Arrowhead Library System is a proud supporter of summer and winter reading programs throughout our seven county region. Regional patrons may participate in programming through Mail-A-Book, by visiting the ALS Bookmobile, or signing up at local public libraries.  Themes vary from year to year, but program activities always support literacy development and encourage life-long library use.

2017 Winter Reading Program – 
Every Fall, Arrowhead Library System gathers feedback from local youth services staff around the region to create a themed winter reading program for youth in the region — these programs traditionally take place between January and March.   ALS prints posters, bookmarks, activity booklets and bookmarks for participating libraries – these materials are provided to libraries for free.  The 2017 theme is Paul Bunyan’s BIG READ!


2017 Summer Reading Program – 
Arrowhead Library System supports the iREAD Summer Reading program — the 2017 theme is Reading by Design and focuses on science, math, engineering, art and math.

Each year, ALS offers a Summer Reading Program Kickoff for youth services staff across the region to connect staff, to share ideas, and to discuss program implementation at the local level.   ALS also offers reimbursement of theme-related paper products purchased from the IREAD catalog.  For more information on reimbursement, please contact Mollie Stanford at

2017 Pre-K Poster for English

Legacy Programming
Thanks to funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the Arrowhead Library System provides access to free art, history and cultural programs at public libraries and their community partners and free arts access through our Event Tickets Program.  For more information about booking Legacy programs, please contact the ALS Legacy Coordinator, Alexis Leitgeb, at 218-741-3840.

Other Library Program Reimbursements – Recognizing the importance of continued programming throughout the year, Arrowhead Library System reimburses public libraries for selected paper products specific to the following programs:

  • Teen Tech Week
  • Library Card Sign-Up Month
  • Teen Read Week