Check out the latest form Mike Schneider of Pint Size Polkas:
I hope you had a great summer despite the unusual circumstances!
If you are in need of a fun off-season program any time between now and April 30, 2021, I’m offering a standardized version of my prerecorded virtual show for just $50 per library for reservations made between now and September 30, 2020! If you’d like to host a live stream or in-person event, please contact me for a free quote. My shows are filled with polka music, magic and comedy, making a great fit in September and October for Oktoberfest season; January for National Polka Month; or any time some spirit-lifting fun is in order.
If you’re looking ahead to summer 2021, I have some big excitement in store for the “Tales and Tails” reading theme. We’ll have some musical fun with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox; talk a little bit about chickens and do the ever-popular “Chicken Dance;” and learn about Able and Baker, the first monkeys to successfully return to Earth after spaceflight. Whether you need an in-person show (inside or out) or will be going all virtual in 2021, I would be thrilled to bring some musical joy back to the good people of Green Bay! Please visit www.pintsizepolkas.com/library for details and a brief showcase video.
Would you be interested in including my Pint Size Polkas show in your 2020-21 programming plans? Please let me know at your earliest convenience.
Thank you as always for your consideration, and wishing you all the best in these turbulent times.
P.S. Check out my “Scrub, Scrub, Scrub (COVID-19 Edition)” MP3 song and music video (below).
If your young patrons need a little extra encouragement in the hand washing department, hopefully this will help. Thank you!
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.
Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining children nationwide since 1985. Its mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations.
Traveling Lantern will have six virtual performances available during the 20-21 school year:
WATCH A CLIP: https://vimeo.com/455284142
PRINT A BROCHURE: https://www.travelinglantern.com/nowplayingW.php
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!
Hi! Does the library get into any fall outdoor concerts for your community / patrons?
18 year old Fond du Lac resident Christian Strutz has had some recent interest and success with bringing live guitar/singing music to libraries this summer, and is making LIVE MUSIC a possibility by offering outdoor concerts for libraries at an affordable price. Outdoor concerts are the perfect alternative to working around COVID concerns, we have found.
Some examples of August library concerts he has coming up include performances in the library courtyard/lawn, another right on the town’s Main Street, and yet one more in a city park (Baylis Park in Council Bluffs, IA) that is open to the entire city! All great opportunities to offer these in-person programs while still allowing social distancing features for the audience by being outdoors.
Christian is a wonderful songwriter, singer, and guitar player. He reached recent local “fame” with a song he wrote for graduating seniors entitled “Class of 2020,” that featured a heart-wrenching song about struggling through his senior year in quarantine. It caught the attention of area newspapers, as well as CBS and NBC news channels in Green Bay who both did news pieces on his song/work. These news clips can be seen on his www.christianstrutz.com web site.
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!
For educators, families, students and any who loves the Great Lakes, Wisconsin Sea Grant staff have created coloring sheets to celebrate our great watershed.
When your work of art is finished, they would love to see it! You can:
Be sure to tag your image #ColorTheGreatLakes
Download the full booklet and let the colors flow!
See also: Explore Lake Sturgeon
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 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.
Magician Daniel Lusk here. Wow! What a time we are living in. I know that all of your worlds have been turned upside down like ours have. I also know that you all have been doing your best to continue to provide content to your patrons. THANK YOU!
We have been working hard to still provide the world with MAGIC! I hope you all got a chance to see and use our free Covid-19 safety video with Twinky the Rabbit and our magic tricks (below).
We have FINALIZED our new ONLINE SUMMER READING MAGIC SHOW PROGRAMS PACKAGE. We have worked very hard on making sure we are offering the best show and content you can provide to your patrons. We have spent many hours with librarians and other entertainers working out the best way to deliver content to libraries across the country this year. Here is a quick bullet point of what we discovered and what the best program would be . . .
Pint Size Polkas is available for virtual programming this summer, whether you’re looking for a live stream event or something that’s prerecorded and personalized for your patrons. Mike would be glad to take questions and answer them during the course of my presentation. People are often very curious about the accordion and polka music, two important parts of our Wisconsin musical story!
For your adult patrons, Pint Size Polkas offers an educational and entertaining program on the History of Polka Music, and would be very happy to answer any questions they might have, as well.
Each workshop features a fun mix of shadow skits, artist guidance, and simple at-home activities presented in brief, readily accessible videos that children can easily navigate. These workshops are appropriate for children aged 7-11, but may also be enjoyed by younger children who are assisted by an adult. The total length of each workshop is approximately 30 minutes.
I am also able to host live webinars of artist talk-backs, performances, and extended activities for up to 100 participants at a time. If you think this might meet your libraries needs at this time, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Best Wishes and Stay Well,
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:
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