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State Superintendent Evers to Visit Rothschild Area Branch Library Today

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MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers will head to northern Wisconsin this week to visit a public library, schools in the Merrill Area School District, and attend the Advisory Council on Rural Schools, Libraries, and Communities meeting in Hurley. At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Evers will visit the Rothschild Area Branch Library in Rothschild. The branch is one of nine libraries that make up the Marathon County Public Library. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Evers will meet Merrill Area School District office staff. At 1:45 p.m., he will travel to Washington Elementary School to meet with Principal Paul Klippel and observe a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) recognition program to celebrate students’ efforts to create a positive school and playground atmosphere. A 2:30 p.m., Evers will visit Merrill High School to talk with staff and see innovative work readiness programs. He also will meet with the shared leadership team, a group of...
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Shiocton Public Library Wins Penworthy Grant to WLA Conference

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on Wednesday, October 03, 2012 in Libraries in the News
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(MILWAUKEE, WI) The Penworthy Company is excited to present our 20th annual WLA Travel Sponsorship award to the Shiocton Public Library. Shiocton Public Library will receive a $400 sponsorship to attend this year's conference, presented at the Youth Services Section (YSS) board meeting at the conference. Thank you to everyone that entered! The Penworthy Company has been based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for 30 years and we’re proud to support the librarians in our home state! We hope to see you at WLA in La Crosse, WI, October 23 - 26th.  Visit Penworthy at booth #41 to see new Penworthy Prebound Books and receive free goodies for your library!...
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Book Donation Spreads Joy in 4 Countries

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By René Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Hedberg Public LibraryThe recent donation of 500+ books by Hector Marino was a bigger gift than even he could have imagined.  The books were first brought to René Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator at Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin by Armando Trejo, then president of the REFORMA Midwest Chapter.  With René’s connections to international libraries, the books were about to take a journey to 3 different countries, where they would bring smiles to many children. The first group to receive some of the books was the Friends of Emiliano Zapata in Emiliano Zapata, Chiapas, Mexico.  The Friends group began in 2010 with just 14 people from a church in the United States traveling to Chiapas; in 2012, the group plans to complete a comprehensive assessment of health, nutrition, and resources to help build sustainable systems. The Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas (W/NP) Lending Library program...
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UW-Superior Jim Dan Hill Library Remains Closed After Flooding: Your Contribution Can Help

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on Tuesday, July 03, 2012 in Libraries in the News
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The UW-Superior Jim Dan Hill Library remains closed after sustaining significant damage from the flooding due to storms and heavy rains that occurred Wednesday, June 20 in the Superior-Duluth area.  Officials are working to reopen the library in time for the start of the fall semester, and library services have been temporarily relocated elsewhere on campus. A University News article posted June 29 outlines recovery efforts. A disaster recovery company, BMS Cat, is managing the efforts involving 16 buildings on campus, including the library. A sample of library materials that seemed salvageable were frozen and transported to a freeze-drying facility in Texas. Seven additional semi-trailer loads of frozen materials await processing if the company is successful in drying the sample load. Meanwhile, lost materials are being inventoried and then disposed of in dumpsters. Individuals wishing to assist the library by making a financial contribution may do so via the UW-Superior Foundation’s...
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Nine students win state writing award held at Appleton Public Library

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APPLETON, WIS. – Nine students from across the state won awards from the Wisconsin Center for the Book. A list of the students, their schools, grades, and chosen books is attached. More than 1,000 Wisconsin students in grades 4-12 participated in this year’s Letters About Literature contest, which resulted in more than 100 being named semi-finalists. The contest, held at the Appleton Public Library in April, invites young readers to write a letter to an author describing how that author’s work changed their view of the world or of themselves. The first- and second-place plus honorable mention winners were chosen from the group of semi-finalists in various grade levels (Level 1 – Grades 4-6; Level II – Grades 7-8; and Level III – Grades 9-12). First-place winners at all three levels are sent on to national for judging and additional prizes. More than 60,000 young readers across the country participated in...
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