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Wisconsin Library Association Awards: Celebrating Excellence in Library Service

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The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce this year’s library luminaries, selected as outstanding for their contribution to libraries and librarianship: Citation of Merit: Dr. Lelan McLemore, retired director, Carroll University LibraryThe Wisconsin Library Association Awards and Honors Committee confers the 2012 Citation of Merit award upon Dr. Lelan McLemore, recently retired director of the library at Carroll University.  Though Dr. McLemore is not a librarian, his nomination supporters say, “…the library has been his great passion, and he has succeeded in creating a library populated with an excellent staff, state of the art library resources, and students and faculty that consider the Todd Wehr Memorial Library the center of academic life on campus.” Dr. McLemore was chosen as interim director in 1997 in order to oversee a major library renovation, after which a permanent library director was to be hired. However, in the process of renovating the building, Dr....
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Nominations Open for Outreach Services Award

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The 2012 WLA Conference in LaCrosse is only 2 months away.  There is still time to nominate someone you know who has done exceptional outreach at his/her library.  Please fill out the attached nomination form and return it to me by September 17.  The winner will be announced at WLA and receive a monetary award of $250.  The Outreach Services Award was formerly known as the Frances de Usabel Award. For more information and a link to the application form, check out the OSRT Outreach Services Award web page. --Rene Bue, Outreach Service Round Table...
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2012 Literary Award: WLA honors Chad Harbach for "The Art of Fielding"

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The Literary Awards Committee of the Readers’ Section of the Wisconsin Library Association has chosen "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach of Charlottesville, VA as the winner of the 2012 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award. This award is given for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a book published in 2011. In his debut novel, "The Art of Fielding," Chad Harbach examines the lives of 5 people and the ways in which their paths intersect at the fictional Westish College in Wisconsin. Henry Skrimshander is recruited to play baseball by sophomore Mike Schwartz. Through Schwartz’s intervention, Henry is admitted late and finds housing with Owen, another star on the team. Schwartz and Owen take Henry under their wing to help him adjust to the world of academia. Guert Affenlight, the college president, finds himself falling helplessly in love after what seems a lifetime alone as a single...

YA Novel "Bluefish" by Pat Schmatz Wins 2012 Burr/Worzalla Award

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Young Adult novel, “Bluefish,” written by Wisconsin native Pat Schmatz and published by Candlewick Press, has won the 2012 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 “Bluefish” we meet Travis, a middle school student dealing with relocating to a new town, his alcoholic grandfather at home, and being an outsider at school. Travis befriends Velveeta, an outsider herself who has her own secrets. Travis finds guidance and direction through his friendship with Velveeta and through the kindness of his teacher Mr. McQueen who teaches Travis how to read. Pat Schmatz weaves a wonderfully written story, full of charming characters and a strong theme of friendship. The Children’s Book Award Committee also named Tom Lichtenheld Notable Wisconsin Author/Illustrator for his contribution...

Rural Wisconsin Awards Recognize Three Wisconsin Libraries

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The DPI announced on March 8 that State Superintendent Tony Evers has recognized nine projects as “Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin” award winners. The projects were chosen for fostering partnerships and developing the habits of literacy, farm safety, environment stewardship and community service. Libraries were involved in two of the award-winning projects:Baby Time, Toddler Time, and Rhyme Time are outreach programs of the Weyauwega-Fremont School District’s 4-year-old kindergarten program. The Weyauwega Public Library and Neuschafer Community Library of Fremont host programs to provide academic, developmental, and social enrichment for children 4 years of age and under, while also introducing services to older children and adults to boost literacy.In Three Lakes, the Story Hour Reading Program has been going strong, based on a partnership of the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library the school district, since 1963! Weekly story hour times for children are augmented by adult programming offered concurrently. Funding comes from...