Brown County Library enters “Chapter 2” of reopening plan
Beginning Monday, June 29, 2020, Brown County Library will reopen its buildings for controlled access to computers by appointment only. Reservations are required.
Knowing that many people lack home broadband access and that the public library is often the only source of free access to computers and the internet, this next step in the library’s phased reopening plan will benefit jobseekers, those who need to connect with services, and others.
The library is committed to a safe experience. For the health and safety of visitors using computers:
These expectations will be enforced and failure to comply may result in loss of library privileges.
The library is taking extra precautions to protect library visitors, staff, and the community:
For computer access:
The library remains closed for all other in-person services. Contactless pickup of materials continues at all locations except the Denmark Branch. For details on this service, visit browncountylibrary.org/pickup. For all other library information, including registering for the Summer Reading Challenge, visit browncountylibrary.org, or for further assistance, please call the library to speak to a staff person.
Contact: Sue Lagerman
Communications and Library Program Manager
Contact: Sarah Sugden
Libraries Across the County Open for Pickup Service
Starting Monday, June 1st libraries across the county will open for pickup service, as part of Phase 1 of the gradual expansion of library service. Each branch will have different hours for calling in orders, picking up items, and returning materials that were previously checked out.
“We are excited to get back to work inside the branches and sharing our collections again,” stated Morgan Mann, Community Relations Library Assistant. “We’ve been working hard at getting processes down to best serve our communities and opening access safely.”
There are no interlibrary loans at this time, but patrons must call individual branches to request items from an individual library’s collection, which then will be scheduled for pickup. Ordering hours and return times vary across branches. Buildings remain closed to the public, and social distancing is stressed when coming to the libraries to pickup or return items.
Door County Libraries are located in Forestville, Sturgeon Bay, Egg Harbor, Baileys Harbor, Fish Creek, Ephraim, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, and Washington Island.
Visit www.DoorCountyLibrary.org to see individual branch hours and follow the library on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for the latest updates.
U.S. Census Bureau Press Release May 22, 2020 — The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Wisconsin in the week of May 25. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here for more details about this release.
Library to offer pickup service: Brown County Library will offer contactless pickup service beginning Monday, April 27 at select locations
Brown County Library buildings remain closed to the public but in addition to providing patrons with access to online resources the library is committed to offering safe access to books and other library materials through a limited contactless pickup service. To provide safe pickup environments that meet the requirements of Governor Evers’ Emergency Order #28, this materials only pickup service will be offered exclusively at the Central Library, and the Ashwaubenon, Kress Family (De Pere) and Weyers-Hilliard (Howard) branches.
Library patrons will be able to schedule times to pick up library books and items that they request in advance, within various limits.
“InfoSoup digital services are open to you even while (libraries) are closed,” said Evan Bend, Library Services Manager with the Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS). Individuals that don’t have a library card with InfoSoup can sign up for one online and library staff will contact them with a temporary card number and pin that will allow access to all the InfoSoup digital resources.
An InfoSoup library card grants patrons access to digital resources for all ages such as ebooks, audiobooks, digitized magazines, newspaper archives and genealogy research. All resources are absolutely free with a library card. Learn more at www.infosoup.info/digital.
To register for a card, simply complete an online application at www.InfoSoup.org/selfreg. Library staff will follow up with each applicant with a library card number and PIN to access the library’s online resources.
Nicolet Federated Library System to Offer Increased Support to System Libraries as More Move to Online Delivery Systems in Response to COVID-19 Concerns
For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 19, 2020
NICOLET FEDERATED LIBRARY SYSTEM TO OFFER INCREASED SUPPORT TO SYSTEM LIBRARIES AS MORE MOVE TO ONLINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS
GREEN BAY – With the majority of its system member libraries turning to online services and closing their physical locations in accordance with federal, state and local orders to reduce the spread of the pandemic coronavirus, Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS), Bellevue, WI, will temporarily suspend its delivery services to member libraries.
In addition, in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, NFLS offices in Bellevue, WI will close Friday, March 20, 2020, until further notice. Employees will work from home, monitoring the situation closely while providing the highest level of service to its member libraries.
These decisions were made in consideration of, and in accordance with, Emergency Order #5 issued by Governor Tony Evers that, among other things, prohibits mass gatherings of 10 or more people. The Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) has determined that libraries fall within this Emergency Order.
NFLS is the facilitator of inter-library loan and delivery services for borrowed books and library materials to and between its 42 member libraries in Northeast Wisconsin. At present, most of these libraries have closed their physical locations. According to Tracy Vreeke, Director of NFLS, "It is important at this time of uncertainty for NFLS to offer increased support to our member libraries as they make the decision to provide online versions of these materials and resources available through a variety of different mediums.”
“In a time when all must do their part to reduce the spread of a global pandemic, NFLS staff is ready and willing to help librarians with continuing education, and provide member libraries with the resources they need to help them meet the increased demand for online materials in a timely and effective manner,” Vreeke said.
As more information becomes available, NFLS will work with member libraries to determine the best course of action for implementation of a proper time frame for restoration of inter-library delivery services.
NFLS libraries will remain open online: Please contact your local library for current library services. A list of NFLS libraries can be found online at https://www.nfls.lib.wi.us/libraries.html. Future announcements will be posted on the libraries’ web and social media sites.
About the Nicolet Federated Library System:
The Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS) is a state-funded organization assisting 42 member public libraries in providing better services to the people of northeastern Wisconsin since 1976. NFLS' public libraries span eight counties: Brown, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano.
NFLS is third largest of the 16 public library systems in the state and is organized under the WI Dept. of Public Instruction. Each system is governed by an independent board of trustees and funded by state aids to carry out the service requirements set forth in Chapter 43 of the Wisconsin Statutes. For more information, go to: https://www.nfls.lib.wi.us/
Media and other inquiries, please contact: Tracy Vreeke, Nicolet Federated Library System Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is a news release from Brown County Library.
BROWN COUNTY LIBRARY
515 Pine Street, Downtown Green Bay, WI 54301-5194
March 17, 2020
Brown County Library goes virtual! The Brown County Library’s highest priority is the health and well-being of library customers, staff, and volunteers. The Library is closely monitoring the latest information and guidelines related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For the health and safety of the community, effective March 17, 2020, all Brown County library buildings are temporarily closed to the public but the library is open online!
The following is a news release from Door County Library.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Door County Library Changes Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all Door County Library branches except for Sturgeon Bay will be closed through April 6th. The Sturgeon Bay branch will be open with modified operations.
In keeping with the County of Door’s recommendations, the Sturgeon Bay branch will only allow 10 people to be in the library at any one time to discourage congregation and encourage social distancing. Patrons will be allowed to come pick up items, but may not linger in the library. Persons 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
THE MARINETTE COUNTY CONSOLIDATED PUBLIC LIBRARIES ANNOUNCE
2020 READING CHALLENGE
The public libraries in Marinette County are challenging adults to read 50 books this year. Whether you read a lot or a little, the 2020 Reading Challenge will inspire you to discover new books.
To participate, pick up a 2020 Reading Challenge form at a Marinette County Public Library in Coleman-Pound, Crivitz, Goodman, Marinette, Mid-County (Wausaukee), Niagara, or Peshtigo. Read a book that fits into one of the categories on the form, and write down the title of the book and the author. You can read books from home, books from the library, or a book from a friend. Keep reading and filling out the form until you’ve read 50 books!
The categories on the 2020 Reading Challenge form will help you find and read books you might not have considered reading before. Some of the categories include: a book by an author under 30 years old, a book with an antonym in the title, a book of short stories, a mystery, a book that you never finished, and a book recommended by a friend.
To help you get ideas for books that fall into each category, follow us on Facebook. Please contact Mariel Carter at the Stephenson Public Library at 715-732-7570 with questions. Happy reading in 2020!
The S. Verna Fowler Academic/Menominee Public Library is pleased to announce the creation of an interactive language mural as the newest addition to the Youth area of the Library. Patrons can enjoy the beautiful artwork and at the same time learn Menominee words and phrases played on devices posted on the mural.
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association launched a Family Literacy Focus project in 2009 called Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture. Talk Story is a library literacy model that reaches out to Asian/Pacific American (APA) and Native American/Alaska Native children and families. It promotes basic and cultural literacy in pre-readers and early readers by engaging children and their families in storytime, storytelling, books, art, music, dance, and other cultural activities.
Awards & Honors Reception at WLA Thursday, October 10
NFLS is very proud to announce that one of our own has been awarded the Wisconsin Library Association Trustee of the Year Award! Following is an excerpt from the WLA press release:
WLA Trustee of the Year: Kathy Pletcher
Kathy Pletcher has consistently been a strong advocate for all types of libraries and serves on the Brown County Library Board and Nicolet Federated Library System Board. She also recently completed her term on the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND). Building upon her years as a professional librarian, she has become a model trustee and now provides training for new trustees around the state. Through her mentoring work, she has contributed to a new generation of advocates dedicated to supporting libraries. Kathy’s visionary work has statewide impact and she is deserving of the 2019 Trustee of the Year Award.
There will be a reception for Kathy, and other award winners, at the upcoming WLA annual conference in October. Please join us in celebrating Kathy at the reception if you are able.
Following is a press release about an online fundraising platform called 100 Extraordinary Women (100EW). 100EW helps nonprofits meet their needs as it empowers women to join together to support causes they believe in and create a bigger impact than they could do on their own.
Learn how two Wisconsin public libraries used 100EW to exceed their fundraising goals.
Pop Art Experience
Michael Albert brings his nationally-known Cereal Box Collage Art to Brown County Library on July 30-31
American Pop Artist/Author Michael Albert brings his “Modern Pop Art Experience” to Brown County Library this summer as part of his Summer Pop Art Tour. New York-based Albert, author of an artist autobiography titled, “An Artist’s America” (published by Henry Holt in 2008), is known for making detailed and colorful collages out of cereal boxes and other printed cardboard consumer packages including crackers, cookies, soda cartons, frozen pizza boxes, etc. He is taking his art on the road and bringing his unique program for kids, teens and families to over 100 libraries, museums & festivals in 18 states from June-August including a series of programs around the state. This will be his first visit to Wisconsin.
Albert will be visiting the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine Street, downtown Green Bay, on Tuesday, July 30 and the Brown County East Branch Library, 2255 Main Street, on Wednesday July 31 for two art making sessions with kids and teens (ages 6-12) and their parents. Both programs will take place from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Participants will listen to a short presentation by the artist about his life and work and have a chance to create their own collage using the same materials he uses to create his masterpieces. All those who make a collage will receive a free signed limited edition poster (choosing from a selection of over 14 different prints), compliments of the artist.
For more information about the artist & this special program, please visit www.michaelalbert.com or call the Central Library’s Youth Services Department at 920-448-5846 for more details.
These and other library events are available online at www.browncountylibrary.org/calendar.
The Brown County Library’s Bookmobile is teaming up with fellow county departments this summer and is hitting the road! The Neville Public Museum, Aging Disability and Resource Center (ADRC) and Extension Brown County will be traveling to Bookmobile stops so residents can learn about available programs and services, participate in a program, listen to a presentation, ask questions and get answers!
A news conference introducing, “Brown County on the Go,” will take place at the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine Street, downtown Green Bay, on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:15 am. Weather permitting, the event will take place in front of the library on the Pine Street plaza. The event will move indoors if necessary.
April 18, 2019
Library’s Food for Fines to Support Local Food Pantry
Join the Brown County Library in its 2019 “Food for Fines” program. This program allows library cardholders who donate food items to clear overdue fines from their library account and also help stock the shelves at Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay.
All Brown County Library cardholders can donate food items from April 29 through May 5 at any library location.
The Brown County Library announces Her Story, a four-part series that explores U.S. history from the female perspective on Tuesdays, April 16 and 23, and Thursdays, May 9 and 23, at the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine St., downtown Green Bay.
All programs begin at 6:15 pm in the library’s auditorium.