"The Library Services Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced on April 18, 2023, a contract with the reading engagement platform Beanstack through April 2025. The agreement with Zoobean, Inc. provides new and continued access to Beanstack for all interested Wisconsin public libraries and public school libraries.
This program is being offered through the DPI with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. Over the next two years, the DPI will continue welcoming feedback from the field to ensure the product is meeting Wisconsin libraries’ needs."
Learn more at https://dpi.wi.gov/wilibrariesforeveryone/beanstack-access-renewed-through-april-2025.
Content and Promotional Materials now Available!
Following are updates on the “Grow Budget-Wise, Beautiful Gardens Anywhere” Program from garden expert Melinda Myers for Wisconsin Public Libraries to use from April – September.
Here is the news release with details about the program for your review. All the program content is free of charge thanks to underwriting sponsor We Energies.
You can help this program to be a success! Please promote it in your community and to your patrons. Here are some ideas:
If you have any questions, please email Diana Paul.
The following is taken directly from an email from Ryan Bernsten to NFLS:
"My name is Ryan Bernsten and I'm a Midwest-based writer. My upcoming book 50 States of Mind: A Journey to Rediscover American Democracy, which I wrote as a grad student at University of Oxford, is being released by the London-based publisher Bite-Sized Books on June 20th (US Hardcover) and March 28th in the UK. This book is a nonfiction account of my travels across all 50 states to meet people from different walks of life/political persuasions and is a modern take on Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. I grew up in Madison – I visited Racine, Marinette, Appleton, and Green Bay on my journey and would love to return to Wisconsin for an event with your library in 2023.
Here's some information about the book, a press release, and a press kit is (available below):
Amended January 3, 2023
Per a follow-up communication from Tovah Anderson on January 3, 2023:
"It was brought to my attention that Wisconsin requires seed (re)labelers to be licensed and that seed libraries may fall under this requirement. I spoke with Greg Helmbrecht at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Greg responded: 'Several years ago, we evaluated the need to license “seed libraries” and decided it wasn’t something we needed to do as long as commerce wasn’t affected. This was an exemption to licensing but the idea was that there wasn’t “bulk” seed involved.
Jung is a licensed and reputable seed labeler and one that would be directly affected by your “give away”. I think that if they are aware of your plans and don’t have a problem with it, you shouldn’t need a license. Full disclosure with Jung is advised and they could probably do your labeling for you.'
Upon his suggestion, I reached out to Jung Seed to see if this project was okay. I shared with him how Prairie Lakes Library System was planning to run this project in our area. Brian Isaacs at Jung Seed responded: 'It was a pleasure speaking with you this morning. When you are wanting to do this again, just let me know ahead of time and we can package them up for you and even add library information to the package. For this round, Jung Seed does not have any issues with the way it was handled.'
It sounds like we have the go-ahead with the understanding that seed libraries are not meant to take business away from the seed sellers and that the planning committee will approach this project differently next year.
Each library is free to order their seeds from any seller they like. There is no formal “oversight" of this project so you can run your program as you like."
(Note: Tovah is interested in how many libraries think they will participate. As a courtesy, please email her at email@example.com to let her know.)
You are invited to bring this project to your library – One Seed, One Wisconsin is a loosely defined seed giveaway and programming project spearheaded by Kirsten Almo, director emeritus of Edgerton Public Library.
2023’s seed variety is the Wisconsin 55 Tomato, which has a fascinating history! Please use #1Seed1WI when promoting or posting about this project so everyone can see what the participants are up to!
5/4/2022 update from Kelly Bolter, Adult Programming Coordinator @ Milwaukee Public Library:
We're counting down the days until Melinda Myers will be celebrating Pollinator Month with your libraries and patrons! She’ll be hosting 3 live webinars and 3 youth videos with corresponding DIY projects that can be done as part of library programming with kids, tweens and teens. These projects can also be accessed online for any families or households who would like to do this at home with take home kits.
Attached (below), you will find a DIY Project Supplies List created by Melinda. This could helpful for any libraries who plan on including them in a Summer Reading Program, and any take-and-make kits. Please note that step-by-step instructions for each of these DIY projects and the corresponding videos are being produced and will be available online by 5/16 on the program’s webpage, www.atc-GrowSmart.com/library. This page is currently under development.
I’ve also attach(ed) a refresher of the Pollinator Month program and content that will be provided to our libraries free of charge (see the attached June 2022 Pollinator Month Factsheet) and information so you can promote the 3 pollinator gardening webinars presented by Melinda to your patrons (see Pollinator Month 2022 Webinar Registration Info).
If you have any questions, please contact Diana Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for getting the word out about the importance of pollinators and ways we can help them! Please note the dates of the Pollinator Month Webinars are June 1, June 15, and June 22.
Original post: 3/21/2022
June is National Pollinators Month. In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and how everyone can help them, American Transmission Co. is teaming up with gardening expert and author Melinda Myers. Together, they will produce and provide libraries throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with educational programming and content for National Pollinators Month.
The content and programming will be made available to the libraries at no cost and the libraries may offer the programs and content to their patrons throughout the month of June...
The following program information comes from Michigan author Ross Richardson.
I’m scheduling virtual library programs (via Zoom) for the winter/spring season (February-May) of 2022. Each live program has an hour-long runtime and is followed by an open Q&A session. These programs feature state of the art underwater video, as well as historical imagery, research and documentation.
My most popular programs are:
Below are links to news stories concerning some of my discoveries.
Folksinger David HB Drake was there…
He played for Gaylord Nelson at the very first Earth Day in 1970, marched the streets of Madison in 1969 and has sung alongside Pete Seeger on the Clearwater. He remembers the era when folk music was shared across the country because he was there. “Blowing in the Wind” is a concert of those mighty times.
The classic music of David’s mentors - Peter, Paul and Mary; Pete Seeger; Tom Paxton; Phil Ochs; Bob Dylan; Woody Guthrie; Joni Mitchell; the Kingston Trio; John Denver and more echo down the years sung by someone who lived it and never stopped singing the songs.
David's program is presented with a PowerPoint panorama complete with sing-along slides and a history of the 60's folk era. 60 and 90 minute (full concert) and duo / trio versions are available!
For a wealth of information on David’s rainbow of performances for all ages, visit www.davidhbdrake.com and David HB Drake on YouTube.
Contact David at:
The issue of mental health is prominent everywhere and it is an issue that commands a new perspective. Without advocacy and awareness, we will continue to wait until the crisis stage to address mental health for Law Enforcement Professionals and by then it may be to late.
The Law Enforcement Culture tends to expect Law Enforcement Professionals to resist normal physiological responses to tragedies or critical incidents. This combination creates the perfect storm when Law Enforcement Professionals are not provided with the tools to deal with effects of the profession.
Please contact me if you would like me to speak about my experience. You can learn more about Stop The Threat - Stop The Stigma at: http://www.stopthethreatstopthestigma.org
Let's work together to Stop The Threat - Stop The Stigma. Please share this (e-mail) with others. Thank you.
Adam A. Meyers
13034 30th Avenue
Lake Hallie, Wisconsin 54729
Call/Text: (715) 869-3361
Rochelle Melander is a writing coach and teaching artist. She is the founder of Dream Keepers, a writing workshop for young people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and she teaches at libraries, local schools, and museums.
Rochelle's new book, Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing (Beaming Books; July 27, 2021), is a middle grade social justice book pairing life changing writing exercises with the stories of a diverse group of people who changed lives and communities throughout history. The book features people from a variety of disciplines who used their words to educate people about the stars, advocate for women’s rights, end slavery, save the environment, protest injustice, and more. Sidebars explore types of writing, fun facts, and further resources.
Library directors: if you would like to review the eARC to take a look at this book, please contact Rochelle for a link.
She’s also written 11 books for adults, including two books to help people write: Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) and Level Up: Quests to Master Mindset, Overcome Procrastination and Increase Productivity.
Rochelle is also available for author visits.
Chad Lewis: Author of the Strange and Unusual Offers Virtual Openings for Fall & Winter 2021
For nearly three decades Chad Lewis has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual. From tracking Vampires in Transylvania and searching for the elusive monster of Loch Ness to trailing the dangerous Tata Duende through remote villages of Belize and searching for ghosts in Ireland's castles, Chad has scoured the earth in search of the paranormal.
Chad has been featured on the Discovery Channel's A Haunting, William Shatner's Weird or What, ABC's World's Scariest Places, Monsters and Mysteries in America, along with being a frequent contributor to Ripley's Believe it or Not Radio. With a Master's Degree in Psychology, Chad has authored over 25 books on the supernatural and extensively lectures on his fascinating findings. The more the bizarre the legend is, the more likely you will find Chad there!
**Virtual Openings for Fall & Winter**
"Due to the rise in Delta and winter driving conditions, many libraries have been asking for virtual options for their Fall & Winter programming.
With this, in addition to my in-person programs I have converted all my presentations to include a virtual option through Zoom, Skype, Facebook Live, Blue Jeans, etc...... or even a pre-recorded version as well.
Many libraries are even taping the live video to make it accessible through their websites for those who couldn't attend the live broadcast and a pre-recorded option is available as well.
I have included all the info for you below---just let me know what you pick.
It is great to know that even in these strange times people still crave storytelling.
Keep an eye out,
Are you and your patrons still looking for that perfect paranormal/ghost program at the library this fall? Something that would be educational, entertaining, and even infused with humor an fun (without being too deep into occult or questionable material)? My "Visiting the Beyond" paranormal program could be just the fit your library needs - and at a fair price!
My name is Curt Strutz, and I am a self-proclaimed "Paranormal Explorer." I tour and visit some of the country's most notorious haunted locations and experience them - with personal happenings, history, and original photography. I bring all of this original content to libraries and museums across the country - and already have a semi-full fall schedule at this point in time (with live and in-person lectures in WI, FL, IA, and AL already booked in 2021).
My presentations are loved by those into the paranormal, but also are great for those into both history and photography.
I am pleased to announce that I do have a handful of solid/great dates that can still be booked for this September and October that will work for WI libraries - given the fact I do reside right here in the state! While the majority of the bottom half of October being booked, there are still quite a few solid dates open for the top half of the month. We could still make it happen for your library!
I have been scheduling lectures on the paranormal for nearly 10 years - speaking at libraries all over the country, as well as museums, special events, and even some paranormal conferences down in Illinois a few years back. I was also a featured cast member of a nationally syndicated cable access TV show called "Paranormal Generation." This show aired on cable access channels across the country, from Lancaster, CA to Philadelphia, PA! The show ran for two seasons/years, and all back episodes are still available to view on YouTube!
Folksinger and storyteller David HB Drake presents “Animal Faire” - a menagerie of songs for the whole family!
To celebrate the Summer 2021 Reading Program, “Tails and Tales”, David is “Going to the Zoo” to visit “My Rhinoceros” and go “Waltzing with Bears” at “The Animal Faire”. Magical beasts like “Puff the Magic Dragon” play with “Jennifer’s Rabbit” in songs performed on guitar, concertina, banjo, dulcimer, and Native American flute.
David HB Drake has been called “the real thing” – a musician and historian with 40 year of experience performing throughout the Midwest.
Contact Organic Arts at email@example.com (preferred) or call 414-702-6053.
Libraries over 100 miles from Milwaukee – please be “green” and try to work with other area libraries to schedule more than one show a day and/or on adjacent days to save travel costs.
Programs can be done outdoors or in large rooms if COVID restrictions are still in place. David also has programs for the community, Library Week, and Seniors year-round.
For a wealth of information on David’s rainbow of performances for all ages, visit www.davidhbdrake.com and David HB Drake on YouTube.
David HB Drake
Creative Director, Organic Arts Ltd.
414-702-6053 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The booking deadline is NOVEMBER 30, 2020.
Reservations are limited and access is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete the Booking Inquiry at nancydrewexhibition.com/index#booking-inquiry.
"The program will feature:
THE DEADLINE TO LOCK IN YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NOVEMBER 30TH, 2020. DON'T DELAY!
The following information was provided to NFLS by Kevin Wood aka “Mr. Lincoln”:
"I am “Mr. Lincoln”, a professional first-person historical presenter of our nation’s 16th President based in the Chicago area, with a very strong resemblance to Mr. Lincoln and a very extensive knowledge of his life and times.
This is to let you know that I now offer programs via various forms of virtual programming (in addition to old-fashioned in-person programming!):
Note that when I do a “live” virtual program, I also authorize the recording of it so that it can be made available online for a period of one week; pre-recorded videos likewise may be made available for one week.
Nestled in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, the Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) is a non-profit organization that provides free medical care for our sick, injured, or orphaned wild neighbors with the intention of returning them to their natural habitat. WINC offers virtual educational programming, as its program may be a fun fit for members of the library community!
WINC's virtual programs allow participants to meet its live Animal Ambassadors very up close and personal as you learn about their unique stories, species ecology and ways to promote Wisconsin native wildlife from its educators. The program provides an interactive experience through the use of polls, visual display, and an open platform for questions. What better way is there to learn about wildlife than from the animals themselves?!
WINC's programs can be hosted on its Zoom platform or staff can work with you if you have another platform you prefer. In addition, its team can assist you in advertising your program and organizing the list of participants to ensure a safe online experience.
The cost of WINC's virtual program is $100, and can last anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on your needs. For more information, please visit its website at http://www.helpingwildlife.org/educate/wildlife-education/
Please do not hesitate to contact the WINC Education Team with any inquiries. They hope to work with you and share their knowledge of native Wisconsin wildlife!
Wildlife In Need Center
W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd.
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Phone: (262) 965-3090
From the publisher:
We are excited to share with you that Figure Eight (2019, Little Creek Press) tied for first place in the Mystery/Thriller category of the Midwest Book Awards announced on Saturday!
The second Northern Lakes Mystery, Spider Lake, was released in January. If your library doesn't yet have it, or if you need additional copies, both Figure Eight (2019) and Spider Lake (2020) are available through Baker and Taylor or Ingram. You may also order directly from us or the publisher, Little Creek Press.
We have seen many libraries hold virtual events this year. If you are interested in holding a book talk with Jeff, please let us know. Or, if you have recommendations for organizations, podcasts, blogs, or other media outlets we could contact to share these books more widely, drop us an email!
We truly appreciate your support over these past 18 months and the role you have played in the success of these Northern Lakes Mysteries. We hope to bring you book 3 soon!
The Packers Century Project
My name is Alyssa Bohm, a Racine native, I am currently serving as Miss Wisconsin 2019. As a state titleholder, it’s my job to volunteer, make appearances throughout the state and promote my social impact initiative, "Embracing Special Needs, Building Inclusive Communities" which focuses on enhancing the lives of those with disabilities and creating inclusivity within or communities.
Ben's Bubble Show
Ben Jimenez is offering an online version of Ben's Bubble Show to libraries for viewing.
The video is 30 minutes long and is:
Each library will be given a password to share with their patrons. Go to the website and enter the password to see the video. It will be continuously available for two consecutive days, starting at 9AM on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 and will stop at 9PM on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
Patrons can view it as much as they like during the two days.
Ben will also be offering more individualized times and dates as requested. Feel free to share this information with any other libraries, schools, etc.
Please contact Ben Jimenez with any questions or to participate: 773-499-6782 or email@example.com.
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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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
An award winning documentary selected by American Public Television
Too Soon to Forget: The Journey of Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
For those offering dementia-related CE and programming, Rush University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago has developed an amazing set of two DVDs that explores the impact that younger onset Alzheimer’s has on the affected person and their family.
Narrated by Celebrity Chef and Supermodel B. Smith and her husband, the documentary is being shown on PBS stations across the country. In addition to adding these DVDs to your circulating collections, librarians might consider using the DVDs as the basis for a program open to the public on this important topic… or for staff training. There are no restrictions on its use.
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