Welcome to two new Eastern Shores Library System
Board members: Stephen J. Ruggieri of Cedarburg and Harry E. Rollings of
Grafton. Both these new ESLS Board members also serve on their
respective community library boards.
Mr. Ruggieri has been on the Cedarburg Library Board since 2001 and has
been serving as Vice President since January 2010. His is also on
the Cedarburg Friends of the Library Board. Mr. Ruggieri moved to
Cedarburg in 1979. He delivered mail for the United States
Postal Service in Cedarburg for 30 years. Now that he is retired, he
works 20 hours a week for Family Sharing of Ozaukee County as a truck
driver/handyman. Steve lives in Cedarburg with his wife Pam and has
two adult children. He enjoys gardening, reading, photography,
tennis, downhill skiing and scuba diving. Mr. Ruggieri, " would
like to have the opportunity to represent the City of Cedarburg, and the
specific interests of the Cedarburg Library. I would like to have a
chance to add my thoughts to the decision making process that concerns
libraries in our county".
Mr. Rollings is a retired professor from MSOE and Marquette where he
taught Organizational Psychology and other courses. He currently
does independent management consulting. He holds a Ph.D.
degree from Tulane University in Experimental Psychology (Cognitive
Processes and Neurobiology). He also taught English Literature and
Advanced Composition in high school for two years. When asked why he
would like to serve on the ESLS Board he responded: "I believe
that I can make a contribution to something which I believe in strongly.
It would be a challenge and an opportunity for me to learn and serve. I
believe that public libraries are a very important part of any community.
They are a center for information distribution, learning, and exploration.
Their role as an alternative activity for all citizens, including teens,
cannot be overemphasized. The services libraries provide must increasingly
be sold to the taxpayers so that their support will not diminish but
Thank you to two outgoing members: Thomas Hudson of
Port Washington and Joann Wiesner from Saukville. Mr. Hudson decided
to retire at the end of his 2010 term. Mr. Hudson served one term on
the ESLS Library Board, 2008 - 2010. He was an excellent Treasurer and
Chair of the Budget Committee.
Joann Wiesner is currently serving as President of
Oscar Grady Public Library and is a former high school librarian.
She has served on the Oscar Grady Library Board over 20 years and has been
a member of the community for 33 years. In 2009, Joann received the
Government Achievement Award from the Saukville Chamber of Commerce for
" her service on the library board as well as in the community."
Joann served on the ESLS Board since 1998 and as a member of the personnel
committee was an advocate for system employees . Joann was also a
representative to the Wisconsin Libraries Trustees and Friends division
The System Library Board is looking for an individual
currently serving on a public library board in Sheboygan County to
concurrently serve on the ESLS Board. The position would be filled from
February 2011 to December 2013. In 2008, the ESLS Board changed from
monthly meetings to meeting seven times a year: January, February, April,
July, August, September and November. The person would need to be
confirmed by the Sheboygan County Board of Supervisors. If you have
any questions or concerns please contact System Director David Weinhold at
920/208-4900 ext 312.
Trixine Tahtinen, Director of the Oostburg Public Library
Since the "Children's Corner" of the
Oostburg Public Library has been my world for more than 24 years now
(wow-time files!) I find myself introducing children to some of my old
favorites every year as well as the new ones I discover each year to add
to my list of favorites.
Just as I read Little Women each year myself,
every year I make sure to read my favorites at preschool story times and
class visits. You might not know about some of these books so I am taking
this opportunity to let you know about them too. Every year I read
the Camel Who Took a Walk by Jack Tworkow to the first graders. I
usually team this book up with a story involving a young boy taking seven
camels across the desert only to think he has lost one since he isn't
counting the one he is riding on. I ran across this version of that
dilemma years ago and it is especially fun to have some of the kids come
up and act it out as I tell it.
Another fun story to tell and have the kids act out
as I read it is Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. I use Eric
Kimmel's version of the story. For second graders I love to read
Robert Munsch's The Paperbag Princess and I Gotta Go but I
leave the "P" word out when reading aloud. I also used to
read Minnie and Moo and the Thanksgiving Tree to them but now the
second grade teachers have been using all the Minnie and Moo books in
Here comes Zelda Claus by Lynn Hall is a fun
one since each chapter covers a different holiday. This is good for
third or fourth graders as is a few chapters in Boy by Roald
Dahl. I especially like to read the chapters about the sweet shop
and the mouse. They have that ewww factor.
Other favorite picture books: Bubba and Trixie (and
not just because my name is in it), Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree
(the reissued one is more colorful), The Animal, Who Put the
Pepper in the Pot, Rabbit's New Rug, Arnie the Doughnut,
The Boy Who Fooled the Giant, Chrysanthemum, Bread and
Jam for Frances, (she's a badger), Parts, More Parts, Wolf's
Chicken Stew, Piggie Pie, I Stink, Katy No Pocket,
The Mitten, What Did Mommy do Before You, Laney's Lost
Momma and Sam and the Tigers.
Of course this is only a partial list of what I share
with the children but these are the ones I incorporate every year.
In 2010, for the first time in ESLS history, the delivery
service transported over one million items, to all public libraries,
Lakeland College and the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institute in Eastern
Shores Library System. The delivery service does a sample count
three times a year to estimate the number of materials delivered from
libraries during the year. The drivers count the number of items in
each bin that leaves each library for a week in Spring, Summer, and Fall.
This year the estimated number of items is 1,036,152. This is more
than a four
per cent increase over last year's number of 994,735. For a
complete chart of the delivery service statistics since 1983, click here.
For the delivery statistics for 2010 click here.
Our thanks to the delivery drivers: William St.
Pierre, Jerry Petzold and Carrie Hellestad.
For 2011 the Director of the Saukville Public Library, Jen Gerber, will
be the Technical Advisory Representative (TAC) to the ESLS Board of
Trustees. Jen became the Director of the library on January 6,
2010. Previous to this position she had been employed at the F. L.
Weyenberg Library in Mequon as Patron Services Manager and at the U. S .S.
Liberty Memorial Public Library in Grafton in the circulation department.
The TAC representative acts as an advisory member of the System
Board. The TAC rep reports on the TAC meetings and the SLAC (Shared
Automation Library Committee) meetings at regular meetings of the ESLS
board. This position has have no voting rights on the System Board but may
be called upon by the Board to report on Library System services.
The TAC rep serves on the Budget Committee where they can vote in committee on
budget recommendations. The TAC rep also reports on the Board
meetings at the TAC meetings.
W. J. Niederkorn Library in Port Washington is
participating in the Auto-Graphics Inter-System Sharing Initiative (ISSI).
They joined shortly after the first e-mail was sent inviting
libraries to join. Nina Ryer said this is their second month
participating and they have sent about three items and received at least
two. This initiative allows for trading directly with other states
using the AGent software. This effort helps speed up the processing of
requests (if WISCAT cannot fill the request within Wisconsin). It is
entirely up to an individual library to choose to become a participant. According
to Nina, "The postage is the only disadvantage that the library will
notice, and the patrons sometimes get items faster in the mail than the
statewide van service."
Contact Nina Ryer at email@example.com
if you have more questions about how ISSI is working at Port Washington.
you are interested in joining, want to try it for a 6 month trial period, or
simply want to know more, contact Vickie Long at Vickie.Long@dpi.wi.gov.
Mead Public Library in Sheboygan recently set up an OverDrive Download
Station. The OverDrive Download Stations (ODS) allow a library to turn
an existing public PC into a self-service download kiosk for the Digital
Download Center. This allows a patron to connect his/her device to the
computer with the ODS software whereupon the computer will immediately
recognize the patron's device and present titles that are compatible with
the device. According to Deb Voss, Adult Services Manager, "The
station will not be available for public use until staff has been
trained, which may take several weeks." The staff is unsure if
the station allows for tracking of usage at the library.
The Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville has been serving non-libraried
residents of Washington County without reimbursement for services rendered
in 2008. However, according to a letter sent by Library Board President, David J. Hase
to the Washington County Library Services Board, the Washington County Clerk
and the Washington County Attorney, if the obligation if not paid by February 1, 2011
“Weyenberg will have no choice but to deny future services” to the
non-libraried residents of that county.
The amount in question is $2,170.35 which should have been paid in
The letter states that the 2008 request for
reimbursement was sent to the Washington County Clerk on May 26, 2009, well
in advance of the July 1, 2009 deadline . However, the request was lost and
therefore not processed for payment by the county Clerk who was alerted of
the nonpayment in July 2010.
According to the certified letter, the Weyenberg
Library Board of Trustees “reluctantly… has concluded that if Washington
County persists in its refusal to pay this obligation, Weyenberg will have
no choice but to deny future services”.
As of January 31, 2011 no payment has been made. This matter does not
affect Weyenberg's service to libraried residents of Washington County.
On Friday, March 11 at the Eastern Shores System offices the Spring
Youth Services meeting will be held. The Summer Library Program will
be the main focus of the discussion but other concerns can also be
addressed. Paula Siefert will be sending out more information about
this upcoming meeting.
The CCBC will be at the F. L. Weyenberg Library in Mequon on April 13 from
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The CCBC librarians will talk about great new
books for children and great new books for teens, highlighting
selected books from CCBC Choices 2011. Books included in the CCBC
Choices 2011 will be available for hands-on book examination.
For registration information, contact Paula
of Eastern Shores Library System.
workshop with Gadget
Box #1 from the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium will be planned for
the middle of April. The Gadget box contains a: Canon Power
Shot digital camera, card reader, memory cards and USB flash drives,
Creative MuVo mp3 player, Creative Zen Video mp3 player, Flip Video
camera, Garmin ETrex GPS unit, iPad, iPod Nano, iPod Touch, Kindle, Kindle
3G, Netbook, Nook, Palm, PlayStation Portable and Webcam.
Look for more information coming soon or contact Paula Siefert at
920/208-4900 ext 310 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Darci Kraus of the Cedar Grove Public Library is once
again traveling to Africa to help build a school library. This time
Darci will be in a different region, near Migori from February 24 -March 7.
Darci and her group would be glad to take donated children's books. Grades
K-8th will be the target audiences for donated material. Chapter
books are especially welcome. School supplies such as crayons, pens,
pencils and markers are also needed.
Participate in the Money Smart Week webinar on February 2
from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. by registering here.