Volume XXIX, Issue 19
May 11, 2020
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ALS Services Update

Currently Operating
  • Mail-A-Book - in full operation
  • ALS Online Resources - all are operational
  • ALS Office - phones and emails answered during regular hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Mon-Fri

Postponed Until Further Notice
  • Bookmobile - not running
  • ILL - not being distributed
  • ALS On-Site Trainings - check the website or call for future schedule
  • All Legacy Events are postponed

Library Storytimes during COVID-19 – a Different Kind of Connection

Clip Art No More: Stock Photos for Programs and Marketing
Quick Links

ALS Blog

ALS Calendar

Legacy Blog

Minnesota Libraries Calendar

Digital Public Library

Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World

Duluth author’s children’s
series heads to Netflix

Free activity for kids
who miss sports

45-minute webinar highlights

E-Book collection available to
all Minnesota residents
ALS Member Libraries Eligible for
2020 Summer Reading Program


Deadline to Order is May 26th
The 2020 "Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover" Summer Reading Program activity booklets, coloring booklets, activity punch cards, and general reading logs are ready for ordering!  These materials are free for ALS public libraries. 

We have available the following items:
  • Coloring Booklets
  • School Age Youth Activity Booklets
  • Reading Logs
  • Summer Activity Punch Cards
Please let us know how many of each you need by filling out the survey HERE.

The deadline to submit the survey is Tuesday, May 26, 2020, but feel free to fill out ASAP as we want to make sure you have the materials you need for your programs or for school distribution/partnerships.

Available Summer Reading Program Support Fund

Each ALS Member Public Library can receive reimbursement
of $750


Examples of reimbursable summer reading expenditures include:
  • Creating and distributing “Star Reader” yard signs, bumper stickers and/or window clings

  • Assembling “Make & Take” craft/activity bags

  • Hiring a local author or presenter for Facebook Live/YouTube online programs

  • Purchasing an online summer reading tracking system (example: Beanstack) 

  • Supplementing postage budget for direct summer reading program mailings

  • Designing story strolls for outdoor programs

  • Buying books for One Book One Community program for patrons

  • Personalized ALS Print Shop materials

Need A Sign
For Your Library?

If your Arrowhead Library System library is in need of signage and you are receiving ALS delivery service, contact Brian Minor at the ALS Print Shop for assistance and pricing. Click on the example shown for a link to a sandwich board that a sign can fit into. Brian can be reached at
We have new
Dinosaur Die Cuts!
Paula Stanaway will be happy to make these or any other die cuts for your
library!  Contact her at paula.stanaway@alslib.info or 800-257-1442.
A Great Compliment to the 2020 Summer Reading Program!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
A time to raise awareness about mental health and issues surrounding it.  People are urged to #breakthestigma of having a mental health disorder or mental health struggles.  In this time of the #stayathome order this struggle can be all too familiar to many of us.  You may be living with children or teens who are stressed, anxious, depressed, sad, or just downright confused about life.  If so, please take a look at the Ebooks Minnesota curation, Mental Health & Social Issues for Kids and Teens.  This collection  contains tools and information to help you, and your loved ones, navigate thoughts and feelings that may seem out of control.
Stories from around the world transport children to new lands

Person pointing to location on mapA new video series by Manatee Libraries in Florida introduces children in the U.S. to folk tales, myths, and lore from other countries. Children will meet people (virtually) from around the globe; learn some geography; and get a feel for other countries through stories. The videos are well-produced and engaging for a wide age range. The first visit is to Kenya to meet the Maasai people.   Click on the photo to go to their Youtube Channel.
Update on the Minnesota State Law Library Services

The State Law Library's physical space has been closed to the public since March 19 and we have made a number of changes to how we operate over the last six weeks. The library may be closed, but we're still here to help.  We know that many of you rely on the library for access to Westlaw and print resources, and we know how frustrating it is to not have access at this time. We encourage you to contact the library so we can help you find the information you need. We are still able to access our electronic databases and the print collection. And don't forget that we have a number of tools on our website to help with your research, including our Legal Topics pages, our Briefs and Opinions Archives, and our Referral Guides.

The State Law Library will reopen on May 18, 2020, unless another order is issued.

Children prefer storybooks
that teach them how and why
the world works, study says

By Kristen Rogers, CNN

So many parents can get fed up with the never-ending series of "Why? Why? Why?" questions from their children, never more so than during a pandemic lockdown.

It turns out, it's developmentally appropriate for children to ask, ask, ask questions, according to a new study.  As they develop, children have a natural curiosity in the causal structure of the world around them. That's why renowned Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget coined the phrase "little scientists" in 1952 to describe children relentlessly seeking explanations.
Children's interest in causal relationships found in books has been explored in previous research. But the books those studies used varied in genre and theme. That left room for doubt whether it was those differences -- and not just a causal relationship -- were responsible for children's preferences.

study published Wednesday in the journal Frontiers in Psychology removed some of that doubt, finding that children prefer storybooks that explain the functions of the world around them.  Read the full article HERE.

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Bark Knight & Cat Kid

<> Dav Reads Aloud from
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas
Learn To Draw Comics

Author & Illustrator Dav Pilkey reads from his books, demonstrates drawing techniques and explores the Library Of Congress. 

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series.
Mental Health & Social Issues for Kids and Teens
One in five young adults and teens suffers from mental illness.  This collection of free ebooks contain tools and information you can offer patrons to help them navigate thoughts and feelings that may seem out of control.  A great resource for May's Mental Health Awareness Month.

Lesson Plans and Resources for Educators

Many databases offer support, resources
and lesson plans for educators.

Coronavirus shutdowns and home-schooling: how museums are providing alternative education

Museums, art galleries and other cultural institutions around the world are providing a huge range of educational resources online for free during the coronavirus pandemic, and beyond. Here are some examples of what is on offer, for both children and adults. This shows how museums can support visitors beyond their four walls.  Read the full article and see the complete list of links HERE.
Your Home Librarian
from Library Journal

See their e-newsletter packed full of resources and articles, including Cats: The True Stars of #StayingHome.

Welcome to the new moose on River Street!  The metal sculpture was an in-kind donation given as part of an IRRRB Downtown & Business Corridor Grant project.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Cook Public Library is closed until further notice.

Starting May 4, patrons may request curbside pickup

Pickup hours:  Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm by appointment

To request items, call 218-666-2210 or email crystal.phillips@alslib.info

Find out more in their e-newslettter
LIBRARY SUPERVISOR -  in the Recreation and Leisure Services Department for the City of St. Peter, Minnesota.  This position supervises the operation of the library and is responsible for assisting in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all Library programs and activities. Starting wage $22.60-$25.24 per hour. Completed applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, June 12, 2020.  For more information and application forms, follow this LINK.

2020 Arrowhead Library System Mini Grants Available

Grants are open to all ALS member public, school, academic
and special libraries in the ALS seven-county service area
40 mini grants of up to $250 are available in 2020.
The application deadline is November 13, 2020.

Find the grant application HERE.
More information on the entire grant process is HERE.
You can look at previous grant recipients HERE.

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Expands Economic Opportunity
Apply Now for $2,000 toward Virtual Workforce Programming
Apply Now by June 1st.
Open to all eligible libraries in the U.S. to support continued programming during library closures and Covid-19 response efforts.
Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Friends of Libraries 
MALF is pleased to offer $1,000
and a customized plaque to the top place finisher.
First runner-up receives $500. 
The entry deadline has been moved back to Friday, July 10, 2020.
Find more information and application HERE.
The Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) announces its
COVID-19 Grant Response Program

In total, ten grants (each capped at a max of $500) are available in this initial phase of the program. MALF will reevaluate needs and resources later in 2020, and communicate a determination about a future for this fund by year’s end.

Applications for this inaugural cycle of the COVID-19 Grant Response Program will be accepted, on a rolling basis, through Friday, June 19, 2020 and until cap limits are reached. Click here for more details, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.

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Working Together on Planning, Policy and Legal Issues
for Reopening a Public Library: The Board, the Attorney and the Librarian
Friday, May 15, 2020, 1:00 pm Central
Presented by ALA’s Public Policy & Advocacy Office,
Chapter Relations Office, and United for Libraries
LibraryWorks offers two free webinars on demand
through May 31st.  No registration required; just click below to start viewing:
How to Keep Library Projects on Track: Project Management for Everyone
How to Write for the Library Press (and Make Editors Love You)

MN Writes MN Reads for Teens

Do you need ideas for library programming that encourages young people to CREATE positive digital footprints by publishing and sharing their writing? This webinar will introduce you to MN Writes MN Reads, a platform of three tools: Pressbooks, SELF-e, and Biblioboard Library, free for all in Minnesota. We will demonstrate how to use these tools as well as share examples created by local teens.

<> Thursday, May 14, 2020, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (Central)
<> Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (Central)

      WebJunction Webinar Calendar

  • May 27th - Online Reference and the Open Web: Boosting Strategies and Sources
  • June 11th - Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis
  • June 16th - Getting Started with Virtual Storytimes=
  • See the full WebJunction Course Catalog, where library-specific courses and webinar recordings are available for free to all library workers and volunteers HERE.

Introduction to the ELM Learning Center

If you are interested in learning more about how to navigate and use eLibrary Minnesota, a collection of library databases free for all in Minnesota, the ELM Learning Center is for you. This webinar will walk you through the instructional materials available in the Learning Center and help you learn how to choose and work with databases, create links, and explore extras like the ELM extension, games, and more!

<> Thursday, May 28, 2020, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (Central)
<> Tuesday, June 02, 2020, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (Central)

“If you know something will eventually come to an end, you can handle it.”― Karen Harrington  
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 “Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”– E.B. White
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