Arrowhead Library System sponsors a wide variety of continuing education (CE) workshops both in-person and via webinar. These training opportunities are aimed to support the diverse needs of all ALS member libraries no matter the type or size and focus on the latest and best information and ideas to drive innovation and continuous improvement at the local and regional level.  To see what training/CE events are coming up around the region, please visit our ALS Calendar of Events HERE.

ALS, member library staff, and library partners are also creating online, on-demand webinars and resources focusing on general topics for all types of libraries.  Click on the topics listed below to view:

For other statewide opportunities, please visit the Minnesota Library Continuing Education Calendar HERE. This calendar is sponsored by the seven Minnesota Multitype Library Systems.  Events on the calendar are open to all library staff, although there may be some registration restrictions.


The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) Governing Board has designated funds for mini grants to enhance library spaces, services, and programming at the local level.  Mini grants are open to all member public, school, academic, and special libraries in the ALS seven-county service area.  40 mini grants are available in 2019 and libraries may apply for up to $250.  Applications will be reviewed weekly and ALS staff will send notification of approval of funding via email within 7-10 business days.

Libraries can only receive one mini grant per year and funding is first come first served.  All mini grants are reimbursements to grantees for the expenses and paid receipts will be required for reimbursement, along with an online mini grant report and evaluation.  The deadline for applying is November 15, 2019, and expenses for reimbursement must be made by December 1, 2019.  Please note all expenditures must follow public purpose guidelines as published by the League of Minnesota Cities.  For more information and to apply, please see links below.

2019 Arrowhead Library System Mini Grant Guidelines

2019 Arrowhead Library System Mini Grant Application

2019 Arrowhead Library System Mini Grant Report

2019 Arrowhead Library System Mini Grant Request for Reimbursement Form

2019 Arrowhead Library System Mini Grant Staff Evaluation