WLA Bulletin | 3.04.2022
WLA Bulletin

TODAY'S TOOLBOX                                                                                              03.04.2022



Registration Open!  2022 WAAL Conference to Feature State Poet Laureate

Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Creative Change Agent, Wisconsin and Milwaukee Poet Laureate will help kick off “Open Minds, Open Doors” the 2022 WAAL Conference at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield April 20 - 22.  

Other conference highlights include sessions on social media strategies, applying marketing principles to your library, cultivating a culturally diverse library, lightning talks, poster sessions and opportunities to network with your peers.

Registration is now open! Visit the conference webpage to learn more and register


Intellectual Freedom SIG Monthly Meeting

March 28, 11:00 a.m. 


Meet with other WLA members interested in discussing issues and resources related to intellectual freedom.  No registration required!   Join Zoom Meeting:



Virtual Presentations with the Outreach Services Roundtable 

All WLA members are invited to attend these upcoming presentations hosted by the Outreach Services Roundtable. Register to attend the presentations and/or to receive a link to the recordings. 


Community Reads 

Thursday, March 31, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m

Register here


Planning a community read event for your town or campus might sound like an overwhelming project that requires a grant, community buy-in, and more staff than you have. Join us to learn how public and academic libraries of various sizes have planned and funded community read events and how you can adapt their ideas to work for your library.   


Contact Jennie Fidler at [email protected] with questions. 


Let’s Share: Bite-Sized Outreach 

Wednesday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. - noon

Register here. 


Not all outreach needs to be big! Learn about and discuss how different libraries have provided outreach services that are low cost and easy to execute. Share your own ideas in this short form by May 2. Examples include: complimenting book displays with relevant community resources, setting up a booth at community events, providing summer reading logs to existing outreach patrons, etc. 


Contact Kelly Davis at [email protected] with questions. 


Leadership Appointments

Congratulations to the following members who were appointed to open leadership positions during the February meeting of the WLA Board of Directors: 


  • TSS Vice-Chair – Cheryl Nessman, Mead Public Library
  • TSS Secretary –Amy Eisenschink, Manitowoc Public Library
  • WAPL Director-at-Large - Roxanne Staveness, Rio Community Library
  • WISL 1st Year Director - Katelyn Noack, Mondovi Public Library
  • WLA Foundation Board of Directors:  Nanette Bulebosh, Elkhart Lake (former director of Kiehl Public Library) & Paula Ganyard, UW-Green Bay David A. Cofrin Library 

The following leadership positions are available.  Please contact [email protected] for more information. 

  • SSCS Vice Chair
  • SSCS Director-at-Large (Academic)
  • WLTF Vice-Chair
  • WLTF Board Liaison
  • WAAL Board Liaison
  • AWSL Vice-Chair  


AWSL Virtual Town Hall Meeting

April 19, 11:30 a.m. 

The next Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL) Town Hall meeting will take place April 19 at 11:30 a.m.   All WLA members are encouraged to attend and learn more about the AWSL community and their new Town Hall sessions! 


Steve Rice, Museum and Archives Manager at the Door County Historical Museum, will talk about the Museum, his collaboration with the Door County Library System and the resulting oral history project.


To join, https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/96012237156?pwd=Y3VrUitDdHFNR3dFN0syTWdDMlZEdz09.


AWSL is looking for a 2022 Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect.  If you are interested, please contact AWSL Chair Anne Moser via email at [email protected]


Be a Member, Get a Member Campaign 2022! 

Refer a new member to join the Wisconsin Library Association and 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!  


National Library Week Interview

Mark Your Calendar!  WLA President Nayma Reed will be a guest on AARP's weekly "Thursdays with AARP" livestream show on their Facebook page and YouTube Channel, Thursday, April 7 at noon.  This interview will take place during National Library Week and will focus on the strong relationship between libraries and seniors.



Newsletters & Blogs

  • Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL):  Read the latest AWSL newsletter here.
  • Wisconsin Small Libraries (WISL):  Read the latest WISL Newsletter here
  • Youth Services Section:   Check out these recent posts from the YSS blog.


Burlington Library Seeks Its Place Among Public Projects Needing Millions of Dollars in Support

Wisconsin State Journal, 02/23/2022

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 46 seconds

The Burlington Public Library and its boosters are preparing to unveil a fundraising campaign for a $9 million library expansion that has been in the works for many years.

Indigenous Storytelling Showcased at Madison Public Library

Native News Online, 03/01/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 44 seconds

On Saturday, February 26, the Madison Public Library hosted Thrival Tools: Indigenous Winter Survival and Brilliance, a storytellers celebration that opened the organization’s live public programming for the year.


Operating Plan Approved for Proposed Madison Library Despite Financial Trepidations

Wisconsin State Journal, 03/02/2022

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 4 seconds

Despite several members raising concerns about the city's tough financial situation, the Madison City Council signed off late Tuesday night on an operating plan for a proposed combined library, city services and park pavilion building in Reindahl Park.

Sun Prairie Public Library Awarded Grant for Diverse Programming

Sun Prairie Star, 02/21/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 40 seconds


The Sun Prairie Public Library (SPPL) has received a grant from the UW Madison’s Center for South Asia to educate and engage the community about South Asian culture.

Madison Public Library Introduces First Poet-in-Residence

City of Madison, 03/01/2022

Estimated reading time:  5 minutes, 6 seconds

Angela Trudell Vasquez will serve as Madison Public Library’s Poet-in-Residence from March-May 2022 and will offer a number of programs for all ages. 

New Facility Will Preserve Irreplaceable Library Resources

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 02/24/2022

Estimated reading time:  4 minutes, 23 seconds

UW–Madison has secured funding for a $33 million state-of-the-art shelving facility that provides the environmental controls needed to preserve its library collections.

CVTC Using Pandemic Relief Funding to Expand Free Textbook Program

Leader-Telegram, 02/17/2022

Estimate reading time:  1 minute, 47 seconds


Area colleges are continuing to allocate millions they’ve received in federal COVID-19 relief funding. Chippewa Valley Technical College officials say it’s using some relief funding to respond to pandemic issues — buying equipment and technology for online classes and remote work, and offering mental health services for students — but also to expand a free and low-cost textbook program.



Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race-- Large Group Discussion Sessions


Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 25 seconds

This session is an opportunity to “debrief” on the content of the recent "Let's Talk about Race at Work" webinar (View Archived Webinar Here) in a safe and respectful environment with colleagues.  Choose a time that works for you and sign up!


April 5 Spring 2022 Election Resources 

Voters depend upon libraries as a trusted source for impartial information about candidates, election dates and voter registration! Below are links to resources about the April 5 spring election to share with your patrons:


Wisconsin League of Women Voters

Vote 411

Wisconsin Elections Commission



Apply for the Small Dollar, Big Impact Grant by March 15th, 2022

AARP Wisconsin

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 35 seconds

We are excited to be accepting applications from across Wisconsin for “Small Dollar, Big Impact” grants, which will be awarded to new projects that are designed to improve a community and make it a better place for everyone to live, work, and play as they age. AARP Wisconsin may award a grant of up to $1,000 to at least one eligible applicant.


Health Information Outreach Award    (Due 03/12/2022)

Network of the National Library of Medicine

Estimated reading time:  14 minutes, 6 seconds

Region 6 is pleased to announce new funding opportunities for Year 2 of our cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  The Health Information Outreach Award is to improve health literacy and increase health equity through engagement and training for health information.



Quick Study: Some Stats on Book-Reading

ArtsJournal, 02/17/2022

Estimated listening time: 7 minutes, 41 seconds


In this episode, we take stock of recent studies about book-reading through print and digital media, and how patterns may have changed during the pandemic.


8 Program Ideas for Women's History Month

The Programming Librarian,  02/25/2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 29 seconds


March is Women's History Month! Looking for some unique program ideas? Here are eight to get you started on your programming plans for the month.



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