Volume XXIX, Issue 49
December 7, 2020
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JOBNOW & HELPNOW - just copy and paste this copy and these graphics into your website, blog, Facebook page or other social media outlets.
JobNow: Let’s face it, job searching is hard and can be frustrating. But you don’t have to do it alone. Use you library card to connect with a FREE online job coach for personalized expert assistance. From learning where to look for jobs to filling out online applications, Brainfuse job coaches can help. #jobnow #jobseeker #BrainfuseCommunity #librariestransform #whatlibrariesdo #findajob #jobcoaching #covid19jobs
HelpNow: Do you have finals before the winter break? Prepare by using your library card to create flashcards, take practice tests, or connect with a FREE online tutor. #brainfuse #helpnow #whatlibrariesdo #BrainfuseCommunity #onlinelearning, #distancelearninghelp #homeworkhelp #prepareforfinals #study #learning
Request for Public Artwork for the Cook Public Library
The Cook Public Library is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to create a piece of public artwork(s) for the Cook Public Library. The artwork will celebrate one or more community-specific, artistic, cultural and/or historical attribute(s) and will be placed in high-traffic locations either inside or outside the library for all to enjoy.  Learn more HERE.
Close the libraries? Please, no. 
DECEMBER 4, 2020 — 5:16PM

A patron checked out a DVD at Sun Ray Library in St. Paul in September.

I’m surprised that the Star Tribune provided such prominent space to the reader advocating for the closing of libraries (“Add libraries to the list,” Readers Write, Nov. 27). The very reasons the writer listed for the closing of libraries are why we need to keep them open. Children and adolescents need a place to seek out books to stimulate their minds and indulge their curiosity. Adults need books to get through the upcoming long winter, which includes the ability to pick out something interesting from the shelves rather than waiting for months for their requests to trickle in. Placing books outside during the dark days of January is a poor choice for the only way to obtain library materials. It will all but shut down participation by young people who will be unlikely to go through multiple steps of seeking out book titles online, requesting them and waiting for weeks or months for them to be available.

Closing the libraries because some patrons are not wearing masks correctly or are lingering too long is no reason to deprive all of us of these wonderful and essential services. Compliance problems occur at stores, takeout restaurants and everywhere else, and it is not a reason to shut these places down. We’ve all learned many skills over the course of the pandemic in how to conduct ourselves. Gently reminding our fellow citizens to adjust their masks rather than simply complaining to overworked employees is not easy, but it is our responsibility.

If Minnesotans don’t feel safe going to libraries, they don’t need to do so. But closing them at this point in the pandemic would deprive many of us of an important community resource.


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I am writing in regard to the call for closing the libraries. I live alone, and the shutdown is very difficult. At this time I can’t go to friends’ houses or the YMCA or do other activities. I am always looking for a safe place to go and see people. And yes, I do go for walks in the nature center.

My library in Austin, Minn., is well run. There is hand sanitizer at the entrance. Everybody I see wears a mask. I don’t know how I could stay more than an hour, as the writer said she sees at her library, because there is nowhere to sit down. I rarely require the services of a librarian.

Some seem to like the narrative that people are being irresponsible, but that is not what I see. If the letter writer does not feel safe in her library, she should stay home. However, I will continue my 15-minute, masked visits to the Austin Public Library as long as I can.



Poetry Out Loud provides FREE materials, including: More information can be found in our virtual workshop!

While teachers, students, and poetry lovers everywhere can use the free materials, the official contest is limited to those that have registered their participation by Dec. 11. There are no registration or participation fees. More information can be found at mnscsc.org/poetry-out-loud or poetryoutloud.org.

AudioFile's Best Nonfiction Audiobooks of 2020 | Book Marks

Best Books 2020: Worst Year, Best Books | LJ

Best Books | SLJ

Best Books of 2020 | Book Riot

Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2020 | Smithsonian

The Best Books We Read in 2020 | The New Yorker

How Curb Cuts Help Discovery — Accessibility and the New
EBSCO Discovery Service™

The “curb cut effect” refers to accommodations created for disabled people that also prove useful to the general population. EBSCO Discovery Service’s™ (EDS) new design is a good example.  Learn more by clicking HERE.

The accidental designer

Have you found yourself the unsuspecting designer for your department or library?
5 Tips for Successful Library Designers - find them HERE.

Resources for Those Facing
Grief and Mortality

Read it HERE from Library Journal
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The Library Professional Development Network (LPDN) urges Minnesota library staff to take advantage of the free webinars offered as part of the Professional Development Alliance. All webinars are free. You can find descriptions & registration on the CE Calendar. PDA events are marked in pink. Here are some in Dec & Jan.
  • What is Data Literacy and Why Is It Important? Mon Dec 7, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Decolonizing Subject Headings and Collections Tue Dec 8, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • How to Create Fundable Grant Proposals: ASERL Grantwriting Series Wed Dec 9, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Why Did I Leave the Profession? - The DEI Perspective Thu Dec 10, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Communicating Value through Storytelling Wed Dec 16 2020, 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Redefining Self-Care in the Midst of a Global Pandemic - Part 1 Tue Jan 12 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Redefining Self-Care in the Midst of a Global Pandemic - Part 2 Tue Jan 19 10-11
Connect with your community in a virtual world
December 8th at 1:00pm
  • Promote and manage virtual events
  • Create impactful newsletters
  • Communicate efficiently with customers
Register HERE.


Wednesday, December 9, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Building on 15 years of developing workflows and systems for managing all aspects of library grant-seeking at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida, this grant webinar series will share best practices including checklist examples for guidelines and workflows, funding alerts describing funding opportunities for libraries, and templates for sharing submitted and pending proposals with library employees. Behind the scenes stories will divulge unusual ways ideas were generated for fundable projects, and how ideas developed through engagement with a diverse array of experts and assets. Stories will share details of what happened after project teams received their awards, and ways by which teams managed to complete projects successfully. Featured projects will highlight a variety of grant-funded activities including outreach, digitization, training, acquisition of materials, planning, and collaborations with diverse partners and for diverse materials.

PLATFORM:  gotomeeting
PRESENTER:  Bess Gail de Farber
CONTACT:  enorlin@aserl.org

DEC 16 from 9:30-11:30am

Here's your opportunity to attend a free virtual convening, co-hosted by the MN Department of Education, about Digital Navigator programs scheduled for Wednesday, December 16 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. As you’re well aware, Minnesota’s public libraries play a critical role in ensuring equitable access to technology. Digital Navigator programs are a relatively new reframing of this work, currently being explored by a few libraries in the Metro area as well as Greater Minnesota.
The registration form is available here

Wrap Around Minnesota is an initiative to coordinate resources for statewide community resource hubs that support students, families, and community members. The goal of the project is to provide wrap-around supports such as academic, social, and health services for students and families that will result in improved educational outcomes for students. This initiative will use data to understand unmet need in four focus areas, identify resources to meet those needs and establish partnerships with community partners to support the coordination of identified resources. Focus areas include: Academic and Career Services; Health; Food Access and Housing Stability. Digital inclusion efforts are essential to this work right now as most services have shifted online and will likely remain this way for some time. To promote and enhance the efficacy of everyone working in this space, we’re hosting a convening to help folks:

1.       Network

2.       Share their work

3.       Learn from each other

December 16th 9:30-11:30 AM – Webex (you’ll receive an invitation)

Please RSVP on this form to confirm your attendance. 

Post-Election Strategies:
Library Advocacy--Now What?

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12 pm Central

Register HERE.


EBSCO Academy


Sharing Knowledge, Empowering Success

(Click above to find out more.)

UPCOMING - March 2021

The Connection 2021:
A Virtual Library Conference Reimagined

From the team behind The Collective, comes 2021’s weirdest, wonder-filled, and wackiest re-imagining of virtual professional development, The Connection throughout March 2021.  Learn more HERE.

UPCOMING - April 2021

Becoming An Author

Do you have an interest in writing? Maybe you have a dream to publish? Or perhaps you are just looking for a quarantine-emerging hobby to explore?Join us for the next Becoming an Author Writing Seminar! Brought to you online, in the comfy-clothes location of your own social space. Socially distant, yet close in company!

Once again, this day-long seminar will be a variety of Zoom meetings dancing with personal writing times.

Inspirations of past participants include: to pursue journaling; committing to a regular writing practice; beginning a blog; writing a children’s story; and signing a self-publishing contract! How might YOU be inspired?

Comments from past participants:

  • “Gina is very personable and open to all ideas; she made me feel welcome and was warm to all writings.” -- RK

  • “I really enjoyed it. All participants were so kind and engaged in the workshop.”  -- KL

  • “The day was phenomenal! Well-paced, well organized, and way beyond my expectations!!”  -- LC

  • “It was wonderful. I loved every moment and learned tons! Thank you!!”  -- TA

  • “This free writing workshop was better than many that I’ve paid to attend!”  -- KR

April 17, 2021, 9 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Cost -- FREE!  |  7 CEUs available

Guided by Gina Drellack. Sponsored by Northern Lights Library Network. Supported by Northwest Service Cooperative.

Details and registration are coming soon!
Gina is a K-12 Library Media Specialist - turned Education Consultant, holds a Certificate in Writing from Berkeley, and has recently published her first book. You can find her adding to her weekly blog at ginadrellack.com.

ALS Public Library Status Update
PDF file available for printing and download HERE.
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.  For more information, call 218-229-2021 or visit their Facebook page or blog, aurorapubliclibrarymn.blogspot.com.
Closed at this time due to health safety measures.  Status will be re-evaluated by the city council on December 1st. 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 9:00 - 4:30 and Saturday 10:00 - 2:00. 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 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.
Curbside pickup of requested materials, kids and adults take-and-make kits, librarian assistance requests and online databases. Monday 12:30-5:30pm, Tuesday 10:00am-2:00pm, Thursday 1:00-6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm; closed on Wednesdays and Fridays.  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 - Thursday 9:00 - 5:00 and Friday 9:00 - 4:00.  Call 218-245-2315, message them through Facebook or email colerainepubliclibrary@alslib.info.
Offering lobby pickup, Monday - Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm, curbside pickup available by appointment.  Patrons must call or email ahead to let staff know which day they are picking up items. Return books to the outside book drop.  For more information, call 218-666-2210, email crystal.phillips@alslib.info, see their 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.  Computer use by appointment during these hours. Returns accepted 24/7 at the Main Library at both Michigan St. and Superior St. bookdrops.  For more information, call 218-730-4200 or see their website, duluthlibrary.org.

Offering curbside pickup by appointment Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00. Return items to the exterior book drop by the main doors. Call 218-365-5140 and more information is available at elylibrary.org.
Offering no-contact "At the Door" pick-up of requested materials, items on hold ONLY. No other transactions will be handled. Library staff is available by phone Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. Return items to the bookdrop. Check for updates on their Facebook page or check their website, evelethpubliclibrary.com.

Open Monday-Friday 11:00-5:00. Return all materials to the exterior bookdrop. 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 - 6:00. Return materials to the drive up dropbox. Call 218-326-7640, visit cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/library and check their Facebook page for the most current information.

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 - 5:00pm. Curbside pickup is available by appointment.  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 Monday & Friday 1:00-5:00, Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-6:00, and Wednesday 12:00-7:00.
For more information, call 218-247-7676, or message them through Facebook.
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 and 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 and offering curbside service Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm and Tuesday & Thursday 11:30am - 7:00pm. Return materials to the exterior bookdrop. Call 218-834-3148, email thplinfo@gmail.com or see their website, twoharborspubliclibrary.com.
Offering curbside pickup of library items on hold Mon, Wed, Thurs 9:00 - 5:00, Tues 9:00 -5:30, Fri 9:00-4:30, Sat 10:00-2:00.  Click HERE or call the library at 218-748-7525 See their Facebook page or virginiapubliclibrary.info.
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