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When Pokemon Go ... doesn't

Why won't the game load?! There are a few things in life more frustrating than a brand new online game, for which every single human on this planet, and most cats have at least 1.7 accounts, experiencing connectivity usses with servers.  Especially after you've driven all the way across town, just to walk around the park with you and your wife's phones chasing imaginary digital creatures (while she watchs the kid on the playground of course- #adultingit). So maybe this is a week late and Read more

WVLS Fall Continuing Education Schedule

Ebsco Discovery Service Training Session #1- Marathon County Public Library, Wausau Wednesday, August 3rd; 1-4pm  Ebsco Training Specialist Kathy Kiely is flying in to trian V-Cat library staff on how to the new Ebsco Discovery Service interface for two sessions. Kiely will walk through features of the Discovery Service layer and provide guided training work time. A representative from each library is strongly encourgaes to attend. Please choose the session that works best for your schedule. Read more
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Libraries Transform Advocacy Videos from PLA

The Public Library Association put together videos using the American Library Association (ALA) Libraries Transform movement for advocacy. Library advocacy is based on feeling. Infographics with impressive annual report numbers can be effective, but libraries need to use testimonies of library Read more
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Libraries as a Safe Space for Pokemon Go!

The Pokemon Go! gaming app has taken the world by storm.  The app promotes physical activity as "trainers," players must physically leave their homes to hunt down Pokemon in their community. The largest complaint of players is many Pokemon Go! players can be seen with their heads down with complete disregard to their surroundings. According to the App Read more

ALSC Resource: Programs for Children with Disabilities

Renee Grassi from the Association for Library Service to Children provides a warehouse of resources for Serving Children with Disabilities in Libraries. Books, articles, webinars, blogs and websites, because"Being a librarian means being a student throughout your entire career." This latest ALSC Blog is a treasure chest of resources Read more
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Workshop: Research and So Much More - Badgerlink and Ebsco Discovery Service

August 17, 2016 9am-3:30pm Minocqua Public Library Agenda 9:00 am – 9:30 am Coffee and Conversation 9:30 am - 1:00 pm Top Ten Search Tips for Searching BadgerLink Kara Ripley and Gail Murray will show how to optimize key features of Badgerlink resources. Learn tips and tricks that will make patron service easier! Use Badgerlink to assist students and educators with STEAM programming resources. Find resources for local historians and genealogists. 9:30 am – 10:00 am – Overview of the BadgerLink Read more
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Early Childhood and Promoting Health Through Early Reading

The WLA Youth Services Section blogspot recommends “a must read for all citizens of our state” a thoughtful article discussing UW-Madison research on evidence that childhood poverty can affect train development and the ability to succeed.  Abigail Becker, an intern of the Read more
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Libraries of the Future - October 6, 2016

We're excited to announce the third of three Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: "Libraries of the Future," October 6th, 2016, from 2:00 - 5:00pm (CST). As libraries shape their futures – and adapt to the future needs of their communities – what are the near- and long-term trends that point to our brightest opportunities. What can we learn from library innovators and innovators from other sectors and industries that will help us shape the future Read more
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November Legislative Races Affecting WVLS Counties

One Senate seat and six Assembly seats will be contested races in the 2016 fall election.  Incumbents in two Assembly Districts are unopposed and there is one open Assembly seat where the incumbent is not running for re-election.  Find out the “who” and “where” to reach out and invite candidates to learn more your library this summer!   NOVEMBER 2016 ELECTION - WVLS LIBRARIES and LEGISLATIVE Read more
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Combatting Summer Food Insecurity at the Library

If you work in a public library, you’re probably familiar with statistics about how many children in your service area qualify for free and reduced-price meals at your area schools. Nationwide, that number is around 21.5 million children*. But what happens in the summer, when the majority of children aren’t going to the school where they receive this lunch? According to data gathered by Feeding America*, as many as 18.8 million of those children do not have access to nutritional support during Read more

Election Resources

This page collects reference resources to assist citizens with voter registration and ballot choices.

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