WLA Bulletin | 12.24.2021
WLA Bulletin

TODAY'S TOOLBOX                                                                                              12.24.2021



The WLA Office will be closed Friday, December 24 and Friday, December 31.   Happy New Year!



Join your library colleagues at the annual WLA Legislative Day Event on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.  


We are thrilled to be returning to the State's Capitol for this important & energizing event. The day will start out with a morning session at the Madison Concourse Hotel, followed by appointments with state legislators in the Capitol building. Start gathering your photos & preparing your library stories to share with your legislators.

Register now.  Deadline for registration is Friday, January 14 at 5 PM.




Incoming leaders should have received an email invitation earlier this week to attend the annual WLA Leader Training scheduled for Friday, January 14 at the DeForest Public Library.    Please register by Monday, January 10.   Contact Laura Sauser with questions.


RSVP here






RESCHEDULED!  Public Libraries & Healthier Communities 

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 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.


This webinar will be recorded. To receive a link to the recording, please register (even if you cannot attend the live event).




We’re pleased to bring back the popular “Be a Member, Get a Member” campaign for 2022.   Starting January 1, 2022, when you refer a new member to join the Wisconsin Library Association, both you and the new member will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a cash prize ($250 each).   Learn more


Thanks for helping to grow WLA in 2022!  




Check out these recent posts from the YSS blog!



University Library donates more than 12,500 books to Books for Africa
University of Wisconsin-Stout, 12/08/2021

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 41 seconds


University of Wisconsin-Stout donated more than 12,500 textbooks recently to Books for Africa.

The books, which were withdrawn from the University Library Instructional Resources Service, otherwise likely would have ended up in a landfill.

School bus crashes into Milwaukee Public library location after collision with MCTS bus

CBS 58, 12/10/2021

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 48 seconds

The morning rush hour was quickly halted after a school bus collided with a Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus near Fond du Lac and Center in Milwaukee. It happened around 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10.

Winners of the 2021 East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program awards

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 12/02/2021

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 8 seconds

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Wisconsin—Madison is pleased to announce the winners of the “East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program” competition. Grants have been awarded to public libraries throughout Wisconsin, enriching their collections with new titles that will enable patrons to deepen their understanding of East Asia (which includes China, Japan, and Korea). Over $24,000 in funding will be distributed to 29 libraries, representing 12 of the state’s 14 library systems.



The Wisconsin Arts Board is currently accepting Phase 1 applications for Creative Communities project grants (Applications due 2/24/2022)
Wisconsin Arts Board

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 9 seconds


The Creative Communities (CC) grants program encourages arts education, cultural understanding, and community arts development in Wisconsin. It provides support for projects that further the Arts Board’s goals in the following three areas: Arts Education, Folk and Traditional Arts, and Local Arts. Through direct financial support of specific art​s projects, the Arts Board sustains the vitality of Wisconsin culturally, educationally and economically.

Arts Midwest panel sign-up

Arts Midwest

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 29 seconds

Arts Midwest welcomes individuals from across the United States who are interested in joining our panels for Shakespeare in American Communities and NEA Big Read! Panelists play a key role in helping determine which applicant organizations receive funding in the next year for these two programs.

Now accepting applications: NEA Big Read

Arts Midwest

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 45 seconds

Are you looking for support to bring your community together to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, new discoveries, and connections? Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program. Organizations can access up to $20,000 in support for community-wide reading programs. Applications are due January 26, 2022.


Apply Now: Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant (Applications due 2/01/2022)

Programming Librarian, 12/01/2021

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 11 seconds

ALA invites library workers to apply for the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, an annual award supporting innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries.


Grant Opportunity for Public and School Libraries (Applications due 1/28/2022)

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.



New Workforce Assistance Resources for Public Library Staff

WI Libraries for Everyone, 12/16/2021

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 41 seconds


New resources are available on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website to help public libraries better prepare in providing workforce assistance to library users, including job searches.


Wellness in the Library Workplace (2-week, 4 CE class)

National Library of Medicine

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 33 seconds

You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join us to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace.  If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? We will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy, and safe work environments.

Use of podcasts to reduce misinformation in the time of COVID-19: A collaboration of librarians, healthcare providers, and community organizations (webinar)

National Library of Medicine

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 28 seconds

This presentation will share information about a project funded by the All of Us project in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine. It showcases the use of podcasts to promote health literacy and inform the Latinx community about relevant health topics, during the Covid -19 Pandemic. It is a collaboration of Spanish speaking healthcare providers, librarians, and community organizers. The goal is to educate and reduce misinformation within this community about relevant health issues.

Literacy Education Beyond the Classroom (webinar)

Library of Congress
Estimated reading time:  39 seconds

Join us for a conversation on successful practices related to literacy education beyond the classroom. This session will be facilitated by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board Member, Don Vu; author of "Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Supporting Our Immigrant and Refugee Children Through the Power of Reading."


Poinsettia: How a U.S. Diplomat Made a Mexican Flower an International Favorite

The Library of Congress Blog, 12/22/2021

Estimated reading time:  3 minutes, 46 seconds


No Christmas holiday scene in the U.S. would be complete without the poinsettia, available in more than one hundred varieties but mostly sold in vibrant red, pink, white and marbled colors. With more than 35 million sold annually, the pre-Columbian plant is the best-selling potted bloom in the United States, contributing roughly $250 million to the economy. Most are sold in a six-week stretch leading up to the Christmas holiday.


15 last minute bookish gifts for the reader in your life

Book Riot

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 58 seconds

We’ve all been there: you can have all the time in the world to prepare for gift-giving season, but there is always at least one person on your list who is impossible to shop for, and you end up waiting until the last minute to get them a gift. The shops are busy (or altogether closed, if you’re a real last minute gift buyer), and you need something that shows you know this person through and through, and totally had their gift planned for ages. Never fear, your friendly neighborhood Book Rioter is here to save the day and give you a few last-minute gift ideas for the reader in your life.

New FDA-approved eye drops could replace reading glasses for millions: "It's definitely a life changer"
CBS News , 12/09/2021

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 32 seconds

A newly approved eye drop hitting the market on Thursday could change the lives of millions of Americans with age-related blurred near vision, a condition affecting mostly people 40 and older.


This Turkish library is shaped like a shelf of giant books

Literary Hub, 1/29/2021

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 23 seconds

Here’s something wonderful: Karabuk University’s library, in Karabuk, Turkey, is designed to look like a row of large books on a shelf. It’s so cheerful—and there is a pleasure and clarity in something stating what it is.



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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].


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