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Volume 3, Issue 7
August 2015
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Director's Note
The WCFLS board has formally adopted our 2015-2017 strategic plan. A big thank you to everyone who participated and to WiLS for facilitating the planning process, conducting and compiling the survey, and writing the plan. You can see both the detailed plan and a condensed version on our website here. It's going to be an excellent road map into our future!


The 2016 budget process is well under way. The budget preparation process was more complicated than usual due to the addition of Jefferson County. However, adding Jefferson County does bring additional funding and stability. The financial expectations that were modeled during our analysis of the change proved to be accurate-all very good news for our library system and our libraries. 


Jefferson County is joining our library system in January of 2016. However, there are a number of things that need to be accomplished beforehand. Our organization's name change is going to be discussed at the August WCFLS board meeting. There is currently a survey open to gather opinions on the possible new names. Feel free to let us know what you think by taking the survey here. There are still a few days left to vote. But don't wait; the voting closes on August 7th. We are planning to migrate the libraries into CAFÉ with a tentative go-live date of December 9th. That means we will have a very busy fall as we do the profiling, testing, and training, make wide area network changes, and migrate e-mail. We are also working on the bid for a new delivery contract and getting organized internally to set up the structure to include eight new libraries.


Staff is working extra hard these days which means I'm going to have to increase my investment in chocolate! Thanks for supporting us as we work hard to support YOU!


Connie Meyer

Name Your Library System!

The names are in, let the voting begin!

Take a few minutes out of your day to browse through the potential name candidates.  Pick your three favorites in two categories and send your vote our way!   Polling closes at 8 am August 7th.

There's an App for That: From Concept to Launch

Check out this 30-minute  webinar hosted by WCFLS's Angela Meyers and UW-Milwaukee's App Brewery app developer Dustin Hahn.  In this webinar they describe the concept, design, development process, and launch of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App. Apps are here to stay, and app development is another step towards libraries' cohesive relationship with technology and the future.  
Marketing Goodies

Earlier this month, WCFLS sent out the remaining promotional materials from the county fair.  Each library should have received flyers, sent to the attention of 'Reference' concerning Gale Courses, Flipster, Cafe Community, library services brochures etc.  All sent out materials are available here digitally for your use.
Running Low?
Please contact Mellanie Mercier (MMercier@wcfls.org) or Julia Heiser (JHeiser@wcfls.org) and we will be happy to send you more. 

Megan Crawford (Delafield), Payten Janicsek (Delafield), Julianna Sabert (Delafield), Margaret Blau (Delafield), Analiese Huber (Delafield), Elizabeth Miliam (Delafield), Molly Dulde (Delafield),  Carly Hytinen (Delafield), Kayla Laude (Delafield), Ella McClellan, (Delafield), Monica Lange (Pewaukee)
Garden Games for Literacy

The Delafield Public Library recently received a fantastic donation from the community's local Girl Scout troop.  Troop #4402 conducted a community leadership service project for their Bronze Award, involving the library and the community.  The girls are frequent library users and after many months of meetings with the Delafield librarians, a great literacy tool was developed. 


The Girl Scout troop created "Garden Games for Literacy," available for families to enjoy at any time, even when the library is closed.  Garden Games for Literacy include such games as garden bingo, lawn tic-tac-toe, and environmental puzzles. The game box includes entertainment for kids from toddlers to fifth grade. 


The Mayor of Delafield came, as well as the Library Board President, to the troop's presentation of the game box at Delafield Public Library's garden story time.  Troop #4402 will continue with upkeep and maintenance of the "Garden Games for Literacy," so the resource will be available for many years to come.


Thank you Girl Scout Troop #4402!  The Waukesha County Federated Library System and Delafield Public Library appreciates your contributions to the library! 

Library Profiles

Get to know your new neighbor libraries!  Starting this month, we are profiling a library. We plan to profile one library from Jefferson County and one library from Waukesha County in each newsletter in the months ahead.

Learn about what makes each of our member libraries unique and an asset to their community. 

If you would like to volunteer your library and be featured, please contact Julia Heiser (JHeiser@wcfls.org).  Don't worry--if you don't volunteer, we will contact you! 

Jefferson Public Library

by Leann Lehner, Director

While the Jefferson Public Library's main identifying feature seems to be that we are located "right across from the county courthouse", the Library has much to offer when you step inside!


When you step inside, you will find a welcoming staff with over 100 years of collective experience and a wide range of reading interests to benefit patrons. Anyone who cannot make it to the library itself is encouraged to take delivery of materials through volunteers from the Kiwanis of Jefferson.

The Youth Services department, located on the lower level offers an AcuCut die cut machine and 400+ dies for public use (member libraries may borrow), and a laminating machine for large and small projects (used recently by WCFLS staff for county fair fun!), an AWE computer station, an Early Literacy center and, of course, lots and lots of BOOKS!


This small space sees a large amount of activity including chess, Legos, book clubs, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh club, storytime, and drop-in create-and-take activities, and more. 


We have a pet comfort station outside the front door during the nicer months with fresh water and treats (treats inside year-round). Our patrons tell us their dogs know when they get close to the Library! Library staff pets come to work occasionally (in staff areas only) and we invite patrons to bring their own well-mannered pet in to make a quick pick-up or transaction.


The first improvement project (since the Library was built 30 years ago), a remodel of staff workspace, was completed this year. It is inviting, efficient, and renewing for us, and we are already looking forward to the next project!


The Jefferson Library Board of Trustees, Library staff and the community look forward to a great new partnership with Waukesha in 2016!



Letters and background available for checkout on WCFLS equipment request page.
WCFLS Fair Booth
WCFLS's fair booth went off without a hitch and delighted many of the fair goers with booth activities and library program information.  

Gale Course flyers and the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App were a big hit among attendees.  

Kids enjoyed winning prizes on the spinning wheel and having their picture taken with letter cut-outs on a foam noodle.  

The fair was a great success in reaching out to the community about all the services and programs the Waukesha County Libraries provide to their communities. WCFLS looks forward to next year's fair!

Shout-out to all booth volunteers! Thank you for all your help, it could not have been possible without you!  

Equipment Booking:  New Items!

The Flipster and Gale 8' Post-Up Stands are now available for checkout on the
 equipment request page found on the WCFLS website. Due to the size of the Post-Up Stands, they offer great visibility and, used intermittently, are a great marketing tool. 

The spinner wheel and the alphabet cut-outs from the county fair are  also available for check out, along with many other resources such as Wii  games, Wii consoles, and Wii accessories. 

Start requesting today! 

The Great Egg Escape

The Delafield Public Library hosted an "egg drop" as one of the library's tween/teen programs, last week.  Twenty-two kids built shock absorbent containers to protect an egg from the fall off the roof of the library.  The kids had the choice of using a plastic pint container, ice cream jars, or peanut butter jars for their design.  The containers were then stuffed with egg cartons, cotton filling, screening mesh, straws, paper towel, etc. and all held together with always reliable duct tape.  The blooming engineers were given 30 minutes to gather their construction materials, develop their design, and then construct their "Great Egg Escape" container. 


A staffer, from the Department of Public Works, came to the library with a cherry picker.  The egg containers were raised to a height ten feet higher than that of the library roof. The kids' creations were then dropped from the height, landing with a thud on the ground.  Three of the egg containers successfully protected their eggs from demise.  Each participant created a unique design and had a blast at the event.


Thank you Diane Hasting for putting together a unique and fun event for your library patrons! 

The Library 
Marketing Toolkit

Twitter for Improvers
Looking at joining the twitterspher?  Check out this slide show on the dos and don'ts of Twitter.

A guide to why Twitter is relevant in the research environment, how it can be useful, and how to Tweet successfully. 

Gift Card Giveaway!

Do you have staff or friends who would be interested in the WCFLS newsletter?   Send them our way!  

Any new newsletter sign ups, before August 15th, will be entered into a gift card drawing.  Prizes are for  PF Chang's cards and Subway cards.  

There is such a thing as free lunch! 

30 Second Marketing Tips

Write a Press Release in Record Time, 
Check-out this Template!
  1. The first paragraph should answer the Five Ws: who, what, where, why, and when.
  2. Use your second paragraph to explain why the news in your first paragraph is important.
  3. Follow with any relevance to a holiday or event, or other stories in the news.
  4. End with a brief description of you or your company. Include your website for more information, and be sure to have the information there.
  5. Now, write a good headline or email SUBJECT line that summarizes the release.

WI Public Library Director Certification Course Scholarship

UW-Madison's School of Library and Information Studies-Continuing Education Services(SLIS-CES) announces a scholarship for Wisconsin library directors currently taking certification courses. SLIS-CES will cover the entire cost of one certification course ($415) to the winner. The course must be taken during the 2015 Fall semester. Only current Wisconsin public library directors are eligible for this scholarship. Previous scholarship winners are not eligible to win again. The winner may use the award on any one of these upcoming fall courses:


Basic Public Library Administration

Advanced Public Library Administration

Public and Community Library Services


To apply, please send an email with "CE Scholarship" in the subject line to Meredith Lowe (mclowe@wisc.edu).  In the body of the email, include your name, library, and a paragraph or two about how taking the certification courses would help provide excellent service to your community. Submissions are due by 5:00 PM CST August 28th and a winner will be announced by September 4th.


If the winner has already registered and paid for an upcoming certification course, their course fee will be refunded.

Fall 2015 Continuing Education Workshops

Registrations for all Fall workshops is now open. Click the links from the list below for program details and registration information:


Friday, August 7, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
SEWI Library Directors Retreat


Monday- Friday August 17-21, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Wisconsin Trustee Training Week webinars


Friday, September 25, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Youth Services Workshop


Tuesday, September 29, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Building Your Capacity-Sustaining Your Library: Friends, Foundations and Fundraising


Wednesday, October 14, 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Surviving Difficult Conversations


Thursday, October 29, Session 1 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) or Session 2 (1:00 - 4:00 pm)
Book Repair with Kapco


Wednesday, December 16, Session 1 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) or Session 2 (1:00 - 4:00 pm)
Counting Opinions: Preparing for the Library Annual Report
Carroll University's Center for Graduate Studies, Waukesha

All of these workshops are also listed on the Continuing Education Opportunities web page.  Be sure to check the page for additional opportunities.


Mark Your Calendars

Waukesha & Jefferson Counties Youth Services Staff are Invited to the Summer Celebration Wrap-Up
Friday, August 21, 2015
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Menomonee Falls Public Library
More info and registration form 

Waukesha & Jefferson Counties Library Trustees Dinner  Celebrating and Honoring our Public Library Trustees
Thursday, September 24, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee
Advanced registration required.
Guest speakers: Authors Ron Legro & Avi Lank, The Man Who Painted the Universe

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