Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Have you read the movie?

The display case at the Hibbing High School Library:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ALS Board welcomes new member

Ron Rudd of Baudette was sworn in my President Marge McPeak at the ALS Board meeting held on Thursday, February 12, 2015.  Mr. Rudd was appointed to the ALS Board by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

More 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:

Artsy Toddler Storytimes:  A Year's Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming
Carol Garnett Hopkins
Neal-Schuman, 2013
027.625 HOP 2013

For toddlers, every storytime can be a new adventure, while art activities are important for developing impulse control, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor dexterity in the hands. Hopkins’ new book fuses them together. Designed for children ages 1 to 3 years old, the book’s 52 storytimes promote pre-reading skills such as print motivation, vocabulary, and narrative skills. Based on themes familiar to children, including bears, bugs, springtime,clothing and hats, flowers and gardens, weather, music, pets, transportation, pirates, and many more, each storytime includes a list of books, action songs or rhymes along with their words, a flannelboard experience, plus instruction for two to three art activities. This complete toddler storytime resource also includes
  • An introduction which discusses the differences between art activities and craft activities, a toddler’s ability in creating art, and why children this age should be exposed to art activities
  • Advice for using different art mediums, such as food, plus important safety considerations
  • Pointers on conducting playful yet educational storytimes  
  • Tips for finding inexpensive art materials, with a list of recommended supplies to keep on hand
  • More than 100 drawings, all easy to reproduce and modify
  • Weblinks to “Artsy Helper Sheets,” downloadable supplements complete with phrases, tips, and tricks that inform parents and caregivers about the benefits of doing art activities with toddlers
Pick up Hopkins' book and you'll be ready to conduct a storytime within moments!

Transforming Preschool Storytime: A Modern Vision and a Year of Programs
Betsy Diamant-Cohen and Melanie A. Hetrick
Neal-Schuman, 2013
027.62 DIA 2013

According to recent research, the best way to make new connections in a child’s brain is by building on something already known. A child who loves a book will listen to it repeatedly, maintaining interest. Using a selected book in a number of consecutive preschool storytimes, but presenting it differently each time, can help children learn new skill sets. This book presents a new approach to storytime, one that employs repetition with variety to create an experience which helps children connect and engage with the story on a higher level. Diamant-Cohen, recently awarded the 2013 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award, and Hetrick offer a year’s worth of activities specifically designed to address multiple intelligences through a repetition-based process. Incorporating recent theories on developmental learning, this book includes
  • Scripts for 8 different books, with enough activities to repeat each one for six weeks, along with lists of optional alternative books
  • Planning aids such as outlines of storytime sessions, a fill-in-the-blanks planning sheet, questions for evaluation, and tips for enhanced storytimes using props and crafts 
  • Detailed but straightforward explanations of theory and research that will help readers communicate effectively with parents, caregivers, and other stakeholders
From setup to execution, here’s everything you need to create and implement a successful, elevated storytime.

Beyond Book Sales:  The Complete Guide to Raising Real Money for Your Library
Edited by Susan Dowd
Neal Schuman, 2014
025.11 BEY 2014

Like library users, library donors hail from all walks of life. Regardless of the scope or complexity of library fundraising, successful efforts are always about forging and strengthening relationships with the range of stakeholders throughout the community. Dowd and her team from Library Strategies, a consulting group of the Friends of St. Paul Public Library, share proven strategies that have brought in more than $1 million annually. Believing that private fundraising is a natural for libraries large and small, they start with 12 facts about library fundraising and focus on activities with the highest return. Tips and features include:
  • The gift pyramid model for developing the culture of giving that leads to big gifts
  • Overcoming fears of sponsorship and embracing cause-related marketing
  • Pitching the appropriate charitable gift
  • Confronting common fears of requesting major gifts
  • The pros and cons of membership programs

Monday, February 02, 2015

February Legacy Events

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets for two productions in February!

On February 17th at 7:30 p.m. the Arrowhead Concert Association presents the Suchon Wind Quintet with Michiko Otaki at the Goodman Auditorium in Virginia.

Formed in the 1960s, this wind quintet continues to consist of the leading wind players of the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, one of the best-known professional orchestras in Eastern Europe. In 1998, the quintet became known as the Suchon Qunitet in honor of Slovakia's most important twentieth century composers, Eugen Suchoň (1908–1993), the founder of Slovak National Modernism. The wind quintet has performed many concerts throughout Slovakia, as well as abroad, has given concerts for children and young people, at gallery exhibitions, and has been heard throughout the world on radio recordings.

The Arrowhead Library System sponsors this program by providing free concert tickets, with funding in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Tickets for this event are available at the following public libraries: Aurora, Babbitt, Buhl, Chisholm, Cook, Ely, Eveleth, Gilbert, Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, Mountain Iron, Virginia, the Book Mobile and Mail-A-Book.

Tickets are also available for the Borderland Concert Association presentation of Todd Oliver & Friends at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls, on Monday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Nationally known for his amazing real-life talking dogs and hilarious comedy, Todd Oliver & Friends presents an all-new family friendly show with his canine companions Irving and Lucy, plus a "real" cast of characters like Pops and Miss Lilly, and his outstanding Smiling Eyes Band.  A major draw for many years in Branson, Missouri, now they are bringing their brand of family fun to towns across America.

The Arrowhead Library System sponsors this program by providing free concert tickets, with funding in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Tickets for this event and others are available through at the following public libraries: Baudette, Buhl, Cook, Hibbing, International Falls, Mountain Iron, Virginia, the Book Mobile and Mail-A-Book.

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!