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IFLS Newsflashes, a newsletter for west-central Wisconsin library professionals

February 2020

River Falls Public Library Awarded Big Idea Grant

River Falls Public Library is honored to have been awarded the 2019 $10,000 Big Idea Grant by the River Falls Community Foundation. The Big Fun Lab is a free pop-up play space for babies through pre-teens and their caregivers. It’s currently open in the River Falls Public Library's lower level gallery through April 1, 2020. It’ll be a regular library feature during the winter months.

Big Fun Lab in the RFPL Gallery (Library Lower Level)
January 13-April 1, 2020
Open Monday 9 am-8 pm; Tuesday-Friday 9 am-5 pm.
Additional weekday and Saturday/Sunday gallery hours vary based on staff and volunteer availability. Exceptions to these hours occur during exhibit set-up and/or tear down and may fluctuate depending on the anticipated needs of our audiences.

LearningExpress Library: New and Updated Content

LearningExpress Library is a collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials. You can access all 7 LearningExpress Library learning centers through BadgerLink, which includes full-text ebooks, courses, and tutorials.
New and Updated Content

More Historical Content Added to Archive of WI Newspapers Database

Three of the newspapers added are from IFLS area communities. They include Barron, Cadott, and Stanley.
New Content to Archive of WI Newspapers

Monthly Spotlight on IFLS Website Resources

Are you looking for resources related to accessibility, or trying to figure out ways to better serve autistic adults and kids in your community—including a new toolkit from the UK about Autism and Homelessness?  You can find resources about both on the IFLS website.  To find them, go to the IFLS Adult Services and Accessibility Page.  You can click on the Accessibility Information and Resources button or the Autism button to find more information.  Can’t remember all that?  Just go to the search box and type in Autism or Accessibility and you’ll get a whole lot of great resources.
IFLS Website Adult Services Page

Library Legislative Day Recap

It was a cool sunny day in Madison instead of the usual snow and ice for Library Legislative Day. WLA held a briefing session for attendees prior to meeting with the legislators. Carolyn Standord Tayor, State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Mandela Barnes, Lieutenant Governor spoke in support of Wisconsin libraries and their library experiences. The legislative panel assured attendees that it means something to legislators when people come to Madison to meet with them and also how important our library stories are. A brief video of library patrons talking about what the library means to them has been put together to share with legislators. Hopefully next year IFLS Library system will have a video to share with our legislators.

Barbara Kreuger (Deer Park) and Karen Furo-Bonnstetter (Woodville) met with State Senator Patty Schachtner in her office. We shared what our libraries were doing and how St. Croix County Libraries are working together. We highlighted the county support of the Wi-Fi Hotspots and the continued need for broadband in rural areas. Later we met with Rep. Rob Stafsholt’s staff member.  Again we talked about what our libraries are busy doing and the need for better broadband in rural areas.
librarians at library legislative day
Barbara Krueger of Deer Park and Karen Furo-Bonnstetter of Woodville meeting with State Senator Patty Schachtner.

Ellsworth Public Library Voted Best Non-Profit or Civic Organization

Ellsworth Public Library was voted the Best Non-Profit or Civic Organization at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce's Best of 2020 awards banquet on Monday, February 17, 2020.
Ellsworth library staff receiving award

Free Alzheimer's Association Magazines

Libraries are encouraged to sign up to receive ALZ magazine to share with staff and community members. ALZ magazine helps you learn about the brain — your body's command center driving your ability to think, feel, remember, work and play. You'll also learn about Alzheimer's and other dementias and find inspiration and useful tips for leading a healthy lifestyle. Complete the online form to start receiving free issues for your library.

Calendar and Continuing Education

Click on IFLS Calendar link below to get information about upcoming IFLS meetings and workshops.
IFLS Calendar
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