January 2017
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What's New?

Happy Anniversary!
As of January 1, 2017, it has officially been one year since Jefferson County and Waukesha County libraries joined forces to become the Bridges Library System! And what a year it's been. We've forged new and lasting partnerships between our member libraries that benefit directors, staff, and patrons alike. From joint programs to a new Teen Think Tank to sharing materials, our libraries are stronger than ever. 

For those looking to swap some anniversary gifts, the one-year gift is "paper." Might we suggest books?
2016 was a great year for the Bridges Library System.
Walk down memory lane with us!
A New Face at Mukwonago Library
There's a new director at the Mukwonago Community Library and she's a familiar face in the Bridges Library System. Angie Zimmermann, the former director at Powers Memorial Library in Palmyra, started as the director at Mukwonago on December 12. Of her first few weeks on the job so far, Angie said, "It's been a thrill thus far getting to know the staff and learning the operations of such a larger library. Exciting is a very good word to use...when thinking of the opportunities and looking towards the future, as well as the amazing team environment we have here!" She's looking forward to getting to know the community and has already been busy working the Reference Desk to meet the patrons. Increasing the library's social media presence and creating a MakerSpace are two other goals she can't wait to work on. Good luck and congratulations, Angie!
What's In the Catalog?
A good book can help you find direction in life. But so can a GPS...and you (or your patrons) can check one out from the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library in Whitewater. Originally purchased for a Summer Reading program a few years back, the seven GPS devices in their collection can be checked out or put on hold by any patron of a Bridges Library System library.
Get Warm at the Library
"Oh, the weather outside is frightful..." This little tune seems pretty accurate lately, as the temperature has started to dip into the single digits and the wind chill brings the retrograde lower. A library is one place where anyone is welcome to come in out of the cold, and now many of the Bridges' libraries are designated warming centers for their counties. This means that the counties will direct those without a place to go to our libraries, where they will find a warm, safe space to shelter from the winter winds. Below is a list of the designated warming center libraries. Thank you to these amazing libraries for continuing to find innovative ways to serve your communities!

Jefferson County: Dwight Foster Public Library (Fort Atkinson); LD Fargo Public Library (Lake Mills); and Watertown Public Library

Waukesha County: Alice Baker Public Library (Eagle); Butler Public Library; Delafield Public Library; Mukwonago Public Library; and Oconomowoc Public Library


Around the Library: Donation Edition
Our libraries love their communities!
Check out all the ways they shared the love this holiday season.
The Karl Junginger Memorial Library had a giving tree for seniors in their community.
In November, the Alice Baker Public Library held a "Food for Fines" drive, which collected non-perishable goods for the Eagle Food Pantry.
The Oconomowoc Public Library collected toiletries for the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. Their teen group made this fabulous "Toilet-Tree" to promote giving.
The Jefferson Public Library held a holiday bake sale to raise money for three local charities. 
Stories in Paint

If you stopped by the Oconomowoc Public Library during the month of December, you probably would have seen local Oconomowoc artist Anne Raskopf perched high on a Skyjack with a paintbrush in her hand. Anne's fantastical design won the library's contest for an artist to paint a mural on two of the walls in the library's entrance hall.

Begun on November 28 and completed on December 12, the west wall's celestial views, earthly wonders, and beauty of nature highlights the many worlds that can be found in a library. A large book takes center stage as the portal to knowledge and discovery; the wall also features a row of favorite and beloved books in the literary canon. The east wall focuses on Oconomowoc's history, culture, and landmarks. The row of books on this wall features those written by Wisconsin authors.

On her Facebook page, Anne wrote that she hoped "the new look will bid welcome to those seeking to enter the world of books for years to come."

Watch Anne's progress unfold on this GoPro video taken at the library. The transformation is truly amazing!
Welcome to the Library! 
The Town Hall Library in North Lake is also greeting patrons in a new way. The library now boasts a brand-new sign in front of their building, as well as new signage on the back of the building, visible from the parking lot. The sign in front can be seen by passing traffic and is lit at night when the library is open. Town Hall Library thanks committee members Susan Van Vleet, Greg Bisbee, and Cheri Theissen in helping to make this happen.

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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