Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
Browse these resources provided by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom:
The Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Northern Waters Library Service and Southwest Wisconsin Library System are proud to present a webinar series this October called “Marketing the Value of Your Library.”
Webinars will be presented at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1; Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 29. This series is geared toward public libraries of all sizes, with presentations by some of the top library marketers in the country. These three webinars are related and sequentially will build on one another.
Register today for one, two, or all three webinars. Each webinar is worth 1 contact hour toward public library certification.
STAR Library Network (STAR Net), in partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), are working together to share science and technology related activities and resources to libraries across the nation as part of CSLP's 2019 summer learning program called "The Universe of Stories."
Each Summer Reading Champion recorded a short HD video introducing themselves and what they do and how public libraries have inspired them.
Check out these great videos at
Facebook has announced the addition of 22 new digital marketing training courses as part of its free Facebook Blueprint education platform. The new Blueprint courses will be available at facebook.com/blueprint at the end of the month.
One module that is particularly valuable for libraries is Get Started with Events, which shows you how to use Facebook to create, share, and promote events. Even the experienced Facebook user is likely to pick up some great tips to make their next library event or program really stand out!
Looking for more tips on effectively marketing your library? Be sure to check out the Marketing category on the right for handy tips and tricks you can use on the library's social media page, website and more!
NFLS member libraries are also encouraged to reach out to the NFLS marketing contact for additional assistance, training, or answers to questions regarding library marketing and communication needs.
Facebook is removing a number of Page info fields on August 1, with prompts urging Page admins to integrate those fields into other sections:
Not sure which fields you need to move or lose? Here's an easy way to find out:
During this week, the country will unite in efforts and celebrations hosted by hundreds of libraries, museums, and many other partner organizations to lift our voices that summers matter. Join in shaping smarter summers, brighter futures by showcasing how quality summer enrichment opportunities can stem summer learning loss and change the lives of millions of young people.
TechSoup is hosting a webinar, 5 Things Every Nonprofit Needs to Consider About Its Website, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
This webinar will walk you through five things that every nonprofit should consider about its website and will give practical advice on how to make yours better.
Reminder to NFLS member libraries: For assistance with your library's website (big or small), please contact Lori Baumgart. She is the new Marketing, Communications and CE Specialist at Nicolet Federated Library System and is ready to help!
Learn more about how the NFLS staff can assist your library at http://www.nfls.lib.wi.us/who-to-contact.html.
National Library Week 2019: New Graphics with Honorary Chair Melinda Gates, Ken Jeong Video PSA, and More
CSLP is delighted to share its 2019 Summer Reading Public Service Announcements. It is offering two :30 second broadcast ready PSAs (one in English and one in Spanish) and three web-based PSAs for use online, on social media, or streaming in schools or libraries.
You may preview the videos below as well. They are housed on YouTube and are easily shareable.
The next Big Library Read kicks off April 1 and the winning title is:
Homes: A Refugee Story
by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung
The remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone – and found safety in Canada – with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria.
The title will be available for unlimited access in Wisconsin's Digital Library between April 1-15.
The title, along with a promotional spotlight at the top of your page, will be added at no cost.