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Monthly Memo Newsletter | August 2018


Fall Means Back to School

All public libraries within the Arrowhead Library System offer Gale Courses and video tutorials to patrons free with their local library card.

Gale Courses offers 350+ traditionally-modeled, six-week online courses in areas of professional development, technology skills, and personal development geared toward high school and adult patrons. offers thousands of video tutorials taught by industry experts covering software, creative, and business skills.

The best way to promote these services is by word of mouth. If we all become familiar with the types of classes these resources offer, we can mention Gale or Lynda during our scheduled programming as additional resources, or when assisting patrons in finding or checking out library materials, it’d be great to recommend a similar course or tutorial. We’re not selling anything, these are just additional avenues to achieve goals!

Each library has been given promotional bookmarks, brochures, and posters. Please let Tovah (608-868-2872) or your library’s PR Coordinator know if you need more of any of these.

Register now for the WLA Conference


October 23-26, 2018

Get all the details at the Wisconsin Library Association Events and Conferences page or use the links below. 

Conference registration and hotel reservations are now open. Don’t miss out on early bird rates.

Register online or download the PDF

Radisson Hotel La Crosse
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

YWCA Rock County Racial Justice Conference

On November 8, 2018, the YWCA of Rock County will host their fourth annual Racial Justice Conference. This year’s theme is Building Bridges to Eliminate Racism.

  • How do you help build bridges to dismantle racism?
  • What is your attitude toward differences in people and cultures?
  • What is your knowledge level of cultural practices and what cross-cultural skills do you have?

Explore these elements of cultural competency and learn how to foster diversity, inclusion, creativity, and growth within your business, school or organization from experts in the field.

Obtain tools, tips, and resources that maximize your effectiveness by supporting diverse populations in your workplace.

Build a network of peers and resources with other allies in racial justice and inclusivity.

Increase your knowledge of client and staff diversity.

November 8, 2018 | 8:00-5:00

Holiday Inn Express & Janesville Conference Center, 3100 Wellington Place, Janesville, WI  53546

OverDrive and Harry Potter: Celebrating 20 Years of Magic

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary

This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. To honor the occasion, OverDrive has announced that the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ebook will be available for unlimited access in Wisconsin’s Digital Library August 27th through September 10th. At no additional cost, all library patrons will be able to borrow the title immediately and simultaneously at the standard loan periods. 

Upcoming Webinars

  • PLA Webinar: Photography, Storytelling, and Community Connections: How to Develop a Photovoice Project  (August 20, 2018 | 1:00 PM Central)

Upcoming Outreach & Networking Events

  • Rock County Senior Fair & Smartphones 101 Session (September 14, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.)
  • Rock County Community Baby Shower (October 10, 4:00–6:00 p.m.)

Job Openings at Member Libraries

Part Time Reference Librarian

Opening Date/Time:   Thu. 08/09/18 12:00 AM Central Time

Closing Date/Time:   Sun. 09/09/18 11:59 PM Central Time

Salary: $20.67/Hour

Job Type: Part Time – 20 Hours/Week

Location: Hedberg Public Library, 316 South Main Street, Janesville, Wisconsin

See job description and application details on the City of Janesville website.

Young Adult Librarian – Full Time

Opening Date/Time:   Thu. 08/09/18 12:00 AM Central Time

Closing Date/Time:   Sun. 09/09/18 11:59 PM Central Time

Salary: $20.67/Hour

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Hedberg Public Library, 316 South Main Street, Janesville, Wisconsin

See job description and application details on the City of Janesville website.

July 2018 Circulation Statistics

Total Circulations in July 2018

  • 124,441 Traditional Circulations 91% 91%
  • 10,186 OverDrive/Libby Circulations 7% 7%
  • 2,590 Hoopla Digital Circulations 2% 2%


WiLS Conducting Makespace Survey

As a resource for the library community, WiLs is creating a compendium of makerspaces in Wisconsin libraries. The purpose is to help facilitate the sharing of valuable information as libraries plan for, create, and improve their maker initiatives.

If you have a makerspace in your organization, large or small, please take a few minutes to share information about it in this form to contribute what you’ve learned to the community. Please feel free to share this survey with others.

Thank you!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Coming Up

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.

Find out how to get involved at the NaNoWriMo website.


What’s happening right now?

  • Visit the PLSR Updates Page for the latest news on the process, milestones, and next steps.


 Contact the Tovah with comments, corrections, or library news.

Email: Tovah Anderson
Public Information Coordinator

Email: Steve Platteter
Arrowhead Library System Director

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Milton, WI 53563 


SHARE Directors’ Council:
Tues., September 11, 11:00 a.m. at Kenosha Public Library (Branch TBD)

Board of Trustees Meeting:
Wed., September 12, 6:00 p.m.
at Orfordville Public Library

Librarians Meeting:
Wed., September 19, 9:30 a.m.
at Orfordville Public Library, Chair Sarah Strunz

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