WVLS Scholarships and Grants

To suggest additions, please email Anne Hamland at ahamland@wvls.org.

Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Scholarship

The Wisconsin Valley Library Service offers two scholarships for directors or branch managers of a member public library to attend the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference. This is an annual conference and scholarship opportunity.
The ARSL conference is specifically targeted for rural library staff. Previous conference topics have included building community advocacy; effective trustee recruitment; inexpensive programming ideas; innovative web services with few resources; virtual networking; and many more. Full conference details, when published.

Find the eligibility requirements and application here: 2017 WVLS ARSL Scholarship Application.

Questions about the scholarship may be directed to Anne Hamland at comm.coordinator@wvls.org. Completed applications should be sent to Anne Hamland, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, 300 N First Street, Wausau, WI 54403; comm.coordinator@wvls.org.

Past ARSL Conference Presentations

The WVLS ARSL Conference scholarship was first offered in 2015.

2017 St. George, Utah

2017 ARSL Scholarship Recipients:

  • ARSL Team Webinar Presentation
  • Julie Beloungy, Thorp Public Library, Report
  • Cara Hart, Neillsville Public Library, Report
  • Carla Huston, Jean M Thomsen Memorial Library, Stetsonville Report
  • Jenny Jochimsen, Abbotsford Public Library Report
  • Lisa Haessly, MCPL-Marathon City Branch Report
  • Kim Metzke, Greenwood Public Library, Report

2016 Fargo, North Dakota

2015 Little Rock, Arkansas

Kay Heiting, Granton Community Library

Julie Beloungy, Thorp Public Library

Laura Wood, MCPL-Rothschild

Deb Gauerke, MCPL-Edgar

2015 ARSL Little Rock Arkansas Group Picture

2016 ARSL Team Kay Heiting Audrey Kohlbeck Tammie Blomberg Denise Korenuk

2016 ARSL Team Kay Heiting, Audrey Kohlbeck, Tammie Blomberg, Denise Korenuk

ALA Chicago

WVLS 2017 ALA Conference Scholarship

WVLS is offered a scholarship to librarians from all WVLS member library types (public, K-12, etc.) to attend the 2017 American Association National Conference. The 2017 conference, themed “Transforming our Libraries, Ourselves,” was held June 22-27 in Chicago, Illinois. Full conference details are available on the 2017 ALA Annual Conference website. Questions about the scholarship and applications may be directed to Anne Hamland at comm.coordinator@wvls.org.

The Scholarship

Denise Chojnacki and Debbie Valine ALA 2017

Denise Chojnacki and Debbie Valine ALA 2017

The WVLS ALA scholarship was a full scholarship to attend the 2017 ALA conference and covered the following:

  • conference registration
  • transportation to/from the conference (WVLS bus to and from MCPL-Wausau)
  • conference lodging (various hotels via the ALA accommodation website).
  • conference and miscellaneous meals

Application and Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship Winners: Denise Chojnacki and Debbie Valine of the Rhinelander District Library.

Scholarship Presentation: 2017 ALA Conference At-a-Glance

Crandon Public LIbrary Art Speaker 2016

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. Multiple grant applications may be funded if the total is less than $10,000.

Grant Funds will be disbursed to the library within 30 days notice of grant award. Libraries may apply more than once, but preference will be given to those libraries who have not received a grant previously.

Find the eligibility requirements and application here: WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Grant.

To Apply

  • Applications may be submitted during two application periods, January-March with award notice in May, or June-August with award notice in October.
  • Questions about the grant, application process and completed applications may be directed to Anne Hamland at 715-261-7258 or comm.coordinator@wvls.org.



  • Wifi garden for use during and after hours, benches, tables, and more!
  • New library classes/services
  • Work with farmers on a plot of land designated for patron workshops on vegetables or flowers
  • Work with local artists or schools to provide opportunities for patrons to learn how to paint/build/sculpt/play an instrument
  • Develop unique literacy collections
  • New clubs
  • “How to” events

Swearingen Library Legislative Day 2017

Library Legislative Day Scholarship

Are you interested in attending Library Legislative Day for the first time? An annual scholarship up to $400 is available for a librarian, trustee or friend to attend Library Legislative Day for the first time.

Send an email to Kris Adams Wendt kawendt@wvls.org.

Pictured at right: Representative Rob Swearingen wore his I Love MY Hodag Library shirt. Pictured from left are Sarah Steinbacher and Virginia Roberts of the Rhinelander District Library, Kris Adams Wendt of WVLS, and Mary Dunn of Tomahawk Public Library.


  • 2017 Sarah Steinbacher, Rhinelander District Library
  • 2016 Julie Beloungy, Thorp Public Library
  • 2015 Anne LaRoche, Frances L Simek Memorial Library- Medford

Carol Ruth Wessler Memorial Scholarship

The moneys in this fund are to be invested as a special fund, the earnings of which are to be disbursed for the purpose of providing financial assistance for continuing education opportunities in the areas of reference, referral and interlibrary loan services for personnel employed by WVLS libraries.

As long as the applicant can describe how their attendance is likely to improve their ability to perform the reference/referral and interloan tasks currently assigned to them, their application will be given serious consideration by the WVLS Board of Trustees and/or its Executive Committee. Topics which could be considered for Wessler funding might include (but are not limited to) the following: reference skills, reference materials, referral patterns, interloan procedures/protocols, collection development, book selection, personal improvement such as how to communicate more efficiently, supervisory skills, office efficiency, most internet and computer skills sessions, space studies in current or new facilities, etc.


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Wausau, WI 54403

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