Volume XXX, Issue 7
February 16, 2021
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INDOOR/OUTDOOR PROJECTION SCREENS
GREEN SCREEN & PROJECTORS

<> We have two amazing new indoor/outdoor projection screens for check out! We also have projectors - which would be great for outdoor movie night! In addition, we have a green screen.
<> Both are free standing, come apart and set up easily. They will be sent through delivery to your library!
<> Contact Paula Stanaway, 218-741-3840, paula.stanaway@alslib.info, to reserve.

Governor's Taskforce on Broadband
publishes annual report

by Zach Miller, Feb 12, 2021
A photograph of an internet router.
The Governor's Taskforce on Broadband recently published their annual report for 2020. Jim Weikum, Executive Director of the Arrowhead Library System, represents the library community on the taskforce. The report shows progress towards the state's goals, but suggests that the current internet speed target is not adequate to support remote business and education needs.

Read more HERE.

Synopsis of status of legislation relating to libraries

RLBSS 

The Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) improvement bill will be chief authored by Sen. Mark Johnson (GOP East Grand Forks) and Rep. Dan Wolgamott (DFL St. Cloud). The bill would add $2 million/year to the $13.57 million/year in state funding that supports the regional public library systems. The bill also amends the distribution formula for these funds in order to stabilize the distribution from year to year and to improve funding to the deeper rural systems while holding all 12 regional public library systems harmless with their current allocations.
 

Library Legacy 

Rep. Mary Murphy (DFL Hermantown) and Sen. Bill Weber (GOP Luverne) will introduce a bill to fund $2.5 million/year over the next two fiscal years to support arts and cultural programming to be delivered through the 12 regional public library systems. In an exciting development, the bill also includes $125,000/year for the next two years to support the “Center for the Book” which is a Library of Congress program, administered in Minnesota by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. We’re grateful for this partnership and to be working together to improve arts and cultural heritage programming for Minnesotans.
 
We apologize for not having our bill numbers at this time. The backlog in the Revisor’s office means turning around “bill jackets” and getting official HF/SF numbers on bills is taking additional time. Chalk it up to another COVID impact as Revisor staff are working remotely, as are legislators, making the logistics of getting bills introduced tougher than usual.
 

Details emerge on Walz Education Plans: 

The specific details of Governor Walz’s education plans have been introduced in three different bills encompassing summer recovery, on-going funding investments in programs and policy initiatives. The Walz administration is pushing the legislature to take fast action on the summer educational relief bill so the MDE can begin administering a package of fund for services they want available for students in June. The House DFL majority will likely advance a modified version of summer recovery programs. It’s unclear if the Senate GOP majority will be convinced such action is needed or if they’ll push back, noting the administration and school districts should work with federal COVID relief funding to pay for recovery programs.
 
The Governor’s education budget bill contains language starting on line 61.7 creating a library legislation advisory group. The advisory group would come together over the course of this summer and meet through the 2023 budget session. The details of the advisory group mission caught our attention as it implied the funding to support the multi-county, multi-type systems were being eliminated. MDE has since clarified there was a miscommunication in drafting this language and a technical amendment is forthcoming to clarify that MCMT funding is not being proposed to be eliminated.
 
The Governor’s education policy bill contains two proposals of immediate MLA-ITEM interest:
 
Starting on line 70.27 is a new definition for school libraries and media centers, which would require a licensed school media specialist to be employed in order for the library space and library services in a school to be called a “school library or a school media center. The new definition does not actually require a school to have a school library or school media center.
 
Starting on line 72.3 is new language clarifying that the local government public library maintenance of effort requirements are governed by a Tax statute (MS 275.761), which was put in place in 2011 to permanently limit the amount of funding local units of government are required to spend on library services.
 
Walz's summer educational recovery package is found in HF 1064/SF 973:
HF 1064 Status in the House for the 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2021) (mn.gov)
 
Walz's on-going education budget plan is found in HF 1065/SF 960:
HF 1065 Status in the House for the 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2021) (mn.gov)
 
Walz's education policy initiatives are found in HF 950/SF 788:
HF 950 Status in the House for the 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2021) (mn.gov)
 

Broadband:

Two new broadband bills were introduced last week in the Minnesota Senate. Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake) authored both bills (SF 945 & SF 946). They were referred to the Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy Committee, which Sen. Westrom chairs and it’s fair to assume the bills will receive a favorable hearing.
 
SF 945 contains $120 million per biennium in ongoing funding for the Border-to-Border grant program. SF 946 also contains the same $120 million funding and has an additional $30 million ($15 million per year) specifically for unserved areas of the state. The total funding for SF 946 is $150 million.
 
The bill language that sets aside $30 million to unserved areas of the state is identical to a bill the MN Rural Broadband Coalition worked on during the 2020 sessions. It contains the caveat that projects needing to go through an underserved area to reach an unserved area would qualify for these funds.
 
Rep. Ecklund (HF 14) and Sen. Bakk (SF 22) would pump $140 million into the Border-to-Border Grant Program.
The Walz budget includes $50 million for the Border-to-Border Grant Program. 
 

Added requirements for digital and online library database resources for students:

 HF 467 (Lucero)/SF 1016 (Dornink)
 
HF 467 Status in the House for the 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2021) (mn.gov)
 
HF 467 would require that vendors or entities offering digital library resources for students to comply with safety policies aimed at prohibiting a user of said resources from sending, receiving, viewing, or downloading materials that are deemed to be harmful to minors, as defined by section 617.291. 


Limiting screen time and digital well-being:

SF 237 (Cwodzinski) HF 570 (Morrison) would limit screen time use for children in publicly funded preschool and kindergarten programs. The says a child in these programs may not use an individual-use screen, such as a tablet, smartphone, or other digital media, without engagement from a teacher or other students. 

SF 1012 (Chamberlain) creates a digital well-being grant with dollars going to a Minnesota organization called “LiveMore ScreenLess.” The dollars would be used to create community hubs or collaboratives that train adults and student peer to peer networks to promote digital well-being.
 

Minnesota Imagination Library Project: 

HF 1018 (Marquart)/SF 555 (Eken)
HF 1018 Status in the House for the 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2021) (mn.gov)
 
This bill would require the MDE Commissioner to establish the “Minnesota Imagination Library” with an aim for improving reading proficiency and college and career readiness of Minnesota students by providing free books to young children across the state. The commissioner, in consultation with the director of the Division of State Library Services, must develop, implement, and administer the project. The commissioner must ensure that, under the project, every enrolled child has the opportunity to receive an age-appropriate book each month. The legislation appears modeled after a United Way initiative.

Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates

Virtual Library Legislative Week is February 21-27!

Do you have a plan to advocate for library legislation?

As Sam mentioned, we do not have bill numbers for RLBSS and Legacy at this time, but we will let you know as soon as we do!

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled on the Minnesota Library Advocacy website, as resources and information is being added regularly. 

Recently added:

2020 'Stand Up for Standout Friend' Spotlight #4: Cook

Auctions built around themed gift baskets are a common Friends fundraising strategy. In general, they are favored by charities in communities with a strong commercial sector. This makes sense. After all, the majority of the donated baskets come from local businesses. However, the tiny town of Cook, Minnesota (pop. 570) is something of an exception to that rule – and Standout Friend Linda Kronholm is a chief reason why.

Kronholm is a driving force behind the Friends of the Cook Public Library’s annual Holiday Basket Fundraiser. Contrary to what the name would suggest, planning for this lucrative event is a year-round commitment, and one that Linda tackles with an alacrity that would put Santa himself to shame!

In addition to scouting donations, FOL president Kathy Sacchetti reports that Kronholm plays point on the “decking out” of the library as a winter wonderland, and coordinates many of the logistics associated with a holiday tea that the Friends run in conjunction with the auction. (For a town of Cook’s size, it really is a community happening!)

In truth, Kronholm’s leadership role with the Holiday Basket Fundraiser is just one of many ways in which this long-serving board member and group vice president contributes to the success of the Cook Public Library. “This is demonstrated daily by her frequent emails and attendance at nearly all library functions!” explained Sacchetti.
The Thread

'Finding My Voice': Hibbing native's YA novel reissue connects with new generation of readers

Coming-of-age novel puts spotlight on racism, family, identity.

A combination of a photo of a woman and cover of a book.
Marie Myung-Ok Lee, a Hibbing, Minn., native is credited with writing one of the first young adult novels in contemporary fiction centering around an Asian American protagonist with her 1992 novel "Finding My Voice," set in rural northern Minnesota. The book has seen three releases since its initial publication 30 years ago, most recently reprinted last month and sold into the hands of the next generation of readers.  Courtesy of Soho Press
Click above to read the full article or listen to the show.

U's CEHD America Reads mentorship keeps kids engaged despite COVID challenges

The U program has continued to pair college students with youth despite COVID-related challenges.  By  Star Tribune
 
FEBRUARY 12, 2021 — 2:52PM

Star Tribune/iStock illustration
Read the full article HERE.
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Ebooks Minnesota statistics are now available by city and public library group for the 2020 calendar year. If you're interested in seeing the number of users or sessions in your community you can access the data at Ebooks Minnesota usage by city or public library group, January 1–December 31, 2020.

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7 Zoom mistakes you might still be making — 
and how to raise your video skills

from Briar Goldberg at Ideas.TED.com

From the Director of Speaker Coaching at TED. Virtual meetings, speeches, presentations and conferences are the new normal for a lot of us. So if that’s the way it’s going to be, let’s do our future audiences a favor and polish up our virtual communication skills.

Even though so many of us have been spending so much time on Zoom, there are some common mistakes that people — even experienced communicators — are still making. Here they are, along with some favorite tips and tricks to fix them all.

Read the full article HERE.

Hail to the Chief:
One Great Article About Every U.S. President


Take a trip through American history this President’s Day with this chronological collection featuring one fascinating thing to read about every person who has ever served as POTUS. from Alex Dalenberg of Pocket Collections

Read it HERE.

The Best Presidential Autobiographies,
According to Author and
Historian Craig Fehrman

Read the Bookbub article HERE.

The 100 Most Iconic Book Quotes

“All human wisdom is summed up in these two words – ‘Wait and hope.’” — Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte Cristo

“Oh, the places you’ll go! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.” — Dr. SeussOh, the Places You’ll Go

“The longer I live, the more uninformed I feel. Only the young have an explanation for everything.” — Isabel AllendeCity of the Beasts

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.” — Anthony DoerrAll the Light We Cannot See

See them all from Bookbub HERE.

LIBRARIANS NAME THEIR TOP
LGBTQIA+ BOOKS OF THE YEAR

By lsimon on February 11, 2021

Each year, members of the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table compile the Over the Rainbow Book List, a selection of excellent recent titles focused on LGBTQIA+ stories.

This year’s list is out now, featuring 48 exceptional nonfiction and fiction books for adult readers. The Over the Rainbow committee’s picks include a diverse array of authors, exploring history and contemporary politics through new lenses.

RESOURCES

Find Authors on the Minnesota Writers Directory

writers directory

Virtual events may be here to stay! Did you know that many Minnesota writers are available for virtual events for classrooms, libraries, and beyond?

The Minnesota Writers Directory, a project run by the Minnesota Center for the Book, connects writers across the state with people who want to hear more about their stories and their craft. Browse the site by author, genre, and skype/zoom availability to find a writer who is a good fit for your audiences.

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is featuring a rotating list of writers from different genres each month who are available for virtual events. This month’s featured writers are: Molly Beth Griffin, Bryan Thao Worra, and Dr. Artika Tyner.

Digital Inclusion Toolkit

digital inclusion

The Minnesota Department of Education divisions of Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness, Career and College Success, Equity and Inclusion, and State Library Services have combined forces to create a digital inclusion toolkit.

This toolkit, designed for educators including public library staff, provides information and strategies to improve technology access for families. Questions about this toolkit can be directed to the Academic Standards division at mde.academic-standards@state.mn.us.

GRANTS, CONTESTS & AWARDS
Due April 1st

Share Culture Through Stories

talk story

Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explore APA and AIAN stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience.

Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities. This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures.

Apply for Talk Story grant funding by April 1, 2021.

Libraries and community organizations that serve APA and/or AIAN children and their families are eligible to apply. We encourage libraries and community organizations to work together on a Talk Story program. With the exception of cross-border tribal organizations, all organizations must be based in the United States or U.S. territories.

Talk Story grant funding is available due to the generous support of Toyota California Community Foundation for APALA Talk Story grants and the American Indian Library Association for AILA Talk Story grants.

Due April 30th
MALF's COVID-19 Grant Program Returns For 2021

It would be a futile exercise (not to mention a depressing one) to try and list out the many ways that the pandemic has adversely impacted Minnesota’s libraries. Suffice it to say, COVID-19 has upended normal for each and every one. Fortunately for many, the stalwart support of local Friends of the Library helped somewhat to “blunt the blow” in 2020. 

Last year, MALF encouraged and empowered Friends to redouble their support by piloting a new grant initiative: the aptly named COVID-19 Grant Response Program. In all, 15 member organizations received thousands of dollars to fill fundraising shortfalls or offset important expenses that the Friends’ coffers could not otherwise cover.

With coronavirus still a defining characteristic of our daily lives, MALF is pleased to announce the renewal of this popular grant program for 2021! Between now and Friday, April 30, MALF invites member Friends groups to put their names forward for one of ten $400 mini-grants.

This program is, by design, broad and responsive in nature. A wide array of purchases and priorities are qualified for consideration, so long as you can demonstrate value for your library and, by extension, its patrons. See the form for eligibility and applications requirements. (We promise they are mercifully few!) Note: Organizations who received financial assistance from MALF in 2020, as part of this or any other grant initiative, are eligible to (re)apply.

In early May, MALF’s awards committee will randomly draw the ten winners from a pool of all fully eligible requests. All applicants will be notified of outcomes around this time.  

Interested in applying, but unsure how to most effectively deploy $400? We recommend asking with your library’s leadership team! You can also peruse MALF’s blog for featurettes on all the 2020 award recipients, which is sure to give you ideas.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
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Best Practices for Higher Education Institutions
when Utilizing Available Funding
Feb 17th at 10:00am

Having a difficult time understanding the last COVID-19 relief funding? Let Zoom’s dedicated Grants Assistance Team review the current funding available and how these funds can be used.

You’ll takeaway:
- The latest information regarding COVID-19 relief funding and other funding opportunities
- Specific use cases and technologies that are a good fit under the priorities of this funding in the higher education space
- Strategies you can deploy as you look to the future of higher education and the role distance learning and technology will play in looking beyond the pandemic.

Register for Free HERE.


How Good Algorithms Go Bad: Understanding Big Data’s Use
and the Disparate Impacts It Has on Students We Serve
Thursday, February 18 at 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Register for Free HERE.
FREE ALS TRAININGS OFFERED

BookWhere Basics
Installation, Searching and Importing into Horizon 

Thursday, February 18, 2021 -- 10 a.m.-Noon
- OR -
Friday, February 26, 2021 -- 1-3 p.m.
Audience: Catalogers new to BookWhere or those desiring a refresher
Description:  This session will focus on the installation and setup of BookWhere for the best searching results, learning how to search and narrow your results, and how to export records to be imported into Horizon.
Register here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JHBL5DZ 

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Horizon Circulation Training for Library Staff
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 -- 9 a.m.-Noon

Audience: ALS Member Library staff who are new to working with Horizon or not so new staff interested in learning Horizon shortcuts and tricks
Description:  Attendees will learn all of the circulation basics -- how to check books in and out, how to add and edit patrons, how to run the pull list and other reports, and more! Hands-on activities include creating borrowers and setting up notices, and advanced searching using the Command Mode.
Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QQXRS8R

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BlueCloud Cataloging for Horizon Libraries
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 -- 9 a.m.-Noon
Audience:  ALS Member Library staff who work with Horizon
Description: In the first part of the training, attendees will learn how to add items in Horizon, including how to decide when a new record for an item is needed with the same title and author.  In the second part of the training, attendees will learn more about BLUEcloud, including how to import new records and how to use the Smart Search feature.
Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QRDH2HH

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What's New in MobileStaff and BLUEcloud Circ
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 -- 10 a.m.-Noon
Audience: ALS Member Library staff who work with Horizon
Description: MobileCirc is now MobileStaff!  Learn how you can use MobileStaff for inventory and as a backup when Horizon and/or the Internet is down and learn about the new Kiosk mode for patron self-checkout.  BLUEcloud Circ isn't quite ready for prime time for public libraries, but it is another great backup during Citrix connection issues and for school library substitutes who only need the basic item check-in/check-out features.
Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QNKYVTV
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MobileStaff and Inventory Basics for Horizon Libraries
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 -- 9 a.m.-Noon
Audience: ALS Member Library staff who work with Horizon
Description:  This session will focus on the inventory process, the use of MobileStaff (formerly MobileCirc), a mobile version of Horizon that allows you to move through the stacks using devices like tablets and smartphones for inventory, and will highlight weeding best practices to get you prepared for inventory.
Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QFK9BSP
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Special Cataloging Q&A
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 -- 9 a.m.-Noon
Audience: Horizon and BLUEcloud Catalogers with questions
Description:  This session will focus on special topics and questions staff have about any aspect of cataloging and issues that are brought up at the Cataloging and Technical Services Meeting scheduled for 4/7/21 (watch your email for more details!).  Some topics that will be covered include adding cover art for older or self-published books and using workforms for original cataloging.  
Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W9TN5Z8
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  • All sessions are online via Zoom.
  • A registration reminder/confirmation and log-in information will be sent out one business day before the online training. 
  • Clock hour certificates will be awarded to all attendees via email following the training

The Intersection of Publishing + Library Collections Beyond Covid-19

Wednesday, February 24 at 12:00pm

As both industries move forward in the wake of the pandemic, the relationship between public libraries and independent publishers and small presses yields inimitable opportunities and challenges. Join us for an insightful conversation led by cloudLibrary VP Heather McCormack.

Register for webinar
High-Impact, Low-Cost Strategies for Kindergarten Readiness
Wednesday, February 24    
10:30am OR 1:30pm
Find out how a local United Way and Scholastic leveraged almost 200 years of combined knowledge to boost school readiness in Maricopa County, AZ, and across the country.
Register for Free HERE.
Talking Volumes tickets now on sale
Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune are proud to announce a special Talking Volumes series of virtual events centered around the topic of race in America. From the killing of Black people at the hands of police to COVID-19 to economic downturn, the most difficult issues we currently face are disproportionately affecting Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color. We are bringing together a diverse group of authors to talk about their books, which all provide unique insights on America’s growing racial divide.  
Talking Volumes: Talking Race is hosted by award-winning MPR News journalists Kerri Miller and Brandt Williams. All events will be held via webinar and will include an hour-long interview with the authors and a live interactive panel discussion moderated by the Star Tribune.  
GET YOUR TICKETS
ALS Public Library
Status Update
Docs file available for printing and download HERE.
AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
BABBITT PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
BAUDETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
BOVEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside service offered Monday-Friday.  Please call for complete information at 218-245-1633 or see their Facebook page.
 
BUHL PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
CALUMET PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
CARLTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open with limitations and curbside pickup offered Monday 1:00-6:00, Tuesday - Thursday 1:00-5:00, Saturday 11:00-2:00. For more information, call 218-384-3322, email bethany.leseman@alslib.info, or see their Facebook page.
 
CHISHOLM PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
CLOQUET PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.

COLERAINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
COOK PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.

DULUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
EVELETH PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
GILBERT PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
GRAND MARAIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
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

GRAND RAPIDS AREA LIBRARY
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.

HIBBING PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
HOYT LAKES PUBLIC 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.
 
INTERNATIONAL FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
KEEWATIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offers curbside pickup by appointment and delivery within the city limits by calling Paula at 218-969-8977.
 
MARBLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
MOOSE LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
MOUNTAIN IRON PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
SILVER BAY LIBRARY
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.
 
TWO HARBORS PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
 
VIRGINIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offering curbside pickup of library items on hold Tuesday 9:00-6:00, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00-5:00, and Saturday 10:00-2:00.  Click HERE or call the library at 218-748-7525. See their Facebook page or virginiapubliclibrary.info
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