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Volume 2, Issue 11
December 2014
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 Director's Note


It's hard to believe we're about to turn the page on 2014.  The year was one of transition for WCFLS and we thank you for your support throughout.   Several exciting new services are being offered in 2015, Gale Courses and the Flipster e-magazine service.  We hope you'll use them and recommend them to all of your library patrons.   Wondering what other services we provide?  This year we added and updated information on our website in many areas, including the area that describes our services to member libraries.  You can find that here:  http://www.wcfls.org/services-for-member-libraries.php.  If you are wondering about an upcoming WCFLS meeting date, time, or location, you'll find that on our calendar.  We aren't updating our calendar with member library events anymore because we have the Community feature in CAF� that offers that service.  This makes our website calendar easier to navigate and WCFLS events are readily apparent.  The information about grants and charges to member libraries is kept up-to-date on our website as are all of our CE programs and many other professional development opportunities.  In short, the website is packed with information.  Don't forget to use it as a resource.  We are currently investigating changing our website to a more responsive design that affords us better control and ability to customize.  Stay tuned for more news on that in 2015. And, speaking of change, we're excited about the upcoming strategic planning effort that will take place in 2015.  We know it'll help us chart an effective path forward.   Happy holidays to everyone and we'll see you in 2015!

Connie Meyer, Director


Are you stumped?

Have a question you can't answer?  Never fear, resources are here!  If a patron has a particularly tricky question that you need help answering, contact the Waukesha Public Library for assistance.  
Children's Services: kidsref@waukesha.lib.wi.us
Adult and Teen Services: refemail@waukesha.lib.wi.us

Elsa and Anna visit the Menomonee Falls Public Library 
Frozen Fun!
Let it Go! Let it GO!

The Frozen sensation is sweeping the nation and landed at Menomonee Falls Public Library.  On December 6, kids and parents of the library had an opportunity to meet with the Princesses Anna and Elsa, participate in some Frozen themed crafts, and, to wrap it all up, watch the movie together.  The program was hugely successful with over a hundred attendees, many in their own Frozen costumes.  The Frozen program was created by Kim Kluge and Kris Stabo. Kim Kluge's motivation came from her time at the reference desk and story time stating, "I learned that so many children were huge fans of the movie; therefore, I knew this program would be popular and something that the patrons would really appreciate and enjoy."  The participants had a wonderful time creating memories that will last longer than snow. 
The holidays will be here and gone before we know it.  Look! Now it's January.  When you're finished celebrating all the festivities, be sure to check out the Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference.  This online conference is coordinated by the Nicolet Federated Library System and co-sponsored by the Wisconsin public library systems.  There are 10 sessions from which to choose.  Register for the ones you want, then sip a cup of hot cocoa while you sit and view them from your desk.
Janurary 21st & 22nd
Visit to learn more:


When we ask readers what they most want from their library catalog, discovering new books tops the list. More than a book inventory, they want book discovery, too. They crave ideas and inspiration. Watch below to see how NoveList Select helps readers discover books.

NoveList Select: Book Discovery in Your Library Catalog
NoveList Select: Book Discovery in Your Library Catalog


Member Libraries

Batches of updated member library directories will go out in January.  If additional copies are needed, please contact Sandy Jaeger and she will send them out to you on the van. 
Email:  skjaeger@wcfls.org


Many Thanks!

Alli Chase, Library Director of the Alice Baker Library in Eagle, accepted a $500 check from Nancy Wilhelm, Vice Commodore of the Eagle Spring Yacht Club.
Wilhelm commented, "On behalf of our organization, we want to acknowledge the importance of having a local library and all the benefits it brings to our Eagle Spring Lake families." Chase received the check with many thanks, stating, "Thank you for the generous donation and the continued support of the library by the Eagle Spring Yacht Club".

We are testing out Gale Courses in 2015:

Now's your chance to take a class!  


Gale Courses is now up and running! Gale Courses are free online classes sponsored by WCFLS.  Offering a wide variety of different classes, from digital photography to human anatomy, there is something for you and your patrons!  The program features over 300 classes, with new classes added monthly.  Whether you are looking to develop new skills, pursue an interest, prepare for the ACT, or acquire more job training, Gale Courses has it all!


To sign up, all you need is your library card.  All courses are instructor led and interactive.  The classes are all online, giving you the ability to learn at your own pace and on your own time.  No more excuses that school is too expensive or you don't have the time!  WCFLS has got you covered!    


For more information, to see a class catalog, or to sign-up.  Visit us at:  wcfls.org/Classes 


A marketing tool kit is now also available on the WCFLS website.  Please visit to start promoting the Gale Course program.



Dive In and Flip Through

Instant access to the most popular magazines. With Flipster, it's simple to select your favorite digital magazines from the Flipster newsstand and start reading.

Access anytime, anywhere

With Flipster you can read the latest issues of your favorite digital magazines on any mobile device.

Learn more at:

(shorter URL coming soon)

Weekly Magazines:  2 Day Check out

Monthly Magazines:  1 Week Check out

Online Browser Viewing Available

Coming to your library this January!  A marketing tool kit will be available soon.  Please look for it at http://www.wcfls.org/reference-resources.php?cat=347&title=Database%20Toolkits


Lake County Libraries 
Memory Project

The Lake Country Libraries Memory Project will launch next month on Fri, Jan. 30, 10:30 A.M-12 P.M. at the Pewaukee Public Library.

We encourage member library staff to attend this program to learn more about how libraries are offering a value-added service at their locations. 

This informational session is free and open to anyone interested in learning what it's like to have memory loss, how memory cafes came about, and what the libraries in Waukesha County are doing to offer a new service to its communities. More info can be found on www.librarymemoryproject.org.

Know someone that may be interested in learning more? Help us spread the word. Share this flyer: http://tinyurl.com/py7l8pf

Parking Update

The new parking machines do not allow you to use cash, coins, or tokens.

The new machines take credit/debit cards. You will pay when you exit.


When you enter, you will get a ticket. If you are visiting the WCFLS

office and parked in the ramp, please give us that ticket

and we'll give you a "chaser card" that you can use to exit the parking

ramp. We'll have a supply of pre-paid "chaser cards" on hand at all

times. That way you won't have to pay with your credit/debit card.


Please note that the entrance off of Grand Ave. is now closed.



Marketing Your Library

7 Ways to Craft your Facebook Posts for Maximum Shares

Learn how to attract more attention to your posts.  Choose
images that make people laugh, cry, or go "awww!  Keep
posts short, timely, and newsworthy!  

Social Media: Libraries Are Posting, But is Anyone Listening?

Are you posting, but have very little interactivity?  Maybe you aren't posting the right things, or maybe you're posting at the wrong time of day. 


Still Looking for What to Post?

This is a Pinterest page that features tons of interesting articles about libraries, books, and the digital age.  If your stumped on what to post, take a look!


Youth Services Corner

Develop Your Inner Superhero: Youth Services Programming Workshop 

Friday, January 23, 2015
8:30am to 12:00pm
New Berlin Public Library, 
Presenter: Marge Loch-Wouters, Youth Services Manager, LaCrosse Public Library 

It's easy to feel overwhelmed and overworked when planning and programming for kids. To remedy that, attend this workshop to...

  • Explore why we program
  • Discuss strategies for easier planning and effective scheduling
  • Get mighty suggestions on how to make your programs even more creative, kid-centered, and fun
Reserve your seat today!
Continuing Education Grants
Just a reminder that the 2015 WCFLS budget includes professional development grants for the libraries' staff.  Each library has been allocated $312.50 to be used for that purpose in 2015.  It can be used for conferences, individual classes, or training for professional growth.  Please contact Laurie Freund (ljfreund@wcfls.org) if you have any questions about whether an activity qualifies. 

Annual Reports for 2014

It's nearly time to begin work on the 2014 annual report.   As in the past, WCFLS will pre-populate member library annual reports with as much data as possible.   We expect the annual report website access to open in the third week of January.  Stays tuned for more information and, of course, feel free to contact Connie Meyer (cmeyer@wcfls.org) if you have any questions at any time throughout the annual reporting process.  Although an early heads up is in order, Connie reports she will be on vacation from January 30th through February 8th.  During that week she will be unavailable to answer questions.  (No cell phone or Internet access is allowed on this vacation!)  Back to work on February 9th, she'll be rested and ready for your questions.

CAF� Tips  
Please continue adding events to your community profiles!  WCFLS is no longer adding libraries' events to its website.  Searching Cafe is the only way to look at all the different libraries' events on the WCFLS website. 


Mark Your Calendar

Mock Awards for Caldecott, Newbery, Printz
Friday, January 9, 9 A.M.-1 P.M., Waukesha Public Library

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
January 21 & 22, Online Webinar Series 

Develop Your Inner Superhero: Youth Services Programming Workshop
Friday, January 23 8:30 A.M.-12 P.M., New Berlin Public Library

Lake Country Libraries Memory Project Kick-Off 
Friday, January 30 10:30 A.M.-12 P.M., Pewaukee Public Library
RSVP to 262-691-5670 ext. 925 or pwlib@pewaukee.lib.wi.us 
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Waukesha, WI 53186

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