Volume XXX, Issue 13
March 29, 2021
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COVID-19 Check-In for Public Library Staff
March 30th from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

We are looking forward to the COVID-19 Check-In for
ALS Member Public Library Staff on Tuesday, March 30, 10-11:30 a.m. 

HERE is the brief agenda and Zoom log-in details.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 897 4377 2562

Passcode: 071298

ALS Brainfuse Webinar
March 31 at 10:00-11:00 am

Register by 03/29/21

Diane Bizzle from Brainfuse will be discussing the two databases available to ALS patrons and students -- HelpNow and JobNow.  The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 10-11 a.m.  To register, please click on the following link by 3/29/21:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8VCQDP9.  You will receive a confirmation email and log-in link one business day before the webinar.

Celebrate National Library Week

Welcome to your library. National Library Week April 4-10, 2021. Check out our free tools.

National Library Week is coming up this April 4-10! There are lots of free resources, including graphics, coloring pages, a word search, and a customizable Canva template to share all the amazing things your library offers the community. If you’re looking for new ideas, check out the Programming Librarian’s blog post by Handley Regional Library System which shares how to use videos for NLW. We’ve got a NLW day-by-day guide with easy tips for getting involved for libraries that haven’t made plans yet. You can find these tools and more on the National Library Week webpage.

2021 Minnesota Book Awards Virtual Ceremony

Register HERE for the 33rd annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. The online event is free; registration is required and donations are welcomed.

Minnesota Book Awards Virtual Ceremony
Thursday, April 29, 2021 | Online
Preface Reception 6:30 p.m. | Ceremony 7:00 p.m.

The Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony is an annual celebration of the state's best books. Readers, writers, and book-lovers from all over the state gather together for one incredible evening to honor stories of Minnesotans that connect us all. Winners from nine categories will be announced during the live Ceremony and the annual Kay Sexton Award will also be presented.



Learn More HERE

The Library & Community Guide to Citizen Science is presented by SciStarter and Arizona State University, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Network of the National Library of Medicine. 

Download the Library and Community Guide to Citizen Science in English and Spanish. 

Public libraries are giving away
an insane amount of free food

Across America, in major cities you’ve heard of and in countless places you most likely have never considered, public librarians are working with local, state, and national partners to bring food to those who need it during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Wait — librarians? 

Yes indeed. And, when librarians distribute food, they do more than merely give it away. 

They also use the library’s myriad educational and lifelong learning resources to confront the food insecurity that all too many Americans struggle with every day. 

Read the full article from Shareable HERE.

12 Outdoor Reading Spaces That Will Remind You of ‘The Secret Garden’   

By Geeta Schrayter

Picture it: Nestling into a cozy spot with a book in hand, surrounded by warm sunshine, a slight breeze, the sweet smell of flowers, and the sound of birds chirping merrily. With the arrival of spring, we’ve curated a collection of secret gardens that are perfect for spring reading. Now if only we could hire a landscaper to make one of these for us… 
Read the full post from BookBub by clicking HERE.


The Minnesota Writers Directory connects writers with people who want to hear more about their stories and their craft. Click above to go there.

Free LinkedIn Learning Courses for In-Demand Jobs

LinkedIn Learning has identified ten jobs that are in-demand in today’s economy and are positioned to grow in the future. They are making ten LinkedIn Learning Paths aligned with these jobs available for everyone for free in 2021. Visit opportunity.linkedin.com to see current job opportunities and the different learning paths available. The ten role-based learning paths are: 

  1. Software developer – Become a Software Developer
  2. Sales representative – Become a Sales Representative
  3. Project manager – Become a Project Manager
  4. IT administrator – Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification
  5. Customer service specialist – Become a Customer Service Specialist
  6. Digital marketer – Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
  7. IT support/help desk – Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification   
  8. Data analyst – Become a Data Analyst
  9. Financial analyst – Become a Financial Analyst
  10. Graphic designer – Become a Graphic Designer

Libraries Connecting You to Coverage:
Affordable Care Act

  • In response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, President Biden issued an Executive order opening a new COVID Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for individuals and families for federal Marketplace coverage with an additional three month extension. Beginning February 15, 2021 through August 15, 2021, these Marketplaces will be open to allow for new applications or to update existing application. State-Based Marketplaces (SBMS) also have extended enrollment periods to support this SEP.

Welcome to the ALSC Book & Media Awards Shelf

This collection of nearly 2,000 books, recordings, apps, and websites for children spans 100 years, reflecting the evolution of ALSC’s awards history AND delivering the latest, greatest materials for contemporary readers, listeners, learners, and gamers, as well.

The titles included on this site vary widely as to their intended audience—children anywhere from birth up to 14 years of age. We encourage parents and caregivers to actively engage in the selection of media with their children, as reading skills, cognitive and maturity levels, and interests vary from child to child. When looking at older winners especially, please remember that they were selected as the best of THEIR time, not necessarily the best of ALL time, and may be quite dated for today's young readers.

(Click on the graphic above to learn all about it.)

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From ProQuest -Tomorrow’s Architects:
Designing the Future of Libraries
April 6th at 9:00 am
 In this spirited talk about the design of paths and goals, Peter Morville tells stories from his work with libraries and builds upon his famous “polar bear book” to reframe information architecture as the design of language and classification systems to change the world. Register for free HERE.
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental
Health Information at your Library

April 7th at 1:00 pm

This webinar will increase participants' skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public. Resources covered in this class include MedlinePlus.gov and other freely available authoritative resources.


  • Gain awareness of mental health issues
  • Learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information
  • Be informed of reliable (and free) resources for mental health information

If you're interested but not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register. We'll send a recording to all registrants after the fact. To register for free from Niche Academy click HERE.

April 27th from 2:00-5:00pm

Digital Inclusion + Human Connection:
Libraries Serving Youth Meetup


Did 2020 leave your patrons and students struggling to connect to reliable internet? Are they in need of new devices to fully participate and engage in distance learning? Could they find the support and instruction they needed to use new virtual tools?

Ensuring equitable digital access has long been a focus of libraries, but the whirlwind of 2020 put a glaring spotlight on internet dead zones, inadequate equipment and insufficient support for youth and families. 

The seventh annual Meetup for school and public library staff serving youth will feature speakers finding solutions to digital exclusion in Minnesota. Join us for an afternoon to hear from these amazing advocates and discuss how we can create and improve digital inclusion efforts in our communities!   

When: Tuesday, April 27, 2-5 p.m.

Register for the 2021 Libraries Serving Youth Meetup by April 20.


Engineering Positive Identity Development and Navigating Cultural Diversity

Managing Digital Content Over Time:
An Introduction to Digital Preservation

  • Tue, Apr 27 – Tue, May 11, 2021
  • $85.00 (MN)
  • Learn more about this Minitex webinar HERE.

A list of webinars-on-demand that may be of interest to you and your staff for just $25/person (normally $49/person). Available for immediate download at this discounted rate until April 30th; just click on any title below to purchase.
Angry Patrons: Defusing, De-escalating, and Improving Outcomes
Presenter: Andrew Sanderbeck

Enhancing the Digital Experience for Library Patrons with Disabilities 
Presenter: Kara Zirkle

Weeding Your Collection: What Can Go Wrong?
Presenter: Pat Wagner 

Strategies for a Successful Directorship
Presenter: Jamie LaRue 

Brand Touchpoints: All the Stuff & All the Staff
Presenter: Kathy Dempsey

Harassment Prevention: Responding to Sexual, Racial, and Bullying Incidents Involving Staff or Patrons 
Presenter: Steve Albrecht

Emotional Intelligence for Library Leaders
Presenter: Jason Martin

Sensory Storytime
Presenter: Jill Burket Ragase

Competitive Grant Opportunities

Library Grants Blogspot - a listing of specific grants for libraries.
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 and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00-5:00. 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.
Express browsing and pickup of hold items Monday-Friday from 10:00-4:30. Express pickup of hold items at the front desk Saturday 10:30 - 1:30. No appointment necessary. Click HERE or call the library at 218-748-7525. See their Facebook page or virginiapubliclibrary.info
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