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Nicolet Federated Library System

September 2021

WLA Member Spotlight on Emily Rogers, Brown County Library

""One of our own, Emily Rogers from the Brown County Library, is the September 2021 WLA spotlight member.

Each month, WLA highlights "members who commit their time and resources to helping Wisconsin libraries and librarians thrive through their work with the Wisconsin Library Association."

Read about Emily and other member spotlights at: and

ONEIDA logoOneida Community Library Receives Two Grants


ALA COVID Library Relief Fund

In late June, the American Library Association (ALA) announced Oneida Community Library as a recipient of the ALA COVID Library Relief Fund. The library received a $40,000 grant for new laptops, hotspots, computers, and training. With an emphasis on literacy-focused activities, the library will buy kits for the summer and fall reading program, new activity kits for elders, and new books for all age groups. 

The library is among 34 grantees representing the academic, public, school, and tribal libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant

The Wisconsin DPI recently congratulated the four Wisconsin Tribal Library Services recently awarded Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Oneida Nation received a grant of $96,365.

Oneida Community Library and its Green Earth Branch Library will increase child and family literacy within the Oneida community in Wisconsin and offer programs with a focus on science, technology, authorship incubation, and art. The libraries plan to expand afterschool, summer, and adult educational programming through offerings such as a Tuesday technology and engineering focus for elementary youth, civic programming for teens, storybook walks for families, a community reads program, and reminiscence therapy for elders. The libraries provide essential services to help direct the community energy into programs, services, hobbies, and free time opportunities that have lasting benefits and promote community engagement and well-being.

Full details on all projects are available at IMLS Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants.

Gillett Schools: A Century of Learning

rusty lard pailThe Gillett Public Library, in partnership with the Gillett Historical Society, has created a display featuring how our schools have changed over a century.

Gillett School District students have seen many changes over the years. None of these changes have impacted students with such depth as technology.

Those interested in exploring Gillett’s schoolyard history can visit the Gillett Public Library.

Learn more about the displays at

Oconto Falls Community Library at the Fair

before and after images of farms & barns
The Oconto Falls Library spent four days at the Oconto County Youth Fair.

In 2019, the library had a booth at the fair trying to identify photos of 52 barns in Oconto County taken in 1949. Some were identified and staff continued to work on the remaining farm photos. This spring, library staff went out to the farms and took a matching picture to the 1949 photo. Many people stopped by remembering the project to see what the library had done and others to see the changes in the farming landscape. Library staff met past and present landowners, neighbors who grew up near the farms and young farmers looking at the past.

Get more details at

UntitledTown Literary Arts Programming Makes Comeback

Destination: UntitledTown - where culture and literary arts aboundUntitledTown, northeast Wisconsin’s premier source for dynamic and daring literary arts experiences, turned the page to a new chapter in partnership with the Friends of the Brown County Library.
After canceling the 2020 Book & Author Festival because of the pandemic, UntitledTown organizers took the opportunity to explore partnership with the Friends of the Brown County Library.

Read more about the partnerships and recent event at
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