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Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Scholarship

(L to R): Loralee Petersen, Dominic Frandrup, Erica Brewster and Heather Bain.

In 2019, the Wisconsin Valley Library Service offered four, $1,600 scholarships for directors or branch managers of a member public library to attend the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference.  The conference was held in Burlington, Vermont, from September 4-7. 

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, customer service, and many more.

Scholarship winners will be expected to complete a report (a form will be provided before attending the conference) within 30 days of the conference.

2019 ARSL Conference Scholarship Recipients:
Erica Brewster, Demmer Memorial Library (Three Lakes)
Loralee Peterson, Owen Public Library
Dominic Frandrup, Antigo Public Library
Heather Bain, Marathon County Public Library – Hatley Branch

ARSL & ALA Scholarship History and Reports

Youth Services WLA Membership/Professional Development Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide WVLS youth services staff an opportunity to attend a WLA-sponsored conference in 2019. The person selected for the scholarship will also be rewarded a one-year membership to the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA). One scholarship worth $700 will be issued in 2019. Up to $500 in scholarship funds will be issued for the conference, and up to $200 will be issued for the WLA Membership.

This scholarship will also enhance professional development. Applicants can choose to attend the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Conference in May, or the WLA Conference in October.

The scholarship recipient for 2019 is: Erica Berg, Minocqua Public Library

The scholarship winners for 2018 were:
Dominic Frandrup, Antigo Public Library – Webinar Recording
Teresa Miniatt, Withee Public Library – Webinar Recording
Heidi O’Hare, Tomahawk Public Library – Webinar Recording

WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Grant

The Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS) offered 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.


Tony Evers

 Governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, welcomes Library Legislative Day participants.

Library Legislative Day Scholarship

WVLS awards scholarships to first-time, WVLS-member librarians to attend Library Legislative Day.


  • 2019 Stephanie Schmidt, Crandon Public Library
  • 2018 Dominic Frandrup, Antigo; Laurie Ohlloff, Merrill; Heidi O’Hare, Tomahawk
  • 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.

WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Literacy Grant

Congratulations to the Rib Lake Public Library and the Tomahawk Public Library for being selected as the winners for the 2019 WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Literacy Grant.

To support literacy for all library users of Wisconsin Valley Library Service member libraries, a $20,000 grant will be provided to partnering WVLS libraries to create a space in their libraries where families can talk, read, sing, write, and play together.

The next Innovation and Collaboration Literacy Grant will be offered in 2021-2022.

Wisconsin Valley Library Service
300 N 1st Street
Wausau, WI 54403