Participate in the Wisconsin DNR's 2nd annual Keep Wildlife Wild poster contest!
The poster design contest starts on November 1, 2019 and the deadline for submitting all poster designs is 5PM on February 14, 2020.
The poster design contest is open to all students in 4-6th grade attending public, private, parochial or home schools in Wisconsin.
Contest theme is "A young wild animal's best chance for survival is with its mother!"
Refer to information on the Keep Wildlife Wild webpage to help with representing the Keep Wildlife Wild topic.
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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The Girls Who Code club programs can support your library's STEM goals!
Girls Who Code Clubs offer FREE coding curriculum for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls. The programs introduce girls to computer science concepts while encouraging them to hone skills (like bravery and resilience) that they will use to pursue their careers. Plus, the curriculum is flexible. Even if you already have STEM programming, their plug-and-play model allows you to supplement your current initiatives with their activities and resources.
Among many other benefits, Girls Who Code provides each Club with:
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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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
Absolute Science is an amazingly fun and educational program aimed at children of all ages to become engaged in the world of science through their demonstrations and experiments. They offer a fun, interactive live program as well as an array of exciting "Reaction Stations" where kids make and take awesome experiments.
The time when wild animals are having babies is upon us, and with that the DNR’s Keep Wildlife Wild team is hard at work.
The Keep Wildlife Wild team is tasked with providing information about wildlife species natural behaviors, tips on how to determine if a baby wild animal is truly orphaned, and what to do if someone finds a wild animal who is sick or injured. It provides handouts and a lesson plan, which includes an interactive activity and a list of Keep Wildlife Wild-themed books!
These resources and many more can be found at our Keep Wildlife Wild web page, under the Educational Materials tab.
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.
Tribal Nations Maps introduces the most comprehensive maps of pre-contact and at-contact Native North America to date. These maps use Tribal Nation’s original indigenous names for themselves, and show where Tribes were just before contact with outsiders, as well as the last homelands they defended. The intent of these maps is to instill pride in Native peoples and to be used as teaching tools from a Native perspective.
These maps are part of Aaron Carapella's Tribal Nations Map series-which covers the Nations indigenous to the “United States,” “Canada,” "Mexico," "Central America," "South America" and “Alaska." Your purchase supports multiple upcoming maps. Aaron credits the many hundreds of Cultural directors, elders, educators and linguists that have helped him centralize these names onto one visual display.
Immigration to Wisconsin is not new. But the issues are complicated. Current concerns can make them hard to fully comprehend. This series of ShopTalk offers history, stories, and the law to help us think about immigration today.
Hello, my name is Melanie Burgess. I am from Keyser WV and I am the author and illustrator of the new award winning children's book called Stinky Owl.
I would like to tell you about my book. My book features the birds of prey from the Rocky Gap State Park aviary and the illustrations are from the park's campground. The book is centered around the Great Horned Owl. Great Horned Owls are one of the few birds of prey that regularly eat skunks. This owl enjoys eating skunks so much that he smells bad and has no friends and is lonely and sad.
The book has true facts about each bird of prey in the story along with actual pictures of the birds with additional facts at the end of the book. This story is educational and has a cute story line.
The latest issue of Check It Out magazine is here. Dubbed the Showtime Issue, this edition includes many amazing ideas to help you dazzle your community in the coming months.
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