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Promoting Healthy Communities: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage
We have one table left! Contact dena.vendetti@alslib.info if you are interested. Any library taking the table is responsible for picking it up at Arrowhead Library System in Mountain Iron by the end of February. 
1 - 6' by 30" with stainless steel base (non folding)


Your next map case or poster shelf! 
Available for pick-up at Grand Rapids Area Library. 
Email Will Richter wrichter@ci.grand-rapids.mn.us

What's Happening Arrowhead

Bedtime Toddler Time | Calumet Public Library - Monday, February 25 from 6:00 - 6:45 pm 

Movie and Popcorn | Hoyt Lakes Public Library - Tuesday, February 26 at 1:00 pm

Make a Snowflake Necklace | Babbitt Public Library - Wednesday, February 27 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm 

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament | Two Harbors Public Library - Wednesday, February 27 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Queen City Reads 2019 | Virginia Public Library - Thursday, February 28 from Noon - 1:00 pm 

Movie Matinee - Home | Ely Public Library - Thursday, February 28 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm 

Travel to Nepal | Grand Rapids Area Library - Thursday, February 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Lake of the Woods Master Gardener | Baudette Public Library - Saturday, March 2 at 10:30 am

House History | Cloquet Public Library - Saturday, March 2 from 10:30 - 11:30 am 

End of Winter Program Kids Party | Two Harbors Public Library - Saturday, March 2 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm 

Guitar lessons, toys, seeds and more: Libraries offer nontraditional fare
Duluth News Tribune by Melinda Lavine (February 22, 2019)


If you want to learn a language, start a tomato plant or sidestep buying more toys, your local library might have you covered.

Along with movies, CDs and e-readers, the Duluth Public Library alone has magiscopes, STEM kits, nature backpacks, toys. "They're kind of hidden, unless you spend a lot of time in the youth services area," library technician Laura Selden said of the latter.

Near the storytime area, puppets, dinos trucks and more rested on shelves behind locked plexiglass. Each is numbered for checkout, and each comes with a bag for transport.

They've offered toys since 1980. Checking out is a little more "cumbersome" than a book, Selden said.


A library sign encouraging parents to play with their children. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com
Once a kiddo makes their pick, a library staff member checks that toys have all the right pieces and will take it out when the patron is ready to leave. That ensures the toys don't get mixed in with the library's play-area pieces, Selden said.

They have a catalog of items, and a library employee picks what to add to the mix and what to retire.

Diane Bergum of Duluth recalled bringing her sons (who are now in their 30s) to the library once a month when they were kids. They'd have big bags, and she recalled saying, "Whatever you can carry, you can take home."

Over the years, that was a large indoor slide, a big plane with a wing span "like this," she said, holding out her arms.

Nontraditional checkout items are a "nice opportunity" for patrons, Bergum said. "It's where I want my tax dollars to go."

Thunder Bay has two spots to borrow tools such as fencing pliers, a wheelbarrow and a post driver. There's a one-week checkout time, and there's a $5 fine for tools returned uncleaned.

In Bemidji, they have children development kits with games and puzzles. Also on deck: a slide projector. It's outdated technology, but it has been checked out in the past month, said branch manager Cheri Brumback.

"That's probably about as unusual as it gets."

Brumback relayed stories of an Idaho library with fly fishing and kayaking equipment; museum passes in New York; cake pans in the shape of a Teddy or Transformer.

Also in New York: neckties, a Kenneth Cole briefcase and a Coach handbag, according to the Washington Post.

"It'd be great to offer these unusual items, but where are we going to keep chain saws or cake pans or slow cookers," Brumback said. "It's an unexpected service."

In Superior, they've got guitar lessons and free online courses on subjects like Microsoft Excel and professional development, said director Susan Heskin. Also: Kindle Fires, which they've offered for about four years; a small collection of computer games and consoles Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Playstation and Playstation 2.

They're not looking to add items at this time, Heskin said, but they're always looking at more electronic subscriptions like Overdrive for e-books and audiobooks.

In Duluth, toys have a checkout time of four weeks, book club kits, six, Selden said.

Late fees can run 10 cents a day for toys, and about 30 cents for e-readers. Replacement costs depend on the item. (Toys, e-readers, book club kits, and puzzles are available only at the downtown location; STEM kits are at the West Duluth branch.)

Libraries do this because you have to meet the needs of the community, Selden said.

Added Heskin: "We would be open to letting people borrow whatever is needed out there as long as we can easily maintain it."

Minnesota Library Legislative Day 2019

Helping Libraries Help Us: MN Library Legislative Day

Minnesota's public, academic and special libraries are supported by a network of seven "multitype" systems. Multitypes provide an array of consortial benefits to their members: cooperative purchasing powers, training opportunities galore, grant seeking assistance – and even think tanks for particularly tricky patron reference questions.
Lake so many things, multitypes are supported by a biennial legislative appropriation. Without it, they cannot be robust. Consequently, increased multitype funding at the State level (from $1.3m to $2m, to be exact) is one priority of the Minnesota Library Association’s advocacy platform for 2019.
Even in cases like this, where the sums are not astronomical, it can be difficult to score a win. State congressmen have many demands on their time – and on the State coffers. For this reason it is incumbent on us, as Friends of the Library, to share the load with organizations like MLA by voicing our support for libraries and the budget streams that keep them functioning.
February 26 marks your best opportunity all year long to do this. We hope you will join MALF and Friends from across Minnesota for Library Legislative Day at the Capitol. If you haven’t already, you can register here. Still on the fence? Read on.
In truth, Legislative Day is a two-day affair. Join us in Saint Paul on February 25 for a legislative briefing by MLA’s state lobbyist, as well as an informal meet-and-greet with legislators and aides. If so inclined, you can then cap off Day 1 with a networking dinner (sign up here).
Click here to learn more about scheduling meetings with your legislators on Tuesday, and to get the ball rolling. Between sessions, you are welcome to attend a Library Fair held on site. We guarantee you will come away knowing something new about the Minnesota library landscape!

Why Just One Day? Mark Virtual Library Legislative Week!

Not everyone can converge on the Capitol on February 26. Work obligations, busy personal schedules, and (dare we say it) weather make it impractical. For this reason, Legislative Day organizers are orchestrating a virtual counterpart to the big event.
Virtual Library Legislative Week runs February 25 – March 1, and there are no shortage of ways to “celebrate.” MLA’s Advocacy particularly recommends the following:
1. Review (and, if desired, research further) the issues and talking points collected by MLA here. If you don’t know who represents you at the state or federal level, not to worry: justclick here!
2. Draft an email. MLA has helpfully collected all Minnesota legislators’ contact informationhere to help make that easy. These do get read, and it can make a difference!
3. Punctuate those points by calling their offices. You will likely speak to an aide; but don’t be discouraged. Well-placed aides often have great sway with elected representatives. You can peruse a customizable sample call script here.

4. Want to cover all your bases? Give your favorite library-related bill or funding priority a quick shout out on social media. It might surprise you how many legislators are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Kids & Teens Broadcast

Kids need food all year long 

During the school year, many Minnesota families depend on the free or reduced-price meals their children get at school.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is looking for eligible schools and libraries to sponsor the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or become a site.

If you are interested in being a new sponsor or becoming a SFSP site under an existing sponsor, contact MDE's Food and Nutrition Service at 651-582-8526, 1-800-366-8922 (MN Toll-free), or mde.fns@state.mn.us.  More information about the summer food program is available on the MDE and USDA Summer Food Service Program websites.



#DLDay is February 28, 2019!
Continuing Education and Events at ALS 
Upcoming Horizon Training Opportunities - Winter/Spring 2019

Please note there is a registration cap on all sessions as we want to make sure attendees have a hands-on experience.  A registration reminder/confirmation will be sent out two business days before the workshop.  For all workshops, refreshments will be provided and feel free to bring water bottles and other snacks if you so choose.  Make sure to bring a pen/pencil and note paper to take notes, along with any questions you may have about Horizon in general.  Clock hour certificates will be awarded to all attendees.
Arrowhead Library System Maker Education Series

We are happy to announce the launch of our Maker Education series!  Partnering with Mackin, Arrowhead Library System will be offering three webinars and one in-person workshop focusing on Maker Education for all types of libraries.  Please see webinar and workshop details below!

The WHY of Maker ED Archived

The WHAT of Maker ED:  Models of Makerspaces Webinar Archived

The HOW of Maker ED: Practical Ways Real Schools, Libraries, and Public Institutions are Embracing Maker Education Webinar
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 2-3 p.m.
Register here:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/c30f540f7dccd5f666858a512be5123a

Making Sense of and Building Momentum for the Maker Movement Workshop
Friday, April 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arrowhead Library System (5528 Emerald Ave., Mt. Iron)
Register here by 4/2/19:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2YHR36

Please note that all webinars will be recorded and posted on the ALS website -- links to the archives will be sent out following the live webinars.  A registration reminder/confirmation for the in-person workshop will be sent out two business days before the workshop.  

Winter 2019 Brainfuse Webinars for ALS Member Library Staff

This interactive webinar will focus on the two databases available to ALS patrons and students -- HelpNow and JobNow.  The webinar will take place on:
  • Tuesday, March 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
To register, please click on the following link: 

You will receive a confirmation email and log-in link two business days before the webinar.  
Public Library Directors: Greetings & happy Public Library Annual Report season!
The 2018 Public Library Annual Report opens on February 1 for data collection.  Minnesota's public libraries are required by law (Minnesota Statutes 134.13) to submit annual reports to the Minnesota Department of Education by April 1, 2019.  The Department of Education is required by law to collect statistics on the receipts, expenditures, services, and use of the regional public library systems and the public libraries in the state.  You should be receiving an email from Joe Manion with your username and password -- if you have any questions regarding logging in, please let me know.  All of the report worksheets and definitions can be found here:  https://mn.countingopinions.com/ (click on documentation page under the log-in boxes).  

Chris and I have created a shared annual report folder with statistics needed for the report and a cheat sheet to hopefully make things easier when entering data:

2018 Public Library Annual Report Info Folder:
We will be offering live help in the ALS computer lab in case you are interested in bringing your stats and working on your report here in the building:
  • Thursday, March 7, 9 a.m.-Noon
Even if you don't need extra help, the computer lab is a nice place to enter data without patron or staff interruption.  If you are interested in visiting the ALS office during the open help hours, please fill out the registration form here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5V89R7R.  I'm also happy to come out to your library for a site visit to help with the report.

Once you have completed your report and it is ready for my review, just send me an email or give me a ring!  If you have any questions regarding numbers, reports, definitions, anything at all, please let me know.  I'm happy to help!

The Conference is Calling

2019 SirsiDynix Users Conference (COSUGI)
March 25-27, 2019
(Pre-conference Sunday, March 24)
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis



Middle Grade Magic 
Wednesday, March 27 
Virtual Summit - No Cost
Earn CE credits for all the webcast sessions you attend. Can't make the live date? No problem! The entire environment will be archived and available for up to three months.

MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE) 2019
Leadership in Action! 

May 7-10, 2019
Sugar Lake Lodge Cohasset, MN


The deadline has been extended to March 1st for applications to MILE! 

The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE) gives participants an opportunity to grow leadership skills, connect with library professionals from around Minnesota, and be paired with a mentor. MILE helps you discover the leader within yourself and learn to lead effectively today - even if your current position is not one of leadership.  
You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop and refine leadership skills
  • Develop and move forward on professional and personal goals
  • Network and make connections with people in the broader community
  • Reflect on the variety of leadership opportunities available at the local, regional and state levels
  • Meet and connect with your individually selected mentor 

We are also looking for mentors to share their experience and knowledge with this year's attendees.

Visit the MILE website to apply to be an attendee or mentor today!




2019 MLA Annual Conference

September 19 and 20, 2019
Mystic Lake Center


Join us in Prior Lake to celebrate all the ways libraries and communities are Stronger Together! Through collaboration, whether internally in developing new services to support a growing need within our communities or by strengthening partnerships between different types of libraries to support the information needs of all, libraries are showing how to successfully work together.  Use this conference and networking opportunity to showcase your everyday collaborations alongside developing programs. And along the way, support the association’s move forward with its new strategic plan, designed to help accomplish together what none can do alone.

Important Dates:

March 7, 2019   Call for Speaker Proposals
    Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities Launch
July 11, 2019   Registration Opens

The Minnesota Library Association provides the following Code of Conduct for its members. In light of recent events at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, the Board of Directors will be reviewing the Code to ensure it continues to outline our professional values and provides clear guidelines for complaint follow-up.  Please direct questions to mla@management-hq.com or Kirsten Clark, MLA President, clark881@umn.edu.

 Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2019: Sea Changes in Libraries

The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite breakout session proposals for our eighth annual conference to be held on June 7, 2019, at Lake Superior College.

This year’s theme, Sea Changes in Libraries, invites attendees to share stories of change, transformation, revolution, growth, and innovation. At LSLS19, we will learn from each others’ stories of big and small changes, reflect on the changes in our profession, and leave with tools to “sea changes” in our libraries.

Possibilities for presentation topics include:

How do our professional ethics keep us anchored? What tried and true ideas still work well? How do we remain innovative and adapt to changes in our libraries while also working with long-established standards and formats? How do we value, respect, and utilize institutional knowledge?

Tidal Shift
How are our roles, attitudes, spaces, collections, processes, and services changing to stay relevant to our communities? How do we envision our future? What new programming or initiatives have been successful at your library?

Smooth Sailing 
What tips and tricks have you learned to tame the choppy waters of change? How have you navigated your library through a change? How did you create change on a budget? How do you manage or combat burnout in your role?

How have you collaborated to connect with your community? What services, programs, or collections does your library offer that meet the unique needs of your community? 

Successful breakout session presentations will be applicable to many types of libraries and showcase effective and innovative practices. 60-minute breakout sessions should include 10-15 minutes of question and answer. Panel presentations, particularly those representing a diversity of library types, sizes, and/or locations, are strongly encouraged. All presenters will receive a discounted registration rate of $25.

Breakout session presenters should submit proposals at http://z.umn.edu/proposals. All proposals should be submitted by March 15th. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in early April.  

LSLS allows library staff to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. Staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to attend. The event is organized and supported by library staff and educators from Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin; for a full list of our supporters, see: 

For questions about proposals and submissions, please contact Jenny Lund at jlund1@css.edu. A complete listing of speakers, agenda, and costs will be released in April.
Apply for Greatness

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries; Seeking applications for school library, community memory, and digital inclusion grants
Deadline: February 25, 2019

Native American Library Services Basic Grants; one-year grants available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Alaskan villages and are designed to support existing operations and maintain core services of tribal and Native village libraries. 
Deadline: April 1, 2019

This Mini-Grant is an award of up to $500 that the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation gives to eligible organizations (public schools, public libraries and public preschool programs such as Head Start ) to provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in education. Programs may serve children from preschool to grade 12.
Deadline: March 31, 2019 at 10:59 PM Central  

ALA Council approves new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity
The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Sunday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity. Nominations are due March 16.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., recognizes the staff of U.S. libraries who overcome adversity to create lasting innovative community service programs that inspire and connect with readers.

The award is open to public, school, and academic libraries. The $10,000 cash prize given to a library is sponsored by the Penguin Random House Foundation. In addition, four runner-up awards consisting of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books will be awarded to eligible libraries.

Skip Dye, Vice President, Library Marketing and Sales Operations for Penguin Random House said: "Libraries are essential and invaluable assets to community, providing a safe space for freedom of expression, diversity, and education. On behalf of Penguin Random House, it's a privilege to recognize and honor libraries that effectively overcome adversity in support of their local community."

Jury chair, Andrea Lapsley stated, "We are excited that the award is open to all libraries. Librarians or library staff will be recognized, and the funds will be used for their library. Although we do not want libraries to experience hardships, this is a way to recognize those that innovate and excel during times of crisis. We thank the Penguin Random House Foundation for their sponsorship of this significant award."

The nomination must show evidence of hardship, including economic difficulties or natural disasters, and demonstrate successful partnership(s) that work to overcome the hardship. Partners can include schools, local business, museums, and other community organizations. The nomination should focus on innovative and unique programming that may include new technology, reading methods or formats, outreach, etc. Nominees are not required to have a Master's in Library Science degree but is preferred.

The award application can be found online at:
The deadline for applications is March 16. The award will be present at the ALA annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 23 during the ALA President's Program.

Employment Opportunities

Part-Time Library Clerk | Gilbert Public Library
Application deadline: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Public Library Services Clerk | Grand Rapids Area Library
Application deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Webinar Control Center

When Form Meets Function: A Tale of Two Library Refreshes | Library Journal - Thursday, February 28 @ 1:00 pm Central - Join us as we discuss how public libraries are revamping spaces to reflect changing communities, public need, and patron usage. 

Our knowledgeable panelists will share insights about:

  • Effects on patron interaction
  • Impacts on collection circulation
  • Practical tips on getting started
  • Lessons learned from renovations
Springing Forward: Youth Titles to Watch | Tuesday, March 12 @ 1:00 pm Central - Your clock won’t be the only thing springing ahead this March; accompanying the shift in seasons is a bevy of beautiful new books for youth. In this free, one-hour webinar moderated by Books for Youth associate editor Julia Smith, representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Fabled Films Press, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Penguin Random House Canada will introduce an array of exciting forthcoming releases for all ages, from early readers through young adults. Don’t miss this glimpse at the latest and greatest in kid lit! Register

Why Read Crime, Mysteries, & Thrillers and How to Help Those That Do | NoveList - Tuesday, March 19 @ 1:00 pm Central - Are you intimidated at the thought of helping readers of crime, mysteries, and thrillers? Whether your readers are fans of police procedurals (like the Inspector Gamache series) or fans of Grisham-esque legal thrillers let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best these genres have to offer your readers—from behind the iron curtain to unreliable narrators.

Join Lynn Lobash, Assistant Director of Readers' Services at the New York Public Library, and Renee Young, Metadata Librarian III at NoveList, as they cover:

  • Why readers read crime, mysteries, and thrillers
  • How these genres developed including classics, newcomers, and awards to know
  • Subgenres and crossovers
  • NoveList insider information on genre headings, themes, appeal terms, and more

We welcome anyone interested to stay after the webinar for an additional 15-minute training to learn more about searching NoveList for genre-related information. Register

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