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2015 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award Winner

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Marti Koller, English Department Chair at the Baldwin-Woodville High School, is the winner of the 2015 Intellectual Freedom Award. The award is given jointly by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) and the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA). A long-time advocate of intellectual freedom, Koller has battled censorship and educated students about the principles of intellectual freedom and first amendment rights. In her work as a classroom teacher she has incorporated awareness of free speech, censorship, and intellectual freedom into the curriculum to inform and empower students on their academic journeys and beyond into their adult lives. Koller has resisted efforts to restrict content and materials, as well as holding administration accountable for following school board policy in formal reconsideration of materials both in her classes and in others. The authors of the nomination letter recommending Koller wrote “on multiple occasions, she has lead a charge to protect the shelves...
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The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes Wins 2014 Burr/Worzalla Award

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Children’s beginning chapter book, The Year of Billy Miller, written by Wisconsin native Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, has won the 2014 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section annually awards the Burr/Worzalla to the most distinguished work in literature for children written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator.  In The Year of Billy Miller, Billy is entering second grade and he is a bit anxious about what that year may bring. His dad reassures Billy that this is his year. We follow Billy’s relationships from his teacher, to his father, sister and ending with his mother, and as we watch their interactions we see Billy’s character grow. Kevin Henkes does a fabulous job of portraying the life of a second grader, and all the concerns, thoughts and feelings that come with it. A funny and enjoyable read for...
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Paralibrarian of the Year Award Chosen

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Terry Ehle, Youth Services Coordinator at Lester Public Library in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, was chosen as the Paralibrarian of the Year by the Support Staff and Circulation Services Section.  Terry was nominated by three members of the Lester Public Library staff, including the library director; all three wrote impressive letters recognizing her contributions to the role of paralibrarians and library workers.  They highly recommended that she be honored with this award. The Paralibrarian of the Year Award was created to recognize the contributions made by paralibrarians and support staff, and to help them further their education through a scholarship to aid in the completion of a bachelor’s of science degree in Information Science and Technology or a Master of Library and Information Science degree through UWM SOIS. The Wisconsin Library Association Paralibrarian of the Year Award recognizes the essential role of paralibrarians, including all library support staff, who do not currently...
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2013 Scholarship Recipients

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The WLA Foundation is pleased to announce the 2013 scholarship recipients: Library Education Scholarship to Jodi Bennett, a student at UW-Milwaukee SOIS, who is also employed full-time as the Circulation Spervisor at CCardinal Stritch University Library. Sally Davis Scholarship to Beth Hennes, an ESL teacher at Fort Atkinson High School, who is studying at UW-Madison SLIS to become a School Library Media Specialist. Vida Cummins Stanton Scholarship to Susie Menk, a UW-Milwaukee SOIS student, who works in the children's department of the Manitowoc Public Library. George Bauer Continuing Education Scholarship to Sue Abrahamson, Children's Librarian, Waupaca Area Public Library, who attended PLA Booth Camp in Nashville in August 2013. Gloria Hoegh Scholarship for Rural Librarians to the Farnsworth Public Library, Oconto, for staff to attend the WLA annual conference in Green Bay in October 2013. The WLA Foundation Board allocates scholarship amounts based on a percentage in each scholarship endowment. The...
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2013 Awards & Honors Selected

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The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce the 2013 library award winners, selected for their outstanding contributions to libraries and librarianship: Citation of Merit:  Noon Kiwanis Club of Ripon (Dr. Richard Zimman, past president) Trustee of the Year:  Helen Campbell Library of the Year:  Verona Public Library Librarian of the Year:  Michael Gelhausen Citation of Merit:  Noon Kiwanis Club of Ripon The Ripon Noon Kiwanis Club saw a need, and then developed and implemented a popular toy lending library at the Ripon Public Library to meet that need.  Inspired by then Kiwanis President Dr. Richard Zimman’s daughter’s fond memories of a toy library growing up, Dr. Zimman convinced the Noon Kiwanis Club to take on the development of a toy library as the group’s signature project.  In addition to fundraising for initial toy purchases, the Club also paid for remodeling the space to house the toys, storage and all cleaning...
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