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Monthly Memo Newsletter | February/March 2019


ALS Seed Libraries Return for 2019 Season

Thanks to the efforts of Kirsten Almo, Director of Edgerton Public Library, and EPL staff and patrons, seed libraries have returned to ALS public libraries for a second season.

Patrons are invited to check out up to five packets of seeds to plant in their gardens this spring. They are then encouraged, but not required, to harvest seeds from the seed library plants they grew to restock the supply for next season. Information on gardening and seed saving is available, and occasional programming throughout the summer helps to reinforce the mission of the seed library: encouraging gardening and seed saving as a means of providing our community a fun and affordable source of nutritious sustainable food.

For more details, visit our seed library web page.

Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Program to Team Up with Arrowhead Library System

The Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Program selected “Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market” by Michelle Schaub as their 2019 book of the year.

Each year, the Ag in the Classroom program holds an essay contest in conjunction with the book of the year for fourth and fifth grade students and provides accompanying lessons aligned to state standards and educational resources for teachers, librarians, students, and volunteers (available online at

The Ag in the Classroom program will also celebrate National Ag Day in Rock County with the author on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Schaub will visit classrooms, a library, and a farm equipment retailer.

  • Join author Michelle Schaub at Milton Public Library (430 E. High Street, Milton, WI) on March 14 from 11:30–noon as she shares her book and light snacks with kids 8 and under. No registration required.
  • Then join Arrowhead Library System on their Facebook page for a live-streamed online meet and greet with the author, broadcast live from Midstate Equipment in Janesville from 3:30 to 4:00.

A complete schedule of Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom’s National Ag Day celebration events will be available after March 1 at and

National Ag Day is Thursday, March 14, 2019!

New York Times Best-Selling Author Jen Mann to Visit Milton Public Library

Let Your Girls be Funny (& Feisty)

Monday, April 1, 6:00-8:00 pm
Milton Public Library (430 E. High Street)

Join New York Time’s best-selling author Jen Mann for a funny and serious presentation about how teaching, allowing, and encouraging our daughters to be funny will result in strong, smart, confident young women. For parents and teens.

Please call the library to register –

Job Openings at Member Libraries

Circulation and Public Information Assistant

Milton Public Library

Deadline: Open Until 11:59 PM March 1, 2019

More info & application

Monthly Circulation Statistics

Total Circulations in January 2019

  • 110,543 Traditional Circulations 88.5% 88.5%
  • 11,251 OverDrive/Libby Circulations 9% 9%
  • 3,205 Hoopla Digital Circulations 2.5% 2.5%


NoveList Upgrade

On Monday, February 25th SHARE upgraded its NoveList Select subscription to their newer style interface. It loads as the last tab in the detailed display when you click on a title.

IT Sharing Session: Lakeshores Library System & SHARE

LLS technology staff and IT staff from a few of the member libraries are going to be meeting for a sharing session on Thursday, March 7th at 10 AM at the Lakeshores Library System office. If any SHARE member libraries have interested staff members, let Jim Novy at LLS know and he’ll add them to the email list.

SHARE Catalog Training Day

Mark your calendars for a SHARE Cataloging Training Day Thursday, May 23, 2:00 at Edgerton Public Library. Additional details and sign up will be released closer to the date. Please keep in touch with your supervisor/director if you’re interested in attending.


Mark Your Calendar: WAPL Conference 2019

Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries 2019 Conference: “Mission Possible”

May 1-3, 2019

Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center
10101 Market Street
Rothschild, WI 54474

Holiday Inn & Suites
1000 Imperial Avenue
Rothschild, WI 54474

Registration to open soon! Visit WLA’s 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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430 E. High St., Suite 200
Milton, WI 53563 


SHARE Directors’ Council:
Tues., March 5, 11:00 a.m. at Matheson Memorial Library 

Board of Trustees Meeting:
Wed., March 13, 6:00 p.m. at Arrowhead Library System (MPL)

Librarians Meeting:
Wed., March 20, 9:30 p.m. at Edgerton Public Library, Chair Kirsten Almo

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