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Friday, April 2, 2021

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WLA Support Staff and Circulation Services Paralibrarian of the Year Award

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Paralibrarian of the Year Award recognizes the essential role of paralibrarians, including all library support staff who do not currently have an MLIS, in providing excellent library service in Wisconsin. This award places special emphasis on efforts to further the role of paralibrarians and library support staff in the library profession.
Submit Nomination Forms by April 23, 2021

Programming Resources


Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Newsletter

Be sure to check out the March CSLP Newsletter. Topics include:
  • The last "Order by" "Receive by" date is approaching. Place your order at the CSLP Store by May 1 to receive by June 1.
  • Coming Early April: "Tails and Tales, Part 2", a supplemental collection of worksheets and resources to support your library mitigate the uncertainty caused by the pandemic.
  • 2021 Tails & Tales themed StickTogethers available for preorder at
  • Tabletop Role Playing Games: A Summer Primer
  • 2021 Summer Food Service Program: What Libraries Need to Know
  • May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program with David HB Drake

Folksinger and storyteller David HB Drake presents “Animal Faire” - a menagerie of songs for the whole family!

To celebrate the Summer 2021 Reading Program, “Tails and Tales”, David is “Going to the Zoo” to visit “My Rhinoceros” and go “Waltzing with Bears” at “The Animal Faire”. Magical beasts like “Puff the Magic Dragon” play with “Jennifer’s Rabbit” in songs performed on guitar, concertina, banjo, dulcimer, and Native American flute.

David HB Drake has been called “the real thing” – a musician and historian with 40 year of experience performing throughout the Midwest.

Continuing Education Highlights

WAAL Annual Conference 2021

Registration is open for the WAAL 2021 Online Conference, April 29 & 30, 2021 at

The keynote speaker, Megan McGee from Ex Fabula, will highlight the conference theme of Risk + Reward through her talk: Taking Risks: Connecting through Real Stories.
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WAPL 2021 Annual Conference Registration is Open

Conference Swag to the Frist 150 Registrants

The WAPL 2021 Committee is finalizing an engaging conference scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 4 - 7, 2021 (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily).

With a theme of LIBRARY STRONG, the goal of this year’s four day conference is that attendees will leave feeling emboldened, connected, and strengthened in their library work.

More information, including this year's keynote speaker, is to come in the next two weeks so you will want to register today! 

For more information, visit the WAPL Conference website.

Grant Opportunities

Read Africa: Books for Wisconsin Libraries

"The African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to offer public libraries throughout Wisconsin the opportunity to enrich their collections with new titles. Libraries across the state are invited to submit proposals to purchase books and materials that will enable Wisconsin readers to deepen their understanding of Africa..."

Learn more about this grant and book and related book lists.

ALSC New Membership Funding for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

To align with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)’s strategic objective of increasing the intentional recruitment and retention of a diverse membership while reducing barriers to participation, ALSC is funding the memberships of 10 BIPOC library students and 10 paraprofessionals/library support staff (current position or position held within the last year) who want to become more involved with our organization and within the children’s services profession.

Please apply by April 12, 2021.

Learn more and register here.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

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

Data that Counts: Intro to Census Data for Public Libraries
April 6

Streamline for Success: Library Programs and Services Reboot
Session 1: April 6 or 7
Session 2: April 20 or 21

Media Literacy for Adults: Media Landscape and Economics from Programming Librarian (ALA)
April 7

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at your Library
April 7

National Library Outreach Day
April 7

Prejudice: Responding to Prejudicial Comments from Customers
April 8

ARSL Quarterly Board Meeting
April 8

Helping Patrons to Improve Their Financial Decision Making and Outcomes (ARSL)
April 8

Applications Due for ALSC's New Membership Funding for BIPOC
April 12

Partnering through the Pandemic to Reach Patrons
April 13

Mental Health First Aid and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Libraries
April 13

Media Literacy for Adults: Media Engagement and Creation from Programming Librarian (ALA)

Health Information Online:  Finding Information You Can Trust--Train the Trainer (Webinar)
April 14 PART ONE  Register here
April 15 PART TWO Register here

From Plexiglass to Physical Distancing: Library Spaces in 2021
April 15

Diversifying Your Collection as a Small Library
April 22

WLA SSCS Paralibrarian of the Year Nominations Due
April 23

ARSL Preconference and Conference Session Proposals Due
April 27

Digital Backpack Workshops: Adapting to Student Needs
April 27

Smart Spaces are Community Places
April 27

Managing Digital Content Over Time: An Introduction to Digital Preservation (3-Session Course)
April 27, May 4, May 11

Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Celebration
April 28

RA for All: Flip the Script and Think Like a Reader (Covid Edition)
April 29

WAAL Virtual Conference
April 29-30

Place your order at the CSLP Store
by May 1 (to receive by June 1)

2021 Ideas to Action Fund Application Period
May 3 - June 28

Training New Supervisors for Success: Don’t Start from Scratch
May 4

WAPL Annual Conference
May 4-7

Library Journal's Day of Dialog
Mary 6

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Applications Available
May 15

ARSL Roundtable: Topic TBD
May 20

Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
May 27

Virtual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2021: Mapping Our Identity
June 11

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Applications Due
July 15

From Self-Care to Community Well-being through Design Thinking
June 17

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Project Start Date
June 1, 2022

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