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Friday, October 8, 2021

Grant & Scholarship Opportunities

DPI Accepting Grant Applications for $3 Million in ARPA Library Pandemic Relief Funding

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced on Monday, September 27, that the competitive grant application process for library relief funding is now open. All Wisconsin public libraries and regional public library systems are eligible to apply for the American Rescue Plan Act funds awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Pre-application forms for competitive funding must be submitted to by October 25, 2021. In addition to the competitive grants, Wisconsin’s libraries are eligible for the ARPA Formula Grant and the ARPA Noncompetitive Grants. The submission information is forthcoming.

Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants Deadline October 15

Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants help our state prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic. Funding for these grants is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Learn more about this grant at

Continuing Education


ARSL In-Person Conference Registration Closes October 13

Registration for in-person conference attendance and in-person preconference workshops will close on Wednesday, October 13. Virtual registration will remain open through the end of the month.

Register for the 2021 ARSL Conference here.
PLA 2022, Portland Oregon, March 23-25

PLA 2022 Conference Registration Now Open

Join the Public Library Association (PLA) live in Portland, Oregon, March 23-25, 2022.

"The PLA 2022 Conference will reflect the innovation, creativity, adaptability, and diversity we’ve seen emerge from the public library field since the pandemic. The conference offers over 100 educational sessions, a dynamic slate of speakers, hundreds of vendors featuring the latest in library technology and solutions, and plenty of opportunities to explore the weirdness of Portland."

Learn more about the conference and register here.

WLA Annual Conference UpdatesWisconsin Library Association logo

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) recently made some important updates to its conference webpage, including:

WLA has also provided more comprehensive information about safety precautions in place for the conference, both at the convention center and our off-site event locations.

Early bird registration ends October 25 - make sure to register today

Webinars in October (NEWI)

Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you may attend from where you are. Most sessions are 60 minutes long and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems. There’s a lot to choose from, so here’s a sample of topics that may be of interest to you.

Get NEWI's October webinar highlights here.

Library Program Opportunities & Resources

Possibilities of Polka Endless in 2022

Mike Schneider is available to perform his Pint Size Polkas program year-round! Please view the introductory video below for the programs he's offering in 2022. Whether you’ll be back with in-person programming or are in need of virtual programming, Mike will bring a one-of-a-kind experience to your patrons that librarians across the country have praised for its quality, uniqueness, and memorability!

View the 4-minute Pint Size Polka showcase video below.
Four Minute Pint Size Polka Showcase YouTube Video

Learn more about this program opportunity and more in our Library Programming & Resources blog.
Oceans of Possibilities: Children interacting with sea creatures

CSLP Newsletter: September 2021

Check out the latest Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Newsletter. Topics include: Sign up for our own copy of the CSLP Newsletter here.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Items in red were added since the prior newsletter.
Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

Set Up & Deliver 1000 Books Before Kindergarten in Beanstack
October 8

Celebration of Children's and YA Latin American and Latinx Literature
October 11

ARSL In-Person Conference Registration Closes
October 13

Beanstack Library Administrator Essentials: Admin Tools Tour
October 13

Virtual Learning during a Pandemic and After from PLA
October 13

Relighting Your Programming Fire: Combatting Job-Related Burnout and Guilt to Make Programming Fun Again from Niche Academy
October 13

Creating a Healthy Culture with Conduct, Communication, and Conflict Resolution
October 13

Q&A With Ryan Dowd
October 14

Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grant Applications Due
October 15

“Should we do (or keep doing) this?” Assessment and evaluation for strategic decision-making from WiLS
October 15

Public Libraries and Public Health: Partners for Community Health
October 19

Inclusive Recruiting: Creating Belonging
October 19

Workers with Long COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
October 19

Libraries for All: 
Accessible Library Services for Children with Disabilities and their Families
October 19

Mental Health: What If We Talked About It?
October 19

How to Make Your Inner Critic Your Friend
October 20

Going Virtual: Programs and Insights from a Time of Crisis
October 20

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23

Fall Summit: Libraries @ the Center of Recovery from Library Journal
October 21

Libraries as Community Anchors from San Jose State University
October 21

ARPA Grant Pre-Application Forms Due
October 25

Last day of early registration for WLA Annual Conference
October 25

Realistic Resilience: Well-Being During Challenging Times
October 26

The Read Woke Movement: What You Can Do Now in Your Library 
October 27

The Psychological Underpinnings of Making Inclusion a Habit
October 28

The Next Decade of Well-Being
October 28

Last day of advance registration for WLA Annual Conference
November 1

Mental Health First Aid Training
November 8

From Collection to Action: A One-Day ‘Read Woke’ Mini Course with Cicely Lewis from Library Journal
November 9

Virtual is Here to Stay: Making Online Sessions Fun and Focused
November 11

Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
November 15-17

WLA Annual Conference
November 16-19 (Green Bay)

Understanding Eviction and How Libraries Can Help
November 18

Grant Applications Due: Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage Humanities Discussion Project
December 1

Inclusive Entrepreneurship by Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference
December 2


LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience
January 21-24

Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
February 1-3

Library Legislative Day
February 8

PLA Conference
March 23-25

CCBC Choices workshop
April 1

Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting
May 5-7

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Project Start Date
June 1

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