Library Love Stories go to Madison!

Yowza! So far we’ve collected more than 130 stories! Y’all are awesome. Reb put these together in a handout, This is my library story, that John Thompson and Monica LaVold are bringing to Madison for Library Legislative Day next week. It’s yours to use and distribute, if you’d like.

Don’t stop collecting stories! The form will remain open, and Reb will be creating seasonal updates. Keep encouraging staff to record verbal comments and encourage your peeps to use the form, too.

From Leah

Continuing Ed Survey: Deadline!

To help IFLS, NWLS, SWLS, and WVLS plan a couple of excellent webinar series for you for 2022, please fill out this survey by the end of Monday (February 7).  We are looking for input from all staff (yes, that’s you!).

New Professional Collection Items

Coming Right Up

New Announcements

Let’s Talk About Race At Work  Feb 15, 2022 10:00 AM (Online)

Workplace conversations on race can be challenging. Even with the best intentions and sincere willingness to listen and understand, talking about racism can be uncomfortable. Rather than avoiding the necessary discussions and exchanges, we can learn how to productively talk about race. We can have conversations about race, racism and racial equity. We can create brave, bold and safe spaces to ask questions, share experiences, make commitments, co-create solutions, hold ourselves accountable and creating authentic, measurable and lasting impact. Part of the 2022 LSTA-funded project, Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race.

Session registration here:

Oceans of Possibilities—In Our Backyard!

March 3, 2-3 pm (online)

Water! A wonderous, fascinating, wet opportunity to explore literacy and have fun! Water also has a way of drawing us in and making us feel connected to our bodies (mostly water) and the earth (mostly water). This webinar will present oceans of possibilities in our own backyard, using the Great Lakes watershed as a summer inspiration. The one-hour presentation will include both Western and Indigenous approaches to learning about our watershed, especially aimed at librarians working with elementary school aged kids.  Anne Moser is senior special librarian at the Wisconsin Water Library at UW and has been presenting water-themed story times that integrate literacy, art, music, and science to children ages 3 through young adult since 2008. She is honored to co-present with Jenny Van Sickle, Alaskan Native and outreach specialist with the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Commission.

This session will be recorded and captioned. It will provide one hour of continuing education credit for public library directors.

Register here:

From the IFLS Calendar

  • Feb 7: Deadline for CE Survey
  • Feb 8: Library Legislative Day
  • Feb 9: Youth Services Check-In

Passport Program Info Request

MORE library directors should have gotten an email from me (Reb) last week. So far I’ve gotten 11 responses and I want to go to all of those places! Planning some road trips Right Now! So get your three things in to me as soon as possible (there’s a super friendly form).

Annual Report Swag is on its way!

I just plain ran out of time this week. Watch for it in Marketing Monthly, and I’ll send an email to all Library Directors next week.

I hope I haven’t forgotten anything! Have a great weekend, you wonderful people.