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February 2020


Monthly Circulation Statistics

Total Circulations in January 2020

  • 101,570 Traditional Circulations 87.25% 87.25%
  • 11,292 OverDrive/Libby Circulations 9.75% 9.75%
  • 3,567 Hoopla Digital Circulations 3% 3%

Last Day to Register: Today, Feb. 28

In-Person: Homeless Librarian Training

Joe Dutra from the Homeless Librarian

When: Friday, March 6: Choose one session  9am-noon OR 1-4pm
Where: Beloit Public Library’s Community Room (605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit)
Cost: Free
Who: ALS libraries & Boards and SEWI Libraries 
Register: By February 28 online at
CE Hours: 3

This interactive training is one part “how to understand your homeless patrons” and one part “how to work with difficult patrons”. It focuses on very practical tools you can use every day to resolve problems and prevent conflict. There is a special focus on patrons with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Breakfast and lunch options are available for purchase at The Blender Cafe inside BPL and at these Downtown Beloit restaurants.

Seed Library Returns for a Third Season

The heirloom seed library returns to Arrowhead Library System for a third season. Big thanks to Kirsten Almo at Edgerton Public Library for introducing and spearheading this project.

Find out more by downloading our 2020 brochure (PDF).
Visit our seed library web page.

ALS Strategic Planning to Begin

Arrowhead Library System is working with WiLS to complete a new strategic plan. A committee comprised of system staff, member library directors, system board trustees, and library board representatives will identify strategic issues and opportunities ALS will use to determine its goals and services in the coming years.


Workflows Training Sessions


Circ Training Registration:

  • Thursday, May 14th at 10 AM at Rochester

  • Friday, May 15th at 10 AM at Edgerton

  • Friday, May 15th at 1:30 PM at Walworth

LLS staff will do a basic refresher of circulation in Workflows and the SHARE catalog.  If you have any additional ideas, feel free to submit them in with your registration form and they’ll add them to the agenda.


Cataloging Training Registration:

  • Monday, May 18th at 10 AM at Waterford

  • Tuesday, May 19th at 10 AM at Milton

  • Tuesday, May 19th at 1:30 PM at Aram in Delavan

    LLS will do a basic refresher for cataloging in Workflows. If you have any additional ideas, feel free to submit them in with your registration form and they’ll add them to the agenda.


SHARE Directors’ Council:
Tuesday, March 3, 9:30 a.m.
at Matheson Memorial Library

Board of Trustees Meeting:
Wednesday, March 11, 6:00 p.m.
at Arrowhead Library System

Strategic Planning Meeting:
Wednesday, February 18,
9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
at Edgerton Public Library


Steve Platteter

System Director

Tovah Anderson

Public Information Coordinator

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