Volume XXX, Issue 1
January 4, 2021
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The Carousel for Enterprise online catalog is now live

You can see samples below.  If your library would like a Carousel for your online catalog profile please contact Chadd Niles, chadd.niles@alslib.info, or call 218-741-3840.  The searches, the title of the Carousel as well as the tab titles can all be personalized to meet your library's needs.

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The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. AmeriCorps has been charged to lead this effort for the last quarter century. We look forward to your engagement and accomplishments in Dr. King's memory.

This Little Free Library at the South Pole
is the First in Antarctica

by  | Little Free Library News

There are now Little Free Libraries on all seven continents! We are thrilled to introduce the first Little Free Library in Antarctica, which was established by Dr. Russell Schnell at the South Pole.  Read the full article HERE.

26 Beautifully Organized Bookshelves to Inspire
Your New Year’s Resolutions

There’s nothing like a new year to motivate us to be more organized. We’ve rounded up bookshelves that are both beautiful and organized to inspire your bookish resolutions for 2021. Happy organizing!

Read the full article from BookBub HERE.
Cook Public Library promotes reading with big ears and soulful eyes
through their e-newsletter. See it HERE.


Heat for the Holidays

energy assistance

As the weather is getting colder, make sure your library patrons are aware of the federally funded Energy Assistance Program (EAP), which helps lower-income Minnesotans keep warm during the winter months by helping them pay their energy and heating bills.

The Energy Assistance Program can help by providing financial assistance:

  • To pay past due energy bills to avoid disconnection
  • To purchase fuel for delivery in emergencies
  • To repair or replace homeowners' old or malfunctioning furnaces.

The application period is currently open, and flyers are available in SpanishSomaliHmong, and English

You can find more information at the Minnesota Department of Commerce website.

Hardhats Ready?

tribal college library construction

On October 14, the Minnesota Legislature passed a $1.87 billion bonding bill that included $2.951 million for the public library construction grant program.

Stay tuned as we prepare to publicize program information, application materials, and an informational webinar in early January!

To tide you over in the meantime, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners recently released an outstanding library space planning resource. This resource creates a formal set of best practices for designing library spaces, taking the reader through the step-by-step process of determining what to consider when designing a new library.

If you have questions about the construction grant program, please contact Hannah Buckland.


Click above to see the full listing of book and library-related podcasts compiled by WebJunction

Screen fatigue – the exhaustion felt from so much time spent in front of computers and mobile devices – has many people turning to podcasts, allowing them to take a break from screen and to listen instead.

Library Leadership Podcast 

The Library Pros

Lost in the Stacks 

Podcasts for Kids

School Librarians United

January 12th from 2:30-3:30pm
Education and Training Opportunities

Understand the broad range of education and training opportunities for all career changers, including online, onsite, youth and young adult, as well as regional programs, including Cassia, Minnesota State HealthForce, Presbyterian Homes of Minnesota

Register here


January 19th from 2:30-3:30pm
Apprenticeships and Pipeline Program

Find out about earn-while-you-learn programs and why they might be a good fit for you, including Minnesota’s Dual Training Program & Sauer Health Care

Register HERE


January 26th from 2:30-3:30pm
Career Pathways

Getting from point A to point B in your career is easier if you can see the path for getting there. This session focuses on what those pathways are in the health care field.

  • Care Providers of Minnesota
  • Jones-Harrison
  • Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs – Veterans Homes
  • Tealwood Senior Living

Register HERE

girls who code

There is still time to renew or launch a virtual Girls Who Code Club in the spring. Clubs are free and can meet for anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes with the option for Club members to work on coding tutorials independently or in groups.

If you had a Club last year and want to renew, follow these instructions. To start a new Club, complete the Clubs application and make sure to list Minnesota State Library Services as your affiliated partner for extra support and benefits!

If you have any questions, reach out to our Community Partner Representative, Kibret Yebetit at kibret.yebetit@girlswhocode.com.

7 free places online to learn how to draw

Whether you're 15 or 50, there's a lot to be said for following online tutorials to take you from zero to sketching hero. We've found seven superb online resources that offer just that — free drawing lessons to teach you an amazing new skill. 
Read the article from Mashable HERE.

Is Your Hand Sanitizer on FDA’s List of
Products You Should Not Use?

FDA testing uncovered toxic ingredients in some hand sanitizers –
find out if your product is on the handy searchable list

All the opinions from the top sources


The fiction, nonfiction and poetry that deepened our understanding, ignited our curiosity and helped us escape. Read TIME's unique, editor-chosen list HERE.

55 of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021

Reads for a new year and a new you from 

By Leigh HaberMichelle Hart and Hamilton Cain
Read it all HERE.

25 of the Best Books Arriving in 2021

By Melissa Flandreau • December 10, 2020
Read the full blog article from 

42 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021
Now that 2020 is almost in our collective rearview mirror, it's time to look ahead to a brand-new year full of books that we're all going to be obsessed with in 2021. Despite how unsettled 2020 was, it served up plenty of unforgettable reads, from the stunning and timely The Vanishing Half to the warm and witty Beach Read. But 2021 is here to tell 2020 to hold its bookmark, because this coming year is absolutely stacked with highly anticipated novels from the likes of Taylor Jenkins Reid, Kristin Hannah, Talia Hibbert, Stephen King, and Casey McQuiston. And it's not just the big-name authors who are preparing to wow readers; there are already a number of 2021 debuts generating major buzz, too.

Ready to find out what books need to be on your TBR in 2021? Then read on for a list of 42 must-read titles coming your way in the new year. From PopSugar.

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Various promotional photos with a link to the National Geographic Storytellers Summit site
Join us virtually January 12-14 for National Geographic Storytellers Summit! This year's experience will bring together inspirational and influential photographers, filmmakers, illustrators, and journalists to celebrate the art of storytelling and its ability to connect us and inspire change. Register to tune in to hear from powerful individuals from around the world as they take you inside projects that capture a challenging year of love, sorrow, hope, action, resiliency, and much more.

National Geographic’s free online courses
for educators -- 
Starting January 20th

NatGeo equips teachers with powerful tools to transform their classrooms. Through these courses, educators build their own skills and knowledge so they can foster the mindset of a National Geographic Explorer in their students. National Geographic online professional learning courses vary in their lengths and schedules so that busy educators can find a program that fits their needs.

Courses are open to any educator from anywhere in the world who works with students in either a formal or informal setting. In many of our courses, learners can earn graduate credits through our university partnerships. Read more about our available courses below.


Free January Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library / 30 December 2020
See them all

As we reflect on this past year, it’s clear that library staff excel at learning new skills during extraordinary times! You have responded with grace, patience and fortitude to ever-changing scenarios, and we hope that the year ahead brings continued opportunities for you to learn and share with colleagues, near and far. This month's offerings include nearly 70 webinars, covering 21 topic areas to explore. Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of learning opportunities! It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.

For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.


Conscious Culture: Concrete Choices That
Can Change Your Library Workplace

Thursday, January 7, 2021; 1:00 PM
Presenter: Pat Wagner; Registration fee: $49/person
Lean more HERE.

PLA Webinar

Orientation to Library Simplified:

The Library-Driven Platform

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 1-2 p.m. Central
Registration Cost
Individual - PLA Personal Member: $43.00
Individual - ALA Personal Member/Nonmember: $59.00
Group: $129.00
Learn more HERE.

Full STREAM Ahead: How to take Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to the next level with maker kits -- Starting Feb 1st

STEM introduced children to multiple areas of science. STEAM brought art into the mix. STREAM takes all areas including reading and writing and stresses the importance of cross curriculum education. All correlations should be natural and we will work on the kits that can be adapted to be used with multi-age groups.

This is a six week Moodle course run asynchronously, meaning you will never need to login to a class on a certain date/time. The fall offering of this course will begin the week of February 1, 2021.  Class size is limited to 30 students.

ALSC Personal Member: $115; ALA Personal Member: $165; Nonmember: $185
Learn more and register HERE.
ALS Public Library Status Update
PDF 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 curbside service only Monday-Thursday 1:00-5:00 and Friday 1:00-4:00.  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 9:00-4:30 and Saturday 10:00-2:00. 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 10:00-6:00.  For more information see their Facebook page.
Open with restrictions and offering curbside service Monday & Thursday 11:00-7:00, Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00-4:30.  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.
Curbside pickup of requested materials, kids and adults take-and-make kits, librarian assistance requests and online databases. Monday 12:30-5:30, Tuesday 10:00-2:00, Thursday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00; closed on Wednesdays and Fridays.  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-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. bookdrops.  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 bookdrop. 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 bookdrop. 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 dropbox. Call 218-387-1140, email gmlib@alslib.info or visit their website, grandmaraislibrary.org

Drive through pickup of holds Monday-Friday 12:00-6:00. Return materials to the drive up dropbox. 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 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 11:00-5:00. Curbside pickup is available by appointment.  For full information, call 218-225-2412 or see their website, hoytlakeslibrary.org.
Open Monday-Friday 10:00-3:00 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.
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-Friday 10:00-5:00 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 10:00-4:00. 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.
Offering curbside pickup by appointment. Return items to the bookdrop. Call 218-226-4331, email silverbaypubliclibrary@gmail.com or see their blog, wwwsilverbaynews.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 bookdrop. Call 218-834-3148, email thplinfo@gmail.com or see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.
Offering curbside pickup of library items on hold Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00-5:00, Tuesday 9:00-6:00 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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