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Monthly Memo Newsletter | August 2019


Monthly Circulation Statistics

Total Circulations in July 2019

  • 109,446 Traditional Circulations 88% 88%
  • 10,938 OverDrive/Libby Circulations 9% 9%
  • 3,399 Hoopla Digital Circulations 3% 3%

Location Change for Library Directors’ Meeting

The September 18th Directors’ meeting will now be held at Milton Public Library at 9:30 am.

Hedberg Public Library to Open Express Branch

Hedberg Public Library had entered into a lease agreement with the Janesville Mall for storefront 120 between Justice and Christopher Banks.

The library will use this space to open HPL Express, a branch library featuring a smaller collection with the popular option of picking up reserved materials. Items from any of the 28 other SHARE Consortium locations may be returned at the mall location as well.

HPL Express is expected to open in mid- to late-September and is anticipated to be open Monday through Saturday 10 to 4.

Read more:


ALS to Participate in Recollection Wisconsin

Arrowhead Library System will participate in the Recollection Wisconsin project, which aims to “widen the scope of online access to historical materials found in Wisconsin libraries”.

For ALS first project, Milton Public Library and the Milton College Alumni Association will team up to preserve college documents, photos, and ephemera.

Find more information about the digitization kits available to public libraries here.

Recollection Wisconsin’s Digital Projects Toolkit

Practical tools, guidelines, examples, and resources for cultural heritage digitization projects.

Don’t Forget About Us

1. ALS’s Website Has Information You Want

Arrowhead’s website has a wealth of information about library services available to patrons and staff countywide.

Take a minute and reacquaint yourself with our self-publishing tools, digital collection apps, online learning tools, databases, and more. Easy to follow instructions are included for each service.

Under the Pages for ALS tab, local library staff can request cardboard stand-ups, mobile makerspace equipment, and Big Bear.

2. Co-host With Us

Please add ALS as a co-host to your Facebook events. This helps get the word out about your events, and it helps make a one stop location for all the events happening around the system for those who don’t wish to follow seven separate libraries.

3. Green Delivery Bins

Just as a reminder, Green Delivery bins do not get sorted at the ALS delivery Hub. They are passed straight through to the LLS/KCPLS sorting Hubs. This means no envelopes, items, or information for ALS should be placed in green bins (only gray are opened at ALS).

OverDrive to Discontinue Support for Mac

According to WPLC, OverDrive just announced they will be sun-setting support for OverDrive for Mac.

OverDrive’s full announcement is below:

Due to upcoming macOS changes, and to simplify the user experience, OverDrive will soon end support for OverDrive for Mac.

Effective September 4, 2019, OverDrive for Mac will no longer be available for download and Mac users will no longer see the option to download audiobook titles at your OverDrive website. Instead, Mac users can enjoy audiobooks using OverDrive Listen from your digital library website, or try Libby (for public libraries) or Sora (for schools) on their smart phone or tablet.

Any users with audiobooks already downloaded to OverDrive for Mac will retain access to their downloads for the remainder of the lending period, provided they have not yet updated to macOS 10.15 (Catalina).

Though we anticipate minimal user impact, OverDrive Help will be updated to assist with user support. If you have any questions, please contact your Account Manager.
We are committed to providing the best reading and listening experience for your users and look forward to sharing more updates soon.

Libby Resources

How Do You Hoopla?

itunes store

google play store

amazon play store


 apple tv


android tv


fire tv



BookMyne App Temporarily Pulled from Google Play

BookMyne, the catalog and account app by SirsiDynix, has been temporarily pulled from the Google Play store. Google flagged it has being potentially dangerous due to some software issues.

SirsiDynix is testing fixes to the issue and has plans to resubmit the patched app to Google Play. No timeline has been determined.

If BookMyne has already been downloaded to an Android device, it should continue working as usual. No new Android downloads of this app are available at this time. Mac iOS users can still find BookMyne in the App Store and may complete new downloads.

Not familiar with BookMyne? Learn more here.


US Census 2020 Needs Library Partners

There are three ways libraries are being asked to partner with the US Census Bureau for the 2020 count.

See the Partnership Fact Sheet.

1. Host Census Job Fair

Setup a Recruitment Day by contacting our local partner specialist, Jerry Huffman.
Mobile: 608-881-3869
Email Jerry.

Census Bureau’s recruitment Web site:

2. Display and Distribute Posters and Information

Hang handbills in the library, place them at the front desk, in the restrooms, and around town.

Join a Complete Count Committee in your community.

Librarians are trusted local voices.

  • Accurate numbers determine how many government representatives we get, help draw districting maps, and determine federal funding distribution.
  • No citizenship questions will be on the form.
  • Everyone, citizen or not, should be counted.

3. Invite Community to Fill Out Census Forms at The Library

March 2020—The public can begin responding to the 2020 Census online at Replying by mail or phone will also be an option.

By April 1, 2020 households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You will then have three ways to respond:

  • Online – 2020 is first time this is an option
  • By phone
  • By mail

April 1 2020—Every 10 years, we observe Census Day on April 1.

Indie Author Day

Saturday, October 12

Each year, libraries and organizations across North America welcome local indie authors, writers, and their communities for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels, and so much more! Registration is free along with access to our resources, sponsor workshop videos, promotional graphics, and support!

Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time to join in on the fun!

WLA Conference 2019

Early-Bird registration ends September 16!

Don’t miss the Wisconsin Library Association’s biggest conference of the year happening this October. There’s a great lineup of keynote and featured speakers, as well as helpful pre-conference workshops.

Conference Registration now open.
Hotel block reservations now open.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Friday, October 11. 2019

Kalahari Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Tech Days

ou have 6 opportunities to attend a Tech Days series workshop!

Tech Days East: September 10 – 12, 2019
Tech Days West: November 5 – 7, 2019

There is no charge to attend any of the Tech Days workshops, thanks to sponsorship by 15 library systems* and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Breakout session topics and presenters vary with venues, so check the complete list at to see what & who will be where & when. There is no charge to attend a Tech Days workshop.

Each day includes a keynote presentation, and concurrent breakout sessions and hands-on learning activities on topics like coding, digitization, partnering with the Girl Scouts, VR, free CRM software, tech classes for adults & seniors, DPI scanning kits, and computational thinking and connected learning in youth services.

Registration is open for Tech Days East & West workshops:

  • Tuesday, September 10 | Register here.
    Franklin Public Library, Franklin (Milwaukee County)
  • Wednesday, September 11 | Register here.
    Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton (Outagamie County)
  • Thursday, September 12 | Register here.
    Monona Public Library, Monona (Dane County)
  • Tuesday, November 5 | Register here.
    Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Rice Lake (Barron County)
  • Wednesday, November 6 | Register here.
    Marathon County Public Library, Wausau (Marathon County)
  • Thursday, November 7 | Register here.
    Jake’s Northwoods, Sparta (Monroe County)


September 10 – 12, 2019

November 5 – 7, 2019


C.E. Hours



“Marketing the Value of Your Library” Webinar Series

This series is geared toward public libraries of all sizes, with presentations by some of the top library marketers in the country.  These three webinars are related and sequentially will build on one another.

Register for one, two, or all three webinars.  Each webinar is worth 1 contact hour toward public library certification.

Presented in partnership by Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Northern Waters Library Service and Southwest Wisconsin Library System.

Get more information about each webinar here.

How (and Why) to Do a Simple External Communications Audit
Tuesday, Oct. 1; 1 pm | Register
Presented by: Kathy Dempsey | 1 contact hour

Creating Compelling Copy – aka Persuasive Writing and How to Effectively Tell Your Library’s Story
Tuesday, Oct. 15; 1 pm | Register
Presented by: Jennifer Burke | 1 contact hour

Effective Messaging for Library Support
Tuesday, Oct. 29; 1 pm |Register
Presented by: Patrick Sweeney | 1 contact hour


Tuesday, October 1 – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15 – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday October 20 – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

C.E. Hours


PLA 2020 Conference registration opens Sept. 18

— taking place Feb. 25-29 in Nashville, Tenn. — is only six months away. This multi-day event will offer top-quality education programs, inspirational and entertaining speakers, social events and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services. opens Wednesday, Sept. 18, and the full-conference package is only $305 for Public Library Association and Tennessee Library Association personal members, if registered by Friday, Dec. 20.

when registration has officially opened. to learn more and to stay up-to-date with PLA 2020 news.

What an amazing profession we have!

PLA was thrilled to receive a record-breaking 588 program proposals for the PLA 2020 Conference. Only about 100 program slots were available, so extremely tough decisions had to be made by a hard-working, thoughtful committee of your peers. PLA thanks the hundreds of library professionals who submitted program proposals; your dedication helps make the PLA Conference the premiere learning event for the public library community.


SHARE Directors’ Council:
Tuesday, September 3, 11:00 a.m.
at Racine Public Library

Board of Trustees Meeting:
Wednesday, September 11, 6:00 p.m.
at Orfordville Public Library

Librarians Meeting:
Wednesday, September 18, 9:30 a.m.
at Milton Public Library


Steve Platteter

System Director

Tovah Anderson

Public Information Coordinator

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