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What's Happening at Arrowhead Library System
March 2018 Newsletter


Hoopla Popularity Soars

Arrowhead Library System began offering Hoopla, a digital service of Midwest Tape, to patrons of its seven Public Libraries in June 2016. Hoopla was immediately popular due to its on-demand functionality and mobile-friendly formats allowing users to download or stream eAudiobooks, eBooks, movies, TV shows, full music albums, and eComic books on computers, tablets, smartphones, eReaders, Apple TV, and Chromecast.

The merging of ALS’s previous catalog with SHARE, SHARE Consortium’s joint catalog, brought about a 123% increase in Hoopla users and an approximate 150% increase in Hoopla circulations when comparing the January/February average to December 2017 statistics. This surge is attributed to an increase in publicity about the service and SHARE’s ability to display search results from both SHARE and Hoopla’s catalogs on the same page.

Gale Courses

Want to know more about Gale Courses? View our slide show.

20 Courses Most Popular Courses in Rock County*

Students    Course
9                Speed Spanish
7                Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016
6                Beginning Writer's Workshop
5                Creating WordPress Websites
4                Accounting Fundamentals
4                Keys to Effective Communication
4                Grammar Refresher
4                Introduction to Criminal Law
3                A to Z Grant Writing
3                Leadership
3                Introduction to SQL
3                Beginner's Guide to Getting Published
3                Where Does All My Money Go?
3                Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals
3                Human Anatomy and Physiology
3                Conversational Japanese
3                Introduction to Programming
3                Introduction to Interior Design
3                Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera
3                Discover Sign Language

* Based on most recent information including a partial report of Hedberg Public Library's statistics. HPL is in transition from a library subscription to the system's subscription. Gale Courses launched system-wide on February 5, 2018.

Leadership Development Academy Project

Team Mosaic of the Leadership Development Academy of Rock County is partnering with Arrowhead Library System and Rock County Wisconsin - Youth & Families Development Services to get books in the hands of young readers. Team Mosaic developed an easy-to-read book illustrated by local youth and will print over 1500 copies to be distributed to area families through Youth and Families Development Services.

Each book will come with a card inviting families to any Rock County public library for a free library card and a second free book. The card also invites families to participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program which rewards parents and children for reading before kindergarten.

Team Mosaic will present each library with a copy of their book, “All Because You Read With Me” and will be available to facilitate a storytime and activities with the book. Contact Jeni Schomber, Youth Services Consultant for more information on how to schedule a team member for a storytime. Printing is expected to be complete in early April.

Delivery Update

A motion to revise ALS’s SHARE priority management parameters was unanimously approved at the March 21st ALS Librarians’ Meeting. Priority management governs the order in which libraries receive requests for materials to be lent at other libraries (pick lists). The motion moved to change the parameters from searching the home library first then other ALS libraries in delivery order, then the rest of SHARE to home library first then libraries in order of smallest to largest (OPL, CPL, EFPL, MPL, EPL, BPL, HPL), then the rest of SHARE, thereby restoring the parameters back to the way they were with RockCat (the previous system). This took effect March 22nd.

Under the original SHARE parameters, the smallest libraries experienced a noticeable decrease in the number of items on their pick lists while the largest libraries experienced an extreme increase. The benefits of the revised parameters are anticipated to be less drastic lists at each library and a more balanced amount of items in the morning and afternoon deliveries reducing midday sorting time at the ALS delivery hub.

National Library Week – Libraries Lead

Arrowhead Library System will celebrate National Library Week April 8-14 with a weeklong campaign inviting community members to explore, enroll in, and share the online leadership and management courses available for free on Gale Courses. Watch for our Facebook posts, posters, flyers, press releases, and letters to local leaders.

Other NLW events include:

Beloit Public Library

  • Author Visit: Shelley Tougas
    “Laura Ingalls is Ruining My Life”

    Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Author Visit: Tom McBride
    "Bent Dead in Beloit: A Mystery"

    Monday, April 9, at 6 p.m.

Eager Free Public Library

  • Read Down Your Fines for National Library Week
    Monday, April 9 – Saturday, April 14

Hedberg Public Library

  • Potluck Lunch for HPL Staff on
    National Library Workers Day (April 10) hosted by HPL Management Team

  • Bookmobile Tours
    National Bookmobile Day (April 11) from 3 - 5 pm.

Heirloom Seed Library

The heirloom seed libraries are up and running at all seven public libraries. Each offers the same varieties of flowers, vegetables, and herbs selected for their ease of cultivation and delicious produce. Patrons may check out up to five seed packets total to plant at home and are encouraged to harvest the seeds this fall returning a portion to the seed library for distribution next year. Informational brochures are available at the seed library and online at

NASA Lunar and Meteorite Samples Certification Training

Three members of the Clinton Public Library staff completed the NASA Lunar and Meteorite Samples Certification Training at Kenosha Public Library on March 14th. They are now certified to borrow the lunar and meteorite samples from NASA Johnson Space Center. CPL plans to request samples from the Apollo Mission in 2019. The workshop covered specimen care and security, how to engage students using the samples, as well as how to link the materials with earth rocks to teach physical and earth sciences.

Edgerton Public Library Wins Grant for Wellness Programming

Edgerton Public Library received a 2018 SSM Health Community Partnership grant for a new bicycling-themed wellness program, Get Recharged at Your Library!, which will promote community bicycling and area trails, a “Bike to the Library” event, and an on-site, pedal-powered station for digital phone and tablet charging to enhance patrons’ appreciation of the important role regular exercise plays in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Big Read Activities

Beloit Public Library

  • Coffee and a Book…Discussion - "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich
    Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m.

  • Arts & Crafts for Kids: Native American Crafts - "The Birchbark House" by Louise Erdrich
    Thursday, April 12, from 4:30-6 p.m.

Clinton Public Library

  • Homeschoolers' Book Club - "The Birchbark House" by Louise Erdrich
    Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 1-2 p.m. at the library

Eager Free Public Library

  • Book Discussion - "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich
    Tuesday, May 1 @ 10:30am

Edgerton Public Library

  • Pages & Projects - "The Birchbark House"
    Tuesday, May 1 from 4-5 pm

  • Community Book Bunch - "The Round House"
    Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 at Rosati's in Edgerton

Hedberg Public Library

  • HPL Book Camp for kids in grades K-2 - "Thunder Boy Jr." by Sherman Alexie
    Monday, April 2 from 3:45-4:45 p.m.

  • HPL Book Camp for kids in grades 3-5 - "The Birchbark House" by Louise Erdrich
    Monday, April 9 from 3:45-4:45 p.m.

  • Wherever There is a Fog - presented by Mark Denning, Oneida/Menominee Indian
    Wednesday, April 18, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Milton Public Library

  • Online Book Discussion - "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich
    March 22 thru May 6 on Milton Reads-Wisconsin Facebook page

Orfordville Public Library

  • Thursday Book Club - "The Round House: by Louise Erdrich
    Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm at Footville Church of Christ

Eager Free Public Library Moves Forward on Construction Project

EFPL, a Carnegie Library, will be renovating the original portion of their building back to its original appearance and will be adding an 8,000 square foot addition. The result will be one cohesive, user-friendly, modern library with a dedicated teen space and rooms for studying, programming, multi-use, and conferencing. The project will begin April 2nd with asbestos abatement at the post office before the building's removal, followed by construction of the addition in its place and renovation of the existing library. The project completion date is estimated to be January 31, 2019.

Vogel Brothers Building Company won the project bid and will be celebrating with Eager Free Public Library with two Kids’ Construction Parties–one on Friday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m for children ages 2-5 and one on Thursday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. for kids 6-12. A special guest from Vogel Brothers Building Company will lead a storytime followed by more construction-themed activities and a chance to get up close and personal with real-life construction equipment.

Eager Free Public Library will remain open during construction and will continue to host outstanding programming for patrons of all ages–including Summer Library Program. Visit for a list of all upcoming library events and follow them on Facebook.

Community Read Rock County Events

A Conversation with Patty Loew
April 10, 2018, 6 PM - Hedberg Public Library
Join us for the capstone event of this year’s Community Read. Author Patty Loew will give a presentation about her book and lead a question and answer session.

Visit the CRRC website and Facebook page for all the updates.



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

ALS Calendar

ALS Board of Trustee Meeting:
Wednesday, April 11 – 6:00 pm at Beloit Public Library

ALS Librarian’s Meeting:
Wednesday, April 11 – 9:30 am at Milton Public Library - Chair Lisa Brooks

SHARE Director's Council:
Tuesday, April 3 – 11:00 am at Walworth Memorial Library

Contact Us

Contact the Tovah with comments, corrections, or library news.

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

Steve Platteter
Arrowhead Library System Director

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