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Please Join Us at the 2014 Edible Book Festival!

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on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Events and Promotions
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The 2014 Edible Book Festival takes place 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library and promises to combine literary and culinary talents from within the Madison community. What is an Edible Book? An edible book is an object made of edible materials, with the subject pertaining to books in shape or content. A Clockwork Orange made out of oranges?  A catcher's mitt made of bread, as A Catcher in the Rye?  A vegan Very Hungry Caterpillar? In the past, participating food artists, families, and groups have worked with cereal, herbs, fondant, candy bars, animal crackers, pretzels, Jell-O, licorice, and even Peeps! The event is free and open to the public in a new location, Memorial Library Room 116.  Members of the community are encouraged to attend, ogle the edible art, and vote for their favorites until 4:30pm. A reception from 4:00...

Culver’s Restaurants Celebrate Reading during National Library Week

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Culver’s Restaurants Celebrate Reading during National Library Week   In celebration of National Library Week, held April 13-19, participating Culver’s® restaurants and the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation are teaming up once again to kick-off the  “If Knowledge is Power, Books are the Fuel” drawing campaign.  This is the 18th year local Culver’s restaurants in Wisconsin have sponsored this event, which encourages children to read and celebrate their favorite books.   During this time, children ages 11 and under can enter by picking up drawing sheets from their local Youth Services Librarian at more than 300 participating Wisconsin libraries. Children are encouraged to draw events, characters or scenes from their favorite books. When children return their coloring sheets to participating libraries they will receive a “Be Our Guest” certificate for a free single scoop of frozen custard from participating Culver’s. They will also be entered into a random drawing to win an additional...
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WLA 2014 Conference Call for Programs

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on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Did you "Connect. Engage. Transform." this past year? If so, consider presenting at the 2014 WLA Conference, which will take place November 4-7 at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. We already have a fabulous line-up of keynote speakers and exciting special events scheduled for your enjoyment, but now we need your expertise. Help us provide exceptional engaging and transforming experiences by offering your talents and know-how as a presenter for a conference session. Consider sessions related to the conference theme, as well as some popular track topics such as: Engaging people  Leadership/professional development  Technology & digital services  Advocacy & promotion  Collaborations & innovations  Library issues & challenges  Building collections Don't let those ideas limit you! Feel free to suggest any program you'd like to present on. We're looking for an interesting array of programs that represent the variety of library audiences represented by WLA. Please complete the...
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Thank You for Attending Library Legislative Day

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on Monday, February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Library Legislative Day draws record attendance, many new faces  The Wisconsin Library Association partnered with the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association to host Library Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 11, at the Best Western Inn on the Park in Madison.  The registered attendance of 166 was an all-time high, including citizen and professional representation from all types of libraries and 45 individuals who participated in the event for the first time.   A lively and informative morning program prepared library advocates for a memorable and productive day of meetings with legislators and legislative staff members.  All 132 legislators were either favored with an in-person visit on February 11 or contacted by colleagues and constituents within their districts.  An address by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers kicked off the day’s activities.  Superintendent Evers highlighted the recent announcement of a library fiber upgrade. Funding for the fiber project comes from the...
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WAAL Conference

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on Friday, February 21, 2014 in Events and Promotions
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Registration is now open for the WAAL 2014 Annual Conference: Charting a Course for Adventure!  The conference will take place at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, April 30-May 2.  In addition to excellent presentations by your colleagues throughout the state, we will be featuring several dynamic guest speakers, including: Barbara Fister, regular contributor to Library Journal and Inside Higher Ed, and instruction coordinator at Gustavus Adolphus College library in St. Peter, Minnesota, will deliver the Wednesday keynote on "Information Literacy as the Practice of Freedom." Trent Miller, program coordinator & gallery director at Madison Public Library, will speak at the Wednesday luncheon on the innovative events he has brought to the public library. Micheal Edmonds, author of "Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan", will share his discoveries about Paul Bunyan's origins among Wisconsin loggers in the 1880s. We will also have several social events,...
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