Computer Skills Center update

LearningExpress Library has updated its Computer Skills Center with the following changes:

  • Video courses have a new mobile-friendly interface that also makes captioning and transcripts available.
  • There are new tutorials for Windows 10 at basic, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.
  • Tutorials for resources that use Adobe Flash have been retired.

You can see the complete list of updates here. Log into Computer Skills Center and improve your computer skills today!

English for Hmong and Somali speakers

We’re very excited to announce that Mango Languages has added two new ESL/ELL courses for Hmong and Somali speakers. Did you know Minnesota has the second-largest Hmong population and the largest Somali population in the United States? And that Hmong and Somali are the third and fourth most commonly spoken languages in our state, after English and Spanish?

Mango Languages now offers English courses for speakers of 19 different languages. If you already speak English, why stop there? Mango includes courses for 71 foreign languages. Fight monolingualism and start learning a new language today!

The Reference Shelf series

If you’re looking for extensive, unbiased coverage of social issues and topics in the news, check out the Reference Shelf series. We currently have 26 titles (10 are also online) and we add six more every year. Topics include:

  • The Business of Food
  • Sports in America
  • Aging in America
  • Revisiting Gender
  • Marijuana Reform
  • Surveillance
  • The Digital Age
  • Transformation of American Cities
  • Racial Tension in a “Postracial” Age
  • Immigration
  • U.S./China Relations
  • Rethinking Work
  • Campaign Trends and Election Law

Get the facts and have an informed opinion!

The Business of Food Sports in America Marijuana Reform

Surveillance Immigration Rethinking Work

Credo Reference Topic Pages

Credo Reference is featuring the following Topic Pages this month:


Credo Reference includes 801 reference ebooks and more than 3.4 million full text entries. Take a look!

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Learn more about the disease, its prevention, and treatment with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.

Check out these sites for more information:

Films On Demand update

Films On Demand added 164 new videos in September, bringing our streaming video collection up to 45,474 titles. Take a look!


Free magazine and journal issues

2017 will be here soon and we need to discard our oldest magazine and journal issues to make room for new ones. Please see this spreadsheet of discarded issues and contact Danielle if you’d like any of them.

New titles

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

E77 Native American Almanac HF5548.4 Excel 2016 Bible RC662 Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy

S591 Building Soil TR690 Photographer's Pricing System TX321 Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Banned Books from Ebooks Minnesota

In honor of Banned Books Week, today we are highlighting the Banned Books collection in Ebooks Minnesota. These ebooks are available for free to all Minnesotans and include titles banned for political, social, religious, and “unusual” reasons. Celebrate your freedom to read!


Banned Books Week 2016

“Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.” —Article 3, Library Bill of Rights

Did you know there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from libraries and classrooms every year? Please join us in celebrating this year’s Banned Books Week (September 25 – October 1) and our freedom to read. Take a look at the American Library Association’s lists of Frequently Challenged Books and check one out from our collection:

Check one out and exercise your First Amendment rights!