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 Tricycle Solution:  Teachable Moments for Parents and Preschoolers
A film by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider
PatchWorks Films, 2002
371.1023 TRI 2002

Shot over the course of a school year, The Tricycle Solution portrays the daily experience of a cooperative preschool where parents are as much students as their children.  The normal events and emotions of a preschooler’s day — playing, creating, discovering, crying, fighting, and resolving disagreements — are seen in intimate detail as the teacher elucidates her provocative approach.


The Ultimate Board Member’s Book
Kay Sprinkel Grace
Emerson and Church Publishers, 2013
658.422 GRA 2013

The most enviable boards – those who govern well AND shoulder the responsibility for raising money – know one thing others don’t. They’ve absorbed what is the essence of Kay Sprinkel Grace’s book, The Ultimate Board Member’s Book.  For these board members, there’s zero guesswork about their role and responsibilities. It’s all as clear as gin. You know the feeling when you’re watching a good mystery and suddenly you get it – everything comes together? Well, that’s the effect Ultimate has on board members.  It’s a comfort book, a satisfying 60-minute read that clarifies exactly what’s expected of each board member from Day One. As such, it chases anxiety from the room.


Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners:  A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts
Margaret Sullivan
AASL, 2013
027.8 SUL 2013

Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts focuses on planning contemporary school library spaces with user-based design strategies. The book walks school librarians and administrators through the process of gathering information from students and other stakeholders involved in planning a resource rich learning space.


A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota (32nd Edition)
Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development, 2014
658.11 GUI 2014 32nd ed.

Minnesota is a state where many business start-ups occur each year. We have an entrepreneurial spirit that is strong and has a long history, dating back to our first days of statehood in 1858. Over 30,000 new business filings occur each year, and there is no reason one of them can’t be yours.  To study up on starting a business, view this guide as it has a wealth of information for those just starting.