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Monthly Memo Newsletter | September 2020


Monthly Circulation Statistics

Total Circulations in August 2020

  • Traditional: 69,127 82% 82%
  • OverDrive/Libby: 11,660 14% 14%
  • Hoopla Digital: 3,816 4% 4%

ALS Libraries Team Up to Present New “Library Shorts” Series

Illustration: library shorts logo and "lets learn about fall"

Rock County’s public libraries are collaborating on a unique program series that will benefit parents, teachers, and young students this fall. These programs will provide additional educational opportunities for families as they navigate this new learning environment.

Known as Library Shorts, this series will feature one 5-10 minute video lesson a day, for one week each month this autumn. Each video will tackle a different school subject with the week’s overarching theme in mind. This October, Library Shorts will be helping 4 to 10-year-olds learn about Fall with mini-lessons in Math, Music, Science, Wellness/Mindfulness, Writing, and Art. In November and December, Library Shorts will explore “Community” and “Celebration”.

“I think it’s great that the Rock County libraries are working together to offer something unique during these crazy times,” said Ashlee Kunkel, Director of Milton Public Library. “We hope that families, students, and teachers find Library Shorts fun and useful.”

Videos will be posted on the Library Shorts blog at 8:00 am Monday through Saturday, October 12-17 and can be completed at one’s leisure. Look for the link on your library’s website, find your library’s Facebook events, or visit the blog directly at

 Some lessons may require supplies–many can be found around the home. The week’s supply list will be available on the Library Shorts blog and library Facebook pages beginning Thursday, October 8. 

sample of supply list


Big Read Coming to Whitewater and Surrounding Communities

Young Auditorium is a recipient of a full grant of $15,000 to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in  Whitewater and its neighboring communities in 2021.

The NEA Big Read in Whitewater will focus on THE LATEHOMECOMER by KAO KALIA YANG. In addition to the featured title, Young Auditorium also selects a companion novel to help involve youth in this innovative reading program. The featured youth title will be A MAP INTO THE WORLD, also by Kao Kalia Yang. Local ‘Big Read’ activities will start with a kick-off event on April 3, 2021, and continue taking place throughout the remainder of April. 

Get involved.

Deadline is October 2, 2020.
Community libraries, businesses and organizations that are interested in working with Young Auditorium for The Big Read should  contact Keriann Kirkeng (262-472-1432/ for more information. 

Join the Virtual Conferencing Work Group

Banner: Call for volunteers

Shared from a Wisconsin Library Association email.

Dear WLA members,

We need your help!

With the Coronavirus threatening to remain a challenge well into 2021, the association has created a “Virtual Conferencing Work Group.” The purpose of this work group is to provide a rapid response team to support any live event impacted by COVID-19 in 2021. This work group will operate in concert with our traditional conference committees in situations where a live event is forced to be reimagined as a virtual event due to the pandemic. In order to build this team, WLA is seeking enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers with skillsets in a variety of areas including, web conference technology, video production, audio production and adult education. If you enjoy using technology to provide staff training and development, this groups is meant for you!

Anyone interested in joining this group should contact the WLA Membership Coordinator, Hannah Bunting at Please use “Virtual Conferencing Work Group” in the subject line.

Thank you for your continued support of our state association.

Take care,
Plumer Lovelace
WLA Executive Director


SHARE Directors’ Council:
Tuesday, October 6, 9:30 a.m.

Board of Trustees Meeting:
Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m. at online.

Librarians Meeting:
Wednesday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. online.


Steve Platteter

System Director

Tovah Anderson

Public Information Coordinator

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