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Friday, September 24, 2021

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Welcome, Karin!

Karin AdamsKarin Adams is the new director of Marinette County Consolidated Public Library Services.

Karin comes to Marinette County from Green Bay, working as a Youth Services Librarian for Brown County Library since 2014.

Besides reading (mostly thrillers, mysteries and young adult novels), Karin is an active runner, avid tennis player and all-things-Disney fan. 

Karin is delighted to step into this new role in Marinette County and looks forward to being a part of the greater Consortium community.

​Welcome, Karin!

Ayad Akhtar’s Homeland Elegies Receives the WLA’s Literary Prize for 2021

Borrow "Homeland Elegies: A Novel" by Ayad Akhtar at InfoSoupThe Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) announced that Ayad Akhtar’s Homeland Elegies is the WLA Literary Award winner for 2021.  This award is given for the highest literary achievement by an author with a Wisconsin connection, for a work written in 2020.

In addition to the literary prize, the Literary Awards Committee also recognized several authors and poets with the Outstanding Achievement Award and compiled a list of Wisconsin interest books.

Learn more about these awards at

Programming Opportunities

Read for a Better World, Winter 2022, Lerner

Beanstack Announces Winter Read 2022

This year’s challenge theme is Read for a Better World, encouraging readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. In addition to providing free access to all of the eBooks needed for the challenge,  the publisher will award book collections, signed books, and virtual author visits to winning libraries and schools. You can read more about the partnership here.

Register to participate in Read for Better World: Winter 2022 here. Once registered, you can expect to hear more from Beanstack, who also encourages you to register for this webinar, "Introducing Winter Reading 2022 + Booklist Challenges," which will take place in early November and showcase an exciting new feature they will launch in conjunction with this challenge.

Continuing Education Opportunities


Building Projects 101

Tuesday, Sept. 28; 10-11:30am
Presented by John Thompson, IFLS Library System Director

Does your library need more space? Does the building need to be updated?

John Thompson has served as the IFLS Library System Director since January 2007 and has consulted on over 30 building projects in the IFLS area. John has provided consulting, training, and workshops for library boards and staff on a variety of library administration topics including building projects! His building project consulting has included evaluating current library configurations, developing space needs assessments, assisting with architect selection, developing building program statements, providing ideas for capital campaigns, and helping answer questions throughout the construction phase. 

This webinar will be recorded. 

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.

I Love My Librarian Award Nominations Due
September 27

Building Projects 101 from IFLS
September 28

International Pandemic Perspectives: Problem-Solving in Times of Crisis
September 28

Hiring in 2021 and Beyond
September 29

How to Write More Effective Email and Web Content
September 30

Actively Anti-Racist Library Service to Leisure Readers: A Discussion
September 30

WHRAB Professional Development Scholarship Applications Due
October 1

Virtual Programming during COVID: What We Wished We Had Known in Advance & What We Learned During the Process from Niche Academy
October 6

Best Practices in Volunteer Management
October 6

Mental Health First Aid Training                          
October 6

School Library Journal Day of Dialog 2021 Fall
October 7

Virtual Learning during a Pandemic and After from PLA
October 13

“Should we do (or keep doing) this?” Assessment and evaluation for strategic decision-making from WiLS
October 15

Public Libraries and Public Health: Partners for Community Health
October 19

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23

Fall Summit: Libraries @ the Center of Recovery from Library Journal
October 21

Libraries as Community Anchors Mini Conference from San Jose State University
October 21

Last day of early registration for WLA Annual Conference
October 25

Last day of advance registration for WLA Annual Conference
November 1

Mental Health First Aid Training
November 8

From Collection to Action: A One-Day ‘Read Woke’ Mini Course with Cicely Lewis from Library Journal
November 9

Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
November 15-17

WLA Annual Conference
November 16-19 (Green Bay)


Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
February 1-3, 2022

Library Legislative Day
February 8

PLA Conference
March 23-25

CCBC Choices workshop
April 1

Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting
May 5-7

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

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