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NEW INTERFACE AND FEATURES COMING TO LEARNING EXPRESS DATABASE
 
To find the Learning Express Library:
Do you stay up all night reading psychological thrillers?  Are you a cozy mystery expert?  Do you own every Louis L'Amour western written?  We are looking for you!!  

Readers' Advisory help was one of the top CE requests in 2017 -- I'm excited to let you know a Readers' Advisory Showcase is in the planning stages and I'm looking for volunteers to share their reading passions!

The Showcase is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  I'm looking for four presenters representing unique genres -- each presenter will have 40 minutes to share their selected titles with attendees.  

If you are interested in being a part of our showcase, please let me know at your earliest convenience.  

Mollie
Coming up in February!
Groundhog's Day! Valentine's Day! President's Day!

Book your kits now - Contact Paula

I'm happy to announce another round of Brainfuse webinars for ALS member library staff of all types!  Each interactive webinar will focus on the databases available to ALS patrons and students -- HelpNow and JobNow.  The scheduled webinars will take place on:
  • Tuesday, February 6, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 7, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 5, 1-2:30 p.m.
To register for a webinar, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5QG3B9M.  You will receive a confirmation email and log-in link two business days before the webinar.  If you or your staff are interested in attending a webinar and the dates and times don't work for your schedule, please feel free to view an archived ALS Brainfuse webinar here:  https://www.screencast.com/t/mbF1UXSQ
 
Questions?  Just let me know!
Mollie
What's Happening Arrowhead

Library News and Events! 

Arctic Adventure Build-a-penguin - Ely, Thursday, January 18th @ 10:00 am - We will read a story, hand-stuff our own plush penguins, make a winter craft and have a snack. RSVPs ARE REQUIRED. If more than 22 children sign up to attend, penguins will be limited to one per family. Sign up by calling 848-7616 or online. Event page

You Are in a Play! - Two Harbors, Friday, January 19th @ 2:30 pm - Ever wanted to try acting? Maybe you already love acting or just reading aloud. All aspiring actors are welcome to an afternoon of kids' theater. Fans of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books won’t want to miss out! Event page

Gene Luen Yang: We Need Diverse Books - Hosted by Duluth Public Library and Kathryn A. Martin Library in the UMD Kirby Ballroom, Monday, January 22nd @ 6:00 pm - Award-winning graphic novelist and comic book author Gene Luen Yang will visit UMD on January 22, 2018, as part of the Reading Without Walls program. Gene will speak at 6 p.m. in Kirby Ballroom about the importance of narratives that convey a multitude of cultural experiences. Gene’s books will be available for purchase and signing by the author immediately following his presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

Gene Luen Yang is the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a MacArthur Fellow, and the national spokesperson for the Reading Without Walls program. His published work includes American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero. He has also written Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman comics. 

This event is part of the Reading Without Walls program, which is designed to create a community of readers at UMD and in Duluth and encourage participants to encounter, discuss, and share diverse ideas, characters, genres, and perspectives through reading. 

Gene’s visit is made possible by Duluth Public Library, UMD’s Kathryn A. Martin Library, Alworth Institute for International Studies, Commission for Women, Department of International Studies, Department of Social Work, Kirby Leadership Institute, Kirby Program Board, Kirby Student Center, Mortar Board Honor Society, and UMD Stores.

For more information about this event, contact Kayleen Jones at 218-726-8733 or jone1913@d.umn.edu. Event page

Community Soup Supper - Calumet, Wednesday, January 31st @ 5:00 pm - We will be serving homemade soups, fresh bread, and sweet desserts. FREE WILL DONATIONS. Sponsored by the Calumet Library and the Calumet Church. Join us for food and conversation with friends! Event page

Duluth Public Library Events
January 14th - 20th 
Click here for further event details and specific locations! 
St. Louis County Historical Society

Traveling Exhibits Preview
 
St. Louis County Historical Society announces the first in a rotating series of exhibits recently brought out of storage.  Over the coming 15 months, exhibits from the Traveling Exhibit Program will be rotated every few weeks.  Celebrated anew will be displays such as A Salute to Servicewomen, To American with Love about Italian immigrants, Rolleff’s Forest History Photography, St. Louis County in the Civil War, Marshall Wells Hardware, and Preserving the Old Country – the Experiences of Croatians, Serbians and Slovenians. 
 
There are many other exhibits planned for the coming months. Finns of Western Lake Superior is on exhibit until March 15
 
The public may view these in the Traveling Exhibits Alcove, located just outside the Society's main office doors in the Depot.  Traveling Exhibits may be loaned, for a nominal fee, to museums, historical societies, schools and colleges and other organizations.  
 
Please contact Kathleen Cargill at kathleen@thehistorypeople.org or 733.7586 for more information.

Kids & Teens Broadcast

Thinking about participating in Teen Tech Week (March 4-10, 2018)?  ALS will provide each interested public library with one poster and 100 bookmarks.  Please let me know by Wednesday, January 31 if you are interested and we will send them your way in February.

For more information on Teen Tech Week 2018, please click on the following link:  http://teentechweek.ning.com/

Mollie
The Conference is Calling

It's time to save the date for the ITEM 2018 Spring Conference March 17, 2018.

Who:
Teachers, tech integrationists, media specialists, and educational leaders all looking to make the best possible learning opportunities for our students.  

What
ITEM 2018 Spring Conference

When:
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Where
Hopkins North Junior High

Why:
We are looking to the future: giving students more choice, fostering engagement, encouraging personalized learning, and helping students to imagine, inquire, create, and make in today's learning environments.
The ITEM Spring Conference also features an interactive, innovative MakerSpace Experience.

How can you learn more?
Questions? 
Please contact admin@mnitem.org or jen.m.legatt@gmail.com 

Apply for Greatness
 

Geek Squad Academy 2018 

Geek Squad Academy is designed to give underserved youth ages 10-18 opportunities to develop tech skills that will inspire future education and career choices. This program allows students to envision a future where they are creators, not consumers, of the technology that powers the world. 

When attending a Geek Squad Academy camp, students become "Junior Agents" and get hands-on experience with some of the newest and coolest technology, with instructors from Best Buy and Geek Squad. This two day camp experience will allow students to explore technology like: 

  • Coding
  • Programming
  • Film Production/Photography
  • 3D Design
  • Digital Music
  • Digital Citizenship

Our proposal system for Geek Squad Academy in 2018 has opened! Applications will be accepted through February 1, 2018. Notifications will be made to host sites by March 1, 2018. 

Non-profit and other community organizations are invited to apply to host Geek Squad Academy during school breaks, summer break, or as an in-school field trip.

 

Organization Information

  • Be able to recruit a minimum of 125 students and maximum of 200 students

  • Space Requirements:

    • Six classroom spaces

    • Large area for student lunch

    • Large area for opening/closing ceremonies (can be the same as the lunch space)

    • Tables and chairs to accommodate 25 students/classroom

  • Ensure the facility is available for three consecutive days (one day for set up and two instruction days)

  • Recruit a minimum of five volunteers from the organization who will be responsible for managing student behavior and facilitating smooth class-to-class transitions

    Submit an application online!

Webinar Control Center


 
How Public Libraries Are Graduating Adults: Caps, Gowns & Bright Futures - Library Journal, Thursday, January 18th @ 1:00 pm Central - As one of our nation’s most trusted educational institutions, public libraries already support adult literacy, GED preparation, and workforce development. But what if your library could actually produce high school graduates? It can – with Career Online High School from Gale. 

It’s already happening at more than 100 public library systems across the country – adults are being engaged back into the educational system and earning their high school diplomas plus a career certificate in one of eight, high-growth, high-demand fields. Adults are graduating. And…lives are being changed. 

Our panelists will share why they chose the program, what it has meant in terms of alignment with mission, demonstrating outcomes, community partnerships, etc. They will also give insight into the day-to-day program operations, share best practices and you’ll even hear a story or two of how this program has impacted the lives of their students and graduates. Register
Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults - Booklist, Tuesday, January 30th @ 1:00 pm Central - Does your collection reflect the varied faces, beliefs, and experiences of your community? Check out Booklist’s free, hour-long webinar spotlighting diverse books for children and teens, wherein attendees will learn about exciting, new offerings from Annick Press, Books on Tape/Listening Library, and Lorimer. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith. Register

Can't make the date? Register for Booklist's upcoming webinars and we'll send you the archive after the event!
Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds - WebJuction, Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 @ 2:00 pm Central - For too many children and teens, summer is a time of hunger and learning loss. Libraries offer the perfect environment to combat childhood hunger and obesity while preventing summer learning loss by offering free, healthy lunch to kids through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. In California, Lunch at the Library was developed to provide tailored support to library staff, offering tools to develop successful public library summer meal programs that draw new families to the library, foster community partnerships, and engage families with learning and enrichment opportunities while school is out. Join us for this webinar to learn about the tools and practical tips for starting or expanding a USDA summer meals site and incorporating lunches into your summer reading program. Even if you’ve been offering summer lunches for years, you’ll come away inspired and ready to plan.

Presented by: Trish Garone, Programs Manager, California Library Association; Patrice Chamberlain, Executive Director, California Summer Meal Coalition; and Jasmin LoBasso, Marketing & Promotions, Kern County Library (CA) Register
Dena's Links That Have No Place To Go
- 10 Fun Facts About Paddington Bear
25 Highly-Anticipated Book Sequels Coming in 2018
The Case Against Reading Everything
Adorable Midcentury Posters Teaching Kids How to Use the Library 
Publishing industry is overwhelmingly white and female, US study finds
The case against library fines—according to the head of The New York Public Library
    
OVERDUE PODCAST
LANGUAGE ARTS

 
If you are a book-lover with an ever-expanding "to-read" list, then this podcast is for you. Hosted by Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting, Overdue is dedicated to, "the books you've been meaning to read." Each hour-long episode is dedicated to a single title and selections range from classics, contemporary award winners, non-fiction, young adult books, cult favorites, and even inescapable bestsellers (including Fifty Shades of Grey). During each episode, Cunningham and Getting informally discuss each novel and offer their perspectives on the book's strengths and weaknesses. Most of these episodes are best enjoyed if listeners have already read the books - listeners are warned at the beginning of each episode that discussions usually contain some plot spoilers. Fortunately, book fans can browse archives of over 200 past episodes. Cunningham and Getting have helpfully compiled a few of their favorite episodes in the "New listener?" section. Listeners can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Google Play, or RSS. [MMB]
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