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Volume 3, Issue 6
June/July 2015
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Director's Note
On June 23rd the Waukesha County board approved the change in our library system's territory to add Jefferson County.  The librarians and board members present that evening cheered as the ordinance passed unanimously!  This certainly felt like a historic moment in our library system's history and I want to thank everyone for their support throughout the process, which began many months ago. You can read more about the change here .  Stay tuned for more information about the changes coming as we firm up our project timeline.  And if you have an idea for a new library system name, please don't hesitate to submit it on our website at the link above.

Connie Meyer

New Charging Stations

Charging stations for all member libraries are almost here!  Charging stations will give library patrons the opportunity to charge their various mobile devices and tablets with ease and convenience.  No more remembering charging cables and fighting over outlets! Patrons will greatly enjoy this new perk at their local library.  

Mukwonago Public Library is close to finalizing their charging station design.  Check it out and look forward to your library's design!  (Pictured Right)

Made possible by an Institute of Museum and Library Services Library Services and Technology Act grant.  Thank you!

Flipster Carousel

EBSCO is now offering content carousels for Flipster.  The following code will display the covers of subscribed magazine titles when placed into a webpage.  Clicking on a cover will take you directly to the login screen and then to the chosen title.  To view a carousel example check out the WCFLS site at http://www.wcfls.org/magazines

New Flipster Postcard

A new Flipster postcard and Facebook banner is downloadable through the Flipster toolkit, available on the WCFLS marketing page.

July 26, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Wisconsin public libraries are encouraged to celebrate and spread awareness about the 25th anniversary throughout the year.  The following information is brought to you by the Great Lakes ADA Center, the regional center serving Wisconsin.  Celebrate 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Fall 2015 Continuing Education Workshops

Registrations for all Fall workshops is now open. Click the links from the list below for program details and registration information:


Friday, August 7, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
SEWI Library Directors Retreat


Monday- Friday August 17-21, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Wisconsin Trustee Training Week webinars


Friday, September 25, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Youth Services Workshop


Tuesday, September 29, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Building Your Capacity-Sustaining Your Library: Friends, Foundations and Fundraising


Wednesday, October 14, 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Surviving Difficult Conversations


Thursday, October 29, Session 1 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) or Session 2 (1:00 - 4:00 pm)
Book Repair with Kapco


Wednesday, December 16, Session 1 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) or Session 2 (1:00 - 4:00 pm)
Counting Opinions: Preparing for the Library Annual Report
Carroll University's Center for Graduate Studies, Waukesha

All of these workshops are also listed on the Continuing Education Opportunities web page.  Be sure to check the page for additional opportunities.


Wisconsin Trustee Training Week 2015

WCFLS and other Wisconsin library systems are sponsoring a series of webcasts, developed and coordinated by the Nicolet Federated Library System. These webcasts are geared toward public library trustees.  There will be one online session offered each day at noon for an hour featuring a different topic and speaker.  This one session per day timeline is set to fit into busy schedules. These programs will also be archived.  

For more information and registration please visit:  http://www.wistrusteetraining.com

Waukesha County Fair July 15-19
The Waukesha County Fair is right around the corner!  While you're enjoying the festivities be sure to stop by Waukesha County Libraries Fair booth, in the 4H building. The booth is hosting spin the wheel, photo booth, and the smiling faces of our volunteers.  The booth is a fantastic way to reach out to the community and share all the great services and programs the Waukesha County Libraries provide to their patrons. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the booth, there are still a few open spots.

Flipster Post-Up

A new Post-Up will soon be put into library circulation.  After the Waukesha County Fair, a Flipster Post-Up will be available for your library's marketing needs, upon request.  The Post-Up will be 33"x80".  Post-Ups are a great way to grab your patrons' attention and let them know about digital magazines thru Flipster. 

The Gale Course Post-Up is also still available.  If you would like to use either of these in your library please contact Julia Heiser at Jheiser@wcfls.org.   

Changes to the Muskego Public Library Summer Program

Inspired by the Summer Reading Workshop, presented by Marge Loch-Waters in January, and after hearing of La Crosse Public Library's success with a prize-less Summer reading program, Muskego Public Library decided to shake things up a bit.  Each week, children between the ages of newborn and 6th grade complete an activity sheet.  The activities focus on reading while incorporating this year's super hero theme in unique and creative ways.  After completing four of the activity sheets and returning them to the library, the child receives a small coloring block to decorate, plus a coupon. The coloring blocks are added to our library's "Superhero Headquarters."  Displayed near the decorating station, families have a choice of coupons they may pick from, ensuring families get a coupon they will most likely use.   


A 'Super Challenge' targeting specific genres and materials is available for school-aged children. For example, this week they can read a biography about a famous scientist and either listen to an audiobook or read a non-fiction book about science experiments.


The Muskego Public Library has had an overwhelmingly positive response to the changes in this year's program.  The parents enjoy how easy it is to participate in the reading program - not having to record titles for all the books and having unique activities is a fun convenient plus.  Some kids complete all the activities on the sheets or come in excited saying their favorite activity was reading in the bathtub!  Also, they have heard parents enjoy not having to register for programs, guaranteeing their kids get into the ones they want. 


After this year's success, Muskego Public Library will most likely do the same for next year's program with adjustments to fit the following year's theme. 

Create your own take on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K)

Remember Joel and his robots Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, who were forced to watch B movies and heckle over the movie being shown? Let your audiences become part of the movie with a service called MuVChat. During the movie, participants can text comments that are then displayed on the screen along with the movie. Messages can either go through their filter service or a person can approve messages before they are shown on the screen. Learn more at  http://muvchat.com

Delafield Public Library Hosts "Tyke Hike"

The Delafield Public Library in partnership with the Ice Age Trail Alliance of Milwaukee and Waukesha hosted a "Tyke Hike" at Lapham Peak State Park on May 23.  Over 80 Lake Country residents enjoyed the mile hike, followed by a story, activity, and craft.  The Delafield Librarian, Emi Weiss, checked out books to the children using the library's new mobile technology, Leap.  A fun time was had by all!

Leaping into Leap


Polaris is making leaps and bounds with its introduction of Leap.  The Polaris Leap web application is used to perform the most common library functions, such as registering new patrons, checking out materials, or placing items on hold. Leap is optimized for a desktop computer, but it can be used on a tablet device with access to the internet.  Polaris plans to continuously add functionality over time revolutionizing librarians' interactions with patrons.  With Leap running on a mobile device, librarians can interact with their patrons without the limits and barriers inherent in a purely desktop system. Instead of patrons standing in line to check out or pay a fine, librarians

can get out from behind the desk and serve patrons wherever they are in the library or out in the community.


For more information on using Leap, please contact Shawn Carlson at scarlson@waukesha.lib.wi.us

Explora: New Ebsco interface

What's in Explora?

Explora for Elementary Schools is the replacement for Searchasaurus and Kids Search and features colorful pictures and school subject categories for easy browsing.


Explora for Middle & High Schools

Explora for Middle and High Schools is the replacement for Kids Search and Student Research Center and features an easy to use interface and updated functionality like the cite button.


Explora for Everyone

Explora for Everyone is a new interface for the general public that simultaneously searches 20 EBSCO databases for an easy one stop search. 

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