Volume XXIX, Issue 26
June 29, 2020
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MOLLIE'S MUSINGS

5 Tips for Filming Virtual Storytime
from the ALSC Blog

Early Childhood Resource: The State of Babies Yearbook

OverDrive’s Always Available EBooks and Audiobooks

Minitex courier service has restarted
DIRECTOR'S THOUGHTFUL DIRECTIONS

$250 available to Member Libraries
through ALS Mini Grants


Access PBS Books Author Videos through NoveList Plus

Celebrity book clubs! from NoveList

 
NEW STORY BIN

DINOSAUR PLAY!
 

Check out our new story bin, DINOSAUR PLAY!  It's added to the other great dinosaur kits and die cuts! Contact Paula Stanaway at paula.stanaway@alslib.info or 218-741-3840.


  
One Book | One Minnesota Library Activities
TELL US WHAT YOU DID

The Friends of Saint Paul Public Library will be applying
for a National Endowment for the Arts grant to support the
One Book One Minnesota program, with a deadline of LATE JULY.
They would like to know about activities libraries have designed around the program. If you have anything to share, contact Beth Burns (beth@thefriends.org).
See what our neighbor, the Waseca-Le Sueur Library System, has planned for June & July.
It was discussed on the Minnesota Department of Education's Call with Library Leaders on June 24th.  This was not what they had originally planned, so kudos to them for what they came up with.
REALM Project Round 1 Test Results Available

HOW LONG COVID-19 LASTS ON SURFACES
 

As part of the REALM Project’s Phase 1 research, Battelle has conducted a natural attenuation study to provide information on how long some commonly circulated library materials would need to be quarantined prior to being returned to public circulation. Testing was conducted by applying the virulent SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) on five materials held at standard room temperature and humidity conditions. (Download Test Plan [PDF]) The materials tested included the following items, which were provided by Columbus Metropolitan Library:

(1) Hardback book cover (buckram cloth)
(2) Softback book cover
(3) Plain paper pages inside a closed book
(4) Plastic book covering (biaxially oriented polyester film)
(5) DVD case.

 
Results show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus
was not detectable on the materials
after three days of quarantine.

 

The evaluation demonstrates that standard office temperature and relative humidity conditions typically achievable by any air-conditioned office space provide an environment that allows for the natural attenuation of SARS-CoV-2 present on these common materials after three days of quarantine.
Get all the latest information in their monthly e-newsletter HERE.
RESOURCES
VOTING SAFELY 2020
Michael Wall (michael.wall@state.mn.us), Voter Outreach Specialist, Office of the MN Secretary of State announced resources for community organizations to assist voters for the 2020 Election at the  the Minnesota Department of Education's Call with Library Leaders on June 24th.

They now offer a 2020 toolkit on their website and they are adding more and more resources. We have materials available in 11 languages other than English.  Click on this graphic to go to their website.

               
If you miss the actual library experience ... try a virtual tour
of some of the world's greatest libraries.
The Morgan Library, New York City
 

10 Virtual Library Tours
You Can Enjoy From Your Couch


Gathered by the Bona Fide Bookworm Blog
(click on the photo above to view the tours)
Black Lives Matter:  Community Read
Titles to read, listen, learn and grow

Now available free to libraries
without waitlists or holds:

The Hate U Give
and
Me and White Supremacy

Available Free from June 22 – July 12
from OverDrive

See all about it HERE.

Get Thousands of FREE Multi-User eBooks
Until September 30, 2020!

  • Elementary School -- 4,500+ Multi-User eBooks
  • Middle School -- 3,000+ Multi-User eBooks
  • High School -- 1,500+ Multi-User eBooks
 

Get These Databases Until September 30, 2020!

  • Abdo Zoom
  • CountryReports
  • The Map As History
  • ReferencePoint Press TeachingBooks
GET THESE RESOURCES AND MORE AT  
 

Download, Print and Learn - Free!
Two-player turn based strategy games help players
build strategic thinking and reasoning skills while
becoming more aware of their problem solving process.


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STATUS OF OUR LOCAL LIBRARIES
AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup available Mon & Fri 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tues, Wed & Thurs 1:00 – 5:30 pm.  Place a request, send an email to paula.chapman@alslib.info or call 218-229-2021.  See their BLOG for full details.

BABBITT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open to the public with limitations Mon-Thurs 12:00-6:00 and Fri 12:00-5:00.  All items returned must use book drop. Please call 218-827-3345 or see the May 20th post on their Facebook Page.

BAUDETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open to the public with restrictions, Mon-Fri 10:00-5:30 and Sat 10:00-2:00. Call 218-634-2329 or see their Facebook Page for more.

BOVEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside service offered Mon-Fri.  Please call for complete information at 218-245-1633 or see the June 2nd post on their Facebook page.

BUHL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offers no-contact Book & Media checkout and return services at the side door entrance. Call 218-258-3391 Mon-Thurs 10:00-6:00 & Fri 1:00-5:00.  See their May 29th post for full details on their Facebook page.

CALUMET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Library open Mon & Thurs 11:00-7:00, Tues & Wed 10:00-4:30 with restrictions and offering curbside service.  Find out the full details by calling call 218-247-3108 or from their May 18th post on their Facebook page.

CARLTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup and appointments to use the computer or check out items are available Mon 1:00-6:00, Tues-Thurs 1:00-5:00, Sat 11:00-2:00. Call 218-384-3322 for more information or see the May 28th post on their Facebook page.

CHISHOLM PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup available Mon 2:00-6:00, Wed 10:00-2:00, Fri 11:00-3:00. Call 218-254-7913, email at chisholmlibrarymn@gmail.com or see the May 26th post on Facebook.

CLOQUET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Now Open! Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30.  
Limited Services - browse the collection, limited computer time by appointment, copy, print and fax.  Curbside pick up of materials ordered or put on hold.  Call 218-879-1531 or see their website at cloquetlibrary.org or click HERE.

COLERAINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offering curbside pickup Mon, Tues and Thurs 9:00-5:00, Wed 9:00-6:00, and Fri 9:00-4:00!  Computer use can be scheduled. Call 218-245-2315, message through Facebook or email colerainepubliclibrary@alslib.info. See the June 1st post for more info on their Facebook page.
 
COOK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offering curbside pickup from Mon-Fri 10:00 am-4:00 pm by appointment! Call 218-666-2210 or email crystal.phillips@alslib.info.  For more info, see their e-newsletter HERE or their May 4th post on Facebook.

DULUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup with no appointment available at Superior Street.  Call 218-730-4200 to reserve books or see the directions onsite.  New hours are Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 10:00-4:00 and Thurs 1:00-7:00.  More information available on their website page.
 
ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Call 218-365-5140 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 updates.

GILBERT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Staff will check out requested items that patrons can pick up in their entrance Tues-Thurs 11:00-3:00, although hours vary. Call 218-748-2230 or see their Facebook Page.  

GRAND MARAIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Pickup window hours are Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00, Sat 10:00-2:00 for items placed on hold. Call 218-387-1140 or email gmlib@alslib.info or see Facebook.
 
GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Pick up service available Noon-6:00 pm Monday-Friday. For all the updated info, call 218-326-7640 or see their website.

HIBBING PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup now offered Mon-Thurs 12:00-4:00.  See their tips for getting great library materials on their website, ci.hibbing.mn.us, click HERE or call 218-362-5959.

HOYT LAKES PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup by appointment Mon-Fri 1:00-4:00 pm.  For full information, call 218-225-2412 or check their Facebook page.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Now open Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thu-Fri 10am-6pm and also offer curbside pickup service. Call 218-283-8051, see their website or Facebook for more info.

KEEWATIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Offers curbside pickup by appointment and delivery within the city limits by calling Paula at 218-969-8977.
 
MARBLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open regular hours with some restrictions.  For more information or to reserve computer time, call 218-247-7676 or see their May 14th post on their Facebook page.

MOOSE LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open with new hours of 10:00-4:30 Mon-Fri and curbside pickup is still available.  Call 218-485-4424 or see Facebook for more.

MOUNTAIN IRON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Non-contact curbside pickup Mon-Thurs 10:00-4:00 by calling 218-735-8625 or see their website for information.
 
SILVER BAY LIBRARY
Open to the public but also continuing curbside service Mon-Thurs 10:00-6:30, Fri 10:00-6:00.
Call 218-226-4331, email silverbaypubliclibrary@gmail.com or see their BLOG.

TWO HARBORS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup service Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri 11:00–3:00, Wed 11:00–8:00 by calling 218-834-3148 to place an order & see their website.

VIRGINIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Curbside pickup is available by appointment Mon-Fri 10:00-4:00 by calling the staff at 218-748-7525.  For more information, see their website.
 
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
 <> FREE <>
PLD Listening and Sharing Session #3: 
The Hows and Whats of Reopening

Tuesday, June 30
2:00-3:00 pm CST

Register HERE.
Advancing Student Engagement and Achievement
with Shared eBook and Audiobook Collections
Free Webinar from MackinVIA

Jun 30th at 3:00 PM

Getting appropriate and engaging content into the hands (and devices) of students is critical to supporting their desire to learn and keeping them motivated and engaged. Join us as we share our stories of successfully maximizing digital content (eBooks, databases, audio books, and more) for our school communities.  Register for Free HERE.
Free Family Resilience Webinars
from UMN Extension
  • Ready, Set, Go! Organize important papers for evacuation - July 7; 1-2 pm: Have you ever wondered what you would do if you became a victim of a natural disaster, terrorist attack, fire, or other unexpected events? Would you know what to grab if you only had minutes to leave your home? The plans you make in advance and what you take with you will influence how quickly you rebound. 
  • Health & Wealth Connection - July 9; 10-11 am: Want your happiness level to increase? Join the University of Minnesota Educators as we discuss how health and personal finances are connected to our happiness level, similarities between the two, and strategies for behavior change.
  • Bloom Where You're Planted: Using Family Strengths to Support Teens - July 14; 6:30 - 8:00 pm: Parenting can be stressful during the best of times. Trying to parent amidst turmoil and uncertainty makes the job that much more difficult. Are you a parent trying to make informed decisions on a daily basis regarding better health and well-being for you and your children? Are you looking for parenting tips during these stressful times? Then this webinar is for you. Registration for this the webinar will be available soon.  
  • Minding Your Credit Report & Score - July 16; 2-3 pm; Understanding credit is as important as knowing your bank account balance. Credit defines your trustworthiness in repaying your debt. This free webinar will help you understand your credit report and score, how to obtain copies, correct mistakes, and identify steps to improve your credit report and score. 
  • Parenting teens: The role of communication and technology - July 21; 11 am-noon; In this webinar, we will discuss how parent-teen relationships change during adolescence, with a particular focus on supporting parent-teen communication and how families use technology to stay connected. We will also discuss how stressors in the family, including COVID-19, might impact parent-teen communication. 
  • Lighten Up: Letting Go of Clutter - July 23; 10 - 11 am; Clutter can weigh us down and have a negative impact on our lives. Participate in this webinar to explore the health and financial benefits of decluttering and be introduced to the KonMari™ Method.  
  • Who Get's Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate? - July 28; 2-3 pm; Complex emotional and family relationship issues impact personal property decisions.  To learn strategies that will help you jump-start conversations and improve decisions about non-titled property issues, attend “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?”  This University of Minnesota Extension financial education webinar will address six key decision-making factors about non-titled property transfer. 
COVID-19: Preparing and Implementing Tools
to Reopen Post Stay-At-Home-Order – Part 2

Looking for reopening tools?
Need guidance on implementing some new processes?


Wed, July 1st at 2:00 pm

Register HERE.
 
2020 Census:
Last Chance for
a Complete Count

Free PLA Webinar
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
1:00-2:00 p.m. Central
A complete count in the 2020 Census is essential to make sure that libraries and their communities don’t miss out on billions of dollars in needed funding, as well as political representation. However, nearly 40% of households have not responded yet, and the count is even lower among populations that have been undercounted historically.
Free Webinar on July 14th at 2:00 pm
The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19

NNLM Reading Club Presents… are free, web-based author talks that highlight timely health issues brought to light by the NNLM Reading Club.  NNLM Reading Club Presents… gives libraries and their readers a chance to hear directly from authors, then engage in a question-and-answer session with them.

Our first event, The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19, features Robert Wachter, M.D., author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age and is scheduled for July 14, 2020. Each live webinar session is 60 minutes long and begins at 2:00 p.m. CT.
LIBRARY TRUSTEE 101
ONLINE WORKSHOP

Tuesday, July 21, 2-3 p.m.
via Zoom

Minnesota State Librarian and Director of State Library Services and Charter Center Jen Nelson will be sharing the basic roles and responsibilities of library board members and the types of library boards, information on library funding in Minnesota, tips on how to effectively advocate for library services, and other helpful tools for library trustees.  
 
Please sign up by 7/16/20.  To register, click HERE.
PLA Webinar
Transition In-Person Adult Programs
to a Virtual Environment

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | 1-2 p.m. Central

Learn about training staff to present virtually, integrating community partners into your virtual schedule, and other strategies to transition programs from in-house to online. In this webinar, community outreach specialists will cover best practices for programs, setting up accounts for maximum security and effectiveness (no Zoom-bombing!), program selection, and shifting staff to a virtual environment. REGISTER NOW!

Cultivating Radical
Hope & Healing
Tue, Aug 11, 9:00 AM –
Wed, Aug 12, 1:00 PM
Gather virtually with other educators for two half-days of conversation, sharing, and action advancing the work of educational equity in Minnesota. Make a connection, make a plan, make a difference. Join us.
(Click on the graphic above to register.)
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
 >> NOT FREE <<

Enhance your online teaching skills!

3 weeks of learning for just $20!

Online learning support for K-12 educators in a flexible format that works for you! Whether you’re teaching online or in a blended setting, ISTE’s three-week Summer Learning Academy will prepare you for school this fall.

GRANTS, CONTESTS & AWARDS
        2020 Award Nominations
Help MLA recognize contributions to improved library services and intellectual freedom by nominating a person or group for one of the following awards:
  • William G. Asp Distinguished Career Award
  • MLA Above & Beyond Award
  • Lars Steltzner Intellectual Freedom Award
It’s easy with the convenient online nomination form HERE!

The deadline for 2020 nominations is July 31, 2020.
“Now that I knew fear, I also knew it was not permanent.
As powerful as it was, its grip on me would loosen.
It would pass.”

― Louise Erdrich, The Round House
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