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March 2017
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Library Legislative Day
Capitol building in Madison, WI
Bridges staff meeting Rep. Cody Horlacher
On February 21, librarians and library trustees from around Wisconsin entered the Capitol building in Madison to participate in Library Legislative Day. The day gives library lovers the opportunity to meet with their legislators to discuss issues of importance to libraries. This year, broadband access, workforce development, and lifelong learning were the three primary issues highlighted. To highlight the need for increased funding, librarians shared direct examples and stories with the legislators of how necessary those issues are to their communities and the value libraries bring. Interested in talking to your legislator? Go to the Wisconsin State Legislature page and select "Find My Legislators." 
 
Bridges director Connie Meyer speaking to librarians
Bridges Library System director Connie Meyer inspiring a group of librarians at the debriefing session
View Video and Transcript on YouTube
Conference Connections
WAPL logo
First up is the annual WAPL (Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries) conference in Stevens Point, WI from April 26-28. The list of programs and speakers will be announced soon.
ALA 2017 conference logo
The ALA (American Library Association) Annual Conference is in Chicago this year from June 22-27! Featured speakers include Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, author Sandra Uwiringiyimana, and actress/ALA Book Club Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker.
SSCS logo
Fort Atkinson is hosting the one-day SSCS (Support Staff and Circulation Services) conference on May 25. Stay tuned for program details.
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.
Libraries in the News
Stack of newspapers
Extra! Extra! Did you hear?
  • School Library Journal published an online article about the successful Cupcake Wars teen program put on by librarians at L.D. Fargo Public Library (Lake Mills). See how they did it!
  • The Oconomowoc Enterprise published a piece written by Oconomowoc Public Library director Betsy Bleck about the library's past directors.
  • The Waukesha Freeman printed a piece on Waukesha Public Library's new Spanish-English language-sharing program series.
  • Find Bridges' staffer Jill Fuller's guest column in the Waukesha Freeman, Oconomowoc Enterprise, Daily Jefferson County Union, and Watertown Daily Times each month. She'll be highlighting our member libraries and discussing why libraries are so vital to our communities.

#librarylife

Around the Library
Teen bake sale at Watertown Public Library
Teen Bake Sale at Watertown Public Library!
Brookfield Public Library bulletin board with hearts
Brookfield Public Library gave some love to their favorite kids' books.
Elm Grove Public Library exterior
Elm Grove Public Library looks beautiful in the snow.
Pretend floor plan for a house at the Building Buddies program
Designing houses at Johnson Creek Public Library's Building Buddies program.
Libraries Are:
Inclusive
LGBT program flyer at Delafield Public Library

11 people attended a community discussion on LGBT issues at the Delafield Public Library last month. Hosted by OutReach, an LGBT community center in Madison, the discussion included topics such as terminology; what it means to be LGBT; pronoun preferences; challenges the LGBT community faces; how to be an LGBT ally, and more. 

Jen Bremer, programming coordinator at Delafield, said it was "a lot of fun to see people engage in new topics in a space that is welcoming of questions- even the difficult or confusing ones." Future LGBT program ideas are in the works.

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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