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Volume 2, Issue 5
May 2014
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Director's Note 
Marion Onesti Receives 2014 Citizen of the Year Award, City of New Berlin

In April, WCFLS board member, Marion Onesti, was honored as the New Berlin Citizen of the Year. Such a well deserved honor!  When I read in the press release and saw all the ways that Marion has contributed I was amazed.  She helped the New Berlin Library's Friends of the Library incorporate as a 501(c)(3), serves on the New Berlin Public Library board and donates over 400 volunteer hours per year there as well. In addition she helps us by serving as a WCFLS trustee. People who contribute in such meaningful ways make a profound difference for our libraries. Libraries need to connect with their communities to be successful and Marion serves as a shining example. People who care enough to commit their time and talents to make things happen are exactly who libraries need on board.


Congratulations, Marion. We are so happy that the city of New Berlin publicly honored you in this way!



Library Services Specialist Claudia Backus to Retire
After 22 years of service to Waukesha County Federated Library System (WCFLS), Claudia Backus is retiring. 

Claudia has her masters degree from UW-Madison's School of Library & Information Science. She originally aspired to be an archivist and completed fieldwork at the Wisconsin Historical Society, but soon learned she was allergic to dust so a change in plans was in order!

Following graduation, Claudia and her husband Steve set down roots in Milwaukee and began raising their three children Micah, Genevieve and Emily. Claudia worked part-time as a Children's Librarian at Oak Creek Public Library before coming to WCFLS in 1992. She noted that "Working in a system is different; it allows you to see the scope of library service. When you are working in a library, you are so busy serving patrons and planning your next program that the big picture sometimes gets lost." 

When Claudia came on board at WCFLS, she was the part-time children's coordinator for the member libraries. The job changed and expanded over the years and now is full-time and includes assistant director duties. 

When asked about her most memorable moment was as a librarian, Claudia noted her facilitation of the Waukesha County Reads program featuring the The Giver. She felt honored to introduce the author Lois Lowry at the "sold out" event at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center in Brookfield. There are other memorable moments of course. Just ask Claudia about Nancy Pearl and J.K. Rowling.

While Claudia remembers the good times at WCFLS, she has much to look forward to in retirement. She plans to spend a lot of time at her family's cabin near Eagle, garden, and visit her children who all live out of state. 

Before parting, Claudia has the following words of advice to new library professionals, "Embrace change, strive for work-life balance, get involved in professional associations like the Wisconsin Library Association. Forging relationships with people in the community and in your profession make it all worth while."

The staff of WCFLS wish Claudia all the best in her retirement! We hope to see you at Claudia's retirement party on Friday, May 30 at Frame Park in Waukesha. Drop in between 4 and 7. RSVP's welcome! 
Services for Special Populations
Hearing Loop. Don't forget to put Monday, June 9th at 1 p.m. on your calendar. Dr. Juliette Sterkens will be at the Waukesha Civic Theater to share her knowledge with us and demonstrate how hearing loops can greatly improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss. More info & registration.

Memory Caf� Workshop. A library workshop will be held to introduce the idea of memory caf�s on Thursday, June 19 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Pewaukee Public Library. Library staff and interested not-for-profit community organizations are invited to learn about Alzheimer's disease and brain health, the importance of social-based programs for those with memory loss, and how the Neenah Public Library coordinates a memory caf� held at their location. Visit the WCFLS web site for more info and to register.  

Continuing Education
In-person and Online Continuing Education Opportunities 
WCFLS CE, WISPUBLIB, LibraryJournal, WebJunction, Infopeople, and Wisconsin-based CE. What do all these have in common? Email messages jamming up your inbox! Information about continuing education opportunities has been consolidated on the WCFLS web site http://www.wcfls.org/continuing-education.php. The WCFLS CE page will help to eliminate the hassle of sorting through your inbox to find a workshop announcement! 
WLA Foundation Scholarships
Are you hoping to attend a workshop, conference, or other library continuing education program within or outside Wisconsin? Going back to school for a master's degree? The Wisconsin Library Association Foundation supports several annual scholarships for library education and continuing education for WLA members and prospective or continuing students. Applications are due by June 15, 2014, and the eligibility requirements, forms and instructions are available online
Kid's Corner
PSAs for SLP!
Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has public service announcements you may use to publicize your SLP program. The 2014 public service announcement created by the CSLP can be viewed on YouTubeTo download the video and audio files in English or Spanish, you must log in to the member section of the CSLP website and click on "Proprietary Downloads." Create an CSLP member account here.
CAF� Tips  

Checkout Receipt Message: You can add a limited-time message to your checkout receipt to promote an upcoming program. (e.g. Book Sale June 6-7, Author Jerry Apps visits the XYZ Library on June 21 at 7pm). To add a custom message, go to circulation, options, then receipt printer options tab. 


Searching Tip: If you are using CafePlus (*federated search) and ReferenceUSA, and you are searching for more than one term at a time, you will need to put the words in quotations or it will not find any results. For example, typing in Apple computers has zero hits, but if you type"Apple computers" you will get results. 


*Federated Search is an information retrieval technology that allows the simultaneous search of multiple resources. 

Marketing Your Library
The following news bits would be perfect for the Waukesha Freeman or your local paper:
  • Staff anniversaries - 10, 15, 20 years. Most people like recognition! 
  • Submit a picture and story of the first child who completes the 1000 Books before Kindergarten program (with the parents permission).
  • Send in a press release about a staff member who has been selected for a Board or Committee.
  • Has ebook usage been on the rise? What other 
    e-services does the library offer? 
  • Does your library serve the homebound or make deliveries to assisted living homes? This kind of information really lends itself well in a world that asks, "Do we really need libraries anymore?"
  • Are you planning a huge event and want to make sure everyone possible knows about it? Get a press release to your local newspaper and describe what they might see at this event and briefly include details. Your occasional library users or non-users won't see that flyer in-house. 


Nature Backpack for Families Available at the New Berlin Public Library

by Melissa Binder, New Berlin Public Library

The New Berlin Public Library was one of 17 libraries in the state who received a family nature backpack from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this spring. This pilot project is funded through a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation.


In the nifty blue woodland critter backpack from L.L.Bean, families will find materials like animal track cards, leaf rubbing plates, a bug magnifying viewer, a magnifying glass, nature discovery cards and a laminated folding reference field guide for Wisconsin. There are also several books and publications from the DNR including: Tracks, Scats, and Signs by Leslie Dendy, Good-Night, Owl! by Pat Hutchins, Look What I Did With a Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi, Insects by Clarence Cottam, Wild About Wisconsin Birds by Adele Porter, Mammals of Wisconsin by Stan Tekiela. A Trees of Wisconsin Field guide and Wisconsin wildlife species trading cards are also included. 


The backpack can be found in the CAFE catalog by searching "family nature backpack" or "outdoor explorer backpack" and can be checked out for two weeks.

Alexander checked out the family nature backpack from New Berlin Public Library

If your library is interested in creating its own backpack like this, you can contact Janet Hutchens at the DNR for information on ordering contents. Her contact information is: 608-261-8453 or janet.hutchens@wisconsin.gov

Planning Ahead 
Read to Red Carpet library display poster. Free and downloadable
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults. Now through August 13th, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week - a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required 
summer reading title. There is even a free toolkit to help promote the program! 


Bring Kohl's Wild Theater to You Kohl's Wild Theater will travel to festivals, schools, and community events within a one-hour radius of the Zoo, free of charge. Performances are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Julie B. at the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, (414) 258-2333, or KWT@zoosociety.org for available dates. For more information, go to wildtheater.org (Source: Zoological Society of Milwaukee Wild Things June 2014).    


Wisconsin Center for the Book - Speakers Bureau Grants Available Wisconsin Center for the Book invites communities to celebrate and explore the literature of Wisconsin authors and illustrators through a Speakers Bureau grant. The Speakers Bureau grant funds a stipend for a speaker hosted by a non-profit community organization. Organizations sponsoring a talk by a Wisconsin* writer or book artist (illustrator, designer, etc.) are eligible to apply. Applications [.docx] are due June 15, 2014. 

Mark Your Calendar
2014 International Children's and Young Adult Literature Celebration: Muslim Journeys 
June 7, Madison. More info
American Library Association (ALA) Conference 
June 26-July 1, Las Vegas


Trustee & Friends Celebration Dinner
October 1, Tuscan Hall Banquet Center, Waukesha
Back in Circulation Again, a national conference for circulation managers and staff
October 6-7, Madison. More info
Sheboygan Children's Book Festival
October 10-12, Sheboygan More info

Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Converence 
November 4-7, Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells 
Waukesha County Federated Library System
831 N. Grand Avenue #220
Waukesha, WI 53186

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