November 2016 MONTHLY MEMO

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ALS Celebrates National Picture Book Month
Click on the image to the left and take a look at the ALS Picture Book Month brochure (2 sides). Each library in the system is doing a special event, setting up displays and participating in our bookface social media project (see below)

Read-along Workshop

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Click on the image to the left 
for information about this great workshop.

Yes, you can still come! You don't even have to register and it will be 
so worthwhile!


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Click on the bookface flyer 
to see the postings on Facebook. 
Join your friends and colleagues and upload 
your bookface to #picturebookfaceALS!  

Please Keep Pushing Hoopla!
Hoopla use is holding steady but we would like to see it grow! Please keep talking to your patrons about it and if you have time, help them get set up right away. We have a lot of people interested when we talk to them but we think that when they get home they are just not following through.

1000BooksApp.jpg (136381 bytes)NEW 1000 Books 
Before Kindergarten App
Click on the image to the left to see a flyer about the new 1000 Books App. This app was developed by Bridges Library System and now 7 or 8 systems are collaborating to integrate the app into their 1000 books projects. 

The app is available at the Google Play Store and the Apple Store.  Search for 1000 Books and select the one that says Waukesha. Unfortunately, once the app image is uploaded you can't change anything and the app went up before the partnership. 

Arrowhead and the Lakeshores Library System is working on a mail chimp aspect to add to the app for our patrons so we can continue to push out tips and book recommendations to them via email. So when you help people sign up, please ask them to say yes to email useage.

ALS participation in the 1000 books project and app is supported by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the Wisconsin DPI by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

2 workshop opportunities posted by Sharon Grover
Power Up: A Conference in Leadership for Youth Services Managers and Staff
March 30-31, Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison.
This is very exciting news! The opportunity to attend an amazing youth services leadership event has just been made easier. Scholarships are now available

This will be a fantastic 2-day experience, so please do check out the scholarship information. Let me know if you have any questions.

30-Minute Tuesday: Toddlers and Tablets in Storytime (webinar)
Tuesday, November 15 at 1 p.m.
Presented by: Cathy Kolbeck, Children's Librarian, Algoma Public Library
Using apps can provide interactive extensions to any storytime theme. This webinar will discuss other benefits of using apps, how to incorporate them, and best practices. What have librarians used before and what doesn't work so well ? Cathy will talk about apps she uses for a typical storytime for toddlers.
.5 CE Credits   Register

Sharon Grover, 
Youth Services Consultant, Arrowhead Library System 
Youth Services & Audiobook Literacy Consultant
Co-author, Listening to Learn: Audiobooks Supporting Literacy
Janesville, Wisconsin

Relaunch of The Great Outdoors @ your library Coming Soon
ALS is in the process of revamping the website for The Great Outdoors @ your library, a project we started several years ago. We are so fortunate that the Lakeshores Library System is partnering with us on this project now and their gifted IT staff have made some huge upgrades to the website. 

Under "Resources" we now have 11 sub-categories including: Astronomy, Biking, Birding, Edible Foraging, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Orienteering, Photography, Water Sports and Winter Sports. When you click on the category you are interested the first thing you see are scrolling book covers of books available through RockCat. Click on the cover and it takes you to RockCat so you can put a hold on the book.  I LOVE IT!  Under the book covers is the list of parks, clubs, organizations, sites about licenses, and other area and state resources in that category. Thank you to the Hedberg Public Library reference staff who have been a great help in increasing the listings of resources. 

The website can tell if you are located in the Arrowhead Library System or the Lakeshores Library System and will direct you to the proper library catalog!

The website looks very similar to the old Wix site but it is now located at
We're still working  on getting the new resources up on the pages but will be ready to relaunch the site soon. Take a sneak peek and let us know what you think!

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Tech Bits: What is USB type C?

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 
A small 24-pin connector called USB type C  will soon be replacing most if not all the connectors USB-C_Reversible_ picture came from Belkin on your personal devices and laptops. Apple has already made the switch to USB C, they call it the lightning plug (remember the uproar recently when they got rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Don’t worry; you can purchase an adapter for your headphones if I caught you by surprise there.) What I like about this new cable is that it’s reversible and both ends are the same, so no more guessing which end goes where and which end is up. The USB C port will be able to transfer audio, video, data and power.

The creators of the Berg Fashion Library have introduced the Fashion Photography Archive, an online resource containing more than 750,000 newly digitized and high-quality runway, backstage, and street-style images from the predigital photography era. The interactive time line enables finding a photo by designer, period, trend, or season. Also included are hundreds of articles and audio and video resources providing context and analysis. - Extra Helping, School Library Journal, 3 November 2016

Gizmos & Gadgets go wireless

gizmos-and-gadgets-2nd-ed-1-1littleBits’ Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition has a wireless Bluetooth Low Energy Bit and a new digital experience that enables kids to control their inventions through smartphones or tablets, using the littleBits Invent app as a personal invention advisor. - Extra Helping, School Library Journal, 3 November 2016

A Penguin for Pooh

poohPenguin Young Readers announces that, in honor of the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh, a new character is being added to the gang in the Hundred Acre Wood: Penguin, inspired by a penguin toy that was in a photograph of Christopher Milne, the basis for his father’s Christopher Robin character. Penguin will be featured in Winter, written by Brian Sibley. - Extra Helping, School Library Journal, 3 November 2016

Now Available: BadgerLink Genealogy Tutorial
Are you curious about BadgerLink’s genealogy resources, but not sure where to start? Are your patrons looking for a quick way to get a feel for how to start their genealogy research? Try the new interactive genealogy tutorial from the BadgerLink team! Read a description and watch a short video on 3 BadgerLink genealogy resources (HeritageQuest Online, Access NewspaperARCHIVE, and Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers), then test your knowledge!

Reaching the Elusive Library Non-Users
The Nov/Dec issue of Marketing Library Services answers the question of how to reach those elusive non-users. That feature, by Donna Fletcher, happens to be the one from this issue that's free online. - Kathy Dempsey, Editor, Marketing Library Services newsletter, Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ.

Movie Releases
Here are links to IMDb and MovieFone

ALS CALENDAR:  Return to top

Librarian's Meetings:
Wednesday, November 16 at 9:30 a.m. at Beloit Public Library

ALS Board of Trustee Meetings:
Wednesday, November 9 at 5 p.m. at Hedberg Public Library

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Please feel free to contact the Monday Memo editor, Martha Gammons, with comments, corrections or library news. Phone: 608-868-2872  Email:, 430 E. High St., Suite 200, Milton, WI 53563. Arrowhead Library System Director: Steve Platteter, 608-868-2872, Website: 
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