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Speak Up for your Library Post-Election News

Now that the elections are over this is a good time to contact newly elected or re-elected officials:  our new Governor, Senators, and Assembly Representatives.  Congratulate them on their election and tell them how important your library is to you and your family.

If you are not sure which Assembly or Senate District you are in you can enter your address here to find out.

Governor Scot Walker
P.O. Box 100828
Milwaukee, WI 53210

Speak up for your Library November News

Tuesday is Election Day. Be sure to vote for the candidate of your choice.

We’re asking you to Speak Up for Your Library because libraries use tax dollars efficiently, working together to reduce duplication of services and resources:

A prime example of this is BadgerLink, which brings to Wisconsin residents a “treasure trove” of online resources (newspapers, magazines, professional, academic and medical journals) that can meet almost any information need.

Speak up for your Library Mid-October News

Across the nation, we’re seeing cuts to library budgets at the city, county and state levels. These cuts are resulting in reductions in staff and hours of operation, and branch and library closures:

But more importantly, these cuts are negatively impacting the ability of residents to access the information and resources they need. Libraries have long been leaders in cooperative operational agreements – sharing collections and delivery services. Long before it was fashionable to trim budget excess and eliminate duplication of services, libraries were leading the way.

Speak up for your Library October News

School has been in session for about a month now. Did you know that public libraries are an important partner in childrens’ education? Public libraries are generally open many more hours than school libraries. Even when the public library is closed, its online databases and ‘Ask Away’ online reference service are available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check out your library’s web page to see what’s available. If you don’t know the address, go to and pick your library from the map.

Speak up for your Library May News

As you start your spring home and garden projects don’t forget to check out the many books and videos the library owns on these topics.

Our Public Library Lifeline Is Fraying.

We’ll Be Sorry When it Snaps
Art Brodsky had a great National Library Week column a couple weeks ago. Here are some key phrases:

…many libraries, particularly public libraries, are being decimated by budget cuts at a time when library services are needed most…


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