Volume XXIX, Issue 23
June 8, 2020
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Happy (almost) Summer! As in years past, we will have our online Summer Skills Camp available for your patrons. The goal is to have fun learning activities and lessons to help avoid the summer slide. You will see the Summer Skills Camp on your HelpNow homepage. Our program managers are working on getting these added to your account.
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Are you ready to read, investigate, and discover this summer?!  Arrowhead Library System invites kids of all ages and their families living in Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties to DIG DEEPER by participating in two exciting and engaging summer opportunities this year!

Get out your crayons, markers, pens, pencils or paint to create a bookmark about digging into reading and books!  ALS is offering a Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover Bookmark Design Contest.  Kids of all ages are encouraged to print off the bookmark template at https://www.alslib.info/reading-programs/ and create a unique design.  I'm also attaching a PDF of the bookmark template to share and for printing locally.  Entries must be submitted via mail and postmarked on or before August 28, 2020.  Prizes will be awarded for the five most creative submissions.  Entries can be mailed to:

Arrowhead Library System Bookmark Design Contest
5528 Emerald Avenue, Mountain Iron, MN  55768
ALS is also offering a Dig Deeper Summer Activity Postcard Program this year.  Kids who sign up will receive a series of five activity postcards via mail every 2-3 weeks that will encourage them to dig deeper and experience and learn new things during the summer months.  All children in a household may sign up to participate as we know it's always fun to get mail!  Program is geared towards kids ages 0-12 and their family members, however anyone can participate!  Here's a sign-up link to share:  https://bit.ly/3gpC31z.   Information has also been posted on our ALS Reading Programs page here:   https://www.alslib.info/reading-programs/ 
 Arrowhead Library System to
Resume Bookmobile Service

The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) Bookmobile will be back on the road on Monday, June 15, three months after the service was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like public libraries all across Minnesota, the Bookmobile service will look different when service resumes. For at least the rest of this Summer, the Bookmobile will be offering a “curbside” style of service. According to Jim Weikum, ALS Executive Director, “Before the Bookmobile visits their community, patrons are highly encouraged to request items at least a day or two in advance of their scheduled stop.” Library users can contact Bookmobile staff via telephone or text at 218-742-6762, or e-mail staff at bookmobile@alslib.info There’s also now a request form on the ALS website at: https://tinyurl.com/ALSBKM . Sophia Anderson, ALS Bookmobile Coordinator indicated that “We will also have paper copies that list many of our newer materials, including books and DVDs.” The lists are available on request.
Requested items will be placed in paper bags labeled with the first four digits of the patron’s last name and last three digits of the patron’s barcode. These items will be available on a designated table for patron curbside pickups at the patron’s scheduled Bookmobile stop. Request form sheets will also be available at the Bookmobile stops that patrons can complete when the Bookmobile arrives in their community. If those requested items are available, Bookmobile staff will retrieve the items from the Bookmobile and place them in a paper bag labeled as indicated above. A bin for returns will be placed on a table and labeled “Returns” and those returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before being available again for borrowing. During this curbside phase of Bookmobile service, members of the public will not be allowed on the Bookmobile to ensure a safe environment for the public and the Bookmobile staff.
The other major change for at least the Summer months is a somewhat abbreviated schedule to allow the Bookmobile to stay a little longer in many locations to allow library users to adapt to the new style of service and have more time for Bookmobile staff to offer assistant. “We hope to restore the full schedule yet this year,” stated Weikum. In recent years, the Bookmobile has had over 60 different stops during the course of its three-week rotating schedule. “For the foreseeable future, we will have to suspend over 20 of our regular stops,” according to Weikum. “It is very difficult for the Bookmobile staff to reduce the number of stops as the staff is very committed to everyone who uses the service.” The suspended stops are typically ones that are located within easy driving distance of one of ALS’s twenty-seven member public libraries, or quite close to another stop than tends to be significantly busier.
Information about the Bookmobile service, including the new schedule and a map with the locations of the current stops, can be found at: https://www.alslib.info/services/bookmobile/

More Than a Story:
Engaging Young Learners
In-Person and Virtually

Building Intentional Programs

First, get intentional about what you’re doing.  Then, the results will follow.  Children’s programming is fun, but we can’t forget it’s also critical to a child’s development.  We have a unique role in educating and support the adults who love these children.

  • Define your learning outcomes.  Learning outcomes are your road map.  To be a good guide, outcomes must be measurable.  What do you want attendees to take away or learn?  Be as specific as possible.  Are you focusing on a particular area or teaching a certain skill?  Next, think about how these outcomes translate to grownups.  Remember, you’re sharing not only how to do something, but also why they should do it.
  • Determine your focus and goals.  Early learning developmental needs vary greatly.  What’s appropriate for an infant doesn’t work for an active toddler.  To start, choose your target age and focus on what’s developmentally appropriate.  What limits make sense?  Reducing the number of participants allows you to focus on the quality of interactions rather than attendance.
  • Identify your resources.  First, think about what’s readily available.  What do you have on hand?  Then, consider what your families have at home for virtual programs.  You can’t engage them if your activity requires supplies they don’t have.
  • Plan for caregiver involvement.  Remember, engaging adults isn’t accidental.  Adults should lead their children in the activity, not you.  Encourage direct engagement by providing lots of hands-on training.  Consider handouts and resource lists, too.  Virtual programs need extra instructions and suggestions, so provide many opportunities for adults to follow your lead.
Read the full article HERE.

Stay Safe MN, Phase 3: What this means for businesses and Minnesotans


June 8, 2020 | Commissioner Steve Grove

On June 10, Minnesota will move into Phase 3 of our Stay Safe Plan, which will enable more businesses to reopen and Minnesotans to return to more activities we enjoy. So many of our great and beloved Minnesota businesses have made huge sacrifices over the past few months to save lives and help us get here – yet through it all, we've see businesses stepping up statewide, finding new and creative ways to support their communities since the pandemic begin.

With every turn of the dial, we know that the risks of possible COVID-19 transmission also increase – which is why it is more important than ever for all of us to do our part to slow the spread:

  • Wear masks whenever possible
  • Practice social distancing and stay 6 feet apart
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Absolutely stay home if you feel sick

The State of Minnesota has also launched a new website – staysafe.mn.gov – to serve as a one-stop-shop for all of the guidance created by state agencies to help businesses, organizations and individuals stay safe will returning to work and activities we enjoy. Guidance for all of the industries listed below and many more are available on that new hub.

So, what can reopen (or open more) beginning on June 10?


Stay Safe MN, Phase 3:
What this means for businesses
and Minnesotans

June 8, 2020 | Commissioner Steve Grove

On June 10, Minnesota will move into Phase 3 of our Stay Safe Plan, which will enable more businesses to reopen and Minnesotans to return to more activities we enjoy. So many of our great and beloved Minnesota businesses have made huge sacrifices over the past few months to save lives and help us get here – yet through it all, we've see businesses stepping up statewide, finding new and creative ways to support their communities since the pandemic begin.

With every turn of the dial, we know that the risks of possible COVID-19 transmission also increase – which is why it is more important than ever for all of us to do our part to slow the spread:

  • Wear masks whenever possible
  • Practice social distancing and stay 6 feet apart
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Absolutely stay home if you feel sick

The State of Minnesota has also launched a new website – staysafe.mn.gov – to serve as a one-stop-shop for all of the guidance created by state agencies to help businesses, organizations and individuals stay safe will returning to work and activities we enjoy. Guidance for all of the industries listed below and many more are available on that new hub.

So, what can reopen (or open more) beginning on June 10?

We’re delighted to announce that Libby is now available in the following languages:

  Simplified Chinese
 Traditional Chinese
        Additional languages available in Libby.
Notes about additional languages:
  • If a user’s device is set to one of the languages above, Libby will automatically display in that language. Users can toggle Libby’s display by updating the language setting on their device.
  • From the Curate section of OverDrive Marketplace, you can add translated collection names and descriptions to your library’s curated or automated lists. These translations will automatically appear if the user is browsing Libby in that language.
  • To support this update, we’ve added new multilingual marketing kits to our Resource Center—check them out today!
  • This release does not affect the language of titles offered in your collection.
Other important updates:
  • With this release, we’ve also made improvements to Libby's reader and audio player in all languages, including more intuitive controls for playback speed and the sleep timer. Watch a brief tutorial here.
  • As previously communicated, to support this upgrade and enable future feature development, Libby’s minimum Android operating system requirement has changed from version 4.4+ (KitKat, released in 2013) to version 5.0+ (Lollipop, released in 2014). This change affects Android devices that cannot upgrade to Android version 5 or higher. Based on usage data, that presently accounts for less than 1% of Libby users across all library systems. Users with these older devices will see a message with options to either update their device's operating system, switch to a supported device, or access Libby in the device’s web browser. The iOS minimum requirement for Apple devices (iPhones and iPads) remains unchanged at 9.0+.

Upcoming changes to ELM collection

Jun 01, 2020 by Matt Lee

We wanted to provide a little more detail to Minnesota libraries on changes to eLibrary Minnesota as a result of our recent announcement of intended databases

Beginning on July 1st, here are the new e-resources that will be available: 

  • Capstone Pebble Go: Animals and Biographies
  • Capstone Pebble Go Next: States and Native American Studies 
  • EBSCO LearningExpress Library Complete (upgrade from LearningExpress Library
  • EBSCO MasterFile Complete (upgrade from MasterFile Premier
  • EBSCO MAS Complete (upgrade from MAS Ultra
  • ProQuest US Newsstream (reduced from ProQuest Global Newsstream)

Here are current statewide e-resources that will NOT be available beginning July 1st: 

  • Gale Academic OneFile Select (not renewed) 
  • Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete (not renewed) 
  • Gale OneFile: High School Edition (not renewed) 
  • Gale OneFile: Informe Académico (not renewed) 
  • Gale OneFile: Leadership and Management (not renewed) 
  • Gale OneFile: Science (not renewed) 
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (not renewed) 
  • Kids InfoBits (not renewed) 
  • ProQuest Global Newsstream (reduced to ProQuest US Newsstream)

All other current statewide e-resources from EBSCO, LearningExpress, Britannica, and OCLC, as well as Gale in Context: High School and Gale in Context: Middle School, will continue to be available. Here is the complete list of statewide e-resources for Minnesota starting on July 1, 2020.


Steps libraries can take to counter racial inequity

In the midst of many tragic events occurring in Minnesota, and world-wide, I came upon an article by Angela Hursh, an expert in library marketing and social media.  The article, How libraries can combat racial inequity, lays out a framework, as well as tools and tips, around social justice.  "Social justice aligns with the core values of library work. Equal access, educational equality, free service, and safe spaces are all essential and valuable library missions."  I've summarized below some steps you can take, as librarians, to make your community, and the world, a better place.  Read the full article HERE.
OverDrive’s COVID Response Collections

In response to the unprecedented demand for digital books for your readers, OverDrive paid participating publishers and authors for rights to a growing collection of ebooks and audiobooks that will be provided for unlimited simultaneous use, at no cost for your library. Created to help your library deliver more titles to more readers, OverDrive’s COVID Response Collections will supplement your catalog with titles that can be used for student summer reading programs, digital book clubs, community reading events, and general inventory support.
Libraries are working to meet urgent demand for Juvenile and Young Adult content to serve remote learning during shutdowns. The first set of titles donated by OverDrive will be a Kids & Teens bundle including over 200 ebooks, audiobooks, and Read-Alongs from Rosen Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, Britannica Digital Learning, Triangle Interactive, and other participating publishers.
OverDrive is also acquiring rights from leading publishers for Adult Fiction and Nonfiction collections to support your library. We will update you as new collections are confirmed.
The Kids & Teens bundle of donated titles will be added to your OverDrive collection during the last week of June 2020. All ebooks and audiobooks will be available in simultaneous use, at no cost to your library, through August 31, 2021. When new titles are added to this program, we will automatically add them to your collection. As with all OverDrive-supplied content in your collection, you will be able to curate these donated titles in any way you’d like.
We will follow-up when the first titles in the OverDrive COVID Response Collections are live. Until then, please feel free to reach out to your Account Manager with any questions, or if you wish to opt out of receiving this donation.

Your partner,

Little Free Libraries carrying
more than books these days

There are many Little Free Libraries on my regular walking route. I’ve never stopped to count them, but it’s at least a couple dozen, and they all feel like old friends to me — the one with the frog door handle, the one with the little solar panels, the one that holds nothing but children’s books, the new one with the mullioned window. Fancy!

I have to confess, I have mixed feelings about Little Free Libraries. Stocking them with books to give away (which I also do) is a double-edged sword: Yes, it’s great to share books, and it’s great to have a place where anyone can happen across something wonderful and take it home.

But there is a melancholy, too, to seeing all these books, no longer wanted, set out on the curb like so many thinned hostas or old pieces of furniture: Free!

Surely books are more valuable than that.

Lately, though, since the pandemic began — and even some time before that — the libraries have begun serving another purpose. People are augmenting their supply of free books with a supply of free household goods.

The Little Free Pantry movement, a sort of practical buddy to the fun-loving Little Free Libraries (it’s a separate organization, but they like each other), has been around for about four years, with neighbors setting up way stations specifically for canned goods and other essentials.

But now folks are adding these items to the libraries, too. It’s hard to walk past a Little Free Library these days without spotting a can of peas or corn tucked in among the books, or a roll of toilet paper front and center, or a handmade coronavirus mask.

I nabbed my first mask from a library on a walk about a month ago. Until then, I’d been making do with an old paper respirator that I found in our basement, left over from a remodeling project.

When I saw the white homemade mask, I was speechless. What a great idea, I thought. Somebody needs that. Heck, I need that. And I took it.

When I walked past that same library a few days ago, there were two more masks, each wrapped in plastic, ready to go.

The folks at the Little Free Library headquarters know all about this. They have set up a clickable map, so that you can find “sharing libraries,” as they call them, in your neighborhood.

The map, which is updated daily, is fascinating. There are links to libraries that stock household goods all over the country, even elsewhere in the world.

Click on it and the map gives you the name of the library (“My Whole Life Changed” is in Minneapolis; one in Hastings is called “Little Free Anything” and also stocks toys) and the address.

There’s a spot for special instructions, too, which is usually a polite request to leave some for others, or to remember to shut the door. One in Rochester, Minn., suggests you can find the right house if you look for the giraffe in the yard.

The map is not comprehensive — stewards of Little Free Libraries self-report to be included, and it’s pretty clear that a lot are not bothering. So while you can use the map to find a library that stocks masks and food, you can also just use your eyes. They’re everywhere.

It’s a lovely thing to walk through a neighborhood on a fine spring morning, the air scented with lilacs and lilies of the valley, and to pass such tangible evidence of neighbors’ good will and generosity.

A mask. A can of beans. A copy of “The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver.

Something to eat. Something to read. Something to keep you safe.

 Laurie Hertzel is the Star Tribune senior editor for books. On Facebook: facebook.com/startribunebooks


Curbside Pickup Services Mon-Fri
See their BLOG for full details.

Open to the Public with restrictions
See their Facebook Page for more info.

Open to the Public with restrictions.
See their Facebook Page for more info.

Curbside service offered - call for complete information at 218-245-1633.

Offers no-contact Book & Media checkout and return services. M-Thurs (10am-6pm) & Fri (1pm-5pm).  Phone: 218-258-3391.

Library open with restrictions and offer curbside service.
Full details on their Facebook page.

Curbside pick up available! Request items at alslib.info or call 218-384-3322 Monday's & Wednesday's 1-3 pm to schedule a pick up time!  See their Facebook page for the details.

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

Curbside Pickup Monday-Thursday 9:30-6:00 and Friday 9:30-5:30.  See more information on their Facebook page.

offering curbside pickup from 10am - 2pm Monday- Friday! Call 218-248-2315 and see Facebook for more.

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

Scheduling and placing holds Monday through Friday, 10 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm.  See their website HERE.


Curbside pick-up available by calling the library from 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-3:30 pm on weekdays to schedule a pick-up.  More info available at their website.

Starting June 4th, they will check out requested items that can be picked up in their entrance Mon-Fri from 11:00-4:00. Call 218-748-2230 or see their Facebook Page for more information.  

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Curbside pick up available. For more information, see their announcement HERE.
ALS Participation Statistics through May 2020
Merged Hold List as of June 2, 2020
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The Library Community Moving
Forward in the New Normal

Thursday, June 4, 1:00-2:15 pm Central

Although registration for the live webinar is now closed, you can register for access to the recording, slides, links, and resources.  Please complete the registration form HERE.

Library of Congress Celebrates
'American Ingenuity' and Takes
2020 National Book Festival Online
for Readers Everywhere

A reimagined virtual festival
the weekend of Sept. 25-27.

Festival Lineup Includes Madeleine Albright, John Grisham, Joy Harjo, Jenna Bush Hager, Colson Whitehead, Melinda Gates, Kate DiCamillo and Jason Reynolds.

Read the full details HERE.

Public libraries are hubs for lifelong learning, especially in small and rural communities that may not have easy access to the scientific and academic centers in more urban locations.

The STAR Net STEAM Equity Project will help public library workers in small and rural communities offer outstanding, culturally responsive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming and exhibitions for their patrons, especially often-underreached Latino populations.

With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL/SSI), the American Library Association (ALA), Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) and Education Development Center (EDC) are seeking 12 creative librarians/library workers to lead their libraries’ participation in a project at the intersection of transforming library services, gender equity and cultural inclusion (especially with Latino families), STEAM learning and positive youth development.

Those interested in applying on behalf of their library are invited to complete a brief Notice of Intent (NOI) about your community demographics and needs. Estimated time required to complete the NOI: 15 minutes.

Planning Ahead:
3 Upcoming Grants from ALA

1. STAR Net STEAM Equity Project: Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Libraries of Rural Communities

Applications Open: Now; submit your Notice of Intent by July 20. Learn more.
Eligibility: Public libraries serving rural and Latino communities

2. Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change

Applications Open: July 1 — August 28, 2020. Learn more.
Eligibility: Public and academic libraries.

3. Connect & Grow: Hotspots & Financial Literacy Tools for Rural Libraries

Applications Open: TBD, expected summer or fall 2020. To receive updates about Connect & Grow, sign up for the Programming Librarian newsletter
Eligibility: Public libraries serving rural communities.

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