Picture Book Month-November
Nov 1 – Nov 30 all-day

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will celebrate the picture book during the month of November as a partner of the third annual Picture Book Month. Founded by author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas, Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book in an increasingly digital age.

Visit the website: Picture Book Month

Website Services Webinar @ WVLS/IFLS webinar
Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Website Services Webinar @ WVLS/IFLS webinar

WVLS and IFLS Directors and Library Webmasters,

Please join us on November 30th at 1pm for a live webinar introduction to the Libraries Win WordPress website service. This webinar will be recorded.

Anne Hamland, the WVLS Communications Coordinator and webmaster, will outline the Libraries Win WordPress service using website demonstrations. There will be time for questions at the end.

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Register for the webinar here. No CEUs are offered for this webinar.

Interested in this service?
Please take the 4 minute “Web Services Introduction” survey so we can gather information to help us get started!

Questions? Contact Anne Hamland at
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WVLS Listening Session: Merrill, T.B. Scott Free Library @ T. B. Scott Free Library
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
WVLS Listening Session: Merrill, T.B. Scott Free Library @ T. B. Scott Free Library | Merrill | Wisconsin | United States

WVLS Listening Sessions foster dialog. Listening Sessions are casual, informal conversations that provide unique opportunities for directors to: share their stories, voice challenges and vet solutions, brainstorm potential collaborations and opportunities!

Please send RSVPs to Anne Hamland at or 715-839-5082 ext. 127.

WVLS Youth Services Workshop @ MCPL- Wausau Community Room
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
WVLS Youth Services Workshop @ MCPL- Wausau Community Room

Wisconsin Valley Library Service presents:

Annual Youth Services Workshop
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Wausau Community Room, Marathon Co. Public Library
300 1st Street, Wausau 54403 / Map & parking directions

School and public youth librarians from all Wisconsin public library systems are welcome!
Register by December 1st online here.

Learning Objectives
• Participants will learn ways to create change that works in any size library and strategic practices to enhance their library’s usage.
• Participants will learn ways to consider library spaces and services in terms of inclusivity.
• Participants will learn what computational thinking is and how it relates to patron and staff learning opportunities.

9:00 – 9:30 AM Coffee and conversation
9:30 – Noon Flipping Your Space and Flashing Your NF
• Join Patti Becker and Susan Queiser from Barron Public Library as they describe their 13-month journey to redesign a 103-year-old Carnegie space into one that encourages families and patrons to stay awhile and explore. They’ll share their adventures in redesign, weeding, creating new Tween areas and collection changes, de-emphasizing Dewey numbers and simplifying their picture book area into subjects.
• Southwest Library System and Winding Rivers Library System Youth Services Consultant Marge Loch Wouters, will delve more deeply into ways to celebrate and promote your youth non-fiction collection include tips on displays, strategic selection; ways to increase circulation and ways to stretch your budget to create a dynamic NF collection.

Noon – 1 PM Lunch on your own. Register for $8 catered in, brown bag it or walk downtown
1:00 – 3:30 PM Holistic Services and Digital Literacy: New Ways of Thinking About What We Do
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant, DPI Division for Libraries and Technology.

• What Does It Mean to Be Inclusive? – Making libraries inclusive, from the inside and out, depends on library staff, administration, and community members working together toward common understanding. A person’s age – or any other dimension of identity – should neither negatively influence nor interfere with welcoming access to library services. But how, exactly, could/should/would a library assess their actual (and perceived) accessibility?
• Coding Initiative Update – Have you found your coding path? Or are you still searching for an intersection between public libraries and computational thinking? The Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries is a multi-year project facilitating the whys and hows of coding for library staff and library users of all ages. This session will highlight the online Coding Pathways tools and feature coding stories from libraries around the state.

Door prizes to follow presentations!
4.5 CEUs for the day.

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, please contact Kris Adams Wendt at 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Dec 25 all-day

WVLS offices are closed on Christmas.

New Years Day: WVLS office closed
Jan 1 all-day

WVLS office is closed in observance of New Year’s Day.

WVLS Board of Trustees Meeting
Jan 20 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Find agendas, minutes, and materials for WVLS Board of Trustee meetings here:

Wild Wisconsin Winter Webinar Conference 2018! @ Webinar Conferece
Jan 24 – Jan 25 all-day
Wild Wisconsin Winter Webinar Conference 2018! @ Webinar Conferece

Save the date for the 2018 Wild Wisconsin Winter Webinar Conference!

2018 program Information and speaker information coming soon!

Visit the website:

​Save the Date!
January 24 & 25, 2018

The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide virtual conference developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 15 other library systems in Wisconsin.

Several 60-minute web presentations, focusing on public libraries, will be given over three blustery days in January.

 We welcome anyone, in any library, of any size, to participate in our  5th annual web conference! 

Deadline to Receive Act 420 Reimbursement Payments
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day

As you know, Act 420 requires that by July 1, each public library which seeks reimbursement, to submit information to the County Clerk in the adjacent county about the amount of use by that county’s non-libraried residents and the cost of that use.  Based on this information, the adjacent county is required to pay at least 70% of the cost for the library service by March 1 in the next calendar year.

Did you receive your invoiced payments yet?

V-Cat Council Meeting
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Find agendas, minutes, and materials on the website:

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