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Friday, May 8, 2020
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Welcome, Kim Meyers!

Kim Meyers is the new director at the Gillett Public Library.

Kim is from Sobieski, Wisconsin and has lived here all her life. She has worked in libraries since 2011, and has a Masters degree in Library and Information Science.

When she's not working, Kim likes to knit, crochet, read and write. She's very interested in history and genealogy.  A fun fact about Kim is that her cousin is Charles Ammi Cutter.

Kim looks forward to getting to know the Gillett Community and applying what she learned in library school.

If you want to send Kim a note, you can email her at
Grant Opportunities


Applications due 5/11/2020

Maximum award amount: $300,000
Open to: Organizations
Period of performance: June 15, 2020 to December 31, 2020
Application available: April 20, 2020
Application due: May 11, 2020
Expected notification date: June 15, 2020
Project start date: June 15, 2020

NEH invites applications from eligible organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus. Through this funding opportunity, NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

> > Click here to learn more about and apply for this grant.

Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grant

Applications due May 15, 2020

The Wisconsin Humanities Council is providing rapid-response funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Funding for these grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.
  • Grants of up to $10,000 are offered to nonprofit organizations across Wisconsin that provide humanities programming as a significant part of their mission and that are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Grants are available for general operating expenses only. These include expenses such as salaries, rent, utilities, supplies, and equipment. (Organizations seeking funding for a humanities project may apply for a WHC Mini or Major grant.)
  • No matching funds are required
> > Click here to learn more about and apply for this grant.

Win $2,000 to Expand Workforce Programming

Applications due June 1, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has forced libraries to pivot into virtual services in lieu of face-to-face programming. Recognizing the critical role libraries play in supporting America’s workforce when millions file for unemployment, Libraries Lead with Digital Skills has expanded its initiative to offer public libraries $2,000 to provide virtual programming, outreach, and education to address the digital skills gaps of job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

Who should apply? Public libraries that want to start virtual digital skills programs or those that are interested in testing out new resources.

> > Click here to learn more in PLA's announcement.
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Continuing Education Opportunities

Unemployment Insurance Basics: Assisting Library Patrons

Monday, May 18, 10:00-11:00 AM (Webinar)
Login here, no registration necessary. There's no option to call in via phone.

​The way Wisconsinites sign up for and apply for unemployment is changing rapidly, sometimes multiple times a day. As such, the DPI Public Library Team is repeating the Unemployment Insurance webinar originally given on April 27, 2020Ann Astin will include up-to-the-moment tips. This webinar does not have a seat capacity so everyone will be able to access it. It will be recoded and captioned, as well.

> > Get all the details here.

Crossroads: Libraries and COVID-19

This May 6th newsletter from WebJunction addresses: > > View the entire newsletter here.
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COVID-19 Resources

In Times of Crisis: Managing Key Relationships

May 21 at 2:00 pm  Register here.

The coronavirus pandemic has library leaders responding with a broad range of activities. To date, what has worked? How can you apply what you and others have learned so far to the next phase in this ongoing time of unexpected change? And how can you plan to have your library be even stronger on the other end of COVID-19? Based on a tool for managing library’s key relationships, presenters will engage participants in the application of the model during this pandemic time. Join Jamie LaRue (library writer, speaker, and consultant) and Sharon Morris (Director of Library Development, Colorado State Library) and leave with a plan (including drawings!)

Latest Youth Services Blog Posts on Youth Services During COVID-19 (WLA)

Last week's blog posts were heavy on great SLP resources including offline programming ideas, updates from CSLP on programming for summer during COVID-19; an announcement of a webinar coming this Friday on serving Tweens and Teens; fair use and patron privacy for virtual programming and free COVID-19 ebooks for kids.
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Library Programming & Resources

Modified CSLP Summer Library Program Materials

CSLP put together a set of modified summer library program materials for service during the time of COVID-19.

You will find instructions for how to access the additional resources (PDF download from CSLP, or editable docs using CSLP login). Beneath the instructions, you will also find a letter from CSLP about these materials.

> > Access instructions and resources here.

Miss Wisconsin Summer Library Program

Available through August 22, 2020.

"I would love to make an appearance at one of your library summer program days and present my Inclusion Program: Teaching Acceptance and Kindness. 

I can also assist in promoting the program event prior to the event taking place on our social media platforms."

> > Get all the details here.

Ben's Bubble Show

Ben Jimenez is offering an online version of Ben's Bubble Show to libraries for viewing. The video is 30 minutes long and is:
  • for all ages
  • available through
  • a condensed version of his indoor entertainment show with a bit of an educational slant
Each library will be given a password to share with their patrons. Ben will also be offering more individualized times and dates as requested.

> > Click here for all the show details.
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Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
Going the Distance: Library Programs for Teens and Tweens
May 8 (Webinar)

NEH CARES Grant Application Due
May 11

Safety Tips for Reopening Your Library 
May 12 (Webinar)

NoveList  Virtual Training
May 12

The Average American Reader Needs You to Write (Even More) Clearly
May 13 (Webinar)

Maximizing and Measuring Virtual Programs
May 13 (Webinar)

Britannica School Virtual Training
May 13

Britannica Escolar Virtual Training
May 13

Top 10 Tips to Educate Your Board
May 14 (Webinar)

WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference Scholarship Applications Due
May 15

Wisconsin Humanities Cares Grant
May 15 (Applications Due)

Britannica Library Virtual Training
May 15

Britannica Library for Homeschooling Virtual Training
May 15

Be the Connection: Libraries, Youth, and Connected Learning
May 19 (Green Bay)

Digital Book Clubs for Your Library
May 20

NoveList K-8 Virtual Training
May 20

In Times of Crisis: Managing Key Relationships
May 21 (Webinar)
WLA 2020 Conference Program Proposals Due
May 29

Explora Virtual Training
June 3

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
June 5

GLBT Book Month

NFLS Board Meeting
June 9

Small, Rural and Independent Libraries Conference
June 17 (online)

National Summer Learning Week
July 6-11

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
August 7

NFLS Board Meeting
August 11

Library Card Signup Month

Banned Books Week
September 20-26

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
October 2

NFLS Board Meeting
October 13

National Friends of Libraries Week
October 18-24

WLA 2020 Annual Conference
October 27-30 (Green Bay)

International Games Week
November (TBD)

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
December 4

NFLS Board Meeting
December 8

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