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Volume XXIX, Issue 4
January 27, 2020
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From the Assistant Director

Read Across America Day
is March 2nd

 
Stanford's Links to Assess

Circulations soar as libraries
add binge boxes to collections


 
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Missouri lawmaker files
library oversight bill


Florida group calls for Attorney General to remove some books from school libraries
 
UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
AROUND THE ARROWHEAD

BABBITT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 3 at 2:00 pm - Book Club

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
 
CLOQUET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jan 28 & 29 at 10:15 am -- Winter Storytime
 
COOK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jan 30 at 6:00 pm - Recycle, Repurpose & Restyle with Mary Mulari

DULUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jan 29 at 10:15 AM - Baby & Toddler Storytime in the Main Library's Gold Room
Jan 29 at 10:30 am - Storytime Stay and Play in Main Library's Green Room
Jan 29 at 3:45 pm - Squad Car Storytime in the Main Library's Youth Services Area
Feb 1 at 11:30 am - Coding for Kids in the Main Library's Gold Room

 ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jan 31 at 3:30 pm - Hogwarts Prep School

GRAND MARAIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jan 30 at 4:00 pm - Wundrous Readers Society
Jan 31 at 6:00 pm - Friday Night Reels film series
 
MOUNTAIN IRON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Feb 3 at 10:00 am - Young Readers Story Time

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

SILVER BAY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jan 31 at 1:00 pm - Exploring Crystals

TWO HARBORS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jan 31 12:00 pm - Read to Lucy the Whippet

VIRGINIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jan 30 at 12:00 pm - Recycle, Repurpose, & Restyle in the Auditorium
 

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS FEB. 4TH

Friday, February 7, 2020

10:00 am to 3:30 pm

2020 Summer Reading Program Kick-off
and
Winter CLAS Meeting for Youth Services Staff
 
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
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A 1960s Dinkytown library — by Minnesota Modernist architect Ralph Rapson — gleams anew after an $11.6 million restoration

This pint-size exercise in Modernism and Brutalism is thriving, thanks to an $11.6 million investment from that leading proponent of civic architecture, the Hennepin County Library.

The newly revitalized building also has a new name: Arvonne Fraser Library. It’s a fitting tribute to the women’s rights leader, who was a powerful advocate of the local library system and a longtime neighborhood resident.

Every interior detail has been buffed anew. To contrast with Rapson’s original dark-stained oak doors, MacDonald & Mack designed bookshelves using light maple. They’re 16 inches lower than their predecessors, which were blocking sightlines.

Furniture, upholstered in warm, inviting colors, often mimics Rapson’s famous midcentury designs; a variation on his distinctive rocker will appear this spring on the library’s sheltered patio. Even the lollipop light fixtures — icons from Rapson’s Guthrie lobby — were salvaged, repaired and reinstalled.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
March 11th at 12:00 pm
USA Learns Citizenship
A FREE Online Course from Infopeople

Google Extensions:
Helpful Hacks for the Chrome Experience

A recorded webinar with some useful, practical, interesting and just plain fun extensions for Google Chrome to make your life easier.
Click to access last week's Minitex webinar.
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
Evy Nordley Award - 2020 Contest Now Open!
Top prize is $1,000 - with additional financial prizes awarded.
Entries are due before or on Friday, June 12.

Common project types are special events, successful fundraisers,
membership drives, and advocacy campaigns – but the sky is the limit!

Get more information here.
What an astonishing thing a book is.  It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles.  But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe someone dead for thousands of years.  Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.  Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, ciitzens of distant epochs.  Books break the shackles of time.  A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.  CARL SAGAN
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