Face on the Van:
Dan Van Straten, the Tuesday-Thursday van driver has retired. Replacing him
is John Linnemanstons. He is a retiree and was previously employed as a bus
driver for Johnson Bus Service in Kewaskum. He lives outside of Cascade. Welcome
to Eastern Shores, John!
Both John and Larry Baldock, the Monday, Wednesday, Friday driver, will continue
to be busy moving materials among the 13 public libraries in Sheboygan and
Ozaukee Counties, the bookmobile, Lakeland College, and KMCI. The count for the
first quarter of 2004 showed that the van delivered over 188,000 items during
that time, an increase of almost 10% over 2003.
The Sheboygan County Board recently appointed Sara Filemyr and Howard Hoppe
to the Library System Board to fill the two vacancies. Sara is a member of the
Lakeview Community Library Board in Random Lake. She fills the participating
member library board position. She will serve a three year term. Howard is a
resident of the Town of Sheboygan. He is a retiree and previously worked for
Land O'Lakes in the Computer Information Systems area. He fills the member at
large for a non-libraried area position and will serve a three year term.
Staff At ESLS Libraries:
Recent retirements at Eastern Shores Libraries have resulted in several new
faces at three member libraries.
At Cedarburg, Lisa Ladd began her duties as the Head of Circulation in April.
She replaced Nancy Stecker. Lisa, a graduate of UW-Milwaukee, is responsible for
coordinating all activities at the circulation desk and also interlibrary loan.
She was previously employed in the circulation department at the Weyenburg
Library of Mequon-Thiensville. She is enjoying her new position and has found
everyone there to be very friendly and helpful.
Susie Draeger-Anderson is the new Children's Librarian at the Niederkorn Library
in Port Washington. Her predecessor, Corie Gessler, retired earlier this year.
Susie moved to the area from Dayton, Ohio, where she was a children's librarian
in the Dayton Metro Library System. Prior to that, she was a children's
entertainer. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and has
studied children's theater and creative drama at the University of Minnesota at
Minneapolis. Currently, she is a library school student at UW-Milwaukee.
Cedar Grove Public Library has a new director. Diana Nett retired after 29 years
at that library. Taking over is Connie Acker, a staff member in the children's
area there for the past 11 years. Connie is a native of Indiana who graduated
from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Connie's husband Clay is the
elementary principal at the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District. They have four
children. Connie is also a brand new grandmother!
We congratulate these staff member on their new positions and look forward to
working with them. We also thank the retirees for their years of service to the
public libraries and wish them well in their retirement.
Two new genealogy databases are available at the Cedarburg Public Library and
the F.L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville. Cedarburg purchased the
AncestryPlus database, which contains U.S. Federal Census records through 1930,
as well as information from passenger and immigration lists on over 2.8 million
passengers who arrived in America during the 17th - 19th centuries. Weyenberg
purchased the HeritageQuest database. In addition to U.S. Federal Census
records, it contains over 25,000 family and local history books. Customers can
also search full text obituaries, Revolutionary War Pension, and Freedman's Bank
Records on this database.
Both databases continue to add collections to help with genealogy searching.
They offer online guides for researchers and easy access that includes a search
by name option. They also allow for image zooming and printing of material.
Since these communities are so close to each other, the purchases are an example
of cooperative collection management principles that enhance and enrich
collections for the betterment of all library customers.
The Ozaukee County Library Planning Committee continues to meet to examine
issues about countywide library service. A final recommendation is due to the
Ozaukee County Board by the end of the year.
At its April meeting, the committee reviewed the county library district
concept. Members agreed that this concept is an idea that is not mature enough
for consideration at this time. They voted to refer the county public library
district concept to the next county library planning committee.
Creating joint libraries from the non-libraried areas of the county was on the
May agenda. Members learned how joint libraries are organized and what the
statutory requirements are for creating a joint library. The voted to refer this
concept to the next county library planning committee also. At this meeting the
committee also voted to not accept the LSTA grant to study the county library
district concept in Ozaukee County.
The Sheboygan County Library Planning Committee is expected to be appointed at
the June meeting of the County Board.
Using funds from this year's LSTA grant, Eastern Shores offered a 20-hour
conversational Spanish class to member library staff. The instructor, Enid
Swingen, was hired through the local Literacy Council. At the first session, she
surveyed the class as to what they hoped to learn. The responses indicated that
staff wanted to learn how to greet Spanish-speaking customers in their native
language, how to offer help and assistance, how to direct them to appropriate
areas and resources, how to have them complete an application card, and how to
deal with emergencies such as a lost child, fire, etc.
Class members were introduced to grammar, pronunciation, and the Spanish
culture. A lot of time was spent practicing key phrases that are used regularly
in libraries. They also learned the words for common library terms, such as call
number, dictionary, shelf, and, of course, la computadora. During one session,
Enid brought in some souvenirs from some of her trips to Mexico with her high
school students. Also, Mirta Cabrera, executive director of the Literacy Council
was invited to do a presentation on her home country of Uruguay.
Library staff members who attended were: Connie Acker and Gloria Dolfin from
Cedar Grove; Penny Brost, Lisa Strohschoen, Deb Voss, Sharon Winkle, and Grace
Zangara from Sheboygan; Lori Ebbert and Judy Jones from Grafton; Darla Jean
Kraus from Random Lake; Allison Markus from Sheboygan Falls; Rachel Stoyke and
Martha Suhfras from Plymouth; Colleen Swart and Trix Tahtinen from Oostburg; and
grant administrator Ann Krueger from Eastern Shores.
WLA has announced the 2004 winners of the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla and Notable
Author for Youth awards.
The Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla award is awarded each year to a Wisconsin author or
illustrator for distinguished achievement in children's literature.
The award went to Kathleen Krull for Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Available in Spanish: Cosechando esperanza: la
historia de Cesar Chavez, translated by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada).
Honor books are: "Colibri," by Ann Cameron; "George Washington's
Teeth," illustrated by Brock Cole, written by Deborah Chandra and Madeline
Comora; "Sweetblood," by Pete Hautman; and "Olive's Ocean,"
by Kevin Henkes.
The Notable Author honors Wisconsin authors, past and present, for their
The 2004 Notable Author for Youth is Marion Dane Bauer.
Kodak has announced that they will stop making slide projectors in June of this
year. According to the latest issue of the Bi-Folkal Times the newsletter put
out by the folks who produce our Bi-Folkal kits, slides are still best. Bi-Folkal
suggests that those who want to purchase a slide projector might want to look on
eBay. Bi-Folkal is looking at seeking grant funds to transfer their slide/tape
programs to DVD.
Eastern Shores owns 19 Bi-Folkal kits for loan to those who work with older
adults or for those who do intergenerational programming. Kits are borrowed
through interlibrary loan through any of the public libraries or the bookmobile.
See www.esls.lib.wi.us/kits/bifolkal/bifolkal%20list.html for more
information about the materials found in each kit.
The Reference and Loan Library has announced the availability for loan of the
audiocassette recordings of programs from the Public Library Association's 10th
National Conference held February 24-28, 2004, in Seattle, Washington.
The 2004 PLA conference cassettes may be requested through regular interlibrary
loan channels even though most of them do not yet appear on OCLC or WISCAT.
Until holdings do appear on WISCAT, it would be helpful if you would indicate
the PLA tape number and title (e.g. PLA 468 Library Web Sites Deconstructed) in
the TITLE LINE of the WISCAT ILL request.
A list of the recorded 2004 PLA National Conference program titles is on
R&LL's Web site at http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dltcl/rll/indav.html.
Descriptions of the programs may be found on the PLA Web site: http://www.ala.org/ala/pla/plaevents/nationalconf/program
Wisconsin Authors and Illustrators Speak 2004, a program of the Wisconsin Center
for the Book, will help communities sponsor appearances by authors and
illustrators. Any group may apply for a $250 grant for this purpose. Community
groups are strongly encouraged to collaborate while planning the event, which
must be scheduled between October 1, 2004 and April 30, 2005. Admission fees are
not permitted and honoraria will be paid directly to the speakers involved.
The deadline for submitting a grant is August 2, 2004. Applications are
available online at www.wisconsinacademy.org/book or by contacting Jane
Roeber at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's Librarians Corner
Tammy Federspiel, Children's Services
Lakeview Community Library, Random Lake
This past year we have spent a lot of time and effort in
Reader's Advisory. One time of year we do a lot of reader's advisory is during
the summer library program. For the past three summers we have had a
successful adult and young adult Summer Book Bingo program. The Bingo card is
five rows by five rows for 25 categories such as, humorous book, audio book,
Sisters in Crime, Cozy Mysteries etc. We have corresponding booklists in a
binder that match up to the Bingo categories. Patrons may choose a title from
our lists or they may come up with their own titles. As long as they can find
a way to tie a book into a category we will take their word for it!
A "Bingo" is any five categories in a row up, down or diagonal.
Also, we do count four corners, after making sure that the corner categories
are challenging! Each Bingo earns the reader Library Cash that they can spend
in our Library Trading Post of new and gently used books. A patron can
complete multiple Bingo's on one card or choose a different card. We offer
about six different cards each summer. This year we have expanded the Book
Bingo to the Middle School kids. In addition to their Library Cash,
participants who earn at least three Book Bingo's will receive an invitation
to the end of summer Library Lock In Party for Middle School readers.
One of the new booklists this summer is the Discover New Trails list that we
made with assistance from the BWI website. After checking which books we owned
from their list it was easy to type it up and put it in the bookbinder. This
booklist is used year round by staff and patrons. Here are Random Lake's
Discover New Trails Booklist for juvenile and young adult patrons.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Almond: Kit's Wilderness
Coville: Fortune's Journey
Cushman: The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Hinton: Taming The Star Runner
Hobbs: Down the Yukon
Hobbs: Jackie's Wild Seattle
Hobbs: Jason's Gold
Naylor: Walker's Crossing
Peck: Horse Thief
Auch: Journey to Nowhere
Bauer: Land of the Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers
Brink: Caddie Woodlawn
Bruchac: The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy, The Trail of Tears
Cornelissen: Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears
Creech: Chasing Redbird
Dalgliesh: The Courage of Sarah Noble
Eubank: Seaman's Journal: on the Trail With Lewis and Clark
Gregory: Across The Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary
Gregory: Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild
Hennes: A Perfect Place: Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary, Book 2
Lawlor: American Sisters: Adventure on the Wilderness Road 1775
Maclachlan: Sarah Plain and Tall
McDonald: All The Stars in the Sky: The Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florrie Mack
McMullan: As Far as I Can See: Meg's Prairie Diary Book One
McMullan: For This Land: Meg's Prairie Diary Book 2
McMullen: A Fine Start: Meg's Prairie Diary Book 3
Paulsen: Call Me Francis Tucket
Paulsen: Mr. Tucket
Paulsen: Tucket's Gold
Paulsen: Tucket's Home
Roop: The Diary of David R. Leeper: Rushing For Gold
Sanders: The Floating House
Speare: The Sign of the Beaver
Wilder: By the Shores of Silver Lake
Wilder: Little House in the Big Woods
Wilder: The Long Winter
Blake: Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod
Kathleen Hofschield, Mead Public Library
On April 21st, the Better Badger Baby Bus Tour, in cooperation with
the Early Learning Center of the Sheboygan Area School District, made a stop at
Mead Public Library! What is the Better Badger Baby Bus? It is a very colorfully
decorated bus, a mobile information station packed with handouts, materials,
videos, presentation and activities about early childhood brain development. It
is funded by Northwestern Mutual Foundation, and is part of the "Great
Beginnings: The First Years Last Forever" campaign, sponsored by the
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. Arriving along with the bus that
night was Nan Brien, who spoke to interested parents, teachers and day-care
providers about infant brain development and the latest information about
ADD/ADHD. The session was very well attended for this timely and popular
Some of you may have read or heard the recent information about early TV
watching and development of ADD. From the CNN website: "Researchers have
found that every hour preschoolers watch television each day boosts their
chances- by about 10%- of developing attention deficit problems in later
life." This information supports "American Academy of Pediatrics
recommendations that children under age 2 not watch television." I say,
READ to them! I'm sure you agree with that too!
There are some interesting websites that will provide information to you as you
work with parents and teachers who are concerned about infant brain development
and their young children. The first is the Wisconsin Council for Children and
Families Great Beginnings website at http://www.wccf.org/projects/beginnings.html
. Here you will find "Facts About Baby's Brain" which gives
information about the windows of development, and the effects of stress, trauma
and neglect on the infant brain. You will also find some Spanish and Hmong
bookmarks about Great Beginning to download.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library
Association (PLA) are also offering a literacy training kit called "Every
Child Ready To Read @ Your Library" which includes a video or DVD
demonstrating three workshops for varying
ages, four videos for use in workshops, a Parent Guide to Early Literacy
handouts, bookmarks, scripts and other items. The kit is expensive - $295.00, so
perhaps if enough of us are interested, the System could purchase one kit that
we could share. To learn more about this project visit the PLA website at www.pla.org/earlyliteracy.htm
Email me if you think you and your library would benefit from having this
information available to you, and perhaps we could act on this as a group. My
email address is: email@example.com
Have a great summer as you "Discover New Trails READ!"
Harry Potter fans might be interested in looking at J.K. Rowling's new website
at www.jkrowling.com/ The graphics and sounds are fascinating. You can select
any one of five different languages as you enter the site.
Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Wisconsin Braille, Inc. (WisBrl) has announced a new program for visually
impaired preschoolers. Thanks to a generous grant from Braille International,
Inc., 5 free books are being provided at no cost to parents of preschoolers.
Each book is tactically inviting, some with raised drawings already included in
the print, and others with tactiles added. In addition, braille labels are
provided. It is not expected that all preschoolers will become braille readers,
but the exposure is there for all. In addition, braille alphabet cards are
provided for the parents, or other adult sighted readers, so that they can
interpret the braille for the child, if necessary. The labels are in
uncontracted braille, so only knowledge of the braille alphabet, and some
punctuation marks, is required. All necessary symbols are provided on the
braille cards. For further information, please contact Wisconsin Braille, Inc.,
1142 Waban Hill, Madison, WI 53711-3709.
(SEAchange - April 30, 2004)
Residential students from the Wisconsin Center for the Visually Impaired wanted
to order food at a restaurant without asking a sighted person to read the menu
to them. It seemed their only other choice was to order the things they
remembered from the menu, and that was not the level of independence for which
they were striving. As a result of the students' initiative and the restaurant
chain's cooperation, the Wisconsin Center will produce Braille menus for
distribution to all Culver's restaurants nationwide. Students will assist in
collating and packaging the materials for shipment. Culver's is paying the
production and distribution costs.
The Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is proud
to announce that their Library Ambassador program is now up and running. If
anyone is aware of a residential facility, adult day care, vision support group,
or other institution that would benefit from a visit by a Talking Book reader,
who would demonstrate the machine and answer questions about the service, please
contact the Regional Library.
During the next few months, readers may notice radio & television ads
promoting the Talking Book Service-part of their 6-month "Take a Talking
Book" outreach campaign. If anyone has a friend or relative who might
benefit from their service, please be sure to tell them about it--the Regional
Library estimates that they are reaching less than one-fifth of Wisconsin
residents who could use our program, and they want to change that.
NetLibrary has launched a new eBook of the Month campaign that features
contemporary bestsellers. A new title will be selected each month. The ebook is
then available to customers of libraries who participate in the Wisconsin Public
Library Consortium. This includes all residents of the Eastern Shores Library
The June selection is "The Recurrent Crisis in Corporate Governance"
by Paul W. MacAvoy and Ira M. Millstein. The book has a 2003 copyright date.
Customers can search and/or read the book online, as well as link to author
interviews and reading guides, publisher and author Web sites. The NetLibrary
Web site also contains bookmarks and web banners and buttons to help promote
this new service to library customers.
(Edupage, April 28, 2004)
Beginning this fall, fifth- and sixth-grade students in a school district
outside Dallas, Texas, will begin using laptops instead of textbooks. The
initiative of the Forney Independent School District is the latest in a series
of projects aimed at replacing printed versions of texts with electronic ones.
The laptops in Forney will be loaded with electronic versions of textbooks,
works of art, and literature. The district will spend about $1,000 per computer
and another $500 per student for wireless access and support. Similar projects
are under way at other schools, including colleges such as Wake Forest
University. Institutions working to replace some or all printed texts with
electronic versions face a number of challenges, including copyright,
technology, and pricing. According to Jay Dominick, chief information officer at
Wake Forest University, electronic books remain generally more expensive than
used, printed texts, leading most students to buy used books when available.
This month's idea from the publication "Adults with Special Needs: A
Resource and Planning guide for Wisconsin's Public Libraries" by Barb
Huntington and Coral Swanson is from the chapter on Poverty.
"If local food pantries or other agencies are having food, blanket, school
supplies, toy, coat, or clothing drives, help publicize the activities at the
library. Investigate ways the library could participate.
WVLS Lamplighter - April 2004
Ironically, it is difficult to find web sites that explain basic web concepts
simply and interactively. Following are a few that were mentioned in the April
2004 issue of Searcher: The Magazine for Database Professionals, in `OTFOOO':
On-the-Fly, One-on-One Training for Patrons by Irene E. McDermott:
Have a patron who has never used a computer mouse before? Sit him or her down in
front of this page for a little practice.
New User Tutorial http://tech.tln.lib.mi.us/tutor/welcome.htm Have a
patron who has never used a computer before? Send them through this tutorial.
Also available in Spanish.
Learn the Internet http://www.aarp.org/learninternet/ Leave it to AARP
(American Association for Retired Persons) to step up to the plate to teach
intrepid seniors how to use the web. Have patrons start with AARP's basic
browsing lessons that cover the tool bar, handling pop-up ads, and printing.
ShortGuides.com: Free Computer and Internet Tutorials http://shortguides.com/
Technology trainer and consultant Richard Truxall (Ann Arbor, MI) has written
these concise tutorials and offers them free to all to use. Learn tricky little
bits of things like how to use Yahoo! Mail, how to buy a new computer, and how
to find your roots online. This could be a very useful site for on-the-fly
WSLL Web by Elaine Sharp
Numerous libraries, museums, galleries, and other organizations are making their
resources accessible on the Internet.
Project Gutenberg: http://gutenberg.net/
Colorado Digitization Program: http://www.cdpheritage.org/
Great Lakes Maritime History Project: http://webcat.library.wisc.edu:3200/GreatLakes/index.html
Providing worldwide access to regional historical records is often a primary
goal of such digitization projects. Examples include these significant
American Memory: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/finder.html This
Library of Congress endeavor provides access to a wide range of resources on the
history and culture of the United States. Topics range from the expected
(politics, history, law) to the perhaps unexpected baseball cards, ballroom
dance instruction manuals, films showing factory operations at Westinghouse). To
see a list of all collections or to select by topic, span of years or geographic
region, visit the Collection Finder page
Wisconsin Historical Society: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org WHS
has digitized thousands of pages of text and images. Explore newspaper articles
from 1850-1950 in Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles, read
eyewitness accounts of North American exploration in American Journeys, or order
photographs and other images from the Wisconsin Historical Images collection.
For annotated links to more Wisconsin-related projects, visit the WHS Digital
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections at http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections.html
Access the State of Wisconsin Collection to find materials related to our
state's history and development, visit the Ecology and Natural Resources
Collection containing the Aldo Leopold papers, or explore the Wisconsin Pioneer
Experience: A Digital Collection of Original Sources Documenting 19th-century
Wisconsin History. Visit UWDC Collections.
Interested in law-related historical materials? Links to collections such as
Wisconsin's Legal History, Salem Witch Trials, Slaves in the Court, Making of
America, Nuremberg Trials Project and many more are on the Historic Documents
page at http://wsll.state.wi.us/lawhistory.html
All 13 public libraries and the bookmobile are participating in the 2004
Discover New Trails @ Your Library, Summer Library Program. Check it out!