Volume XXIX, Issue 24
June 15, 2020
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Social Justice Education: Ideas and Resources for School Libraries

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Arrowhead Library System to
Resume Bookmobile Service

The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) Bookmobile will be back on the road on Monday, June 15, three months after the service was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like public libraries all across Minnesota, the Bookmobile service will look different when service resumes. 

For at least the rest of this Summer, the Bookmobile will be offering a “curbside” style of service. According to Jim Weikum, ALS Executive Director, “Before the Bookmobile visits their community, patrons are highly encouraged to request items at least a day or two in advance of their scheduled stop.” Library users can contact Bookmobile staff via telephone or text at 218-742-6762, or e-mail staff at bookmobile@alslib.info There’s also now a request form on the ALS website at: https://tinyurl.com/ALSBKM . Sophia Anderson, ALS Bookmobile Coordinator indicated that “We will also have paper copies that list many of our newer materials, including books and DVDs.” The lists are available on request.

Requested items will be placed in paper bags labeled with the first four letters of the patron’s last name and last three digits of the patron’s barcode. These items will be available on a designated table for patron curbside pickups at the patron’s scheduled Bookmobile stop. Request form sheets will also be available at the Bookmobile stops that patrons can complete when the Bookmobile arrives in their community. If those requested items are available, Bookmobile staff will retrieve the items from the Bookmobile and place them in a paper bag labeled as indicated above. A bin for returns will be placed on a table and labeled “Returns” and those returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before being available again for borrowing.

During this curbside phase of Bookmobile service, members of the public will not be allowed on the Bookmobile to ensure a safe environment for the public and the Bookmobile staff. The other major change for at least the Summer months is a somewhat abbreviated schedule to allow the Bookmobile to stay a little longer in many locations to allow library users to adapt to the new style of service and have more time for Bookmobile staff to offer assistance

“We hope to restore the full schedule yet this year,” stated Weikum. In recent years, the Bookmobile has had over 60 different stops during the course of its three-week rotating schedule. “For the foreseeable future, we will have to suspend over 20 of our regular stops,” according to Weikum. “It is very difficult for the Bookmobile staff to reduce the number of stops as the staff is very committed to everyone who uses the service.” The suspended stops are typically ones that are located within easy driving distance of one of ALS’s twenty-seven member public libraries, or quite close to another stop than tends to be significantly busier. Information about the Bookmobile service, including the new schedule and a map with the locations of the current stops, can be found at: https://www.alslib.info/services/bookmobile/ .

Reading for Racial Justice

The University of Minnesota Press is committed to challenging white supremacy, police violence, and unequal access to criminal justice, education, and resources in Minnesota, the United States, and throughout the world. To promote understanding and action for change, this collection of antiracist books is available to all to read online for free through August 31, 2020. Read a statement from the Press here.

To learn more about other Press works, sign up for E-News.

Building Relationships
Through Letter Writing

Corresponding with students via snail mail is a good way for teachers to foster
trust anytime—but especially when everyone is physically distanced.
Read the blog article from Edutopia HERE.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Since 1964, the Library of Congress has served as its official repository, and the NAACP Records now consist of approximately five million items dating from 1909 to 2010. The records encompass a wide variety of materials, including manuscripts, photographs, prints, pamphlets, broadsides, audiotapes, phonograph records, films, and video recordings. Every phase of the NAACP's many activities can be found in this rich and diverse collection.  Read it HERE.
Juniper, a statewide network of health and wellness programs led by the Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging, has started to offer courses online.  These courses can help older adults live well, get fit and prevent falls.  As you know, social isolation can be detrimental to our health.  The conditions of life under Covid 19 have been difficult for everyone, but pose particular challenges to older adults.  By visiting the Juniper website (https://yourjuniper.org),  individuals can search for online health and wellness classes (include social connection and Aging Mastery.)   
Minnesota Department of Education
Dear State Library Services colleagues,

We have spent a lot of time thinking of you and your school communities these past few weeks. The news of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has impacted us all. Mr. Floyd was a neighbor, and a coworker, and our community member. He was taken from us. On behalf of the Department of Education, we offer our sympathy and support to the family of George Floyd and all the students, staff, and school communities impacted by his death.
Public libraries have a special, almost sacred place in our communities. Relied upon by so many, especially those disenfranchised elsewhere, the commitment to full access to all and equity in service delivery is commendable. Libraries are to be applauded for their commitment to ending the disparate impact of library policies on people of color – ending fines, restructuring collections and purchasing a wealth of titles that speak to the diversity in Minnesota.

 And at the same time, it is not enough. We have an obligation as public servants to stand up for those in our community against whom the decks are stacked. It is our hope that we can work together as a community of dedicated people with diverse life experiences to effect change in the systems we work within. Our commitment to each of you is to use the resources that State Library Services has available to educate, foster dialogue, and do our part to rectify the inequities that we see.

This can be an especially difficult time for children. As the children and communities we serve have questions, have an urge for discussion, or need a safe space to talk we wanted to provide you with some initial resources to share with families and community leaders as they support our young Minnesotans and support each other. We have pulled together a few resources below, but by no means an exhaustive list. We hope you find them helpful. If you have additional resources you have found helpful, please share them at mde.contactus@state.mn.us and we will collect them.

Mary Cathryn Ricker, NBCT               Jennifer R. Nelson
Commissioner of Education               Director of State Library Services
                                                                     and Charter Center
Where to Start Resources
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113

Reopening Resources from HR Dive 

> CDC one-page “decision tree” tool for workplaces

5 Compliance Tips for Reopening the Workplace

This HR Dive article highlights five key areas employers should consider as they decide to reopen.

U.S. COVID-19: OSHA and Your Reopening Plans

A step-by-step guide developed by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Law for employers to consider as they evaluate safe return-to-work strategies during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

ALA Planning for Reopening Resources

ALA has compiled checklists, webinars, state planning examples, and more for states and individual libraries to consult when planning to reopen.

White House Guide for Opening America

Resources from the Library of Congress

Library Worklife offers resources to help you during this trying time:

<> APA Wellness site

<> Find a Counselor: The Therapy Directory is a website and online service from Psychology Today that can assist you in finding a counselor.

<> Mental Health America’s: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

<> ALA’s Office for Diversity and Literary Outreach Services’ How to Talk about Race and other recorded webinars and resources

<> American Psychological Association’s: Finding Local Mental Health Resources during the COVID-19 Crisis

<> Association of College and Research Libraries’ Keeping up with Microaggressions and Implicit Bias

<> Public Library Association’s recorded webinar: Understanding Power, Identity, and Oppression in the Public Library

<> ALA’s Public Programming Office‘s Great Stories Club: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Curbside Pickup Services Mon-Fri
See their BLOG for full details.

Open to the Public with restrictions
See their Facebook Page for more.

Open to the Public with restrictions.
See their Facebook Page for more.

Curbside service offered.  Please call for complete information at 218-245-1633 or see their Facebook page.

Offers no-contact Book & Media checkout and return services. Mon-Thurs at 10am-6pm & Fri at 1pm-5pm.  Call 218-258-3391.

Library open with restrictions and offering curbside service.  Find out the full details on their Facebook page or call 218-247-3108.

Curbside pick up and appointments to use the computer are available. Call 218-384-3322 for more information or see their Facebook page for the details.

Curbside pick up available Monday 2-6 pm, Wednesday 10am-2pm, Friday 11am-3pm. Call 218-254-7913 or see Facebook.

Limited facility reopening and curbside pickup Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30.  Call 218-879-1531 or see their Facebook page.

Library open with restrictions Monday-Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.  Also offering curbside pickup.  Call 218-248-2315 and see Facebook for all the information.

Offering curbside pickup from Monday- Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm by appointment! For more info, see their e-newsletter HERE.

No appointment pickup service at the Superior Street location. Call 218-730-4200 for assistance with placing holds and finding new books. See their website for full info HERE.

Call from 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-3:30 pm on weekdays to schedule a pick-up.  More info available at their website.
Closed until further notice but check out their Facebook page for upates.

Staff will check out requested items that patrons can pick up in their entrance Mon-Fri from 11:00-4:00. Call 218-748-2230 or see their Facebook Page for information.  

Providing pickup services from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. See more information at grandmaraislibrary.org  or call 218-387-1140.

Pick up service available Noon-6:00 pm Monday-Friday. For all the updated info, see their website.

Curbside pickup Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00 pm.  Call 218-225-2412 or check their Facebook page for full information.

Now open Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thu-Fri 10am-6pm and also offer curbside pickup service. See Facebook for more info.

Open regular hours with some restrictions.  For more information, see their Facebook page HERE.

Open to patrons with special hours and some restrictions.  For more information, their Facebook page has all the details.

Curbside pick up available. For more information, their Facebook page has all the details.

The Silver Bay Public Library is still offering curbside service, but will allow up to five patrons in at a time within a week or so. Call the Library at 218-226-4331 or see their BLOG.

Curbside pick up available. For more information, see their announcement HERE.

Call the library between the hours of 10:00am – 4:00pm (weekdays only) and ask a staff person about our curbside pickup service. The library’s phone number is 218-748-7525.
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Friends of the Library
and the Future of Booksales

Presentation and Q&A via Zoom
Tuesday, June 16 from 1:00-2:00 pm Central

As libraries began to reopen or develop reopening plans, how can Friends of the Library groups reimagine their booksales? How will accepting book donations and conducting sales change? Join a panel of speakers who will discuss how they are rethinking booksales, fundraising, and events.
HERE for the Live Webinar or the Recording Only as options.

MLA Community Conversation

Thursday, June 18, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 AM

Connect and build your network. Discuss issues that are important to you and your library with individuals around the state. Gain new ideas, perspective, and resources during an MLA Community Conversation. This isn't training; we are providing space for discussion and connection.  REGISTER HERE.
Books on Tap Live

The Weirn Books, Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova!

Thursday, June 18
3:00 pm Central

Live on Facebook & YouTube
Register HERE.
Dismantling Institutional Racism in Your
Library:  From Theory to Practice

Wed, June 24 at 1:00 pm Central

Register HERE.
Creating a Culture of Wellness for Library Staff

July 29th at 12:00 pm Central

Fostering a culture of wellness can help lower stress, reduce burnout, improve recovering from compassion fatigue and more. This webinar will take a holistic approach covering all aspects of a healthy workplace including physical, mental, and emotional components. We will explore why, and how, libraries should focus on improving the health and wellness of library staff.
 >> NOT FREE <<

The 2020 International Public Library Fundraising Conference
is ON and it’s going virtual!

June 15-17, 2020!

Registration Fee is $75.00

There is still time to register for ALA Virtual – Community
Through Connection, an online event with educational programming, special author events, and social networking,
being held June 24-26, 2020.

Thanks to the generous support of ALA Virtual sponsors, ALA Members can register for only $60 by using promotion code CONNECTION when you register HERE.

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