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Speak up for your Library April News

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

It’s common to hear that libraries are becoming obsolete but Wisconsin residents don’t believe it. Library use in Winnefox Library System continued to increase in 2009, with several libraries seeing double-digit increases in the number of items checked out. Overall, the number of items checked out from Winnefox libraries increased by 4.6% over 2008.

Speak up for your Library December News

Results in two local elections last month show how strong support for libraries is in Wisconsin. Up in Minocqua voters approved a $1.6 million library expansion referendum by a 491 to 188 margin. And in the Village of Marathon voters approved a $550,000 referendum for a new library by a 333 to 56 margin.

Speak up for your Library November News

10 Tips to Becoming an Effective Library Patron

Ancestry Magazine has published a series of tips for becoming a more effective library user. While their tips are aimed at genealogists many are useful for anyone using the library for informational purposes. Check it out at: or

Speak up for your Library October News

School has been in session for a month now. Did you know that public libraries are an important partner in children’s’ 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 September News

September is library card sign-up month: a time to remind parents and kids that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Libraries are heading into tough times. Demand for library services are up–more people are using libraries and checking items out. However local governments are in a budget squeeze, caught between rising expenses, reduced shared revenue from the state, and levy limits. If you believe that your library is important, now is the time to talk to local elected officials. Your library director can give you more specific information on their needs.

Speak up for your Library August News

Congratulations to the Endeavor Public Library, which has recently moved into a new building, and the Wautoma Public Library, which has just completed an expansion and remodeling project. If you’re in the area, check them out.

Reading’s Effect on the Mind

A recent study has suggested that reading benefits the mind. According to study results, reading:


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