Speak Up for Your Library January News

Happy New Year and thank you for your willingness to “Speak Up for Your Library!” 

I’m guessing that many of you received books for Christmas.  Once you’re done with it, consider giving it to your local library if you’re not passing it on to a friend or family member.  Even if they choose not to add it to the collection it will benefit the library through their booksale.

 

Did you get a gift card for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Half Price Books this Christmas? As you lounge by the fire in a post-holiday glow, remember book recommendation services from BadgerLink http://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/  NoveList and NoveList K-8 are fiction recommendation databases that you can use to find book lists, read-a-likes, and other fun stuff.  Browse for books not just by subject but also by tone, writing style, pace, genre, and audience.   NoveList is the perfect resource for finding your next book!  Just go to Badgerlink http://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/ and click on Books (under Find).

 

And if you got a new e-reader (Kindle, Nook, etc.) you can check out the library’s ebooks.  You can reach them two ways, through the library’s catalog http://catalog.winnefox.org/ or through the WPLC Overdrive page http://dbooks.wplc.info/

 

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Speak Up for Your Library December News

Good morning and thank you for your willingness to “Speak Up for Your Library!”

Looking for a holiday gift idea?   Books make a great gift.  Here are some lists of best books of 2015:

The 2016 WLA Legislative Day will be Tuesday 9 February.  This is the time when library advocates and supporters from around the state meet with legislators in Madison.   A good turnout is always important.  Please consider attending.  The information page and a registration form can be found at http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/legislative/legislative-day

I wish you all a joyous holiday season and a happy new year. 

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Speak up for Your Library November News

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Public libraries can be a great resource for job-seekers.  The online Winnefox Employment Help Center http://www.winnefox.org/jobs/  has links to sites to brush up on job search skills and to look for jobs.  Library computers can be used to write and submit resumes, letters, and applications.  And, of course, the library has books on job search skills and study guides for employment tests. 

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Speak up for Your Library October News

Good morning and thank you for your willingness to “Speak Up for Your Library!”

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel recently had a great column on “Why we love our public library” as a source for information, a place for community, and as a place that helps people transform their lives.

Read it at:  http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/why-we-love-our-public-library-b995...

Local governments are working on their 2016 budgets. If you have thoughts on library funding be sure to contact elected officials.  Your voice may be needed to support your library.

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Speak up for Your Library August News

Good morning and thank you for your willingness to “Speak Up for Your Library!”

 

Americans still love libraries more than any other public institution:   All Those Techies Who Predicted the Demise of the Public Library Were Wrong

http://www.alternet.org/books/all-those-techies-who-predicted-demise-pub...

 

Check out What The College Kids Are Reading

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/07/23/424637255/what-the-college-kid...

 

 What’s your library worth to you?

The library provides a lot of intangible value but did you ever wonder about the financial value you receive from your library?  Winnefox has posted a calculator that estimates what you would have to pay for the materials and services you receive from your library if the library didn’t exist.  If you enter in where you live it also calculates the amount of return you receive from your tax support of the library.  Check it out at www.winnefox.org/roi.html

 

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Speak up for Your Library July News

 

Good morning and thank you for your willingness to “Speak Up for Your Library!”

 

Life without libraries would be unimaginably poorer

A great column by Jeff Jacoby from the Boston Globe

But the small library in my Cleveland-area day school was merely a gateway drug to the local public library. I spent innumerable hours there as a boy, addicted as much to the serendipitous pleasures of searching for a good book as to the satisfying relish of losing myself in its pages once I found one.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2015/06/17/life-without-li...

 

Traveling?  You’re never far from one of the 17,000 public libraries in America. 

This interactive map will show you where they all are.

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/06/every-library-and...

 

Have you signed up for library text message notices?  The library can email you notices when you have something waiting to be picked up, when something will be due soon, and when you have something overdue.  If you sign up you will receive only these email notices and, because your personal information is confidential, the library will not share or give out your email address.  Ask at your library to sign up.

 

Local governments will soon start drafting their 2016 budgets.  Elected officials need to hear from constituents about the services they feel are important.  Now is the time to talk to them.    Back in 2006 we posted recommendations on communicating with elected officials:  http://blogs.winnefox.org/speakup/2006/10/26/communicating_with_elected_...

 

Don’t forget to say “Thanks”

Any time you contact elected officials about an issue thank them.  Whether the issue was decided the way you hoped for or not, thank them for their help and support.  Even if they didn’t vote the way you wanted them to, thank them for listening to your concerns.  You may be contacting them in the future on another issue and they’ll remember your thanks.

 

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Speak up for Your Library June News

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Fight Summer Slump!   Over summer vacation children are at risk of losing several months of reading and math ability.  One way to fight summer slump and give your kids a boost next fall is reading.   Enroll your child in the library’s summer reading program.

June is Audiobook Month.  Check out a book on CD, PlayAway, or Overdrive digital audiobook.  They’re great to “read” while driving, exercising, or working around the house.  Not sure what to read?  Take a look at the 2015 Audie Award nominees and winners at  http://www.theaudies.com/

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Speak up for Your Library May News

Good morning and thank you for your willingness to “Speak Up for Your Library!”

 

Want your kids to read more?   Here’s an interesting post on encouraging Teenagers to Read by Choosing Books From the Non-Y.A. Shelves

“My solution is to “seed” my older son’s room with a wide range of books for him to find on his own time and on his own terms.”

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/encouraging-teenagers-to-r...

 

Badgerlink: A Resource for Wisconsin

For about 15 years the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has provided Wisconsin residents access to a premier collection of online resources through the Badgerlink program.   Included in the collection are:

Newspaper and magazine indexes and full-text articles with specialized collections for students, business owners, and academics.
HeritageQuest genealogical resources
Auto Repair Reference Center
Encyclopedia Britannica
Learning Express Library, which provides online practice tests and study resources

Learn more through your library’s web page or the Badgerlink site  http://www.badgerlink.net/

 

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Speak up for Your Library April News

Good morning and thank you for your willingness to “Speak Up for Your Library!” 

Election Day is next Tuesday.  Don’t forget to vote.

National Library Week is the third week of April—the 12th – the 18th.  Most libraries are planning special events to celebrate and highlight their services.  Stop in to see what’s happening at your library. 

As you plan your spring home and garden projects don’t forget to check out the many books and videos the library owns on these topics.  Even if your local library doesn’t have what you need on the shelf there’s a good chance that one of the other Winnefox libraries does have it and can get it to your library within a couple days.

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Speak up for Your Library March News

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The 22 Stages Of Visiting Your Public Library

http://www.buzzfeed.com/wallingfordlibrary/the-22-stages-of-visiting-you...    Yes, it really is this exciting.

 

Not sure what to read next?   Check out this list of 30 books you should read before you die, according to a poll of librarians in the UK.

http://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/2xgq1y/the_mla_conducted_a_poll_i...

 

What Does Reading do for the Mind? 

There’s an interesting article at http://www.csun.edu/~krowlands/Content/Academic_Resources/Reading/Useful...

 

Wisconsin Legislative Notification Service

The Legislative Notification Service is a great way to keep informed about the State Legislature’s activities.  You can set it up so you receive an email notice:

whenever there's action on a bill relating to a specific topic ("library" or "libraries" for example).
whenever a legislator on your list introduces or signs on to a bill
whenever there's action on a specific bill or proposal

You can get more information and sign up at http://Notify.legis.state.wi.us

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