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Indie Author Titles Added to ALS OverDrive

The Indie Author titles have been added to the ALS Overdrive  collection as of July 9 and will be available for one year under the simultaneous use plan. These titles are curated under "Indie Author" titles. All titles except those that are ADOBE pdf only format have been added.

Released last year as SELF-e Select, the Indie Author Project is a collection of independent titles hand-selected by Library Journal, Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA) and a network of hundreds of librarians participating in the IAP’s regional indie ebook contests.

The Indie Author Project offers our library partners a collection of handpicked titles as a free Simultaneous Use package. Under the simultaneous use plan, titles will be available without waitlist or holds. Along with the base package of 50 titles, this year the Indie Author Project also includes an additional 60 genre titles that you can add. Included in that are 20 titles each from YA, Romance, and Science Fiction & Fantasy. Or add all 110 Indie Author Project titles to your digital library, all for free!

What's Happening Arrowhead

J -n- J Card Creations | Calumet Public Library - Monday, July 22 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Indie Film Series: I Am Not a Witch | Grand Rapids Area Library - Tuesday, July 23 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

ABCs for Preschool | Ely Public Library - Wednesday, July 24 from 9:00 - 10:00 am

Beach in a Bottle Necklace | Babbitt Public Library - Wednesday, July 24 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Native American Skies at Garfield School Gym | Cloquet Public Library - Wednesday, July 24 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm

Community Potluck Picnic | Calumet Public Library - Wednesday, July 24 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm 

Amish Midwife | Grand Marais Public Library - Wednesday, July 24 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Creation Story and Puppet Making with Karen Savage | Cloquet Public Library - Thursday, July 25 from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Box Day 3 | Virginia Public Library - Thursday, July 25 from 10:00 am - Noon

Pinterest Project: Tie Dye! | Ely Public Library - Thursday, July 25 from 11:00 am - Noon

Make and Take Puppets | Marble Public Library - Thursday, July 25 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Cardboard Car Drive-In Movie | Two Harbors Public Library - Thursday, July 25 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Book & Bake Sale | Carlton Area Public Library - Friday, July 26 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Nature Show! Beautiful Blossoms | Grand Rapids Area Library - Friday, July 26 from 10:30 - 11:30 am 

Toy Story Mania Challenge | Two Harbors Public Library - Friday, July 26 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Books & Baseball Day with the Huskies
WDIO | July 15, 2019 


Bringing together the fun of baseball, with the imagination of reading. That's what the 4th Annual "Books & Baseball Day" at Wade Stadium is all about.

Kids of all ages were invited out to the west Duluth stadium, for an afternoon of reading with some Huskies players. To top it off, each kid got to take a book home to add to their personal libraries. 

"This is a perfect combination of two great American pastimes; baseball and books," says David Sproat, president of the Duluth Library Foundation Board. "Children see athletes reading, and that inspires them to read, too. Summer reading helps prevent summer slide, and helps kids be more prepared when they return to school in September." 

Books & Baseball Day with the Huskies

Kids also had the opportunity to sign up for the Summer Reading Program through the Duluth Public Library. And every kid who signed up for the program, was given a free ticket to Sunday's game versus the La Crosse Loggers.

"It gets us out of the library, it gives us a chance to connect with the kids where they are," says Carla Powers, manager at the Duluth Public Library. "Maybe some of these kids come to the library, maybe some of them haven't gotten the chance to in a while. So it's fun to be out here with them, and to bring the library service to them."

There is still time to sign up for the summer reading program if you or your child wishes to do so. Click here for more information.

Continuing Education and Events at ALS 
Upcoming Horizon Training Opportunities - Summer 2019

Make Horizon Work for You!
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Arrowhead Library System Computer Lab (5528 Emerald Ave., Mt. Iron)

Audience: ALS Member Library staff who work with Horizon
Description:   Learn how boolean searching and “Limits” can quickly narrow your search results in Horizon, create custom reports for weeding, overdue, and lost reports and any other topic requested by those attending the workshop.  Learn how to create circulation reports and learn what other reports may be available through SQL or Analytics from ALS staff that will provide useful numbers for both advocacy and budget planning.
Please register by 8/19/19: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5MBG5J7


Horizon Help on the Road (Back to School and More!)
Monday, August 26, 2019 -- Grand Rapids Area Library
Thursday, August 29, 2019 -- Two Harbors Public Library
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Audience: ALS Member Library staff who are new to working with Horizon or not so new staff interested in learning Horizon shortcuts and tricks
Description:  Join us for the demo version of Horizon Circulation Training, adding items, a brief intro to OCLC, and plenty of opportunities to network and learn from your peers.  These sessions have an emphasis on the school library setting but all library staff are welcome to attend.
Please register by 8/22/19: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZPYV2R2   


Minitex Scan for Keeps Kit Training - Save the Date! 
Please save the date!  We will be hosting a Minitex Scan for Keeps Kit Training on Tuesday, September 24, 1-3 p.m., at the ALS Headquarters.  The Scan for Keeps kit is a mobile scanning kit for libraries to use in programming or community events focusing on digital preservation of photos and documents.  All library staff and library volunteers interested in booking and using the kits must complete in-person training with Minitex staff.  I have booked both the regular-size scanning kit and the new large-format scanner kit (can handle items up to 11" x 17") for our region September 24-November 8, 2019, so keep that in mind when you are thinking about local programming.  The kits will travel together as a set.

If you are interested in booking a kit or learning more about this FREE opportunity from Minitex, please sign up here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BDHBSWX 

A Joyous Way to Learn Workshop @ Duluth Public Library
Duluth Public Library and Arrowhead Library System invite you to attend the A Joyous Way to Learn: Music Play to Promote Readiness, Literacy, Math Development and Inclusion Workshop on Monday, July 29, 1-4 p.m, at the Duluth Public Library!  This workshop is free and open to public library staff, school library staff, and early childhood professionals who work with children in the region.

Award-winning author and musician Jim Gill will share examples of his work -- both books and songs -- that teachers, library staff, and care providers can bring back to their classrooms, playrooms, and family rooms.  Most importantly, Jim will discuss how his unique creations in music play inspire young children not only to move, but to regulate their movements and not only to sing, but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed word and the world of numbers.  

Attendees will leave the session inspired to share a new repertoire of songs and playful literacy activities with the children they care for.  Even more, attendees will leave the session understanding that what is most challenging about the nature of early childhood education is also what makes the profession so exciting.

To register for this event, please click on the following link:  

You will receive a registration confirmation via email once you complete the registration form.  Clock hour certificates will be available for all participants the day of the workshop.
Questions?  Please feel free to contact Mollie Stanford at mollie.stanford@alslib.info or Heidi Harrison at hharrison@duluthmn.gov.
The Conference is Calling
August 5 & 6 | Chanhassen, MN 
August 8, 2019 | Minneapolis Marriott Northwest

Save the Date2019 Summer Rights Statements Implementation Workshops

Monday, July 22nd - Washburn Public Library in Minneapolis

Thursday, August 15th - Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota-Duluth
September 19 & 20 | Mystic Lake Center, Prior Lake, MN 
October 10 - 12 | Brooklyn Park, MN 
2019 Impact Education Conference by Sourcewell Technology 
December 14-17, 2019
The goal for the Impact Education Conference is to create a vibrant community atmosphere that inspires educators and administrators to embrace innovative ways to impact student achievement and operational excellence.

Formerly known as the TIES Conference, this conference will be offering great professional development content for school library media specialists and other library staff interested in teaching and learning. The conference this year will be held on December 14-17, 2019 at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency. The program now allows participants to choose a one or a three day option and has also expanded to include all areas of education.

Registration is open and they are also looking for presenters to share their expertise with the audience. Early bird registration goes until June 30, and there is also a discount for groups of 10 or more from the same organization. Lead presenters chosen to present sessions receive a 50% discount on registration for either one day or three days.

Find more information and the registration link here: https://impact.sourcewelltech.org/
Apply for Greatness


2019 ALS Mini Grants - Apply Today!


Scholastic Offering School Media Center Mini-Grants 

As anyone working in the library field can tell you, school media centers are habitually underfunded. This is particularly true in inner city neighborhoods and poverty-stricken areas. Consequently, their collection development budgets tend to be quite tight.

If this is the case at your school, Scholastic Inc. wants to help. In partnership with New York Times bestselling author James Patterson, the publisher is donating $1,250,000 to school library collection development. In all, 4,500 recipients will be chosen. Five hundred “new teachers” (defined as 0-3 years on the job) can win $500. An additional 4,000 teachers and school librarians will be awarded $250/each.

Applying is simple – truly, couldn’t be easier! All applicants are asked to do is verify their credentials and write 100 words on how a $250 or $500 donation would benefit their library and student body. Click here for details.


'I Love My Librarian Award': Submit Your Candidate Today!

I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations for the 2019-2020 I Love My Librarian Award are open through October 21. In order to nominate a librarian, please answer the questions on the form below. Essays or entries that are sent via email or mail cannot be accepted. 

If you want to resubmit a nomination from a previous year, we've made it easy.

Before you get started, we want to ensure that all nominations have the best possible chance of being considered, so we offer the following helpful tips to nominators:

  • You'll need to submit the entire application in one session. 
  • Please keep in mind that after submitting your nomination, you will be not able to return to edit it.  If you feel your nomination has an error, please re-submit it.
  • To make the process easier for applicants, we've provided a list of the prompts (Word doc) so you can prepare your nomination in advance and some tips for creating a standout nomination (PDF).
  • If you have a group of people who want to send in a nomination for the same librarian, please consider pooling your thoughts into a single nomination, if possible.  We have found that having so many points of view in a single nomination gives us a stronger sense of who the nominee is and how they have made a difference in the community.  However, nominators may send in individual nominations.

A reminder: Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school. In order to be eligible, each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Questions? Send an email to campaign@ala.org.

Indie Author Day Logo4th Annual Indie Author Day
October 12, 2019

Register to host, find resources and more! 

Webinar Control Center

Library Promotion in the Digital Age: How to engage your patrons in the library and at home | LJ Webcasts - Thursday, July 25 @ Noon Central - The digital age has changed the way the public interacts with libraries. Patrons can now access a wide variety of content and services without physically visiting a library location. This means that if you’re only focusing on in-library promotion, you’re missing a key opportunity to grow and engage your patron base. According to Pew Research Center, 93% of library patrons are internet users, and 75% are smartphone users—and as the digital-native Millennial and Gen Z generations continue to represent a larger segment of the overall population, digital promotion will become increasingly important.

This webinar will cover how digital promotion can help you engage your patron base both in-library and elsewhere, reach more prospective patrons who aren’t yet using the library, and drive adoption and usage of digital content services.

In this free 60-minute webinar you will:

  • Learn about digital promotion best practices
  • See real-world examples of effective campaigns
  • Hear from Angela Hursh, library marketing expert at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
  • Get actionable tips that you can immediately implement in your library

Virtual Forum Series

August 6 | September 10

2:00-2:30 p.m. Central

More dates have been added to this interactive virtual forum series, in which a rotating panel consisting of members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force will answer your questions related to social work in public libraries. This is an opportunity to learn from the experts and engage with your peers on social service issues facing public libraries today. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences and ask questions throughout the session. Each forum is recorded and archived in PLA's Social Work Interest Group on ALA Connect (login required).

The Social Work in Public Libraries Forums are free. You can choose to attend one or more, but separate registration is required for each.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
2:00–2:30 PM Central

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
2:00–2:30 PM Central

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