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What's Happening at Arrowhead Library System
April 2018 Newsletter


Eager Free Public Library Wins Grant for Circulating Science Kits

Science Kit Samples

Evansville, WI – April 26, 2018 – Eager Free Public Library has won an $1,800 grant from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Region 4 for the creation of a circulating science kit collection.

The IEEE Science Kits for Public Libraries Grant supports Midwest area public libraries in the development of circulating math and science collections for pre-university students (K-12). The grant, made possible through the generosity of members of IEEE - Region 4, seeks to be a catalyst for educating students about how math and science are used for the benefit of humanity and to provide seed money for the creation of library programs that will make a lasting impression.

Kits will be designed for kids and families to check out and work through. The collection will cover a wide range of science topics, such as technology and coding, biology and nature, physics, engineering, etc. Each kit will include materials for hands-on activities as well as supporting items like books and DVDs.

Anyone with a valid library card will be able to check out kits just like other library materials. The Science Kit Collection is expected to be available for circulation this winter.

Double Your Impact on Hedberg Public Library's Transformation Project

Breakdancer upside down in the library stacks with a book.Hedberg Public Library has an incredible opportunity for you to DOUBLE your impact on their Transformation!

The Janesville Foundation is offering a Matching Gift Challenge, which will double the value of every gift they receive through July 1 – dollar for dollar – up to $200,000!

Your gift will help transform the Janesville library by creating collaborative spaces, a new Teen Central area, centralized services, additional programming spaces and more! They will become the true 21st century library that the community deserves.

Milton Public Library Hosts a Cooking Demonstration by Inga Witscher of Wisconsin Public Television

Inga Witscher, host of Wisconsin Public Television's "Around the Farm Table", taught an audience of more than 60 spectators how to construct a Scandinavian sandwich cake known as a smörgåstårta. Witscher's Smörgåstårta was comprised of pumpernickel bread sliced in three layers, a lemon and dill trout mousse layer, and a cream cheese-cucumber-radish layer. The sandwich cake was frosted in cream cheese and decorated with sliced vegetables and fresh herbs. Witscher encouraged creativity saying any combination of fillings is acceptable, try egg or chicken salad, salmon mousse, etc.

Witscher further delighted the crowd with her personal stories about her family, starting an organic dairy farm, and growing up in a family that encouraged making your own dreams a reality. The atmosphere of the demonstration made it feel almost as if the audience was gathered around Witscher's farm table listening to her hilarious stories while she prepared a meal to share.

Food Truck Rally This Sunday at Milton Public Library!

Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of fresh and delicious foods from many area food trucks! A percentage of the sales from each truck will go toward paying off the library’s expansion. Visit our Facebook page for details.

Confirmed food trucks: Café Costa Rica, Gourmet: Kettle Korn, Gourmet: Homemade Mini Doughnuts, Jakarta Café, Jolly Frog, Kona Ice, Mike's Mr. Pizza, Pots 'n Tots, Slide Food Cart, South Padre Street Food, Steve's Deli dog House, Stormy's Grilled Cheese, WeGo Waffles, Basics Cooperative Natural Foods

Big Read Activities

Our participation in the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read community reading project provides an opportunity for the community to participate in activities and engage in discussion related to a common read. Through integrating art and literature, we hope to increase awareness about the joy and importance of reading.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Cover: The Roundhouse by Louise ErdrichEager Free Public Library

  • Book Discussion - "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich
    Tuesday, May 1 @ 10:30am
    No registration required.

Edgerton Public Library

  • Pages & Projects for Kids - "The Birchbark House"
    Tuesday, May 1 from 4-5 pm
    Registration required.

Milton Public Library

National Library Week – Libraries Lead

Leadership Graphic

Arrowhead Library System celebrated National Library Week April 8-14 with a week-long campaign inviting community members to explore, enroll in, and share the online leadership and management courses available for free on Gale Courses. Since the start of the campaign, ALS has tracked 90 new enrollments–11 being in courses directly featured in the campaign.

Gale Courses

Want to know more about Gale Courses? View our slideshow.

Top 10 Courses Locally – As of April 30, 2018*

Students    Course
1. Speed Spanish
2. Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016
3. Beginning Writer's Workshop
4. Accounting Fundamentals
5. Human Anatomy and Physiology
6. Creating WordPress Websites
7. Discover Sign Language
8. Leadership
9. Keys to Effective Communication
10. Grammar Refresher

* March & April enrollment numbers for "HPL" and "Total" are based on partial reports from Hedberg Public Library. HPL is transitioning from a library subscription to the system's subscription.


Steering Committee Recommendation Phase Toolkits

The Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) project has entered the recommendation phase.  During this phase, the Events subcommittee will be developing and sharing toolkits as a resource to inform library boards, staff and other interested parties. The toolkits will typically include a slide deck; a script/talking points; and other related materials.  The standard slide deck will include background information for those new to the project as well as the latest updates. Feel free to customize them for a specific audience. Members of the Events Subcommittee can assist with customization if needed.

The first toolkit includes:

Future toolkits will include the WAPL Presentation by Jeff Russell and the preliminary recommendation report period.

Focus Groups and Library Survey Report Release

In January 2018, the PLSR Steering Committee contracted with Russell Consulting, Inc. (RCI) to facilitate three focus groups of library directors from different systems and different sized libraries across Wisconsin.  At these January focus group sessions, the directors shared their perspectives on system services, governance, the importance of regional connections, local control, and other topics.  RCI subsequently developed an online survey based on the results of the focus groups that was sent to all public libraries in Wisconsin in February.  RCI issued two reports — A Report on Findings from the Public Library System Redesign Focus Groups and A Report on Findings from the Public Library System Redesign Survey based on their work.

With 2000+ comments contained in the report on the survey results, members of the PLSR Steering Committee prepared a Summary Overview to highlight some of the key topics and share representative comments from the report.

The information contained in these three documents will help inform the recommendation phase of the project.

Visit the PLSR Updates Page for the latest news on the process, milestones, and next steps.

ALS Calendar

ALS Board of Trustee Meeting:
Wednesday, May 9 – 6:00 pm at Edgerton Public Library

ALS Librarian’s Meeting:
Wednesday, May 16 – 9:30 am at Hedberg Public Library - Chair Bryan McCormick

SHARE Director's Council:
Tuesday, May 1 – 11:00 am at Waterford Library

Contact Us

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Tovah Anderson, 
Public Information Coordinator
Phone: 608-868-2872

Steve Platteter
Arrowhead Library System Director

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