Volume XXIX, Issue 38
September 21, 2020
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MnLINK InterLibrary Loan Policies

<> Currently, a maximum of five MnLINK requests are allowed at a time per patron.  ALS would like to increase this in the future.  However, we are currently facing MINITEX delivery bin shortages as well as storage space issues due to the fact that items are held in quarantine for three days before processing.

<> If the patron has a MnLINK item overdue, ALS cannot send out new MnLINK materials.  If an item is received for a patron with an overdue, we will let notify the requesting library and hold the item for 10 ALS business days to give the patron a chance to return the overdue item

<> A lost item, a $50 fine, or an expired card will block patrons from logging into the MnLINK portal.

For more information, please contact Chris Carlson, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator, at 218-741-3840 or chris.carlson@alslib.info


The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State offers a range of nonpartisan voter education materials for use in community outreach. Download and print the items below, or include on websites, social media and email. Many items are available for online ordering and shipping at no cost.

Jump to item:

Click below for all the 2020 Vote Info

One Book | One Minnesota Stats

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Over the course of 10 weeks this summer, there were 22,997 views of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, from 82 counties, culminating in a panel event on August 20 with over 400 live views. Beyond the numbers, participants have reported challenging, moving experiences in reading and discussing the book.

If you haven't already, please share this survey link to round out the feedback on the second title in the One Book | One Minnesota series:

Post-Event Survey for A Good Time for the Truth (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HQNY838)

DId your library offer programming around A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota? The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is collecting data to show the statewide response, and they would love to include your libraries' experiences with:

  • number of live events and number of live attendees
  • number of recorded events and their views
  • circulation of A Good Time for the Truth by month starting March 2020

Please send any data to Alayne Hopkins (alayne@thefriends.org) by September 30.

From the 

Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations, advocates, and individuals to promote the importance of making health information understandable for everyone. In the spirit of Health Literacy Month this October, PLA is highlighting a suite of free tools and resources to public libraries to build awareness of health issues, prevention, training opportunities, and more to help advance their community’s health and work to eradicate (health) information poverty.

This event is an important tool for educating our patrons about intellectual freedom issues: our support for their right to read, and our belief in their right to be represented in what they read. Erica Ruscio really says it best in their post from last year here.

Words That Readers Can’t Say
by Gwen Glazer, Communications

You might know the feeling: You’ve read a word a million times, it’s totally familiar, you’re pretty sure what it means… and, because you’ve only ever seen it in print, you have no idea how to actually say it out loud.

English is a difficult and capricious (kah-PRI-shuss) language, and we’ve compiled a huge list of words that our NYPL book experts mispronounced as kids — or still do! — because they’d only seen them in print.
See the full list here:  


From the ALSC Blog ...

Homeschoolers Learn about Cool
Careers and Incredible Interests!

How to Conduct a Diversity Audit

Documenting Personal Experiences During the Pandemic


Top 30 Jobs in Demand In Minnesota Right Now

1. Nursing Assistants
2. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
3. Registered Nurses
4. Personal Care Aides
5. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
6. Software Developers, Applications

See the full list, including wages, descriptions, education required and more HERE.
FREE Temporary Access to Library Journal's digital magazines.
Sept. 25th
Deadline for
Round 1 Applications

Emergency Early Care and Education
Wrap-Around Grants - Round I

Organizations that are applying for a Small Grant ($5,000 and under) or Large Grant (over $5,000) are encouraged to first contact Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking, (218) 723-4040 or 1-800-433-4045 to discuss their project idea. Organizations applying for grants will use a web-based portal for these two grant categories. Note: the portal entry point and application process are different, depending on the dollar amount requested. For more information, click HERE. 
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Holistic Service in Uncertain Times

We still have openings for the September workshops led by Sara Zettervall, library trainer and co-author of the book Whole Person Librarianship: A Social Work Approach to Patron Services.

In this virtual workshop series, you will learn from a panel of practitioners about library-social work collaboration, and apply social work concepts to your own work in a library setting.

Each series consists of two half-day (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) virtual meetings, with a day off in between for individual work and reflection:

  • Urban and suburban libraries: Monday, Sept. 21, and Wednesday, Sept. 23
  • Small and rural libraries: Tuesday, Sept. 22, and Thursday, Sept. 24

Register today to attend a Whole Person Librarianship workshop

Please contact Leah Larson, 651-582-8604, for assistance with any questions.

Leading with Gratitude - Part 2
Sept 23 at 12:00 pm

> Key principles to leading with gratitude
> Top 40 employee compliments
> Developing leadership credibility
Register for the Free Webinar from SirsiDynix HERE.

LiveMore ScreenLess: The Series

logo for Live More Screen Less

The series kicks off on Thursday, September 24, from 1 to 2 p.m., with a webinar digging into the latest research on why we are tethered to our technology, especially our phones.

Register for LiveMore ScreenLess Webinar Series

The series continues this fall as we offer an additional four webinars to equip librarians, especially those working with youth, with the knowledge and tools to promote digital well-being. Participants will be encouraged to create their own initiatives for implementing and sustaining digital well-being at their libraries.  

Webinars #2 through #5 are scheduled for Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m. on October 8, October 22, November 5, and November 19.

Register for LiveMore ScreenLess Webinar Series - #2–5.

If you have questions, please contact Ashley Bieber.

A Closer Look: 5 Revelations
from the Wireless WAN Survey

Live online Sep 30 1:00 pm
or after on demand 60 mins
Join Donna Johnson and Ken Hosac for this in-depth look
at the state of Wireless WAN and 5 revelations that might
impact how you approach your WAN in the future.

Register for free by clicking here:  
Teaching Information Literacy K-16
Oct 20th from 1:00-2:00 pm

Register for this free Minitex webinar HERE.
See all of the Upcoming Events from Minitex by clicking on the logo above.
Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference +
Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting
Nov 5-6

The joint Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC20) and the Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting (#mndiglib2020) will be held virtually November 5-6, 2020.  Learn more about this Free Conference HERE.

This new and comprehensive online virtual event will feature noted architects and vendors in library design who’ll address design trends, spotlight case studies, and answer pressing questions from the field. Topics will include retooling physical space for staff and patron safety, innovating to address social and racial equity and inclusion, funding new and renovated buildings in a down economy, and more. Attendance is free to librarians, their board members/trustees, and local officials.
Open to the public with restrictions and curbside service also available.  Monday and Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 - 7:00 pm.  Call 218-229-2021 or visit the library's Facebook page for more information.

Open with limitations and offers curbside service Monday - Thursday from 12:00 - 6:00pm and Friday 12:00 - 5:00pm.  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 10:00am - 5:30pm and Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm. 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 the June 2nd post on 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 from 10:00am - 6:00pm.  For more information see their Facebook page.

Open with restrictions and offering curbside service Monday 11:00am - 7:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm.  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 - 6:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday 1:00 - 5:00pm, Saturday 11:00am - 2:00pm. For more information, call 218-384-3322, email bethany.leseman@alslib.info, or see their Facebook page.

Curbside pickup available Monday 12:00 - 6:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am - 2:00pm and Friday 10:00am - 3:00pm. 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.

Open to the public, offering curbside service upon request, Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 7:30pm, Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm and Saturday 9:30am - 2:00pm. 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, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm, and Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm.  Call 218-245-2315, message them through Facebook or email colerainepubliclibrary@alslib.info.

Curbside pickup available by appointment Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00pm. Books can be returned to the outside book drop.  Call 218-666-2210 or email crystal.phillips@alslib.info.  For more info, see their e-newsletter HERE or their website: cookpubliclibrary.org.

No appointment curbside pickup at Superior Street Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm and Thursday 1:00 - 7:00pm.  Return books to the exterior bookdrop during hours.  For more information, call 218-730-4200 or see their website, duluthlibrary.org.

Offering curbside pickup by appointment 9:00 - 11:30am and 1:00 - 3:30pm Monday - Friday. Return items to the exterior book drop by the main doors. Call 218-365-5140 and more information is available at elylibrary.org.

Closed until further notice but staff is available by phone Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. Return items to the bookdrop. Check for updates on their Facebook page, email to evepublib@gmail.com or check their website, evelethpubliclibrary.com.
Scheduled pick up of requested items Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00am - 3:00pm. Return all materials to the dropbox. 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, printing and staff help by phone and email Monday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm. 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 - 6:00pm. Return materials to the drive up dropbox on the North side of the building. For all the updated info, call 218-326-7640 or see their website, cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/library.

Contactless curbside pickup of holds offered Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm.  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 11:00am - 12:00pm for older & vulnerable patrons, 1:00 - 5:00pm for all patrons. Curbside pickup by appointment Monday - Friday 10:00-4:00.  For full information, call 218-225-2412 or see their website, hoytlakeslibrary.org.

Open Monday - Wednesday 10:00am - 8:00pm, Thursday & Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm 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 with some restrictions Monday and Friday 1:00 - 5:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 - 6:00pm, Wednesday 12:00 - 8:00pm.  For more information or to reserve computer time, call 218-247-7676 or see the May 14th post on their Facebook page.

Open Monday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm 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 10:00am - 4:00pm. 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.

Open with restrictions, also offering curbside service Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 6:30pm, Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm. Return items to the bookdrop. Call 218-226-4331, email silverbaypubliclibrary@gmail.com or see their blog, wwwsilverbaynews.blogspot.com.

Open with restrictions and offering curbside service Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm and Tuesday & Thursday 11:30am - 7:00pm. Return materials to the outdoor bookdrop. Call 218-834-3148, email thplinfo@gmail.com or see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.

Curbside pickup available Monday-Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:00- 4:30pm and Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-5:30pm. Call 218-748-7525. see their Facebook page or website, virginiapubliclibrary.info.
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