DEED announces free online learning content for Minnesotans

By |June 22nd, 2020|Blog|

DEED announces partnership with Coursera to provide free online learning content to Minnesotans June 17, 2020 | Job Advice, Economic Development ST. PAUL, Minn . – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced today a new partnership with Coursera, the leading online learning platform that offers courses from 200 top universities and businesses around the world, [...]

Next Minnesota “One Book” program title is “A Good Time for the Truth”

By |June 19th, 2020|Blog|

The summer title for the Minnesota “One Book” program is A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin. In a series of essays, sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a Native person or a person of color [...]

ALS Board gives recognition to two ALS employees

By |June 17th, 2020|Blog|

On June 11, the ALS Governing Board met via videoconferencing as a safety precaution. The meeting was chaired by board secretary Lenore Johnson (Lake County). Sharon Kangas, Iinterlibrary Loan Coordinator at ALS, was recognized for 35 years of service as she started at ALS in 1985. Jennifer Ancel, Interlibrary Loan Assistant, was recognized for 20 [...]

Bookmobile Back on the Road for the Summer!

By |June 12th, 2020|Blog|

Arrowhead Library System to Resume Bookmobile Service The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) Bookmobile will be back on the road starting Monday, June 15, three months after the service was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like public libraries all across Minnesota, the Bookmobile service will look different when service resumes. For at least the rest [...]

When Your Library Reopens – Informational Posters You Can Print

By |May 29th, 2020|Blog|

RESOURCES FOR YOUR LIBRARY Thinking about reopening? Unsure, confused, overwhelmed? As libraries consider reopening to the public, these emotions may run rampant.  While each library must choose the course of action best for their patrons, staff and community, the Arrowhead Library System wants to offer you some resources to create a safe and healthy library [...]

Arrowhead Library System Offers Summer Reading Activities for Kids & Families

By |May 27th, 2020|Blog|

Are you ready to read, investigate and discover this summer?! Arrowhead Library System invites kids and families of all ages living in Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties to DIG DEEPER by participating in two exciting and engaging summer programs this year! Get out your crayons, markers, pens, [...]

For Mystery Lovers: 2020 Edgar Award Winners Announced

By |May 5th, 2020|Blog|

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the winners of the 2020 Edgar® Awards. Below are the nominees and winners in three of the categories. I am pleased to report that in the first two categories listed below (winning books/authors are in bold type), copies of all but the John Vercher title are available in [...]

New tools to help businesses promote safe work environments

By |April 30th, 2020|Blog|

Announcing new tools to help businesses promote safe work environments Commissioner Steve Grove Health experts around the world will tell you that one of the most important aspects of workplace safety during a pandemic is careful and effective health screening of employees. That’s why in Executive Order 20-40, the Governor requires all non-critical businesses coming [...]

2020 Minnesota Book Awards Winners!

By |April 30th, 2020|Blog| The winners for the 2020 Minnesota Book Awards were announced on Tuesday, April 28, in the first-ever virtual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. 2020 Winners Children's Literature Sponsor: Books for Africa A Map Into the World By Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Seo Kim Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group* More about this book and author >> [...]

ALS Library Card Application and Resources Available!

By |April 29th, 2020|Blog|

Need an Arrowhead Library System (ALS) Public Library Card to access digital resources at home?  If you live in the ALS seven-county service area of Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods and St. Louis, you can get one today!  Feel free to apply online today by visiting or!   With your [...]