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Representative Mary Murphy visits ALS

By |December 4th, 2019|Blog|

Mary Murphy has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 1977 and we are thrilled that she was recently able to visit the ALS building in Mountain Iron for the first time. Representative Murphy is a strong library supporter (and user!) and her efforts have been recognized by the Minnesota Library Association.  Here at [...]

ALS honors former Representative Tom Rukavina

By |November 18th, 2019|Blog|

Tom Rukavina represented the Iron Range in Minnesota's House of Representatives from 1987 until retiring in 2012. He then served as a Saint Louis County Commissioner from 2015 until 2018. Although he passed away earlier this year, throughout his career he remained a strong advocate for libraries. The Arrowhead Library System has recognized Rukavina's long [...]

What is Minitex?

By |November 4th, 2019|Blog|


Two ALS employees receive recognition

By |June 18th, 2019|Blog|

On June 13, the ALS Governing Board recognized two ALS employees for their years of service. MaryLei Barclay and Brian Minor will both celebrate ten years at ALS in 2019. MaryLei has filled several roles at ALS and is currently our Acquisitions & Processing Clerk. Brian Minor is the Graphic Artist here at ALS where [...]

The ALS deer is ready for summer!

By |June 18th, 2019|Blog|

The deer sculpture outside the ALS building was created by Duluth artist Ann Klefstad.  The sculpture is one of many public art pieces across the Arrowhead region, courtesy of the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund dollars provided through Minnesota's Legacy Amendment." For a tour of those varied art pieces, follow this link: https://www.alslib.info/services/legacy-events/arrowhead-legacy-public-artworks/  

2018’s Most Popular Mystery Books

By |April 5th, 2019|Blog|

2018's Most Popular Mystery Books By Theresa de Valence Posted on 24 March 2019 Readers of DorothyL listserv recently posted the memorable books read in 2018. The count represents the number of times each title was included in the “voting”.  Below are the eighteen most-cited titles.  All of the titles are available in the regional [...]

February is Love your Library (with a Gift!)

By |February 5th, 2019|Blog|

The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) has again this year designated February as Love Your Library month for our annual fund-raising campaign. In 2018, we received generous donations totaling just over $10,800! All proceeds are used to purchase new materials for the Mail-A-Book and Bookmobile collections here at ALS. If you are interested in making a [...]

So, how cold WAS it?

By |January 31st, 2019|Blog|

Temperatures in excess of 40 degrees below zero have been reported. This picture was taken the morning of January 31 at the ALS building in Mountain Iron where it apparently had gotten so cold overnight that the paint fell off our delivery door: Here is one of the "paint chips" that fell off the door: [...]

50 Years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

By |January 17th, 2019|Blog|

The classic children's book is now 50 years old!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYwE8qALm9M&feature=youtu.be&ref=PRH3510EBEE49

ALS Loses a Former Leader

By |October 3rd, 2018|Blog|

Kenneth Ray Nielsen, 91, died peacefully on September 30, 2018, at his home in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Ken came to the Arrowhead Library System in 1972 where he served as Assistant Director, Acting Director and finally, from 1977 until his retirement in 1992, as Director.  A WWII veteran, Ken earned an undergraduate degree in History and Masters [...]