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The News: April 2021

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Coming Soon: Summer Library Programs!

Every summer our libraries create exciting library programs that promote literacy, support community and are just plain FUN! Look for reading challenges for kids and adults, outdoor concerts and activities, take-home activities, book bundles and more. Summer is a great time for people of all ages to visit the library.
Many of our libraries participate in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program with its wealth of resources. (This year’s CSLP theme is Tails and Tales.) Some of our libraries branch out on their own. Every one of our libraries create programs that are customized to their community's needs.
Last year a lot of our library programs were virtual. This year is shaping up to be a hybrid of virtual and in-person programs. It’s hard to predict what the summer will look like exactly, so check in with your library’s website to get the very latest news.

Trustee Tip: Top 5 Ways to be a Great Advocate 

As a library trustee you are uniquely situated to be an effective advocate for your library. Your position gives you access to information about library issues and the opportunity to share that with decision-makers as well as the general public. People trust you, and when you speak up for the library that carries weight. 

What’s the best way to advocate? According to an OCLC study, From Awareness to Funding Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018, library use and political affiliation don’t have much impact on whether people support library funding or not. What does? A positive relationship with their local library! 

  1. Understand your role as a library advocate. Start with the 2-page Trustee Essential 13. 
  2. Work with your Library Director to identify one or two advocacy goals for the year. Include advocacy discussions on library board meeting agendas and encourage other board members to actively participate.
  3. Be a vocal library fan! The Pew Research Center has found that many Americans, including library users, don’t know about all the great things the library offers. Mention your favorites at family gatherings, at work or church, in line at the grocery store. Don’t forget to frequently share the library’s posts and events if you’re active on social media.  
  4. Make a point of sharing your library love with your municipal, county and state elected officials at least once a year. Consider participating in the Wisconsin Library Association’s annual Library Legislative Day.
  5. Nurture and encourage other library supporters in your community. These are your best allies in making your library strong and successful!
If you’d like to dig in a little more: John Thompson, IFLS director, is always happy to offer guidance and support to our library Trustees (email John at
Go to the IFLS Trustee Resource page

Neighborhood News

Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in our communities.
  • Joe Niese, director of the Chippewa Falls Public Library, was awarded the 2021 Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) Ron Gabriel Award for his latest biography, Zack Wheat: The Life of the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer.
  • Samma Johnson, director of Cadott Public Library, was interviewed on the Chippewa Valley LGBTQ-plus blog recently about her book trilogy.
  • Ellsworth Public Library announced its Building Campaign.
  •  At L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (LEPMPL) last year, 1,013 people were referred to local organizations for mental and physical health, crisis management, housing, financial resources, and support during no-cost consultations with their licensed social worker. LEPMPL was the first library in our state to have a full-time social worker on staff!

Did You Know?

In addition to MORE's existing Flipster subscription, patrons can now get digital magazines from OverDrive.
Click this button on the MORE home page. Enjoy reading magazines at the Wisconsin's Digital Library website, under the Collections menu, or in the Libby app. 
  • Popular and niche magazines
  • Read on the device of your choice 
  • Searchable content
  • Doesn’t count toward your e-book checkout limit
  • Download to read offline
Flipster hosts popular titles like People and Ranger Rick, Jr. 
  • Read on your browser 
  • Searchable content
  • Easy to navigate and zoom
  • Print articles for later reference
  • Browse past issues easily from the current issue
Your local librarian is happy to help you if you run into any snags. 
Go to the MORE online catalog


Information and Resources on the IFLS website
For Trustees

Staff Spotlight: Kathy Setter, MORE Project Manager 

You know how you open the MORE catalog, find the book you want, then check it out at your local library? You can thank Kathy for that! Kathy, along with the MORE team and the Bibliographic Services team, do the behind-the-scenes work that makes getting your library materials seamless.

Kathy’s leadership reaches beyond our system. She was recently awarded the 2021 Innovative Users Group (IUG) Beacon Award “ honor exceptional service to the Innovative Users Community through presentations, collaboration, selfless dedication to libraries as a whole...” (IUG is an international group of library practitioners using similar library automation tools used by MORE.)

“Attending her IUG sessions is like Technical Services University,” said Beth Juhl, Web Services Librarian for University of Arkansas. More details are in the whole article.

We all appreciate Kathy’s generosity and creativity. She recently donated her beautiful handmade cards to our National Library Week library recognition efforts.

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