Greetings and happy winter!  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 Headquarters 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: 

Children’s Core Collection, 23rd Edition

Edited by Julie Corsaro, MLIS and Kendal Spires, MLIS
Grey House Publishing, Inc., 2017
011.62 CHI 2017

The Children’s Core Collection is a guide of approximately 12,000 books, covering fiction and nonfiction works, story collections, picture books, graphic novels and magazines recommended for readers from preschool through grade six. It is a comprehensive list of recommended books for children, together with review sources and other professional aids for librarians and school media specialists.

Stellar Customer Service: Training Library Staff to Exceed Expectations
Edited by Mou Chakraborty
Libraries Unlimited, 2016
020.7155 CHA 2016

From librarians to volunteer workers, staff to student workers, all library personnel need to deliver great customer service. This book presents innovative instructional methods that will inspire you to take a fresh approach to customer service training:

  • Provides model staff training programs that have been proven successful in real-world applications
  • Addresses how to improve the delivery of customer service at all levels of personnel―librarians, general staff, student workers, and volunteers
  • Includes guidelines on re-training and evaluation of customer service training needs

From Video Games to Real Life:  Tapping into Minecraft to Inspire Creativity and Learning in the Library
Mary L. Glendening
Libraries Unlimited, 2017
027.625 GLE 20166666

This guide shows youth librarians how to use the appeal of Minecraft―a game that many young learners are intensely passionate about―to create engaging library programs that encourage creativity and build STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) learning through library programs:

  • Helps librarians harness the power of an incredibly popular game and use it effectively as a springboard to learning
  • Assists librarians in supporting STEM and STEAM initiatives
  • Offers specific guidance for dozens of hands-on activities

School Libraries and Student Learning: A Guide for School Leaders
Rebecca J. Morris
Harvard Education Press, 2017
027.8 MOR 2015

Innovative, well-designed school library programs can be critical resources for helping students meet high standards of college and career readiness. In School Libraries and Student Learning, Rebecca J. Morris shows how school leaders can make the most of their school libraries to support ambitious student learning. She offers practical strategies for collaboration between school leaders, teachers, and librarians to meet schoolwide objectives in literacy, assessment, student engagement, and inquiry-based learning.
Topics include:

  • Establishing “makerspaces” and “learning commons” to support student-centered learning
  • Developing a school-wide focus on literacy across multiple formats and devices
  • Redesigning lesson plans that foster inquiry and critical thinking across classrooms and grade levels
  • Supporting collaboration between teachers and librarians in instruction and assessment
  • Using the library to strengthen ties between school, family, and community

This accessible guide will help librarians and school leaders work together to bring student learning to a new level.

Reaching Reluctant Young Readers
Rob Reid
Rowman & Littlefield, 2017
028.55093 REI 2017

Reaching Reluctant Young Readers features 150 middle-grade books. Each profiled title has the potential to hook the reluctant reader and lure them to read the entire book. To specifically encourage elementary and middle-school-age reluctant children to read, there is first a pitch to get the reader’s attention. That is followed by a short reading passage to “set the hook” and encourage the young person to read the rest of the book on their own. Further, the book contains several hundred additional recommended titles.

The books selected for this collection were chosen following the criteria of reluctant reader books created by the Quick Picks committee sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. While these guidelines were designed for young adult books, they also work well for middle-grade books. The criteria include:

  • Clear writing (no convoluted long sentences with sophisticated vocabulary)
  • High interest “hook” in the first few pages
  • Well-defined characters
  • Interesting plot
  • Familiar themes

Literacy Behind Bars: Successful Reading and Writing Strategies for Use with Incarcerated Youth and Adults
Edited by Mary E. Styslinger, Karen Gavigan, and Kendra Albright
Rowman & Littlefield, 2017
365.666 STY 2017

Literacy behind Bars: Successful Reading and Writing Strategies for Use with Incarcerated Youth and Adults is a practical resource for teachers, librarians, administrators, and community stakeholders who work with incarcerated youth and adults. The book includes examples of authentic literacy practices that have been successfully used with those incarcerated around the nation. These include:

  • Creating graphic novels
  • Book clubs
  • Writing about gang life
  • Reading buddies
  • Urban literature
  • Developing a writing workshop
  • Establishing a school library

Engaging Readers: Supporting All Students in Knowledge-Driven Reading, Grades 4-8
Dana A. Robertson, Evelyn Ford-Connors, and Susan Dougherty
Rowman & Littlefield, 2017
372.4 ROB 2017

An important goal of teachers is to get all students, especially those in the upper elementary and middle grades who struggle with academic work, engaged in reading. This book examines current research on instructional principles and actions related to engaged reading.

Engaging Teens with Story:  How to Inspire and Educate Youth with Storytelling
Edited by Janice M. Del Negro and Melanie A. Kimball
Libraries Unlimited, 2017
372.677 DEL 2017

Based on proven theory and real-life experience, this guidebook provides a one-stop resource for educators, librarians, and storytellers looking to introduce storytelling programs for young adults.

  • Covers both traditional techniques as well as methods specific to utilizing new technologies and media
  • Brings the power of storytelling to a population that is typically overlooked for these programs
  • Backs up practical instructions with concrete examples and research
  • Presents valuable information for librarians, teachers, young adult librarians in public libraries, and high school and middle school librarians