The Mail-A-Book service from the Arrowhead Library System (ALS) loans paperback books and other items via the mail for free. This tax-supported service delivers library items directly to patrons' mailboxes, including the cost of postage. The books arrive in a canvas bag with a return label and prepaid return postage.

Rural residents and people who live in a city without a public library are eligible. This service is available to residents of Carlton, Lake, St. Louis, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching and Lake of the Woods counties.

The "Celebrate Winter!" Adult Winter Reading Program and the "Celebrate Winter Reading!" Children’s Winter Reading Program is Jan. 1 to March 31.

Paper catalogs, listing more than 1,000 items, are sent out twice a year to more than 2,000 households. Cookbooks, audiobooks on CDs, DVDs, inspirational books and children’s items also have exclusive catalogs listing these resources that are available from Mail-A-Book.

The Arrowhead Library System also has a collection of large-print books.

Mail-A-Book can provide a list of available titles by authors and by subjects. Items are listed in the regional online catalog at https://arrowhead.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/MAB.

Items can be ordered at www.alslib.info/services/mail-a-book, by emailing mailbook@alslib.info and by calling 218-741-3840.

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