Greetings!  Arrowhead Library System (ALS) has a long-standing commitment to maintaining a collection of current publication titles of interest to librarians, library staff and library trustees.  The collection is housed at the ALS building in Mountain Iron, but all titles can be requested via the online catalog (if you have a borrower’s card from an ALS library) or via the statewide MnLINK catalog (if you have a borrower’s card from Duluth Public Library).  If you have questions about borrowing titles from the ALS Professional Collection, feel free to call ALS staff!

Here are the latest additions to the ALS collection:

The Centered School Library:  Engaging Every Learner with Library Skills Centers
Cari S. Young
UpstartBooks, 2011
027.625 YOU 2011

Is your school library a centered school library?  The Centered School Library invites you to tap the power of an educational approach with twelve unique, adaptable, and cost-friendly learning center ideas that will spur your students on their way to becoming enthusiastic and savvy library patrons.

Every Child Ready for School:  Helping Adults Inspire Young Children to Learn
Dorothy Stoltz, Elaine M. Czarnecki, and Connie Wilson
ALA Editions, 2013
372.4 STO 2013

The topic of early literacy continues to gain momentum in educational circles. But early literacy storytimes are only one way libraries can contribute. The authors of this innovative training handbook offer many more. Reflecting the combined expertise of a reading specialist, an outreach librarian, and an early literacy trainer, Every Child Ready for School keeps libraries at the forefront of early literacy and school readiness information delivery.

50+ Library Services:  Innovation in Action
Diantha Dow Schull
ALA Editions, 2013
027.622 SCH 2013

Some of the most engaged and frequent users of public libraries are over the age of 50. They may also be the most misunderstood. As Baby Boomers continue to swell their ranks, the behavior, interests, and information needs of this demographic have changed dramatically, and Schull’s new book offers the keys to reshaping library services for the new generations of active older adults. A must-read for library educators, library directors, and any information professional working in a community setting.

Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week Tips: and Resources for YALSA’s Initiatives
Edited by Megan Fink
YALSA, 2011
027.622 TEE 2011

For the first time, YALSA has compiled the best YALS articles on teen reading and teen information literacy into one volume, Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA’s Initiatives, launching its new Best of YALS series. Editor Megan Fink, middle school librarian at the Charlotte Country Day School and a former Teen Read Week chair, selected articles to form a manual that will offer guidance to librarians planning their annual events, with advice on best practices, collection development, outreach and marketing, program ideas and more.

Storytimes for Everyone!  Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy
Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz
ALA Editions, 2013
027.625 GHO 2013

Recognizing that informed, caring adults are critical to supporting early literacy development, Storytimes for Everyone! builds on the concepts introduced in the second edition of the Every Child Ready to Read® initiative to offer practical suggestions for incorporating early literacy information and strategies into the storytime setting. Early literacy experts Ghoting and Martin-Díaz, coauthors of the best-selling Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library® demonstrate how parents and caregivers, children with their eyes and minds wide open, and the storytime presenter can come together to create a storytime that is informative and, most of all, fun. Presenting a variety of songs, projects, and activities, their book

  • Explains how young children develop knowledge critical for reading comprehension
  • Discusses five vital storytime practices (singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing), which adults can be taught to use at home
  • Presents dozens of storytimes for babies/toddlers, twos, and preschoolers, that engage adults while keeping their children in focus
  • Addresses how young bilingual children acquire language, the use of science and math in storytimes, and other current research