WLA Bulletin | 11.26.2021
WLA Bulletin

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Partnering to Connect Library Patrons to Health Insurance 

Friday, December 10, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Presented by Courtney Harris, MSW

Outreach & Partner Relations Manager, Covering Wisconsin 

Learn how libraries, local non-profits, and health insurance enrollment assisters can work together to connect Wisconsinites to health insurance coverage—right now during the Healthcare.gov open enrollment period, and beyond. This free webinar for WLA members will cover health insurance basics to support library staff in answering questions and making referrals to local, unbiased experts in the community. It will also highlight the free outreach and educational resources available through Covering Wisconsin to help libraries spread the word. 


Register now.


Public Libraries & Healthier Communities 

Wednesday, December 15, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Presented by Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA  

Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist 

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Region 6

Public libraries are on the frontlines of health information needs of their communities. Trusted institutions, public libraries are also often the only access to computers and/or broadband in their communities. This free webinar for WLA members will provide attendees with tips for health reference interactions and ideas for getting started with health outreach and programming in their communities. We will look at no-cost resources for evidence-based health information in multiple languages. Attendees will leave with at least one new thing that can do immediately to improve their health services in their communities.


Register now. 


These webinars will be recorded. To receive a link to the recordings, please register (even if you cannot attend the live webinars).





The second round of the WLA Mentorship Program will begin in January 2022. Care will be given to match mentees with mentors according to the goals provided on the application. If you are successfully matched, the committee will let you know by mid December. A required orientation program is slated for January 12th at 2PM.


Following your orientation, you and your mentor or mentee will set up monthly meetings, virtual or in-person - your choice - to discuss the goals you have set out for the experience. On a quarterly basis, a member of the WLA Leadership Committee will check in to make sure the mentorship experience is on track. 


Any WLA member may apply to the year-long program and there is no additional cost to participate. Applications for mentors and mentees are now available at https://www.wisconsinlibraries.org/mentorship-program with a due date of Monday, November 29th.





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WLA News is a digital publication with in-depth news and feature articles, announcements, and more distributed quarterly via email to WLA members.    The next submission deadline for the WLA News is December 1, 2021.   Please email your articles for consideration to [email protected].



Will Glenn Sr. stays himself as city's first Black teen librarian

The Cap Times, 11/14/2021

Estimated reading time:  5 minutes, 3 seconds


One of the highlights for Will Glenn Sr. is when people recognize him from his time working with kids at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center on Madison’s southwest side early in the 2010s.  As he walked out of his office at the Goodman South Library on a Tuesday this month, a woman asked him how he was and shared that her grandkids still talk about how much they enjoyed time spent with him there.

Souvenirs of Service Exhibit Opens 11/5
Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 10/21/2021

Estimated Reading Time:  1 minute, 31 seconds


On November 5, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum will open “Souvenirs of Service: The Things They Kept,” a new exhibit featuring objects that Wisconsinites   collected while serving in the armed forces. The items, collected from the Civil War era to modern-day, range from cannon balls and Zippos to swords and dolls. Each is presented along with its captivating backstory.


Re-entry Toolkits: Helping the Formerly Incarcerated at the Library

Programming Librarian, 11/19/2021

Estimated reading time:  5 minutes, 48 seconds


Each year, more than 600,000 people are released from state and federal prisons within the United States, and 9 million are released from jail, according to a 2020 ALA report. How can libraries meet the information needs of all these people — especially in 2021, with the pandemic still affecting our daily lives?



Grant Opportunity for Public and School Libraries

Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone, 11/16/ 2021

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 14 seconds


The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is pleased to announce that applications for the Nita M. Lowery 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant competition are available for the 2022-23 school year. The 21st CCLC grant is a federal grant that funds before-school, after-school, and summer programs across the state of Wisconsin.


Apply Now: Inclusive Financial Literacy Programming Kit

Programming Librarian, 11/16/2021

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 38 seconds


One hundred public and school libraries will receive free books and resources through an effort to distribute diverse and inclusive financial literacy resources for children and young people. The giveaway is offered by the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation).



Upcoming Book to Movie Adaptations

Many of you attended the popular, “At the Movies with Librarians:  The Book is Not Enough” session at last week’s conference.  Here's the list again, in case you missed it!

November is Picture Book Month


Estimated reading time:  47 seconds

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.

Tell us how your library is celebrating!  Send photos, stories, and more to [email protected].

In honor of this special month, we’re taking an informal poll: What is the top picture book checked out from your library over the past year?  Send replies to [email protected].

12 Podcasts To Curl Up With This Winter


Estimated reading time:  9 minutes, 4 seconds


For most of us there comes a time in the darkest days of the year when we feel like shutting off the outside world and escaping. In that spirit, we'd like to present our very own Podcast Escape Hatch. Whether it's laughs, thrills or a real life investigation you're after, we've got a goodie box for you.

2021 National Book Festival Highlights: Cooking and Community

Library of Congress:  Blogs, 11/23/2021

Estimated reading time:  3 minutes, 35 seconds


This week, as families and communities around the country gather together to give thanks and share a meal, we’re highlighting programs from the 2021 National Book Festival that honor the ways in which food is often inextricably linked with love, community, storytelling and cultural memory.



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Featuring quick reads for busy library professionals, WLA Bulletin is a curated collection of industry and member news, funding opportunities,  and other interesting tidbits emailed to WLA members every two weeks.  Content is accepted on an ongoing basis and can be submitted to [email protected].


WLA News is a digital publication with more in-depth news and feature articles, announcements, and more distributed quarterly via email to WLA members.  The next submission deadline for the WLA News is December 1, 2021.  Please email your articles for consideration to [email protected]



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