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New Titles in the ALS Professional Collection -- Winter 2020

Digital Resources in Today's Libraries

Jan 21 from 3:30-6:30, Jan 23 from 3:30-6:30 or Jan 24 from 11:30-1:30
Scan For Keeps -- Bring in your old slides, negatives, photos or documents to scan and save on a flash drive.

Jan 22 at 3:30 PM -- Animal Watercolor Class

Mobile WorkForce Services on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 10:00 am to Noon
Help with resumes and cover letters
Jan 21 at 7:00 pm - Book Club Meeting

Jan 21 and Jan 22 at 10:15 am -- Snow and Snowman! Storytime
Jan 23 at 10:00 am -- Recycle, Re-purpose, and Restyle

Jan 24 at 10:30 am --  G is for Giraffe Winter Story Time

Jan 22 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 pm -- Social Worker Drop-In
Jan 22 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 pm -- Soap Making Demonstration

Jan 23 at 3:30 pm -- Pinterest Projects - Quilts

Jan 21 at 3;30-5:00 pm -- Seasonal Moments by Vickie Tuskan

Jan 21 at 10:30 am -- Winter Reading Story Time
Jan. 24th at 1:00pm -- Sled Dogs Stories and Craft
Jan 24 at 12:00 pm -- Read to Lucy the Whippet

Sign Up Soon!

2020 Summer Reading Program Kick-off
Winter CLAS Meeting for Youth Services Staff
Friday, February 7, 2020, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Arrowhead Library System Headquarters

Open to all ALS member public and school library staff working with youth.
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - 2020 iREAD summer reading theme:  Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!  
12:30-1:15 p.m. - A Passive Program & Pizza lunch.  The pizza lunch order is $8; if you want to participate, please note this on your registration form.   

1:15-3:30 p.m. - Forum - we will discuss topics submitted by you and ALS staff.  

To register, please click on the following link by
Tuesday, February 4, 2020:
SurveyMonkey Registration Form
Top 10 Checkouts of All Time

#1 - The Snowy Day: 485,583 checkouts
By Ezra Jack Keats

#2 - The Cat in the Hat: 469,650 checkouts
By Dr. Seuss

#3 - 1984: 441,770 checkouts
By George Orwell

See the full story HERE.
Minneapolis libraries, grocery stores join
response to opioid overdoses with training
Jon Collins, Minnesota Public Radio, Minneapolis, January 16, 2020 4:40 p.m.

“It's not just libraries, [it’s] everywhere. [Security officers] interact with the residents, and they get to know them and they want to have more tools to help them,” said Liudmila Trandafilava, who manages staff and contract security for Hennepin County.

First, they had to be trained to identify the signs of an overdose.

“It could be a slow respiration, slow pulse, bluish lips, pinpoint pupils,” Trandafilava said. “They usually can recognize it right away based on the sound the individual makes.”

Trandafilava said they’ve been rolling out the policy throughout county buildings. And there are signs it’s making a difference: Last year, security officers revived at least 11 people who overdosed on county property.
FULL STORY HERE to read or listen.


The BookMyne app is back in App stores!  

BookMyne is a mobile app for accessing the library catalog - both physical and digital items (OverDrive and eBooksMN) are included.   Patrons download the app, select their library and log in with their library card number and PIN.

Once logged in, they can go to "My Account" to manage all their requests and checked out digital and physical items.  They can also see any fines they have, but they do not see any notes or "message to patron" blocks.

BookMyne is a very user friendly way for patrons to access the catalog and manage their account on their devices.
Geek out with our new NoveList theme: Fandemonium!

Your patrons may love them. Your library may host them. You may even have participated in a few yourself. Fandom conventions and fandom spaces are becoming increasingly popular in the cultural landscape, and fiction centered around them is flourishing!
For the uninitiated, "fandom" as a concept is a subculture around expressing your love for a particular media franchise.  Fans congregate for conventions to show off costumes they've made of their favorite characters, attend panels hosted by the creators of their favorite shows or games, or buy merchandise. If you've ever read any of those listicles showing off the best cosplays from San Diego Comic-Con, that's fandom at work!
Fandom can also exist in an online space, where people from around the world can connect in internet communities to talk about their favorite characters, relationships, or stories. They may even write fanfiction in the universe of the franchise. 
At the end of the day, books about fandom are all about connection: the characters use their media interests to discover new things about themselves, bolster their friendships, and maybe even fall in love.
Some popular titles that fall under this fandom theme include Ship It by Britta Lundin, in which a fan blogger finds herself at the center of controversy surrounding LGBTQ representation on her favorite show when she's brought on as a consultant; and Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, where three Australian teens go to a fan convention in California and embark on a journey of self-discovery.
We've added this theme for books at the older kids, teen, and adult level.

Counting Every Minnesotan

State Library Services has partnered with the Minnesota State Demographic Center to provide support to library staff in helping patrons complete their 2020 Census forms.

Because the 2020 Census will be available online, people who lack internet connectivity, a device, and/or digital literacy skills may visit your library for any of these three essentials.

Join us in February for a two-hour workshop where we’ll become familiar with the 2020 Census forms, discuss how to respond to common questions about the Census, and review referral options for when patrons need more support with Census completion than the library can provide.

This workshop will be led by State Demographic Center staff. Find a date and time that works for you!

Staff from all library types are welcome, and staff who directly assist public patrons are especially encouraged to attend. These workshops will be valuable for libraries in hard-to-count communities, which may be served by small or rural library locations.

Advance registration is required. Please contact Hannah Buckland at 651-582-8792 if there are any questions.

Sensory NPL is a new app designed to help people with autism or sensory disabilities access the services of the Naperville Public Library. It offers maps of all three branches, the opportunity to create a detailed schedule for a visit, a tap-to-communicate feature and games to play to take a break.

See the full story at Daily Herald, Suburban Chicago's Information Source.

Ramsey County Library will no longer fine for overdue youth and teen materials

Ramsey County forgoes fines on kids' books 

The Ramsey County Library has stopped collecting late fees on children’s and teen books and other juvenile materials, joining a growing group of libraries across the country — including the St. Paul Public Library — that are doing the same to remove reading and educational barriers.

The county library also is forgiving more than $200,000 in charges racked up by library users under the age of 18. It’s a clean slate for the library system’s 50,000-plus juvenile library card holders, said Library Director Jill Boldenow.

“We want to send a really strong message. We are here for parents, children and teens,” Boldenow said. “The library has an amazing set of resources for them. We want to remove all the barriers we can and welcome them in the door.”

Read the full story from the StarTribune.
Register for Free edWebinars
Join live or receive a link to the recording and earn a CE certificate

The Broadband Imperative: Driving Connectivity, Access, and Student Success
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Setting the Stage for Early Literacy
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Technology in Rural Schools: Addressing the Challenges of Digital Equity
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

LEARN MORE and see a full list of edWeb.net's great variety of courses.
Registration is open for the 8th Annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference. 
The conference will take place on January 22-23, 2020. Fourteen sessions
will be available in 4 different tracks, including Library Management
(new!), Adult Services (new!), Small Libraries, and Tech Trends.

All of the sessions will be recorded and captioned in case there are some
that you miss.  For more information on the conference, contact Jamie Matczak at
jmatczak@wvls.org or 920-455-0668.

Free PLA Webinar
Tools for Building Online Banking Skills
with Your Patrons
Thursday, January 30, 2020
1:00-2:00 p.m. Central
Upcoming eCourse
Whole Person Librarianship:
Social Work Concepts or Holistic Patron Services

with Sara Zettervall
Five-week eCourse beginning
on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Whole Person Librarianship applies social work concepts to library practice to improve patron services across library types. As library-social work collaborations expand in number and type across the country, all library staff members can learn to provide more holistic service by applying tools and technique that are grounded in decades of social work practice and experience. The techniques used in a Whole Person Librarianship approach bolster library staff skills in areas of mental health, self care, and understanding and working with patrons in crisis, and more.

This course will engage learners in a personalized project that they develop over the course of five weeks, focused on these topic areas: introduction to library-social work collaboration, Person-in-Environment, resource mapping, Cultural Humility, and Reflective Practice. Participants will gain new perspectives on service that they can apply from the front line to the board room.

  Booklist Webinar—Feminist Reads,
a Penguin Reading List for Readers Grades K-12
  Registration is required to join this event. Please register HERE.
Event status: Not started
Date and time: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:00 pm
Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00)
Program: Booklist Webinars
Duration: 1 hour
100 years after white American women won the right to vote, and three years after #TimesUp and #MeToo took the world by storm, we’re still grappling with the inherent sexism, misogyny, and racism pervasive in the United States, making it more needed than ever to have positive intersectional feminist books for children and teens.

Join Booklist editor Maggie Reagan and Penguin Young Readers for this free, hour-long discussion on new and old books for young readers featuring strong, inspiring women. This webinar will also feature a conversation between Maggie Reagan and black feminist writer and editor Evette Dionne, centering on her nonfiction work Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box.

The event password, which you will use to join the event the day of the webinar, is booklistwebinar.

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