Terika Koch comes to Frank L. Weyenberg library from
McMillan Library in Wisconsin Rapids where she worked as a Youth Services
Librarian. Prior to McMillan, she spent several years in Madison attending
UW-Madison's SLIS program and working at Madison Public Library.
Terika is ready to 'Make a Splash' as she got hired
at Weyenberg just in time for the Summer Reading Program! Terika is
interested to see how the Summer Reading Program works in a different
community and excited to experience Weyenberg's first Adult Summer Reading
Program as well. As Patron Services Manager in Mequon, she looks
forward to planning great library programming.
Terika enjoys photography, gardening, and walking --
but would like to add ukulele-playing to her list if anyone gives lessons!
She enjoys reading YA fiction, and can't wait for Mockingjay by
Suzanne Collins to come out in August! Terika recently relocated to West
Bend, where she lives with her husband Greg.
Darci Kraus, Cedar Grove Public Library
was my good fortune to be able to join a group of seven who I traveled
with to help finish a school and library in Ribe, Kenya.
The group members included Brydie Hill, who is the Director of
Project Kenya and our local contact on this mission.
We also had three MSOE students from Milwaukee along on this trip. McCoulter Easton, Ryan Barnett, and Jay Konkol, whose talents ranged from construction work to computer engineering.
David Howell, a professor and Servant Leadership Director for MSOE
also joined us. John and
Debbie Tucker from Colorado met up with us on this trip as well.
John works in construction and computers while Debbie has a
background in computer databases. Then
there is me, the token librarian along to help organize the books and get
the books into the hands of the children.
Overall, we made an excellent team that blended well together.
We were sent over to finish the electrical work, put in the windows
and doorways, to construct the railings and to help set up the computers
so that we were able to catalog books for the library.
I can safely say that we have made a good start on the library and
have finished the goals for the construction of the school.
The windows and doorways are up and the railings are in place.
day 1, I left through Chicago O’Hare at 4:30 p.m. and reached Amsterdam
roughly at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday February 27.
This is the start of day 2. I got into Nairobi around 8:30 p.m. on
Saturday night. From there we went to the local YMCA to get settled
in for the night. The next day, day 3, we left for Mombasa by bus. It
took us approximately 7 hours to get to Mombasa and then it was on to Ribe
by car. We got into Ribe around 6 p.m. where we met our host
families and settled in for the night. Ribe is situated near the
coast of the Indian Ocean and has a population of roughly 400 in a mostly
rural area. The school that we were working at accommodated roughly
740 students ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade. All
students wore school uniforms that consisted khaki pants or skirts with
green dress shirts. A typical class could range from 75 to 80
students. To teach these students there are a total of 14 teachers.
They are taught English and Swahili as the two main languages. So it
really wasn’t a problem making ourselves understood at any point in
time. The classrooms that they had been using have begun to fall
apart and simply cannot hold that many students and be effective.
This is where Project Kenya comes in. There were enough donations to
build a two-story school that would expand the class space as well as add
a computer lab and a larger library for the students. The computer
lab will be used mainly to teach the students how to type and learn
essential computer basics. Day 4-8 consisted of getting up at 6:30
a.m. and having breakfast at 7 a.m. By 8 a.m. I had to be at the
school to work. We received a break at 10:30 a.m. Our break
consisted of hot tea and chapatti. Chapatti is a tortilla like
shaped bread that is fried in oil. After our break we worked until 12:30 p.m. and then we
stopped for lunch. Our lunch hour lasted until 1:30 and we
would have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for those 5 days. We
would then go back to work until 5 p.m. During those hours that we
worked in the library, students would come up during their free time and
ask to look at the books. We had anywhere from 10 to 15 students
during their free time come over and look at the books we brought.
One boy grabbed the Kidnapped by
Robert Louis Stevenson and read the book for the whole free hour.
Well, as much as he could get done within that period of time. I had
a girl named Margaret reading the Bernstein Bears to younger children in
another corner. They love books and could definitely use more.
We even had the teachers excited with some of the selections that were
given. One teacher said that he loved science fiction and even a
little fantasy. It was fortunate that in one of the bags we had
brought over we had a few copies of Star Wars.
these 5 days, Debbie and I had gotten the computers sorted out and had
cataloged over 500 books. It was a little different getting used to
their system of cataloging books. We
worked only with the fiction books that we had brought over and assigned
them a code. An example that I can give would be for the book Stacey’s Movie by Ann M. Martin
(Babysitters Club): Ribe/fic/BSC/SM/001.
The “BSC” would stand for the Babysitters Club and “SM”
would stand for Stacey’s Movie.
Lesley Stahl, on the right, one of the missionaries in Ribe.
She taught English and helped to show us how to organize the
I happened to have a second copy I would just add a “002” and the
second entry would look like this: Ribe/fic/BSC/SM/002.
Each book was different when we looked at them individually.
I couldn’t always use just the first letter of the title and
sometimes I would take the first 3 letters from each word within that
title excluding the initial articles.
We wouldn’t want a book down the road to have the same code and
tried to take that into account when assigning one.
We then added them to an Excel database the title, author, publisher,
publication date, ISBN, and cataloged code for the books so that
eventually the students would be able to check these out.
Along with books, we sent along checkout cards and pockets for just
this situation. Overall, I am
pleased with what we accomplished within those five days in Ribe.
They have a good foundation to build on for their library.
As a collective whole, our libraries in ESLS and the libraries in
the wider Wisconsin network have managed to send over 40 boxes of books to
Ribe, Kenya. The books will
be taken to Ribe first and also divided with another school that Project
Kenya is in the process of helping.
feel fortunate that I was able to join the group in Kenya and visit the
places that we did. It was an eye opener for me on how
another family lived and worked outside my sheltered life in the U.S. and
gives me a new appreciation for what we have.
I would definitely like to go back and would encourage others to go.
Further information can be found at the Project Kenya website located
Lynn Mihm, Children's Services at the Sheboygan Falls Memorial Library
The March Booklist Magazine highlighted "the environment". This
got me thinking what we can do to "go green" at the library and
emphasize the environment to our young readers, especially with the theme
we have this summer.
We can start by saving the summer reading manuals,
since we seem to repeat the theme every ten years.
I have "Summer Splash" from 1988, "Make Waves!
Read" from 1998 and now we have "Make a Splash-Read" from
2010. Many of the ideas were
repeated, but the best part was that I actually saved some of the
decorations from those years. For me this is a very easy year.
There is a downside to all of this.
One needs a place to store these things, so I am lucky to have my
own closet at the library.
We always have a new batch of children, so we can
still use some of our favorite old stories like, "Harry by the Sea,",
"To Bathe a Boa", "Five
Minutes' Peace", "Swimmy", "Sand Cake"
and "A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog."
One of the new books reviewed in Booklist was,
in Water: Messages of Hope for Earth's
Most Precious Resource.
I was happy to see that the manual and some of the programs
emphasized subjects like invasive plant species, invasive fish species
like the carp, and catch and release fishing. It also promoted the use of steel water bottles instead of
plastic bottles so we do not see plastic floating in our lakes and rivers
and filling our landfills.
We should all be doing our part to save precious
Trixine Tahtinen, Director of the Oostburg Public Library
While visiting the library recently, you may have noticed our newest
The library was able to install these doors after receiving the Library
Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant ($3,000) for Special Needs, which
the Eastern Shores Library System applied for on the library’s behalf.
Because the grant did not cover the entire cost of the door
installation, the Friends of the Library are graciously paying the
remainder of the cost, $1,250.
The installation of these doors brings the library into compliance with
the American Disabilities Act by providing powered doors for easy access
by disabled persons.
Sheboygan Falls Glass installed the equipment.
On Wednesday, May 5 the Ozaukee County Board acted on
the Proposed County Library Plan for 2011-2015. The Board
amended the proposed plan by removing the recommended reimbursement level
for libraries and replaced it with the current method where some libraries
will be reimbursed at 70% and other libraries at the 85% level. Thus
the reimbursement method in Ozaukee County will remain the same as it is
currently. The amendment also allowed Ozaukee County to hold the
Bookmobile Vehicle Reserve Fund rather than turning those funds over to
Eastern Shores Library System. A few supervisors spoke about the plan and
proposed amendment. There was no objection to the Bookmobile funding
method or the funding method to add bookmobile stops.
The amendment was passed by a vote of 23-5. Those not in support of
the amendment were from Grafton, Cedarburg, and Saukville. The
amended plan was passed by a vote of 24-4. Supervisors from Grafton
and Cedarburg voted no.
Besides Eastern Shores Library System Director David Weinhold, representatives
from Saukville, Random Lake, Port Washington, and Cedarburg libraries were
present at the meeting.
The Sheboygan County Executive Committee met to begin consideration of
the Joint County Library Service Plan for 2011-2015 on Tuesday, May 25.
David Weinhold, ESLS Director, presented highlights of the report and
answered questions. He also provided information on Ozaukee County's
amendment to the plan.
The Sheboygan County Executive Committee approved an amendment to the plan
which would reimburse Ozaukee County libraries which serve Sheboygan
County non-libraried residents at the same rate that Ozaukee County
reimburses those libraries. Director Weinhold believes this would
mean that the five Ozaukee County libraries would be reimbursed at either
70% or 85% for their service to Sheboygan County non-libraried residents.
Sheboygan County libraries would be reimbursed according to the plan which
is 90% for 2011 and 2012, 91% in 2013, 92% in 2014, and 93% in 2015.
The amended plan is being referred to a joint meeting of the Sheboygan
County Executive and Finance Committees before it is being considered by
the full Sheboygan County Board. Director Weinhold believes that the
plan will be ready for consideration at the July Sheboygan County Board
If you are an unpublished author, the
Cheerios® New Author Contest is waiting to hear from you.
Grand prize winners will receive
$5000 and a chance for publication. Two First Runner-up prizes of $1000
each will also be awarded. Their
stories will be published at www.SpoonfulsofStories.com.
must be a legal United States resident, 18 years old and older and living
in the United States to enter the contest.
rules require that the story be no more than 500 words in length and
geared to children ages 3-8 years. The
story can be written in English or Spanish.
Official contest rules can be found at http://www.spoonfulsofstoriescontest.com/rules/.
All entries must be received by July 15, 2010. An entry form can be found at http://www.spoonfulsofstoriescontest.com/.
The 2008 contest
winner was Lori Degman who wrote 1 Zany Zoo.
Her book was published
and is available in specially-marked boxes of Cheerios. Laurie Isop won
the 2009 Grand Prize. Her
book, How Do You Hug a Porcupine? is being published by Simon
& Schuster and will be available in Cheerios boxes in 2011.
It can be read at www.SpoonfulsofStories.com.
Winners of the 2010 contest will be notified in October.
Contest results will be posted on the Internet at www.spoonfulsofstories.com
in March, 2011.
Kohler Company is looking for a corporate librarian. EDUCATION
REQUIRED: M.L.S. from ALA-accredited library science program and
three or more years experience working in a corporate or special library
preferred. For more information visit the ALA
The Lakeview Community Library is located in Random Lake. It is a joint community library supported by the Village of
Adell, the Village of Random Lake, The Town of Scott and the Town of
Sherman. The library serves a
population of over 5,000 and is a member of the Eastern Shores Library
System with participation in EasiCat, a shared automation catalog and
delivery system that includes 14 libraries in Ozaukee and Sheboygan
counties. Lakeview Community
Library has a high benchmark for customer service.
The Lakeview Community Library is in need of two service-oriented
individuals with strong work ethics, computer skills, and a love of books
to serve as a part-time circulation library aide and a children’s
services/circulation aide. Duties
will primarily include circulation, reader’s
advisory, ready reference and general library operations.
Flexibility to work some evenings and Saturday hours is required.
Each position is for 20 hours a week.
Resume and cover letter should accompany application.
Printable position details and employment applications can be found
on the library’s
website or picked up at the Lakeview Community Library, 112 Butler
Street, Random Lake WI. Applications
need to be returned to the library in person. Positions will be open until
Direct, May 5, 2010
The results of a recent national survey by the University of Washington on
how people use library computers have been released. One of the study's
finding is that 40 percent of computer users at the D.C. Public Library
use the computers to research and apply for jobs and 20 percent of them
report that they found jobs as a result. To read more about the results go
* Chilifresh is now available to the public on
EasiCat. Librarians will be rotating the responsibility of
moderating the comments. David Nimmer, Director of the W. J.
Niederkorn Library in Port Washington volunteered his library as first to
do the main EasiCat reviews. Jen Gerber at Saukville's Oscar Grady Public
Library will follow. Chilifresh is not limited to books. You
can also review for DVD's and CD's. To review an item first find it
in EasiCat and then click on the Write
a review or # of reviews on the left hand side of the screen
and follow the simple directions to write your own.
* It's almost time to start thinking about
local budgets for 2011. Check out the Retiring Guy's Digest, by Paul
Everett Nelson, for his Ten
Easy to do Political Campaign Activities.
* The Outreach Services Round
Table (OSRT) is now accepting applications for the Frances de
Usabel Outreach Services Award. This $500 award is presented
annually at the WLA Conference to a “library or librarian who has
provided exemplary library outreach services to underserved
The award is named in honor of the former Special Needs Consultant for the
Wisconsin Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning,
Frances de Usabel.
worked diligently and successfully to advance outreach services in
public libraries for many years. Public, academic, school or special
libraries and librarians are all eligible and encouraged to apply for this
award. The application
is due Thursday, July 1.
nominate a person or library for the 2010 Frances de Usabel Outreach
Services Award, please submit the application
to Jamie Matczak at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Thursday, July 1. Self-nominations
are welcome. For questions about
this award, please contact Jamie Matczak at email@example.com
The 2010 Children's Choice Book Awards have been announced! The
winners of the third annual Children's Choice Book Awards have been chosen
by children across the country who voted for their favorite books. Visit
the web site to see the winners.
* Visit the Sheboygan
Children's Book Festival web site and get involved in the events
October 15 - 17, 2010!
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