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Friday, March 6, 2020

Register for WAPL 2020 - and Win Prizes!


Registration for the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) annual conference for 2020 is now open!  The conference will run April 29 – May 1, 2020 at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center in Oshkosh, WI. Check out all the amazing programs, after hours events, and guest speakers that are planned!

As a bonus for signing up early, if you register in the next three weeks you'll be eligible to win a gift certificate for either Kwik Trip or the Ground Round Restaurant at the Best Western Hotel & Convention Center in Oshkosh! 

Each week we'll randomly select three (3) new registrants as our lucky winners. So get out there and get registered! 


> > Visit the WAPL Annual Conference page for more information.

What's News this Week

CSLP 2020: Additional Online Manual Content

sample press release; images; coloring pages; book bingo card
Did you know: Additional content is added to the online manual throughout the program year? Login, and see what is new today at
Read the CSLP Newsletter

OverDrive's New Hold Redelivery is Live

OverDrive's new hold redelivery is now live. This feature gives users more control over their holds, helping your library connect more readers to the right book at the right time.

Detailed information about hold redelivery was sent in late November and early February—if you’re not familiar with this feature, you can learn more here.

To support this feature, the auto-checkout setting has been removed from WPLC's OverDrive collection. Going forward, users will receive a notification when a hold is available prompting them to either borrow the book, select “deliver later,” or cancel the hold.

Please visit Overdrive's Resource Center for marketing and communication templates to help you share this update with your community.

> > Learn more about OverDrive's Hold Redelivery.
Continuing Education Opportunities

Customer Service Webinar Series

Nationally-known library consultant Pat Wagner will present a three-part webinar series on April 1, 8 and 15, focusing on customer service in libraries. All of the webinars will be recorded and posted to the WVLS website. Each webinar is worth 1 contact hour.


Streamline for Success: Library Programs and Services Reboot - Registration is Open!

We all want our library services to be strong and strategic, but how do you ensure that your library is producing meaningful, intentional services that support your mission, rather than simply falling into the traps of “more is more” or “we’ve always done it this way”? This workshop will lead participants through perspectives on creating and implementing mission-driven library services. Participants will have an immediate opportunity to put their learning into practice in this hands-on workshop.

9:00 am-4:00 pm each date, choose the one that fits your schedule:
  • Tuesday, May 5:  New Berlin Public Library
  • Wednesday, May 6:  Portage County Public Library, Stevens Point
  • Thursday, May 7:  The Lodge at Mauston
  • Friday, May 8:  Rice Lake Public Library
> > Click here for more program and registration information.

NEWI: Free webinars on going fine-free, marketing your events, makerspaces on a budget & more this month

Go to the NEWI list of free webinars to find continuing education opportunities in which you can participate without leaving your library; most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems.
Here’s a sample of webinars offered NEXT WEEK: > > BROWSE MORE CE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MARCH-APRIL

TODAY: Summer Food Service and Public Libraries

Today is the Summer Food Service and Public Libraries webinar.

This webinar will provide information about Wisconsin’s program and will share ideas about ways that public libraries in the state have partnered with local agencies to become host sites for the summer program.
When: Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: your computer.  The program will be recorded and archived
Speakers: Amy Kolano, Summer Food Service Coordinator, Dept. of Public Instruction and regional public library staff

Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
Summer Food Service and Public Libraries
March 6 (Webinar)

Trauma Informed Roadmap Orientation & Training (2 remaining workshop opportunities)
March 9 @ 3:30pm
March 11 @ 11:30am

Getting Started with Web Accessibility
March 13 (Webinar)

WAAL Scholarship Applications Due
March 15

WLA Mentorship Program Application Due
March 16

Customer Service Webinar Series
April 1, 8, 15

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
April 3

Telling Stories with Data: Making numbers meaningful
April 3 (Dubuque, IA)

Money Smart Week®
April 4-11

NFLS Board Meeting
April 14

WAAL 2020 Annual Conference
April 16-17 (Brookfield)

National Library Week
April 19-25

National Library Workers Day
April 21

National Bookmobile Day
April 22

Preservation Week
April 26 - May 2

WAPL 2020 Conference
April 29 - May 1 (Oshkosh)

Choose Privacy Week
May 3-9
Streamline for Success:  Library Programs and Services Reboot
May 5 (New Berlin)
May 6: (Stevens Point)
May 7: (Mauston)
May 8: (Rice Lake)

WiscNet Connections 2020
May 12-13

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
June 5

GLBT Book Month

NFLS Board Meeting
June 9

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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