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The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Awards & Honors Winners, selected for their outstanding contributions to libraries and librarianship:  Citation of Merit: Vicki Reuling, Community Library Supporter, Three Lakes, WI  Library of the Year: L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire, WI  Programming Innovation Award: Dementia-Friendly Programs at North Shore Library, Glendale, WI  Trustee of the Year: Kathy Pletcher, Nicolet Federated Library System, Green Bay, WI  WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year: Marla Sepnafski, Director, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau, WI  More information about the 2019 award winners Citation of Merit: Vicki Reuling Vicki Reuling was essential to transforming the Demmer Library in Three Lakes, WI. Inspired by a 2009 Wisconsin Library Association conference, she created and chaired the Demmer Library Building Committee. The committee assessed the aging building and the community’s needs and The Three Lakes Public Library Foundation used the information to begin a fundraising campaign....
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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...

Announcing the 2019 Children's Book Award Winners

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Children’s graphic novel The Cardboard Kingdom, created by Chad Sell and published by Penguin Random House, has won the coveted Burr/Worzalla Award for 2019. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section annually presents the Burr/Worzalla Award to the most distinguished work in literature written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator. The Cardboard Kingdom is an impressive debut from Sell, who grew up in Wisconsin and currently lives in Chicago.  In a society where the lines that divide people have only seemed to deepen, there’s one thing that can bring an entire neighborhood of kids together: cardboard. With enough cardboard, you can make anything. A noble knight’s sword. The headdress of an evil enchantress. A robot. A mad scientist’s lab. What starts as a game between brother and sister soon grows into a sprawling kingdom, where imagination is only limited by how much cardboard you...
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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...