August 2017 Monthly Memo

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Bryan McCormick elected Chairman of Council on Library and Network Development

Congratulations to Bryan McCormick, Director of Hedberg Public Library on being elected as 2017-2018 Chairman of the Council on Library and Network Development. Governor Walker appointed McCormick to the council in 2013 to advocate for public instruction and access to library services across Wisconsin. McCormick has served as Vice Chair for three years and says in the coming year the council will “…continue to improve the library experience through things like greater bandwidth, career development programs and redesigning our public library systems to be more effective and efficient throughout the state.”

Community Read Rock County

Community Read Rock County (or CRRC for short) builds community connections through reading in Rock County, Wisconsin. Annually, CRRC selects a book for reading and plans events creating spaces to examine, discuss, and explore literature together.

"Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin" has been selected as the 2017-18 Community Read. This book is comprised of 12 biographies of some of the most important figures in Native sustainability, one from each of the twelve tribes represented in Wisconsin.

"The Native people whose lives are depicted in Seventh Generation Earth Ethics understood the cultural gravity that kept their people rooted to their ancestral lands and acted in ways that ensured the growth and success of future generations. In this way they honor the Seventh Generation philosophy, which cautions decision makers to consider how their actions will affect seven generations in the future--some 240 years."
from the forward by Winona LaDuke

Planning for the 2017/2018 CRRC is going on now. You are cordially invited to the next planning meeting on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Hedberg Public Library program room (main level). The rough plan is for each partner to plan their own soft kick-off this fall and for CRRC to wrap-up in April 2018 with author Patty Loew speaking at a time/place/date TBD.

If you or someone you know is a member of an organization, business, or book club in Rock County and would like to participate, please contact Kaitlin Svabek.

Ordering Books

If you would like to order multiple copies of "Seventh Generation," we can receive a 25% discount by ordering directly from the distributor - Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Use the code Loew17 anytime between July 16 & October 31 for this discount. No minimum number needed. (It may be cheaper to order via Amazon, today the book is listed at $17.49 and with a Prime account the shipping is free.)

NEA Big Read

There will be an informational meeting Friday, October 13 at 10 a.m. at Young Auditorium in Whitewater, WI for library and community partners.

UW-Whitewater will kick-off The Big Read with the featured book The Round House by Louise Erdrich on March 22, 2018 and hold events through May 6, 2018.

All library partners are expected to (at a minimum) distribute free books and materials to patrons on March 22, 2018, publicize your participation in The Big Read on your website (logo, links, etc. will be provided), and organize a book club to read the featured title. You will be asked to keep track of the number of participants for all of the events you host, including book club, so that this information information can be included in the final report to Arts Midwest.

You are encourage you to plan your own events related to the book and create displays in your library to create awareness about The Big Read.

Young Auditorium can also provide posters, official bookmarks, calendars of events, tabletop displays, readers guide and a book club promotional packet as well as a limited number of free copies of "The Round House" and "The Birchbark House" to libraries for distribution on Kick-Off Day and for book clubs.

Three books are featured to accommodate all ages of readers.

  • ADULTS: The Round House a novel by Louise Erdrich - review - reader resources
  • YOUTH: The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich - review
  • CHILDREN: Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie - review

Guerrilla Storytime

If you received an invitation to the Arrowhead Library System's Guerrilla Storytime, don't forget to RSVP to Sharon Grover by September 5th. This is an event to help storytime staff share with each other and get new ideas, this is not a storytime for children.

Printable System Storytime Flyers Available

Consider making this storytime flyer available to your patrons in the library and on your websites and Facebook pages.

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It's Trustee Training Week!

This week is Trustee Training Week. Webinars featuring a great line up of speakers take place daily from noon to 1, August 21-25, and will be recorded and archived.

Monday, August 21: How to Turn Your Library Board into an Effective Team
Presented by: Amy Climer, Climer Consulting Asheville, NC
Watch the recording here!

Tuesday, August 22: Policies for Results
Presented by: Bonnie McKewon Consultant, State Library of Iowa
Register here!

Wednesday, August 23: Engaging Your Board, Staff and Community in Strategic Planning
Presented by: Sarah Armstrong, Sarah Keister Armstrong & Associates and John Keister, John Keister & Associates Chicago, IL
Register here!

Thursday, August 24: Everyday Advocacy
Presented by: Donna McDonald, Director of the Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System

Register here!

Friday, August 25: The Beginnings, Current Status and Next Steps of PLSR

  • Panelists: John DeBacher, Director, Public Library Development, Division for Libraries and Technology; DPI Liaison to the PLSR Steering Committee
  • Tasha Saecker, Assistant Director, Appleton Public Library; PLSR ILL/ILS Workgroup Facilitator
  • John Thompson, Director, Indianhead Federated Library System; PLSR Steering Committee Chair

This will include the status of activities and model development of the workgroups, the Steering Committee’s process and timeline, and how you can be involved! To learn more about PLSR, please visit: Register here!

Plan Now for National Novel Writing Month (November)

Samantha Johnson, Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) wishes to remind everyone as they are planning their fall schedules to include events to support local novel writers. Johnson conducted a webinar highlighting NaNoWriMo in the library setting in 2015. See the link below.

Eager Free Public Library in Evansville, Wisconsin has already scheduled an all-ages kick off event for Wednesday, November 1 at 5:45 p.m. and an all-ages wrap-up celebration to share work or celebrate efforts on Thursday, November 30 at 5:45 p.m.

Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference


October 17-20, 2017
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Early bird registration ends September 25, 2017.

Libraries Transform Announces New Focus

"As the 2017-2018 American Library Association president, Jim Neal is bringing a new focus to the Libraries Transform campaign: the important role libraries and library workers play as leaders in their communities. In the Q&A below, Neal discusses how his “Libraries Lead” presidential initiative will contribute to the vital work of Libraries Transform in the coming year...."



ALS Board of Trustee Meetings:
Wednesday, September 13 at
6:00 p.m. 

at Orfordville Public Library

ALS Librarian's Meetings:
Wednesday, September 20 at
9:30 a.m.
at Orfordville Public Library - Chair, Sarah Strunz

RESCHEDULED – ALS Librarian's Meetings:
Wednesday, October 11 at (Formerly October 18)
9:30 a.m.
at Arrowhead Library System - Chair, Lisa Brooks

Please feel free to contact the Monthly Memo editor, Tovah Anderson, with comments, corrections or library news.

Phone: 608-868-2872 
430 E. High St., Suite 200, Milton, WI 53563.

Arrowhead Library System Director:
Steve Platteter, 608-868-2872

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