The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 29 Number 2 February 2009
Thirty Years of Service, 1979-2009
Click here for the Winter 2009 Bookmobile Schedule
At the February 4 meeting of the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors the following residents were approved to be representatives on the Joint Library Planning Committee:
Mary Becker (Port
Washington) - Resident at Large
Sonia Lear (Saukville)-
Public Library Board Member
(Mequon)- County Board Member from a Libraried Community
(Fredonia)- County Board Member from a Non-Libraried Community
Amy Rachuba (Belgium)- Eastern Shores Library System Board Member
These members will join the five individuals representing Sheboygan County to form the Joint Library Planning Committee. This is the first time for a joint committee. The joint committee idea can from the current Sheboygan County plan.
Linda Pierschalla, Director of Oscar Grady Public Library, Saukville
As the year 2009 begins, so does my term as Chair of the WI Association of Public Libraries (WAPL). I had a crash course last year as Chair-Elect and served under Rhonda Puntney the 2008 Chair. Rhonda somewhat encouraged me to run for the position so I threw my hat into the ring thinking I may have a shot at it but wasn’t going to hold my breath. After all, I have PLENTY of other things to do! So, of course, I ended up winning the election and now have a whole extra set of duties to add to my list. However, I can’t complain because being involved in WAPL and WLA has really opened up my network of colleagues and friends, which has been the best part. I can now travel almost anywhere in the state and know someone at the local public library, which is very cool.
Our first WAPL Board meeting will be the evening before Library Legislation Day in early February. There are 6 other people serving on the Board with me and our main focus is planning for the WAPL conference in May which will be at the beautiful new Glacier Canyon Lodge Convention Center which is part of the Wilderness Resort in the Dells. There is a large amount of volunteer work and planning that goes into a conference and one of my responsibilities is to select the luncheon speakers. After some discussion about the big flood in the Dells this past spring and the loss of so much that was of both historical and personal importance, we created the theme for the conference to be “Saving Our Stories”. The theme helps with the selection of the speakers and programs that are offered. I am particularly excited about our Thursday luncheon speakers, John and Lisa Ivanko. The couple and their young son live and operate a farm and bed and breakfast called “Inn Serendipity” located outside Monroe, WI. Everything on their farm is organic and their way of living is sustainable, in other words, everything is used for a purpose and nothing goes to waste. They are both prolific authors and have published books on the green movement in WI and also tour on the speakers circuit throughout the country. They have a great story to tell and I think the conference attendees will enjoy them.
The other responsibilities of WAPL Chair include promoting the vision, mission, and goals of the WI Library Association (WLA). This includes creating public awareness that libraries are a vital part of the community as information resource centers that reach out beyond their books and brick walls by providing needed service from free Internet access for job searching to checking out the latest DVD or CD for entertainment. Story times to senior programs can be found at many local public libraries and WAPL helps support this mission by providing informational programs at the spring annual conference
If you have any comments about the state of public libraries to pass along to me as WAPL Chair I'd be happy to take them, and I hope to see you at the WAPL conference in May in the Dells!
Contact Linda Pierschalla at email@example.com and for more information about the Conference go to: http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/wapl/conferences/2009/index.htm .
Children's Librarians Corner
Karin Menzer, Mead Public Library
Recently libraries have begun to focus more attention
on services to teens. The Adolescent Literacy Initiative for Public
Libraries is promoting a wealth of training opportunities around the state
this year. We will be fortunate to host the Eastern Shores Library System
training with Dr. Winnie Huebsch at Mead on Friday, April 24 from 9:00 –
Another resource for information about teens and teen
development is the Search Institute. The Search Institute, whose mission
is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy
children, youth, and communities, has identified a list of building blocks
to healthy teen development. They work with community leaders, educators,
youth-serving organizations and others to promote practical steps to
positively impact youth. The framework of their approach is based on years
of research and is known as the “40 Developmental Assets for
Developmental assets are defined as positive
experiences, opportunities and personal qualities that adolescents need to
be responsible, successful and caring. The more assets adolescents have in
their lives, the less likely they will be to take part in high risk
behaviors, such as drug or alcohol abuse, etc. and the more likely they
will be to engage in positive activities.
The assets are grouped into eight categories: support, empowerment, boundaries & expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies and positive identity. The complete list of the 40 assets can be found at http://www.search-institute.org/assets/forty.htm .
A study in Sheboygan County completed by the Sheboygan Area United Way discovered that the average young person surveyed experienced only 18 of the 40 assets, that older youth have lower averages than younger youth, and that boys experience fewer assets than girls. A more complete look at the findings can be found at the following Sheboygan Area United Way web site http://www.sauw.org/pdf/Healthy.pdf .
Serving the youth in our communities is an important
role for libraries and we can utilize the 40 assets approach to improve
our services to teens. In fact, Patrick Jones, in his book New
Directions for Library Service to Young Adults (ALA, 2002) includes
information about the 40 assets program. He suggests that libraries
develop and manage services based on the Search Institute’s
developmental assets model to demonstrate support for positive youth
When looking at the list of 40 assets, some of them
seem very well suited to library services. The most obvious, “reading
for pleasure,” is an asset we promote daily. Other assets include
“youth programs” and “creative activities,” and again it is easy
to see ways for a library to provide these opportunities. Libraries can
also provide the opportunity for “service to others” if we allow teens
to volunteer at the library. Libraries that give young adults the chance
to serve on a teen advisory group or a Junior Friends of the Library
organization are developing opportunities for “responsibility” and
“planning and decision making.”
Perhaps one of the most important assets a library can offer the adolescents in the community is under the category of empowerment. By providing collections, programs and services specifically for teens and making them welcome in the library we are showing that we value the youth of our community.
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ESLS had added two kits to its circulating
collection. Requests for
these kits are to be made through local public libraries interlibrary loan
Favorite Things is a collection of books about
the favorite things in a child’s life.
The kit includes 12 favorite toys for kids to enjoy as well.
Suggested reading, storytime hints, programming ideas and learning
activities, reprinted from The Early Learning Initiative for Wisconsin
Public Libraries by Barbara Huntington, are also included in the kit.
The kit is geared to children ages 6 months – 8 years.
The Dairy Industry, Agricultural Resource Tub, is a gift from the Sheboygan Farm Bureau. Unlike most of the kits in the collection, this kit is appropriate to students from Kindergarten – 12th grade. In addition to books, DVDs and videos about the dairy industry the kit includes useful, hands-on educational materials to help educate children about the importance of Wisconsin’s Agriculture.
It was reported in the Fall, 2008 edition of Literacy
Matters, the newsletter for Wisconsin Literacy, Inc., that 24 of the
49 literacy providers have a waiting list of learners and that there are
currently 662 learners on the waiting list.
While that may be the case throughout the state, literacy providers
within ESLS report that they are meeting the demand in Ozaukee and
The Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County provides
free Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language
(ELL) classes for adults. The
Center has 40 volunteer tutors who devote a total of 130 hours a month to
teaching. They currently serve 4 ABE students and 19 ELL students.
The Center collaborates with the libraries in Ozaukee County to set
up meeting times for students and teachers.
At this time they do not have a waiting list for learners.
The Literacy Council Project of the Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County is also a volunteer-based organization. Each of the 40 tutors spends an average of 8 hours per month with students, in addition to the preparation time spend before the session. Students and tutors arrange tutoring times to suit the individual’s schedule. The Coucnil has 45 active students in the one-on-one Adult Tutoring program. 25-30% of the students are in the basic literacy program. ELL students make up 70-75%. In addition, the tutors also provide tutoring support to students at Lakeshore Technical College, the Sheboygan County Detention Center and to the Sheboygan Family Literacy program’s adult literacy classes (formerly Even Start). The Literacy Council’s Partners in Reading program has approximately 85 volunteers who provide reading support to elementary school students in Sheboygan County.
For more information on literacy in our area visit the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). A report containing estimates on the percentage of adults—for all states and counties in the U.S.—who lack basic prose literacy skills is available.
NCES gathered data from the 2003
National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), a nationally
representative sample of more than 19,000 Americans age 16 and older, and
the 2000 Census,
which provided "predictor variables" such as education and
* Check out these websites and blogs for information concerning the Consumer Product Safety Act passed by Congress imposing strict limits on the amount of lead permitted in anything intended for use by children aged 12 and under, including books. Prior to 1985, many books were printed with inks and paints that used lead pigments. A one-year stay of enforcement on having to test for lead in books geared to youngsters under the age of 12 is in place until February 10, 2010.
The ALA website: http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/currentnews/newsarchive/2009/January2009/leadlawstayed.cfm the Consumer Product Safety Commission letter of February 3, 2009: http://www.cpsc.gov/PR/Moore020309.pdf . What the Morton-James Public Library of Nebraska City, NE is doing : http://www.ncnewspress.com/articles/2009/02/20/news/doc499ed094480fd323904423.txt and an interesting take from Daniel Kalder at :http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/feb/20/kalder-childrens-books-lead-panic .
* ALA Newsletter
A product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Rural Initiative, the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) http://www.raconline.org/about/ was established in December 2002 as a rural health and human services "information portal." RAC helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.
* Alison Ross, Cataloging Librarian for Eastern Shores Library System, is vice-chair/chair elect of WLA's Technical Services Section. She will serve as vice-chair in 2009 and as chair in 2010.
* It's coming. Check out the DPI's 2009 Wisconsin Summer Library Program website at: http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/slp.html and the Collaborative Summer Reading Program site for information on copyright use http://www.cslpreads.org/ and other valuable information.
Don't miss your chance for valuable idea sharing at the Youth Services Meeting on Friday, February 27 at the ESLS offices.
* The CCBC Choices 2009 is coming. It will be available on March 7, 2009. The booklet includes annotations for each of the 248 books that have been chosen. You can view the list of items at: http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/ccbc%20choices%202009%20citations.pdf
* Check the following website for information on provisions of the Recovery Bill for particular relevance to libraries: http://www.ala.org/knowyourstimulus . The site also includes a state-by-state breakdown of relevant funding and other material for use in state-level advocacy.
* Stories about increased library use at local libraries has appeared in The Sheboygan Press and The Ozaukee Press. Comparing January 2008 to this year, there is almost a 6000 circulation increase with the communities of Plymouth, Sheboygan, Cedarburg, Grafton, and Mequon-Thiensville seeing the largest increases. Unfortunately, these numbers do not reflect increased internet usage and other types of in-house services.
* Linda Pierschalla (right) and David Weinhold (left) met with
Senator Glenn Grothman in the State Capitol at the Wisconsin Library
Association's Library Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 3 to review
library related legislative issues. Pierschalla spoke about the use of the Oscar Grady Library by citizens who
are unemployed or underemployed. She stated that bandwidth for
Internet access is a critical part of the library's service.
Weinhold spoke to the Senator about the value of the statewide delivery
service to public libraries and public library systems. Both of
these items are part of the Wisconsin Library Association's 2009
Legislative Agenda. The agenda can be found at http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/legis/priorities.htm
It includes links to background papers on many of the issues.