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:

Let’s Start the Music:  Programming for Primary Grades
Amy Brown
ALA Editions, 2014
027.625 BRO 2014

Music programs have been scaled back or eliminated altogether from the curricula of many schools. Luckily, storytimes offer ideal opportunities for music and songs. In this collection of easy-to-use, easy-to-adapt library programs for children in grades K-3, Brown connects songs and musical activities directly to books kids love to read. Offering several thematic programs, complete with stories, songs, and flannelboard and other activities, her book includes

  • Music activities, lists of music-related books, mix-and-match activities, and additional web resources
  • Terrific tips on how to teach songs to young children
  • Ways to develop original songs and rhythms to enliven children’s books

Even if you can’t carry a tune in a bushel basket, this handy resource has everything you need to start the music in your storytimes.