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Volume XXIX, Issue 5
February 3, 2020
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shared annual report folder
with necessary statistics
and
cheat sheet to make things
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REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
TUESDAY, February 4th

2020 Summer Reading Program Kick-off
and
Winter CLAS Meeting for Youth Services Staff

Friday, February 7, 2020

10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Arrowhead Library System Headquarters

Open to all ALS member public and school library staff working with youth.
 
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - 2020 iREAD summer reading theme:  Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!  
12:30-1:15 p.m. - A Passive Program & Pizza lunch.  The pizza lunch order is $8; if you want to participate, please note this on your registration form.   

1:15-3:30 p.m. - Forum - we will discuss topics submitted by you and ALS staff.  

Deadline to Register is 
February 4, 2020

SurveyMonkey Registration Form
UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
AROUND THE ARROWHEAD

BAUDETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 6 at 5:30 pm - February Fitness Thursdays are 45 minutes of Walk & Talk.  Wear comfortable clothes & shoes, bring a water bottle, a notebook & pen. RSVP 634-2329
 
BABBITT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 5 at 3:30 pm - Snowflake Class
Feb 6 at 2:00 pm - Friends Bingo
Feb 10 at 1:00 pm - Recycle, Repurpose & Restyle

CALUMET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 3 at 1:00 pm - Calumet Cribbage
Feb 5 at 10:00 am - Book Time for Toddlers
Feb 6 at 5:00 pm - Adult Painting Event

CLOQUET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 3 at 4:00 pm - Kids Tinker Club - Perler Beads
Feb 4 at 10:15 am - Winter Storytime
 
COLERAINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 4 at 10:00 am - Paint Your Own "Northern Lights"

COOK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 4 at 1:00-5:00 - Computer & Internet Assistance
Feb 7 at 10:30 am - "Off We Go To Mexico" Winter Story Time

DULUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 4 at 3:30pm - Crafternoons for Kids
Feb 5 at 10:30 am - Preschool  Storytime at Main Library
Feb 5 at 1:00 pm - Movies for Seniors at West Duluth
Feb 6 at 4:00 pm - Teen Scene at Main Library

 ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 6 at 1:00 pm - Film Fiesta, "Isn't It Romantic"

GRAND MARAIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 4 at 10:30 am - Story Time
Feb 5 at 1:00 pm - One Time Book Club: Frances Perkins
Feb 6 at 4:00 pm - Wundrous Readers Society

GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 4 at 6:00 pm - Recycle, Repurpose & Restyle
Feb 6 at 6:00 pm - Passport to Europe
Feb 8 at 10:15 am - Saturday Story Time!

HIBBING PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 4 at 3:00 pm - Teen Program with Librarian Emily
Feb 4 at 5:30 pm - Friends of the Library Meeting
Feb 6 at 3:30 pm - Recycle, Repurpose & Restyle

HOYT LAKES PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 4 at 1:00 pm - Recycle, Repurpose & Restyle
 
INTERNATIONAL FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 5 at 3:00 pm - After School Libratory
Feb 5 at 6:00 pm - Recycle, Repurpose & Restyle
Feb 11 at 6:00 pm - Cookbook Club

MARBLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 10 at 6:00 pm - Recycle, Repurpose & Restyle

MOOSE LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 3 at 3:30 pm - Recycle, Repurpose & Restyle

MOUNTAIN IRON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 5 at 10:00 am - Recycle, Repurpose & Restyle

SILVER BAY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 7 at 1:00 pm - Friday Fun Winter Craft - Valentines

TWO HARBORS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 4 at 6:00 pm - 60 Minutes in the Superior National Forest
Feb 7 at 2:00 pm- Kids' Craft: Stained Glass Mittens

VIRGINIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 4 at 3:00 pm - Wii Games

The Top 40 Book Club Picks of 2019

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GOOD READS

New Librarian of Congress
Illuminates Hidden Treasures

Carla Hayden talks about her journey
and the library's special artifacts

by Andrew Carroll, AARP, January 13, 2020 

Carla Hayden, 67, is only the 14th librarian of Congress.
She is also the first woman as well as the first African American
librarian of Congress.

READ FULL STORY HERE.

NEW HISTORICAL FICTION NOVEL
FROM MINNESOTA AUTHOR

Author, Jane Alter Boldenow, from Montevideo, Minnesota, self-publishes a historical fiction novel, The Lamb of Latvia: Growing up During Nazi and Soviet Occupation. It is based on the true story of a family who became separated in 1944, as Stalin's army entered Latvia. The father, Nikolajs, became a 'Displaced Person' after WWII. Through the Presbyterian church my parents sponsored Nikolajs and he lived with our family. The book is written from the point of view of his daughter, Vera, who grew up in Latvia without her father. The story begins in 1944 when Vera is eight years old and it ends in 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed and the Baltic countries became free again. I traveled to Latvia in 2012 and met Vera and her three brothers. I have done much research and have consulted with many Latvian people as well as two historians; one in Riga, and one at Penn State University. 
Find it on Amazon HERE.

LFL, PanCAN Partner Up

The Little Free Library (LFL) nonprofit will produce a special Little Free Library book-sharing box to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) by raising funds to advance its programs, field research, and patient service and advocacy efforts. The nonprofit hopes to raise $50,000 via purchases of a $50, specially-created PanCAN Little Free Library book-sharing box and $15 support signs—both branded with PanCAN’s signature purple color—to benefit PanCAN’s mission. To learn more about the PanCAN Little Free Library book-sharing box and how to support this initiative, visit LittleFreeLibrary.org.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities: Upcoming Course

Join us this March for Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities, a free, two-week, instructor-led course, to explore how your library can actively partner to promote the health of your community through responsive programs and services, and learn how to incorporate this focus into your library’s strategic plan. Learn more and register here.

Free Library Continuing Education Webinars
for February 2020


A Creative and Poetic Approach to Creative Commons Copyright License Education (American Library Association)  - CopyTalk is a series of webinars on specific copyright topics that include orphan works, mass digitization, international copyright developments, pending and recent copyright court cases, the copyright implications of new technologies, and more. Browse the archive below. Should you have any questions, please contact Carrie Russell, associate director of Public Policy and Advocacy.
 
Introduction to Website Accessibility (Infopeople)  - In this one-hour webinar, you'll gain an understanding of which guidelines are used to measure website accessibility in the United States, and how to begin to evaluate your own library's site for potential issues. We'll also discuss some common pitfalls and things to avoid.
 
Providing Access to Digital Documents (Federal Depository Library Program) - This webinar presents basic information about digital U.S. Government documents. Different methods for making documents available are explained, and examples of how libraries provide patron access are provided.

View and subscribe to the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar HERE  (All events are listed in MT time).
March 11th at 12:00 pm
USA Learns Citizenship
A FREE Online Course from Infopeople
Librarian as Verb: Activate Your Rural Community
A webinar on Feb 5 at 4:00-5:00 pm
by WebJunction: The learning place for libraries
Employment Opportunities
Part-time Circulation Clerk at Aurora Library
The Aurora Public Library is seeking a reliable, detail-oriented person with excellent customer service and computer skills for a new 12-hour/wk Circulation Clerk position (8 hours on Mondays, 4 additional hours per week).  Wage: $13/hour.  Benefits: accrued sick leave, some paid holiday hours, accrued vacation after 1 year.  Preference given to applicants with library experience.

Apply by 7:30 pm on February 10 by sending a letter of interest, resume, and professional references to:
Aurora Public Library, 14 W 2nd Ave N, Aurora MN 55705
or email: Paula.Chapman@alslib.info
GRANTS, CONTESTS & AWARDS

2020 Grant Applications
We are currently accepting grant applications which are due February 16, 2020
I have always imagined that
Paradise will be a kind of library.

Jorge Luis Borges
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