Here are the headlines from the June 10, 2022 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you may attend from where you are. Most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems. There’s a lot to choose from, so here’s a sample of topics that may be of interest to you.
Managing stress & building resilience; click title to register:
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); click title to register:
A sample of webinars on other topics; click title to register:
Here are the headlines from the May 20, 2022 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Algoma Public Library was able to once again hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Library staff hid many eggs (children were limited to five eggs, which held treats and small prizes), played some Easter-themed games, and had crafts available to work on either at the library or to take home with them.
The library had a wonderful turnout, with approximately 140 participants coming and going within an hour period. This was definitely more than had shown up to any of the library's previous Egg Hunt programs.
The library also held a Tea Party on Saturday, May 7. Prior to COVID, the Tea Party had been an annual event with the first held in May of 2016. Library staff invited young children, along with a parent or guardian, to a "Wonderland Tea" time.
Participants enjoyed tea, lemonade, and a few small treats. Participants talked about tea party etiquette and had fun decorating their own crowns.
Thanks to Cathy Kolbeck, Director at Algoma Public Library, for contributing to this post.
Farnsworth Public Library partners with community organizations to provide successful spring programs
Farnsworth Public Library started new partnerships with two local organizations this spring, leading to some wonderful events for the community of Oconto.
First, the library reached out to the Bond Community Center about participating in their monthly Family Night events. While normally membership is required to attend events at the Bond Center or use their facilities, Family Nights are free and open to the public.
The Bond Center typically picks a theme and then organizes activities for children, and makes the pool and gym facilities available. The library's first Family Night was in April, where library staff facilitated a craft, bookmark-designing competition, and coloring and activity sheets. The Easter-themed Family Night brought in 175 people! "These families had a great time, and it was a mutually beneficial experience for the library and the Bond Center - we were able to provide a quiet room with options for those families that weren't interested in swimming or hitting the gym, be an extra set of eyes and hands for Bond Center staff, and reach many new families who aren't regular library users," said the library's director, Kristin Laufenberg. "It was a wonderful partnership that we are eager to continue in the coming months."
The library then partnered with the Oconto Elks Lodge #887 to provide an Easter egg hunt at the library. In years past, the Elks have hosted an egg hunt at a local park. But unpredictable weather, water and ground conditions at the park, and then COVID has meant that an egg hunt hasn't happened for several years. Laufenberg said "the library asked the Elks if they would be interested in co-sponsoring an egg hunt held in the library, and they graciously accepted." The Oconto Elks and the Friends of Farnsworth Public Library were jointly able to sponsor an egg hunt, craft activity, book and prize giveaways, snacks, bike and scooter raffles, and an appearance by the Easter bunny to over 250 people on Good Friday! "This turnout far exceeded what we expected, and we never would have been able to host an event of this size without the monetary donations and hours of work from our local Elks." And while it did snow that day, the library was toasty warm inside for a wonderful Easter celebration.
Storywalk® comes to Ledgeview Park in May
The Brown County Library and Ledgeview Parks and Recreation have teamed up to offer a Storywalk® throughout Ledgeview Park along the East River Trail from May through October.
Storywalk will feature a new book each month displayed on yard signs along the trail. This is a great way for adults and their children or grandchildren to enjoy a story together, practice literacy skills, and enjoy healthy exercise as they walk from sign to sign.
The Brown County Library Bookmobile will be on site June – August and staff will lead storytime and crafts for all ages in the Ledgeview Park shelter, 2064 Dickinson Road.
Here are the headlines from the April 22, 2022 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Here are the headlines from the March 25, 2022 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
During February, Shawano County Library held a countywide community read of Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. This is a National Book Award winner that focuses on how racist ideas were created, spread and rooted in American history.
As the book is comprehensive, several other family-friendly companion books were also available to read:
During the month, patrons were encouraged to read one (or all!) of the titles and to participate in several anti-racist awareness activities independently available through a Beanstack challenge.
Here are the headlines from the February 18, 2022 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Here are the headlines from the February 11, 2022 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you may attend from where you are. Most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems. There’s a lot to choose from, so here’s a sample of topics that may be of interest to you. Just click each title to register.
Managing stress & building resilience:
Equity, diversity, and inclusion:
A sample of webinars on other topics:
Special event this month:
Here are the headlines from the January 28, 2022 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Algoma Public Library was recently announced as a winner of the “East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program” grant competition by the Center for East Asian Studies at UW-Madison. "Grants were awarded to public libraries throughout Wisconsin, enriching their collections with new titles that will enable patrons to deepen their understanding of East Asia (which includes China, Japan, and Korea)."
The library purchased books, DVDs, and programming materials that will enable people to deepen their understanding of East Asia. They were able to purchase over 30 new titles that include materials for all ages. These materials include DVDs, children's fiction books, children's picture books, children's nonfiction, young adult graphic novels, and adult fiction and nonfiction titles.
With this grant, the library will also be able to host three programs.
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