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Friday, January 7, 2022

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Volunteer for the WAPL Annual Conference

It seems we just wrapped up a wonderful WLA conference in Green Bay, but believe it or not, it is time to start planning for WAPL (Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries)!  The 2022 WAPL Conference will take place at the Ingleside Resort in Waukesha from May 10-13, 2022. 

The WAPL subcommittee is looking for volunteers in many areas. 

We are also looking to fill chair or co-chair positions for the committees listed below:
  • Conference Committee Chair
  • Local Arrangements Chair (Bridges Library System)
  • Conference Partnerships Chair
  • Programming Chair
  • Program Booklet Chair
  • Publicity Chair
  • Registration Chair
  • Technology/Equipment Coordinator
  • Book Signing Chair - Anna Zook (Eau Claire library)
If you or someone you know is interested and willing to fill one of the chair positions or volunteer for one of the committees, please reach out to WAPL Chair David Kranz or the past WAPL Conference Chair, Teresa Schmidt by Monday, January 17, 2022.

 Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing everyone in the spring.  Wishing you all a joyous 2022!

Tracy Vreeke
Nicolet Federated Library System, Director

Register for Library Legislative Day by January 14

Join your library colleagues at the annual WLA Legislative Day Event on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

The day will start out with a morning session at the Madison Concourse Hotel, followed by appointments with state legislators in the Capitol building. Start gathering your photos & preparing your library stories to share with your legislators.

Register now.  The deadline for registration is Friday, January 14 at 5 PM.

2021 Public Library Staff and Diversity Survey Due Jan. 14

ALA's Public Library Association invites all US public libraries to complete the 2021 Public Library Staff & Diversity Survey at

The deadline has been extended to January 14, 2022. Check out these five reasons why your library should complete the survey.

Programming Resources


CSLP Newsletter: December 2021

Be sure to check out the December 2021 CSLP Newsletter. Topics include:
Free Comic Book Day 1st Saturday in May - May 7 2022

Free Comic Day Library Program Enrollment

Free Comic Book Day isn't until May 7, 2022 BUT here is an opportunity to register as a library to receive free comics for your event if you don't have a local comic book shop. If you qualify, you can enroll in their FCBD Library Program. But you need to hurry. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022.

Learn more at,

National Library Week 2022: Connect with Your Library

The theme for National Library Week 2022 (April 3-9) is "Connect with Your Library."

Free tools for celebrating will be available early in 2022 on the National Library Week webpage.

In the meantime, check out the poster, customizable mini-poster, and bookmarks available at the ALA Store.

Employment Opportunities

Door County Library: Inform. Instruct. Inspire!Director, Door County Library

Library Director - Door County Library
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, 54235
​Full Time - $40.39 Hourly​

General Summary of Position: Responsible for the administration of the Door County Library System with branch libraries in Washington Island, Sister Bay, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Egg Harbor, Baileys Harbor, Forestville and Sturgeon Bay. Oversight and administration of the Door County Museum and Archives. Responsible for providing truthful and accurate written and verbal communications.

Get more details at ​
​View more library employment opportunities at

Grant Opportunities

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant


ALA invites library workers to apply for the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, an annual award supporting innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries.

Applications will be accepted between December 1, 2021, and February 1, 2022. View the full award guidelines and apply online at

Creative Communities Project Grants

The Wisconsin Arts Board is currently accepting Phase 1 applications for Creative Communities project grants. The Phase 1 application deadline is 3 pm on February 24, 2022.

The Creative Communities grants program (CCP) encourages arts education, cultural understanding, and community arts development in Wisconsin. It provides support for projects that further the Arts Board’s goals in the following three areas: Arts Education, Folk and Traditional Arts, and Local Arts.

Learn more at

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program Competition

Applications for the Nita M. Lowery 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant competition are available for the 2022-23 school year.

The 21st CCLC grant is a federal grant that funds before-school, after-school, and summer programs across the state of Wisconsin.

Applications will be due on or before 4:00 p.m., January 28, 2022. More information and application materials are available on the DPI's 21st CCLC website.

Continuing Education

Videos on DPI Inclusive Services page

Training Videos Demonstrate Inclusivity

Three inclusivity training videos are available for public library staff. The videos, developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, serve as an enhancement to the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide for Public Libraries.

Covering real-life scenarios pertaining to public library governancefunding, and collections, the DPI developed the videos to assist public library boards and staff in the understanding of how inclusivity applies to these areas. In addition, the Guide has been broken down into individual surveys for ease of use by individuals and groups as part of a library’s assessment process.

For more information, visit the DPI Inclusive Services webpage.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Items in red were added since the prior newsletter.
Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

PLA Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline
January 7

Talking Is Teaching—Trusted Messenger Training
January 12

Reaching Black Audiences in a Digital World
January 12

Libraries and Eviction: Further Questions and Answers
January 12

Recruiting New Board Members
January 13

Trauma-Informed Librarianship: Building Communities of Care
January 13

NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions Applications Due
January 13

Gratitude Practice for Well-Being
January 14

10th Annual Lake Superior Libraries Mid-Winter Unsymposium
January 14

Learning Gaps and Local Partnerships
January 19

Advocacy 101
January 19

Library Violence Prevention and De-escalation
January 19

3 Ways to Optimize Your Recruiting Efforts for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
January 19

Introducing: Strategic Planning for Public Libraries from PLA
January 20

Iowa Libraries Online Conference
January 20

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding and Responding to the Communication, Behavioral and Social Characteristics
January 20

Promote Community Engagement and Challenge Prejudice with a Human Library
January 20

LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience
January 21-24

"Let's Talk Race" Toolkits from WebJunction
February 22

Let the Children March in Library Programs
January 24

Why Psychological Safety Matters More Now Than Ever
January 26

Coping with Compassion Fatigue
January 26

Honoring Resilience
January 26

NEA Big Read Grant Applications Due
January 26

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
January 26-27

Respectful Human Resources for Rural Librarians
January 27

Public Libraries & Healthier Communities 
January 27

Library Signage: Effective Crisis Communications
January 27

Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way
January 31

Free Comic Book Day Library Program Enrollment Deadline
January 31

Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
February 1-3

Growing Digital Equity Through Community Partnerships from WebJunction
February 3

Library Legislative Day
February 8

Power Up Pop-ups: A (mini) Leadership Conference for Youth Services Managers & Staff
February 21 – March 4

"Let's Talk Race" Toolkits
February 22

WiLS 2022 Annual Membership Meeting
February 25

PLA Conference
March 23-25

CCBC Choices workshop
April 1

National Library Week
April 3-9

Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting
May 5-7

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Project Start Date
June 1

NHPRC Major Collaborative Archival Initiatives Grant Applications Due
June 8

NHPRC Archives Collaboratives (Planning Grant) Applications Due
June 8

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