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Public Library Staff Compensation Survey

On February 1, all Wisconsin public library directors will be sent an email regarding a Public Library Staff Compensation Survey.  This survey is part of a Library Services Technology Act-funded...
January Newsletter

WVLS January Newsletter

The WVLS January Newsletter is now available. Scholarships Available for WLA’s Library Legislative Day Don’t Forget to Register for “Wild Wisconsin” Sessions WAPL Conference Accepting Program...
WAPL Conference

Submit a Session for the WAPL Conference

Plans are underway for the 2023 Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Conference, taking place April 26 - 28, 2023 at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in...
Recorded Webinar

New Recorded Webinar

The third and final WVLS recorded webinar for 2022 is now posted! “Management and Retention of Public Library Records,” presented by Shannon Schultz, shares information on keeping and trashing...

WVLS December Newsletter

The WVLS December Newsletter is now available. WVLS Members Share Holiday Memories 2023 “Wild Wisconsin Conference Registration Open Northern Waters ILS Consortium Exploration (NICE) Update WVLS...
IS Update

December Inclusive Services Update

Hi all! The holidays are upon us again and I wanted to take this time to talk about inclusive holiday celebrations. Most people love holiday time! Adults flutter around busily preparing for...
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November Inclusive Services Update

I wanted to briefly talk to you about November themes you might be using this month and how you might want to rethink what has been used historically in the past. We are now passing through the...
November newsletter

WVLS November Newsletter

The WVLS November Newsletter is now available. MCPL Offers Notary Services WVLS Represented at ARSL Conference Colby Celebrates National Friends of Libraries Month ILS Product Demonstrations Start...
Recorded Webinars

Recorded Webinars Available

WVLS has two recorded webinars posted. Both are worth 1 contact hour for public library certification.  “Social Media Trends: For 2022-2023 and Beyond,” is presented by Laura Solomon of the Ohio...
October newsletter

October Newsletter Now Available

The WVLS October Newsletter is now available. WVLS Providing Transportation to WLA Conference Youth Services Workshop to Be Held in Person Reading to Dogs in Antigo Rhinelander Hosts Consumer...

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Share Your Library Love Story

You can help your library! Your library story is powerful.

Your stories help libraries paint a picture of the way library resources, spaces, and safe places support our community. Your stories show how libraries change lives.

Share your library story. Libraries will share your story with community members and legislators.

How the library has helped you out? What keeps you coming back to the library?

Our library knows my kids by name. The children’s librarian makes it a point to say hello to each of the kids, and often helps them find the books that they love! While we were homeschooling last school year, we were able to check out several educational games, and other resources. We had a running list of quality books on the hold shelf, and the staff put together several book bundles related to varying subjects. They have been an invaluable resource and friend to our family!

Young Family from Tomahawk

My Library help me… Find books that enrich the lives of my children, and been an encouragement in their education.
I have also taken several Gale [Courses] classes that have enriched my life!
Young Family from Tomahawk

I’m 52 years old. My story starts almost 11 years age. I had brain surgery, took me many years to feel comfortable enough to try my library out. I have memory loss. I started out with getting my card, I was so excited. I started checking out audio books, cause I could not read chapter to chapter. I love reading. So I listen and understand them.

My next step in my recovery, I needed to go look for a book called “sail” by James Paterson. They told me what side it was on and how far back, BINGO I found it. YAY! I want to thank all the wonderful helpers and Library Staff at my Library.

Thank you for never looking down at any one with a disability. That’s why I love my library.

Lifelong Library User from Tomahawk

Sometimes things get you down, but a stack of suggested books can bring you right back up.
Loyal Library Lover

My Library helped me… Get my college degree.

Medford Library User

Colby Community Library has helped me stay in touch with the world. From my rural location I have access to a wealth of materials through WISCAT and ILL services. I especially appreciate being able to search V-CAT from my home computer and link to a variety of resources and databases.

Colby Library Lover

It is very educational and inspiring! It is a great atmosphere to go to when the weather is cold and snowy outside!!! I also love walking or biking to the library in the summer!!!

T.B. Scott Free Library, Merrill Library User

2021 WVLS Member Library Accomplishments



Participants in 3,025 Programs


Library Website Visitors

Self-Directed Programs


Participants Enjoyed Self-Directed Activities

1.63 Million Items Borrowed

Physical and Digital Items

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Wausau, WI 54403