May 2016
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Notes from Connie
by Bridges Director Connie Meyer

As library lovers, we all know that libraries matter. If you work in a library, you see examples of just how much libraries matter every day. Sometimes you receive a simple "thank you" from an appreciative patron. Other times someone will tell you a book they read changed their life. Occasionally you'll be told that the library's assistance got someone their job, or helped a person start their business, or that critical information helped with a medical diagnosis. 

Those stories are valuable because they help us document and articulate why libraries matter-which is important for library advocacy. Library advocacy helps libraries secure the funding and other support needed to continue to provide valuable services to their communities. Because people are impacted by stories of results, one of the most effective tools for a public library advocate is impact data, or quantitative evidence of the positive benefits the public library services provide to people in their own community. 

The Public Library Association is now offering excellent information and tools, including a survey instrument, that libraries can use to assist with measuring and communicating the impact they have on their community. Learn more about it here. Or visit the Advocacy page on our website for more information on this and other helpful advocacy resources.
NOTEworthy News
Helen Daniels Bader Fund Awards Grant to Memory Project

The Library Memory Project has been very popular with patrons- but how do we reach even more people with this innovative program? The Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy, is helping us answer that very question! 

A philanthropic leader in the Milwaukee area, Bader Philanthropies (formerly known as the Helen Bader Foundation), recently awarded the Bridges Library System with a two-year grant for the creation, implementation, and evaluation of a targeted marketing campaign for the Memory Project. The funds will allow the System and the member libraries involved in the Memory Project to promote public awareness and increase the Project's geographical reach. The libraries and staff members involved in the Library Memory Project should be very proud of this achievement.

In other Library Memory Project news,  Angela Meyers got to take a trip to the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells on Monday, May 2nd! She didn't go down a waterslide, but she did receive the 2016 Outstanding Organization Award from the Alzheimer's Association-Wisconsin Chapter on behalf of the Library Memory Project. As she said in her speech, "When our public libraries met to research and plan the library memory project in 2014, we didn't set out to win any awards or special recognition. We simply wanted to offer a judgment free zone for people to come together, learn and grow." The Library Memory Project has already achieved that goal and works hard to continue to do so.
Dwight Foster Public Library Turns 100! 

Originally built in 1916, the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson has undergone renovations and expansions during its 100 years, but kept its place as the heart of the community. On Thursday, April 28th, the library's history, as well as its connection to renowned poet Lorine Niedecker, was celebrated at a party and poetry reading.

A large crowd turned out for the event, which also marked the library's recent designation as a Literary Landmark. The Dwight Foster library was deemed a historic literary site because Niedecker once worked as an assistant librarian there. It is only the second site in Wisconsin to be named a Literary Landmark. 

Biographer Margot Peters told the crowd about Niedecker's life and struggles, as well as her time at Dwight Foster, and read the first poem of the night, entitled "When Ecstasy is Inconvenient." 
Various community members, including Fort Atkinson City Councilwoman Beth Gehred and Hoard Historical Museum director Merrilee Lee, read other favorite poems of Niedecker's. 

The night ended with heaping helpings of cake, kindly donated by Jerry's Cake Corner. Visitors wandered through the library, looking at the displays and scrapbooks of library days gone by, and exploring the Lorine Niedecker Room, a special area with Niedecker's personal library collection and photographs, which was opened for the occasion. 

Happy 100 Years, Dwight Foster Public Library! Here's to many more! 
Town Hall Library Celebrates 50 Years!

It was the first day of May, on a Sunday in 1966, when the  Town Hall Library first opened its doors to the public. 50 years later, on another May 1st Sunday, the library and the Merton/North Lake community marked the library's half-century with cake and the unveiling of the library's new History Wall. Originally built in the 1890s as the Merton Town Hall, the building got a new lease on life as a library through the support and fundraising efforts of the local Women's Club, Merton Town Board, and community members. Since its
opening in 1966, the building has undergone three expansions, reflecting its dedication to meet the needs of the North Lake area.

Before the official unveiling of the History Wall, library director  Cheryl Schoenhaar talked about the impact the library has had on the community and expressed her gratitude for the community's unflagging support of library efforts. She also thanked the Hitchcock family, many of whom were in attendance, who had helped fund the History Wall. The History Wall had been designed over the course of several months and was a true group effort, with a committee of 7 people doing the research, layout, design, rendering, and installation. According to Schoenhaar, "Each person on the committee...was necessary and had a role in the final product."

The History Wall is a colorful and fascinating display of images and primary sources from the library's past, including copies of blueprints, the first library register, copies of newspaper articles, and photographs spanning from the building's origin as a town hall, right up to the present day. The original Town Hall Library sign, as well as the first "library hours" sign and early date stampers, also provide a nice focal point to the Wall. It stands as a lasting testament to the legacy, impact, and future of Town Hall Library.

Happy 50th Birthday, Town Hall Library! Here's to many more!
Spotlight On...
In the next few months, each newsletter issue will feature two member libraries, one from Waukesha County and one from Jefferson, as a way for us to get to know our fellow libraries and to highlight the things that make each of our member libraries a unique asset to their community. 
Photo courtesy of Jeff Lendrum Photography
Delafield Public Library
by director Stephanie Ramirez

In 1904, the Delafield Public Library unofficially began as a shelf of books in the Delafield Post Office at the northeastern corner of Milwaukee and Genesee Streets. It was completely funded by private fundraisers and donations, run by unpaid volunteers, and operated without any government monies.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Lendrum Photography
The library has now grown into a community hub, housing nearly 80,000 items. In 2010, the library moved into its forever home at 500 Genesee Street in beautiful downtown Delafield.
The new building was part of a $5.2 million building project (approved in a February 2008 building referendum) for a new city hall and library built at the same location. Usage dramatically increased after this move and the library began to offer programs of interest to children and families, teens, and adults, including programming specifically aimed at those that are 55+ and a thriving summer reading program that over 1,200 children participate in annually.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Lendrum Photography
The Delafield Library is open 7 days a week for a total of 59 hours throughout most of the year. We are fortunate to have the support of the wonderful Library Board and the Friends of the Delafield Library, who hold regular book sales and maintain a small book store offsite at 421 Main St. in Delafield. The Friends were also instrumental in building and maintaining a beautiful garden and outdoor area for library use. 

The library boasts a professional staff of dedicated, passionate, and hard-working individuals, each of whom truly embodies service to the community.  We welcome all visitors and are ready to meet your information needs!

Find out more about the Delafield Public Library at their website.
Karl Junginger Memorial Library
by director Kelli Mountford

Waterloo's first publicly accessible library was formed by the Waterloo Literary and Dramatic Association in 1868. In 1901, this group was chartered by the state as the "Waterloo Public Library Association". By 1915, Waterloo's library numbered approximately 3,000 volumes and was located above the village hall on Madison Street. In 1929, the Waterloo Public Library Association surrendered the library's holdings and furnishings, as well as its financial responsibility, to the Village of Waterloo.  In the fall of 1993, ground was broken for a new $1.3 million public library made possible by the tremendous generosity and vision of Karl Junginger, the former owner and president of McKay Nursery Company. While plans for the library were moving forward, news of a trust left by Evelyn Kading Clark was received.  The Clark Trust was established to benefit children in the community through the library.
Teen Area
Today, our 13,580 sq. foot building still looks brand-new after 21 years. We have an excellent collection of materials, computers, laptops and new iPads for use. Our library features new adult fiction shelving, an updated Teen area with a flat screen television, a Tween space, a beautiful children's wing, and a modern community room with a full kitchen.
Children's Wing
The KJM Library offers many delightful programming events for all ages. There are two morning story times with a monthly evening Pajama story hour, Lego clubs, and Crafternoons to name a few for our youth. We partner with our local businesses for Paint and Pizza, Cocktails and Coloring, two monthly book clubs and we also have held very successful Murder Mystery evenings at our library for the adults in our community.
Community Room
Working with our community is a main goal of the library. Our staff works hard to make sure that the library is known as the community hub, with two staff members on our chamber, outreach to our local senior centers, and our children's librarian working closely with the local schools and daycare. This includes the Fire Department holding our annual "Fired up with Reading" program during the month of October with a remarkable reader winning a fire truck ride around town! We love our community and the people who visit us at the Karl Junginger Memorial Library.
Visit their website to learn more about the Karl Junginger Memorial Library. 
Delafield Public Library
Celebrating National Library Week
Although one could argue that every week is Library Week, the official National Library Week took place from April 10-16 this year, with the theme "Libraries Transform." Bridges member libraries found many creative ways this year to celebrate the ways that libraries transform lives and communities. 
Waukesha Public Library
Delafield Public Library set up a display of library- themed quotes in the entryway of their building. Elm Grove Public Library hosted 
Philip Chard, a popular speaker and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist, for a program titled "Happiness: What It Is and How We Grow It," with an attendance of 120 people. New Berlin Public Library started a fun incentive for teens- any teen to show off their library card to a librarian received a prize! 
The Jefferson Public Library used the opportunity to demonstrate the system's collection of databases, setting up a "petting zoo" demo of a different database each day at the front desk. Waukesha Public Library's
colorful front butterfly display, which asked patrons to write how the library has transformed their lives, spread across their front wall. 
Dwight Foster Public Library
A silent auction was held at the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson, courtesy of their Friends group. Free cookies were also available for patrons ALL week long! It was definitely an exciting week. Who knows what our libraries will think up next year! 

At the Library: Sip & Swipe Cafe at Johnson Creek

Back in February, Youth Services & Special Needs Coordinator Angela Meyers found out about Sip & Swipe Cafes, a new nationwide program from Generations Online. The Sip & Swipe Cafes are a series of informal workshops that create a fun, low-stress way for senior citizens to become familiar with using tablets, the Internet, and technology in general. The centerpiece of the training is a new app developed by Generations Online. The program was already funded but they were looking for partners to help implement it. Participating libraries would be given free tablets to facilitate the trainings and be required to provide a few training sessions for seniors. We had a great response: seven of our libraries signed up!

Johnson Creek Public Library was one of the first to get started and have already had great success. Their Sip & Swipe Cafes are conducted through one-on-one meetings in the library between coaches and learners, scheduled at the convenience of both parties. 
Johnson Creek creatively recruited both coaches and learners through multiple channels: press releases in area newspapers; in-person at a village board meeting; on the library's website and Facebook page; group emails to the local historical society, library board members, and a local Neighbors club; posters throughout the village; and word-of-mouth at the circulation desk.
According to director Luci Bledsoe, they now have five volunteer coaches who have gone through the required training and 13 senior citizens that have signed up as "learners." Feedback from the sessions has been encouraging; two learners now want to buy their own tablet, so their coach is going with them to pick one out. Another learner expressed her excitement for the classes and asked for an "advanced" class when the program is finished. The library's ultimate goal is to get 25 learners and they're hopeful they'll reach this goal, since there seems to be such a great need and interest in the program. "The momentum has begun," Luci says. "Now we need to keep it going by offering advanced tablet training; opportunities for our residents to learn about other technology; and hands-on opportunities to learn different apps and the databases that are available through the Bridges Library System." Great job, Johnson Creek!  
Do you have a successful program or a new service you want to highlight in the next Bridges newsletter? Send it on to Jill Fuller at and it will be featured in our
At the Library section.
Online Resource Survey

Bridges Library System wants to make sure our library patrons are being served in the best possible way, so we want to hear from them. Specifically, we are trying to  determine which online resources/databases patrons use, how they use them, and how they hear about them. Library staff, feel free to share the survey link and graphic on your social media pages, newsletters, websites, and at the desk. And if you're a non-staff member, p lease consider taking this 5-10 minute anonymous survey and help us help you! 
Your Toolkit
Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities

Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries Conference
The Sky's the Limit at WAPL this year! Fascinating sessions, networking opportunities, good food, and a home brew tasting are all on the menu. 
May 11-13
Location: Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center, Oshkosh WI
Safety Awareness Training
Tuesday, May 24
Session 1: 9:00 am-11:00 pm
Session 2 (repeat of Session 1): 1:00-3:00 pm 
Presenter: Chris Jaekl, City of New Berlin Police & WCTC Instructor
Location: Brookfield Public Library
Register for Session 1 here
Register for Session 2 here
Exceptional Customer Service: From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Wednesday, June 1
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Randa Noble
Location: New Berlin Public Library

Database Highlight: Consumer Reports
This staff member is expecting a baby in July and has been desperately trying to make the BEST baby registry ever. It's been fun...but overwhelming! (Do you realize how many car seats there are to choose from?!) To that end, Consumer Reports has been an amazing help.

Consumer Reports is the hidden gem of our library's databases. Though it can be found in a physical magazine format, the online database has all the information you need in one searchable place. Included in Consumer Reports
are in-depth reviews, buying guides, and product ratings for things like cars, air conditioners, mattresses, headphones, cribs, fitness trackers, microwaves, tablets, and more. A lot more. They even have reviews and recommendations of frozen pizzas! Yes, you read that right.

The interface is easy to navigate, with a giant search bar and product reviews broken down into categories. 

For your patron, Consumer Reports would cost $30 a year if they purchased their own subscription. But with their magic library card, they can make informed purchasing decisions anywhere (including the grocery store aisle or Sears appliance center) for free. Besides your usual places, Consumer Reports is a great database to market at adult programs or storytimes. Tell new moms about it at your infant storytimes. Doing a cooking program for adults? Give a quick demo of how to access the kitchen appliance ratings, like the juicers or the coffee makers. There are so many ways to show off Consumer Reports!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and compare bouncy seats.
From the Web
Your Turn
Do you have something to share with your fellow librarians? Want to toot your library's horn about the successful new event you had or the accolades a coworker recently received? Maybe you just have some feedback on the newsletter. We want to hear about it! Contact  Marketing Librarian Jill Fuller  at  with all of your news and suggestions.