Volume XXIX, Issue 33
August 17, 2020
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  • Sphero Lab STEAM Kit
  • Coding for Kids Kit
  • Workforce Solutions for MN Employers
  • Learn on Coursera for FREE
  • The Digital Librarian's Survival Toolkit
Sphero Lab STEAM Kit
Coding for Kids Kit
For more information and to reserve these great 
Story and STEAM Kits or any others, contact Paula Stanaway
218-741-3840 or paula.stanaway@alslib.info.
Read the articles HERE.

Learn about the Workforce Strategy Resources HERE.
LOTS of withdrawn "large print" books! They are all in excellent condition. 
Boxes will include a mix of all genres! 

Contact Paula Stanaway at
218-741-3840 or
From the ALSC Blog ...

To-Go Library Services

LEGO Challenge Kits
Take-Out Book Bundle Menu
Grab & Go Craft Bags
TEA Room To-Go Kits
Great Idea from the Rochester Public Library ...

Hey kids! Do you miss the library? Guess what? We miss you too and we would LOVE to be your pen pal. Write us a letter and we will write you back!

Please send letters to:

Library Pen Pal
Rochester Public Library
101 Second Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904

P.S. Please remember to include your return address.

From the Mesabi Tribune ...

Hello library lovers!

This year we will have a bonus virtual challenge to help readers exercise those life-long learning skills. The goal is to grow as a person and gain new hobbies, insights, and ways of looking at things. Check our Facebook every week for fresh challenges and content!

Fall Reading runs from Monday, Aug. 10, to Friday, Sept. 25, and is for readers of all ages.

Read the full article HERE.


Keys to the Coursera Kingdom

As your library reaches out to people in need of skills training and career retooling, make sure to point them to the Coursera Initiative from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Through this initiative, any Minnesotan can learn on Coursera for free between now and March 31, 2021. The platform is mobile-friendly, and courses can be downloaded while online to be accessed offline.

  • Almost every course in the Coursera catalog is included, at no direct cost to the learner.
  • Any certificates or professional certifications earned by users on the platform are also available at no cost.

Users can sign up now through December 31, 2020, and get free access to courses until March 31, 2021.


I wanted to do something, anything, that could make life easier for librarians and teachers who are reopening their classrooms this fall, and this was the best I could come up with.

Below is a PDF link to a FREE 8.5"x11" poster and two different bookmark layouts with the simple message "MASKS SAVE LIVES". Please feel free to print, share, and/or distribute as you see fit.

See more on his Facebook Page HERE.

Get Smart 
About News

How news-literate are you?
Test and sharpen your news
literacy skills with short activities, engaging quizzes and shareable graphics for learners of all ages.

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Summer Reading and Learning Wrap Up

Join State Library Services and the Minnesota Library Association’s
Public Library Division (PLD) and Children and Young People’s Section
to talk about summer reading and learning in 2020.

What went well and what didn’t work?
What’s worth keeping in the future and what’s not?
What strategies did you use to increase equity in your summer program?

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2–3 p.m.

Register for Summer Reading and Learning Wrap Up.

Share your learning and hear from colleagues around the state.
Contact PLD Chair Julia Carlis if you have questions.

"Change the Subject"
Screening and Q&A with Tina Gross

2:00pm – 3:30pm
August 18, 2020

Change the Subject shares the story of a group of college students, who from their first days at Dartmouth College, were committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented peoples. In partnership with staff at Dartmouth, these students – now alumni – produced a film to capture their singular effort at confronting an instance of anti-immigrant sentiment in their library catalog. Their advocacy took them all the way from Baker-Berry Library to the halls of Congress, showing how an instance of campus activism entered the national spotlight, and how a cataloging term became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill
Join us on August 25 for Let's Talk About Race and Storytime, an interactive workshop with Jessica Bratt, Youth Services Manager at Grand Rapids Public Library (MI).

This is a full-day, three-part training that engages participants in thinking about how storytime power can be used to inhibit or advance equity and social justice in the library. In this workshop, participants will reflect on their own storytimes and explore:

Why talking about race is important, and what happens when we ignore race
Ways to model to caretakers how to talk about race and inclusion
Tools to have conversations around the decolonization of children’s literature, especially collection development for read-alouds and shared reading

The workshop will take place on Zoom on Tuesday, August 25, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a 1-hour break for lunch. This is a live webinar that will not be recorded. 
Register for the Let's Talk About Race workshop.
Whole Person Librarianship:
Partnerships to Prepare Libraries
August 26th at 1:00pm

In normal times, a library’s relationship-based reference collection empowers librarians to direct patrons with the greatest needs to the resources that best help them—which sometimes includes an in-house social worker. In our current state of crisis, the relationship-based reference collection can be the foundation for ensuring library patrons continue to receive the information they need. From Niche Academy.

Register Here FREE

State Library Services Wants to Know
Where Do We Go From Here?
We need input from any and all youth-serving staff to figure out a
new schedule and start lining up topics and speakers for this fall.

Can you help us out?
 Fill out this survey on Youth Service Staff Calls. 
The survey is open until August 28,
and we definitely want to hear from you!

Community history: Collecting and
preserving during the pandemic

September 15, 2020
10:00am – 11:30am

Hear from the staff at three different Minnesota cultural heritage organizations collecting stories and content to document the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent events in their communities. Hennepin County Library Special Collections is archiving web-based information from community groups and organizations using free web archiving tools. Anoka County Historical Society is asking residents to submit descriptions of their COVID-19 life so that the historical record will be richer. Minnesota State University Mankato University Archives is documenting self-experiences in the form of a community history project, including images, self-interviews, and written materials. 

If you are considering a project like this in your community, have already started and are looking for tips, or just generally interested, this webinar is for you!

Register Free HERE.

Falling Out of Love With Screens

As we head into fall, the days shorten and our screens glow ever brighter. Enter LiveMore ScreenLess, a MN-based organization with a mission to advocate and promote digital wellbeing.

This fall, LiveMore ScreenLess will present a series of webinars to equip librarians, especially those working with youth, with the knowledge and tools to promote digital wellbeing.

By participating in the series, you will gain an understanding of how technology overuse and misuse affects the mental, cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and wellbeing of young people. LiveMore ScreenLess will share resources, activities, and strategies to incorporate digital wellbeing into library programs for young people.

The series kicks off on Thursday, September 24, from 1 to 2 p.m. with a webinar digging into the latest research on why we are tethered to our technology, especially our phones.

Register for LiveMore ScreenLess Webinar Series - #1.

We'll send out the Zoom link when you register. Future webinars in the series will cover implementing and sustaining digital wellbeing at your library. If you have questions, please contact Ashley Bieber.

Curbside pickup available Mon & Fri 11:00– 4:00, Tues, Wed & Thurs 1:00 – 5:30.  Offering computer use & photocopying by appointment.  Return materials to the exterior bookdrop. To place a request, call 218-229-2021, send an email to paula.chapman@alslib.info, or go to aurorapubliclibrarymn.blogspot.com.

Open to the public with restrictions and curbside service also available Mon-Fri 10:00-5:30 and Sat 10:00-2:00. Return books to bookdrop or inside. Call 218-634-2329 or see their Facebook Page for more.

Open to the public with restrictions, Mon-Fri 10:00-5:30 and Sat 10:00-2:00. Curbside pick up is also available. Call 218-634-2329 or see their Facebook Page for more.

Curbside service offered Mon-Fri.  Please call for complete information at 218-245-1633 or see the June 2 post on their Facebook page.

Offers no-contact Book & Media checkout and return services at the side door entrance. Call 218-258-3391 Mon, Wed, Fri from 10:00-6:00.  For more information see their Facebook page.

Library open Mon 11:00-7:00, Tues, Wed and Thurs 9:00-4:00 with restrictions and offering curbside service.  Find out the full details by calling call 218-247-3108 or visit their Facebook page.

Curbside pickup and appointments to use the computer or check out items are available Mon 1:00-6:00, Tues-Thurs 1:00-5:00, Sat 11:00-2:00. Call 218-384-3322 for more information or see the May 28th post on their Facebook page.

Curbside pickup available Mon 2:00-6:00, Wed 10:00-2:00, Fri 11:00-3:00. 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.

Open with limited services and offering curbside service Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30. Return books to the bookdrop or inside the library. Call 218-879-1531, email cloquet.library@gmail.com or see their website at cloquetlibrary.org

Offering curbside pickup and computer use by appointment Mon, Tues and Thurs 9:00-5:00, Wed 9:00-6:00, and Fri 9:00-4:00!  Computer use can be scheduled. Contact them by calling 218-245-2315, message through their Facebook page or email colerainepubliclibrary@alslib.info.

Offering curbside pickup Mon-Fri 10:00 am-4:00 pm by appointment! Books can be returned to the outside book drop.  Call 218-666-2210 or email crystal.phillips@alslib.info.  For more info, see their e-newsletter HERE or their website: cookpubliclibrary.org.

No appointment curbside pickup of held items at Superior Street.  Return books to the exterior bookdrop during hours. Hours are Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 10:00-4:00 and Thurs 1:00-7:00.  For more information, call 218-730-4200 or see their website, duluthlibrary.org.

Offering curbside pickup by appointment 9:00-11:30 and 1:00-3:30 weekdays. Return items to the exterior book drop by the main doors. Call 218-365-5140 and more information is  available at elylibrary.org.

Closed until further notice but staff is available by phone Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00 at . Return items to the bookdrop. Check for updates on their Facebook page, email to evepublib@gmail.com or check their website, evelethpubliclibrary.com.
Scheduled pick up of requested items Tues, Wed, Thurs 11:00-3:00. Return all materials to their dropbox. To order materials for pickup, call 218-748-2230, email gpldirmn@gmail.com, see their Facebook Page or check their website, gilbert.lib.mn.us/home.

Circulation via pickup window, printing and staff help by phone and email Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00, Sat 10:00-2:00. Return materials to the exterior dropbox. Call 218-387-1140, email gmlib@alslib.info or visit their website, grandmaraislibrary.org.

Drive through pickup of holds Mon-Fri 12:00-6:00. Return materials to the drive up dropbox on the North side of the building. For all the updated info, call 218-326-7640 or see their website, cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/library.

Contactless curbside pickup of holds offered Mon-Thurs 10:00-4:00.  Books can be returned to the bookdrop. Call 218-362-5959, message them on their Facebook page or visit their website, ci.hibbing.mn.us/residents/library.

Curbside pickup by appointment Mon-Fri 1:00-4:00 pm.  For full information, call 218-225-2412 or see their website, hoytlakeslibrary.org.

Now open Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thu-Fri 10am-6pm and also offers curbside pickup service. Books can be returned inside the library or to the bookdrop. Call 218-283-8051, email to ifallslibrary@gmail.com or see their website, internationalfallslibrary.us.

Offers curbside pickup by appointment and delivery within the city limits by calling Paula at 218-969-8977.

Open Mon, Tues, Thurs 1:00-5:00, Wed 2:00-7:00, Fri 10:00-1:00 with some restrictions.  For more information or to reserve computer time, call 218-247-7676 or see the May 14th post on their Facebook page.

Open with new hours of  Mon-Fri 10:00-4:30 and curbside pickup is still available.  Call 218-485-4424 or see Facebook for more.

Curbside pickup only Mon-Thurs 10:00-4:00. Return all materials to the front outside bookdrop.  Call 218-735-8625, message them on Facebook, email anna.amundson@alslib.info or see their website at mountainironlibrary.com.

Open to the public with restrictions, also offering curbside service Mon-Thurs 10:00-6:30, Fri 10:00-6:00. Return items to bookdrop. Call 218-226-4331, email silverbaypubliclibrary@gmail.com or see their blog, wwwsilverbaynews.blogspot.com.

Open to the public with restrictions Mon, Wed, Fri 9:30-5:00 and Tues, Thurs 11:30-7:00. Curbside pickup also available; call ahead to schedule. Return all books to the outdoor bookdrop. Call 218-834-3148, email thplinfo@gmail.com or see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.

Curbside pickup is available by calling the staff at 218-748-7525 Mon-Fri 10:00-4:00.  Return items to the two drop boxes in front of the library. For more information, see their Facebook page or send a message through their website, virginiapubliclibrary.info.
“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.” 
Louis L'Amour
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