Volume XXX, Issue 5
February 1, 2021
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We have Large Print Books Now Available

If interested, you would receive a variety of genres in each box.

Contact Paula Stanaway at 218-741-3840 or paula.stanaway@alslib.info.

The finalists for the 2021 Minnesota Book Awards were chosen on Saturday, January 30, by 27 judges from around the state – writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community.

2021 Finalists

Select a category below to view the finalists:

Children's Literature, sponsored by Books For Africa
General Nonfiction
Genre Fiction, sponsored by Macalester College
Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
Middle Grade Literature, sponsored by Education Minnesota
Emilie Buchwald Award for Minnesota Nonfiction
Novel & Short Story, sponsored by College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Poetry, sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.
Young Adult Literature, sponsored by United Educators Credit Union


Image of a woman talking and gesturing with her hands

Tips to help presenters with greater virtual engagement

by Beth Staats | Feb 1, 2021



Registration Open for North American Virtual Reference Online Conference 2021

by Carla Pfahl | Jan 29, 2021


Waiting Dog


Are You Waiting for Something?

by Philip Sites | Jan 29, 2021

A photograph of happy library conference attendees.

Details for this year's Tri-College University Library Workshop

by Zach Miller | Jan 29, 2021


OCLC Research Report cover


Minnesota Digital Library staff contribute to new OCLC Research Report

by Sara Ring | Jan 29, 2021


The logo for Computers in Libraries Connect 2021. A purple background featuring a blue globe and blue, white, and gray lettering.

Computers in Libraries virtual conference discounted through Minitex

by Zach Miller | Jan 29, 2021c

from The Thread, MPR News
He saved 669 children from Nazis —
a new book tells his story to kids

Elizabeth Blair, January 27, 2021 

“Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued” tells the true story of the Englishman, Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from the Nazis including Vera Gissing.

Nicola Gissing believes Sís keeps the story of the Holocaust age appropriate by emphasizing details very young children can relate to and by not making Vera's escape and the Nazi invasion too frightening.

Developmental psychologist Dona Matthews says “Nicky & Vera is the first book she's read that addresses the Holocaust for children so young. She recommends parents and caregivers read the story along with children. She applauds Sís for his approach with such an extraordinarily sensitive topic.

"The focus of this story is on Nicky and Vera. It's not on the horrors of the Holocaust," says Matthews, "The story itself shows the importance of inclusion and respect for diverse others, which is a really good early entry to the Holocaust and other kinds of diversity understandings for kids."

Read the full story HERE.

Minnesota author David LaRochelle and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for “See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog.” This is a page from inside the book.

MN authors get honors at American Library Association Youth Awards

By  | mgrossmann@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press
January 26, 2021 at 4:19 p.m.

Minnesota author David LaRochelle and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for beginning picture book for “See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog,” and Minnesotan Gretchen Anthony’s “The Kids Are Gonna Ask”  was among 10 winners of Alex Awards for best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. “Miriam At the River” by Jane Yolen, published by Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Minnesota-based Lerner Publishing Group, is a Silver Medalist in the picture book category of the Sydney Taylor awards for outstanding books that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

These awards and others, the most prestigious in children’s literature, were announced today by American Library Association Youth Awards at the ALA’s virtual midwinter meeting in Chicago. For the complete list of winners and honor books go to ala.unikron.com.

Ten Essential Reads About
Baseball Legend Hank Aaron

Remembering the life and legacy of an American hero who was bigger than sports. By Alex Dalenberg from Pocket Collections

Explore Henry Louis Aaron’s legacy on and off the baseball field with this collection of articles about Hammerin’ Hank, including memories of the night Aaron smashed Ruth’s record, the other staggering statistics he left behind, and reflections on Aaron’s civil rights legacy. (Click on the photo above to read more.)

Top 30 Jobs in Demand in Minnesota

Many employers are hiring right now during the COVID-19 pandemic⁠—and they want to connect with people looking for work right away.

Below you can see the top 30 jobs in demand now in Minnesota. Jobs are listed in order of demand with jobs in top demand at the top of the list below. Each job listing includes:

  • A description with a link to educational requirements and occupation details including a short video
  • Wage range information
  • A link to current postings for the job in Minnesota

We also have a regularly updated printable listing the top 30 jobs in demand in Minnesota with summary information for each job.


February is
African American History Month

Click the links to explore

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Library of Congress

Minnesota Historical Society: Black History, Black Voices

National Archives

National Park Service:  400 Years of African American History

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

(Thanks to Cook Public Library -- see their great newsletter HERE.)
vaccine availability and challenges graph


PBS NewsHour Extra , 2021-01-27

Logisitical Challenges of Mass Vaccine Distribution

Watch the short video clip, then read the summary below and the articles linked within the summary and then answer the discussion questions. To read a transcript of the video, click here

Programming for Summer Reading and Beyond
No matter what theme you choose for your library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program, your Swank public performance site license can help you make a big impact with indoor and outdoor movie events and engaging programming ideas!
MBLC Library Space Planning Resource
A Planning Resource for Librarians
While created with Massachusetts libraries in mind, this handy guide contains principles that transcend state lines. Included are several case studies of Tappé Designed Libraries.

This guide was developed to empower librarians, administrators, space planners, and architects with a collection of best practices for the planning and design of public library buildings.
Get the Guide

The 1619 Project Curriculum

The 1619 Project, inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, challenges us to reframe U.S. history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as our nation's foundational date. Here you will find reading guides, activities, and other resources to bring The 1619 Project into your classroom. Wondering where to start? Dive into our Reading Guide.

Feb 2nd 2:30-3:30 – Customer Service / Call Centers

Guests will include health insurance and long term care insurance companies.

  • LTCG (Woodbury; work from home) and Medica (St. Paul; Minnetonka)

 Register here


Feb 9th 2:30-3:30 – Medical Technology

Guests will include medical technology companies.

  • Cirtec Medical (Brooklyn Park)
  • Nonin Medical (Plymouth)
  • Vital Images (Minnetonka)

Register here


Feb 16th at 2:30-3:30 – Irrigation and Landscaping

Guests will include landscaping and irrigation employers.

  • Minnesota Nursery and Landscaping Association

Register here


Feb 23rd at 2:30-3:30 – Building Products Industry

Guests will include employers in the building products industry.

Register here


Play them right here on our blog or use the links to play full screen. Each puzzle is set at about 100 pieces but they are customizable to any skill set. Click the grid icon in the center to adjust the number of pieces. All of the images are freely available in our Digital LibraryImage GalleryBiodiversity Heritage Library or Smithsonian Institution Archives Collections. Feel free to explore and make your own!

Miss our previous puzzles? See “Digital Jigsaw Puzzles” and “Digital Jigsaw Puzzles: Fall Edition”.  

Here's just one example:

Play online: https://jigex.com/Ghhg

                   19th century lithographic illustration featuring variety of multi-colored Renaissance designs and motifs.
Plate LIV, “Renaissance”, Polychromatic Ornament (1877)
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Feb 2nd at 1:00pm (and after)

Remote Tutoring 101 - Webinar - Advanced registration required!

Tuesday, February 2 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm

REGISTER for Free.

Making It Work: Adapting Materials 101 - Webinar - Advanced registration required!

Wednesday, February 3 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

REGISTER for Free.


Comprehension Strategies for Intermediate-Level Readers - Webinar - Advanced registration required!

Monday, February 8 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

REGISTER for Free.


A Roadmap for Success: Remote Lesson Planning 101 - Webinar - Advanced registration required!

Tuesday, February 9 from 10:00am - 11:30am

REGISTER for Free.


Developing Fluency and Vocabulary for Beginning English Speakers - Webinar - Advanced registration required!

Wednesday, February 10 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm

REGISTER for Free.


Remote Tutoring 101 - Webinar - Advanced registration required!

Thursday, February 11 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

REGISTER for Free.
Feb 3 at 2:00pm (and after)

Ebooks Minnesota: Books for online reading and research
Feb 3 at 2:00-3:00pm  <>  Register for Free HERE.

Using Britannica School and Original Sources in your Hybrid Classroom
Feb 4th from 3:30–4:30pm  <>  Register for Free HERE.

Using Britannica School and Original Sources in your Hybrid Classroom
Feb 9th from 3:30–4:30pm  <> Register for Free HERE.

NISO Webinar: Content Presentation: Diversity of Formats
Feb 10th at 10:00–11:30am  <> Register for Free HERE.

Project Management for Libraries: Project Planning
Feb 12th at 1:00–2:00pm  <>  Register for Free HERE.
Feb 9th at 10:00am

1984 by George Orwell 

Originating as a dystopian lens on Stalinist Russia, 1984 has since become a popular source material for today’s unbelievable realities, including how political manufactured make-believe can become a reality. Join Prof. Sugrue for a short lecture and live Q&A

Tuesday February 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Register for webinar
Feb. 9th at 12:00pm
Academic library work meets sustainable development
9 February 2021 at 12:00pm
This webinar is designed with academic libraries in mind and is part of a series of discussions being hosted by the OCLC Global Council to create awareness and dialogue among library leaders on the SDGs around the globe. It is part of OCLC's Transformative Leaders series. Take OCLC's Global Library Survey on the Sustainable Development Goals. 
Feb. 9th at 1:00pm
Feb 9th at 1:00 pm
Feb 10th at 1:00 pm
Feb 16th at 1:00pm
Feb 18th at 1:00pm
Feb 18th at 1:00pm

Building Community Resiliency:
How your Library Can Help Prepare
your Community Before a Disaster
or Crisis Hits

Thursday, February 18, 2021; 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern

On-demand webinars

See all available: bibliotheca.com/events



All of our Classics revisited series is available to watch on YouTube

Watch on-demand here


Digital sharing & collection development strategies 

Featuring Rotherham Libraries UK & Mandel Public Library US. 
Watch on-demand.


Feb 10th at 1:00-2:00 pm

The Ezra Jack Keats Award: 35 Years of Making a Difference in Diverse Picture Books

Feb 10th at 1:00-2:00 pm

This webinar will feature a discussion of outstanding EJK Award winning picture books that represent characteristics of exemplary picture books in both text and illustrations. The panelists—an EJK Award selection committee member, an EJK Award recipient who has served on the selection committee, and a public library youth services coordinator—will share perspectives on how public librarians can select excellent and diverse picture books for their collections and programming.

Individual – PLA Personal Member    $43.00
Individual – ALA Personal Member    $59.00
Individual – Nonmember    $59.00
Group*    $129.00 (up to 20 staff from a single library system logging in individually from multiple locations)
Feb 8, 10, 12 & 17
Harvard University Graduate School of Design - Executive Education
Instructor: Jeffrey Hoover, Principal, Library Design Director, Tappé Architects

While recognizing that the current pandemic has made permanent changings in design thinking for libraries, this program will transcend the current “problem‐solving” moment in library design. The course will be a broad platform for addressing libraries as
  • an essential element of civic infrastructure,
  • vehicles for access to and dissemination of meaningful dialog,
  • productive “think space” & “do space,” and
  • the definitive resource for reliable information.
February 8, 10, 12, 17, 2021
Time: 11 am – 1 pm (Eastern)
Location: Online (Zoom)
CEUs:  7.0 AIA/LU (HSW) | 7.0 AICP/CM | 7.0 LA/CES (HSW)
Cost: $1,050
Register Now
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 and Friday 10:00-4:00 and Thursday 1:00-7:00.  Computer use by appointment during these hours. Returns accepted 24/7 at the Main Library at both Michigan St. and Superior St. book drops.  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. No other transactions will be handled. 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 Tuesday 9:00-6:00, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00-5:00, 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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