I was pleasantly surprised when the New York publisher, Beacon Publishing Group, grabbed it up quickly. I expect that the tumult of the upcoming election and the prospect of impeachment/removal made them believe that there was a market (both domestic and international) for this book.
In the book, I take a problem-solving approach. I carefully examine the problem (the division, the disappearance of the center, fractured tribes and painful histories). Then, I move on to the causes (underlying causes, the role of media and overused manipulation strategies). After that, I look at the potential solutions (winner-take-all, internal realignment as well as moderating factors).
The book finishes with a letter to my granddaughters that explains how the current ruling generations (the Silent Generation and the Baby Boom) created this mess and what the new generations can do to fix it. I have also added an Appendix with a solution that will surely spark a debate among some readers.
I will be traveling and make presentations on the book in various places in the country. I'm already scheduled to speak at a number of Boston area and out-of-state libraries. I will be in your area this coming September 22-24. Please do let me know if you are interested in having me make a presentation at your library.
If you're looking for fun ways to expand your youth programming this spring, Girls Who Code Clubs are a great option for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and use computer science to change the world. Our Mini-Club Plan is only 10 meetings long, there's no coding experience needed to run the club, and every club can receive a $300 Club Fund to supplement their activities!
This academic year, we've grown the Girls Who Code community to over 200 Girls Who Code clubs across Wisconsin, and we'd love for your library to join the movement! However, if you're not sure about filling out our Clubs Application just yet, or if you have questions about Girls Who Code, Megan Cindric, the Girls Who Code Partnership Coordinator for Wisconsin, is here to help! If you'd like to schedule a time to talk more about Girls Who Code, feel free to schedule a call using this link. Thank you, and we hope you will join the movement!
Regional Partnership Coordinator - WI, MN
Catch us in Olay's Superbowl ad! & start a Girls Who Code Club here
See more about coding resources at https://www.nfls.lib.wi.us/ideas/category/coding.
As an itinerant storyteller and folksinger, Adam Miller has performed live concerts in more than 2,000 libraries in 48 states. In April, he received the Storytelling World Resource Award for his non-fiction story, Woody Guthrie: When the World’s on Fire.
Adam is coming out our way this spring. Please let him know if you’d be interested in scheduling a program at your library while he's in town. Adam has a popular program of Folksongs of the Great Lakes. And he have a program of Folksongs of the First World War for the Memorial Day holiday.
For a complete list of Adam Miller's many programs for libraries, please visit his website at
Adam's fee is $450 for one 60 - 90 minute sing-along program. There are no additional costs. He brings his own sound system. Click here for his brochure.
Libraries can register here to access all the available resources, including posters, STEM activities, videos, and much more. By registering, your library will be automatically entered for a chance to win Scholastic and NASA Earth science books and more. Our Planet: EARTH resources are available through the STAR Library Network (STAR Net), an online community of library and STEM professionals that work together to strengthen STEAM learning in public libraries nationwide.
Source: Libraries Transform® Newsletter
The Girls Who Code club programs can support your library's STEM goals!
Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Participants not only learn hard coding skills & computational thinking, but they'll also learn project management skills, collaboration, bravery, how to positively impact their community, and so much more!
When you start a Girls Who Code club, you gain access to all of the following:
There's no computer science experience needed to host a club, since Girls Who Code is with you every step of the way, and there is absolutely NO reason to not take advantage of this free opportunity today! Even if you don't have the details of your club finalized yet, you can complete our easy Club Form to access all of our resources and curriculum today! Here are some next steps to get you ready to launch a club in the new year:
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in for your library, Megan Cindric (Regional Partnership Coordinator - WI, MN) would love to take some time to chat with you. You can schedule a time to talk using this link. She can also be reached at:
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The December 2019 newsletter from CSLP has some important updates and messages, including:
Nickey Fynn is a family entertainer specializing in comedy magic shows for performances at libraries throughout Wisconsin from April to July, 2020.
2020 rate is $300 for a 45 minute show plus travel ($0.50 per mile to and from Stoughton, WI). The program is for ages 5 and up, lots of audience participation, heavy on the sleight of hand comedy magic with spoken routines as well as routines played to music.
Find out why Nickey Fynn is a two time runner up world champion of street magic and repeatedly booked for libraries and school shows worldwide!
A note from Jeff & Victoria Nania:
We are scheduling events now for winter and spring. Let us know if you'd like to get something on the calendar to share Figure Eight and Spider Lake with your patrons.
Jeff & Victoria Nania
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November 14 | Books & Beer (Columbus, WI)
November 17 | Reader's Realm (Montello, WI)
December 6 | Village Booksmith (Baraboo, WI)
January 11 | Pardeeville Library
Shetan Noir is a cryptozoology researcher and has spent 25 years researching the Paranormal and Cryptozoology fields. Her fascination began with lake monsters at an early age when she first learned about the Loch Ness monster, then hearing reports of lake monsters in her own state of Michigan. Her research has since grown to include Michigan's own Dogman and Nain Rouge, Bigfoot and ghost hunting.
Shetan Noir is currently the lead investigator for the Michigan chapter of the North American Dogman Project, and also runs the paranormal investigation team of Michigan center for unexplained events and phenomenon.
Figure Eight: A Northern Lakes Mystery (ISBN-10: 1942586558) was published in January 2019 by Little Creek Press in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. It's a perfect pick for patrons who read authors like C. J. Box, William Kent Krueger, Victoria Houston, Nick Petrie, Patricia Skalka, and John Sandford, or readers who just love plot twists and a fast-paced story! (See reviews.) It is a book with high regional interest. The second book in the series, Spider Lake, is expected January 2020.
Figure Eight has been featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Here are four outdoors-related books with a Wisconsin flavor to consider as holiday gifts” by Paul Smith and other media outlets. Jeff is a dynamic speaker and has spoken at dozens of events over the past eleven months and would love to support your public library with an author presentation. He has also been interviewed on WRCO Radio and you can watch him in action at Ocooch Books.
Jeff Nania is a feature writer for Wisconsin Outdoor News and other publications. In Figure Eight, the first book in the Northern Lakes Mystery series, Nania draws upon careers in law enforcement and conservation to weave together a thrilling tale of murder and deceit, family and traditions, and second chances and make readers wonder who is on the right side of the law in the Northwoods. Read more.
Figure Eight is available through both Ingram and Follet/Baker Taylor.
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My name is Lori Orlinsky, and I have recently been published with Mascot Books. I'm writing to ask if you might consider offering my featured title in your library. I am a Chicago author and was just featured in the Chicago Tribune.
“Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All)” (ISBN: 978-1643071275) is a picture book about a little girl who doesn’t want to go to school because she’s the shortest kid in class. Through rhyming verse and beautiful illustrations, she eventually learns to celebrate her differences.
Looking for a fun, musical and magical way to celebrate the classic stories of the past and present in 2020? Uncle Mike's music will have your patrons of all ages singing, clapping, and dancing along to such favorites as the "Chicken Dance" and "I've Been Working on the Railroad," while tying each experience neatly into 2020's Imagine Your Story theme.
But, Uncle Mike's program is so much more than music! It's magic, comedy, and education rolled into one fluid, high-energy musical package guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of young and old alike! Age-appropriate trivia questions, jokes, and a special edition of name that tune will relate to fairy tales, mythology and fantasy, from Icarus' fateful trip toward the sun, to the iconic theme song from "Harry Potter." Plus, one lucky adult will even have the chance to participate in a special Snow Queen-mimicking magic trick that will turn the water inside a plastic cup into ice! Pint Size Polkas is the perfect fit for your library in 2020. It's fun for the whole family!
David Stokes is a Wildlife Educator in Hales Corners, Wisconsin who has been doing presentations in the Milwaukee Area since 1985. He is an award winning Naturalist/Educator/Entertainer in Wisconsin. David does programming throughout the Midwest and offers library programs for families and children.
A Universe of Animals…Bio-Diversity
David uses songs, live animals and things to touch.
He also includes puppets, artifacts, riddles, sign-language and humor.
David is a Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Teacher of the Year and an “Aldo Leopold” award winner. The Northshore United Educators (WEAC) honored David for educational excellence.
Find out more about his knowledge of Nature, the programs he offers to schools and other institutions, his press kit, and his schedule.
Participating in Wisconsin’s 2019-2020 Battle of the Books? Penworthy makes it quick and easy to purchase all of the titles you need. The BOB order form includes the Elementary, Middle, and Senior Battle of the Books titles in the best binding available. You may order all 58 titles for $977.70 or pick-and-choose the titles you need.
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 their popular Reel to Real community event partnership with the Wisconsin Library Association.
As part of this powerful community partnership, they’re asking public libraries 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.
Libraries are encouraged to partner with WPT 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.
For more information, including details on how to request a screening kit, view: https://dpi.wi.gov/wilibrariesforeveryone/host-community-screening-wisconsin-public-television
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