February 2017
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What's New?

February 21: Library Legislative Day!
Director Connie Meyer, WLA director Plumer Lovelace, Representative Mary Felzkowski
Wisconsin Library Association Director Plumer Lovelace, 35th Assembly District Representative Mary Felzkowski, and Bridges Library System director Connie Meyer
We all have things that matter to us, like our families, our schools, and our parks. Does your local library fall onto that list? Whether you are a librarian or a library user, speaking up to advocate for your libraries is a powerful way to effect change in your community.

One opportunity to do so is coming up soon. February 21st is Wisconsin's Library Legislative Day, when the public is invited to go to Madison and meet one-on-one with their legislators to promote their libraries. The registration period to attend has passed, but you can call or write your legislator to tell your story of why the library is important to you.  

Is it any coincidence that February is also Library Lovers' Month? Let your legislators know why you love libraries....and why they should show some love too.
Website Scavenger Hunt!
Detective with magnifying glass
In the last few months, two of our member libraries rolled out brand new websites. Take a peek at the Dwight Foster Public Library (Fort Atkinson) and Mukwonago Community Library's new sites and complete the Just For Fun Scavenger Hunt!

Just For Fun Scavenger Hunt
Can you find:
- The day that the Genealogy Club at Dwight Foster meets
- The day that Mukwonago's Teen Coloring Group meets
- The name of the Dwight Foster Library's blog
- The name of the Newfoundland dog that comes to Mukwonago to read with the kids
New Grant Opportunity
Library shelves
Librarians, there's a new grant opportunity available through Bridges this year! Member libraries are encouraged to apply for the Library Improvement and Innovation Grant. Is there a project you've always wanted to try or equipment you've always wanted to purchase? Now's the time to put those plans into action! The applications can be submitted at any time but are due by August 1st. More guidelines can be found on our website.
Access to Information Resource Guide

Alternative facts. Fake news. Attacks on social media. How do we stay informed in such a climate? Libraries to the rescue! In keeping with our profession's dedication to free and open access of information, the Bridges Library System has created a resource guide to help librarians, library staff, and the public navigate issues such as privacy, censorship, and fact-checking. All sources are unbiased and neutral. Have any to add? Please contact Jill at jfuller@bridgeslibrarysystem.org.


Around the Library
A young reader at Pewaukee Public Library
A young reader at Pewaukee Public Library.
Powers Memorial Library became Narnia!
Powers Memorial Library transformed into Narnia.
Writing contest winners at Watertown Public Library
Winners of the 2016 Sharing Our Talent Writing Contest at Watertown Public Library.
Librarians at Mock Awards
Kifflie Scott from Menomone Falls, and Jennie Fidler and Sandy George from Pewaukee Public Library, discuss children's books at the Mock Awards.
What's In the Catalog?
Winter got you down? Stop in to the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson to use their new natural spectrum lamps. Though the lamps don't leave the building, anyone can come by and use the lamps for 30 minute increments to boost Vitamin D levels. Here's what the National Institutes of Health has to say about the importance of lamps like these. 
Meet an Epic Librarian
Courtney Reith
Many months ago, Bridges held a contest where all new library staff who signed up for the newsletter were entered into a drawing to be our featured EPIC LIBRARIAN. Just in time for 2017, we'd like to introduce the winner of the drawing: Courtney Reith, who works in the Youth Services department at Jefferson Public Library. So what makes our Epic Librarian so epic? Read on!
Cats or dogs?
Cats. I have two of my own.
Summer or winter?
Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
Love both but would have to go with Harry Potter
Soup or salad?
Night owl or early bird?
Night owl
The beach or the mountains?
The mountains
Ice cream: chocolate or vanilla?
Christmas or Halloween?
Pepperoni or sausage?
Favorite book
The Harry Potter series. Would it surprise you that I’ve never finished it? I have a hard time finishing a series because I don’t want them to end, especially series I love.
Favorite TV show
The Crown
Favorite thing about your job?
I have two, the first being my coworkers. They are the most supportive and understanding people. Second, I love seeing kids get excited about reading.

Your Turn!

Comments? Questions? Want to highlight something happening at your library? Go ahead and email Jill at jfuller@bridgeslibrarysystem.org.
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