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Friday, January 29, 2021

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Take ALA's Survey For a Chance to Win National Library Week Swag

ALA needs your opinions! Please take this survey to help ALA develop new tools to promote National Library Week, April 4-10, 2021. If you choose to share your email address, you will be entered for a chance to win some National Library Week swag, including bookmarks, a poster, and a tote bag branded with this year’s theme: “Welcome to Your Library.” The survey will only take a few minutes and all responses will remain anonymous.

TeachingBooks' New Book & Author Chrome Extension


Connect every Google search instantly to children's and YA books and authors. With the new TeachingBooks Book Connections extension on your Chrome browser, search for any topic, book title, series, author, or award, and find search results in the upper right corner that include:

  • Access to book and author resources
  • Read-along audiobook performances
  • Video book trailers and more
> > Click here to learn more about this Chrome extension.

Programming Resources

Black History Month, 2021 Reading Challenge, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Beanstack: New 2021 Challenges

Be sure to check out the latest reading challenge templates available from Beanstack.

This February, NFLS' Beanstack site will feature the Black History Month Challenge. Participants will learn about Black history makers, explore cultural traditions, and honor the evolution of Black history in America. From the Civil Rights Movement to #BlackLivesMatter, it is vital to understand our history so that we can impact our future - and complete activities and log your reading to earn badges along the way. 

We've also added the 2121 Reading Challenge for those readers that like to keep track of their reading throughout the year and to mark progress over that time. Studies show that just six minutes of reading decreases blood pressure, lowers heart rate, and reduces stress by up to 68%. Just imagine if you read 10,000 minutes! Join fellow readers for a chance to earn badges all year long! 

Don't forget about our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge, which encourages you to spend time sharing books with your little ones while building critical early literacy skills before they start school. Earn badges along the way to track your child’s journey! Simply log the books you and your child have read with this app, and this challenge will keep track of them for you!

Continuing Education Highlights

LAWDS: Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills

LAWDS Training on Use of Labor Market Indicator Tools


Learn how you can help your patrons improve their job search strategies using the Job Center of Wisconsin Labor Market Indicator tools.

Maura Kirkham of the Department of Workforce Development will be presenting two identical webinars:

After the sessions, the recordings and slide deck will be posted on the LAWDS website.  

The LAWDS project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Thanks to Jean Anderson and the South Central Library System for their help delivering these workforce development learning opportunities.

Inclusive Services

ALA's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Training Calendar

A message from WLA:

"As we begin a new year, consider utilizing the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Training Calendar when seeking professional learning opportunities. The EDI Training calendar is an effort of the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), and includes registration options for individuals outside of a particular institution/membership organization. Additionally, the ODLOS email newsletter is a valuable resource for EDI and social justice news and events for the library profession (subscribe here). Lastly, if you are looking for an EDI expert, check out the EDI Speakers Bureau."

"This monthly tip is brought to you by the Inclusive Services special interest group (SIG) of the Wisconsin Library Association. Our goal is to promote inclusion in Wisconsin libraries by helping library staff, friends and trustees recognize and implement inclusive practices. The Inclusive Services SIG will provide support of inclusive practices through organizing and/or sponsoring continuing education opportunities and the SIG will reflect and discuss inclusive practices within the Wisconsin Library Association. For more information, visit"

Source: Youth Services Shout-Out: YSS Blog: Monthly EDI Tip from WLA's New Special Interest Group

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

Application Q&A Webinar: ARSL Outstanding in Their Field Leadership Institute
January 29

REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Project Update and Community Reflections
January 29

DEADLINE to sign up for Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture Course
January 29

Showcasing Social-Emotional Learning
February 2

RIPL Data Boot Camp Series
January 27, February 2 & 23, March 2 & 16

Building Your Data Confidence Workshop: Applications Due
February 3

Financial Literacy During a Pandemic
February 3

Resources for Wellbeing: Toolkit Tour for Rural & Small Libraries
February 5

Successful Programs for Youth, This Summer & Year-Round
February 5

Compassion Resilience Facilitator Training (4 part series)
February 8, 10

Media Literacy for Adults: Misinformation and Disinformation 
February 10

Job and Career Search Using Labor Market Information
February 10

Making Each Other Look Good: the Library Board and the Library Director
February 11

Job and Career Search Using Labor Market Information
February 12

2021 Library Legislative Day
February 16-18

Envisioning Future Library Experiences: Service Design Techniques for Responsive Libraries
February 18

WiLSWorld Shorts: Communication During a Crisis
February 19

Library Journal Winter Summit: Building the Next Normal
February 23

Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture
February 23, March 2 & March 9

Cohort Application Due: ARSL Outstanding in Their Field Leadership Institute
February 24

Project Outcome 101 (PLA)
March 2

Focus Grant Application Deadline: Libraries Transforming Communities, Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
March 4

Facilitator Training Course: Civil Legal Justice Through Public Libraries
March 8-26

Civic Engagement in Action
March 25-26

Power Up 2021 Conference
March 25-26 (Madison)

Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Celebration
April 28

Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
May 27

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