...News You Can Use
Volume 2, Issue 3
March 2014
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Director's Note

Not long ago I was shopping and discovered a charming board book with an integrated fingerpuppet-the most adorable little puppy. As I examined the book and thought about how fun it would be to read that at a story-time, my mind wandered to the past. I remembered that look of surprise on the faces of children as I read to them during my years as a children's librarian. I thought wistfully about reading to my young children. I know that reading to our children is not only important, it's critical.  Research shows that the brains of our youngest are the most pliable and ready for learning. Reading to young children makes a profound difference in setting a child on a positive learning path. 


Early Childhood Learning and Literacy Day
March 5, 2014

WCFLS celebrated Early Childhood Learning and Literacy Day on March 5th. County Executive, Dan Vrakas, issued a proclamation designating that day as a countywide celebration to highlight the importance of reading to our children. County Board Chairman, Paul Decker, made a visit to Pewaukee Public Library storytime to read the proclamation-and also to read a story about trains to the group of little ones and their parents. He did an outstanding job!  You can see it here: http://youtu.be/7ZblF4HNV-0. We are grateful to everyone who believes in the importance of early literacy and is helping us tell that story.


Speaking of stories, I bought that puppy book thinking someday I'd have someone special to share it with. Later that day my son and daughter-in-law stopped by to break the news about their baby, my first grandchild, due in August. Guess who's going to be reading 1,000 books before kindergarten?

Book Talking + Video = Fun

A Connie does her first video book talkrecent readers' advisory webinar suggested videoing book talks and posting them on your library's web site or social media sites. WCFLS staff wanted to try this strategy and we are pleased to report it was actually quite easy and fun! We did not strive for perfection (raw footage here!). This book talk featuring Connie Meyer required 5 takes, 1 ipad with video capability and a free account on vimeo.com. In total, it took roughly 30 minutes to video record and set up the transfer to the vimeo web site. Here is our favorite blooper.We challenge you to try it. Please let us know if you have any questions on the steps we took to create this awesome book talk. 
News You Can Use Celebrates One Year

WCFLS has been creating an e-newsletter named "News You Can Use" for one year. Hopefully it has lived up to its name! It has evolved and we are continually working to improve it. Please let us know if there is something you would like featured, including staff, a project or other celebration! Email or call Angela at ameyers@wcfls.lib.wi.us or (262) 896-8245. Missed an issue? Check out the archive here
Kids' Corner
Kids' Choice Committee Meeting Set
Claudia Backus, Library Services Specialist at WCFLS, invites Youth Services staff, school library media specialists and teachers to a meeting to discuss the future of the Kids' Choice Awards program. There are a few options on the table A) continue program as is, B) change elements of the program e.g. time of year offered, number of books read C) retire the initiative and look at other public library-school partnership possibilities.The meeting will be held on Monday, April 7 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Pewaukee Public Library. Contact Claudia if you are interested in attending: clbackus@wcfls.lib.wi.us or (262) 896-8087. This meeting will help shape the future of the Kids' Choice Program.
Early Childhood Learning and Literacy Day Proclamation Available by Request
On March 5, County Board Chairman Paul Decker presented the Early Childhood Learning and Literacy Day Proclamation at the Pewaukee Public Library. The proclamation celebrates WCFLS member library efforts to enhance the lives of little ones through early literacy programs and resources. If your library would like to display the proclamation for a few weeks or coordinate it with your own proclamation reading, please contact Angela at ameyers@wcfls.lib.wi.us. Chairman Decker suggested each library contact their County Board Supervisor and ask them to visit their library to read the proclamation and a story to preschoolers. 
Continuing Education


Customer Service with Bob Orvis from Comedy Sportz 

Mar. 20, 9am-12pm New Berlin Public Library. Info and registration

WISCAT Moving to New Resource Sharing System-Archived Session Now Available

While Wiscat is moving to a new resource sharing system, the interlibrary loan functionality for staff will remain essentially the same. The discovery (searching) side will be new. Access the archived webinar.

MCFLS/WCFLS Joint Adult Services Meeting 

May 19, 2pm Franklin Public Library. Need ideas for library programs for adults?  MCFLS Adult Services/Reference Committee will host a meeting for MCFLS and WCFLS adult services staffs to share ideas on public programs for adults.  

CAF´┐Ż Tips


Go Green! Offer E-receipts!  


Your library can enable e-receipts which will allow patrons to receive check-out, renewal and fine receipts by e-mail or text (or both). First, the library needs to enable the feature and then the e-receipt option in the patron's record needs to be set, which can be done by staff or by the patron through the "my account" feature in the PAC. If e-mail is chosen, all transactions are in a single e-mail to the patron. If text is chosen, a separate text receipt is sent for each item checked out or renewed and some items can span two texts. When the library enables this feature it is only available to the patrons registered at your library, so if you have people registered at other libraries using your library it will only work if their library has this enabled too. At this time e-receipts are turned on for Muskego and Pauline Haass. If you are interested in enabling this feature, let Shawn or Mellanie know.


Community Records "Go Live" Date Fast Approaching

A "go live" date in the PAC is set for April 1. Each library can create a community record and event records for library events that are scheduled to occur April 1 and later. The committee will continue to meet and work on guidelines for community organizations with a goal of adding organizations Sept. 1. If you have any questions, please contact Shawn or Mellanie. 

Marketing Your Library
  • Do you Tweet? Have you checked out "Bite-Sized Marketing" by Nancy Dowd? It is a great little book that includes realistic solutions for the overworked librarian. Under marketing tools, on page 91, the author gives several suggestions on how you can use Twitter in your library:
    • Tweet about new materials
    • Tweet about legislative issues that affect your library
    • Tweet "Best Reference Questions"
    • Tweet during programs--include pictures! 
    • Tweet "Quotes for the Day"
    • Rebroadcast local news 
  • Magic of Marketing Databases archive now available
    If you missed this free EBSCO/Library Journal webinar, you'll want to set aside an hour to watch this. The team of presenters will give you a new way of looking at database marketing. 
  • Kathy O'Leary, Public Relations/Communications Coordinator with Indianhead Federated Library System, recently presented a webinar called Creating Eye-Catching and Readable Flyers and Brochures. Download the slides or watch the webinar


Byki Community Edition

Learn a new language on the go! Transparent Language Online offers a mobile app called Byki (Before You Know It) Community Edition. Get started by: 1) visiting your library's web site and clicking on Transparent Language Online, 2) create a username and password for your online account, 3) from the Transparent Language Online web site, click "Go Mobile" to get your CLE app activation code, 4) enter the app activation code into the Byki Community Edition app, available for Android or Apple. This process syncs the data between your mobile device and your online account. For tips on promoting Transparent Languages, download the toolkit of the month from wcfls.org.   

Planning Ahead 
A book display to highlight a specific topic or awareness campaign is a great way to call attention to a portion of your collection. Here are a few awareness campaigns to consider for April: National Poetry Month, National Gardening Month, National Mental Health Month and Library Appreciation 
Program Feedback
Program Feedback Form
Week (April 13-19). For an example of an in-depth book display, see the In the Spotlight featured below. 

Ever wonder what your patrons think of a program you offered? Ask them!  
Marcy Gibbons from Delafield Public Library kindly shared her adult program feedback form which she has modified over time. Feel free to adapt it for your own use.  
In the Spotlight


Library displays are important for a library to highlight materials that may otherwise go unnoticed. Amanda Hyland, Teen Librarian at Muskego Public Library, shares her secrets to success.


How do you come up with ideas for displays? 
I usually start thinking about my displays a few months in advance so I have plenty of time to work on them and look for ideas. When I create a display, I like to think big.  I find lots of great ideas on Pinterest and by looking at displays other libraries have done. I believe a display should be more than just a table filled with books; a display should be fun, eye catching, interactive, and make a statement. A good display highlights and sells books.

Do you have a budget to purchase props/materials for displays? 
I do not have a specific budget to purchase props or materials for my displays. Some items are purchased using the library's supply budget, but most times I just scavenge through the library's storage room or my own house.

How much time does it take to plan and put up a display? 
More time than I would like to admit! Typically, my displays take a long time to put together and as a result I tend to leave them up for at least 1-2 months. It takes time coming up with ideas, finding materials, cutting, pasting and creating props, building the display, and then finding the books to go with it. Despite the amount of work it takes to create a display, I do love to put them together!

Do the displays impact circulation of materials or create a buzz in the library? 
My displays are hidden in the back of the library in the teen area, so I'm not sure how many adults end up seeing them, but the teens seem to like them. I'm not sure if my displays impact circulation, but I like to think they do as I am always refilling the displays with books. The displays make the teen area a more fun and colorful space, and highlight books that I hope the teens will enjoy. 
YA Displays
Mark Your Calendar
Butler Public Library Celebrates its 50th Anniversary 
Monday, April 7 6-7:30pm. Music, cake and guest speakers 
Celebrate 50 Years with the Friends of the Waukesha Public Library 
Sunday, April 27, 2014 6-9pm at The Rotunda in Waukesha $50 per person. Contact Joan Quinlan at Waukesha Public Library, 262-524-3694
Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Conference Registration Now Open 
May 7-9, Blue Harbor Resort and Spa in Sheboygan. Registration link.
American Library Association (ALA) Conference Advanced Registration Open
June 26-July 1, Las Vegas. Advanced registration fees available until June 20

Back in Circulation Conference Again October 6-7
Join colleagues for two days of presentation, discussion, and connection around all things circulation! Registration will open in April and session descriptions are available now.
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Waukesha, WI 53186

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