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Staying Relevant in the Library Profession webinar - Wednesday, September 11
From the Executive Director:

Save the Date: 8th Annual Lake Superior Libraries Mid-Winter Unsymposium
You're Invited to the ELM Expo on 10/5 in Duluth!

We invite you to register for the ELM (eLibrary Minnesota) Expo on Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Marshall School in Duluth (1215 Rice Lake Rd.)!  This event is FREE to attend and open to all public, academic, school and special library staff, K-12 teachers, and anyone who uses ELM or wants to use ELM in the classroom or library.  All levels of experience welcome!  Novice or advanced searcher, there will be something for you.  

Attendees will receive a hands-on and up-close experience with the ELM Databases -- learn more about Learning Express, EBooks MN, Britannica, special features & more!  The last session of the day will highlight the ALS MackinVIA PreK-Grade 12 School eBook collection as well!  Please bring your own laptop or tablet to personalize your learning.  CEUs will be available.  For more information on the sessions, see the agenda attached.

To register for the ELM Expo, please click on the following link by 9/21/19:  

An optional boxed lunch will be available that afternoon for $10 -- if you are interested in participating, please note "LUNCH" in the Fax field on your registration, along with any dietary restrictions.  Cash payments will be accepted the day of the workshop and receipts will be ready for distribution.  Morning and afternoon refreshments will also be provided, along with handouts.  
Fall 2019 CLAS Meeting @ ALS
Please join us for the Fall 2019 CLAS meeting on Friday, September 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the ALS Headquarters in Mountain Iron.  This meeting is open to all ALS member public and school library staff working with youth.

We will be discussing topics submitted by you and ALS staff, including winter reading ideas, diversity in our library collections, passive programs, and more!  A call for agenda items will be sent out three weeks before the meeting date and a formal agenda will be crafted and sent out a week in advance.  A Picture Book & Pizza lunch will take place from noon to 12:45 p.m. -- the cost is $8 per person.  If you are interested in participating, please note on your registration.  And please bring your favorite picture book to share with the group!

To register for the CLAS meeting, please click on the following link by 9/24/19: 

A registration reminder/confirmation will be sent out two business days before the meeting.  Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided and feel free to bring your own snacks/drinks if you so choose.  Clock hour certificates will also be available for attendees.

Questions?  Contact Mollie Stanford (mollie.stanford@alslib.info) -- Hope to see you there!
What's Happening Arrowhead

 Library Events This Week:
After School Libratory | International Falls Public Library - Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm during September and October 

Film Fiesta - Kong : Skull Island | Ely Public Library - Thursday, September 5 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm 

Author Tim Jollymore: Characters and Towns in Fiction | Cloquet Public Library - Thursday, September 5 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm 

Movie Matinee - Christopher Robin | Ely Public Library - Friday, September 6 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm 


Authors - MN Book Awards

Sponsorship logos: ALS, BNSF, The Friends MN Center for the Book, GMPL, Minnesota State Arts Board, Legacy, MN DOE


Saturday, September 14, 2:30 p.m.
FREE and open to the public
Grand Marais Public Library
North Shore Readers and Writers Festival Bookmarks 
The Grand Marais Art Colony provided a small number of book marks to send out to libraries in the region. Each of you should received an envelope soon in the delivery system containing those from Steve Harsin (steve.harsin@alslib.info).

If you have known writers in your community, you may wish to hold one of these back for those individuals. Alternatively, you might refer people to this page: https://grandmaraisartcolony.org/north-shore-readers-and-writers-festival/.
Continuing Education and Events at ALS 
Minitex Scan for Keeps Kit Training - Save the Date! 
Please save the date!  We will be hosting a Minitex Scan for Keeps Kit Training on Tuesday, September 24, 1-3 p.m., at the ALS Headquarters.  The Scan for Keeps kit is a mobile scanning kit for libraries to use in programming or community events focusing on digital preservation of photos and documents.  All library staff and library volunteers interested in booking and using the kits must complete in-person training with Minitex staff.  I have booked both the regular-size scanning kit and the new large-format scanner kit (can handle items up to 11" x 17") for our region September 24-November 8, 2019, so keep that in mind when you are thinking about local programming.  The kits will travel together as a set.

If you are interested in booking a kit or learning more about this FREE opportunity from Minitex, please sign up here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BDHBSWX 

The Conference is Calling

The Minnesota Department of Administration Data Practices Office invites you to attend:

Introduction to Data Practices Policies and Procedures Workshop

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
9:00 am - Noon, St. Paul


Need a primer or a refresher about your responsibilities related to data practices in state or local government? Then this workshop is for you!

The workshop offers:

  • Background on a government entity’s legal duties relating to government data
  • Advice on the legal requirements related to appropriate access to not public data and data breach investigations and notifications
  • Help creating or updating customized data practices policies and procedures required by law
  • An opportunity to apply your knowledge in hands-on exercises

Please visit our website for more information and to register.

September 19 & 20 | Mystic Lake Center, Prior Lake, MN 
October 10 - 12 | Brooklyn Park, MN 
Impact Education Conference
December 14-17
Minneapolis, MN 
Create a vibrant community atmosphere that inspires educators and administrators to embrace innovative ways to impact student achievement and operational excellence. 
MALF Announces FREE Fall Workshop Series: 
“Storming the Forts: Library Services on the Move”
Library Innovator Nick Dimassis Visiting Fergus Falls, White Bear Lake, and Marshall in October
In order to remain relevant and valued, public libraries are constantly tweaking their material offerings and service package. It makes one wonder what a “standard” library will look like a decade or two down the road.
We can glean hints, here and there, from the forward-thinking libraries of today. These come in all sizes. One such is the Beloit (WI) Public Library. Located halfway between Madison and Chicago, this medium-sized institution has emerged as one of the Midwest’s true library trailblazers – an organization that actively challenges preconceptions about what a library is and needs to be.
Nick Dimassis, who has been at the helm in Beloit for the past five years, is the catalyst behind most of the recent changes. Prior to his current post, Dimassis helmed Minnesota’s own Carver County Library, and occupied leadership positions with the Hennepin County Library and East Central Regional Library systems.
In early October, MALF is bringing Dimassis “home” for a three-day run of workshops across Minnesota. He will package everything he has learned and implemented into a Friends-specific workshop with the working title: “Storming the Forts: Library Services on the Move.” In a nutshell, the day’s focus will be on ways in which Friends can assist their library along its journey to ‘service excellence.’

Fergus Falls Public Library                                   
205 E. Hampden Ave., Fergus Falls                            
Thursday, October 3 (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)                  
Ramsey Co. Library - White Bear Lake 
2150 2nd St., White Bear Lake 
Friday, October 4 (11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Marshall-Lyon Co. Library
201 C St., Marshall, MN
Saturday, October 5 (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

In addition to the keynote, attendees will participate in small group roundtables, plus have a chance to share their thoughts and experiences during an hour-long idea exchange session – a MALF workshop staple, and one of participants’ best opportunities all year round to network and share with Friends from across Minnesota.
"Storming the Forts: Library Services on the Move" is FREE to attend, and it is not necessary for you to be a member of MALF or any Library Friends organization to do so. A complimentary lunch will be provided at each location. Pre-registration is required, to ensure the appropriate number of lunches and informational packets.
Register between Monday, August 26 and Thursday, September 26, at
 bit.ly/2IokBby or mnlibraryfriends.org.
About MALF. A strong presence on the Minnesota library scene since its founding in 1979, the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) is a private foundation which aims to connect Friends of Libraries, provide valuable resources to support their work, and to be a strong voice for Friends of Libraries groups throughout the state. For more information, visit mnlibraryfriends.org.


Workshop: Inclusive Outreach and Participatory Engagement
Minnesota’s cities and towns are rapidly diversifying. Libraries, like other government institutions, are expected to respond to diverse community needs. By assessing and adapting library services with an equity lens, libraries can provide responsive, quality library services to all Minnesotans.

State Library Services is hosting All Are Welcome: Inclusive Outreach and Participatory Engagement for Advancing Racial Equity in Libraries for library leaders and front-line staff. This free workshop builds on the 2018 All Are Welcome: The Role of Libraries in Advancing Racial Equity workshop presented in 2018. Using discussion and hands-on activities, participants will learn how to implement inclusive outreach and public engagement policies and apply an equity framework to outreach materials and strategies.
Workshop dates and locations
This free workshop is repeated in three locations.
  • Monday, September 23, 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM, Buckham Memorial Library, Faribault, MN
  • Monday, September 30, 2019, 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM, Fergus Falls Public Library, Fergus Falls, MN
  • Thursday, October 17, 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM, Rondo Community Outreach Library, St. Paul, MN
Workshops are limited to 50 participants each. To attend, please complete the All Are Welcome registration form (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FGG728B).
Workshop objectives
  • Understand the role government has played in creating racial inequity
  • Become familiar with inclusive outreach and community engagement principles and how libraries are applying them
  • Begin to develop inclusive engagement strategies
Workshop leaders
Gordon Goodwin, Midwest Regional Project Manager for the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), leads the workshop. Gordon has worked for 30 years with and for foundations, community development organizations and public/private sector consortia in metropolitan and rural settings to promote racial justice. Jane Eastwood, Consultant, Independent Racial Equity and Libraries, is a co-presenter. Eastwood is the former Library Director for the St. Paul Public Library and Education Director for the City of St. Paul.
For questions about this workshop, contact Hannah Buckland, State Library Program Specialist, at 
hannah.buckland@state.mn.us or 651-582-8792.
This workshop is made possible, in part, by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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ALS Regional Logo2019 ALS Mini Grants - Apply Today!

I Love My Librarian Award
Nominations for the 2019-2020 I Love My Librarian Award are open through October 21. 

Indie Author Day Logo
4th Annual Indie Author Day is October 12, 2019. Register to host, find resources and more!  

Apply to Register Now! 
Indigenous Representations: A Literature Workshop
Saturday, November 9, 2019
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine 
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave. 
St. Paul, MN 55105


This workshop for educators (such as teachers and librarians) focuses on how to select, critically analyze, and include Indigenous youth literature in libraries and classrooms. With an emphasis on Indigenous-authored (#OwnVoices) texts, this workshop will encourage participants to explore books aligned with specific MN English Language Arts Standards and develop strategies for incorporating titles in curricula, programming, and other activities. Participants will also have opportunities to practice hands-on book evaluation. The day’s activities include lectures, readings, and interactive workshops by Dr. Dawn Quigley (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe; author of Apple in the Middle) and Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo; founder of the American Indians in Children’s Literature blog and co-adaptor of An Indigenous People’s History of the United States Adapted for Young Readers).

Applications for Registration Open Through September 13!

This workshop is limited to 60 attendees; we are using an application process to strive for participant equity and diversity. There is no registration cost, and a limited number of travel grants are available. Applications are due Friday, September 13 by 5:00 PM. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected to attend by Wednesday, September 25. Individuals selected will receive a second registration form to specify any necessary accommodations, including ASL interpretation and dietary restrictions. Additional information about this process, as well as the application, are available here.



Please contact Hannah Buckland at hannah.buckland@state.mn.us or 651-582-8792 with any questions.

Supported by MDE Office of Indian Education and State Library Services, St. Catherine University MLIS Program, and the Kerlan Friends University of Minnesota Libraries. This workshop is funded in part using federal funding, Library Services and Technology Act [LS 00-18-0024-18].

New: Free Smithsonian Poster Exhibition
The Smithsonian Institution is offering a free poster exhibition to libraries -- World War I: Lessons and Legacies. While supplies last. Deadline for requests is Friday, September 13.
Request yours now:

Free! 4-H STEM Kits for Rural Libraries
Through the ongoing partnership between ALA and Google, the National 4-H Council, also a partner with EngEDU, Google, 4-H would like to offer libraries an opportunity to receive free STEM kits with computer science activities.  Game Changers is the official challenge for National Youth Science Day 2019, 4-H?s annual initiative to increase youth access to high-quality STEM activities that help kids build confidence and spark interest.

Google's partners at National 4-H Council are offering free Game Changers kits (normally $21.95 + S&H each) to libraries. Supplies are limited, so be sure to sign up for kits using this form as soon as you can, and feel free to pass along this opportunity to colleagues. Kits will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until supplies run out.

Signups will close on September 9th unless supplies run out before then.

To receive your kit(s), all you need to do is fill out this form!  Our partners at 4-H also ask that you consider using the kit during themonth of October and sharing your experience/photos using the hashtag #4HNYSD. This is not required but will align you with hundreds of thousands of others across the country who will be doing the same thing during the month of October. If you're not able to use your kits in October, 4-H requests that you do use them before the end of the year. If you receive a free kit through this program, you will be asked to fill out a very short survey at the end of the year asking about how you used the kit.

You can learn more about Game Changers and National Youth Science Day at:
  - Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, Game Changers consists of two unplugged activities and one computer-based activity. They can be done individually, all-at-once, or you can pick-and-choose activities to do in any order. It's completely flexible for your needs.
  - Teachers or facilitators need no prior CS skills to run Game Changers with your kids! The instructions are easy-to-follow and even include talking points. It's designed for novices to be able to facilitate comfortably.
  - Technology is not required for Game Changers! The two unplugged activities require no tech at all (all materials included in the kit). The computer-based activity does require at least one computer, but can be done on- or offline. Each activity takes approximately 45 minutes.
  - Each kit serves 10 kids at a time and is reusable. Game Changers is suitable for kids aged 8-14 with little-to-no experience with CS.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Mandi Lindner at mlindner@4-H.org.

Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More grant 
Applications for the 2020-2021 cycle are now being accepted! 
Application deadline: Monday, December 2, 2019
Employment Opportunities 
Librarian I | Duluth Public Library
Application deadline: Sunday, September 8, 2019 @ 11:59 p.m.

See the full job description and application requirements here: 
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/duluthmn? (Job number L1983)

Library Directory | Elbow Lake, MN
Application deadline: Friday, September 13, 2019, or until filled

The Thorson Memorial Public Library in Elbow Lake, MN, seeks an energetic and innovative leader to direct the operations of the library.  This is a full-time position that requires some evening and weekend shifts.

This position performs professional, executive, and administrative work to manage the public library services, exercises overall and direct responsibility for all library functions, programs and services, and activities including marketing.  Manages budget, administers plans and policies, and promotes the effective and efficient use of resources.

The Library Director reports to a 7-member Board of Trustees and manages the facility, a staff of 4 people (1.45 FTE), the library finances, and all aspects of operations, and attends required meetings. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively, possess leadership skills; they must be flexible and adaptable to change; the ability to direct and motivate staff, plan organize, coordinate and implement library operations, write and manage grants, advanced oral and written communication skills, and must be self-motivated.


Graduation from a four-year college or university

Necessary knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Experience in financial budgeting, ability to work with others, engage with the community, and have knowledge of community needs.
  • Tools and equipment.
  • Requires the use of the library computer system, proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, ability to maintain web page and social media content, online search skills, and experience using computers, printers, telephone, fax machine, and photocopier.

Please send your cover letter, resume, and three professional references via mail to:

Library Director Search Committee
Attn: Mandy Westrom
16391 160th Ave
Barrett, MN 56311

or email all materials to Mandajo@runestone.net. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Webinar Control Center
Fall Graphic Novels for All Levels | LJ and SLJ Webcasts - Tuesday, September 10 @ 1:00 pm Central -  From gritty crime and murder stories to heart-warming tales of magic, fantasy and friendship, this season’s graphic novels releases will not disappoint! Join moderator Tammy Ivins along with a panel of insiders who will share new and upcoming titles - and some beloved series and sequels - to dazzle your shelves, including: 
  • The Big Country by Quinton Peeples with art by Dennis Calero
  • Diary by Svetlana Chmakova
  • The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O'Neill
  • The Unicorn Whisperer by Dana Simpson
  • Coffin Bound by Dan Watters and Dani Strips
  • Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

…and more! 

Be sure to tune in to learn about unforgettable new graphic novels for middle grade, teens and beyond! Register
Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Re-envisioning PLA's Public Library Data Service | PLA - September 11 & 25 @ 1:00 pm Central 
[Image: Hand with data visualizations.]


What stories do you want to tell about your library to your community, board, city council, funders, or other important stakeholders? What data would help you tell these stories?

PLA is re-envisioning its annual survey of public libraries, the Public Library Data Service, and is interested in getting your input about public libraries’ data needs. PLA will hold two virtual town hall meetings to hear feedback from the public library field on how a new tool could better support your needs. Your input will be used to develop a new online tool that will help libraries use data better as well as assist PLA in advocating for public libraries nationally.

Participation is free, but registration is required. Please register using the links below:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm Central

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm Central 

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