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Wisconsin Library Association Announces The 2015 Top Books By Wisconsin Authors

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Each year the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) selects the top books written by Wisconsin authors. “Wisconsin authors make amazing contributions to literature,” said Plumer Lovelace, Executive Director for WLA. “These awards are given to Wisconsin authors and/or illustrators for the highest literary achievement for work completed in 2014. We couldn’t be more proud to honor them.” This year’s awards go to: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, who was born in Pennsylvania, but raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Shotgun Lovesongs, published by St. Martin’s Press, is, in many ways, a quiet novel. The reader is allowed to sit with the characters, and be moved by their emotions and their bonds of love and friendship.  While the sense of place is very strong, it still helps readers relate to most rural communities. Butler’s excellent descriptions bring both the setting and the people into focus for readers. This novel lingers in the readers’ mind,...
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WLA to Celebrate 125th Anniversary in 2016

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Next year will mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Wisconsin Library Association. A special task force is in place to plan recognition of the milestone and to further define the role that WLA members, partners, sponsors and the community can play in helping to celebrate Wisconsin’s academic, public and special libraries. As part of this celebration, we believe that it is not only important to recognize our past but also to envision our future. To help ensure that our celebration includes as many voices as possible, I am inviting each of you to consider ways to recognize the amazing contributions that Wisconsin libraries have made to the communities they serve. For more information or to share ideas and suggestions, please contact Paul Nelson, Anniversary Task Force Chair, at bennel62@gmail.com. Let’s plan to make some noise!...
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Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Hall of Fame Inductees

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The Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center, a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation, has selected five individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame (WLHF) in 2015. They are Dorothea M. Krause (1909-2003), Marjorie Sornson Malmberg (1914-2004), Minnie M. Oakley (1861-1915), Wayne A. Wiegand (1946- ), William J. Wilson (1948- ). Their induction into the WLHF will take place during the Awards & Honors Reception at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference at the Madison Marriott West on November 5. Read more about the inductees on the WLHC Blog....
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Wisconsin Library Association Announces 2015 Library Award Winners

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on Thursday, October 01, 2015 in Events and Promotions
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The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) is pleased to announce the 2015 library award winners, selected for their outstanding contributions to libraries and librarianship. “We couldn’t be more proud of the achievements of this year’s winners,” said Plumer Lovelace, Executive Director for WLA. “Libraries are the lifeblood for communities throughout Wisconsin and we want to make sure we honor those who give so much to our WLA family.” The 2015 WLA award winners are: Citation of Merit: Mead Witter Foundation, Inc.; George Mead, Chairman The Mead Witter Foundation has provided generous support for public libraries in central and northern Wisconsin for over sixty years. Their gift of over $2 million to Wisconsin libraries has resulted in improvements in print materials, library furnishings, computer equipment and programming. Andy Barnett, who nominated the Mead Witter Foundation, said, “The foundation provided critical financial and moral support for our libraries at a time of severe stress...
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TIME SENSITIVE Legislative Action Needed – Support change to minimum public library system board size

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on Friday, September 11, 2015 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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DEADLINE Sept. 18: Contact Your Legislators to Co-Sponsor Bill Regarding Minimum Number of Public Library System Board Members  Proposal would change minimum requirement from 15 to 11 members to allow systems with two or more counties smaller system boards. Read More ...
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