“I am learning to speak. To give myself a way out. A way in.” Jade’s mixed media collages evolve as she finds her voice. Through artful and poetic language, Watson explores themes of race, class, gender and body image in this dynamic journey.
Members of the 2018 Newbery Medal Selection Committee are: Cecilia P. McGowan, King County Library System, Issaquah, Wash.; Mara J. Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library; Thaddeus Andracki, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago; Ann Crewdson, Issaquah (Wash.) Library–King County Library System; Janice M. Del Negro, Dominican University SOIS, River Forest, Ill.; Susan A. Giffard, Ethical Culture School, New York; Carol R. Goldman, Queens Library at Forest Hills, N.Y.; Lori Coffey Hancock, Lexington (Ky.) School; Sujei Lugo, Boston Public Library, Jamaica Plain, Mass.; Kirby McCurtis, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore.; Sally L. Miculek, Georgetown (Texas) Public Library; Mary E. Parks, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; Ana-Elba Pavon, Oakland (Calif.) Public Library, Elmhurst Branch; Catharine Potter, Falmouth (Maine) Middle School; and Rebecca Thomas, Richland Library, Columbia, S.C. 

 

The Newbery and Caldecott Medals and Honor Book seals are property of the American Library Association and cannot be used in any form or reproduced without permission of the ALA Office of Rights and  permissions.

Newbery Medal Homepage


EBooks Minnesota in the ALS Region

Minitex is looking for schools or individual classrooms in the region that are actively using Ebooks Minnesota to participate in an outreach opportunity.  EBooks Minnesota (https://mndigital.org/projects/ebooks-minnesota) is an online ebook collection for all Minnesotans and is a joint project of Minitex and the Minnesota Department of Education - State Library Services.

If you are interested in sharing your story with Minitex staff, please reach out to Zachariah Miller, Head of Communications at Minitex:  zmillier@umn.edu or 612-301-6658.
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EBSCO Solar Grant is back for 2018
Three $100,000 Grants for Libraries Looking to Go Green

 

EBSCO has expanded this year’s EBSCO Solar Grant. For the first time, it will provide three $100,000 grants to libraries looking to install solar arrays. If you’re eager to show your community the benefits of solar energy or to add to your sustainability plans, consider applying to the EBSCO Solar Grant now through April 30th. The winner will be announced on June 22nd, 2018, both online and at ALA Annual 2018.

While Here in Minnesota


Dog looking for kids to read to him goes viral | KARE 11 News Staff (Released February 10, 2018) WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. - A lonely looking greyhound is getting a whole lot of love from around the country, after a viral Facebook post from his owner.

Sting and his human, John Muellner, have been participating in the White Bear Lake library's "Paws to Read" program for a few years. The program allows kids ages 5-8 to come in and read to a therapy dog.

"We want it to be a fun, safe environment where kids get to sign up and read to a dog in a really nonthreatening, nonjudgmental place for kids to really work on their literacy skills," says White Bear Lake Children's Librarian Ann Wahlstrom.

But on Wednesday when the retired greyhound racer came in for his session, no one had signed up to read to him. So Muellner posted a few photos of the mournful-looking pooch on Facebook.

"Unfortunately nobody signed up to read to Sting at the White Bear Lake library tonight," he wrote. "If you know of a 4 to 8yr old who would like to read to a dog. Please contact the White Bear Lake library."

On Thursday, one of his friends convinced him to make the post public.

"So he took those pictures and put it up and I was on my way to work Friday morning and another librarian was like, 'Oh my gosh, have you seen this?'" said Wahlstrom.

Muellner's post was going viral. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, Wahlstrom said they were slammed with phone calls from across the country.

As of Saturday afternoon, Muellner's post had more than 85,000 shares.

"Sting is booked through April," she said. "We even added a couple nights."

But that's not all. Wahlstrom said several callers have just wanted to check on Sting.

"We’ve had people calling and wanting to know that he’s OK," she said. "We’ve had multiple calls of people who just want us to hold the phone up to Sting’s ear so they can read to him."

Sting's forlorn look, Muellner said, was a bit misinterpreted.

"People who don’t know Sting don’t know that that’s his normal look," he said. "He isn’t sad or lonely but that’s just the look he normally has."

Muellner said he's been getting requests from people in New Zealand, Argentina and Ireland to video chat with Sting. He's also received around 1,500 friend requests - none of which he has accepted.

Sting doesn't seem to know he's suddenly the center of so much attention.

"He’s pretty blasé about it," Muellner said. "Very unflappable."

Although Sting is booked up for a couple of months, Ramsey County libraries have several other therapy dogs for the program - and they're seeing increased interest as well.

Wahlstrom said other library systems also have similar programs. Anyone interested in reading to a dog should contact their local library.

"We’re just so touched that people are taking time out of their schedule and loving Sting and giving us a call and checking in," Wahlstrom said. "We’re just overwhelmed with love." Article

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Interactive Public Art & The Maker Mentality - Library Journal | Tuesday, February 27th @ 2:00 pm Central - Maker spaces come in all shapes and sizes – but they can also extend outside of a physical space and exist throughout the library, with programming and design innovation. The maker mentality goes beyond a list of gadgets – by its very nature it must be open-ended, flexible, and customizable. Approaching maker programming through this lens can help any library expand their customers’ experience – with or without a big renovation or construction project! 

Join this webcast to hear Liollio and 3branch discuss how a public art program can engage library users in maker activities, ways the “maker mentality” can break out of a single space and go mobile, and furniture solutions that can be programming assets for makers. Register
Sleeper Hits for Spring - LibraryJournal | Wednesday, February 28th @ 1:00 pm Central -  Domestic suspense from Costa First Novel Award winner Emma Healey. Thrity Umrigar’s sequel to her beloved The Space Between Us. Fuminori Nakamura inside a dangerous Japanese cult. Andromeda Romano-Lax introducing a caretaker robot. Peter Tremayne solving mysteries in seventh century Ireland. Simon Beaufort galloping into 1880s England. And lots more fun-to-read titles from both debut authors and veterans that you should put on your reading list now! 

Register for the next edition of our sleeper hits webcasts to find out what you’ll be reading this spring. 

Relevant, Relatable Reference Services in Your Library - Booklist | Friday, March 9th @ 1:00 pm Central - This free, hour-long webinar offers practical approaches and activities designed to keep library reference services relevant to the needs of library users and tied to the mission of the library. Presenters John Gottfried and Katherine Pennavaria, co-authors of Providing Reference Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians, share field-tested tips for providing useful reference services, organizing staff efficiently, getting the word out effectively, and preparing for the kinds of demands reference services will likely face in the future. Moderated by Booklist Senior Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach, Susan Maguire. Register
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Thinking Outside Minnesota


Sacramento librarians learn how to respond to people in the midst of a mental crisis - The Sacramento Bee | Cynthia Hubert (Released January 29, 2018) - For many of Sacramento’s homeless men and women, the public library is a haven from harsh weather, a primary source for bathroom facilities, a place to rest from the stress of the streets.

Sacramento library director Rivkah Sass welcomes them all, she said, as long as their behavior is not disruptive to staff members and other patrons.

But as the homeless crisis deepens in the capital city and around the country, libraries increasingly are seeing people with untreated mental illnesses that cause them to act oddly, or put themselves or others in danger.

“Clearly, there just are not enough services for people who need to address their mental issues, and they end up with us because we are the last free, public open space available to them,” Sass said.

Now, for the first time, employees of Sacramento’s library system are taking training to help them respond to customers who appear to be suffering from mental problems.

Thirty librarians and other staffers who work in locations across the city gathered inside downtown’s Central Library last week to take part in the system’s first “Mental Health First Aid” training, a national program geared toward detecting the signs of mental illness and substance abuse.

The training for library employees aims to “demystify” mental illness and teach staffers how best to approach people in crisis and guide them to professional help, presenters said.

“We’re not teaching you to be a mental health expert,” said Kim Farnsworth, one of two Sacramento librarians certified in the course who conducted the daylong session. “You’re not the therapist. You’re not the counselor. You’re not the diagnostician.”

Rather, she said, the training is designed to help staffers recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness, to defuse potentially volatile situations, and to reach out to first responders, counselors and others who can provide further care. Article continued

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