November 2016
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Hello Milwaukee!
Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference
An Anniversary Event
Believe it or not, the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) has been supporting Wisconsin libraries for 125 years. On October 25-28, hundreds of librarians from all over Wisconsin came together in Milwaukee to celebrate this noteworthy anniversary at the WLA annual conference. 

The Highlights
Author Jane Hamilton gave a keynote address on the importance of story, while YA author Bill Konigsberg shared how essential books, libraries, and librarians can be as safe spaces for LGBTQ youth. The sessions were full of tech talk, examples of libraries building partnerships with their communities, and ideas for programming- from potlucks to youth art galleries. John McGivern, from the hit PBS series Around the Corner, delighted the audience with hilarious stories about growing up in Milwaukee. Attendees also wandered the exhibit hall, talking to a variety of vendors, such as ProQuest, Penworthy, Boopsie, and Demco. (Collecting candy from the tables was a perk too).

Some fun extras included a chance to get free professional headshots, a tour of J.R.R. Tolkien's original manuscripts at Marquette University, trivia night, a tour of Milwaukee Public Library's branches, and a variety of get-togethers, including school reunions and a Youth Services Social.      

All in all, the conference offered attendees a chance to "recharge" their batteries, connect with librarians around the state, and get some great ideas to bring back to their own libraries. What could be better than that?

Want to Go?
Interested in going to the next WLA Conference? You can find a list of available scholarships from WLA on their website.
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
The holidays are almost upon us, which means family time, lots of food...and different library hours. You can find the full list of holiday hours for all 24 libraries on the Bridges Library System's website. Happy Holidays!
Happy Anniversary, Mellanie!
We can't imagine the Bridges Library System without Mellanie Mercier, our fearless Automation Coordinator and Assistant Director. This month, we're celebrating her 20th anniversary with WCFLS/Bridges! Mellanie started at WCFLS on November 18, 1996. Our director, Connie Meyer, sums up Mellanie's impact at Bridges perfectly: “The library system is extremely fortunate to have been blessed with the contributions of Mellanie Mercier for the past 20 years. Mellanie has been involved with all the major initiatives in our library system and provides history, insight, wisdom—and laughter—on a daily basis. Big picture or intricate details, Mellanie sees it all and can be counted on to do whatever needs to be done. She’s a major reason our library system has been so successful for the past 20 years and we are grateful to her beyond words.” Happy Anniversary, Mellanie!


Around the Library
Peanuts characters at Town Hall Library in North Lake encourage visitors to get a library card!
Pauline Haass Public Library has a new bike rack sculpture!
Dwight Foster Public Library patron Samantha Mallin displayed her awesome fossil collection at the library last month. 
Pewaukee Public Library hosted the Wisconsin Science Festival on October 22nd, with fun activities for all ages.
Spotlight on...
Muskego Public Library!
Written by Amanda Hyland, Young Adult & Marketing Librarian

The Muskego Public Library shares its humble beginnings with the Muskego Public Schools. In the spring of 1960, a library board was appointed with a $5000 appropriation. The library was open four days a week during that first summer, and its location was rotated among four different public school buildings. It wasn’t until September 1961 that the library found its own home in the basement of Town Hall. In the 1970s, the library relocated to City Hall, and in 2000 a new library was built.

Our library has something to offer for everyone! Children and Teen Services are proud of their Sensory Playdates, Family Picturebook Brunches, Lego Club, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, annual summer lock-in, and Teen Advisory Board. Besides educational classes and entertaining programs, Adult Services is especially proud to be a member of the Four Points Library Memory Project, which hosts Memory Cafés- social programs for those affected by memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia and their caregivers.

We value our community partnerships! The library works with the Chamber of Commerce and participates at Jammin’ on Janesville every summer. These events fill our parking lot with numerous non-profit organizations that provide food, music and family fun. The Muskego Green Market is held in the library parking each summer. Our library is fortunate to have an active Friends Group that organizes a book sale and hosts an annual Wine and Beer Event to fund library programs.

In the past four years, the library has made several improvements, including the creation of a new storytime room and a bright and cheery magazine and newspaper reading area. Staff looks forward to 2017 when we will begin a long overdue redesign of the Children’s Area, to make it more inviting with age appropriate furnishings and décor as well as a lively early literacy area.

Halloween Fun
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Finding Your Roots

Do you get excited when Great-Uncle Marvin pulls out the family photo album every Thanksgiving? After dinner is served, do you look forward to hearing your mom's stories about her family's dairy farm? It sounds like AncestryLibrary is just the thing for you. Find your roots through historic photos, census records, military records, and more on AncestryLibrary. An annual subscription to can be up to $300 but it's absolutely free at your local library. So drop that slice of pumpkin pie and hightail it to the library!
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