Hoyt Lakes Public Library – Tables you can draw on

By |June 21st, 2019|Blog|

Library Director Sue Sowers showed me several enhancements that have been made to the Hoyt Lakes Public Library, particularly in the children and young adult areas. Using whiteboard paint to refurbish existing tables is a great idea! Young patrons can write or draw right on the tables. Then, the tables can easily be cleaned [...]

Aurora Public Library – Reading Chairs

By |June 21st, 2019|Blog|

I had the pleasure of visiting the Aurora Public Library on June 14th. These reading chairs were donated to the library by a patron who used to sit on one of these chairs and read alongside her sister when they were small. Library Director Paula Chapman tells me that these reading chairs are quite [...]

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:  

The Dollipops!

By |June 4th, 2019|Blog, Legacy Events|

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present The Dollipops!, a free program being offered for kids ages 4-9 with their parents/caregivers/families. Join us on: Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. Ely Public Library Wednesday, June 19, 1:00 p.m. Keewatin Public Library Wednesday, June 12, 3:30 p.m. Babbitt Public Library Wednesday, June 19, 6:00 p.m. Grand Rapids [...]

It’s Here! The New ALS Bookmobile

By |May 31st, 2019|Blog|

Northeastern Minnesota residents will soon notice a new Bookmobile traveling on area highways. The new ALS Bookmobile will hit the road by the first week of June, just in time for this year’s Summer Reading Program. The ALS Governing Board awarded a bid to Farber Specialty Vehicles of Ohio in February 2018. The manufacture of [...]

Brodini Comedy Magic Show with Graylyn Morris! — Kids Stuff 2019

By |May 31st, 2019|Blog|

Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Brodini Magic Comedy Show! This program is free and for all ages!  Join us on:   Monday, June 10, 10 a.m. Eveleth Public Library Monday, June 10, 1 p.m. Gilbert Public Library Monday, June 10, 3:30 p.m. Buhl Public Library Tuesday, June 11, 10 a.m. Baudette Public [...]

The New ELM Portal is Here — Time to Update Your ELM Links!

By |May 22nd, 2019|Blog|

Have you checked out the new Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) portal at yet? It is now up and running! Although the content hasn't changed, the look has -- the staff at Minitex hope this platform is easier for students and patrons to navigate! The old portal ( and links copied from it will [...]

Chisholm Public Library – Legacy Public Artwork

By |May 1st, 2019|Blog, Legacy Events|

Joe Baltich of Ely, MN, created six thematic public art paintings for the Chisholm Public Library. "The added brightness and whimsical energy that the artwork provides naturally complements the creative and welcoming environment that we strive to accomplish at the Chisholm Library!" - Katie Christenson, Chisholm Public Library Director   For a complete list of [...]

What is trending at local libraries?

By |April 30th, 2019|Blog|

On recent site visits to local libraries, I took note of some trending ideas. I found comfy seating at the Babbitt Public Library that provides an inviting atmosphere for patrons to enjoy a good book. At Hibbing Public Library, I noticed mobile shelving in the Children's area. Not only does this provide an inviting look [...]