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This blog is the digital continuation of the WVLS newsletter, "The Lamplighter," and exists to share WVLS updates, news from libraries in our area, training opportunities, helpful tips and resources, national library news and more. To contribute to this blog, email Inese Christman.

Cooperative Children's Book Center Bibliographies Offer a Wealth of Resources


The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) has compiled an amazing array of useful booklists to reference when keeping youth of all ages engaged in reading during the summer months.

During the busy summer months, youth services librarians can rely on the CCBC for bibliographies and booklists when young readers and their parents are looking for new titles to meet current interests, as well as for suggestions to potentially open doors to new titles and topics.

The CCBC has created bibliographies and booklists of recommended books on a wide range of themes and topics, and organized them into the following categories:

For a comprehensive listing of CCBC Bibliographis by thematic topic, check their website's site index and scroll down to Bibliographies and Booklists.

Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt.

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Wizarding World Book Club


Read and discuss the Harry Potter stories with anyone, anywhere. The Wizarding World Book Club is available free to all registered users of Pottermore, the digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment and news company from J.K. Rowling.

Libraries could incorporate this new tool into programming. Harry Potter's Birthday is July 31st!

The Pottermore website "offers news, features, and articles as well as new and previously unreleased writing by J. K. Rowling." Additionally, users can access the bookclub and monthly discussion questions as well as "Discover you Patronus," "Join your Hogwarts House." "Join your Ilvermorny House," and "Discover your Wand" once they have created a free user profile.  

This week, the book club is reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In June and July book clubbers will discuss the themes of Magic and he Muggle world, first impressions, education and more using Twitter accounts.

Submitted by Anne Hamland.

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What is the Difference Between NoveList and NoveList Plus?


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Wondering what the difference is between NoveList and NoveList Plus? There are two: nonfiction and audiobooks. NoveList Plus includes both fiction and nonfiction titles, and now it also includes information about audiobooks. This chart illustrates the differences:

Showing the differences between NoveList and NoveList Plus

What can NoveList Plus do for libraries?  

Provide the follwoing:

  • Audiobook recommendations: It's never been easier to find the right books to listen to!
  • Nonfiction: Readers love to read nonfiction too, so make sure you cover all the bases.
  • More titles: The number of titles included in NoveList Plus is about 70% higher than in basic NoveList.
  • Encourage reading for all ages: NoveList Plus meets the needs of readers of all ages.
  • Nonfiction that Reads Like Fiction

Nonfiction is very popular with readers. The nonfiction included in NoveList Plus is meant to appeal to readers reading for pleasure. That means we don’t include every kind of nonfiction – no textbooks, for example, but also no instructional books for cooks or knitters. But we do include biographies, narrative nonfiction, and other kinds of creative nonfiction that readers enjoy. Nonfiction is important to students, parents, and teachers. Many classroom assignments rely on nonfiction, and finding the right book for each reader is critical. Read more about how you can use NoveList Plus to find curricular resources.

Here is what NoveList Plus looks like:


Novelist Plus and Novelist both provide a readers’ advisory database created by librarians and educational experts to help connect readers to books. The database was created to provide book advice to all age ranges and genre preferences. The user can choose which age range they would like to read in and then choose a genre or browse the top picks curated by EBSCO. With an account you can also create favorites for types of books and save lists of books. This is especially useful for book series that are fairly long.

Some other great features include recommended reading lists, book reviews from reliable sources, discussion guides, and the ability to search by Lexile reading level. If collection development is part of your work, you can use NoveList and search by Dewey range to beef up weak sections of your library. Teachers will also find resources to help teach reading and writing skills and connect books to their curriculum. Readers who are looking for something new to read will find a variety of tools to help them find their next book. Overall, NoveList is a valuable tool that will help you better serve your readers and will help you learn more about the different books that are available.

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23 Science-Backed Ways to Reduce Stress Right Now... and Other Tips to Retain Summer Sanity

06/15/2017 Keep Calm and Library On

You say the population of your community has tripled for the summer while too many of your library's public computers ahve decided to take a vacation? That municipal street reconstruction has closed your parking lot and given new meaning to the CSLP theme "Build a Better World?" And the daily patron who only reads books by dead authors is testing your bibliographic skills?

Is that what's bothering you, librarian bunky? With apologies to The Old Philosopher, Eddie Lawrence, for that introduction, take a few minutes to click on the articles below.

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Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt.

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V-Cat Cataloger's Retreat - August 10, 2017


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V-Cat Cataloger’s Retreat

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017  

Time:  9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Place:  WVLS Office 



9:00 am – 9:30 am - Coffee and Conversation

9:30 am – 10:15 am – Introduction 

What is cataloging?

MARC Guidelines 

MARC Alerts vs Z39.50

10:15 am – 10:30 am – BREAK

10:30 am – 12:00 – MARC Alerts

12:00 pm – 12:45 pmLunch   WVLS will provide Lunch. (Please let us know about any dietary restrictions)

12:45 pm – 2:45 pmZ39.50 – What’s the big deal?!?!?!  Never done this before?  Try it – you might like this!  This session will count as Z39.50 training.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm – Wrap up


Please bring a variety of items to catalog as well as your questions, experiences, and tips to this workshop. 


To register please email Chris Luebbe at before August 7, 2017.

Since this is considered training on existing software, there are no Contact Hours for this workshop.


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CBC Launches Reading Beyond Book List


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The Children’s Book Council has announced the inaugural Reading Beyond book list, an annotated bibliography for parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians, and others seeking book recommendations for children who read at an advanced level. The list will be updated biennially.

The 75 books featured on the 2017 Reading Beyond list were selected by the ALA-CBC Joint Committee from more than 600 books submitted by publishers and librarians. Titles were evaluated with an eye toward challenging yet age-appropriate content for young readers.

The list represents a variety of genres and formats, and is divided into three categories, with 25 books each: for kindergarten and first graders reading at a third grade level; for second and third graders reading at a fifth grade level; and for fourth and fifth graders reading at a seventh grade level.

Janet Wong and Susan Polos, co-chairs of the ALA-CBC Joint Committee, said in a statement, “The Reading Beyond list celebrates the power of books to lift and expand children’s minds, providing reading experiences beyond levels and limits.” Wong told PW that the list, which was several years in the making, addresses an urgent gap. “The need is clear: there are many resources for struggling and reluctant readers, but very few that recognize the diverse learning needs of advanced readers. Traditionally, advanced readers have been given books that match their reading ability but are out of sync with their interests. As a consequence, for too many of these children, reading has become a dull activity that they try to avoid.

(Publisher's Weekly, June 13, 2017 - by Emma Kantor)

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Our Courts: State Bar of WI offers programs for libraries and organizations


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The State Bar of Wisconsin offers a program called "Our Courts," free of charge, to community groups and organizations. Read the "Our Courts" brochure for more information.

State bar members, including judges and attorneys, have developed these programs specifically directed toward providing information to the public about the courts and legal system.

Presenters are judges and attorneys who have volunteered to present these programs to the public. The programs are presented in an interactive, interesting, and engaging format at your local meeting... or library! Presentations can be tailored to meet your timeframe.

If you would like to have one of the "Our Courts" Programs presented at your location, please contact Katie Wilcox, Public Education Program Manager at the State Bar at (608) 250-6191, or Carol Barbian, public Education Program Assistant at (608) 250-6140. You can also email

Submitted by Marla Sepnafski.

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Ted Talk: How to design a library that makes kids want to read


 Michael Bierut TedTalk NYC How to design a library

In his Ted Talk, Michael Bierut, a graphic designer and founder of Design Observer, outlined a project that brought energy, learning, art and graphics into public school libraries in New York.

Have you taken the time to get out of your office, away from the circulation desk, off your storytime chair to change your perspective as you look at your library? Have you walked through you library as a library user? What little things would you change? What big things would you change? Who can you ask to help?

Michael Bierut: How to design a library that makes a kid want to read, March 2017 TEDNYC

Bierut was tapped to design a logo for public school libraries, he had no idea that he was embarking on a years-long passion project. In this often hilarious talk, he recalls his obsessive quest to bring energy, learning, art and graphics into these magical spaces where school librarians can inspire new generations of readers and thinkers.

Submitted by Anne Hamland.


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Be Skeptical: The Wisconsin Senior Guide


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Read the original SCLS Tech Bits blog post "Be Skeptical" by Kerri posted on June 8, 2017.

There were some events in April and May (the Google Docs phishing emails, the Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupons) that had me thinking a lot about privacy, phishing and how being skeptical is one of the many things we can do to help keep our information private.

Last week, I caught a brief bit of a show on NPR where a caller shared how her 95-year old mother was targeted by phone scammers who convinced her mother to share bank account information.

One of the resources mentioned with which I was unfamiliar was The Wisconsin Senior Guide, from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Is is a "summary of common consumer protection issues facing Wisconsin's senior citizens" and covers topics too numerous to list here. It's 48 pages of great advice to help keep you and your patrons safe, and a good resource to share if you offer any privacy or internet-safety related programming. 

Submitted by Anne Hamland.

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WVLS 2017 Fall Continuing Education Schedule is now available!


Updated June 22, 2017.

The WVLS 2017 Fall Continuing Education Schedule is now available! 

Read full descriptions and find registration links for WVLS webinars and workshops in the WVLS 2017 Fall Continuing Education Schedule.

Or put the Fall 2017 Continuing Education Save the Date Calendar on your staff fridge.

WVLS webinars are made possible through a partnership with Nicolet Federated Library System and other Wisconsin library systems.


PDF icon 2017 Fall Schedule WVLS.pdf

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