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2016 Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame Selections

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The Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center (WLHC) has selected five individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in 2016.  They are Jane K. Billings, Jerome P. (Jerry) Daniels, Dianne McAfee Hopkins, Irene W. Newman, and Larry T. Nix. These individuals will join fifty other members of the Hall of Fame. The inductions will take place on October 27, 2016 at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference in Milwaukee.  The WLHC was established as a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation in 2007. The Hall of Fame, a part of the WLHC, inducted its first members in 2008.  Jane K. Billings (1916-2004) served as Librarian of the Clintonville Public Library from 1939 to 1949, and from 1949 until her retirement in 1982 she was high school librarian and later coordinator of library media services for Clintonville Public Schools. She had an outstanding record of leadership...

2016 WLA Awards & Honors Selection

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The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce the 2016 library award winners, selected for their outstanding contributions to libraries and librarianship: Trustee of the Year:  Geraldine Anderson, Dresser Village Library Library of the Year:  Schreiner Memorial Library, Lancaster Librarian of the Year:  Elizabeth Timmins, Muehl Public Library, Seymour Trustee of the Year:  Geraldine Anderson, Dresser Village Library Geraldine Anderson has served on the Dresser Village Library Board for over 30 years, serving as president, board member and also library volunteer.    As one of her nomination letters describes, “She is a forward thinker and a highly dedicated individual who knows how to build relationships and make things happen.  She has played an active role in fundraising for the summer library program and always made it clear that she was only a phone call away if her support was needed at a Village Board meeting.”  As is stated in her nomination, the...
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Wisconsin Library Association Announces 2016 Literary Award Winners

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Lynsey Addario Wins Prestigious Literary Prize for It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War  Madison, Wisconsin – June 28, 2016 – The Literary Awards Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Literary Award winner: Lynsey Addario for: It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. This is the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a work written in 2015.  “We couldn’t be more proud of Lynsey Addario’s achievement,” said Plumer Lovelace, Executive Director for WLA. “There were many excellent books from Wisconsin writers this year, but her efforts were impressive.” Lynsey Addario, a 1995 graduate of UW-Madison, has written a book that is gripping, enlightening and (surprisingly, considering her unique experiences) relatable. This work of literary non-fiction offers many thrilling tales, addressing the risks and nomadic lifestyle inherent to a combat photographer’s career. Readers will gain...
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Wisconsin Library Association Announces The 2015 Top Books By Wisconsin Authors

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Each year the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) selects the top books written by Wisconsin authors. “Wisconsin authors make amazing contributions to literature,” said Plumer Lovelace, Executive Director for WLA. “These awards are given to Wisconsin authors and/or illustrators for the highest literary achievement for work completed in 2014. We couldn’t be more proud to honor them.” This year’s awards go to: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, who was born in Pennsylvania, but raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Shotgun Lovesongs, published by St. Martin’s Press, is, in many ways, a quiet novel. The reader is allowed to sit with the characters, and be moved by their emotions and their bonds of love and friendship.  While the sense of place is very strong, it still helps readers relate to most rural communities. Butler’s excellent descriptions bring both the setting and the people into focus for readers. This novel lingers in the readers’ mind,...
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Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Hall of Fame Inductees

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The Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center, a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation, has selected five individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame (WLHF) in 2015. They are Dorothea M. Krause (1909-2003), Marjorie Sornson Malmberg (1914-2004), Minnie M. Oakley (1861-1915), Wayne A. Wiegand (1946- ), William J. Wilson (1948- ). Their induction into the WLHF will take place during the Awards & Honors Reception at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference at the Madison Marriott West on November 5. Read more about the inductees on the WLHC Blog....
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