Short Takes for Trustees

New! Short Takes for Trustees

Short Takes for Trustees is a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that trustees play in the governance of their libraries. Topics in the series explain the basics, such as what it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board), as well as how to set policy, how to evaluate the library director (and why you Read more

Children's Book Fest 2015

Northern Wisconsin librarians, teachers, parents and members of the general public who are interested in learning about the best books for young people are invited to attend Children's Book Fest 2015, a two day conference held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 135 E. Larch St., Rhinelander, Wisconsin on March 10 and 11. Children's literature specialists from the nationally acclaimed Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) in Madison, Wisconsin will discuss books for Read more
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GrantStation Discount Program

TechSoup and GrantStation are pleased to present a special offer for eligible U.S. nonprofits, charities, and public libraries to help you become a successful grantseeker. Connect to thousands of private, federal, and state grants and other funding opportunities with a specially discounted membership to GrantStation. The very special offer dates are: Read more
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Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Minigrants

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers Minigrants to public and school libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required. Maximum award: $500.Eligibility: public and school libraries. Deadline: March 15, 2015. Read more

Email Scam Alert

Internet scammers are sending emails claiming to be from a real law firm called 'Baker & McKenzie'. In the email you are told that you are scheduled to appear in court and should open a link to view a copy of the court notice. Of course the email is not from Baker & McKenzie and has no connection to the law firm. The cyber criminals try to trick the recipient by preventing a negative consequence. If you open the link, malware Read more
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OverDrive's 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions

In 2015, more people will use your OverDrive-powered digital library than ever before. To help you stay on top of growing traffic, we’ve rounded up answers to ten of our most frequently asked questions: 1. How to return digital titles Topping our list is how to return titles before the end of your lending period. Our help article explains how the Return Title button works, how to return titles you’ve downloaded to a Read more
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DOJ webinars available online!

[Press Release]  MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce that video recordings from this year’s Department of Justice (DOJ) webinars on the Public Records and Open Meetings laws are now available online free of charge. For those who were unable to attend either of this year’s live seminars or the online webinars, Attorney General Van Hollen announced today that video recordings of the webinars, posted by Read more

Wessler Scholarship activity report by Don Litzer

Annual awards from the Wessler Scholarship fund provide financial assistance for continuing education opportunities in the areas of reference, referral and interlibrary loan services for personnel employed by libraries in the Wisconsin Valley Library Service. The 2014 Wessler Scholarship was awarded to Don Litzer from the T. B. Scott Free Library for the purpose of attending the annual conference of the Read more

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference

The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide virtual conference developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 14 other library systems in Wisconsin. Five, 60-minute web presentations focusing on public libraries will be given each day from speakers all over the country. Attend what you want - one...four...or all 10. Because of the collaboration, all sessions are available without cost. For details, visit Read more

Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight

How much 'screen time' is too much for children from birth to three? And what amounts to *quality* screen time, as opposed to passive enthrallment? Parents of young children are faced with many answers to these questions, and related advice is often contradictory.  To help navigate this issue, Zero to Three has released a new, research-based guide for parents:  Read more

Checking Out America's Libraries

Check out this infographic that illustrates the important role libraries play in communities throughout the United States!

V-Cat: Online Library Catalog

V-Cat is the shared library catalog for most WVLS public libraries and contains holding information and access to a variety of books, audiovisual materials, and more.

Affordable Care Act

UPDATE: Open enrollment runs 11/18-2/15. This page collects resources on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) selected by WVLS staff for the consideration of Read more


Badgerlink is a program of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction that provides Wisconsin residents access to electronic information online. It includes many of the databases offered by Read more