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Friday, May 22, 2020
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Palaces for the People / Libraries as Social Infrastructure Discussion: Part 4

nullLibraries as Social Infrastructure Virtual Discussion  Part 4 (Healthy Bonds) is now available! Part 4, Healthy Bonds, touches on a wide range of topics that impact communities of all sizes including: food security, the Opioid Epidemic, and aging and living in communities. 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 Part 2, or Part 3.  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

IMLS CARES Act Grant Reminder

Apply by June 12, 2020
 The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2020 (PDF, 518 KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $25,000-$500,000
Grant Period: Up to two years.
Cost Share Requirement: None

The 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.

Click here to learn more about the grant.

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Continuing Education

Register for Trustee Training Week

You are invited to participate in Trustee Training Week, a series of five webinars that will take place from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm each day, August 24 – 28, 2020.

All library board trustees, directors, library staff, volunteers, and Friends group members are welcome to participate.  

There is no charge to attend, and all webinars will be recorded.

Click here to learn more and register.

Virtual Training: BadgerLink's TeachingBooks & Book Connections

Join BadgerLink for sessions next week on:
  • TeachingBooks (May 27th): Explore videos filmed in authors’ studios, lessons, book trailers, and vocabulary lists. Discover resources that will expand the experience readers have with books. Deepen connections to books while discovering online materials to engage readers, support families, and empower colleagues.
  • Book Connections (May 29th): Book Connections is a recently launched public library interface of TeachingBooks specifically designed to meet the needs of public libraries and their communities. It focuses on enriching everyone's connections to children's and young adult books.
Click here to learn more and sign up.

Record-setting Learning on WebJunction

March and April saw a record-setting spike in WebJunction Course Catalog usage (650% increase in users and 1,791% increase in hours spent learning). In fact, they had approximately as many learners in WebJunction’s catalog in the month of April alone as they had during all of last year. WebJunction's director shares in a recent OCLC Next blog post, additional details about this surge in activity and WebJunction's 10 most engaged online learning topics during COVID-19 library closures.

Check out WebJunction's latest Crossroads newsletter for the latest online courses offered by WebJunction.
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Library Programming & Resources

June is Rainbow Book Month

Starting this June, GLBT Book Month™ will be observed by a new name: Rainbow Book Month™. The month is a nationwide celebration of authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community.

​Visit the Rainbow Book Month webpage to download free resources to support the observance, including social media graphics and ideas for virtual programming and book discussion groups.

Color the Great Lakes

For educators, families, students, and any who loves the Great Lakes, Wisconsin Sea Grant staff have created coloring sheets to celebrate our great watershed.

When your work of art is finished, they would love to see it! You can: Be sure to tag your image #ColorTheGreatLakes. 

> > Click here for more information about Color the Great Lakes.
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Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
NFLS Office Closed
Memorial Day, May 25

Teaching Books (BadgerLink)
May 27 Webinar

Book Connections (BadgerLink)
May 29 Webinar

WLA 2020 Conference Program Proposals Due
May 29

Explora Virtual Training
June 3

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
June 5

Rainbow Book Month (formerly GLBT Book Month)

NFLS Board Meeting
June 9

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries
June 12 (Application Due)

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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