• Courier running late

    At least 2 routes have been reported as running late today by the libraries. Route 1304: Hudson (received about 11:15), River Falls(arrived 12:45 pm), Ellsworth, Spring Valley, Plum City, Pepin, and Durand.  Also, route 1303: Somerset (received about 11:30), Baldwin, Menomonie, and Elk Mound.

    07/18/2019 - 12:25pm
  • Working Again!: Automated Telephone Notice and Renewal System

    MORE's automated telephone notice system (sometimes called TNS or Teleforms) and the telephone renewal service are working again as of mid-day July 17 after being down since July 4. Please submit a help desk ticket with questions or problems. -Lori

    07/17/2019 - 12:57pm
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As someone who grew up in a very rural area (graduating class of 32, but 3 were foreign exchange students!), and someone who works with libraries serving rural communities, I'm glad to see national attention focused on the particular needs and challenges of education in rural settings.  YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) is considering these issues, especially as they relate to schools, but I bet people working with teens in rural areas will recognize some of these challenges and ideas with an Aspen Institute discussion titled No Longer Forgotten:  The Triumph and Challenge of Education in Rural America.  You can listen to a recording of the live stream or read a summary of the discussion here.  YALSA and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries are working together to convene cohorts of libraries that work with teens in rural areas to support each other and learn more about how to provide services that allow teens to be ready for colleges or careers.  Find more out here, and let me know if you want to apply and want someone to look at your application before you send it in!