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Announcing the 2019 Literary Award Winners

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Chloe Benjamin Wins Literary Prize from the Wisconsin Library Association For Her Novel: The Immortalists  The Literary Awards Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce that Chloe Benjamin’s novel The Immortalists is the Literary Award winner for 2019. The award is for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a work written in 2018.  The Immortalists follows the lives of four siblings living in New York’s Lower East Side in 1969. Drawn to a mystic woman who claims to divine the date of one’s death, the Gold children learn their futures. The prophecies hang over the Gold family for the next forty years as they grapple with choices over fate, science versus nurture and what they owe to themselves and each other. Author and retired professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin Judith Claire Mitchell called The Immortalists “a beautifully written page-turner…a thoughtful and...
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2019 Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame Nominations Requested

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The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Steering Committee is accepting nominations for individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame for 2019. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, August 30, 2019. Procedures and nomination form can be found HERE. The Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame is a project of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center which is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation. Induction into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame is granted to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the statewide improvement of library service in Wisconsin.  Inductees into the Hall of Fame are selected by the Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center.  The Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame includes both librarians and library supporters.  Nominations of individuals to be included in the Hall of Fame come from the Steering Committee and the library community at large. The first ten individuals were inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in 2008.  The...

2018 Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Hall of Fame Inductees

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Madison, Wisconsin – Oct. 2, 2018 – The steering committee of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center, a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation, has selected three individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame (WLHF) in 2018.  The inductees include:  Lucy Smith Morris (1850-1935). A native of Berlin, Wisconsin, and a contemporary and colleague of Lutie Stearns, a 2008 charter member of the Hall of Fame, Lucy Morris advocated for the development of public libraries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In her leadership role in the Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs, she oversaw the establishment of more than 100 public libraries during the group's first year of operation. She was among the first group of appointments to the Wisconsin Free Library Commission and served as Wisconsin Library Association president in 1899-1900.  Jo Ann Carr, Director Emerita, UW-Madison School of Education CIDC/IMDC, praised Morris as...
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Announcing the 2018 Literary Award and Children's Book Award Winners

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The Wisconsin Library Association Announces the Winners of the 2018Literary Award and the Children’s Book Award Winners Dan Egan Wins Literary Prize from Wisconsin Libraries The Literary Awards Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association has chosen Dan Egan’s The Death and Life of the Great Lakes as the Literary Award winner for 2018. The award is for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a work written in 2017. Dan Egan’s well researched non-fiction book is a landmark work of science, history and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes. "A chronicle of natural disasters shouldn’t make compelling reading, but Egan’s book is an ecological page-turner,” writes John Hildebrand, Wisconsin essayist and past recipient of the WLA Literary Awards Notable Author Award.  Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of...
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Wisconsin Library Association Announces 2018 Awards & Honors Winners

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Madison, Wisconsin – Sept. 20, 2018 – The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce the 2018 Awards & Honors Winners, selected for their outstanding contributions to libraries and librarianship: Citation of Merit: Nicholas Family Foundation (led by Lynn S. Nicholas)  Library of the Year: Milton Public Library  Muriel Fuller Award: Alison Hoffman, Monarch Library System (Dodge, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington Counties)  Programming Innovation Award: McIntosh Memorial Library’s Sixth Grade Journal Buddies, Viroqua, WI  Special Services Award: Roxane Bartelt  Trustee of the Year: James C. Englebert, Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha, WI  WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year: Jessica Schoonover, Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library, Trempealeau, WI  Here are some additional details about each winner:  Citation of Merit: The Nicholas Family Foundation enriches the lives of all Wisconsin residents through generous funding contributions in the areas of education, health and the arts. Since 2009, the Foundation’s support of the Recollection Wisconsin collaborative...