The recently released book "Shipwrecked and Rescued" has been selected as one of ten Notable Books for 2022 by the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association.
It's a true story about the only shipwreck and rescue of its kind ever on the Great Lakes.
View testimonials (PDF file) about the book.
Book price is $22, cost to libraries is $12. Free shipping - books are signed.
Contact: Larry Jorgensen
"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.
CSLP Newsletter: April 2023
If your library is participating in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), you'll want to review its latest newsletter. Headlines include:
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):
The information below comes from Joshua Stuck, Outdoor Skills Instructor (Crivitz, WI)
Dear Youth Program Coordinator-
"I wish there was a summer library program that engaged our youth in books but also got them away from the screens and outside having fun..."
Hi! My name is Joshua Stuck. I am a local Outdoor Skills Instructor (from Crivitz, WI) who has been teaching outdoor skills to kids for over 20 years. Would you be interested in a summer library youth program that gets kids excited about some of the most popular outdoor themed books like Call of the Wild, The Hunger Games, and Hatchet?
Introducing... the "Call of the Wild Outdoor Skills Youth Program"
I've designed a 2-hour youth program where I teach up to 30 youth some of the outdoor skills featured in the world's best outdoor themed books. They'll learn how to make a Survival Shelter like in Hatchet, how to set a survival trap like Katniss from The Hunger Games, how to tie Buck's # 1 Call of the Wild Rescue Knot, and so much more. They even get items during the course to start building their own outdoor survival kit. Outdoor books + outdoor skills = FUN & LEARNING!
Would you be interested in bringing the "Call of the Wild Outdoor Skills Youth Program" to your library this summer?
LESS SCREEN, MORE GREEN!
I hope to talk soon,
Girls Who Code Summer Programs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Early Literacy Hmong board books
My name is Kaolee Yang, and I am one of the authors of two early literacy Hmong board books. Wisconsin is home to one of the largest Hmong population in the United States, and yet there are very little bilingual titles available in the public libraries. We would love to supply your library with these two new titles that teaches how to count in Hmong, and how to say the colors in Hmong."
"You can learn more about the two books at our website: https://www.thestoryclothshop.com/
Magic Morgan & Liliana are raising the bar for library programming! They spare no effort in bringing the biggest, best and most fun experience to your library! You won't find anything like it, so get ready to say, “WOW!”
Magic Morgan & Liliana will:
Opening a book is like opening a door to a world of opportunities. As the constant distractions by technology keep spilling in, libraries everywhere are faced with the challenge of getting children to drop the video games and pick up books. NOW is the time to show everyone the MAGIC IN READING through AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE IN READING - with MAGIC - to get them excited about coming out to YOUR library! Watch as many books "vanish" from the bookshelves after the show!
About Matthew & Liliana Morgan
It's Time for a Polka Friendzy in 2023
But, Mike's program is so much more than music. It's theme-fitting 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 friendship, from great friends like Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, to the theme song from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Plus, one lucky adult will even have the chance to participate in a special friends-don't-get-friends-wet magic trick that will result in two dry adults on stage against all odds!
Pint Size Polkas is the perfect fit for your library in 2023. It's tons of fun for all your family and friends!
"How would your library’s summer library reading program be with realistic animatronic dinosaurs? Just imagine the look on the children’s faces when roaring, blinking, and moving dinosaurs are brought out of “containment units” and presented to them in a fun, educational, and extremely fun show! Kids get involved in multiple ways during the show - from pounding their laps to generate "energy" to power the machine that produces the dinosaurs, to helping feed a dinosaur, to even getting to name each creature. They LOVE it!
Here is a video clip from the Dinosaur Dimensions’ show. Please take a look and see just how much excitement it brings to the kid’s eyes!"
"In addition to the 40-45 minute show, we also host a post-show 15-20 minute meet & greet with one of the dinosaurs! It makes for an experience like no other, with a show, photos, and a chance to pet a realistic looking dinosaur!
As mentioned, we are planning to bring the 45 minute show throughout WI at various points this next summer (I reside in WI). I have many random dates and spots that can be filled. Times are already filling in fast, and at an all inclusive price UNDER $500 (that includes mileage from Wisconsin, meals, and all motel expenses) – you just can’t go wrong!
Would this be something your library may have interest in? It is by far one of the best received children's library programs I have ever been involved with!"
The Magic of Isaiah a Great Success in Kewaunee & Algoma, WI
Posted October 13, 2021:
Meet Isaiah, of The Magic of Isaiah out of the La Crosse, Wisconsin area. Isaiah has an all new 2022 summer library show entitled Dive Into Reading: Oceans of Possibilities. He has been performing for libraries for the past 15 years, with an all new show every year based on the National theme. This is much more than the average magic show!
Every show incorporates books that support the magic. This will get your patrons excited to check out books on the various topics he introduces and performs on. Along with the magic, Isaiah also incorporates light juggling, puppetry and clean family comedy.
This year's show, Dive Into Reading: Oceans of Possibilities, will include books such as How I Became a Pirate, Land shark, The Pout Pout Fish and many more. During the show, there will be a fish race with one child against four adults. It's amazing seeing all the audience members involved in this, with nothing more than loud cheering and laughter happening. During the show, the audience members will learn about the importance of reading and how often they should be reading. Isaiah also has a special guest puppet that has an important message to tell all of your guests. There is so much more to talk about with Isaiah's shows and he cant wait for you to be as excited as he is about it.
Shows are 45 minutes long and are tailored to all ages, and all shows are guaranteed with a simple agreement and invoice. Isaiah travels anywhere in Wisconsin and offers multiple-show discounts with your own library or libraries within your system. Show prices range from $250 to $450 depending on the location.
"I want to thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to your interest in my summer reading show."
Northern Lakes Mysteries "Figure Eight" now available on audio & discounted through May
The Midwest Book Review acclaims Jeff Nania's Northern Lakes Mysteries, stating they are "Especially and unreservedly recommended for community library collections…"
The audiobook for Figure Eight—read by the author—is now available to serve even more patrons and discounted through the month of May for library purchases.
Midwest author Jeff Nania's Northern Lakes Mystery series books are highly sought-after in Wisconsin libraries and demand is growing rapidly across the country. An award-winning author and conservationist, Jeff draws upon careers in law enforcement and natural resources to captivate readers and keep them wondering who is on the right side of the law. In Figure Eight (2019), readers meet John Cabrelli who, after a traumatic incident while on patrol in Madison, retreats to northern Wisconsin and unravels a mystery that could forever change the Northwoods. John's story continues in Spider Lake (2020) and Bough Cutter (2021) as he adjusts to a new life in Namekagon County with a colorful crew of characters in this crime fiction, with themes of community and natural resources throughout.
This best-selling Northern Lakes Mystery series is perfect for fans of William Kent Krueger, Victoria Houston, C. J. Box, and Patricia Skalka.
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 email@example.com.
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 information is taken directly from the WI Libraries for Everyone blog post, PBS Wisconsin Education Resources Available (April 19, 2022).
Guest post from Marci Glaus at PBS Wisconsin Education
Whether you are preparing for Oceans of Possibilities this summer or looking to bolster early learning and youth services programming, PBS Wisconsin Education provides both Wisconsin-specific and nationally-curated content you can use as a springboard or central component to educational programming.
PBS LearningMedia is a free digital learning website created to support the distribution of compelling Pre-K-12 educational media resources. PBS LearningMedia’s robust and contextualized digital resources are designed to supplement educational experiences with video segments from award-winning PBS documentaries and series, PBS KIDS properties, station-produced programs, and original video and interactive resources!
Collaborative Summer Library Program
Examples below highlight some ideas from PBS LearningMedia that pair well with preparation for Oceans of Possibilities summer programming:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Beyond summer library programming, pbswisconsineducation.org offers seven different Wisconsin-focused collections for grades 3-12 with cross-curricular connections in American Indian Studies, English Language Arts, Environmental Education, Music, Social Studies, and Science. Collections include videos, student interactives, games, educator guides, and more. All of these resources are made with Wisconsin educators, and are completely free to use in any learning space!
If you have any questions or would like to talk further, please contact Marci Glaus: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make Your Library Summer Reading Program Unforgettable, Successful, and Fun
If you are booking summer shows in your libraries and still need a variety act, consider the Magic Village magic show.
Magic, ventriloquism, escapes, comedy, and audience participation are all set around a theme about the job opportunities attempted by Charlie, the ventriloquist dummy. His attempt at being a doctor is demonstrated by the magician sawing an audience volunteer in two. His attempt to be a security guard is demonstrated by audience members locking up the magician in a set of old wooden stocks.
David HB Drake has been touring the Midwest for over 35 years presenting original and heritage music and folklore of the Great Lakes region at performing schools, festivals, concert stages and libraries.
“WISCON-SING” - A Musical History of Wisconsin
"Wisconsin's vibrant past comes to life in Wiscon-Sing, a multi-media performance of music and images featuring educator and folksinger David HB Drake. David has performed Wiscon-Sing for 30 years and counting live in state schools and libraries.
David engages audiences of all ages in an authentic immersion into history, performing on handmade and historic instruments: mountain banjo, dulcimer, concertina, Native American flute, and guitar.
Stories of Native Americans, French explorers, European immigrants, Great Lakes sailors, lumberjacks and farmers are further enhanced with over 150 historic and scenic images and sing-along captioned lyrics. It was performed over 300 times statewide during the 1998 Wisconsin Sesquicentennial and over a thousand times over the years." Review David's Wiscon-Sing flyer here.
The Illustrated Song: Folk Songs as Children's Books
"Many popular folk songs have been illustrated as children's books. Taking the concept full circle, David sings folk songs such as This Land is your Land, This Little Light of Mine, The Marvelous Toy, and I've been working on the Railroad while the pages of the corresponding children's books are projected.
It’s like having a giant book that everyone can read the words and see the pictures while the illustrated songs are performed live so everyone can sing along!
David plays authentic folk instruments including banjo, dulcimer, concertina, and guitar. This multimedia program was created with the help of the John Stewig Collection at the Center for Children's Literature, Hedberg Library of Carthage College in Kenosha WI."
Alex Thomas and Friends
Booking Now for Spring & Summer 2022!
Alex Thomas and Friends offers a variety of unique programs, in person and virtual. A team of professional animators & puppeteers with Television and Film experience, they have been providing unique library programs for nine years. They're also willing to travel!
Please contact Alex Thomas and Friends if you have any questions about their programs or if you would like to get something on the calendar. They would love the opportunity to work with you! For links to some of their programs, and reviews from librarians, please visit www.alexthomasandfriends.com.
Wisconsin Magician Nickey Fynn
Nickey Fynn is a family entertainer specializing in live comedy magic shows for performances at libraries throughout Wisconsin.
Nickey's rate is $300 for a 45 minute show plus travel ($0.50 per mile to and from Stoughton, WI, if more than 30 miles). The program is for ages 6 and up and has lots of audience participation mixed with sleight of hand comedy magic, storytelling, music and balloons.
Visit nickeyfynn.com for more information or email email@example.com
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.
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13034 30th Avenue
Lake Hallie, Wisconsin 54729
Call/Text: (715) 869-3361
Our 2022 Summer Reading Program has arrived! My name is Sadarri Saskill and I am part of a multilingual Storytelling troupe with over 25 years of teaching and performing experience throughout the world. We are so excited!
Focusing on multicultural literacy, we provide fun interactive storytelling performances, workshops, and activities for all ages — a simple turnkey opportunity that will allow you the most animated programming options with the least increase in your workload!
For more information, please visit www.globaltales.com and see the promo flyer and program information below.
Feel free to contact us directly with requests and/or questions. Specific details to be discussed prior to booking. Additional references and raves available. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
(Booking Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Muchísimas gracias, merci beaucoup, thank you very much!
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