Ideas to Make Your Library Shine

Sharing ideas from around the system & around the country, on programming, fundraising, grants, free stuff, and more.
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Travel Posters Based On Famous Novels

You can create a book display around any of the Travel Posters Based On Famous Novels, courtesy of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) from their Great American Read project.

Click on any of the images on their downloadables page to get printable 18x24 posters to use at your library..

Also included are downloadable images of book quotes, facts, and memes like the one below that you coud use on Facebook or other social media::

Source: Buzzfeed, with a hat tip to Mark Arend


14 Webinars in 2 Days: Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference

The annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is full of great info, and you don't need to drive anywhere to attend it — participate from your desk, home, or on the go.

Fourteen one-hour sessions are scheduled over two days: Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday January 24, 2019. There are concurrent sessions in 4 tracks, plus opening and closing sessions:

Attend as many sessions as you'd like; they'll all be recorded so you can watch any that you miss. Here's the schedule:

Wednesday, January 23    
Pull Your Shelf Together: Community Organizing in Libraries (Opening Session) 9 - 10am register  
A Step-by-Step Guide to Library Hiring (Library Leadership) 10:30 - 11:30am   register
60 Teen Programs in 60 Minutes (Youth Services) 10:30 - 11:30am register
Great Expectations: Customer Service and the Future of Libraries (Library Leadership) 1 - 2pm register
What Makes a Great Children’s Librarian? (Youth Services) 1 - 2pm register
Silos No More: Harness Library Wide Teams for Success 2:30 - 3:30pm register
Let’s Talk About Race (Youth Services) 2:30 - 3:30pm register
Thursday, January 24    
What They Didn’t Teach in Library School: The Cycle of True Marketing (Marketing) 9 - 10am register
WHY-brarian (Small and Mighty) 9 - 10am register
How to Better Leverage Library Resources for Marketing Success (Marketing) 10:30 - 11:30am register
Big Programs, Little Budget (Small and Mighty) 10:30 - 11:30am register
Step Up Your Library Signage (Marketing) 12 - 1pm register
Size Doesn't Matter: Transforming Big Ideas Into Small Library Environments (Small & Mighty) 12 - 1pm register
Self Care: Preventing Burn Out 2 - 3pm register

Contact hours for continuing education toward public librarian re-certification: 1 per webinar.  All sessions will be recorded, and will be available for viewing here soon after each session.

To participate: all you need for the visual is either...
• an internet-connected computer; you can run the system check ahead of time, or
• an iOS®, Android®, or Windows® mobile device; just download the free GoToWebinar app ahead of time
For the audio, either...
• headphones, earbuds, or speakers connected to your computer, or
• use a telephone or speakerphone to call in (long distance rates apply)

New to webinars?
• Read the How to Join guide or watch the 4-minute Attendee Quick Start video so you'll know what to expect.
• As soon as you register for a webinar, a confirmation email will be sent to you that contains a link to join the webinar at the appointed date and time.
• You'll receive an email reminder prior to each webinar, which will have a link which reads, "Click here to join" — this is the link you'll click to connect to a session.
• Before joining a webinar session, please turn off any other software or processes on your computer that would compete with your Internet bandwidth. (Programs like automatic updates, instant messaging, email, etc., if running during the webinar, may degrade the quality of the webinar's audio and video.)

The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide virtual conference developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 15 other library systems and the DPI in Wisconsin. Because of this collaboration, all sessions are available to you at no cost.


Applications are Open: Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Project

WebJunction, in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, is expanding its Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project, making it available to 15 more small libraries.

They're accepting applications from small public libraries (serving communities with fewer than 25,000 people) that are interested in engaging their communities in a process to transform physical space and to support active learning at the library.

  • Submit an application by 7pm CST on Friday, January 18, 2019.
  • You may downloadn a PDF of the application in order to preview the questions before beginning the application process.
  • Read the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces FAQ and overview

The selected libraries will ...

  • receive $5,000 for project materials
  • collaborate with their communities to transform a space in their library to encourage more hands-on, participatory active learning.
  • engage in online learning with the WebJunction team

During the first round of the project, 15 small public libraries serving rural or remote communities were chosen to participate. In addition to receiving funding support, participants attended webinars, received coaching from the WebJunction team, and were supported by fellow participants as they learned to transform cramped or underutilized spaces into vibrant, dynamic, active learning places. Take a look at the transformations from the first round of participants to see how they created smart spaces in their libraries.

source:Transform Your Library with WebJunction


Snowy Day Stamps for Holiday Cards

The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates Ezra Jack Keats' story, The Snowy Day, with a Forever® stamp you could use to mail cards this holiday season; you can order booklets of 20 stamps from the USPS. Written and illustrated by the celebrated children’s author, The Snowy Day was one of the first prominent 20th-century picture books centered on an African-American child.

Each of the four stamps uses artwork from The Snowy Day:

  • Peter making a snowball
  • Peter sliding down a snow-covered slope
  • Peter making a snow angel
  • Peter leaving footprints in the snow.

Since The Snowy Day was published in 1962, young readers have enjoyed joining Peter on his winter adventure. In 1963, Keats was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal, given annually to the artist of the previous year’s best children’s picture book. The Snowy Day has become a classic; since its release, it has sold millions of copies.

The Snowy Day stamp is issued as a First-Class Mail® Forever® booklet of 20 stamps. These Forever® stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price; Forever® stamps can be used to send one ounce of First-Class Mail even when stamp prices increase in the future.

Image source: The U.S. Postal Service® website


Seasons Readings Holiday Marketing Kit from OverDrive

You can download free materials from OverDrive's Holiday Marketing Kit:

And here's an image you can use to announce your library's holiday hours:


Grant Money Available to Develop Library Services

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Loleta D. Fyan Grant.

Grant amount: up to $5,000
Application deadline: February 12, 2019

In order to qualify, your project...

  • must result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide;
  • must have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need;
  • should be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and
  • should be capable of completion within one year.

How to apply:

Previous winners have been awarded money to create a tween & teen build collective, classes on food literacy, and STEM education program for pre-teens.

Loleta D. Fyan, who was the State Librarian of Michigan for 20 years, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship". A pioneer in extending library service to rural areas and small communities and a proponent of library cooperation, Fyan was a driving force behind Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) funding.


Inclusive Services Assessment Guide for Public Libraries

The beta version of the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide for Wisconsin Public Libraries is now available, and you may download it now to evaluate the inclusivity of your spaces, programming, services, and administrative operations.

This initial version of the guide was designed to have a period of response from the public library professional community. DPI is collecting both general feedback about the concept of the tool and input on additional needs/uses AND specific feedback about each section at this feedback form. Input on every aspect of the document is welcome. The deadline to submit feedback is December 31, 2018.

Participants in the inaugural 2018 Inclusive Services Institute (comprised of 16 public library and regional system staff) developed this guide and intend to develop the tool further, working to make it interactive and eventually packaging it with educational resources such as webinars or training programs.

Inclusive Services Institute concludes with August session
Inclusive Services Institute Produces Self-Assessment Tool for Wisconsin Libraries
Youth and Inclusive Services

Image source:Hafuboti by Rebecca McCorkindale (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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