Monday, September 29, 2014

New Interactive - Minnesota Writers Map

The Minnesota Book Awards is very pleased to announce a new, online version of the popular Minnesota Writers Map which was first launched in the spring of last year. Now featuring interactive information on each of the 112 authors listed, the online project is intended to be an ever-expanding effort. In the coming months, additional authors will be added, with more audio and video resources continually being incorporated to make it a truly living and breathing representation of the state’s literary legacy.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Checking Out America’s Libraries (Infographic)

Did you know there are more public libraries in America than McDonald’s restaurants? Or that 50% of Americans used a library last month? If not, you might want to check out this infographic on America’s libraries created by H&R Block.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

September Legacy - Music and Theater in the Air!

Sara Pajunen presents her Laatikko/Box Program

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present artist and musician Sara Pajunen. In her Laatikko/Box project, she brings a sampling of the University of Minnesota’s Finnish-American archives to the public. Using violin and voice, she weaves Finnish folk song with both archival audio recordings and conversations with her own Finnish-American family members. During the presentation, participants can view pictures, letters, and other material from Finnish-Americans. This free program is being offered at the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Iron Public Library
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the Ely Public Library

Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Silver Bay Public Library

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Two Harbors Public Library

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Duluth Public Library

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Babbitt Public Library

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Hibbing Public Library
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Eveleth Public Library

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the West Duluth Branch Library

Friday, September 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Cloquet Public Library

Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the International Falls Public Library

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Chisholm Public Library
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Buhl Public Library

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library

Thursday, September 25, 2014, Noon at the Virginia Public Library
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Nashwauk School Library,

Friday, September 26, 2014, 5:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Public Library

Laatikko/Box is a project about immigration. Our ancestors left a security in culture and language - a place where they knew themselves. People leave spaces all the time: relational spaces, home spaces, habitual spaces. Why do we leave? How long does change take? Is home a physical place? Laatikko/Box provides a space to contemplate these questions from both immigrant and personal perspectives, considering universal human experiences of unknowing, change, discomfort, difference.

The Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis) commissioned the first presentation of Laatikko/Box (February 2014) as part of its 416 Club Commissions series. For the work, Sara immersed herself in the Finnish-American Collection of the Immigration History Research Center at Elmer Anderson Library (University of Minnesota Twin Cities). She explored boxes and audiotapes of spoken words, melodies, and written history with the intention to give them new life. Much like the stages of immigration, Laatikko/Box is a constantly evolving piece. At select Arrowhead Libraries this fall, Sara will record participants’ verbal reactions to the work to be included in future installments of Laatikko/Box.

Sara Pajunen is a Minneapolis-based musician and artist whose recent work is inspired by her Finnish ancestry. Join us for her thought provoking program that combines Finnish Folk music and our continued migration through life.


Classical Pianist and Composer
Peter Arnstein

Event tickets are now available for Classical Pianist and Composer Peter Arnstein at the William Kelly High School in Silver Bay, on Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Arnstein, a winner of international composition and piano competitions, returns to the William Kelly High School for an encore performance!  Arnstein has toured the Midwest as pianist and composer-in-residence for the Sylmar Chamber Ensemble, was a frequent pianist with the Macalester Trio, and is currently an active composer and arranger.

He has performed numerous times at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, as both piano soloist and harpsichord soloist, as accompanist for violinist Michael Antonello, and as part of the piano trio, Trio di Vita, which premiered his Trio Jazzico Nostalgico and Scottish Fantasy.

Please join the Arrowhead Library System and the Northern Lake County Arts Board in Silver Bay to hear Dr. Arnstein perform his original compositions as well as selections by Chopin, Bach, Liszt, & Scriabin on the William Kelly High School Steinway piano.

Tickets will be available at the following public libraries:  Aurora, Babbitt, Buhl, Cloquet, Grand Marais, Hibbing, Silver Bay, and Two Harbors.


Elephant Man

Event tickets will be available soon for the Elephant Man performed by the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet, on September 26-28 and October 2-5.  Performances are at 7:00 p.m. except for Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Indispensible Course Summary

Being Indispensible: A Librarian's Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job
            ALA Editions eLearning taught by Hilda Weisburg

            We are living in challenging times in education, facing budget and program cuts across all disciplines including media center services.  It is simply not enough to do a good job and expect to avoid the chopping block.  This course provided many valuable tools to help secure your place in your building or district.
            One of the most important tools was to increase visibility and purpose both physically and through the internet and social media. Hilda stressed the importance of having a clear and defined mission statement in under 50 words for your media center.  The participants in the course weighed in to fine tune mission statements specific to their media centers. The following are several examples:
  • The mission of the ____ Media Center is to provide an all-inclusive environment integral to the school curriculum,  empowering students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users and creators of information.
  • The ___ High School Library Program provides a welcoming environment in which students and staff are afforded equitable access to the resources and skills needed to be critical thinkers, ethical users of information, enthusiastic readers and lifelong learners. 
  • The mission of the ___ School Library Program is to establish students as effective and efficient users of information, technology, and to foster the lifelong love of recreational reading.  The program also develops critical thinking skills through 21st century research skills, while students learn how to evaluate various print and non-print resources.

            The second idea was to have a tagline, use it on your web page and other printed materials. Some of the tag lines suggested include:
·        Let the library open the door to your future
·        It All Happens in the Library
·        Library without walls, Learning without end
·        ---- School Library -- Where knowledge and imagination happen one page at a time
            A third important component of visibility and purpose is to establish and post your core values for the media center. These values and beliefs determine how you operate your program.  If they are not established it is difficult to determine if you are meeting the goals of your program or focusing your efforts in the proper areas.
            Example 1:
·        Providing Positive support for all students and staff
·        Respect of the media center resources and the rights of others
·        Demonstrate Integrity in all actions
·        Embrace the Diversity offered in print and non-print resources
·        Enthusiastically promoting your learning
            Example 2:
·        Lifelong Learning
·        Intellectual Freedom and Curiosity
·        Responsible Citizenship
            Example 3:
  • A welcoming environment that is student-friendly, parent-friendly, staff-friendly and community-friendly.
  • Providing equitable access to the best information resources available for recreational and academic purposes.
  • The ethical use of information resources.
  • Instructional programs that support school and district missions and provide students with the resources they need to succeed in school and in life.
  • connecting learners with ideas and information, and
  • Preparing students for life-long learning, informed decision-making, a love of reading, and the use of information technologies.
            From these core values you would develop a vision statement. They also should be under 70 words, posted on your webpage for all to view and become the standard to base the focus of your program.
·        The School Library Program is the hub of our community of leaders and learners, where creating, connecting and collaborating is at the heart of all we do. 
·        The vision of the __ High School Media Center is to create and maintain a welcoming learning environment that is integral to student achievement where students and staff benefit from equitable access to the highest quality research and pleasure reading materials and emerging technologies. School library media specialist staff collaborate learning experiences to ensure that school community members have the opportunity to be effective and ethical users of ideas and information, develop critical thinking skills and an appreciation for literature.
·        The School Library Programming integrates information literacy and reading engagement across the curriculum and grade levels to ensure that students are college and career ready, empowering their learning by incorporating inquiry, reading and critical thinking skills to develop  21st century lifelong learners.
            The next point of discussion is the need for an elevator speech, prepared and ready to deliver when you have small snippets of time to promote your program.  It is important with an elevator speech that you focus on the most significant aspect of your program.  Many feel that you should start your speech by citing a statistic about the correlation between student achievement based on higher test scores and a library media center staffed by a full time licensed media specialist. Other suggested topics include new additions to the media center, collaboration ideas, ways you can help students achieve. Here are a few examples:
·        We are fortunate to work in a county where citizens support the education of our students. In 2013, the citizens voted in favor of a property tax increase and that means the students in our schools now have the expert guidance of our media specialists in learning to access, evaluate,
communicate, and produce information as they become college, career, and world ready.  If you are interested, I would love to have you visit my media center -- or check our web page to see what students are doing.
·        Can you imagine a school without a library?  Who will teach the kids how to question what they read?  Or get them that book they want to read? Or how to use that new iPad to find that book?  Oh you don't know how to do that?  Well let me show you -- just stop by.
·        A school media specialist is the "Seri" in the educational environment. We have the professional experience to assist students and staff with their most difficult challenges, be it a research question, recommended read or technology dilemma. How can I assist you today?
·        Did you know that a librarian is the ultimate search engine? 
            In order for you program to be successful, become indispensible, you need to assert yourself into a leadership role in your building, district and potentially state and national professional organizations.  In order to do that, you need to assess your strengths and weaknesses to determine your approach to becoming a leader or the go to person in your building. You need to view your emotional intelligence as well as your personality traits when determining your course of action.  We viewed desirable characteristics of a leader with the following being most important: kindness, compassion, great listener, knowledgeable, forward thinking, great communicator both orally and written work, passionate, approachable, trustworthy, confident and open to others ideas. Since most of the day media specialists work directly with the population of a school or community, emotional intelligence is front and center. The big EI traits are self awareness, self control and management of emotions and feelings, empathy for others and advanced levels of social skills. During a typical workday we are challenged with dealing with all of these traits as we instruct, provide one on one assistance with a patron or simply listen in a situation a student or colleague is experiencing with the hope of arriving at a solution for the problem. Equally as important are the characteristics and EI skills that relate to working independently such as motivation. Recognizing your strengths and weaknesses will provide you with areas to improve and guide you to formulating a plan of action that best suits your skills, aligning for a more successful delivery of services and promotion of your program.
            The last section of the course focused on determining your audience or stakeholders.  The list of people you need in support of your program include students, staff, building and district administrators, school board members, parents, community members, business community and state and national representatives who can lobby for funding.  This list includes many members outside of the building community, all holding key roles in the survival of media centers. Many of these people view our positions as the stereotypical librarian from their past and feel that there is no longer a need for that position with the age of electronic resources and libraries without walls.  As we all know,  nothing could be further from the truth.  If we don't teach the 21st century technology skills needed to access, evaluate, create and process available data, who will?
            There were many significant ideas presented in the class, however one of the most reaffirming messages is that it takes time to establish your presence in a building as indispensible.  It is not something that can be accomplished in a year.  You need to build the program one teacher at a time, develop collaborative projects that are successful and spread the word on your web page or school newsletter.  Teachers by nature like to work alone in their own domain so breaking into their world can prove to be a challenge.
            Being indispensible takes planning and work.  For many of us who work alone in our domain it means going outside of the walls of the media center to promote what you have to offer, engaging a network of people who support your vision and mission and who are willing to collaborate for the ultimate goal of student success. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Suspending a hold in OverDrive!

You're in the middle of a great book and you see you're next for a title that has had a long waiting list, what do you do? You can't read or listen to them both at the same time, but you don't want to go to the end of the waiting list, again! Now you can "suspend" your hold, finish your current book and not have to wait long for the other title.  Learn more about suspending a hold in OverDrive:

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

August starts with Puppets and then music, and more Music To You!

Legacy programming in August starts with the Z Puppets Rosenschnoz! The Secret Life of Puppets! They are currently touring the area bringing a hands on puppeting workshop to area libraries to wind down summer reading programs.  If you missed them earlier this week, they still have programs coming up at:

Thursday, August 7, 2014
10:30 am Calumet Public Library
3:30 pm Hibbing Public Library
6:30 pm Marble Public Library

Friday, August 8, 2014
10:30 am Silver Bay Public Library, 
3:00 pm Grand Marais Public Library

Monday, August 11, 2014
10:30 am  West Duluth Branch Library
3:30 pm Two Harbors Public Library

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
10:30 am Grand Rapids Area Library
3:30 pm Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
1:00 pm International Falls Public Library
6:00 pm Baudette Public Library

Thursday, August 14, 2014
12:30 pm Eveleth Public Library
4:00 pm Babbitt Public Library

Friday, August 15, 2014
12:30 pm Gilbert Public Library
4:00 pm Cook Public Library

After that We have the Jazz guitarist, Briand Morrison from the Grand Portage area. Briand’s jazz guitar playing will remind you of the great Wes Montgomery - smooth, warm, innovative – appealing to both jazz aficionados and anyone who loves good guitar.  Briand Morrison is a guitar player with a wide range of musical interests and great love for music of many idioms and styles.  Through Briand’s vast experience he is blessed with an inveterate fondness for and profound desire to play jazz.  Enjoy his Solo Jazz performance at the following libraries:   
Monday, August 18, 2014
10:30a at the Buhl Public Library
6:30p at the Cloquet Public Library

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
1:00p at the International Falls Public Library
6:00p at the Baudette Public Library

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
1:00p at the Babbitt Public Library
6:00p at the Bovey Public Library

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Noon at the Virginia Public Library
3:30p at the Gilbert Public Library
6:00p at the Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Monday, August 25, 2014
6:00p at the Duluth Public Library (Green Room)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
1:00p at the Silver Bay Public Library
6:00p at the Two Harbors Public Library

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
6:00p at the Grand Marais Public Library

Thursday, August 28, 2014
6:00p at the West Duluth Branch Library

And to fill out the month we have a variety of Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra performances!  Music To You brings a variety of Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra classical musicians into our communities to those who might not otherwise have an opportunity to hear live music. In August, you can enjoy a taste of Latin America, the Beauty of Harp and Flute music, a String Quartet and learn about the Science of Sound at libraries across the region.

In the “Timeless Beauty of Harp and Flute”, Betty Braunstein and Janell Lemire play two of the world's most beloved and oldest instruments in the world. Using their modern flute and harp, images from the past, instruments from other times and places, and their music, these fine musicians will explore the question of why human beings have been music-makers since the beginning of time.

Chisholm Public Library – Wednesday, August 13th at 11:00 a.m.
Silver Bay Public Library – Monday, August 18th at 1:00 p.m.
Duluth Public Library Green Room – August 18th at 6:00 p.m.
Eveleth Public Library – Wednesday, August 21st at 1:00 p.m.
West Duluth Branch Library – Wednesday, August 21st at 6:00 p.m.

Nixon Bustos on Bass and Melanie Sever on Flute will share the “Music and Culture of Latin America”.  Explore the culture and history on a tour through Brazil, Coloumbia, Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba and Venezuala. Learn Latin rhythms, play folk percussion instruments and dance to styles like the Argentinian Tango, Colombian Cumbia, and Brazilian Samba! This is an interactive program for all ages!

Grand Rapids Area Library - Wednesday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Baudette Public Library – Thursday, August 21st at Noon
International Falls Public Library – Thursday, August 21st at 3:00 p.m.

Nicole Craycraft, Laurie Bastian, Kevin Hoeschen and Rebecca Peterson will play music ranging from the ragtime of Scott Joplin through the more contemporary music of the Beatles and Coldplay. This String Quartet’s “Thanks for the Memories” program shows how music is much more than just notes! Just as a photo or a particular smell can elicit vivid memories, music can connect us with special times from our past. Enjoy each note of this program as you explore the connection between music and memory in a decade-by-decade journey through American music.

Grand Marais Public Library – Wednesday, August 20th at 3:00 p.m.
Hoyt Lakes Public Library - Friday, August 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

Betty Braunstein, flute and Steve Highland, violin will explore the connection between sound and science with items like a tuning fork, slinky, and a beaker of water! Their “Sounds of Science” hands-on demonstrations, computer animations, and live music will show you why music to your ears is also music to your brain.

Ely Public Library - Wednesday, August 27th at 3:00 p.m.
Babbitt Public Library – Wednesday, August 27th at 6:00 p.m.
Cloquet Public Library – Thursday, August 28th at noon

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Celebrating “Moonlight” Graham Days at the Chisholm Public Library!

Friends of the Library Photo Reveal and Book Sale
Thursday, Aug. 7th 10am-2pm

Thanks to The Friends of the Library, photos dating back to 1914 of the Chisholm Public Library have been restored, printed, and framed.  The photos will be revealed and hung up in the Library. Come join us for the reveal along with coffee and snacks in celebration!

Friends of the Library will also be having a Book Sale during this time. Come pick from a wide selection of books including Children’s, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Cookbooks and more! Donations for books go back to the Library.

Hope to see you there!! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Register Now for "Strengthening Libraries Together"

During the month of September, MALF will partner with libraries and local Friends groups across the state to bring “Strengthening Libraries Together,” a new and free workshop, to five Minnesota communities. Attendees will learn ways to increase Friends of the Library membership and raise significant funds for their libraries. They will also have an opportunity to share ideas and network with others facing similar challenges.

Session leader Melissa Brechon has been active in Minnesota’s library community for over 25 years, most recently in leadership roles at the Austin (MN) Public Library and the Carver County Library. She is currently a lead consultant with Library Strategies, where she works closely with public libraries across the country. Her areas of specialty include strategic planning, facility and staffing studies, Board and leadership development, feasibility studies, and capital campaigns.

Sessions will be held in:
Duluth Public Library
2432 E. 5th St., Duluth, MN
Saturday, Sept. 6, 9:30am-3:00pm

Register by August 30

Rasmey County Library - Roseville
2180 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville, MN
Monday, Sept. 15, 4:30pm-8:30pm

Register by September 8 

Rochester Public Library
101 Second St. SE, Rochester, MN
Thursday, Sept. 18, 1:00p-7:00pm

Register by September 11 

Lake Agassiz Regional Library - Moorhead
118 5th St. S., Moorhead, MN
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9:30am-3:00pm

Register by September 13

Great River Regional Library - St. Cloud
1300 W. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN
Saturday, Sept. 27, 9:30am-3:00pm
Register by September 20
Session highlights include a keynote titled "Ten Things I Know to be True (About Friends of the Library Fundraising)," in which Brechon will explore current trends and best practices for Friends' fundraising and membership solicitation. Workshops will also include a panel discussion featuring local Friends. Attendees will come away energized by new ideas for organizational growth and successful community initiatives.

 Please download and share our event flyer and press release.