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Registration Open for Library Legislative Day

Tuesday, February 16 - Thursday, February 18, 2021* (Virtual)

The Wisconsin Library Association is making their annual Library Legislative Day even easier to attend - they’re going virtual! In making this change, they listened to many members who wanted to plan for the event as early as possible. Others have always wanted to attend, but could not because of distance, scheduling, or snow!

WLA's traditional morning agenda will be held via video conference on February 16 and virtual appointments with legislators will be spread out during the week. Register online today!


Grant Opportunities

Tools in Action Micro-grant Program


Call for Applicants!

Want the tools to understand how social wellbeing happens in your community? Want guidance on translating that understanding into impactful library service?

The Rural Libraries and Social Wellbeing project is seeking applicants for the Tools in Action micro-grant program.

What happens:

  • Tools in Action participants work through five weeks of social wellbeing resources with a personal rural librarian guide;
  • After the five weeks they complete two monthly reflections and one Zoom interview.
  • The rural library staff person receives $500 to support their work over the program period.
  • The public library where the participant works receives $500 as seed money to be used to extend library service according to the staff person’s wishes.

When does this happen:

  • Applications are due February 13, 2021 and notifications will be received by February 15, 2021. 
  • Participants will work through resources February 22 - March 29 with meetings with their guide throughout.
  • Participants receive their honorarium during the first week of March and libraries receive their seed money during the last week of March.
  • Participants submit written reflections about their work in April and May, 2021.
  • Participants give a one-hour individual interview via Zoom in June, 2021.

Who can apply:

  • Paid employee of a public library with a budget less than $150,000 and service population less than 7,500, who is
  • Able to personally receive an honorarium of $500 for time spent learning to use the resources, meeting with personal guide, and answering written and video recorded questions;
  • Able to work with your public library trustees for the library to receive and spend $500 on social wellbeing related activities;
  • A person who wants to make real long-lasting wellbeing improvements throughout the community through library service.

For more information, email Margo at To apply, visit

Programming & Resources

CSLP Newsletter: December 2020

Check out the latest Collaborative Summer Library Program(TM) Newsletter at

Click here to subscribe to the CSLP Newsletter.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

#BooksLikeUs #WinterRead2021 Reading Challenge
January 1-31

WPLC Library Staff Survey Due
January 8

Media Literacy for Adults: Meeting Patrons Where They Are
January 12

Proactive Advocacy and Communication for Library Trustees and Staff
January 13

Resolving Liberal vs. Conservative Conflict in the Workplace: Lessons from the Rwandan Genocide
January 14

Big Programming Ideas for Small Budgets
January 14

WisDOT Art Contest Entries Due
January 19

Compassion Resilience Facilitator Training (4 part series)
January 20, 21; February 8, 10

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times Conference
January 21-22

"Fly Like a Girl" Virtual Movie Screening
January 23

ALA 2021 Midwinter Meeting
January 22-26

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
January 27-28, 2021

DEADLINE to sign up for Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture Course
January 29

Resources for Wellbeing: Toolkit Tour for Rural & Small Libraries
February 5

Successful Programs for Youth, This Summer & Year-Round
February 5

Media Literacy for Adults: Misinformation and Disinformation 
February 10

2021 Library Legislative Day
February 16-18, 2021

Envisioning Future Library Experiences: Service Design Techniques for Responsive Libraries
February 18

WiLSWorld Shorts: Communication During a Crisis
February 19

Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture
February 23, March 2 & March 9

Project Outcome 101 (PLA)
March 2

Power Up 2021 Conference
March 25-26, 2021 (Madison)

Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Celebration
April 28

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