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Free Basic Computer Skills Course!

In response to needs in the employment and education sectors, the Wisconsin Technical College System has created a free basic computer skills course available as an open education resource that might be just the ticket for public library patrons!   Basic Computer Skills MOOC     Project Interface:  Backed by a $23.1 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, INTERFACE is a statewide Read more
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Wisconsin School Libraries Split $32 Million

Wisconsin’s K-12 public school libraries will receive $32.1 million, thanks to earnings from the state's Common School Fund.  That was the word today from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.  Commissioner Doug La Follette, Secretary of State, presented Assistant State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kurt Kiefer with a ceremonial check at a conference in Wisconsin Dells Monday. “School librarians use the funds to provide myriad learning opportunities for students," said Kim Bannigan Read more

Free DMV Practice Test Program for Libraries

Head to to register your library for free, ad-free, and registration-free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests for car, motorcycle, and commercial vehicle licenses. Good for the learner's permit test, driver's license test and refresher test for seniors. What is included in the program: Your online Drivers Ed program will contain the following information specific to your state: 11 car Read more
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Passive Programming and Early Literacy

Passive programming and early literacy: Designing creative spaces for young learners. (ALSC Blog March 11, 2017)  Libraries offer story times, early literacy activities, and a nice range of activities, but sometimes a community wants or needs more... Read more
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How to Match Readers and Books Using Appeal (NoveList)

NoveList Appeal factors help readers decide whether or not a book fits their style or mood. What is “heartwarming” to one reader may be saccharine to another; what is “mildly sensuous” to you may be quite shocking to others. These resources will help you get started finding the right books to appeal to every reader. The Secret Language of Books: A Read more
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Building STEAM with Dia: Graphics Available

Have you heard about Día or El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)? According to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), "Día is a nationally recognized initiaitve that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures." The celebration culminates yearly on April 30. Read more

Children's Book Fest Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The year was 1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman won the Newbery Award and Richard Egielski took home the Caldecott Medal for Hey, Al. Ronald Reagan was president, The Simpsons debuted on TV, and the WVLS Youth Services Workshop launched a Northwoods tradition. The WVLS Youth Services Workshop held in Rhinelander on March 10, 1987 featured Cooperative Children's Book Center Director Ginny Moore Kruse. The program was so well attended - not only by WVLS school and public librarians, but Read more

Libraries Transform

Designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals, the Libraries Transform campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic Read more

Aspen Report - "Rising to the Challenge"

This report examines how U.S. public libraries are uniquely situated to advance the needs of the communities they serve—and how these communities can best respond to libraries’ needs.

V-Cat: Online Library Catalog

V-Cat is the shared library catalog for most WVLS public libraries and contains holding information and access to a variety of books, audiovisual materials, and more.


Badgerlink is a program of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction that provides Wisconsin residents access to electronic information online. It includes many of the databases offered by Read more