April 2016
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Notes from Connie
by Bridges Director Connie Meyer

As you may know, this year's "The Sky's the Limit"  WAPL conference is right around the corner. It's slated for May 12 and 13 at Oshkosh. (Read more about it in this newsletter.) As you may NOT know, quite a few people from the Bridges Library System area are on the conference planning committee and have worked hard to put together an awesome conference for all the public libraries in Wisconsin. Waukesha Public Library staff on the committee include Karol Kennedy (marketing), Beth Bechtel  and Joan Quinlan  (registration) and Erin Shepard and  Shawn Carlson  (conference technology). As a third year director on the WAPL board, my role was planning the programs. I was fortunate to have the amazing assistance of the Bridges Library staff, in particular  Meg Henke,  who dove right in and helped with the countless administrative details. We tried to bring in some different types of programs such as an attorney, a LEAN trainer, and certified Real ColorsĀ® trainers. We tried some double sessions and repeat sessions. We've got several excellent authors thanks to Ruth Percy (of the Oshkosh Public Library who does programs for the Lakefly Writer's Conference ). Quite a few of our member library staffers will be presenting programs. We have a tour, an anniversary cake mini-party, and a full fledged beer-tasting party. We hope you'll consider attending for a day or for the entire conference. It's a great line-up, a beautiful venue, and you'll see plenty of friendly (and familiar) faces!
NOTEworthy News
Congrats, Memory Project! 

If you read this newsletter or follow our Facebook page, you've probably heard us talk about the  Library Memory Projects .
A partnership between eight Waukesha and Milwaukee County libraries, the two Memory Projects- Lake Country and Four Points- provide monthly social gatherings called Memory Cafes to those with early stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment and their care partners. From animal visits to sing-alongs to container gardening, the eight libraries involved with the Projects have worked hard to offer fun and accessible programs for those with memory loss. 

And apparently, the Alzheimer's Association-Wisconsin Chapter thinks so too. This month, Bridges Library System was informed that the Library Memory Projects were nominated and selected for the
Outstanding Organization Award of the Wisconsin's Outstanding Caregiver AwardsThe award "recognizes an organization, agency, or institution that has chosen as its mission the development of exceptional programs and/or services to benefit the Alzheimer's community." Prior recipients of this award include the Bader Foundation and Aging & Disability Resource Center.  

Angela Meyers will be accepting the award on behalf of the Bridges Library System and Library Memory Project members on May 2nd in the Wisconsin Dells at the Alzheimer's Association Wisconsin Chapter Network State Conference. About the Project, Angela says, "The libraries have worked really hard to understand the unique need for these programs for those living with a diagnosis of dementia. It has stretched our libraries in ways unimaginable two years ago. We are now sharing staff, resources, and support like never before. We are truly grateful to be recognized in this way by the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin."

Congratulations to the Library Memory Projects!
The Sky's the Limit at WAPL

N ext month, librarians all over the state are "flying" off to the 2016 Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Conference in Oshkosh. This year's theme, "The Sky's the Limit," points to the future as the Wisconsin Library Association marks its 125th anniversary. 

Highlights of the conference include a keynote address by Michelle Frisque, the Chief of Technology, Content and Innovation at the Chicago Public Library; a presentation by Matthew J. Hefti, Wisconsin author of the acclaimed book A Hard and Heavy Thing ; and a presentation by the New York Times bestselling author of the new memoir The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women,  Elizabeth Koehler-Penticoff. 

Sessions on teen and youth services, keeping staff safe, data visualization, marketing and design, RA round-ups, and more are all part of the conference line-up. Registration is now open. We'll see you there!
Notes from the Field: PLSR Project
by Pewaukee Public Library director Jennie Stoltz 

On March 9th and 10th, the individuals selected as Leads and Facilitators
for the Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Project workgroups met in DeForest, WI for orientation and training.  The nine workgroups are Chapter 43, Consulting, Continuing Education, Delivery, Electronic Resources, ILL, ILS, Resource Libraries, and Technology. There are two individuals from the Bridges Library System who were selected as Facilitators.  Jennie Stoltz , Director of the Pewaukee Public Library, is the Facilitator for the Continuing Education workgroup while Karol Kennedy , Assistant Director at the Waukesha Public Library, is the Facilitator for the Consulting workgroup. 
 
The majority of the time was spent selecting 5-7 additional team members for each group, creating a list of questions for each specific service that will go to library systems both in Wisconsin and out of state, creating a broad vision for each specific service, and making lists of challenges that could occur while trying to work toward the vision (including ideas for things that could help overcome these challenges).
 
All in all it was an extremely productive day-and-a-half and the individuals involved were enthusiastic, optimistic, and worked well together. The focus of this project will be to improve quality of library services across the state and to find opportunities for collaboration. It is expected that the project will take one to two years. Information about the workgroups and the PLSR Project can be found at this website: http://www.plsr.info/.

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. 
L.D. Fargo Public Library
by director Gerard Saylor

The L.D. Fargo Library's Gothic Revival architecture is a draw to visitors of downtown Lake Mills. The stone building's imposing elevation and steeply pitched roof are a stand out on the downtown square. The building's unique look draws out-of-town visitors throughout the year. The building opened in 1902 after a three year building project that cost $8,00. There was a further addition in 1965, a major fire and reconstruction in 1980, and an interior renovation in 2013 that covered almost all of our 11,460 square feet.

The city of Lake Mills has 6,000 residents and the towns of Lake Mills, Milford, and Aztalan give us a total service population of about 10,000 people. Lake Mills's position on Interstate 94 means we are the home for many commuting workers to both Madison and Milwaukee. Like most public libraries, we have a high demand for children's materials and our DVD and music collections are going strong. 

We have 11 staff (5.5 FTE) and are open 64 hours a week. Programming has increased and improved over the past couple years and we have three staff members covering children, young adults, and adults. The almost-completed strategic plan will emphasize programming and the marketing of library services. The library might be expanding in a couple years - we'll wait on that capital budget. We don't serve coffee.

Visit the L.D. Fargo Public Library's website for more.
Oconomowoc Public Library
by director Betsy Bleck

The Oconomowoc Public Library is one of the oldest libraries in Wisconsin. It began as a private association in 1870, and became a public library in 1893.

A notable feature of the Oconomowoc Public Library is the griffins standing at its entrance. Griffins are half eagle and half lion. They are said to guard precious treasures, making them the perfect sentinels for the library. The griffins have quite a colorful history, as they once stood outside a house of ill repute in Chicago (where they had red lights glowing atop their heads). After stints in front of "Dime Store Museums" in Chicago, John Ringling's Side Show Box Office, and Oconomowoc's Draper Hall, the griffins found their 'forever home' at the library in 1968. They have since moved inside the library's entryway, and casts of the originals stand outside. This winter, the outdoor griffins were 'yarn-bombed' by a mysterious local knitter.

What's beyond the mythological creatures at our doorstep? The library is offering several new programs this year, which our community has really embraced: Adult Coloring Club has been a hit, as has our English as a Second Language Conversation Group, and "BYOD: Bring Your Own Device," where patrons learn how to get started with Overdrive.

In the children's department, our Youth Services Librarian Caitlin Schaffer
maintains an ambitious programming schedule, including a monthly storytime at our local senior living facility, Shorehaven. The residents and kids enjoy the opportunity to interact with one another, and their smiles are priceless proof of this program's value. Another fun fact of our library storytimes: Retired staff members Anne Olson and Emalou Sandsmark have been doing a puppet show at the end of storytime for over 35 years (35!). Anne's principal puppet personality is the sassy "Gotcha Bird," while Emalou plays the sweet-but-beleaguered "Freddy the Frog."  Other popular programs for youth include 'tween "Tech and Tinker" and teen "Maker Monday," which are hands-on, collaborative, and fun.

Most of all, the library strives to do what all the libraries in our system do - to understand our community's needs, and to meet those needs in a place where folks feel comfortable and welcome.

Find out more about Oconomowoc Public Library on their website.
#librarylife
National Library Week
 
April 10-16 marks National Library Week and this year's theme is ALA's Libraries Transform campaign. ALA offers an amazing toolkit for libraries to use, which includes editable graphics and posters, hashtags, bookmarks, and more. So are you doing a display? Program? Photobooth? Twitter campaign? Let us know and we'll feature it in next month's newsletter.

(The photo at left is part of the Waukesha Public Library's Libraries Transform display near their circulation desk. Answering "How has the library transformed your life?" the yellow butterfly reads "The first public space that I felt was a second home. Thanks Waukesha Public!")
At the Library: Delafield's Inspiration Station 

In February, Delafield Public Library unveiled a new Inspiration Station in their children's area. Geared towards pre-kindergartners, the Inspiration Station provides an opportunity for imaginative play, with different themes that are changed out every 4-6 weeks. The first theme was Bakery,  with pretend baked goods and baking tools. 


This month, the theme is Pet Hospital, where kids can treat sick stuffed animals using vet instruments like a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, and syringe. Upcoming themes include Train Station, Science Lab, Farmers Market, and Restaurant. The station was partly funded by the Orbis Corporation in Oconomowoc and last year's Bridges Library System's Early Literacy grant. Children's librarian Judy Becker says that while the area makes a bit more work for her staff, "the happy noises from our Early Literacy Corner and positive comments from the caregivers make it all worthwhile."

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.
Promotions Listserv

Are you in charge of your library's Facebook page? Do you make the posters for your upcoming programs? Then the new Promotions listserv is for you!

The Promotions listserv will be a way for us to share designs, ask questions, and get advice on marketing, graphic design, social media, and all of the other ways we promote our libraries. It will be informative, creative, and fun!

You can sign up at this link and you can email your fellow listserv members at this address: promotions@wcfls.lib.wi.us. We already have quite a few members so thank you to everyone who has signed up so far!
Your Toolkit
Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities

Rosetta Stone Training
Learn the ins and outs of Rosetta Stone after attending this free, one-hour training session, presented by the Account Executive for Libraries, Leyna Damico. If you can, bring a tablet or laptop for some hands-on fun! Sign up here!
Thursday, April 21
Delafield Public Library
1:30-2:00 p.m.

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Data Visualization: Turning Data into Visual Statements
Thursday, April 28
Session 1: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Session 2 (repeat of Session 1): 1:00-4:00 pm 
Presenter: Stef Morrill, WiLS
Location: Computer Room, New Berlin Public Library
Register for Session 1 here
Register for Session 2 here

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NoveList Webcast
How does your library RA? Are you leveraging all your staff's skill sets? Learn how to move RA from "other duties as assigned" to an embraced role and service at this free webcast from NoveList. Their panel of experts will share their experiences and how they empowered  all  staff to help  all  kinds of readers.
Thursday, April 14
1:00-2:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Teen Think Tank (Rescheduled)

Do you serve teens at your library? Bridges Library System has formed a new Teen Think Tank just for you. Get ideas, share stories, and get inspired at the first (rescheduled) meeting on Friday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. at the Delafield Public Library. Any and all library staff who work with teens are welcome to attend. Come prepared with one question and one program idea to share with the group. Please RSVP to Angela Meyers
at ameyers@bridgeslibrarysystem.org.

Database Highlight: Rosetta Stone
 
Your patrons may have multiple reasons for learning a language- a job, an upcoming trip, a class requirement- and Rosetta Stone covers all of them. 

Rosetta Stone is available to your patrons at home or in the library. They need their library card number to access it, and an email address to create a free account. They can choose from over 30 languages, including French, Italian, Korean, and Swahili. The "curriculum" is broken into units and then into lessons; patrons can go forward or backward in their lessons as needed. Rosetta Stone emphasizes both listening to and speaking the words. Lessons cover pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing. 

Learn more about how Rosetta Stone works so that you can help your patrons use it at our upcoming Rosetta Stone training workshop on Thursday, April 21. Get more information and sign up here.
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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. 
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