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Friday, February 19, 2021

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Wisconsin's Digital Library Sees Almost 7 Million Checkouts in 2020

In 2020, Wisconsin’s Digital Library, provided by a collaboration of all 16 of the state’s public library systems, broke records by lending nearly 7 million digital books and audiobooks.

For each of the last six years, Wisconsin’s Digital Library has seen steady usage growth between 10% and 20%, highlighting the value of public library lending of ebooks and digital audiobooks. This year, with access to physical library buildings limited throughout the state and many school districts teaching students virtually due to the pandemic, the digital library’s importance to the residents of Wisconsin was even more clear.

New users of the library jumped 30% and checkouts increased nearly 20% over 2019.

Here is a press release to help you share this good news with your community: PRESS RELEASE

Submit Your Program Proposal for WAPL 2021

The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Annual Conference Programming Committee seeks program proposals for the next public library conference to be held virtually  May 4 - May 7, 2021.

We’re looking for library leaders who have strengths in areas of mental health, technology, inclusivity, leadership, fundraising, outreach, Beanstack, serving seniors, community collaborations, reader’s advisory, virtual programming, and more. 

Please use the Session Proposal Form to submit your proposal. 

Submission deadline is Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:59pm! 

Acceptance or rejection notifications will take place no later than Friday, March 12, 2021.

Please contact the WAPL Programming Committee with questions:

Library Legislative Day 2021 Recap

2021 Legislative Days included the powerful three-part series of Strong Libraries = Strong Communities: Library Patron Stories, featuring libraries and patrons throughout Wisconsin. The morning session was also recorded this year.

Videos and other materials from Legislative Days are available at

Programming Resources

Free Summer Coding Program from Girls Who Code for Nicolet Federated Library System Students

Girls Who Code’s free Summer Immersion Program (SIP) will be virtual again in 2021.

Participation is 100% free, and GWC provides need-based stipends of up to $300 for those who qualify. We are committed to serving all girls and non-binary students but especially those who come from underrepresented backgrounds in tech, including Black, Latinx, and low-income students.

Learn more on the NFLS Library Programming & Resources blog.
Newberry & Caldecott Award, IditaRead, Women's History Month, & March Madness Reading Challenges

March Beanstack Challenges

Templates are an easy, turnkey way to keep your community members engaged throughout the year. You can activate and set up a template in less than a minute. From there, set up a social post and prepare a quick announcement in your regularly scheduled newsletter.

Voilà, you have given readers another point of interaction with your library. Above are some of the new challenges currently available in your templates library.

Click here for more Beanstack information for March.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

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

Library Journal Winter Summit: Building the Next Normal
February 23

Overcoming Zoom Fatigue
February 23

Building the Next Normal: A Library Journal Day-Long Summit
February 23

NAVROC - North American Virtual Reference Online Conference
February 23-25

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

Adaptability: Thriving in Uncertain Times (North American Virtual Reference Online Conference)
February 23-25

Using Routines to Help Children Adjust After COVID Closures and Other Disruptions
February 24

Cohort Application Due: ARSL Outstanding in Their Field Leadership Institute
February 24

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Public Library
February 25

Managing Stress and Building Resilience During Uncertain Times 
February 25

Strategies to Keep Remote Workers Engaged, Enthused, and Effective
February 25

How Community Engagement Leads to Tangible Outcomes
February 26

WiLS Annual Member Meeting
February 26

WAPL 2021 Program Proposals Due
February 26

Big Talk From Small Libraries One-Day Conference
February 26

Picture Perfect: Spring Picture Books for Young Readers
March 2

Project Outcome 101 (PLA)
March 2

Engaging Patrons with Social Media
March 3

2nd Annual Southeast Collaborative Conference
March 16-18

Focus Grant Application Deadline: Libraries Transforming Communities, Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
March 4

Facilitator Training Course: Civil Legal Justice Through Public Libraries
March 8-26

Service Animals: Your Obligations Under the ADA
March 11

What's Format Got to Do with It? The Role Information Formats Play in Evaluating Search Results
March 17

Strengthening Communities: Food Access at Your Library
March 24

BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness (Symposium)
March 24-26

Civic Engagement in Action
March 25-26

Power Up 2021 Conference
March 25-26 (Madison)

Registration for Streamline for Success: Library Programs and Services Reboot
Session 1: April 6 or 7
Session 2: April 20 or 21

Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Celebration
April 28

WAPL Annual Conference
May 4-7

Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
May 27

Virtual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2021: Mapping Our Identity
June 11

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