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Friday, May 29, 2020
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Wisconsin Youth Services Program Palooza Webinar
June 3, 2020 1-2pm

Spring 2020 has been a series of pivots and pauses for public library youth services... and perhaps uncovered a wealth of new and unexpected creative and problem-solving skills for you! 
Join us and continue to plan confidently for Summer and Fall with an abundance of ideas, programs and attitudes in this free one hour webinar.
System youth services consultants (Shawn Brommer, Angela Meyers & Marge Loch-Wouters) and DPI staff (Tessa Michaelson Schmidt) invite you to be part of this positive, simplified, and intentional approach to youth services for the coming months. 
The webinar will be recorded; please register to get the link.

Click here to register for this webinar.

NFLS Sponsoring Pulitzer Prize Nominee Nigel Poor at WLA Fall Conference

Earlier this year, the NFLS Board agreed to sponsor one of the keynote speakers, Nigel Poor, at the upcoming WLA Fall Conference in Green Bay.
Poor is a volunteer at San Quentin Prison and co-hosts the podcast “Ear Hustle.” The podcast is a partnership between Poor, a Bay Area visual artist, and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin. The podcast was also co-founded with former San Quentin resident Antwan Williams. Poor currently co-hosts with Rahsaan “New York” Thomas, an inmate at the prison.

Click here to learn more about "Ear Hustle."

Census 2020 Activities Resume

The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Wisconsin in the week of May 25. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for more details about this release.

Beanstack Tips

We hope everything's going smoothly as you build and train staff on your library's Beanstack page! In last week's Ask Becky Anything... About Beanstack! (Session #1 - 5/22/2020) session, Becky showed us how to use the "Recommend Events" feature (starting at 6:35) - this is a great way to cross-promote additional programs your library is offering - and you can even link to them from Beanstack!

Other great features are discussed in this video - be sure to check it out (linked above)!

Click here to watch other recorded BeanstackEDU sessions.
Continuing Education

Compassionate Accountability: Dealing with Problem Behaviors in the Library

Join us on Thursday, June 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. for Compassionate Accountability: Dealing with Problem Behaviors in the Library.
We all have those patrons who can make library work more challenging. Maybe they repeatedly violate a policy or they seek out the staff person who is willing to bend the rules for them when you have already told them no. With many of our libraries just starting to expand services and making plans to reopen our facilities in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic, this session will explore ways we can explain changes to our services and enforce existing and new guidelines.  We will provide ideas for how to hold patrons accountable for behaviors, and still be compassionate. Topics include tips and tricks to use before, during, and after a behavior concern to help make the library safe for all.
Presented by Emily Rogers, Deputy Director, Brown County Library and Karla Giraldez, Ashwaubenon/Southwest Branch Manager, Brown County Library
The webinar will be recorded if you're not able to join us live.

Free Recorded Webinars from Information School, UW-Madison

Listen to free Spring 2020 recorded webinars at!

You can also visit to learn about the latest:
  • User Experience (UX) Opportunities
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Online Courses
  • Alumni Webinar Series
  • Additional Continuing Ed Resources

Unemployment Insurance Basics: Assisting Library Patrons (Webinar)

From WI Libraries for Everyone:

The wave of Wisconsin residents needing to file for Unemployment Insurance benefits continues to rise in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Potential filers often reach out to their local library for help, and library staff working remotely have been responding to questions about the process. In response, the Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS) project organized a webinar to provide detailed training on the process. On Monday, May 18th, Ann Astin, of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, presented a one-hour webinar and responded to questions from attendees.

Here is a link to the recorded webinar:

Library staff who have questions about the webinar or the LAWDS project are encouraged to contact

The LAWDS project is funded by the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program, part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For questions about this information, contact Cindy Fesemyer (608) 266-8053.

Upcoming WebJunction Webinars

These upcoming webinars are open for registration (click titles to register). If you can’t attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are recorded and available for free in the Course Catalog:
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REMINDER: WiLS Ideas to Action Fund Applications are Due Monday, June 1st

The 2020 application period for the WiLS Ideas to Action Fund closes Monday, June 1. If you haven't yet submitted your proposal, WiLS encourages your ideas that are collaborative and have the potential to benefit other organizations in the state and beyond. You could receive project planning support and up to $5000 from WiLS by completing this short and simple application process. 

Read more about the program, eligibility, and selection criteria on the WiLS Ideas to Action website.
Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
Book Connections (BadgerLink)
May 29 Webinar

WLA 2020 Conference Program Proposals Due
May 29

Wisconsin Youth Services Program Palooza Webinar
June 3

Explora Virtual Training
June 3

Britannica Resources Virtual Training
June 4

NFLS Library Directors' Meeting
June 4 (Online)

Positioning the Library for a Post-pandemic Sustainable Future: A Panel Discussion for Public Library Directors
June 5 (Webinar)

Rainbow Book Month (formerly GLBT Book Month)

NFLS Board Meeting
June 9

Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis
June 11 Webinar

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

Getting Started with Virtual Storytimes
June 16 Webinar
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

Trustee Training Week
​August 24-28

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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