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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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Recognizing Excellence: WLA Award Nominations Extended to July 28

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One of the benefits of working in the library community is meeting so many individuals who have a passion for their work, who strive for excellence, who take meager resources and spin them into gold. Who is recognizing these achievers, these community leaders? Resolve to nominate someone deserving this year. You'll find information about the awards and the nomination forms under Awards & Scholarships on the WLA home page.  The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to July 28, 2014. ...
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Connect.Engage.Transform - 2014 WLA Conference

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  Connect with your library colleagues, fellow trustees and supporters at the WLA 2014 Annual Conference, November 4 through 7, at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. You will have numerous opportunities to engage in programs, exhibits, activities and speakers. Find out how this year’s keynote speakers, Rich Harwood, Founder and President of the Harwood Institute, Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, and Tim Metcalfe, President of Metcalf’s Market, are transforming their organizations and the community landscape. ...
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WeLead Task Force announces application forms are open for protégés and mentors for 2014-2016 class

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The Wisconsin Library Association WeLead Taskforce was started in 2005, and coordinates a mentorship program that encourages members to become leaders in the Association. We are pleased to announce that two more Taskforce members have joined the group this spring: Brian Simons, Director of Verona Public Library, and Brett Rohlwing, Milwaukee Public Library; they will be a part of selecting and mentoring our newest protégés this fall. We will be accepting applications for new WeLead protégés and mentors, beginning May 27. Please complete either the protégé or mentor application by July 31. In other WeLead news, the Taskforce will again sponsor a leadership pre-conference at the WLA annual conference and we are excited to be bringing Library Journal’s Lead the Change program to the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center on Tuesday, November 4th. This all-day conference will feature speakers and leadership building exercises for all types of library staff; you do not...
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Support Staff and Circulation Services Section One Day Conference

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Have you registered yet? Registration is now open to attend the 2014 Support Staff and Circulation Section One-Day conference "Supporting Excellence in Service" at UW- Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library on May 28. Plan to attend an exciting day full of great sessions, networking with library staff from across Wisconsin, and a tour of McIntyre Library. A local nature hike and planetarium show are two lunch time events that you can participate in. And not to mention door prizes! A continental breakfast and buffet lunch are included.  To see a list of sessions and register for the conference, visit the WLA website: http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/sscs/conference-archives/sscs-one-day-conference-2013 For hotel accommodations:  http://www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-eau_claire-wisconsin-WI211  For directions to UW-EC and maps of the campus:  https://www.uwec.edu/Maps/directionslower.htm http://www.uwec.edu/Maps/index.htmLooking forward to seeing you there!    ...
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