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Friday, August 21, 2020

What's News this Week

2021 County Tax Exemption Calculation Guide Available


The Wisconsin Department of Revenue posted its final 2020 Equalized Values Report on August 14, so municipalities with public libraries may begin calculating their ability to exempt from the county library tax as provided under Wis. Stats. 43.64.

In order to exempt from the tax, a municipality must appropriate and expend for the library fund an amount at least equal to the county library tax. Not all municipalities meet that criterion, so this calculation is an important step in finalizing a municipality's library appropriation. 

Please keep in mind that the municipality-- not the public library-- calculates and requests the exemption from the county library tax. However, we know that public library directors and public library boards are often involved in an advisory role during this process.

Step-by-step instructions on calculating a municipality's qualification for exemption from the county library tax for 2021 can be found on the DPI website at

Grants & Scholarships

"Lead the Way" Conference Scholarship

You may apply for a full scholarship to attend the "Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement" online conference, which will be held November 16-17, 2020.
Apply using this easy form:
Two applicants from each system will be randomly chosen to receive a scholarship (a $225 value.)
The 2-day conference will be held online November 16-17, 2020.  Note: the scholarship does not include the post-conference workshop.
  •  Multiple people from the same library may apply; submit one form for each person
  • Both days include numerous presentations
  • Scholarship winners may attend as many sessions as they are able
Deadline to apply: 5pm on Thursday, September 10.
Scholarship funds are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Continuing Education

Getting Hit On By Customers: Women (and Men) Share Their Tools for Stopping Unwanted Attention

Live Webinar Presented by Ryan Dowd
When: Thursday, September 17 at 1:00 pm Central

Some of the issues covered:
  • How to address compliments about your body, overly personal questions and demeaning terms ("Hey doll!")
  • How to stop unwanted touching
  • What to do when empathy backfires
Pre-Registration Required: 
A recording (with closed captioning) will be available on a few days after the live event.

Register for Tech Days 2020

Registration is now open for Tech Days 2020, a series of four webinars over two days, September 23 – 24. The schedule of sessions is as follows:
> > Click here for Tech Days webinar details and to register.

Library Journal’s Summit: What’s Next? Libraries Adapt to the New Abnormal

Free Day-Long Event on October 6, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic upending strategic plans across the country, libraries had to be nimble, flexible, and collaborative on a scale and time frame like never before. Fortunately, all three of those proficiencies are in the library wheelhouse. 

In this free, day-long, virtual event, LJ will convene leaders at every level to share their learnings from the first phase of the crisis, how they’re preparing for the multiple possibilities of the medium term—and beyond—and positioning themselves to come out of the recovery strong.

> > Click here to learn more about and register for the event.

Attention NFLS Directors: We're Trying Something New

Starting next week, this Continuing Education portion of the newsletter will be considerably smaller.

We will continue to link to new events as we're made aware of them in the section below and will highlight all new entries for the week in red to make them stand out.

We encourage you to make a habit of checking out the NEWI website for all the latest CE opportunities available to our libraries if you haven't been already. This list is much larger than what we're able to provide in a weekly newsletter.

Thank You
Please Visit for Continuing Education Opportunities

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Please visit the NEWI (Northeaster Wisconsin CE Partnership) website
for the latest Continuing Education opportunities for library staff: 
Strategic Planning Cohort Grant App Due
August 24

Trustee Training Week
​August 24-28

RIPL Webinar - Libraries Build Pathways to Wellbeing
August 26

ALA Digital Access Grant Application Due
August 26

Penguin Random House Open Storytime License Ends
August 31

Library Card Signup Month

"Lead the Way" Conference Scholarship Applications Due
September 10

WLA Leadership Development Institute Grant App Due
September 15

WiLSWorld Shorts: Redesigning Spaces for Health + Safety
September 15

Strengthen Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practice Through Self-Paced Learning
September 15

Getting Hit On By Customers
September 17 (Live Webinar)

AAC Meeting
September 18

Banned Books Week
September 20-26

Tech Days 2020
September 23-34 (Online)

Library Journal's Fall Day of Dialog
September 25
ARSL Conference
September 28 - October 2

Equity in Action: Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture
September 29

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
October 2

Library Journal’s Summit: What’s Next? Libraries Adapt to the New Abnormal
October 6

NFLS Board Meeting
October 13

One Step at a Time: How Libraries Can Promote Healthy, Thriving, and Livable Communities
October 22

National Friends of Libraries Week
October 18-24

International Games Week
November (TBD)

Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference
November 5-6

AAC Meeting
November 13

Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement
November 16-17

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
December 4

NFLS Board Meeting
December 8

2020 WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference
December 8 - 10

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

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