August 14, EasiCat and the Polaris client pack will not be available due a
Polaris software upgrade. According to Automation Librarian Paul
Onufrak, staff should plan on not having the system available until after
5:00 p.m. that day. Most changes for the 4.1 upgrade will be with
EasiCat not the Polaris staff client. One of the noticeable points in the
staff client will be seeing the number of holds attached to a bib
The training server will be upgraded the last week in July, and the
installation CDs will be sent to the libraries before August 14. Should any library
14 set as a “closed” day for them, they should contact Paul.
Access to OverDrive (and any other outside databases) will be suspended on
You can check out the upgrade information from Polaris by clicking here.
Sample screens from the Power PAC 4.1 can be viewed by clicking here.
The System will be sending out information to the newspapers and radio
stations and in-house notices such as table tents and screen signs will be
shared with the libraries.
Please note that August 14 is also an election day.
Bellin, retired System Director of Lakeshores Library System (Racine and
Walworth counties) will be a Consulting Library System Director for ESLS
starting July 1, 2012. Mr. Bellin
was also the Director of public libraries in Franklin and Whitefish Bay.
In 2008, he was recognized as the Wisconsin Library's Association
2008 Librarian of the Year. He
retired in 2009.
Under the recommendation by the Human
Resources Committee and approved by the full System Board: ESLS shall
retain a Consulting Library System Director at $300 for 6 hours plus $50
per hour for any time over 6 hours per month.
He will provide
"system level administrative consulting for member libraries and
provide consulting to ESLS staff and Board on system
decisions". The consulting will primarily be by phone or e-mail
at the request of ESLS or member library staff and ESLS trustees.
The consulting will mostly be on state issues, library system
administration and system level activities.
A Search/Merger Committee has been formed to investigate the
possibility of ESLS merging with another system and the leadership needed
to pursue that route or remain a separate system. The seven members
of the committee are: ESLS Board President Robert Nuernberg of
Mequon; Nancy Szatkowski of Mequon; Henry Nelson of Sheboygan;
William Goehring, Town of Sherman;
Betty McCartney, the Elkhart Lake Public Library Director
; John Hanson, the Director of the U. S. S. Liberty Memorial Public
Library of Grafton; and Paula Siefert, ESLS Administrative
At the committee's first meeting on June 28 ,they agreed that letters
of interest should be written to adjacent library systems inquiring
about their interest in a merger with ESLS. The adjacent library
systems are Mid-Wisconsin, Winnefox,
Waukesha, Manitowoc-Calumet and the Milwaukee Public Library System.
Manitowoc-Calumet has already shown interest in investigating a possible
Additionally, it was decided that Board President Neurnberg would
contact former Director David Weinhold about the possibility of his
returning as a consultant to help guide them through the process of
investigating a merger. Responses from the library systems and the
former director should be received the week before the next ESLS Board
meeting on July 30. The committee will then determine their next
, Lakeview Community Library of Random Lake
Last summer, I attended a library workshop on Connecting
Boys With Books by Michael Sullivan.
It was a very interesting and somewhat frightening program! By the
time the average boy is in eleventh grade, he is three years behind
the average girl in reading skills. More
than half of incoming freshmen boys consider themselves nonreaders.
Sixty percent of “A” grades are awarded to girls.
Seventy percent of D and F grades are given to boys. Eighty percent of high school drop
outs are male. Eighty percent of
convicted felons are high school drop outs.
Why don’t boys read as much or as well as girls?
Three main reasons were discussed at the program.
Boys and girls learn differently.
Brain scans have proven this. Girls
use both the analytical and the creative parts of the brain when learning.
Boys usually use one or the other.
Language skills require both halves of the brain.
In Kindergarten, classrooms are set up with a lot of stimuli and
have both quiet and active areas. Once
a student gets in elementary school this changes.
Students are expected to stay quiet and focus on the teacher much
of the time. Studies have
shown that boys and some girls focus better when they have a distraction
such as a “stress ball” to squeeze.
The reason many students improve their school grades when taking
medication like Ritalin is because Ritalin is a stimulant. It would be a
lot healthier and less expensive to give kids a stress ball instead!
2. A lack
of male role models. Ninety one
elementary teachers are female. Kids
are more likely to see their mom’s and women reading than men.
Many men, when they do read, do it in isolation.
has been turned into work. Little
boys like Story Time. They
listen to stories, Sing, dance, jump around, make projects, and have fun.
Unfortunately by the time they are in second or third grade, learning is
much more structured. Reading
is just not fun anymore. Many
parents have given up reading out loud to their kids and pressure them to
read “grade appropriate” books.
There is no evidence that
reading harder books makes kids better readers.
Reading is the only thing that makes better readers.
What can we as public librarians do to help boys love
to read? Start them out right.
In Story Time, don’t go overboard on explaining the pre-literacy
skills and why certain stories exhibit them.
Pre-literacy skills are turning boys off of reading, (ouch!).
Just tell the
stories and show the pictures! It
is a learning experience without any extra hype! (I
do like the “new improved” list of literacy skills much better!) I
hear words. I like books.
I know letters. I see
words. I know words and I can tell a story.
When helping children find books to read, never ask
how old they are or what grade they are in.
Ask, “What do you like to do?” or “Tell me about a book you
enjoyed.” Select a variety
of books for them to choose from. Be
careful not to give children books that are too difficult.
Author Steven Krashen states in his book, The
Power of Reading, when boys are consistently given books too hard for
them, they come to hate reading.
I often encourage audio books for all ages of children.
I tell parents how much I enjoyed listening to audio books with my
children and husband. We began
to do this on long car trips and soon began to listen at home also.
When faced with the parent who jubilantly says, “I’m so glad he
knows how to read, now I don’t have to read to him anymore”, I am inwardly
cringing. I try to share how much my own sons loved
being read to at any age. I share that experts have stated that we should
“Never stop reading to boys” !!!
punish a child for learning how to read.
I also throw in the fact that listening to an audio book or someone
reading out loud improves language skills just as much as reading to
oneself. I read because I love
to read and I want kids to feel the same way.
I have always been an advocate of reading out loud to children, no
matter how old they are!
One idea from Michael Sullivan that I especially
liked was the literary lunches program. I ran the idea past my director
and was given her blessing to proceed. I go to the school twice a week and
read out loud to fourth graders during lunch.
I contacted the fourth grade teachers early in the school year to
propose the program to them. They
enthusiastically came on board and we now have a tremendous relationship
with both the teachers and the students!
I began by doing a presentation to the entire fourth grade
promoting the first book I would read,
Loser by Jerry Spinelli.
The students attend on a voluntary basis.
Out of 60 students, I have an average attendance of 15-20.
After Loser, we began The
Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I
try to choose titles that will be especially appealing to boys.
Why fourth grade? Because
that is the year that I start to lose them. Now I can promote upcoming
events, joke around with them and be a presence in their school lives.
For further information on this topic:
The Power of Reading
by Steven Krashen
Connecting Boys With Books:
What Libraries Can Do by Michael Sullivan.
Connecting Boys With Books 2:
Closing The Reading Gap by Michael Sullivan
Public Library staff organized two carnivals for participants in their
teen and children's reading programs. The ACUITY Cool Picks Summer Reading
Program for Teens, sponsored by ACUITY, and held at their headquarters,
provided a kick-off event for over one hundred teens. They played a
variety of games, including some super-sized games owned by ACUITY and did
Wii gaming. Another great partner, The GameBoard
store in Sheboygan, brought in a variety of fun board games and card games
that their volunteers showed the teens how to play.
According to Karin Menzer, Youth
Services Manager at Mead Public Library, "professional
staff and teen volunteers helped run the rest of the event".
Food was also served. It included walking tacos, ice cream
sundaes and soda refreshments. They were also able to give away
twenty $20 gift cards to Highland House and an iPod Nano.
The prizes and food were
purchased with donated funds from ACUITY. To view photos from the
event taken by the Sheboygan Press click here.
Although this was the fourth carnival held for teens
it was the first year Mead did a carnival for the younger reading club
members. Children needed to be registered for the reading or read-to-me
programs to attend, which meant a number of children were signed up that day.
Before entering the carnival the children received a golden ticket which
could be punched at each activity station. Stations included a variety of
games and crafts as well as face-painting and balloon animals. The last
stop was to receive a bag of cotton candy. Karin said, " It was a
hectic two hours but it all went quite well. Our attendance
was 491 people".
Children turned in their golden ticket at the end to
enter a drawing for a $20.00 pizza gift card or a “Summer Bag of Fun”
which included sidewalk chalk, a t-shirt, bubbles and more. They
used youth services staff, teen library pages and volunteers to run the
stations. They also hired Christine Wolf and Diana Baldry of Event
Entertainment LLC www.EventEntertainment4You.com
for the face painting and balloon animals. Karin was very
pleased with the outcome, "Everyone did a great job! It was a bit
hectic, but we will probably do it again next year. The kids really
next program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cedarburg Public
Library will be author and speaker John
Enright on "The Lighthouses of Ozaukee County". He will be
at the library on
Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. The program will be presented
by the Cedarburg Friends of the Library.
John Enright is a lighthouse historian, author, photographer, and former
cruising sailor. He is a Director and a Curator at North Point
Lighthouse in Milwaukee's Lake Park and has been a volunteer at the Port
Washington 1860 Lighthouse. He has spoken on lighthouses to more
than 1,000 persons over the past few years, including the Port Washington
Historical Society, the Tallahassee Florida Historical Society, UW-Green
Bay, Historic Milwaukee, several yacht clubs and the Door County
Lighthouse Festival. John is a regular contributor to The Beacon,
the quarterly of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers' Association. He
teaches grade school students on the Sailing Schooner, Denis Sullivan.
John is a member of five historical societies, a contributing author to
three societies including articles in the Ozaukee County Historical
Society's TimeLines on lighthouses. John has been a resident
of Cedarburg or Grafton area since 1972 and is a member of the Ozaukee
County Historical Society .
* The Pew Report on Libraries, patrons and e-books is available
by clicking here.
* Interesting article, Your
E-book is Reading You from the Wall Street Journal.
* Job Seekers Networking Group Meetings for July
Meetings are from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Sheboygan United Way
Building (lower level).
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Topic: Coping
With Job Loss
Guest Presenter: John Siminow (Rainbow Kids)
a) Discuss the feelings associated with job loss and the emotional
stages a person goes through
b) Learn positive tips and techniques to stay focused on the future
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Topic: Get Your
Job Application Noticed
Guest Presenter: Travis Knier (Rockline
a) Learn important tips for completing job applications
b) Discuss ways to attract positive attention to your application
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Topic: Use Age
to Your Advantage
Guest Presenter: Matt Kautzer (Consumer Credit
a) Discuss the advantages that experience provides in the job search
b) Discover how to highlight these advantages and how to sell yourself