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March 2022

Shawano County Library holds countywide community read

Shawano County Library held a countywide community read of Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi during the month of February. This is a National Book Award winner that focuses on how racist ideas were created, spread, and rooted in American history.

​Patrons were encouraged to read one (or all!) of the titles and to participate in several anti-racist awareness activities independently available through a Beanstack challenge.

The month ended with a panel discussion about anti-racism led by local experts Shannon Holsey, President of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, and Angel Saavedra Cisneros, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Norbert College.

Learn more about Shawano County's community read on the NFLS Blog.

Kewaunee Public Library hosts Dr. Suess themed escape room

The Kewaunee Public Library hosted a Dr. Suess-themed escape room in honor of Dr. Suess' birthday.

Donna Shulze-Straka, the library's youth services librarian (pictured above) is the creator of the escape room and the artist behind the decor. Donna also developed all the puzzles and challenges, featuring six books by Dr. Suess.
WLA Member Spotlight: These members have crushed it!

WLA Member Spotlight: Steve Rice, Door County Library

Steven RiceSteve Rice, of the Door County Historical Museum and Archives, is the WLA Member Spotlight member for March 2022.

In this spotlight, Steve talks about the impact of WLA and his library career role model (Tina Kakuske, below) and gives some advice for new WLA members.

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 Steve's spotlight, along with others, at and

Tina Kakuske Retirement

Tina Kakuske, Door County Library Director since 2017, retired on March 4, 2022.

"In retirement, I look forward to having time to read books! Also, I hope to continue to explore Door County and revisit past trips to northern Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota," said Tina. 

NFLS thanks Tina for her service and expertise, and wishes her all the best in retirement.

Read Tina's retirement announcement here.

Wisconsin Library Users Checked Our More Than Seven Million Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2021

In 2021, Wisconsin’s Digital Library broke records by lending over 7.2 million digital books and audiobooks!

Since its inception in 2016, Wisconsin’s Digital Library has seen steady and occasionally explosive usage growth, demonstrating the ongoing value of public libraries lending ebooks and digital audiobooks. Even as physical library buildings reopened and collections were once again accessible, usage of the library continued to climb.

To meet last year’s growing demand from patrons, Wisconsin’s Digital Library added more copies of popular titles and collections of always-available ebooks and digital magazines for readers who want to avoid the line and start reading right away.

Learn about which titles were most popular in 2021, and how readers in Wisconsin can access Wisconsin's Digital Library.
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