AASL Preservice Toolkit

New Toolkit Reinforces Positive Impact of School Librarians

The American Library Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new toolkit in response to a concern that future principals and teachers may be unaware of the positive impact school librarians and school library programs can have on student achievement. The freely available, the AASL Preservice Toolkit, developed by the Educators of School Librarians Section, provides materials, including Read more
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Aging in the 21st Century - Free Webinar

Aging in the 21st Century - Complimentary Webinar on Tuesday, October 4, 2016  (2-3 PM CST) Over 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day, and the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. is women over the age of 85, according to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. Thorndike Press and Library Journal are partnering for a 60-minute webinar to discuss how libraries can support their aging communities in the 21st Century. One of the speakers is Wendy Pender, who presented at PLA this year Read more
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Censorship and Challenges: Prepare for Banned Books Week

September 25th-October 1st is Banned Books Week. Celebrate the freedom to read! National Banned Books Week draws attention to the harms of censorship. Use the ALA Banned Books Week Toolkit with graphics, banned books lists, and resources to build a program or display for your library. Nearly all libraries encounter censorship or material challenges at some level albeit infrequently. Prepare for Read more

Annoucing: WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Grant

WVLS is excited to announce the new WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Grant! The Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS) is offering a competitive grant to a member library to develop and implement a service for their community that is both innovative and collaborative. The relevant aspects of the grant and, ultimately, of the new service are innovation, collaboration, value to the community and sustainability. Total funds available for a grant project ranges from $1,000 -$10,000 annually. Read more
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App is Here!

The free 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App is here! Get Ready, Get Set, Read the information below and then GO! The Good News Last April, WVLS announced we had accepted the invitation from Bridges Library System (BLS) to be a part of Phase II development for a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App 2.0. A roll out version 2.0 was available for download through Android Google Play and Apple iTunes stores on September 6, 2016. It became apparent that there were issues with account creation and Read more
WiLS 2016 Regional Community Meetings: Who are the people in your neighborhood?

WiLS Fall Regional Community Meetings

WiLS Invites You to Attend a Regional Community Meeting This Fall Strategic partnerships are kep to effective library service, but identifying and approaching potential partners can be daunting. WiLS' 2016 Regional Community Meetings, held in various locations across Wisconsin during the fall, are free half-day opportunities to learn about and use community asset mapping, a powerful tool to help you engage and connect with the people you serve by revealing the assets and potential collaborators Read more
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WIFI Hot Spot Update: Sprint vs. Mobile Beacon

There are now two options for mobile hot spot services. Mobile Beacon vs. Sprint services. Read On. WVLS and Indianhead Federated Library System (IFLS) have three Sprint Moble Hot Spots availabe for your library to test in your community. Regardless of which service you choose, testing the Sprint moble hot spot first is helpful. Contact the Technology Support Services team by emailing help@librarieswin.org. WVLS and IFLS are still exploring new Read more

Election Resources

This page collects reference resources to assist citizens with voter registration and ballot choices.

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