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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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U.S. libraries strive to provide innovative technology services despite budget cuts

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CHICAGO — Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S. public libraries weather the storm of the Great Recession, supporting their role as a lifeline to the technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s economy. However, a new report underscores the competing concerns that face America’s libraries: cumulative budget cuts that threaten access to libraries and services, increasing demand for technology training and the chronic presence of the digital divide. More Americans than ever turn to their libraries for access to essential technology services, with 62 percent of libraries reporting that they are the only provider of free computer and Internet access in their community. More than 60 percent of libraries report increased public use of computers and Wi-Fi over the past year. These findings are among the highlights of the 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, produced by the American Library Association (ALA) and...
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"Bookin' It in La Crosse" 5K Fun Run/Walk

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Heading to WLA in La Crosse? Looking for a fun way to break up your sessions? Not going to the conference, but up for a run/walk with fun people? Check out the 2012 WLA Conference "Bookin' It in La Crosse" 5K Fun Run/Walk, October 25, 7:30 a.m. This brisk 3.1 mile run/walk will take place in La Crosse's beautiful Riverside Park and will be a great way to rejuvenate your body and mind. For registration fill out this form: https://wla.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&;view=mc&mcid=form_89703 The deadline to register is October 8th. Your $15.00 registration fee includes a free race tee. Everyone is welcome to participate, including library friends who do not plan to attend the conference. For any questions or concerns please call: 608.245.3640...
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WiscNet Announces New Structure, Membership Growth

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WiscNet announced today that it will be positioning itself "to serve UW as a possible customer, rather than a member, and separating WiscNet’s fiscal, accounting, human resources and procurement functions from the UW." The changes were approved to comply with provisions in the 2011-13 state budget that called for an audit of the UW's relationship to WiscNet and sought to eliminate the UW's involvement in certain telecommunications-related activities. WLA members, many of whom work at schools and libraries that rely on WiscNet for affordable internet service and support, sprung into action to advocate for an extension of the deadline for any changes. Unfortunately, attempts to change the deadline were unsuccessful, thereby requiring WiscNet to determine how to separate from the UW while maintaining its important membership services by July 1, 2013. Ross Wilson, Chairperson of the WiscNet Board of Directors, said, “WiscNet is currently undergoing changes that will not only support...
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America's stake in libraries as the new "third place": Lew Feldstein is WLA Conference keynote

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Lewis Feldstein, writer and lecturer on social capital and community building, will discuss the role of libraries as the new "third place" in America at the WLA Conference, October 23-26 in La Crosse. As we get better at distancing ourselves from others,  from the increasingly homogenous communities in which we live to the narrowly focused media from which we get our news, we have an ever greater stake in the few institutions with the resilience, capacity and standing to bridge these differences.   This is no easy task, made tougher by budget cuts and corrosive politics.   But there are libraries all across the country developing into the new community commons,  learning to overcome these  differences and bring us together with people unlike ourselves. Join Lew Feldstein for this exciting talk about libraries as the new “third place" and come away re-energized for the challenges ahead. Feldstein is the former President and...
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WLA Foundation Announces 2012 Scholarship Winners

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The WLA Foundation is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2012 library and continuing education scholarships: Rebecca L. Jones, public relations specialist at the UW-Whitewater's Andersen Library, was selected for the Library Education Scholarship in the amount of $1,150. Rebecca says that before she worked in the library, she was a graphic designer and marketing specialist for the technology department at UW-W. Because Rebecca, a lifelong Wisconsin resident, plans to continue a career in librarianship, she realized that a master's degree would be essential - and the scholarship makes it possible for her to pursue the degree. Adrienne Evans, Archives and Special Collections Assistant at the University of South Dakota, has received the Sally Davis Scholarship in the amount of $1,050. She will begin the master's program at UW-Madison SLIS this fall. Adrienne is choosing to continue her career path to "further explore ways to utilize archives and libraries...
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YA Novel "Bluefish" by Pat Schmatz Wins 2012 Burr/Worzalla Award

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Young Adult novel, “Bluefish,” written by Wisconsin native Pat Schmatz and published by Candlewick Press, has won the 2012 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 “Bluefish” we meet Travis, a middle school student dealing with relocating to a new town, his alcoholic grandfather at home, and being an outsider at school. Travis befriends Velveeta, an outsider herself who has her own secrets. Travis finds guidance and direction through his friendship with Velveeta and through the kindness of his teacher Mr. McQueen who teaches Travis how to read. Pat Schmatz weaves a wonderfully written story, full of charming characters and a strong theme of friendship. The Children’s Book Award Committee also named Tom Lichtenheld Notable Wisconsin Author/Illustrator for his contribution...

2012 Literary Award: WLA honors Chad Harbach for "The Art of Fielding"

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The Literary Awards Committee of the Readers’ Section of the Wisconsin Library Association has chosen "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach of Charlottesville, VA as the winner of the 2012 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award. This award is given for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a book published in 2011. In his debut novel, "The Art of Fielding," Chad Harbach examines the lives of 5 people and the ways in which their paths intersect at the fictional Westish College in Wisconsin. Henry Skrimshander is recruited to play baseball by sophomore Mike Schwartz. Through Schwartz’s intervention, Henry is admitted late and finds housing with Owen, another star on the team. Schwartz and Owen take Henry under their wing to help him adjust to the world of academia. Guert Affenlight, the college president, finds himself falling helplessly in love after what seems a lifetime alone as a single...

UW-Superior Jim Dan Hill Library Remains Closed After Flooding: Your Contribution Can Help

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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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Research Proves Value of Summer Reading Programs

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WLA recently sent this op-ed by Rhonda Puntney Gould to dozens of newspapers around the state. Feel free to use the information here or in this related article to promote your summer reading program throughout this summer. Public libraries all across Wisconsin have been kicking off summer reading programs throughout the month of June.  Almost 400 libraries in the state are participating in the 2012 “Dream Big READ” summer reading program theme and sponsoring programs for kids of all ages.  Through these programs, participants will have the opportunity to access the resources at Wisconsin’s public libraries to support their summer reading.  Young people can receive reading lists and participate in programs and activities at their local libraries and at the end of the program, participants receive formal recognition for their reading achievement. According to the Department of Public Instruction’s Public Library Development 2010 statistics, 215,770 kids participated in summer reading programs...
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Library Programs to Receive $242,000 from The Evjue Foundation

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Four library programs will receive funding from The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times, Madison, as part of their recent disbursement of $1.5 million to 89 organizations. Dane County Library Services receives $10,000 for a project with Madison Community Foundation to establish an endowment fund for annual library support in Dane County. The recently opened Fitchburg Public Library received $25,000 to build its collection, and the Madison Public Library Foundation received $200,000 toward its capital campaign for the remodeled downtown library. In addition, UW-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies received $7,000 to support the school’s work with members of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to increase access to educational resources. Read the entire article in The Capital Times.        ...
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Awards Nominations Due June 1: Recognize Excellence

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Recognize excellence in libraries by submitting a nomination for a WLA award by June 1. Librarians, trustees, friends, community leaders and libraries are all eligible to be nominated for one or more of these awards: Library of the Year DEMCO/WLA Librarian of the Year Citation of Merit Special Service Award Highsmith Award Muriel Fuller Award Trustee of the Year Check out more information about each award, including nomination forms, and help WLA recognize excellence!...

Grand Opening: Prairie du Sac Public Library

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Join the Prairie du Sac Public Library in his new location and under its new name:  Ruth Culver Community Library, 540 Water Street.  The library plans a day long celebration with special activities on Saturday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.:  9:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting & Dedication 10:00 a.m. Music by Bob and Marita Kelter 11:00 a.m. Little Miss Ann (Musical Children's Performer)Sponsored by Tracey and Patrick Taggart, II 12:30 p.m. Music by Matt Brennan and an ensemble of students 12:30 p.m. Meet Scoopie! 1:45 p.m. Music by Wrannock (Mike Mossman & Lisa Hartmann)  Congratulations to the Prairie du Sac library and community!...

Wisconsin Contingent at National Library Legislative Day

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The Wisconsin delegation to National Library Legislative Day, April 23-24, 2012, included (left to right) Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Superintendent, Division for Libraries and Technology, DPI; Julie Schneider, Ebling Library (WLA Federal Legislative Advocate); Joshua Klingbeil, Wisconsin Valley Library Service; Marty Van Pelt, South Central Library System; Gary Poulsen, South Central Library System; Rhonda Puntney, Lakeshores Library System (WLA Board, Past President); Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library (WLA Board, ALA Councilor); Allison Kaplan, UW-Madison SLIS (WLA Board, WEMTA Representative)....
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Rural Wisconsin Awards Recognize Three Wisconsin Libraries

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The DPI announced on March 8 that State Superintendent Tony Evers has recognized nine projects as “Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin” award winners. The projects were chosen for fostering partnerships and developing the habits of literacy, farm safety, environment stewardship and community service. Libraries were involved in two of the award-winning projects:Baby Time, Toddler Time, and Rhyme Time are outreach programs of the Weyauwega-Fremont School District’s 4-year-old kindergarten program. The Weyauwega Public Library and Neuschafer Community Library of Fremont host programs to provide academic, developmental, and social enrichment for children 4 years of age and under, while also introducing services to older children and adults to boost literacy.In Three Lakes, the Story Hour Reading Program has been going strong, based on a partnership of the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library the school district, since 1963! Weekly story hour times for children are augmented by adult programming offered concurrently. Funding comes from...

Library as Incubator Project Launched by SLIS Students

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The co-founders of the Library as Incubator Project have launched the project’s virtual “hub,” www.libraryasincubatorproject.org.  Three UW-Madison SLIS students are the project managers: Laura Damon-Moore, Erinn Batykefer, and Christina Endres. TheLibrary as Incubator Project seeks to learn how artists (writers, visualartists and performing artists) use libraries in the research, creation andpromotion of their artistic work. The presenters are in the process of creatinga web resource that highlights artists and projects that have been"incubated," in part, by library collections, spaces and/or staff. Itwill also serve as a resource for librarians who want to better serve artistspatrons through programming, collections, and partnerships.Damon-Moore, Batykefer and Endres are presenting a WLA Conference program about their project  November 4 in Milwaukee at Hilton MilwaukeeCity Center, 10:30 a.m.Learn more about the Library as Incubator Project at the conference, or subscribe online via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS feed on the website to getupdates and announcements. libraryasincubatorproject.orglibraryasincubatorproject@gmail.comFacebook:Library as Incubator ProjectTwitter:IArtLibraries ...

Foundation Silent Auction Seeks Donated Items

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On behalf of the WLA Foundation, I want to remind all conference attendees about the Silent Auction at the WLA conference in Milwaukee.  Once again this year we will have both an on-site and an online silent auction.  Last year’s auctions raised more than $4,000 for the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries and with your help we should be able to surpass that amount this year! We need your help in two ways:  first, by donating items for the auction and, second, by bidding on the items either online or in person at the conference.Donated items that have created bidding excitement at past auctions include (but are not limited to –creativity is appreciated!):• Fine arts, including jewelry, paintings, sculpture, pottery• Products or services that a library or librarians would find useful (story hour, consulting)• Entertainment packages (theater or sporting event tickets, golf packages)• Hotel packages (e.g., weekend getaways with one or more...

Wisconsin Teen Wins Step Up to the Plate @ your library Grand Prize

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CHICAGO– The American Library Association reports that twelve-year-old Kelsey Willems, Green Bay, will soon be on her way to the NationalBaseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., thanks to the resourcesat her school library and some quality family time with her father.Inthe grand prize drawing for the Step Up to the Plate @ your library program,Baseball Hall of Fame Library Director Jim Gates pulled Willems’ entry from the1,000 eligible entries baseball fans nationwide sent in over the spring andsummer.  For her win, Willems and her father will head to the Hall of Fameat the end of the month to attend its World Series Gala event and receive abehind-the-scenes tour of the library and archives.Developedby the American Library Association (ALA) and the Hall of Fame, Step Up to thePlate officially wrapped up its sixth season with the national drawing. Theprogram teamed up two American classics - baseball and libraries -...

Jeff Dawson, Two Rivers Library Director, Presents at Gates Foundation Event

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The Lester Public Library's use of photography and social media were on stage at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries initiative Peer Learning meeting in Seattle on September 20. According to Jeff Dawson, director of the library,  the project has "transcended technology to create an emotional bond between the library and the community it serves."To read more about the library's project and the Global Libraries initiative, see Jeff's October 5 article in the Herald Times Reporter....