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Volume 3, Issue 5
April 2015
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Director's Note

I'm headed off on vacation again.  If you are thinking that I was just on vacation, you'd be right.  I was.  Why am I going again so soon?  I typically don't take vacations in the same year, let alone within three months' time. However, I decided I needed to take advantage of an opportunity to visit my daughter who is currently studying in Scotland for the semester.  I realized that the window for seeing Scotland through my daughter's eyes is nearly closed since her semester ends in mid-May.  I know that taking time off work to vacation is healthy and should be encouraged.  Plenty of research points to the benefits.  If you need convincing, take a look at this.


To prepare for my trip, I'm using all sorts of library resources.  I checked out books on Scotland. I'm going to download to my device plenty of books from the Wisconsin Digital Library and magazines through our Flipster subscription.  I've also been watching tutorials on the Scottish accent.  I concentrated on this video.  Take a look at this video to see if I'm ready to go to Scotland.  Happy travels! (be sure to watch to the end for a surprise!)



Alice Baker Public Library, Hosts Village President Candidate Forum

On March 25th, Alice Baker Public Library hosted a candidate forum allowing Richard Spurrell and Sharon Royston, the Eagle Village presidential candidates, to answer questions posed by Allison Chase in front of the community.  The candidates were asked ten questions in turn and given three minutes for their responses.  The questions included asking the candidates what they would do for libraries and their various plans for the community.  


During a 30-minute intermission, the candidates participated in a meet and greet with the attendees.  The forum was a great success, with over 40 citizens in attendance.  The candidates were grateful for the opportunity to speak with the community and the attendees appreciated the time to get to know their candidates.  Due to the success of this event, Chase hopes to host another candidate forum in the future.  

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 (approximately $900 - $1600) and continuing education (approximately $800 - $1100) for WLA members and prospective or continuing students.

Applications are due by June 15, 2015, and the eligibility requirements, forms and instructions are available here. Awards will be announced by August 1.


There is a new page added under the "Professional Development" tab on the WCFLS website.  This contains the newly revised continuing education reimbursement form and guidelines for WCFLS libraries in 2015.  Each member library is allowed to request reimbursements for professional development activities up to $312.50 this year.  
Feel free to contact Laurie Freund ( ljfreund@wcfls.org )  if you have any questions.

Waukesha County Fair 
Volunteers Needed!


Okay, maybe slightly less dramatic than the
Hunger Games, but we are still looking for volunteers for the Waukesha County Fair booth.  Lots of times and days still available!    

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 a thank you, WCFLS will pay for your admission and parking.    Click Here to sign-up


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Yes, you heard that right, the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App is now live in the app store!   After more than a year in development, we're proud to announce the release of our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app created in partnership with  UW-Milwaukee's App Brewery . We are incredibly grateful to them for their work, their expertise, their willingness to listen, and their patience. You *all* rock! Special thanks to WCFLS staffer, Angela Meyers, who guided the project every step of the way.


You can find this cool app in the Apple App Store (for Apple devices) and also in Google Play Store (for Android devices).  To see the app description click on the badges from the following link


A mini-marketing tool-kit is also available for your use, including banners and facebook posts.  The tool-kit can be found at www.wcfls.org/marketing  
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!



What's happening at your library this summer?  Please continue adding events to your community profiles. Searching caf? is the only way to look at all the different librarys' events on the catalog. 

Banners are a great tool to let your users know what's going on at your library. T hese 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 at MMercier@wcfls.org.  

Medical College of Wisconsin Library Tour & Meeting

D ate:  Monday, May 18, 2015
Time:  1:30 - 3:00 pm (MCFLS libraries have a business meeting 1:00 - 1:30 pm)

Location:Medical College of Wisconsin Library, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226

Library staffs from the public libraries in Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties have a joint meeting at Medical College of Wisconsin Library. Any public library staff member from the Southeastern Wisconsin (SEWI) region is welcome to attend. More info


RSVP is not required.  Please contact Laurie Freund (ljfreund@wcfls.org) at WCFLS or Steve Heser (steve.heser@mcfls.org) at MCFLS if you have any questions.

WCFLS Community Outreach

This past month, WCFLS hosted booths at two community fair events.  The first event was Junior Night at Mukwonago High School.  High School juniors were required to attend this event.  Various colleges and career resource organizations sent representatives for students to talk with and explore post high school options.  WCFLS was there promoting the new Gale Course program, featuring the program's college prep and ACT/SAT classes.

WCFLS also attended the Waukesha County Health Fair held at the courthouse.  Various businesses and organizations of Waukesha County were there promoting healthy life-style choices and options.  With great success, WCFLS passed out goodie-bags including a granola bar, pen, and flyers featuring the various resources at the libraries.  Between the two events, the WCFLS staff spoke to upwards of 400 people about the libraries of Waukesha County and the resources they provide to the community. 
WCFLS staffer Julia tells Wellness Fair attendees about Gale Courses
WCFLS staffer Julia tells Wellness Fair attendees about Gale Courses

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
Mark Your Calendar

WAPL Conference
May 6th-8th Wisconsin Rapids. More info

WCFLS Strategic Planning
May 15, New Berlin Public Library 9:30am-4:00pm

Medical College of Wisconsin Library Tour & Meeting
May 18, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1:30pm-3:00pm. More info
Accessibility and Universal Design: What you need to know
Featuring guest speakers from IndependenceFirst & Vision Forward
Wednesday, May 27, 9:00am @ Waukesha Public Library 
Co-hosted by WCFLS and Waukesha Public Library. More info.
Waukesha County Federated Library System
741 N. Grand Avenue #210
Waukesha, WI 53186

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