Monday, December 10, 2018

This Message Brought to You by WLA and WEMTA!

In the spirit of work at the national level through ALA’s State Ecosystem Initiative and the new Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit done through collaborative efforts of AASL, YALSA, and ALSC, WEMTA, WLA, and DPI are working together to support and foster communications and collaborations among Wisconsin public and school librarians in order to better support the communities we serve. Each quarter we will share a resource, strategy, or example with you that could be used as a talking point in your community. Please use these ideas to initiate or continue to build relationships with public and school librarians.


There are many ways that we can initiate partnerships and networking with our school and public library colleagues. One excellent way is capitalizing on already existing national efforts with high visibility and support materials. To get started or refresh your collaborations, the Public Library and School Library Collaboration Toolkit, developed by AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation, suggests: “The American Library Association (ALA) hosts various initiatives relevant to both school and public libraries, offering opportunities to partner and share resources:   
  • ALSC’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative is relevant for preschool and elementary schools, as well as public libraries year-round
  • Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week are national celebrations that occur annually
  • National Library Week is held every April, which is also School Library Month
  • September is Library
  • Card Sign-up Month
  • Additional ALA events occur throughout the year

If you have already planned activities, consider suggesting a joint flyer that promotes opportunities at both locations. Joint promotion shows patrons that the public library and school library are extensions of each other. Promoting each other’s events is a simple way to start a partnership and can evolve into co-hosting events.”

You can find more information about hosting collaborative events in the Toolkit (pp 22-33). Both WLA and WEMTA value the partnerships of all type of libraries. There are several of these partnerships happening around the state right now! Want to share how you have partnered and potentially be spotlighted in an upcoming Tidbit? Fill out THIS FORM and share your ideas!  

This message brought to you through the collaborations of Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA), WisconsinLibrary Association (WLA), and DPI School and Public Libraries. If you are interested in working on future tidbits or have other suggestions for collaborations, please contact Marge Loch-Wouters (WLA) or Michele Green (WEMTA).

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Lara Ewen writes: “Books make wonderful gifts, but librarians and voracious readers often have daunting to-be-read piles already. This year, why not forego the obvious choices and give your favorite bibliophile something a little different? From bedside lamps and elegant bookends to writing implements, art, and even library-themed fashion accessories, you can show you care, whether you’ve got only a few dollars or are ready to splurge. You might even find something special just for you.”...

Read the full Gift Guide HERE.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Book Lists Galore!

'Tis the season for oodles of book lists, fa la la la, la la la la

Best of, notable, can't miss book lists, fa la la la la, la la la la

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The New York Times Book Review recently announced their Notable Children's Books of 2018.

Paste Magazine shared their picks for the 30 Best Young Adult Novels of 2018.

Chicago Public Library, rockin' out oodles of book lists with their Best of the Best Books, 2018 edition.

The annual Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 winners have also been announced!

Holy guacamole, that's a lot of fabulous books!  (and the lists are still coming, believe you me!)

Happy perusing!

Monday, December 3, 2018

ALSC Institute Handouts

ALSC sponsored their biennial youth services Institute at the end of September in Cincinnati.

Even if you missed out on attending, you can still pick up amazing information at their website of handouts and powerpoints. It's a goldmine!!

Click here and go crazy with info!!

And there is a 50 minute recording of their powerful A is for Advocacy panel that stresses diversity and inclusion here.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Picture Book City at Manitowoc Public Library

Submitted by Susie Menk, Youth Librarian and Julia Lee, Youth Services Manager

Picture books are one of the most used collections in the Children’s Department of the Manitowoc Public Library. For years we have kept these books on the shelves in order by the author’s last name, but we are excited to announce a change that is coming! 

Our picture book collection is getting a facelift. A growing number of picture books are grouped by colored stickers, and whole chunks of the collection are missing at a time. What is happening to all those beloved picture books?! We are slowly working through the collection to create a whole new Picture Book City, complete with unique neighborhoods. In each of our new eight neighborhoods live books with different themes: Me, Concepts, Culture, Favorites, Imagine, Nature, Play, and Vroom.

Each Neighborhood is comprised of special streets. For example, the Me neighborhood is made up of streets with books about specific themes like Bedtime, Birthdays, Bullying, Friends, Family, Pets, Potty training, and more! In the Imagine neighborhood, you will find a very popular street named Royalty. This is the street you will find all the princess books living! Imagine also has streets like Monster, Folk/Fairy Tales, Dinosaurs, Pirates, and Fantasy! Books for the holiday season? We have a Holiday neighborhood with favorite seasonal stories!

We are slowly reorganizing our picture book collection by topics and categories first and then by author.  We are hoping this will make finding books easier for adults and children alike! All the dinosaur books will be in the same place! Looking for princess books? They’ll be all in one spot as well! Now, when a child comes in looking for truck books, we can point the family to one specific neighborhood and let them browse ALL of the truck books we have at once!

Our hope is that Picture Book City will help families find more of the books they want to read with their children. Our goal is to have the construction of Picture Book City completed before the end of 2019.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

YSS Seeking Children's Book Award Committee Members: Application Deadline Dec. 16

Submitted by Abby Bussen, Muskego Public Library, Children's Book Award Committee Chair 2019

Are you an adult who loves reading kid and teen books? Do you like to critically discuss those excellent books with your peers? If so, not only do you have great taste, you might also make a fine addition to one of WLA's coolest and best committees, the Children's Book Award Committee (CBAC)! The CBAC annually bestows the Burr/Worzalla Award and Notable Children's Author/Illustrator upon Wisconsin's best and brightest talents.

The CBAC is seeking applicants to fill three vacant committee positions starting in 2019. We are seeking a diverse group hailing from all areas of our strangely shaped state. Interested persons should review the committee duties and submit a completed application by the end of the day on Sunday, December 16. 

Applications may be submitted to Chairperson Abby Bussen ( Interested persons with questions about committee member responsibilities are also welcome to contact Abby via email.

Thanks for considering and may the odds be *ever* in your favor!

Library of Congress Writing Contest for Young Readers

Students in Grades 4-12 Can Win Cash Prizes of Up to $2,000

Letters About Literature, the Library of Congress reading-and-writing contest now in its 26th year, is accepting applications beginning Nov. 1 for the 2018-19 cycle. For the first time, letters will be submitted electronically. For more information about the contest, including instructions for entering and deadlines for each state, visit
Letters About Literature asks students in grades 4-12 to read a book, poem, speech or essay by an author, living or dead, to think about how that work affected them and to write to the author on the work’s impact.
Students compete on the state and national level and receive cash prizes of up to $2,000. Deadlines are: Dec. 14, 2018, or Jan. 11, 2019, depending on the applicant’s state.
Find out more HERE

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Most of us update our résumé only every few years at most—meaning that as times change, it can be difficult to know how to present this crucial document in the most effective and up-to-date way. That’s why we’ve enlisted National Résumé Writers’ Association President Mary Jo King and San José (Calif.) State University School of Information Student and Alumni Career Consultant Jill A. Klees to give the thumbs-up or thumbs-down on several common résumé practices....
Read more HERE...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Mini-Grant Opportunity!

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is officially putting out the call for program proposals for the 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants Program!

Every year, approximately 70 grants worth up to $500 each will be awarded to schools, libraries, and preschools in the public sector.

The Mini-Grant program focuses on creative and innovative enrichment activities that foster creative expression, cooperation, and community.  Check out the Great Mini-Grant Programs gallery for inspiration and let your imagination run wild!  (To give you an idea of how varied the funded programs can be: a few past winners have included programs focused on bookmaking, puppetry, community gardens, storytelling, and mathematics!)

For more information on the application process and/or to get started, click HERE.  Proposals are due on March 31st!