National Book Foundation

67th National Book Awards

The National Book Foundation presented the 67th National Book Awards on November 17, 2016. Especially poignant was the powerful and emotional acceptance speech by U.S. Representative John Lewis for the Young People's Literature award winner for MARCH: Book Three, part of a graphic Read more
Now OverDrive and WDL

New Overdrive Marketing and Getting Started Guides

Wisconsin Public Library Consortium has created graphics to help libraries get the word out about the new OverDrive platform for Wisconsin's Digital Library! Feel free to use them as is or modify them for your library websites and communications. OverDrive has also created free marketing and  Read more
Build a Better World CLSP Nov 29 2016

Summer Reading: How will you build a better world?

CLSP 2017: How Will You Build a Better World? "Build a Better World" is the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program theme. Jonathen Dolce (Lake County Library System in central Read more
SLJ's Best of 2016 logo

SLJ's Best of 2016

In 2016, several hundred titles received a coveted SLJ star; after much debate and discussion, 66 books were selected by the review editors as the very best of the best. This year’s selections represent the books that opened our minds, lifted our spirits, and helped us see the world with fresh eyes—from the sublime to the uproarious. But what we experienced while reading these outstanding titles is less important than what happens next; our hope is that this list inspires a frenzy of book Read more
Picture of Person typing

The 34 Best Tools for Improving Your Writing Skills

Words are hard. Whether you're a published author or just getting started with blogging, it's not always easy to string words together in a way that makes sense, sounds good, and makes the reader feel something. But every marketer should be able to write -- and, more importantly, every marketer can write. It's just a matter of finding the writing environment that works best for you, expanding your vocabulary, asking for feedback (and listening to it), and practicing.  Read more
Denver Public Library Read Play Learn

A Resource for Parents, Preschoolers, and Play- Denver Public Library

If the goal is to encourage parents to take advantage of exploratory and play-based opportunities in the public library, then the Denver (CO) Public Library has taken a particularly intersting approach. "Read Play Learn" is the Library's children's department website. It features activities, book recommendations, and library events integrated into a single stream with colorful photos and engaging Read more
Anne Basting UW Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee to Offer Art Workshops with Libraries for Older Adults

Anne Basting, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee theatre professor and 2016 Macarthur Fellow, is looking for libraries and other organizations across Wisconsin to help deliver programming to older adults.   First Project Thanks to a grant from Bader Philanthropies, one of her projects is to train student artists throughout the year who will offer 20 Read more

Libraries Transform

Designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals, the Libraries Transform campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic Read more

Aspen Report - "Rising to the Challenge"

This report examines how U.S. public libraries are uniquely situated to advance the needs of the communities they serve—and how these communities can best respond to libraries’ needs.

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.


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