Algoma Public Library recently created a great new maker space for patrons to enjoy during Maker Wednesdays, which are held the first Wednesday of the month and aimed for ages 9 and up.
The library will start branching out and hosting more programs using these items focused on adults and teens as well.
Items for the makerspace were purchased thanks to a grant from the Nicolet Federated Library System’s 2019 Library Improvement & Innovation Grant, which funds programs in the areas of workforce development, lifelong learning, and/or technology.
See more about the library's Maker Wednesdays on Facebook.
Check out what other NFLS libraries have purchased with their grants here.
Please read the following Call for Proposals, brought to us by WAPL Conference Programming Co-Chairs Eva Kozerski, Black Creek Village Library and Angie Bodzislaw, Spooner Memorial Library:
Now is the time to look past impossibilities and obstacles and focus on possibilities…
We’re looking for library staff who believe in infinite possibilities! The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Annual Conference Programming Committee seeks program proposals for the next public library conference to be held April 29 – May 1, 2020 at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center in Oshkosh.
At the WLA conference, DPI presented a session called Say Yes to Census 2020. In case you couldn’t make it, the session will be repeated as a state-wide webinar: Say Yes to Census 2020 Webinar (Tuesday, December 3, 1:30 PM).
Get the lowdown on all the ways you can say YES to Census 2020. Census 2020 counts will potentially create changes to political representation and Federal funding and inform your local data. Good numbers are important and libraries can--and should--help! Whether you're in a school, public or academic library, there's information here for you on this timely topic. Presented by Cindy Fesemyer and Monica Treptow, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Below are the headlines from the latest 📣 Nic News Weekly newsletter.
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) seeks applications from youth-serving organizations nationwide for the 2020 Summer Learning Awards sponsored by the New York Life Foundation. This coveted award recognizes exceptional informal or enrollment-based summer programs that keep students safe and healthy, support their academic growth and improve the well-being of our nation’s most vulnerable children and youth.
Eligible candidates for the Summer Learning Awards must submit their application by December 4, 2019 and demonstrate strong outcomes in promoting healthy youth development during the critical summer months through creative curricula, unique programming and effective family engagement strategies. This is a chance for you and/or your peers to be recognized as the best of the best in the field of summer learning and to shine a spotlight on all the amazing work you do for children and youth in your program.
Each award-winning program will receive:
MyVote Wisconsin (myvote.wi.gov) will be offline from November 14 through November 16 for site maintenance.
For library patron assistance during this time, please visit the Wisconsin Election Commission website at https://elections.wi.gov/ and the State of Wisconsin Municipal Clerk Directory at https://elections.wi.gov/clerks/directory.
Free webinars on walking book clubs, PLSR, low-tech STEM, going fine-free & more this month from NEWI:
Go to the NEWI list of free webinars to find continuing education opportunities in which you can participate without leaving your library; most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems.
Here’s a sample of webinars offered this month:
$2,000 Library Census Equity Fund mini-grant opportunity for libraries in or near Census 2020 hard-to-count communities.
See below for an interesting grant opportunity (with…of course….a quickly approaching deadline for application). Take a look at it and let us know if there is any way NFLS can be of help...
Please see the links from the 2019 WLA convention below. For those of you who attended, please fill out the Attendee Survey.
For all… I would highly recommend the link to the Keynote Speaker if you were not in attendance in person (and even if you were… it never hurts to hear good stuff twice).
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