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March 2017

What's New?

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April 9-15 is National Library Week, an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. Find resources and learn more on the American Library Association's website.
IMLS and Your Library
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With the new federal budget proposal, there's been a lot of talk about how the elimination of the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will affect local libraries.

Learn more about what the Institute for Museum and Library Services does for your library at their website and check out how to advocate for your public library at the American Library Association's website.
Conference Connections
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First up is the annual WAPL (Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries) conference in Stevens Point, WI from April 26-28.
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The ALA (American Library Association) Annual Conference is in Chicago this year from June 22-27! 
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Fort Atkinson is hosting the one-day SSCS (Support Staff and Circulation Services) conference on May 25.
Don't miss out. Scholarships and grants are available through the 
Wisconsin Library Association and ALA. The Bridges'
Library Improvement and Innovation Grant can also be used for conferences.
Make the case to attend a conference with these tips from ALA.
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Have a bright idea?
Share your experience and creativity with the Wisconsin library community at the annual Wisconsin Library Association conference- RECHARGE- on October 17-20, 2017 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. 

The final program submission deadline is April 28, 2017, with preference given to those received by April 14, 2017. Submit your proposal at this link.


Around the Library
Youth art on display at Pauline Haass Public Library
Kids from Hamilton School District displayed their artwork at Pauline Haass Public Library (Sussex) for Youth Art Month.
Jefferson Public Library's new YA space
The Jefferson Public Library updated their YA area with new study chairs, TV, and whiteboard.
Rep. Cody Horlacher reading at Dwight Foster Public Library
Representative Cody Horlacher took a minute to do some reading and test the sun lamps at the Dwight Foster Public Library (Fort Atkinson).
Kids playing at the Mobile Makerspace at Mukwonago Community Library
Mukwonago Community Library unveiled a new Mobile MakerSpace this month. 
What's In the Catalog?
New shoots growing in the garden
Radishes! Carrots! Green beans! Get started on your spring planting with herb, flower, and vegetable seed packets from the public libraries in Whitewater and Fort Atkinson. Search the selection in the catalog.
Libraries Are...
There's a dire need for foster homes in Waukesha County and our libraries are partnering with Health and Human Services to spread the word. Look for information at your local library or learn more on the County's website. Library staff can contact Jill Fuller at to learn how your library can help.
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Your Turn!

Comments? Questions? Want to highlight something happening at your library? Go ahead and email Jill at
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