ALS Awareness Month

May is ALS Awareness Month. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. You can learn more about ALS with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.

Check out these sites for more information:

New titles in Credo Reference

Credo Reference has added or updated the following nine titles since March:

Our Credo Reference collection now includes 794 reference ebooks and more than 3.7 million full text entries. Take a look!
E183 Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History HN25 Society at a Glance HT109 Key Concepts in Urban Studies

KF156 Dictionary of Legal Terms QA99 50 Maths Ideas You Really Need to Know RA781.15 Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness

National Women’s Health Week

May 8-14 is National Women’s Health Week. According to the CDC, heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease are the leading causes of death among women. Learn how women can reduce their risk of these illnesses and stay healthy with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.

Check out these sites for more information:

And check out these infographics from





Ebooks Minnesota


Have you heard about Ebooks Minnesota? This online ebook collection is available for free to anyone within Minnesota’s borders and includes about 2,500 titles. You can access the collection online at and through free apps for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire HD devices.

Most of the titles are from Minnesota’s independent presses but there are also books about Minnesota and public domain titles. The collection covers a variety of subjects for readers of all ages, including:

  • biography & autobiography
  • business & economics
  • comics & graphic novels
  • crafts & hobbies
  • education
  • fiction
  • foreign language
  • health & fitness
  • history
  • juvenile fiction
  • juvenile nonfiction
  • literary collections
  • mathematics
  • nature
  • poetry
  • political science
  • science
  • social science
  • sports & recreation
  • study aids
  • technology & engineering

You can access any ebook in the collection at any time, with no checkout limits or due dates. See this handy User Guide for tips on searching, browsing, and using Ebooks Minnesota. Please join me in thanking Minitex and the Minnesota Department of Education for giving us this amazing resource!

Free books

Please see the latest spreadsheet of Library discards and contact Danielle if you’d like any of them. Most of these books are about medicine and dentistry.

Films On Demand update

Films On Demand added 88 new videos in April, bringing our streaming video collection up to 72,418 titles. Take a look!


AP Video Collection

We’ve just enabled the Associated Press Video Collection in EBSCOhost. The Associated Press (AP) is the world’s leading news agency, providing primary source footage as well as editorially produced videos. Topics include:

  • current and historical events (1930 through the present)
  • famous people (political leaders, celebrities, athletes, etc.)
  • art
  • music
  • literature
  • science
  • technology

Starting today, when you search our EBSCO databases, you’ll also see relevant results from the AP’s collection of more than 60,000 videos – and they’re adding 300 new videos every month. Try it out and let us know what you think!

New titles

Take a look at the new books we added to our collection in April. You can find these and everything else in our collection through our catalog, MnPALS Plus. Here are a few of the new titles on our shelves. Check them out!

JV6465 Immigration QA76.76 Sams Teach Yourself HTML QL59 Bee-friendly Garden

RC387.5 Traumatized Brain TL210 Automotive Electrical and Engine Performance TX324 Downsizing the Family Home

Accounting and tax law information

LexisNexis Academic now has special search forms to help you search their collection of accounting and tax law publications. You’ll find both forms in the Search by Subject or Topic menu. See this handy tip sheet for more information:

Accounting and Tax Law Sources

AccessScience update

AccessScience has added lots of new content this month. The featured article for April is on water conservation and there are new and updated articles on:

New briefings include:

New videos and animations include:

And finally, there’s a new video biography of Shoucheng Zhang, winner of the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics.