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Friday, May 15, 2020
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Palaces for the People/Libraries as Social Infrastructure Discussion

nullLibraries as Social Infrastructure Virtual Discussion Part 3 (Learning Together) is now available!  Discussion questions and additional resources are ready for you to use.
If you want to participate in the discussion of the themes and ideas from Eric Klinenberg's book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, you can join in any time!  You can go back to Part 1 or Part 2.  Sign up here so we know who is participating (even if you don't add to the discussions).

> > Learn more about these discussions here.
Grant Opportunities

WiLS Ideas to Action Fund: Apply by June 1st

WiLS encourages your ideas that are collaborative and have the potential to benefit other organizations in the state and beyond.
  • Has our current unpredictable world made you think of a new way to get work done?
  • Did you hatch a good idea that you’d like to implement?
  • Or maybe you have a project that has already been successful and you’d like to scale it up?
Apply for project management support and up to $5000 from WiLS in a short and simple application process. 

The deadline to apply is June 1st.

Read more about the program, eligibility, and selection criteria on the WiLS Ideas to Action website.

IMLS CARES Act Grants Available: Apply by June 12th

On May 8, 2020, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians. The combined $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to these institutions, equipping them to respond to community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries support museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.
  • IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services assist tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in responding to the urgent and future needs of their communities. Applications focused on digital inclusion, technical support, rehiring or retraining staff, reopening planning, and other pandemic-related priorities are welcome.
The deadline for submitting applications to either funding opportunity is June 12, 2020, with award announcements anticipated in August.

> > Click here to learn more about and apply for these grants.
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Library Programming & Resources

Virtual & Remote Programming Resources from YSS & ALSC

Here are the latest posts from YSS and ALSC to help libraries navigate virtual and remote programming as we get closer to opening.

WLA's Youth Services Shout-out blog: (Friday FAQ includes links to CSLP editable modified manual; curbside service, reopening guidelines and Beck Tench self-care webinars)
ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) blog:
Virtual Storytime Best Practices  5/7/20 (This is an excerpt from the forthcoming free resource Virtual Storytime Services Guide from ALSC.)
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Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference Scholarship Applications Due
May 15

Wisconsin Humanities Cares Grant
May 15 (Applications Due)

Britannica Library Virtual Training
May 15

Britannica Library for Homeschooling Virtual Training
May 15

Be the Connection: Libraries, Youth, and Connected Learning
May 19 (Green Bay)

Digital Book Clubs for Your Library
May 20

NoveList K-8 Virtual Training
May 20

In Times of Crisis: Managing Key Relationships
May 21 (Webinar)

WLA 2020 Conference Program Proposals Due
May 29

Explora Virtual Training
June 3

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
June 5

GLBT Book Month

NFLS Board Meeting
June 9
Small, Rural and Independent Libraries Conference
June 17 (online)

National Summer Learning Week
July 6-11

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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