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Volume 2, Issue 10
November 2014
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Connie, her husband Jim, & grand baby Ruby
 Director's Note


  As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to express my           gratitude to the WCFLS staff and board members as           well  as to all of our library directors and staff members.     It's  been a year of change in many ways.  Some of the     changes have been small; others have been significant.     I'm thankful that everyone has been so open to ideas         and possibilities.  Our 2015 budget includes a re-               prioritization of funding to meet the evolving needs of our     libraries.  As a result, we are headed into an exciting           year.  Some of the great things to look forward to:

  • Our libraries will have an e-magazine service for the first time.
  • Our libraries will offer instructor-led online classes that will be available to any Waukesha County citizen with a CAF� library card.
  • Our libraries will receive grants and services in support of our early literacy effort.
  • We'll have a 1000 books before kindergarten app in the marketplace very soon.
  • Our libraries will be able to use a new web-based automation system called LEAP which will provide numerous exciting benefits.
  • Our staff will be able to operate in a great new space for about half the cost of our old office location.

It takes hard work to keep moving forward.  So many people worked diligently all year to meet our goals and make things happen.  The level of teamwork I observed was inspiring.  Which reminds me of a quote I love by Steve Maraboli, "Teamwork: I find it fascinating that a snowflake, by itself, can be so delicate; but when they team-up, they can close-down an entire city."

Thanks, team!
Connie Meyer, Director

Adult Programming Presenters

Just booked an awesome presenter?  SHARE IT! 
Please contribute to the adult programming presenters spread sheet. This is an easy way to find great performers and to leave a little feedback.  

Image of Sydney provided by Jenny Wegener

Sometimes the stars align and a new program seems destined to happen.  Here, at the Pewaukee Public Library, we were fortunate to have this happen in the Spring of 2014.

1. On March 21st, I attended the Growing Wisconsin Readers Early Literacy Symposium and was, once again, inspired by the fabulous Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD and his great talk about Reach Out and Read.

2. The next day, I represented the library at the Community Fair organized by the Pewaukee Parent-Teacher Organization.   We have participated in this great event for several years because it is a wonderful way to reach new residents and parents that have overlooked library services.  At the Community Fair, I met Dr. Stephanie Whitt, of the Pewaukee Pediatrics office.  I mentioned that I had just been to a great early literacy event, asked her if she knew about Reach Out and Read, and that I thought maybe we could develop some sort of partnership.  She was enthusiastic about the possibility.

3.  Sydney D., a terrific teen patron, had also stopped by the library that spring to discuss doing a volunteer project with the library for her Silver Award.  Until the, we hadn't been able to come up with a project that fit the requirements for the Silver Award, but the idea of a partnership with the Pediatrics office to promote early literacy had promise.  I then created a partnership plan that outlined the duties of each of the partners:  The Pewaukee Public Library, the Pewaukee Pediatrics Group, and volunteer Sydney.  Pewaukee Pediatrics physicians would share early literacy information with parents and caregivers during routine visits, using the Reach Out and Read site as a guide.  The pediatric office also provides an area to house a selection of books, comfortable chairs, and a child-sized table.

The Library provides Pewaukee Pediatrics with a set of approximately 25 new or like new, books for families to share in the waiting area.  For health reasons, and to keep the selection appealing, the books are replaced regularly.  These books are obtained via donations to the Friends of the Pewaukee Public Library or bought with program funds from Scholastic FACE.  We place stickers on the books to identify them as provided by the library and offer literacy tips.  Growing Wisconsin Readers Early Literacy. Growing Wisconsin Readers Early Literacy brochures and library program information are also put on display.

Sydney, our volunteer, is responsible for sorting out books to take, placing stickers on the books, and delivering them to the pediatrics office.  She is also in charge of removing the used books and making sure the brochures are filled and up-to-date.  Sydney is so enthusiastic about the partnership that she is in the process of contacting other area pediatric offices to extend the program.

I am looking forward to talking with the Pediatric staff early next year to hear if they have heard any feedback about the books and resources.  Placing the books in the waiting room seems like a small step but if just a few parents learn more about early literacy and the library, it will create a definite impact.

Jenny Wegener, Head of Youth Services
Pewaukee Public Library, Pewaukee WI  

WCFLS Open House

Thank you everyone for coming!  We were so glad to show off our new office to so many people. Hope everyone had a great time! Visitors are always welcome! 

Continuing Education

Book 'Em:  Find it, Read it, Talk about it

Franklin Public Library is hosting the Book 'Em: Find it, Read it, Talk about it program on December 3rd, 9A.M.- 4P.M.  The program is broken down into three sessions.


Session 1:  Readers Advisory Services and Teen Readers 9A.M.-12P.M.

Jessica E. Moyer, PhD provides an overview of RA services with a focus on the unique needs of teen readers including working with teen readers who enjoy adult genre fiction


Session 2:  Put Your Face in a Book! Pinmission Accomplished!: Taking Readers' Advisory to Social Media 1P.M.-2:30P.M.

Jacki Potratz, Kristina Gomez, and Brett Rohlwing guide you on techniques to wow your patrons with your reader advisory through facebook and pintrest.


Session 3:  Why Talk About Books? 2:45P.M.- 4-15P.M.

Gary Warren Niebuhr talks about the important of strong leaders in a book discussion.  He is here to help you master the techniques of organizing a group, getting participants, selecting titles, and guiding the discussion.  


For more information and to sign up please click the following the link. Sign up!


It's Back!

10 Programs. 2 Days. Loads of Wild Fun.


Registration is now open.


Additional Education Courses
New Continuing Education Online Courses have been posted for Winter 2015

REVISED! Spanish for the Library
Monthly self-paced tutorial, begins the 1st of each month
Fee $60, 1.2 CEU


NEW! Copyright in Libraries
January 26 - March 6

Fee $200, 2.0 CEU 


Power Children's Programming on a Budget
January 26 - March 6

Fee $200, 2.0 CEU

Personnel Management
February 2 - March 6

Fee $125, 1.6 CEU


Marketing Your Library

Library Marketing Words to Avoid (30-minute webinar)

Tuesday, November 24; 2 pm 

Presented by: Jamie Matczak, Continuing Education Coordinator

Whether you are writing a Facebook post, composing a tweet, creating a press release or brainstorming copy for a flyer, there are certain words that are buzz kills when it comes to marketing your library.  Words to avoid and what could be used instead will be discussed.  Some of them might surprise you! Register! 

12 Fast and Inexpensive Ways to Market Your Library

Want to get more people talking about your library? Check out these marketing tips to get more people through the door!


Marketing Libraries is like Marketing Mayonnaise 

Marketing is a continuous effort.  Building awareness is far more effective than pop promotions.  


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 library's events on the WCFLS website. 

Banners are a great tool to let your users know what's going on at your library. They are displayed under the search bar and above the content carousel. These are an easy and efficient way to market what's happening at your library.  If you would like to take advantage of this tool please contact Mellanie Mercier.  


New eReader Brochures
Updated eReader brochures are available for download.  Three brochures are available detailing eBook check out on Kindles, through ePub, and on tablets.  Please download and add your library's contact info.  

The brochures are available at: 



Mark Your Calendar

Book 'Em:  Find it, Read it, Talk about it
Wednesday December 3rd 9 A.M.- 4 P.M. 
Franklin Public Library

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

Summer Library Program Workshop featuring Marge Loch-Wouters! Save the date!
Friday, January 23 8:30 A.M.-12 P.M., New Berlin Public Library

Lake Country Libraries Memory Project Kick-Off 
Guest speakers John McFadden and Lynda Markut, 
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 
Youth Services Corner
Overdrive Kids and Teens Reading Rooms are Open! 
                                        Checkout the new reading rooms on Overdrive!

Correction:  October 2014
Barb Draeger's last name was spelled incorrectly in the piece congratulating her as the new director.  Congratulations again Barb!  Sorry for the typo!



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