Volume XXX, Issue 10
March 8, 2021
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Our Wii equipment is now a story bin
It comes with 10 games. You can find this bin and many others for checkout on our website at 

Contact Paula Stanaway at 218-741-3840 or paula.stanaway@alslib.info.
Die-Cuts Available  
These die-cuts have been withdrawn from our collection. They are up for grabs!
Contact Paula Stanaway at 218-741-3840 or paula.stanaway@alslib.info.
Libraries oppose censorship. So
they're getting creative when it comes to offensive kids' books

By Scottie Andrew, CNN
on Wed, March 3, 3031

Six Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore. Here's why:

It's a wondrous thing to introduce a child to a beloved book, to read with them as they enter a literary world generations before them have enjoyed.

But the nostalgia and thrill of bonding over a book makes it all the more crushing when an offensive paragraph stops the young reader in their tracks.
It's an ugly surprise present in classics like "Little House on the Prairie," "Peter Pan" and several Dr. Seuss picture books -- racist depictions of indigenous, Black and Asian characters that mar some of the best-loved works in children's literature. To learn more, click on the book above.

For Library Patrons & Staff:

Aging Mastery Program

March 16, 2021 - April 15, 2021

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Cost: $0

Contact Name: Gina Marsalla

Contact Email: gmarsalla@ardc.org
Contact Phone: 218-969-5734

The Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) informs, encourages, and supports you in taking steps to improve your life and engage in your community. The program empowers you to make and maintain small but impactful changes. It incorporates evidence-informed materials, expert speakers, group discussion, peer support, and small rewards to build skills and tools to manage your health, maintain economic security, and contribute in society. AMP offers 10 core sessions, each 90 minutes in length. Developed by the National Council on Aging.

This class is via telephone. You do not need internet or video capabilities. Class materials will be mailed to you and the class will be treated as a book study

Bethnal Green library helped us win the war. Don't let a pandemic close it

When German bombs crashed through its roof, the London library moved underground, providing books – and escapism – for children during air raids. Now the 99-year-old landmark is facing closure

‘I didn’t worry abut the bombs when I had my head buried in a book’ ... people sheltering, and reading, in Bethnal Green tube station during the second world war.
‘I didn’t worry abut the bombs when I had my head buried in a book’ ... people sheltering, and reading, in Bethnal Green tube station during the second world war. Photograph: Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock
Read the article from The Guardian HERE.

Read Woke Across America

by Cicely Lewis, Feb 22, 2021

In 2018, greater awareness of racist caricatures in Dr. Seuss’s work prompted a move to diversify Read Across America Day, typically scheduled on or near Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2. My response: Why not create a Read Woke picture book list for Read Across America? You’re never too young to learn more about other people’s cultures, struggles, and dreams.

So many picture books have powerful messages about immigration, racism, and other social justice issues. From English Language Learners to high school students and those with learning disabilities, all can benefit from picture books.

Read Woke Across America Week starts March 1, 2021, in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. 

Highgrove Gardens

12 virtual garden tours to do from home

Here are 12 free virtual garden tours, from the UK and abroad, that can help beat the self-isolation blues. By  (Click on the photo to go there.)


Bird Feeders -- Want more bird feeder crafts? 
Here's an easy one from NatGeo which uses common household implements and items that are normally recycled or discarded.

Making your own bird feeder is fun and doesn’t cost a lot of money. Try making this one from the Nat Geo Kids book Bird Guide of North America. The birds won't know the difference between your DIY craft and an expensive store-bought one! For the full instructions, go HERE.
Kids LOVE to paint rocks.  They love picking out the rocks they will paint, choosing the colors and brushes and all that painting.  Need ideas? Just Google it.

Tips for finding and using existing bibliographic records

by Susan Vossberg, MLIS
Mar 5, 2021

The first in a series of articles on cataloging help based on survey results from Minnesota librarians.
picture of library book shelf

Read more here

Job training resources extended through 2021

BIPOC female listening to headphones and using laptop

Good news for libraries and job seekers! Specific offers promoted through PLA’s Skilling for Employment Post COVID-19 project and discussed during the 150 Million New Technology-Oriented Jobs and the Skills Needed to Get Them webinar have been extended through the end of 2021. These include free learning paths and LinkedIn Learning classes, GitHub Learning Lab tools, and low-cost Microsoft Certifications. Many of the offers were set to expire at the end of 2020 or in spring of 2021. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put strain on people and economies, Microsoft and its partners have extended the availability of its global skilling initiative resources.

  • LinkedIn Learning Pathways for in-demand jobs and soft skills will be available free through Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Discounted Microsoft Certification exams will now be offered through Dec. 31, 2021 (exam registration must be completed by Dec. 30, 2021)
  • Learning paths and certification exams are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. Learning paths are also now available in Portuguese.
Learn to tell your library's story:

Library Storytelling Team Guidebook

George W. MorseUniversity of Minnesota
Jane E. HaskellUniversity of Maine - Main


library, public value, community benefit, storytelling, community development, advocacy


Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Leadership Studies | Organizational Communication


Library Storytelling Team Guidebook, Paper 1 describes how a public library can organize a team to report its advocacy stories. Section 1 addresses the question, “Should we start a library storytelling project?” Changes in the public’s willingness to fund libraries and the changing roles of libraries in the 21st century are outlined.

Reporting Library Advocacy Stories to Increase Funding: Guidebook for Story Reporters

George W. MorseUniversity of Minnesota
Jane E. HaskellUniversity of Maine


library, public value, community benefit, storytelling, community development, advocacy


Communication | Leadership Studies | Organizational Communication | Organization Development | Other Education


Reporting Library Advocacy Stories to Increase Funding: Guidebook for Story Reporters, Paper 2 describes how a public library can report advocacy stories effectively in the 21st century. Section 1 covers the basics of library advocacy stories. Section 2 describes the story plot in detail, with examples, and integrates numerous references. The Appendices and a Glossary provide a number of tools useful to Story Reporters and other key players in the library’s story telling team. Companion paper to Library Storytelling Team Guidebook, Paper 1

Additional Health & Insurance Resources

Virtual programming: Resource roundup

from REALM Project: REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums
While social distancing guidelines are in place, archives, libraries, and museums have the opportunity to meet people where they are: online. Below are examples and resources for conducting successful virtual programs. 

"Youth Programming Goes Virtual—Story Times, Crafts, Teen Activities, and More," from WebJunction
A list resources and examples for virtual youth programming from public libraries around the U.S.

"Programming Through the Pandemic,” from Library Journal
How public libraries are meeting the challenge by reimagining how to serve the public.

"Virtual Programming and Patron Privacy,” from ALSC
Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, shares key thoughts for libraries to consider regarding virtual programs and patron privacy.

"Streaming storytime resources,” from the Massachusetts Library System
The Massachusetts Library System shares a collection of virtual story time resources.

"Library Programming for Teens Goes Virtual During Covid-19,” from Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly compiled five approaches to teen programming.

"Virtual programming resource round-up,” by Programming Librarian
Resources to help librarians create and sustain virtual programs.

Minnesota History Organizations and Networks

And many more Minnesota specific resources are available at

The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World -- Art, History, Science, and Technology

Many of the virtual tours include exhibit walk-throughs and the ability to examine some of the world’s best paintings, sculptures, and other pieces up close and personal. These virtual tours are jam-packed with enough details to make you feel like you’re really visiting the museum. The experiences are sure to entertain the whole family, an art or history buff, or even those of us who want to imagine the joys of travel again!

The list is divided into 4 easy to review sections, including art, natural history, science and technology, and history museums. So whether you prefer to take in a painting at the Van Gogh museum, check out an SR-71 Blackbird at the Museum of Flight, or gaze upon the Rosetta Stone, this list has it all!

Put together by UpgradedPoints, see it HERE.

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MARCH 15TH 9:30-10:30AM
Register by 3/11/21

Arrowhead Library System is hosting a TumbleBookLibrary
webinar and you're invited!  A representative from TumbleBookLibrary will be discussing this collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, eBooks, and educational games available for ALS patrons and students.  

The webinar will be held on Monday, March 15, 9:30-10:30 a.m.  
To register, please click on the following link by 3/11/21: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RFVMQY8.   
You will receive a confirmation email and log-in
link one business day before the webinar.

If you can't make the webinar, please feel free to watch a general TumbleBookLibrary How-To video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT9VkFMbT1c&feature=youtu.be
SUNO Library 1, COVID 0: A Proactive Approach
to Offering Library Resources and Services
March 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm

COVID-19 has required necessary adjustments for libraries across the country. Its rapid effect on the world called for immediate flexibility and viable options for continuing to provide library resources and services in the safest environment possible for everyone. Proactivity, planning, and teamwork played an intricate part of the Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library's strategy for the continued offering of library resources and services. Learn more and register free HERE.
MARCH 18, 2021 <> 2:00-3:00 pm

Lessons from the COVID pivot: Community engagement now and in the future

When put to the test with COVID-19 restrictions, public libraries pivoted quickly to evolve tactics and outreach. Join three passionate public library leaders as they share lessons learned and updated visions for how to elevate engagement to meet changing community needs—now and in the future.
Learn more and register Free HERE.
March 19th at 1:00 pm
Ethics in Digital Storytelling
This webinar is part two in a series about supporting digital storytelling practices and programming in public and academic libraries. Presented by the ALA.

Hear from a panel of practitioners and experts about necessary considerations for copyright, accessibility, and consent agreements in library digital storytelling programs. How can educators effectively teach fair use for media-makers? What are important steps in ensuring library programming is accessible for all community members? What factors should educators consider when designing programs focused on first-person, confessional stories?
Learn more and register for Free HERE.
April 6th from 9:00am - 4:00pm
To register for free, click on the graphic below.

Visit the WSL Training Calendar webpage for the many offerings of educational opportunities for Library Staff and Library Patrons. (Click on their logo.)

Managing Digital Content Over Time: An Introduction to Digital Preservation

  • Tue, Apr 27 – Tue, May 11, 2021
  • Multi-day event -- $85.00 fee, from Minitex

Session 1: Identifying and Selecting Digital Content for Preservation
April 27, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In Session 1, the presenters address the importance of identifying what types of digital content you have within your institution, introduce steps and techniques to prepare a basic digital content inventory, and prepare you to address digital content that might come your way. The second half will focus on the process of selecting content for preservation from the body of digital content you hold. 

Session 2: Storing, Protecting, and Managing Digital Content for Preservation, May 4, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
In Session 2 you will develop an understanding of how to store and protect your digital content over time. Methods for understanding your content include capturing, creating, and retaining metadata and are essential for protecting your digital content. Additional concerns include controlling who has access internally and externally to content, assuring fixity of files through error checking, ensuring that confidential information has sufficient access controls, and ensuring digital materials are included in disaster planning. 


ALS Public Library
Status Update
Docs file available for printing and download HERE.
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.
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.
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.
Curbside service offered Monday-Friday.  Please call for complete information at 218-245-1633 or see their Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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.

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.
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.
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.
Offers curbside pickup by appointment and delivery within the city limits by calling Paula at 218-969-8977.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Offering curbside pickup of library items on hold Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00-5:00, Tuesday 9:00-6:00, 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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