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AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY | New Book Club -- January 16, 2:00 pm
Each person who comes is asked to talk about and, if possible, bring a book that you are currently reading or have recently read.
January 2:  Bingo at 2:00 p.m.
January 6:  Book Club at 2:00 p.m.
January 8:  Ombre Winter Tree Earring Class at 3:30 p.m.
January 1:  Winter Reading Program at 1:00 p.m.
January 4:  Free Movie at 1:00 p.m.
January 4 at 10:15 am -- Storytime & Skating, Dunlap Island Warming House
January 7 at 10:15 am -- Winter Storytime Begins and continues on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.
Coming in January - the Adult Winter Reading Program and the Elementary 400 Snowflake Challenge
January 2:   Death on the Nile Book Launch, 5:00 pm
January 3:   Winter Story Time: Fun with Numbers, 10:30 am
January 10: Winter Story Time: Outer Space Adventures, 10:30 am
January 8 at 3:00 pm -- NASA @ My Library - Space Gardening

Winter reading program, “Celebrate Winter Reading,” begins January 6 and runs through February 28, 2020.
Family story times begin on Tuesday, January 7, at 10:30 am and continue each Tuesday at 10:30 through February 25, 2020. For school-aged kids, the Wundrous Readers Society meets every Thursday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. for hot cocoa, doodling, and reading aloud.
January 10 at 10:00 am -- Infant/Toddler Play Dates
January 6th at 6:00 pm -- Friends Of The Library Book Club
"Under the egg" by Laura Fitzgerald
Book club is open to the public and meets on the first Monday of each month in the library at 6:00 pm.
January 2nd at 11:00 am -- Winter Reading Programs for All Ages Begin!
January 3rd at 12:00 pm - Read to Lucy the Whippet
January 6th at 5:00 pm - Teen Cover Letter Workshop

Indie booksellers create community to survive the age of Amazon

Since bottoming out in 2009, the number of indie booksellers nationwide has grown by 35 percent

by Dan Kraker, Duluth. December 27, 2019 4:00 a.m.

The seeds for the Zenith Bookstore, which opened in Duluth 2 1/2 years ago, were sown on the streets of Manhattan.

"We used to love walking the streets and visiting bookstores — we’re both big readers,” said Bob Dobrow, who together with his wife, Angel, owns the cozy bookstore on the city’s Central Avenue.

"We were young and in love and full of energy, and we would walk for hours,” recalled Angel Dobrow.

The Dobrows recall casually musing to one another, “Wouldn’t it be fun one day to open a bookstore?”

But they got married and had kids. Bob became a math professor at Carleton College and they moved to Northfield, Minn. When he retired a few years ago, they were packing up boxes and boxes of books, and that idea popped into their heads again.

“It was literally like a bolt of lightning," Bob Dobrow said.

Never mind that they had never owned any kind of business before, or that people had been predicting the death of small bookstores since Barnes & Noble, Amazon and e-books.

But they moved north to Duluth, depleted their savings to remodel an old liquor store and opened for business on a summer day in 2017.

"It was pandemonium in here,” said Angel Dobrow. “There were TV cameras, and the mayor came, and all these people from Duluth came. It was crazy!"

"I felt from the beginning that we had a tiger by the tail,” Bob Dobrow said. “I was not expecting the extent to which we were embraced by the community."  

Read the full story, HERE.

Poetry master who took inspiration from Minnesota winter, Louis Jenkins dies at 77

A master of his craft, he found wisdom in the workaday details of life.
By Laurie Hertzel and Pamela Miller, Star Tribune staff writiters; December 23, 2019

Louis Jenkins, a longtime Duluth poet who drew inspiration from the northern landscape, died Saturday, the morning of the winter solstice.
Read full article here.

The Conference is Calling
Lake Superior Libraries Symposium
Get Your Northern Library On!
Mid-Winter Unsymposium

Register now for the 8th Annual Lake Superior Libraries
Mid-Winter Unsymposium at the Superior Public Library.
Join us for an afternoon of networking, discussion and collaborative problem-solving.

The Unsymposium is FREE and open to everyone!

When:  Friday, January 10, 2020
Time:  1:00-4:30 p.m.
Cost:  Just your time
Where:  Superior Public Library
Prairielands Online Conference -- Feb. 7, 2020
First Friday in February Online Conference
Libraries Serving Everyone

 9:00 am     Fatima Perkins - Engaging Mature Patrons
11:00 am    Hennepin County Library Staff - International Patrons
 1:00 pm     Renee Grassi - Disabled Patrons

Register Here

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


Please join us for the 2020 Summer Reading Program Kick-off and Winter CLAS Meeting for Youth Services Staff on Friday, February 7, 2020, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Arrowhead Library System Headquarters in Mountain Iron!  These events are open to all ALS member public and school library staff working with youth.

In the morning (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), we will focus on the 2020 iREAD summer reading theme, Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!  Get ready for an interactive session with lots of idea sharing!  Attendees will have a few fun "homework" assignments to bring along to the Kick-off:
  • One book (any age) that you would recommend for the Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!  theme.
  • One craft/activity idea that fits with the theme -- feel free to bring copies of instructions for the group or send ahead of time and I can print for you.
  • One passive program idea (any age) that fits with the theme.
A Passive Program & Pizza lunch will take place from 12:30-1:15 p.m.  If you'd like to be part of the pizza lunch order for $8, please note on your registration form.   

In the afternoon (1:15-3:30 p.m.), we will be discussing topics submitted by you and ALS staff.  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.

To register for one or both events, please click on the following link by Tuesday, February 4, 2020: SurveyMonkey Registration Form

Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided and feel free to bring water bottles and other snacks if you so choose.  Clock hour certificates will be awarded to all attendees.  Please note a snow date has been set for Friday, February 21, 2020.

Questions?  Just let me know!  Hope to see you there!

Mollie M. Stanford, MLIS
Regional Librarian - Youth Services & Training
Arrowhead Library System

Push notifications are now live in Libby, providing a new way to connect with and engage more readers. Users can choose which notifications they’d like to receive from the Libby menu under Manage Notifications, including:
  • When a hold becomes available
  • When a loan is about to expire
  • When a loan has expired
  • And more!
Other notes:
  • Notifications are device-specific, so users can set their notification preferences for each device they use Libby on.
  • After swiping a push notification, a user will be taken to their Reading Journey for that title, which displays any previous interactions and activity the user had with that book (notes, highlights, time read, etc.).
  • Users on devices that don’t support push notifications (or where they’re disabled) can opt to receive notifications via email or in the Libby menu.
  • Along with a new Manage Notifications section, we’ve refreshed and simplified the Libby menu.
  • Going forward, email addresses for users that opt into Libby notifications will no longer be captured in Marketplace reports.
  • As a follow-up to our earlier message, in early 2020, hold redelivery will replace auto-checkout, and Libby's notifications will be a helpful tool for guiding users through the new experience. Learn more about hold redelivery here.
To enjoy notifications and other app improvements, be sure to install the latest update for Libby from your device’s app store.  
Visit Libby Help for more information about notifications and other Libby features. As always, feel free to reach out to your Account Manager with any questions.
Happy Reading,  OverDrive
The Little Free Libraries are caught in a big legal dispute
Trademark issue pits late founder's family
against nonprofit foundation. 

By Nora Krug Washington Post December 25, 2019

Little Free Libraries are the very embodiment of neighborliness. Those handmade wooden cabinets are both receptacles for sharing and expressions of community pride.

But a little more than a year after the death of Todd Bol, the beloved creator of Little Free Libraries, there is discord in the land of literary freecycling. Those quirky curbside bookcases are at the center of a dispute over a family legacy and a legal trademark.

The Bol family — led by Todd’s younger brother, Tony — and the Little Free Library nonprofit that Todd co-founded are squabbling over what words can be used to describe those boxes dotting neighborhoods across the country.

Shortly before his death at 62 of pancreatic cancer, Todd sent a heartfelt message to the world: “I really believe in a book in every hand. I believe people can fix their neighborhoods, fix their communities, develop systems of sharing, learn from each other, and see that they have a better place on this planet to live.”

Employment Opportunities

Reference and Acquisition Librarian
Deadline:  January 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
See Application Information HERE.
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