Volume XXIX, Issue 43
October 26, 2020
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Customer Service Webinar Series
with Pat Wagner from ALS

Sign up for the last seminar
<> October 27 from 10-11 a.m.
 When the Library Makes Mistakes

Please register here and select the session(s) you would like to attend: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PRW2BZ9 

For ALS member public, school, academic and special library staff
This webinar series will focus on customer service
best practices and tools for library staff of all types.
ALS Member Public Library Staff
COVID-19 Check-In

Wednesday, November 4, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • How are you doing?  
  • How are your services and spaces changing?  
  • What is working and what isn't?
  • How can ALS help?
Zoom log-in info and a reminder will be sent out 48 hours prior by email. Contact Mollie Stanford for more information: 218-741-3840 and mollie.stanford@alslib.info
Registration is now open
for two online workshops via Zoom

sponsored by Arrowhead Library System
presented by Leah Larson from MN State Library Services
and Andrea Egbert from Anoka County Library
Child and Youth Development
Thursday, November 5, 2020
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
In order to work effectively with youth, we need a basic understanding of how they develop, their needs and assets.  Summarizing key research into child and youth development with a focus on how to create programs appropriate for the young people you work with.  Attendees will develop an understanding of the cultural concept of childhood in the United States, identify the various ages and stages of child development, and design developmentally appropriate activities and learning environments.
Please register by 11/2/20https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XRJTRZF
Critical Facilitation Skills for
Engaging Discussions and Activities

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Strong facilitation skills are a key component of running an engaging youth program.  Participants will learn facilitation techniques that maximize the use of their skills and settings, and also learn strategies to help youth stay motivated to learn.  Participants will come up with facilitation strategies that will enhance the workshop they are developing and practice a few strategies in front of their peers.  Attendees will be able to develop an understanding of effective strategies for engaging youth in discussions and activities, use specific facilitation techniques that are effective for leading and managing group discussions, and troubleshoot through potential challenges that may occur during group discussions.
Please register by 11/12/20https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XNLJXJ8 
Read the full article here:  FRONT PAGE & FULL ARTICLE.

National History Day in Minnesota has had to make several modifications to the program, specifically to make sure that an adult is never in a video conference alone with a minor. This will mainly impact Power Conferences (one-on-one feedback with HD staff/mentors) and Librarian Research Help.

  • Power Conferences: We will be doubling the number of mentors in Power Conferences - two adults in each conference. Mentors and History Day staff are already background checked and have taken the Safety of Minors training

  • Library Research Help: We will not be offering librarian video chat appointments as part of the Hullabaloo. Students will be directed to research help through the AskMN chat, rather than signing up for video conference appointments with librarians. We do not have the extra staff or mentor capacity to add a secondary adult to these spaces our staff or mentors at this time. We appreciate your understanding as staffing restrictions on our part and the need to ensure the safety of participants, have led us to this decision.

We would like to invite you to sign up to help during Hullabaloo hours on the AskMN chat.  A special chat queue is being created for History Day, that will include the guides for History Day.  We are linking to, and promoting, this special AskMN chat queue in all our materials and we need your support to make it happen!

We know that librarian assignment to AskMN is determined by supervisors.  Minitex is able to add any librarians who are able to work these shifts, if supervisors are able to approve it.

Please Note: When serving as a Hullabaloo librarian you are representing your library system. Therefore, National History Day in Minnesota understands you are on work time and have obtained permission to participate from your supervisor.

Legacy funds can be used to fund additional hours for part-time staff who support History Day Hullabaloos. Legacy funds cannot be used to offset the cost of full time staff.  Your library system may be reimbursed, up to $28/hour, for extra hours dedicated to Hullabaloo. If your system uses Legacy funds to fund additional hours for part-time staff, their timesheets must specify the hours used to support Legacy programming and must be signed by the employee and their supervisor. Please notify Gretchen Hovan if you plan to request reimbursement, prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Gretchen Hovan at gretchen.hovan@mnhs.org.

Is the Duluth Public Library Haunted?

We joined Duluth Paranormal Society’s
Investigative Team on a search for spirits

By   and   -- September 30, 2020

The title sequence for the original Ghostbusters movie follows a mousy librarian into the subterranean stacks of the New York Public Library. When her back is turned, books fly off the shelves and card catalog drawers are yanked open by invisible hands. Re-watching this as an adult, the opening seems ludicrously comical. But as children of the ’80s, this was the stuff of nightmares.

Fast-forward 35 years and you can imagine our reaction when Duluth Paranormal Society, the most established ghost-hunting outfit on the North Shore, invited us to join their investigation at the Duluth Public Library: elation mixed with stone-cold terror.

Founded by husband-and-wife team Andy and Amanda Paszak, Duluth Paranormal Society investigates both public buildings and private homes. Before the group commits to a new project, it conducts a preliminary screening. “You’re trying to profile people,” says Andy, whose day job is as a maintenance director for an assisted-living facility. “Do they need our help, or do they need psychiatric help?”

Paranormal TV shows have become so popular, the couple is very picky about who joins its team. There are 12 of us at the library tonight. How many spirits are present? It remains to be seen.

While it’s a motley crew, everyone plays a role. Andy is Mr. Organization, directing the show. Amanda, who is legally blind but has a heightened sense of hearing, serves as the ears of the group. Joe the Tech Guy’s special equipment earned him the nickname “Geek Squad.” Jackie knows “when things are off.” She can walk through an antiques store, for instance, and be overwhelmed with a heavy, sick feeling, “like something is attached to an object in there.” This gut-punching instinct helps her fellow investigators know where to focus.

And then there’s Ryan, who doesn’t even believe in ghosts. “He’s our True North,” says Amanda. “He’ll say it’s a velociraptor before he’ll say it’s a ghost. Every orb is dust. If our motion detector goes off, it’s a mouse. He always has a logical explanation.”

Every investigation begins with a walk-through. At the Duluth Public Library’s back door, we meet Tracy, a former night custodian wielding a jangly set of keys. The three-story library seems utterly ordinary (it’s not even that old—built in 1980). But Tracy, who worked the night shift here for 15 years, says the janitorial staff has reported unusual incidents as long as she can remember.

Nothing really gruesome happened here, Tracy tells us, except for the time in 1991 when a patron committed suicide in the men’s bathroom. That was in the basement, though, and the paranormal activity typically unfolds on the second floor. The North Shore Room, in particular, seems troubled. That’s where the library stores some of its rare archival materials.

Pressed for more details, Tracy recalls taking a snack break in the second-story staff room when she heard rapping on the glass. “Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!” At first, she thought it was her boss. “Like, haha, very funny,” she remembers thinking. But when she peered out the window at the parking lot below, she saw only one car: her own. “He was never here. But I heard that banging clear as day.”

Read the full article here:  

Duluth Public Library gets creative with school readiness goal during pandemic

The library recently launched a Dial-a-Story program. Anyone can dial
218-626-6500 and then choose options from the menu to hear a story.
Written By: Adelle Whitefoot | Oct 20th 2020

Taylor Martimo reads an interactive story called "Animal Action ABC" by Karen Pandell with her daughters, Layla, 2, and 4-month-old Ana at Lester Park on Friday, Oct. 16. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)

A year ago, the Duluth Library Foundation set its No. 1 goal at closing the opportunity gap for school readiness in Duluth. Everything was going smoothly and they were set to host a community summit to create a strategic plan, and then the pandemic hit.

Duluth Library Foundation Executive Director Patra Sevastiades said the library has launched a citywide, library-led school readiness initiative to address a problem identified in a 2015 community survey, conducted by the library.

“So the library took all that feedback and created a strategic planning group,” Sevastiades said. “The single goal that came head and shoulders above all the rest, identified by the community, was school readiness.”

In October 2019, Sevastiades said, the foundation launched a fundraising campaign to help prepare every child in the city for school. They scheduled a March 28 summit for community members and stakeholders to create a specific school readiness strategic plan. But that week everything was shut down.

“The library had to pivot really quickly and they came up with a different approach, which is to come up with a creative brain trust of local leaders,” Sevastiades said. “They came up with a draft strategic plan and then reached out to small groups virtually.”

Those groups were the same people who were going to attend the summit in March. Sevastiades said they are close to finishing the strategic plan, which was improved based on the feedback, and they have reached out to a consultant.

“It’s being evaluated so that as they finalize the strategic plan they can make sure it will not only make a difference but can measure the impact,” she said.

In the meantime, the library has been trying to find ways to connect with the community and provide support for children and families, said Carmella Hatch, early literacy librarian. While it's been closed this summer, the library has been hosting virtual storytime for babies and toddlers, and delivering boxes of free books and crafts to support organizations that work with needy families.

One of the biggest programs the library put on during the summer and into the fall is Story Strolls, where families and kids can walk through a park reading large laminated book pages, on loan from the Arrowhead Library System. At the end they receive a craft and a free book. Hatch said the library was partnering with the Duluth parks department to host in-person, storytime-in-the-park events, but due to COVID-19, they came up with the new creative idea.

Read the full story HERE.

How to make your library
a welcoming place for all

Read the article from Minitex News HERE.


Minnesota Authors & Illustrators Database

This Authors and Illustrators database serves to make librarians, teachers, and other community leaders aware of authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults, who present programs in libraries, schools, and community agencies, as well as speak at conferences. 

Click above to go to the Authors & Illustrators Database.

Reference Interview

The City of Mountain Iron has an opening for one (1)
Part-Time Librarian Substitute position
This position reports to the Library Director. Minimum qualifications include high school graduate, two (2) years library experience, computer skills and a valid driver’s license. Hours are varied and as needed. Starting salary is $14.22 per hour. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 6, 2020. Send applications, resume and other completed materials to Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator, City of Mountain Iron, 8586 Enterprise Drive South, Mountain Iron, MN 55768 or email: cwainio@ci.mountain-iron.mn.us.
Aspirations in Computing Award
Please let women in your high school/community know that there is still time to get their application underway for the Aspirations in Computing Award.  Last year 133 of Minnesota's young women, were selected to be honored locally and/or nationally.   Based on last year's results, there is a 75% chance they will be selected for one or more of the award levels.....and if they complete and submit their application, there's a 100% chance that they'll be invited to participate in numerous no-cost technology learning and networking events.  These events connect them with other women; their peers, and adults who love working as a computing professional, and have diverse interests.
This brief video from the National Center for Women and Information Technology features their peers encouraging them to apply and Go For IT!
Minnesota Aspirations in Computing (MNAiC) has tons of school, business, and organization partners who are dedicated to support any, and all young women to realize their technology passion, while solving community problems, and turning them into opportunities.  
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Building Literacy
in Every Library:
How to Develop Fun Programs that Support Reading for School Age Children 

A Three-Part Series from the ALSC School Age Programs and Service Committee

Register for Free HERE.
Part One - Comprehension Basics: Developing Critical Thinking to Discover Meaning
October 29th at 1:00pm CT

Part Two - Making Connections: How Does Background Knowledge Contribute to Comprehension?
November 12th at 1:00pm CT

Part Three - Curious Readers: Celebrating the Joy of Reading
November 19th at 3:00pm CT
Smart Scheduling and Planning in Youth Services
A Two-Part Series from the ALSC Managing Children's Services Committee

Register for Free HERE.
Part 1: Managing Your Own Schedule
November 17th at 1:00pm CT

Part 2: Staff & Program Scheduling
December 8th at 1:00pm CT
WebJunction Course Catalog

Our Course Catalog is free and open to library staff everywhere whenever you are ready to learn. We offer library-specific self-paced courses, webinar archives and other great learning materials.

Certificates of Completion are available to help library staff meet CE and LEU credit requirements. Create your free account and start learning today.

The Accidental Facilities Manager

Nov 10th 2:00-3:00pm
This webinar explores library building systems
and issues for the accidental facilities manager.
Register for Free HERE.

November 16th at 3:00pm
Register for free HERE.

Who Are We Designing for and Why?
Service Design Techniques
for Responsive Libraries

Nov 19th 2:00-3:00pm
The first in a two-part webinar series, this session will introduce design principles that can be used to enhance and improve future library services

Register for Free HERE.

  • What: Other Duties as Assigned: A NoveList Day of Learning 
  • When: February 10th with registration coming in early January 
  • Where: online at a computer near you 
ALS Public Library Status Update
Open to the public with restrictions and curbside service also available.  Monday and Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 - 7:00 pm.  For more information, call 218-229-2021 or visit their Facebook page or blog, aurorapubliclibrarymn.blogspot.com.
Open with limitations and offers curbside service Monday - Thursday from 12:00 - 6:00pm and Friday 12:00 - 5:00pm.  Return items to the outside bookdrop. 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 10:00am - 5:30pm and Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm. Returns accepted inside or in bookdrop. 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 from 10:00am - 6:00pm.  For more information see their Facebook page.
Open with restrictions and offering curbside service Monday 11:00am - 7:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm.  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 - 6:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday 1:00 - 5:00pm, Saturday 11:00am - 2:00pm. For more information, call 218-384-3322, email bethany.leseman@alslib.info, or see their Facebook page.
Curbside pickup available Monday 12:00 - 6:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am - 2:00pm and Friday 10:00am - 3:00pm. Return materials to the outside book drop, northeast corner of the building. Call 218-254-7913, email chisholmlibrarymn@gmail.com or see their page on Facebook.
Open to the public, offering curbside service upon request, Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 7:30pm, Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm and Saturday 9:30am - 2:00pm. Call 218-879-1531, email Cloquet.library@gmail.com or see their website at cloquetlibrary.org.
Offering curbside pickup and computer use by appointment Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm, and Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm.  Call 218-245-2315, message them through Facebook or email colerainepubliclibrary@alslib.info.
Curbside pickup available by appointment Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00pm. 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 at Superior Street Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm and Thursday 1:00 - 7:00pm.  Return books to the exterior bookdrop during hours.  For more information, call 218-730-4200 or see their website, duluthlibrary.org.
Offering curbside pickup by appointment 9:00 - 11:30am and 1:00 - 3:30pm Monday - Friday. 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 Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. 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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00am - 3:00pm. Return all materials to the dropbox. 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, printing and staff help by phone and email Monday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm. 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 Monday - Friday 12:00 - 6:00pm. 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 Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm.  Return items to the bookdrop. 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 11:00am - 12:00pm for older & vulnerable patrons, 1:00 - 5:00pm for all patrons. Curbside pickup by appointment Monday - Friday 10:00-4:00.  For full information, call 218-225-2412 or see their website, hoytlakeslibrary.org.
Open Monday - Wednesday 10:00am - 8:00pm, Thursday & Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm and also offers curbside pickup. 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.
Currently closed to the public.  To order books and materials for curbside pickup, please leave a message on their answering machine, 218-247-7676, or message them through Facebook.
Open Monday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm and 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 10:00am - 4:00pm. Return all materials to the interior or exterior bookdrop.  Call 218-735-8625, message them on Facebook, email anna.amundson@alslib.info or see their website at mountainironlibrary.com.
Open with restrictions, also offering curbside service Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 6:30pm, Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm. Return items to the bookdrop. Call 218-226-4331, email silverbaypubliclibrary@gmail.com or see their blog, wwwsilverbaynews.blogspot.com.
Open with restrictions and offering curbside service Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm and Tuesday & Thursday 11:30am - 7:00pm. Return materials to the outdoor bookdrop. Call 218-834-3148, email thplinfo@gmail.com or see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.
Offering curbside pickup at the lower level exterior elevator door.  Click HERE or call the library at 218-748-7525 during the following hours:  Monday – Thursday 9:00 am–5:30 pm, Friday 9:00 am–4:30 pm and Saturday 10:00am–2:00pm. See their Facebook page or virginiapubliclibrary.info.

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