Volume XXX, Issue 11
March 15, 2021
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2021 Active Proposed Library Bills
in the Minnesota Legislature

> Basic Library System Support increased funding of $2M
> Legacy Funding annual appropriation of $2.5M
> School Libraries and Media Centers Policy Change
See the full information for these bills HERE.

> Support Funding for Minnesota Public Libraries
> Legacy Funding for Public Libraries Results in a Better Minnesota
See the full information for these bills HERE.

Thanks to our friends at the Lake Agassiz Regional Library for updating the documents concerning "library issues" being discussed during the current Legislative Session. 

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and billions more for library-eligible programs, including over $7 billion for broadband.

Libraries can position themselves now to seek portions of this funding through multiple channels. 

Read the full article HERE or download the PDF summary HERE.

Genealogy—a family affair
Iron Range Research Center continues an ancient tradition

By Christopher Welter, HTF Contributor

The Iron Range Research Center in Chisholm helps thousands of researchers trace their lineage. To learn more about IRRC's genealogy resources, visit www.mndiscoverycenter.com/research-center.

The Iron Range Research Center in Chisholm helps thousands of researchers trace their lineage. To learn more about IRRC’s genealogy resources, visit www.mndiscoverycenter.com/research-center.

For more than 40 years, the staff at the Iron Range Research Center has been serving as guides to people who want to travel along the path of their ancestral roots. As guides, our role and reach differ from one traveler to another. For some, we simply need to point in a certain direction, and they push forward along the trail their kin traveled before them. For others, they reach out their hand and ask us to guide them every step of the way. For still others, they will cross paths with us every now and again when one tendril of their family tree runs back along this place called Minnesota.

Who am I? Where did I come from? How did I get here? Throughout all human history, these questions have compelled and confounded many. In our own time, mapping out one’s relation to family has become the hobby of choice, and it is commonly summed up in a single word: genealogy.  Read the full article from HomeTown Focus HERE.

New vending machine at Ely Elementary dispenses only books

Ely third-grader Elliot Eastham selects a book from the school’s new Bookworm Vending Machine. Posted March 11, 2021 by Keith Vandervort

ELY – Washington Elementary students received a new vending machine last week. But they can’t use their allowance money on juice boxes, candy bars and other junk food. This vending machine dispenses only books. And this vending machine doesn’t take money. It takes golden tokens that students can earn through the school’s Paw Pride program by being respectful, responsible, cooperative and safe.

The Ely Community Resource’s initiative was unveiled last Thursday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. ECR’s Julie Hignell, Jill Swanson and Janine LaMontagne, along with K-5 Principal Anne Oelke and third-grade students Elliot Eastham and Violet Franciskovich, marked the introduction of the new machine in the school hallway near the school office. 

“Thanks to our ‘Give to the Max’ donors, Northland Foundation, the Ely Rotary Club, and the Ely Kiwanis Club for helping us make this happen,” Hignell said. “This is a way to encourage the enjoyment of reading and to reinforce positive behavior for our students." Oelke explained that staff and teachers are encouraged to “catch” students being respectful, honest, helpful, and safe through the school’s Paw Pride program. “Those behaviors are celebrated here at Washington School and this is a fun way to tell our students that we appreciate them,” she said. “Students receive tokens that they can use in the vending machine to get a book.”

Only 100 tokens are available so they will likely go fast with all the good behavior going on around the school. Hignell revealed that tokens can be recycled and used again. But the machine could soon be empty of books so additional titles will always be needed. “More books will be purchased through ECR to fill the vending machine,” she said. If you are interested in helping provide books for the vending machine, monetary donations can be sent to Ely Community Resource, 111 S. 4th Ave E. Ely, MN 55731, Attn: Book Vending Machine.  Read the full article HERE.

RaiseMN Campaign Institute
Offers Fundraising Assistance
Click here to learn more, and to access the application form. Submit your candidacy by Friday, April 2. Direct any questions you may have to raisemn@givemn.org.
MALF's COVID-19 Grant Response Program, Round 3

ICYMI: With coronavirus still a defining characteristic of our daily lives, MALF recently announced the reinstatement of our popular COVID-19 Grant Response Program. Between now and Friday, April 30, MALF invites member Friends groups to put their names forward for one of ten $400 mini-grants.

This program is, by design, broad and responsive in nature. A wide array of purchases and priorities are qualified for consideration, so long as you can demonstrate value for your library and, by extension, its patrons. See the form for eligibility and application requirements. (We promise they are mercifully few!)

Dr. Seuss cut loose: Is letting a book go out of print censorship?

By  Star Tribune, March 11, 2021

There are so many things in this world to be outraged at. Insurrection, brutality, systemic racism, gerrymandering, child abuse, anti-maskers, domestic violence.

So to be outraged over a few Dr. Seuss books going out of print? Please. That is nowhere near the top thousand outrageous things.

Actually, it's not even on the list. 

Read the full article from the StarTribune HERE.

These picture books for children (and kids at heart) can bring in the outdoors

Children are keen observers in the nature world; these books can deepen those connections.  
By CHRISTINE PETERSEN • Special to the Star Tribune

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESS A woodcut illustration by Nick Wroblewski within “Hush Hush, Forest,” by Mary Casanova.

"Hush Hush, Forest" by Mary Casanova; woodcuts by Nick Wroblewski
(University of Minnesota Press, 2019, ages 5 and older)

"Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in Nature"by Marcie Flinchum Atkins
(Millbrook Press, 2019, ages 4-9)

"On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring" by Buffy Silverman
(Millbrook Press, 2020, ages 4-9)

"Outside In" by Deborah Underwood;illustrations by Cindy Derby
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020, ages 4-7)

Read the full article from the StarTribune HERE.

Picture Books Featuring All Kinds of Families

To make it easier for you to find picture books that reflect your youngest customers’ realities, NoveList® is introducing the brand-new All Kinds of Lives Recommended Reads lists on the picture book level.


New and Updated Graphic Novel Content in NoveList

Whether you already know your stuff or are just stepping into the world of graphic novels, our book lists and short articles will bring you up to speed in no time. Plus, our fantastic metadata makes finding the books you need easier than ever.

The Librarian War Against QAnon

As “Do the research” becomes a rallying cry for conspiracy theorists, classical information literacy is not enough.  BARBARA FISTER  FEBRUARY 18, 2021

A photo illustration shows a bookshelf with large eyes

For too long now, shared reality has been fracturing before our eyes. Eli Pariser’s concept of the “filter bubble” is already a decade old. Yochai Benkler’s research on propaganda networks finds that the roots of our epistemic crisis predate even the existence of the social web. The origins of this broken informational environment may be complicated, but the stakes are quite clearly life-and-death—and they prompt a question: How can so many people believe things that are obviously untrue?  Read the full article HERE.



LevelUp - Minnesota Library Professional Development Network

Resources including Videos, LibGuides, and Toolkits, Websites, Ebooks
(Click on the graphic above to see the resources available.)

Resource Library -- Includes Infographics, Encyclopedic Entries,  Articles, and Activities by subject and grade level.

ELM Tips & Tricks: Science images and videos
By selecting "Images" along the top toolbar users can search within the Quick View Collection or the Science Image Collection.  If you have entered a search term then images and videos matching your topic will be displayed.  

Science Reference Center Image selection

Learn more HERE.

The Code Breaker Is the CRISPR Chronicle You Need to Read
The Code Breaker Is the CRISPR Chronicle You Need to Read
Megan Molteni, Ars Technica
According to Walter Isaacson, three great technology revolutions have shaped the modern world, based on three fundamental kernels of human existence: the atom, the bit, and the gene.
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Librarians all over the world are preparing for summer reading right now. What if you could see a 100 to 200% increase in participation in your programs in 2021 over 2020 or 2019? You can and do so with less stress and fewer staff hours than in the past.

You’re invited to join me for a free webinar to learn how to apply the three principles of successful reading programs, Adapt Engage and Report. You'll see how we built Reader Zone around these principles.

March 18 at 1:00 pm
March 25 at 1:00 pm
April 1 at 1:00 pm

You can join a live webinar, or see a pre-recorded webinar by clicking below.

Register for a WEBINAR   <>  Watch a webinar NOW

Media Landscapes: Navigating a World Full of Propaganda

March 23, 2021 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Register Free from Minitex HERE.
BlueCloud Cataloging for Horizon Libraries

March 24, 2021 -- 9 a.m.-Noon

Online via Zoom

Audience:  ALS Member Library staff who work with Horizon

Description: In the first part of the training, attendees will learn how to add items in Horizon, including how to decide when a new record for an item is needed with the same title and author.  In the second part of the training, attendees will learn more about BLUEcloud, including how to import new records and how to use the Smart Search feature. Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QRDH2HH

Ixodes Outreach Project Spring 2021

The Ixodes Outreach Project has received funding from the National Library of Medicine to provide Outreach Programming this spring.

We are offering free Zoom presentations to the community between March 25th and April 30th. Talks will include a 45-60 minute Zoom presentation on

• What causes Lyme Disease
• How we can prevent Lyme Disease
• Common Lyme disease myths
• How we can make a difference in our community through research
• Research being done at UMD
• Citizen science efforts

Please select up to three options that would suit your start time needs HERE.
A variety of times on Thursdays and Fridays are provided to determine when the most participants are available to attend. Only the most highly requested times will be scheduled; times/days may be canceled in the event of insufficient number of participants. Presentations will run 45-60 minutes. Options are -- 
March 26th at 1pm, April 1st at 12pm, April 1st at 6pm, April 9th at 12pm, April 22nd at 5pm or April 30th at 4pm.

For more information about the Ixodes Outreach Project, our work and our staff please visit our social media sites:

Ixodes Outreach Project Blog: https://ixodesoutreachproject.blogspot.com/
Ixodes Outreach Project Tick Risk Story Map: https://z.umn.edu/IOP-storymap

Free Webinar

Libraries and Workforce Development:

Connecting the Dots between Your Patrons and Public Policy

March 30, 2021 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central

Webinar participants will get an overview of major federal policies that support workforce development and find out how libraries fit into this conversation. Presenters will share recent data on American workers’ digital skill gaps and identify opportunities for libraries to use this data in educating policymakers about the need for additional funding and the roles libraries play in this space. Presenters will also provide practical recommendations for how librarians can make their voices heard in the workforce policy arena and help to narrow racial equity gaps in skill-building opportunities. REGISTER NOW!

WebJunction Webinar Calendar

To view a complete list of past WebJunction webinars, go to: WebJunction Webinar Recordings

Join us for free webinars that allow you to meet and learn from library leaders and practitioners. Anyone who has an internet connection can attend and participate in a WebJunction webinar! The webinars are all recorded and made available for you to watch in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

WebJunction’s catalog of courses and webinar recordings on library topics is now open to all library staff and volunteers. A certificate of completion is provided after you have completed any course or webinar you enroll in from the catalog. Go to the WebJunction Course Catalog »

Upcoming Webinars


March 17th -- 2:00-3:30 pm
What's Format Got to Do with It? The Role Information Formats Play in Evaluating Search Results

This webinar presents research on the role information formats play in student evaluation of search results and identifies practical applications for libraries of all types. Learn more and register for this free seminar HERE.

March 24th -- 2:00-3:00 pm

Strengthening Communities: Food Access at Your Library

This webinar will share examples of library food access initiatives including seed libraries, community gardens and farmers markets. Learn more and register for this free seminar HERE.


April 13th -- 2:00-3:00 pm

Mental Health First Aid and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Libraries

This webinar explores how the principles of trauma-informed care and Mental Health First Aid can equip staff with the knowledge and confidence to communicate with compassion. Learn more and register for this free seminar HERE.


April 27th -- 2:00-3:00 pm

Smart Spaces are Community Places

In this webinar, learn design thinking principles that can be used in collaboration with the community, to identify and meet space and programming needs for active learning. Learn more and register for this free seminar HERE.

Media Landscapes: Deepfakes and the Misinformation Landscape

April 13, 2021 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Register Free from Minitex HERE.

Telehealth in Rural Public Libraries

April 14th <> 10:00-11:00 am

Learn how a rural library partnered with the University of North Texas Health Science Center to launch a pilot telehealth program from the National Library of Medicine through the National Institutes of Health.
Learn more and get the Zoom log-in details HERE

ALS Public Library
Status Update
Docs file available for printing and download HERE.
Open to the public with restrictions and curbside service also available on Monday and Friday 10:00-5:00; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00-7:00.  For more information, call 218-229-2021 or visit their Facebook page or blog, aurorapubliclibrarymn.blogspot.com.
Open to the public and offers curbside service Monday-Thursday 12:00-6:00 and Friday 12:00-5:00.  Return items to the outside book drop. 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 9:00-4:30 and Saturday 10:00-2:00. Returns accepted inside or in book drop. 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 10:00-6:00.  For more information see their Facebook page.
Open with restrictions and offering curbside service Monday 9:00-5:00, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00-5:00.  Find out the full details by calling 218-247-3108 or visit their Facebook page.
Open with limitations and curbside pickup offered Monday 1:00-6:00, Tuesday - Thursday 1:00-5:00, Saturday 11:00-2:00. For more information, call 218-384-3322, email bethany.leseman@alslib.info, or see their Facebook page.
Curbside pickup available Monday 12:00-6:00, Wednesday 9:00-2:00 and Friday 10:00-3:00. 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 Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30, Saturday 9:30-2:00. Curbside pickup of requested materials available upon request. Call 218-879-1531, email Cloquet.library@gmail.com or see their website at cloquetlibrary.org.

Offering curbside pickup of requested materials, also browse the collection and use a computer by appointment Monday-Thursday 9:00-5:00 and Friday 9:00-4:00.  Call 218-245-2315, message them through Facebook or email colerainepubliclibrary@alslib.info.
Offering lobby pickup, Monday-Thursday, 10:00-4:00, 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, Friday and Saturday 10:00-4:00 and Thursday 1:00-7:00.  Computer use by appointment during these hours. Returns accepted 24/7 at the book drops of all three branches. For more information, call 218-730-4200 or see their website, duluthlibrary.org.
Offering curbside pickup by appointment Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00. 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. This service is for picking up items on hold ONLY. Library staff is available by phone Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00. Return items to the book drop. 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 book drop. 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. Computer use by appointment, printing and staff help by phone or email Monday-Friday 10:00-5:00 and Saturday 10:00-2:00. Return materials to the exterior drop box. Call 218-387-1140, email gmlib@alslib.info or visit their website, grandmaraislibrary.org

Drive through pickup of holds Monday-Friday 12:00-6:00. Return materials to the drive up drop box. Call 218-326-7640, visit cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/library and check their Facebook page for the most current information.

Contactless curbside pickup of holds offered Monday-Thursday 10:00-4:00.  Return items to the book drop. 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 11:00-5:00. Curbside pickup is available by appointment.  For full information, call 218-225-2412 or see their website, hoytlakeslibrary.org.
Open Monday-Wednesday 10:00-8:00, Thursday-Friday 10:00-6:00 and Saturday 10:00-3:00 and also offers curbside pickup. Books can be returned inside the library or to the book drop. 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, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00-5:00 and Thursday 10:00-7:00. 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 10:00-6:00 and Friday 10:00-2:00. Return all materials to the interior or exterior book drop.  Call 218-735-8625, message them on Facebook, email anna.amundson@alslib.info or see their website at mountainironlibrary.com.
Offering curbside pickup by appointment. Return items to the book drop. Call 218-226-4331, email silverbaypubliclibrary@gmail.com or see their blog, silverbaynews.blogspot.com.
Open and offering curbside service Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30-5:00 and Tuesday & Thursday 11:30-7:00. Return materials to the exterior book drop. Call 218-834-3148, email thplinfo@gmail.com or see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.
Offering curbside pickup of library items on hold Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00-5:00, Tuesday 9:00-6:00, and Saturday 10:00-2:00.  Click HERE or call the library at 218-748-7525. See their Facebook page or virginiapubliclibrary.info
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