June 2016
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Bridges Receives Salute to Local Government Award

The Bridges Library System is excited to announce that the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum, a nonpartisan public policy research organization, has awarded the system with the 2016 Salute to Local Government Award in the categories of Intergovernmental Cooperation and Effective Use of Technology or Data.

Bridges received this award as a result of last year's massive system-restructuring project, which resulted in the creation of the new, multi-county Bridges Library System! This project was the first instance of a single-county system transforming into a multi-county system in the state of Wisconsin.

Bridges Library System will receive the award on June 21st in Milwaukee. Congratulations and thanks are owed to everyone at Waukesha and Jefferson counties and all of the libraries who worked with the system in making this project a success!
Scenes from WAPL 

Jenny Wegener, Angela Meyers, and Betsy Bleck taking a break between sessions!
A large group of librarians from Bridges Library System's member libraries descended on Oshkosh in mid-May to attend the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Conference. Some gave presentations or sat on panels while others came for the information and the networking opportunities. From sessions on creating a publicity plan and organizing pop-up programs, to excellent and inspiring speakers (as well as a break for cake), this year's WAPL conference was a great success. In fact, this conference had the highest attendance in 5 years! 

We could tell you all about the fun we had...but why tell you when we can show you? Enjoy!

Kerry Pinkner, Beth Bechtel, Karol Kennedy, Joan Quinlan, and Linda Pierschalla about to enjoy lunch

Abby Bussen, presenting her session on Sensory Storytimes
Natalie Beacom, Cheryl Schoenhaar, Stephanie Flessert, and Jen Bremer ready to present a panel on the Library Memory Project

Melissa Beck and Diane Basting ready to give their presentation on their Tech Boot Camp
Kerry Pinkner, Denise Chojnacki, Kristi Helmkamp, and Ann Cooksey gave a session on using apps in storytime
48 Years At Bat

In September 1967, Jane Schall first started working at what was then the Maude Shunk Public Library in Menomonee Falls. She was a high school student who wanted to be a teacher but she soon fell in love with library work. 

Since then, Jane has seen the library change names and change buildings, and been there through technical advances and decades of new library initiatives. Throughout her career at Menomonee Falls Public Library, she has served as a cataloger and reference librarian, the Head of Technical Services, and Assistant Director. After serving as interim director a few times, she became the director of the library in December 2007. 

On June 3rd, Jane retired from her position as director, ready to embark on new life adventures including an upcoming trip to Alaska with her husband (and no doubt many Brewers games). The staff of Menomonee Falls Public Library staff celebrated Jane's many years and successes at the library with a sports-themed retirement party on June 1st. A highlight included the planting and dedication of a maple tree outside the library, with a plaque that reads "This Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple Tree was planted on June 1, 2016 in honor of Jane Schall, for her 48 years of public service to the village of Menomonee Falls." Menomonee Falls' new director, Karol Kennedy from Waukesha Public Library, begins her time at the helm on June 6th. 

Congratulations Jane!
Welcome, Beth!

The Bridges Library System's office space has expanded (two new rooms!) and so has our staff. On June 1st, we welcomed Beth Bechtel as our new Database Management Librarian. 

Beth formerly served as  the head of technical services at the Waukesha Public Library since 2009. Before that, she worked as a reference librarian and cataloger at Waukesha, as well as a reference librarian at Delafield Public Library. When she's not in the office, she enjoys kayaking, traveling (her last few trips were to Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, and Peru!) and reading. About her new position, she says, "I am excited about working with all the Bridges libraries on continuing to create and maintain a great CAFE catalog for our patrons."

Welcome, Beth! We're excited to have you!
Go Purple in June

On June 20th, Bridges Library staff will be decked out in their best purple garb. Why? June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month and the Alzheimer's Association is doing a  "Go Purple in June" campaign, highlighted by The Longest Day on June 20th. 

You can also promote Alzheimer's Awareness and the Library Memory Project in creative ways to engage your patrons. Some ideas include: serving treats with purple  sprinkles or icing, putting together a book display, having a staff "dress in purple" day, decorating the library entrance in purple streamers or balloons, or creating a "brain activity center" with brain teaser games and puzzles. Waukesha Public Library, for example, is hosting an art exhibit called Memories in the Making 
throughout the month as well as two programs: "Live Paint at the Library" and "Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body." 

If you'd like more information on Alzheimer's Awareness Month or want to help promote your fellow member libraries' Library Memory Project, contact Jill  (jfuller@bridgeslibrarysystem.org) or Angela (ameyers@bridgeslibrarysystem.org). 

Let's go purple and show our support for those living with Alzheimer's!
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. 
Powers Memorial Library 
by director Angela Zimmermann 
In 1917, with 200 books and 230 patrons, the first library in Palmyra begun in a building vacated by the village. Just four months and two days from their opening day, the building was sold to the Eagle Telephone Company. The library was moved into a storage shed/woodshed in back of the Enterprise until communications began with William P. Powers in 1926. Powers was considering the building of a library in honor of his parents, which he did for the sum of $10,000 as a gift to the village of Palmyra. The dedication of the library took place on October 25th, 1927. "A golden day came to Palmyra on Tuesday, making of all other days in the annals of the village but stepping stones to a great occasion - the dedication of the Powers Memorial Library. It was in every respect a golden symphony with a halcyon autumn day streaming golden sunlight upon that vast audience seated in front of the artistically fashioned tile and stucco building - The Powers Memorial Library. Amber lights at the entrance of the library reflected the glorious sunlight, vying with the gold in the maple leaves, a few of which dropped their benediction upon the listeners grouped under the trees.' Fast forward to 2016, and the Powers Memorial Library is one of the pillars of the Palmyra community.

Powers Memorial Library is conveniently located in downtown Palmyra, WI in the heart of the Kettle Moraine. Our library offers many exciting programs for all age ranges, from Story Hour to DIY Technique Tuesdays, After Hours Movies to Game Nights. One area that we have become quite proud of is our MakerSpace Area. In the MakerSpace, one may find and tinker with 3D-printing, CNC milling, LEGOS, Robotics, Snap-Circuits, and much more. Each month we have a hands-on project that patrons much register for. In the last couple of months we have built our very own Hydrogen Fuel Cell and a LED Cube. During the month of June, we are looking to have a #DEconstructionatthelibrary event, where attendees will be able to take apart old computers, DVD players, toasters, etc. to understand the mechanics on the inside.

The patrons of Powers Memorial Library say that it's the friendly and helpful staff that keeps them returning to the library. Our strategic planning in the next year will focus more on our marketing tactics and calling attention to the numerous programs we offer. We strive daily to understand what our community wants to see from their public library and focus on creating that warm and fuzzy feeling for all that walk through our doors. :) 
Find out more about the Powers Memorial Library at their website.
Pewaukee Public Library
by director Jennie Stoltz

The Pewaukee Public Library, located on the corner of Main Street and Prospect Avenue in the Village of Pewaukee, opened in 2005. It serves both the Village and City of Pewaukee. Although the library is only a little over ten years old, it has thrived over the past decade and it well used by local residents. Two of the library's more unique features are the rain garden on the Main Street side of the building and the Harken Observatory.

The Pewaukee Library has a long and varied history. The first lending library in the area was started in 1855 at the home of Deacon Bell, at 238 E. Main Street. In the 1880's a small rental library was operated by Mrs. Simeon Culver from her home at 139 E. Wisconsin Avenue. She charged 5 cents in advance to borrow her books.

The first public library was opened in 1904 and was located in a small storefront building which was rented for $3 per month. About a year later it was moved to the upper floor of a store owned by Alex Caldwell at 215 Oakton Avenue.

In 1917, a new firehouse was built at 226 Oakton Avenue and the library was relocated to the upper floor of the firehouse where it was housed for over 40 years. On April 24th, 1960, the library moved to a much-remodeled former Methodist church at 302 Oakton and was renamed the Barbara Sanborn Library. Barbara Sanborn was library board president at the time of the building purchase and had been very active in helping to get the new facility remodeled. Sadly she passed away before being able to see the results of all her many efforts.

Seventh and eighth grade volunteers from Pewaukee Public and St. Mary's schools, as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, helped with the move. Each child was given an armful of books from a shelf in the old building which they carried in order to the shelves in the new building. At the time, the new library had 5 times the space of the old library, a total of 3,700 square feet, and twice the shelving.

I n October 2003, the Village Board purchased the site of the old middle school at 210 Main Street as the site for a new library to be constructed. The 27,000 square foot library opened in September of 2005, over 7 times larger than the previous library. In 2015, the year of its 10th anniversary, the library circulated 303,959 items, saw 177,021 individuals cross its threshold, and had a collection of approximately 110,000 items.

Visit their website  to learn more about the Pewaukee Public Library .
On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!
The months are warm and school is out for the year. Librarians all over the country know what that means: Summer Library Program! All of our libraries are gearing up for a summer of fun with full calendars of activities, events, and programs, many of which revolve around this year's sports and game theme. Here's a sampling of what readers of all ages can expect to find at their libraries this summer. 

- Cows from Cozy Nook Farm will visit Brookfield Public Library on June 18 for their popular Cow in the Courtyard program. 

- Oconomowoc Public Library will host a JumpBunch program on July 18, a fun sports and fitness program for ages 4-6.

- Families are invited to stay after-hours at Dwight Foster Public Library's annual Family Fort Night on June 10.

- SLP isn't just for kids. Alice Baker Public Library is hosting a Nature Writing Walk on June 14 while Pewaukee Public Library is holding a weekly walking program called "Pewalkers" every Thursday from June 23-July 28.

- Teens get to play mini-golf IN the library at Watertown Public Library on June 17.

Town Hall Library  will have an introductory yoga class for youth and adults on June 16.
At the Library: Food Truck Frenzy

This June, New Berlin Public Library will be the site for some excellent grub. Smokey O's Food Truck, a local favorite, will be parked at the library every Monday in June with a wide menu of inventive recipes and unique flavors for patrons to choose from for the library's Food Truck Frenzy. Chef Jeff Oberholtzer, a New Berlin native, is the founder of the Food Truck, which specializes in BBQ, smoked meat dishes like pork tacos and meatball subs, and delicious side dishes such as mac n' cheese. 

For every lunch purchased at the Food Truck, customers can stop into the library and receive a free raffle ticket for Adult Summer Reading Program prizes.  Ultimately, Food Truck Frenzy is a creative- and flavorful- example of a mutually beneficial partnership between the library and a beloved community business. 

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 jfuller@bridgeslibrarysystem.org 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

Library Buildings Workshop
Thursday, July 14
9:00-4:00 p.m.
Presenters: Various
Location: Franklin Public Library 
SEWI Library Directors' Retreat
Friday, August 26
9:00-4:00 p.m.
Presenters: Various
Location: Oak Creek Public Library
Registration Information coming soon!
Resource Highlight: Community Profiles
You have a program idea. You buy the materials, book the presenter, and schedule it into your Events calendar. You print flyers and post it on Facebook, hoping you get enough attendees. "Wouldn't it be nice," you think, "if patrons from all over the system could find our events in the catalog?" 

Well, they can! Community Profiles allows any of our libraries, as well as other non-profit organizations, to enter their programs and events into the CAFE catalog, where it can be searched under the Community tab by patrons looking for upcoming programs. Patrons can browse or search by keyword, like "storytime" or "nature program", and once they hit results, they can filter by library, subject, date, and more. It's a one-stop promotion tool that all libraries can benefit from!

Community Profiles allows your library to become the center of the community because it encourages community outreach between member libraries as well as between your library and other vital community organizations. Tell your partners and collaborators in the community about it; they will relish the opportunity to promote their events for free. Contact Mellanie (mmercier@wcfls.lib.wi.org) with any questions. 
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  jfuller@bridgeslibrarysystem.org  with all of your news and suggestions.