...News You Can Use
Volume 2, Issue 1
January 2014
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WCFLS Welcomes New Trustee 
Betty Scanlon

We would like to welcome Betty Scanlon, the newest member of the WCFLS Board of Trustees. Betty comes to us by way of Sharon Leair, who recently finished her term on the WCFLS board. Betty is a Town of Genesee resident and is a retired Special Education teacher from the School District of Waukesha.  


Betty lives on a mini-farm and has two steer that are trained as oxen. She also has an alpaca named Enrique. She enjoys reading, knitting and spinning alpaca and llama wool.  


In her spare time she volunteers at the Milwaukee County Zoo as a docent. Betty is also an avid reader, has worked at Martha Merrill's Books in Waukesha and has helped with Waukesha Reads as a book club facilitator. 


What Betty enjoys most about volunteer work is learning new things and contributing in a meaningful way.  


Welcome Betty!    

Continuing Education
  • Money Smart Week Sharing Meeting for library staff. Thursday, January 23 1-3pm. WCFLS Office. Learn more
  • Summer Library Program Workshop for Youth Services Staff. Friday, January 31. 9am-noon. Pewaukee Public Library. Learn more and register online
  • 20-minute BadgerLatte webinarsExplores teacher and classroom resources available in BadgerLink. Coming up: LearningExpress, LitFINDER, Wisconsin Media Lab, Encyclopedia Britannica, TeachingBooks.net. These webinars are available to all WI residents. 
  • Genealogy Webinars. Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives returns with another 4 part series of webinars on websites that are used by genealogists around the world. 
  • Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference held Jan. 15 & 16 was a huge success around the state. The archived webinars are now available.
CAF´┐Ż Tips
  • Customize Your Power Pac Portal Page. With Polaris, you have the ability to use the top banner of the Power Pac Portal page to market a specific collection, a program at your library or celebrate a season. Check out Delafield, Elm Grove or Eagle library's portal pages for examples. If you wish to create your own graphic, the dimensions should be 960 W x 184-209 H (pixels). Email your banner graphic in JPG or GIF format Mellanie. Send requests for banner mock ups to Angela. 
  • Community Profiles Meeting, Jan. 30 10am-12pm, WCFLS office. Demo and discussion. 
  • Community Profiles Training, Feb. 4, 1-4pm, WCFLS office. Please consider sending at least one representative from your library. RSVP to Mellanie.
Marketing Your Library
This is My Story
"This is my library" ~ Menomonee Falls Public Library


This is My Library 

This is a downloadable story [.pdf] about the Menomonee Falls Public Library. It is a resource that can be used when preparing young children for a visit to the library. Create your own This is My Library story or storytime rules and procedures guide using these free templates. 



Newsletters - electronic and/or print can be a very effective way of reminding patrons of the services you offer and alerting them to new program offerings. Ten of our libraries offer e-newsletters (see web announcement). If you would like more information on creating a newsletter for your library, contact Angela Meyers at the WCFLS office.

Planning Ahead 
Red any good books? display ~ Town Hall Library
Add a punch of color to your displays. Beth Stapleton, Circulation Supervisor, at Town Hall Library created this great display-- "Red Any Good Books?" Color displays are easy to pull together and they are very eye catching. 

Teen Tech Week (March 9-15, 2014) 

Check out the Teen Tech Week page for program ideas and discussion. Join the site for free and get access to webinars, grant updates and more. 
In the Spotlight


Hartland Library Partnership with the Hartland/Lakeside school district

Super Saturday brochure cover
Super Saturday ~ Hartland Public Library

by Nancy Massnick, Library Director, Hartland Public Library


We are fortunate in Hartland to have had strong Library Board appointees from the local school district and a superintendent who is a supporter of public libraries. The combination of these players and the fact that the library is within walking distance from the grade school have made several partnership programs possible. The library hosts each kindergarten class and second grade class every month from October-May, 10 classes in all. We read books, teach library skills, get to know the teachers and parent chaperones, and sign all of the children up for library cards. They may each take out two books per visit. This is a lot of logistics for our staff, but we enjoy having the children come and our other library patrons enjoy seeing all the children in the library. In return, the district has given us all of our new computers for our recent library addition and has just given us six new laptops for our use.

We are also partnering with the district on two new initiatives; Super Saturday Story Hour and Technology Tuesdays. District personnel, with one library staff member, are running a Saturday story time twice per month through the school year. It is great programming for us with almost no effort! The district IT folks are also running a series of computer and Internet classes called Technology Tuesdays at the library from 3:30-4:30pm twice per month. The district created the brochures, and we partner with advertising the programs.  

Your mileage is going to vary with programs like this, and I should add that this would not have happened if it were not for the Kiwanis Club of Hartland. The superintendent and I are both members and cooked this up when we should have been paying attention to the meetings! We are looking at a further initiative for a summer garden/story time landscape along the Bark River outside of the children's area. Stay tuned - I will have more details soon.  


Celebrating the Year of the Database @ NBPL 

by Marnie Schmidt, Adult Reference Librarian, New Berlin Public Library  


As 2014 rolled in, we rolled out Year of the Database programming for our library. Every month, we are providing a workshop that will show patrons how to use that month's featured database(s). The one-hour workshops are being held twice each month-once in the morning and once in the evening. These are hands-on workshops, held in our computer lab, that involve both instruction and practice time. Depending on the database, either Adult Reference or Youth Services Librarians will lead the workshops.   


Year of the Database flyer image

Our first workshop was held on Monday January 13 and was a success. We were very fortunate to get front-page press coverage in the  New Berlin NOW . Eight people attended and were given a user guide specific to the Reference USA Jobs Module and a list of all the databases available through WCFLS, including instructions for accessing them. As the year progresses, we plan on having an area where patrons can access the user guides for each featured database.


In addition to the press coverage, we are promoting the Year of the Database through our library's newsletter as well as our library's website. We dedicated an area of our home page to Year of the Database and included a direct link to the database list, handy instructions on how to access the databases from home, and a link to the current flyer for January. The databases are truly one of the library's best kept secrets and we truly hope that they won't stay secret for long.


Please note: Database toolkits are now available for download for ReferenceUSA and Consumer Reports. Transparent Language Online is next!

Mark Your Calendar
Library Legislative Day Feb. 11
Register online or complete a PDF and submit it to the WLA office by Jan. 24. Not sure what to expect when attending Library Legislative Day? Watch this webinar on Demystifying Library Legislative Day.
Growing Wisconsin Readers Early Literacy Symposium Mar. 21 9am-4pm
Registration now open. No fee to attend, but space is limited. 
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