Tuesday, January 27, 2015

100 Best Children's and YA Books

Searching for great children's and young adult titles?!  Look no further! Here are links to Time's 100 Best Children's Books of All Time and 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time! 



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

“Painting” with Wool: Needle Felting Fun

The Arrowhead Library System presents two more sessions of “Painting” with Wool: Needle Felting Fun, a free family workshop using colorful sheep’s wool to create landscapes or colorful abstract art. If you missed the workshops earlier this month, two sessions had to be rescheduled due to weather.  Additional dates and times are: 
  • Thursday, January 29, 3:30 p.m. Calumet Public Library
  • Thursday, January 29, 6:30 p.m. Marble Public Library

Shannon Cousino from the Duluth Art Institute (DAI) will lead these workshops based on the DAI belief that art is about the process –not the product.  Shannon encourages art students to become actively engaged and create your own work in this hands-on workshop.

Librarians and Literary Voices Share Their Best Reads of 2014

The New York Public Library asked librarians and literary voices to share their favorite reads of 2014 -- click on the link below to see what they are!


Friday, January 09, 2015

Building a Home Library


Building a Home Library – 2014 Update

The ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, have updated the four Building a Home Library bibliographies below to provide guidance to parents, grandparents, and others interested in assembling a high-quality library for their children at home. When creating these lists the committee looked to include tried and true classics; under the radar gems; multicultural books; and new, yet notable, reads for all ages.
Librarians, educators, and others who work with families are encouraged to download and print these brochures and share them with parents, grandparents, and caregivers in their community.
Please note that the Committee has provided two versions of each bibliography, a bi-fold and a one page doubled-sided (OPDS). For either version you must select for your printer to print in landscape form as a double-sided sheet. These settings can be found under "Properties" when the print menu appears after you select “Print”.

Books for children birth to age 3

One Page

Books for children ages 4 – 7

One Page

Books for children ages 8-11

One Page

Books for children ages 12-14
One Page

Minitex Arithmetic

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New Titles in the ALS Professional Collection

Greetings!  Arrowhead Library System (ALS) has a long-standing commitment to maintaining a collection of current publication titles of interest to librarians, library staff and library trustees.  The collection is housed at the ALS building in Mountain Iron, but all titles can be requested via the online catalog (if you have a borrower's card from an ALS library) or via the statewide MnLINK catalog (if you have a borrower's card from Duluth Public Library).  If you have questions about borrowing titles from the ALS Professional Collection, feel free to call ALS staff!

Here are the latest additions to the ALS collection:

Books in Motion:  Connecting Preschoolers with Books through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting and Props
Julie Dietzler-Glair
Neal-Schuman, 2013
027.62 DIE 2013

Librarians and educators can shake up storytimes, help children stay healthy, and encourage a lifelong love of reading with Dietzel-Glair's easy-to-use resource. Demonstrating exactly how to use children's books to engage preschool-age children through movement, it's loaded with storytimes that will have children standing up tall, balancing as they pretend to walk across a bridge, or even flying around the room like an airplane. Presenting hundreds of ideas, this all-in-one book is divided into five sections and each chapter includes as much instruction as possible for a wide range of motions. Pick and choose the amount of movement that is right for your storytime crowd, or do it all!

Library Consortia:  Models for Collaboration and Sustainability
Valerie Horton and Greg Pronevitz
ALA Editions, 2015
021.6 HOR 2015

No library stands alone. A long-standing tenet of the discipline, library cooperation predates the founding of ALA. Although these are times of crisis and uncertainty for library consortia (by one count, more than 65 consortia have closed since 2008), the collaboration that consortia offer helps libraries extend the value of every dollar spent. With over 35 years of experience managing five different library consortia between them, Valerie Horton and Greg Pronevitz are uniquely qualified to show how consortia have been transforming themselves, offering new services and products while growing ever more important to the library community. Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability covers the history, current landscape, management approaches, critical trends and key services that define today’s library consortia.

The Power of Play:  Designing Early Learning Spaces
Dorothy Stoltz, Marisa Conner and James Bradberry
ALA Editions, 2015
027.62 STO 2015

Don’t simply accommodate families with young children—draw them in and make your library a destination! In this hands-on guide, an early childhood specialist, a designer, and an outreach librarian take you step-by-step through the process of designing an early learning space that fits your space limitations and budget. With a strong focus on making play spaces welcoming for parents, caregivers, and children while reducing stress for library staff, the authors
  • Use current research to explain the importance of play in regard to early literacy and learning
  • Show how underutilized spaces of any size can be transformed into play spaces, with planning secrets for small, mid-size, and large play environments
  • Offer tips for reinventing reading nooks as “playscapes” that encourage fun and play 
  • Present models of successful early learning spaces from across the country, with illustrations and floor plans
  • Suggest ways to motivate adults to help young children develop a sense of discovery, energizing adults and children alike to pursue the lifelong enjoyment of learning
  • Include sample guidelines, surveys, and plans to help you adapt your play spaces to the needs of your community
  • Present a vendor list, tips for cleaning toys, worksheets, and other tools for pulling it all together, from engaging library staff and community partners to hiring architects and contractors

With the help of this book, you can transform neglected spaces into joyful places that help parents inspire their children to learn.

Library as Safe Haven:  Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery
Deborah D. Halsted, Shari Clifton, and Daniel T. Wilson
Neal-Schuman, 2014
025.84 HAL 2014

Libraries have always played a special role in times of disaster by continuing to provide crucial information and services. The Stafford Act of 2011, a federal government directive, designates libraries as among the temporary facilities delivering essential services, making a Continuity of Operations Plan imperative for libraries. Peppered with informative first-person narratives from librarians recounting emergency situations, Halsted, Clifton, and Wilson cover such topics as:
  • An eight-step approach to developing a risk assessment plan
  • How to draft a one-page service continuity plan
  • Information on how to use mobile devices and social media effectively in times of disaster
  • Sample disaster plans, along with model exercises, manuals and customizable communications
Published in cooperation with the Medical Library Association (MLA), this nuts-and-bolts resource will enable libraries of all kinds to do their best while planning for the worst.

Maxwell's Handbook for RDA -- Resource Description & Access
Explaining and Illustrating RDA:  Resource Description and Access Using MARC 21
Robert L. Maxwell
ALA Editions, 2013
025.32 MAX 2013

In this clear and comprehensive resource, cataloging expert Robert Maxwell brings his trademark practical commentary to bear on the new, unified cataloging standard. Designed to interpret and explain RDA: Resource Description and Access, this handbook illustrates and applies the new cataloging rules in the MARC21 environment for every type of information format.

Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books

Check out the article by clicking on the link below -- enjoy!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Time Capsule at the Virginia Public Library

For a WDIO-TV news story on the September 30 dedication cermony, follow this link:

Monday, December 29, 2014


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present a few more Henna workshops in January. In this workshop, Kristy will share the history, cultural traditions and science of henna, in a fun relaxed atmosphere packed with hands-on education and experience. Learn how to prepare the perfect batch of pure natural henna paste, application techniques, and the importance of choosing natural henna, as well as an opportunity to create and practice traditional designs on paper, yourself and other brave students in the workshop!

Friday, January 2, 10:30 a.m. Aurora Public Library
Friday, January 2, 1:00 p.m. Gilbert Public Library
Friday, January 2, 3:30 p.m. Buhl Public Library
Saturday, January 3, 3:30 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library
Monday, January 5, 6:00 p.m. Babbitt Public Library
Tuesday, January 6, 10:30 a.m. Mt. Iron Public Library
Tuesday, January 6, 3:30 p.m. Cloquet Public Library

If your looking for a slightly messy family activity attend one of the “Painting” with Wool: Needle Felting Fun, a free family workshops using colorful sheep’s wool to create landscapes or colorful abstract art. Shannon Cousino from the Duluth Art Institute (DAI) encourages art students to become actively engaged and create your own work in this hands-on workshop. The Duluth Art Institute believes there is an artist in everyone and sometimes that means getting a little bit messy! So, join us for this hands-on creative workshop because art is for everybody! Workshops for elementary students to seniors are being offered at the following dates and locations:

Monday, January 5, 3:30 p.m. Cloquet Public Library
Monday, January 5, 6:30 p.m. Duluth Public Library
Tuesday, January 6, 3:30 p.m. at the Virginia Public Library
Tuesday, January 6, 6:00 p.m. Eveleth Public Library
Wednesday, January 7, 3:00 p.m. Nashwauk Community Library
Wednesday, January 7, 6:00 p.m. Gilbert Public Library

Thursday, January 8, 3:30 p.m. Marble Public Library
Thursday, January 8, 6:00 p.m. Calumet Public Library
Friday, January 9, 10:30 a.m. Coleraine Public Library
Friday, January 9, 3:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Area Library
Saturday, January 10, 10:30 a.m. Hoyt Lakes Public Library,
Saturday, January 10, 1:30 p.m. Buhl Public Library

Monday, January 12, 6:00 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library
Tuesday, January 13, 6:00 p.m. West Duluth Branch Library
Wednesday, January 14, 3:30 p.m. Ely Public Library
Thursday, January 15, 10:30 a.m. Babbitt Public Library
Thursday, January 15, 3:30 p.m. International Falls Public Library

Friday, January 16, 1:00 p.m. Silver Bay Public Library
Friday, January 16, 4:00 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library
Saturday, January 17, 10:30 a.m. Moose Lake Public Library
Saturday, January 17, 3:30 p.m. Carlton Public Library

The Arrowhead Library System Legacy program is also providing free tickets to three events this month! So, if you prefer to sit back and enjoy listening and watching talented musicians, dancers, and actors then pick up free tickets at area libraries!

April Verch will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on January 13th at the Reif Center. Ferried to dance-filled old-time gatherings and country & western jamborees by her music-loving parents, April Verch followed her older sister into step dancing at age 3, and picked up the fiddle at age 6. By the time Verch graduated high school; she’d won the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and released a pair of albums! The April Verch Band is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating group, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten. It doesn’t hurt that the grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing—often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns—at once.

Tickets for the April Verch concert are available at the following public libraries: Aurora, Bovey, Calumet, Coleraine, Eveleth, Gilbert Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Keewatin, Marble and Virginia.

The Rhyhmic Circus will be presenting their show FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! at the Hibbing High School Auditorium, on Thursday, January 22nd at 7:00 p.m. This dynamic tap and music performance mixes high-energy percussive dance with a live rock band and human beatbox that guarantees to enthrall audiences of all ages with its medley of positivity and infectious rhythm. It is a wildly creative take on tap dance and music that will inspire the audience to follow their dreams!

Tickets for this event are available at the following public libraries: Aurora, Babbitt, Buhl, Claumet, Chisholm, Coleraine, Eveleth, Gilbert, Hibbing, Keewatin, Marble Mountain Iron, and Virginia.

Tickets will be available for the Duluth Playhouse production of Willy Wonka JR. at the Duluth Marshall School's Fregeau Auditorium, on January 22-25, 2015. Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, featuring the songs from the classic family film. Willy Wonka JR is a scrumdidilyumptious delight to everyone's sweet tooth!

Tickets for this event are available at the following public libraries: Aurora, Buhl, Calumet, Carlton, Chisholm, Cloquet, Duluth, Gilbert, Grand Marais, Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, Moose Lake, Silver Bay, and Two Harbors.