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

June 2019

In This Issue

  1. WiLSWorld 2019--Scholarships Available
  2. ALA Releases new Libraries' Guide to 2020 Census
  3. Congratulations Youth Service Librarians from IFLS
  4. Spotlight on Inclusive Services
  5. Glenwood City School Visit
  6. Host Community Screening with Wisconsin Public Television
  7. Book Clubs Made Easy
  8. Trustee Training Week
  9. Calendar and Continuing Education

WiLSWorld 2019--Scholarships Available

WiLSWorld 2019 is coming up on July 23rd and 24th at the Pyle Center in Madison, Wisconsin! WiLS, with the WiLSWorld Planning Team, have been busy putting together presentations and people and panels on the topics our members have shared interest in learning more about. Here are just a few of the highlights: In addition, you can apply for one of eight WiLSWorld scholarships of up to $350 by July 1st. Fill out this short and simple application for consideration. 

ALA Releases New Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census

Today, the American Library Association released the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States.
The Guide contains practical information to assist library staff in addressing potential patron and community requests regarding the upcoming 2020 Census. The Guide includes:
  • basic information about the Census process;US Census 2020 logo
  • highlights of new components in the 2020 Census, such as the online response option;
  • frequently asked questions;
  • a timeline of key Census dates;
  • contact information and links to additional resources.
ALA teamed with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality to develop the Guide, with support from ALA’s 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force.
ALA plans to provide additional resources for library practitioners in the months leading up to Census Day on April 1, 2020. The Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census is available for free download at
Helping residents and others who use your library's Wi-Fi or public computers to complete their census survey online can benefit your community, schools, and county in the future, since every individual counted helps to maximize federal and state funding for municipal services. Assignment of House of Representatives seats, federal funding apportionment, and our own LSTA "Grants to States" award are all based on the decennial census. More information on the importance to your community can be found in this blog post from last July, and more information specific to Wisconsin can be found in this post from January to help you learn how to determine is a "Complete County" committee has been established in your community or county.

Adapted from an ALA press release by John DeBacher, Public Library Development -  WI Libraries for Everyone, 6/25/2019

Congratulations Youth Service Librarians from IFLS

Congratulations to the following youth services librarians from IFLS, who were selected from a competitive statewide pool of applicants to participate in the Youth Services Institute, to be held at the end of August to build capacity and confidence for youth services librarians:
Abby Seymour, Menomonie and Altoona Public Libraries
Daniel Kilkelly, Somerset Public Library
Emily Resendiz, Barron Public Library
Jake Wyrzykowski, Phillips Public Library
 Leah Langby, Library Development and Youth Services Coordinator

Spotlight on Inclusive Services

The WLA Conference Committee wants you to share examples of how your library strives to include everyone in your library space, programming, and services.  Submit your photos and descriptions here.  
The images and ideas will be used for displays at the WLA Conference, and possibly on the WLA Conference Archives.  

This submission form could take around 10 minutes to fill out depending on how detailed your descriptions are. 
You do not need to attend the conference in order to submit your examples of inclusive spaces, services and programs. 

Thank you for your time and continued work in providing inclusive library services.

The WLA Conference Committee
Students at Glenwood City School

Glenwood City School Visit

268 kids received a library bag with the summer reading brochure, bookmark, pencil and library card application. I just shared with each grade what was planned for this summer at the public library. Some parents came in that afternoon and were already signing up their kids for a library card. One parent said that when they picked up their child the first thing they did when they got into the car was that they pulled out the library bag and said "Mom, Cat in the hat came to see us today and told us about summer reading at the public library and we have to sign up!" 
Can't wait to see how many kids participate this summer! 

Katie Schneider, Glenwood City Public Library 

Host Community Screening with Wisconsin Public Television

Partner with WPT and Host a Community Screening Exploring the Lasting Impacts of Trauma and New Approaches to Care
Wisconsin Public Television has had a decades-long relationship with Wisconsin’s libraries and childhood resource agencies through our popular Reel to Real community event partnership with the Wisconsin Library Association.
As part of this powerful community partnership, we’re asking you to consider hosting a free community screening and dialogue around a critical topic impacting our youngest – childhood trauma, and the need for trauma-informed care awareness, support and training.

We encourage you to partner with us and host a screening of Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories, an original Wisconsin Public Television news documentary examining the "childhood welfare to adult prison pipeline," and the positive impacts of trauma-informed care.
Request a free screening kit for your organization on behalf of your community. Our comprehensive community screening kit includes:
  • Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories documentary (DVD or download)
  • Event planning guide with tips for partnering locally
  • Discussion guide to help frame focused discussions after a viewing of the documentary
  • A comprehensive website with clinical resources, information on foster care and more
  • Customizable PDF event flyers and marketing support
  • Impact and Input survey
  • Support from WPT and our community and content partners
To request a free screening kit, click HERE
Be part of this critically important project and help raise awareness of this important issue in your community. For more information, visit, or email
Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories is funded in part by Friends of Wisconsin Public Television and the Focus Fund for Journalism.
Special thanks to our content and community partners Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health, Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund and the Bright Idea Fund of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

Guest Post by Michael Harryman, Director of Communication and Community Engagement, Wisconsin Public Television, (608) 265-3855. - WI Libraries for Everyone 5/20/2019

Book Clubs Made Easy

Having trouble finding enough copies of a book for story time or a book club?

The ILL team at RL&LL can help!  We maintain lists of Book Kits and and Early Literacy Kits.

The Book Kit List is perfect for public library book clubs, K-12 classrooms and reading circles. The kits contain multiple copies of a single title and often include a discussion outline. Many titles can also be used with BadgerLink resources such as TeachingBooks and NoveList.  Currently, there are over 1800 titles on this list from Wisconsin libraries that are willing to loan their kits.

TeachingBooks logoNoveList logo

The Early Literacy Kits are appropriate for ages 0-2 and 3-5, these kits provide pre-planned story times on popular themes, and contain several different book titles and other items. Great for childcare centers, classrooms, and homes.

Please keep in mind that kits you find in a search on WISCAT may not be available for loan through ILL. We'd love to see these lists continue to grow.  Please Contact Us if you have kits to share and we will add them to the list.

Written by:  Christine Barth, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning
WI Libraries for Everyone, 6/21/2019

Advocacy Webinars

EveryLibrary Institute is offering 6 free, pre-recorded webinars about advocacy for librarians.  The webinars have a school library focus, but have relevance for public libraries as well.  Topics in the series include:  Fundamentals of Library Advocacy, Using Social Media and Email to Maximize Your Visibility, and Legislative Day Training.  More webinars coming!

Leah Langby, Library Development and Youth Services Coordinator

Trustee Training Week

IFLS is a proud co-sponsor for Trustee Training Week, which is coming up August 12-16
What is it?  5 webinars, to be held from 12-1 pm on each day of the week, with special interest to library trustees, including:
  • Monday, Aug. 12:  Governing Libraries that Inspire Investments (Rebekkah Smith Aldrich)  register
  • Tuesday, Aug. 13:  Free Is Key:  Ensuring Your Library Is Meeting Its Mission (Dawn Wacek)  register
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14:  Effective Library Advocacy (Connie Meyer and Kathy Pletcher)  register
  • Thursday, Aug. 15:  What Does Inclusivity Look Like at Your Library?  (Shauna Koszegi)  register
  • Friday, Aug. 16:  Recruiting and Retaining Library Directors and Staff (Pat Wagner)  register
  • More details at the website!
 How to promote?  There are so many ways!
  • Watch for a color brochure, coming your way in the next few days.  We made one copy for each library
  • Feel free to forward this email to your library board members
  • You can watch all the episodes live at a luncheon party for your board
  • You can watch recordings before or after library board meetings over the course of the year
 Thanks for helping us promote this (as always) free resource to your library board!  Let me know if you have questions or concerns.
Leah Langby, Library Development and Youth Services Coordinator

Calendar and Continuing Education

June 28 10:00 am - MORE Executive/Budget Hearing
July 4 Independence Day - IFLS Closed
July 19 10:00 am - MORE Directors Council
July 24 IFLS Board of Trustees Meeting at C.H. Johnson Public Library in Sand Creek
August 2 10:00 am - MORE Executive Meeting
August 28            10:00 am - Health Literacy Reference Workshop (IFLS Office)
1:30 pm -  Interlibrary Loan and WISCAT Update (IFLS Office)
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