Volume XXIX, Issue 25
June 22, 2020
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MOLLIE'S MUSINGS

Distance Learning:
Supporting K–12 Learners


Through COVID-19 Closures, Libraries Take Book Clubs Virtual
 
DIRECTOR'S DIRECTION

Diversity Resources from NoveList

Communication is key to a successful and smooth library building reopening


 

Libraries Are Dealing With New Demand For Books And Services During The Pandemic

If you find yourself scrambling for a good novel to escape the novel coronavirus, you're not alone. Across the country, libraries have seen demand skyrocket for their electronic offerings, but librarians say they continue to worry about the digital divide and equality in access — not to mention the complicated questions that must be answered before they can reopen for physical lending.

"Since the library closed on March 16, we've had about seven thousand people register for library cards," says Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director for the District of Columbia Public Libraries. "We've had over 300,000 books borrowed since mid-March, which is astounding considering that our collections are limited."

By the library's accounting, that's 37% higher than the same period in 2019, and DC isn't alone in an uptake in digital usage: Weekly library e-book lending across the country has increased by nearly 50 percent since March 9, according to data from OverDrive, a service used by many libraries to let patrons check out media for e-readers, smartphones and computers. Audiobook check-outs are also up 14% — not quite as large a shift, likely because fewer people are in their cars commuting to work.

Read the full article from NPR HERE.

Watch this Summer Reading Program Movie Trailer


Looking at Summer Learning
from MN Department of Education's
State Library Services

As summer learning programs launch around the state (check out this movie trailer from Hoyt Lakes Public Library), our colleagues Ashley Bieber and Leah Larson continue to hold weekly calls on summer learning.

This is a chance to connect with youth services colleagues around the state to share ideas about summer learning, virtual programming, and ways libraries can support youth and families during this time.

Weekly meeting times are TBD. Contact Ashley Bieber or Leah Larson to add your name to the email list.

Google's Drones Will Drop Library Books to Students

Nice try skipping your summer reading, kids.


Google's air delivery service, Wing, will soon begin to deliver library books to kids living in Christianburg, Virginia, per a report in The Washington Post.

A middle school teacher received groceries through the drone delivery service last year and petitioned the company to start also sending books. At least 600 school children live in Wing's delivery zone and could benefit from the service.
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Online Literary Trivia Offers Fun and Funds

Tennessee's Nashville Public Library Foundation
The first online Literary Trivia run in support of NPL connected ticketed game players in a live video meeting. Funds were raised through ticket sales alone and the event garnered $816. Attendees pre-registered to play, with individuals paying $10 and teams paying $30 for up to six players on a team. The top three winning teams won prize packs of leftover PLA conference tote bags filled with branded bumper stickers, postcards, and books signed by previous NPL Literary Award Winners. Learn more HERE.

After George Floyd, Minnesota fights
racism with free books and films


During this time of unprecedented protest, publishers, libraries, booksellers and authors are getting anti-racist titles into people’s hands and heads.

The U of M Press has released a collection called “Reading for Racial Justice,” available online for free through August. The Friends of the Hennepin County Library group is making e-books such as “How to Be an Antiracist,” by Ibram X. Kendi, available immediately, without a wait. Individuals are buying out their local bookstores, rocketing black authors to the top of the bestseller lists.

Go to the full collection HERE.
 

  Public Services for Patrons

Access to the law library is by appointment only. At this time, access is limited to those doing legal research or writing. 

There are 3 types of appointments you can make: 

  1. To use an MPA/MACS court documents terminal
  2. To use a public computer
  3. To do book research

Appointments are for 1 hour and 20 minutes. You can sign up using the links above. Please read the guidelines for visiting the State Law Library before your visit. 

State Law Library staff continue to provide legal information services via our website, by email (quickest response time), and by phone (651)-297-7651. We have access to many online legal resources and are happy to assist people looking for legal information.  Please note that you do not need to come to the library to access legal information. With physical access to our library limited, we may be able to mail items to patrons when an alternative option is not available.

LLF Staff Suggestions for the August LibraryReads List

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RESOURCES
How to Suggest Great Books to Patrons

When They Can't Peruse Books for Themselves
 
 
 
winners, finalists and honorable mentions listed back to 1976
 
 
The Pulitzer Prize for History back to 1917
 
NPR’s Book Concierge with annual recommendations back to 2013
 
The Bram Stoker Award has annual listings back to 1987
 

FREE HEALTH RESOURCES FOR YOUR PATRONS
Stay Active & Manage Chronic Pain - ways to assist your patrons with health information.  See these free, interesting virtual classes HERE.

VIRTUAL STORYTIME SERVICES
RESOURCE GUIDE

Virtual programs are a valuable way to connect with our communities regardless of crisis. As libraries of all types expand their digital collections and explore virtual programming, we offer this guide as a resource to those seeking to offer or improve storytime services from afar. While this guide primarily focuses on virtual storytime, it also includes helpful resources and suggestions for other online library experiences and virtual children’s programs.

See all the great information HERE.
   
Including June Featured Videos, Just Added and All Books
STATUS OF OUR LOCAL LIBRARIES
AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Mon & Fri 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tues, Wed & Thurs 1:00 – 5:30 pm.  Place a request for an item from the Aurora Public Library catalog, send us an email (paula.chapman@alslib.info) or call us at 218-229-2021.  See their BLOG for full details.

BABBITT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open to the Public with restrictions.  Call 218-827-3345 or see their Facebook Page.

BAUDETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open to the Public with restrictions. Call 218-634-2329 or see their Facebook Page for more.

BOVEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside service offered.  Please call for complete information at 218-245-1633 or see their Facebook page.

BUHL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offers no-contact Book & Media checkout and return services. Mon-Thurs at 10am-6pm & Fri at 1pm-5pm.  Call 218-258-3391.

CALUMET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Library open with restrictions and offering curbside service.  Find out the full details on their Facebook page or call 218-247-3108.

CARLTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pick up and appointments to use the computer are available. Call 218-384-3322 for more information or see their Facebook page for the details.

CHISHOLM PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pick up available Monday 2-6 pm, Wednesday 10am-2pm, Friday 11am-3pm. Call 218-254-7913 or see Facebook.

CLOQUET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Limited facility reopening and curbside pickup Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30.  Call 218-879-1531 or see their Facebook page.

COLERAINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Library open with restrictions Monday-Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.  Also offering curbside pickup.  Call 218-248-2315 and see Facebook for all the information.

COOK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offering curbside pickup from Monday- Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm by appointment! For more info, see their e-newsletter HERE.

DULUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
No appointment pickup service at the Superior Street location. Call 218-730-4200 for assistance with placing holds and finding new books. See their website for full info HERE.

ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Call from 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-3:30 pm on weekdays to schedule a pick-up.  More info available at their website.
 
EVELETH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Closed until further notice but check out their Facebook page for upates.

GILBERT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Staff will check out requested items that patrons can pick up in their entrance Mon-Fri from 11:00-4:00. Call 218-748-2230 or see their Facebook Page for information.  

GRAND MARAIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Providing pickup services from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. See more information at grandmaraislibrary.org  or call 218-387-1140.

GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Pick up service available Noon-6:00 pm Monday-Friday. For all the updated info, see their website.

HIBBING PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside services Mon-Thur from 12:00-4:00 pm.  Call 218-362-5959 or see their website

HOYT LAKES PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00 pm.  Call 218-225-2412 or check their Facebook page for full information.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Now open Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thu-Fri 10am-6pm and also offer curbside pickup service. See Facebook for more info.

MARBLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open regular hours with some restrictions.  For more information, see their Facebook page HERE.

MOOSE LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open to patrons with special hours and some restrictions.  For more information, their Facebook page has all the details.

MOUNTAIN IRON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pick up available. For more information, their Facebook page has all the details.

SILVER BAY LIBRARY
The Silver Bay Public Library is still offering curbside service, but will allow up to five patrons in at a time within a week or so. Call the Library at 218-226-4331 or see their BLOG.

TWO HARBORS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pick up available. For more information, see their announcement HERE.

VIRGINIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Call the library between the hours of 10:00am – 4:00pm (weekdays only) and ask a staff person about our curbside pickup service. The library’s phone number is 218-748-7525.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
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Online Learning Opportunities about
Race and Equity

Free Webinars from

Re-Opening Safely with
Automated Occupancy Counting

Tue, Jun 23, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Join us for a complimentary webinar on how to safely reopen your library with SafeSpace, a new automated occupancy counting system from SenSource. Made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SafeSpace is an automated real-time occupancy monitoring system that counts patrons as they come and go to provide an accurate, real-time headcount. From LibraryWorks.


Register HERE.


SAVE THE DATE!

July 1 at 12:00 p.m. Central

Join PLA's Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) for their first live Twitter chat on Wednesday, July 1 from 12–1:00 p.m. Central! The discussion will focus on EDISJ in the library workforce, and will aim to help library staff understand the interplay of EDISJ principles in workforce development and re-examine systems and policies to expose issues of inequity and injustice.

2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence
in Fiction and Nonfiction Awards!

 

Jul 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm Central

Celebrate the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence at an exciting virtual gala hosted by Booklist and RUSA. Our keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize winner and nineteenth U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, author of five poetry collections, including Monument: Poems New and Selected, and the forthcoming Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir.

You will also hear acceptance speeches from Carnegie Fiction winner Valeria Luiselli, for Lost Children Archive (Alfred A. Knopf), and Carnegie Nonfiction winner Adam Higginbotham, for Midnight in Chernobyl (Simon & Schuster). This free, one-hour celebration is sponsored by NoveList.

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

Celebrate the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence at an exciting virtual gala hosted by Booklist and RUSA. Our keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize winner and nineteenth U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, author of five poetry collections, including Monument: Poems New and Selected, and the forthcoming Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir.

You will also hear acceptance speeches from Carnegie Fiction winner Valeria Luiselli, for Lost Children Archive (Alfred A. Knopf), and Carnegie Nonfiction winner Adam Higginbotham, for Midnight in Chernobyl (Simon & Schuster). This free, one-hour celebration is sponsored by NoveList.

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

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
 >> NOT FREE <<

Introducing ISTE’s new Summer Learning Academy 2020!

The International Society for Technology in Education is launching a Summer Learning Academy to prepare K-12 educators for teaching in online and blended learning settings this fall. For just $20, teachers can enhance their online teaching skills through a three-week,15-hour PD program featuring four self-paced microcourses, 12+ webinars from online learning experts, access to a personal learning community and fun weekly prizes. Register now!

GRANTS, CONTESTS & AWARDS

Who? Districts currently feeding students at school or other sites. 
What? Receive a $1000-$2,000 credit per site in your district to purchase equipment through Hubert.  

  • Equipment could include coolers, insulated bags, carts, packaging and even personal protection equipment to be used now and into the fall.
When? ASAP! Grant applications are currently live and will be awarded weekly until all funds are awarded.  No need to wait for a check; within a week of application, you'll receive award notification and be able to place your order.
Priority: ALL MN districts serving emergency meals are eligible for grants. Priority for school districts with ALDI stores located within or nearby.
One U.S. library transforming its community in groundbreaking ways
will win a cover story in LJ, a gala celebration and $250,000.
All U.S. Public Libraries are eligible to apply.  Learn more HERE.
Deadline is July 15, 2020
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Maya Angelou
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