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Volume 3, Issue 3
March 2015
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Director's Note

Spring is a time of growth and this is the case in the WCFLS office this year.  In December, WCFLS and other neighboring library systems were approached by the eight libraries in Jefferson County about the possibility of having them join their library system.  In late January, a Jefferson County committee met with each system to gather information to help them make a decision about whether to leave their current library system and join another.  In the middle of February, the Jefferson County Library Board decided to continue discussions with WCFLS about joining our library system. 


At the March WCFLS board meeting a resolution was passed "to move forward with the process of allowing Jefferson County to join with Waukesha County in the creation of a new two county library system."  The board also set the buy-in cost for the Jefferson County libraries for joining our CAFÉ automation system.  This information, as well as information about other system costs, has been given to the Jefferson County Library Board. They will meet to determine if they wish to move forward with the process to withdraw from Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System and join WCFLS.

Should Jefferson County decide to move forward, they must notify all affected parties of their decision to withdraw from their current library system, by July 1st in order to take effect at the end of this year.  Before the July 1st deadline, each municipality that has a library will need to have its municipal governing body vote on this matter along with attaining the Jefferson County Board of Supervisor's approval.  Statute requires that 80% of the population represented by libraries must approve the change, so the decision to withdraw from one library system and join another has a very tall bar to clear.  Should they be successful in their process, the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors would vote in June regarding transitioning to a two county library system. 


As with any gardening project, lots of work and cultivation needs to occur to achieve growth.  Plants need light, water and constant maintenance--just like libraries need library systems for support, collaboration and leadership.  Stay tuned for future reports on the progress of our potential growth.  We are excited about the possibilities!


The Jefferson County libraries are:  Dwight Foster Public Library (Fort Atkinson), Jefferson Public Library, Johnson Creek Public Library, L.D. Fargo Public Library (Lake Mills), Powers Memorial Library (Palmyra), Karl Junginger Memorial Library (Waterloo), Watertown Public Library and the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library (Whitewater). 


By the numbers:


Waukesha County

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New Gale Courses Post-Up!


WCFLS received a new Gale Courses post-up to assist in the promotion of the program.  The post-up will make its debut at the Mukwonago High School Junior Night on March 25th.  The dimensions are 3'x7'.  If you would like to display the post-up in your library or at an outreach event, please email Julia Heiser at JHeiser@wcfls.org.  


Lake Country Libraries Memory Project Update

The second of 11 memory cafés in 2015 was held at the Hartland Public Library, on March 6th, and coordinated by staffers Nancy Massnick and Jan Jansen.  Memory cafes are social engagement opportunities for those with memory loss and their care partner. There were 25 participants at the memory café with the majority coming in pairs. Also, staff from the Pewaukee Public Library, Delafield Public Library, WCFLS, the Alzheimer's Association, and ADRC of Waukesha County pitched in to make it a success.  The next memory café will be held at the Hartland Public Library on Friday, April 3 from 10:30 a.m. - noon.  For more info visit  www.librarymemoryproject.org.
Memory Project Coordinators (Left to Right):   JoAnne Stockhausen & Beth Savagian (Pewaukee Public Library); Marcy Gibbons (Delafield Public Library); and Nancy Massnick & Jan Jansen (Hartland Public Library)

A group of participants working on a zentangle project. Zentangles turns drawings into artistic design while reducing stress and improving focus. 

The 13th Annual Waukesha County Kids' Choice Award Announced
The winner of the 13th Annual Waukesha County  Kids' Choice Award  goes to  Out of My Mind  by Sharon M. Draper! 

The runner-ups are  One and Only Ivan  by Katherine Applegate and  Because of Mr. Terupt  by Rob Buyea.

The Kids' Choice Award, a program of the Waukesha County Federated Library System, encourages children in grades 4 through 6 to read for leisure. It is a structured program that provides public libraries and schools the opportunity to work together on 
promoting and engaging student readers.



The Kids' Choice program has had its ups (1500 votes in 2013) and downs (683 in 2014) in voting over the years. A committee of school and library staff was formed in the spring of 2014 to evaluate the future of the program. The committee had faith that the program could be revived and a few modifications were suggested for the Kids' Choice program for its 13th year. For example, in the former program, kids would read 5 or more books and receive just one vote. In the new program, kids are encouraged to read 3 or more books, and depending on how many books they read, they were given additional opportunities to vote. Read 3 books, cast 1 vote; read 6 books, cast 2 votes and so on. Stickers that read "I voted: Kids Vote too!" were offered. Students received a sticker just like adults do when they vote. The last big change was that we moved the voting to mid-March to avoid the conflict with the February Battle of the Books. All of these changes paid off and the votes prove it!


This year, 33 schools participated and three public libraries hosted voting on-site. There were 1,146 responses received online and 697 received on paper. Next year's Kids' Choice program has received 721 book nominations. The voting reading respondents break down as follows:  734 respondents read at least 3 books, 260 read at least 6 books, 97 read at least 9 books, 38 read at least 12 books, and 17 read all 15 books on the list! Votes by grade (recorded online only) were as follows: 4th Grade 272 (23.73%), 5th Grade 341 (29.76%), and 6th Grade 533 (46.51%).

A Kids' Choice Nominations Committee will meet at the Pewaukee Public Library in mid-April. Stay tuned for more details.

Get in the Hearing Loop @ Your Library

WCFLS has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant in the amount of $19,968 to partially fund meeting room hearing loops. Hearing loops are a cost-effective, convenient and invisible way to provide hearing assistance to patrons using hearing aids or cochlear implants.  The grant project will fund hearing loop systems for meeting rooms at six member libraries including:  Brookfield, Delafield, Pewaukee, Oconomowoc, Muskego and Waukesha.  The participating libraries will be responsible for 35% of the project cost.  Angela Meyers from WCFLS will coordinate the project including hearing loop installation, ensuring library staff receive proper training, and providing best practice information on using the hearing loop. WCFLS will create and distribute hearing loop promotional materials.

Volunteers Needed!


Looking for something fun to do this summer?  Want to tell the world about all the cool things going on at the libraries in Waukesha County?

Join us by volunteering your time at a booth at the Waukesha County Fair.  The fair runs July 15th-19th.  Shifts are 3 or 3.5 hours in length. As thanks, WCFLS will pay for your admission and parking.

 Click Here to sign-up

1000 Books Before Kindergarten App Project

The 1000 Books before Kindergarten App project began in June 2013 with a phone call to the new App Brewery (a part of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee). The App Brewery had recently formed to give students an opportunity to build apps for real clients while getting invaluable experience and a wage. Angela Meyers contacted the App Brewery to ask if they would be interested in creating an app for the 1000 Books before Kindergarten program. The answer was a resounding 'yes!'

The development process has been long but worth the effort in the end.  This app is one of only a handful of mobile apps with an early literacy purpose. The app is set to launch and enter app stores on March 30. Angela Meyers will create a FAQ document for library staff regarding the various app screens and features. Also, a press release will be available soon!

To see a video of the various screens of the app using an iOS Simulator, click here. (This video has no sound).

If you haven't looked at the SEWI CE Opportunities web pages, be sure to take a peak.  You'll find that it now has a more regional look.  These continuing education pages are for staffs in all the public libraries in our Southeastern Wisconsin (SEWI) area, which encompasses the following library systems:  Eastern Shores, Kenosha County, Lakeshores, Mid-Wisconsin, Milwaukee County and Waukesha County.   In-person opportunities in the region are listed as well as available webinars.  If you like to plan ahead, check out the additional listings for future months. New items are constantly being added.  Be sure to check out the other CE pages (Archives, CE Survey Results, and Director Certification) under the "Professional Development" tab, located in the bar near the top of the page.  

New grant offering from ALA and NEH

"Latino Americans: 500 Years of History"



Latinos have a long and fascinating history in the United States dating back more than 500 years. Explore the rich stories, diverse cultures and painful clashes that have so powerfully shaped Latino lives and the nation. 


Apply by May 1 at www.ala.org/latinoamericans 


Up to 200 selected sites will receive: 


-          Latino Americans, an award-winning, six-part documentary series created for PBS, with public performance rights.


-          Cash grants of $3,000 to $10,000 to support a Latino Americans: 500 Years of History program series (public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects, performances and more).

Planning for the 2015 Spring WAPL Conference is rolling right along!

Make sure to mark your calendar for May 6th - 8th so that you can Ride the Rapids of Change with us in Wisconsin Rapids!


30-Minute Thursday: Persuasion at the Library (webinar)

Thursday, April 9; 2:00pm

Presented by: Bradley Shipps,

Outagamie Waupaca Library System


What makes a message persuasive? How can you frame communication so that it prompts people to take action? Social psychologist Robert Cialdini identified six universal principles of persuasion in his 1984 book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. We'll explore ways to apply the science of persuasion to library communications.


Register Here


YSS Powerhouse Presents: School Age Programming (webinar)

Wednesday, April 29; 1:00pm
Presented by: 
  • Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library
  • Sarah Cournoyer, Horicon Public Library
  • Katie Kiekhaefer, Whitefish Bay Public Library
  • Alexandra Jennelle-Collins, Brewer Public Library
Wisconsin youth services librarians share successful programs for elementary age children. Includes on and off-site programs, tips on what made the programs work, pitfalls and successes.
Positive Thoughts

"In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim."

-Linton Weeks

Mark Your Calendar

WCFLS Strategic Planning
May 15, New Berlin Public Library (Time to be Announced)

WAPL Conference
May 6th-8th
25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act Celebration & Information Session
Featuring guest speakers from IndependenceFirst & Vision Forward
Wednesday, May 27, 9:00am @ Waukesha Public Library
Co-hosted by WCFLS and Waukesha Public Library
Waukesha County Federated Library System
741 N. Grand Avenue #210
Waukesha, WI 53186

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