The News: September 2021

Marley Dias is the Library Card Sign Up Month honorary chair

Back to (Trustee) School

As the trustee of a Wisconsin public library, you have a wealth of resources to inform and inspire you! (Check out this packed page on Libraries of the Future!) With so much out there, where to start?

Wisconsin Trustee Training Week 2021

Watch at your Leisure.

Didn’t get a chance to attend these excellent events live? No worries, they’re available as captioned recordings to watch whenever you’d like. Watch them alone or make it an event with your fellow board members!

Watch One Today!
Inspiring and Facilitating Library Success

Info at your fingertips.

Our website has curated a list of the best resources for you. Find links to relevant webinars, IFLS’s Library Director Hiring Guide, advocacy advice and more.

Go To The Trustees Page

Did You Know?

You can learn a language with your library card! Link to Transparent Language Online right on the MORE online catalog – the button is on top of the home page.

To add a little excitement, Transparent Language is hosting an online challenge for the month of September. Complete a 7-day learning streak of just 5 minutes a day in Transparent Language Online and share it on Transparent Language’s social media to be entered to win prizes for you—and your library! All the details are on the Transparent Language Blog.

In the Neighborhood


During the 2020-2021 school year, a group of five IFLS libraries collaborated to offer monthly virtual teen programs on Zoom. Libraries provided free grab bags containing snacks, activities, and crafting supplies for 12-18 year-olds to pick-up and use during the virtual events. Themes included author talks, musicians, games, crafting, cooking, cultural activities, and “adulting” skills. More than a dozen participati each month.

For th 2021-22 school year we’ve invited other Wisconsin libraries to join the collaboration. At this time there are 17 libraries involved. Contact is Stacey Brown at

A group of people gathered around a table outside, listening to Kathryn Springer speaking

Not to leave out the adults, Augusta Memorial Public Library hosted a group of eleven women joined best-selling author Kathryn Springer for lemonade, cookies and an advanced reading from her upcoming book, The Gathering Table.


The Somerset Public Library is hosting a grand opening celebration to showcase their beautiful new expansion. Take a tour, win prizes, enjoy activities, and more! Drop in this Thursday, September 16 3:30 - 6:30.


Dresser’s Geraldine E. Anderson’s Village Library’s summer reading program served 400 school age children over a 10 week period with the generous collaboration and support of the local schools district child care program, St. Croix Falls Public Library staff, and volunteers including some of Dresser library’s own trustees!

Dresser’s local restaurants contributed gift certificates as reading incentives and grand prizes for the Beanstack program which was much more widely received in 2021.

Dresser staff is so very thankful for such a supportive community, local libraries, and trustees.

Remembering Michael Norman

Michael served many years on the IFLS Board. He often visited libraries either as a board member or when speaking about his books. He was a huge supporter of libraries.

“He inspired generations in many different ways. He will be missed,” says John Thompson, IFLS Director. This 30-second video is hilarious and charming and quintessentially Michael Norman!

Movie trailer for "Michael's Search"

Behind the Scenes.

The MORE catalog app is in development! This is going to make it much easier to use the MORE catalog on your phone or mobile device, and we’re excited to add this improvement. We’ll keep you updated as we work through the process, so watch for details!

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