The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 27 Number 9 September 2007
Click here for the Winter 2007 Bookmobile Schedule
County Shared Library Services Levy
David Weinhold, Director
Over the course of the past few months, the Technical Advisory Committee (member library directors) have been discussing a proposal to create a county shared library services levy - funding to pay for library services that are available to all residents of the county.
This proposal came out of discussions by the Ozaukee County Library Commission chair, Warren Stumpe, on methods to reimburse the county’s public libraries for serving county residents. As a result of his research, Stumpe concluded that it would be more equitable for the county to assess a levy on all county residents for library services that are used by all county residents.
Currently, the county library service levy is paid by county residents who live in non-libraried municipalities. Under Wisconsin Statutes, the county library service levy is to reimburse libraries for serving a county’s non-libraried residents. Municipalities with libraries are allowed to exempt themselves from the county library service levy because the libraried municipalities use a local library levy to pay for library service. Because of the exemption, funds for library services that are used by libraried and non-libraried residents are not able to be included in the county library service levy.
This proposal would include library services that are appropriate for funding by all county residents. The services would be determined by the member libraries and the library system and would be subject to review by the Department of Public Instruction and a county level public hearing. The request for funding these services would be made to the County Board during its annual budget process. If funding was approved, the county shared library services levy would be paid by all county residents. Municipalities with libraries could not exempt themselves from the county shared library services levy.
The discussions with the member library directors are to find those elements of the proposal that they can agree to. Those elements would be put into a final proposal for consideration by local library boards, the ESLS Board, and the Ozaukee County Library Commission. If approved by those agencies, we would seek the support of both County Boards and then the state legislators representing ESLS.
Connect for Kids Weekly, 9/5/07
According to the last Census, one in five children in this country today is an immigrant or the child of an immigrant, and the number is rising. This guide from the National Collaboration for Youth offers the context of the immigrant youth experience and practical tips for hiring, developing and retaining staff to work with this population. A free download of the guide from the National Youth Development Information Center is available at: http://www.nydic.org/nydic/staffing/workforce/PreparingStafftoWorkwithImmigrantYouth.htm
Children's Librarians Corner
Cindy Beyer, Children's Services, W. J. Niederkorn Library, Port Washington
This month our library, the W. J. Niederkorn Library in Port Washington, and the Oscar Grady Public Library in Saukville have combined efforts to start a school year reading program for families in our combined school district. We are calling the program “Parents as Reading Partners." The idea for the program originally came from the summer reading binder, but I felt that the program was better suited to run during the school year. Our local schools were thrilled that the libraries were offering an additional reading program and more than happy to help get the word out to as many families as possible.
“Parents as Reading Partners” main purpose is to encourage parents that have children that read on their own to continue to read aloud to them. Children need to be read to even after they master reading themselves. We have invited families to come into the library and sign a reading contract for the school year. Then they pick out a book that is of interest to their entire family. Once the family completes reading the book aloud they will fill out a reading survey that asks specific questions about the book and their impressions of the book. The families will receive a raffle ticket after they turn in the surveys. Monthly drawings will be held at the end of every month from September through May. The prizes are all family oriented items such as; board games, puzzles and/or sporting equipment. Luckily both of our libraries have strong “Friends of the Library” groups that have agreed to purchase the monthly prizes. The surveys will be kept at the library in a binder so other families can use it as a reference for book ideas.
I am very excited about this program for many different reasons. The most important one is that we can keep families coming into the library even though the summer reading program has ended. Second, it reminds families that it is still important to be a part of your child’s reading even as they get older. Many parents believe that once a child learns to read, their job is done. Children need parents to be involved in their education as long as possible. Third, I am happy that I could work with our neighboring library on a project that involves children in our area. With the two libraries working together with the school district we all become a stronger force that hopefully reaches many new families and children.
I hope that this program is well received this coming year. I will let you know how it goes.
The following College of DuPage videoconferences are now available on videotape for ESLS library use. Please find them on EasiCat and place a request. Each videoconference is 90 minutes in length. For ESLS library directors: there are 1.5 contact hours towards re-certification for viewing this videoconference.
Librarianship: Where Do We Go from Here?
- - from the Soaring to Excellence 2007 series on February 9, 2007. This is a DVD.
Making It Happen - a presentation
from the Library Challenges and Opportunities 2007 series on March
The Best from the Web
- from the Soaring to Excellence 2007: Library 2.0 and Beyond
series on April 13, 2007.
Facing New Realities - - a webcast on
Library Education to Focus on Issues on April 27, 2007
The Relevance of
Libraries in a Digital Age - a
presentation from the Library Challenges and Opportunities 2007
series on May 11, 2007
Lakeview Community Library in Random Lake has announced that their library now offers wireless Internet access. Paul Onufrak, ESLS Automation Librarian has applied for a LSTA grant that will provide wireless access at member libraries in Cedar Grove, Oostburg, Saukville, Plymouth and Grafton. If the grant is funded, all libraries in Eastern Shores Library System would have wireless access available in their libraries.
* A new bilingual series for children is available. It is written by a former bilingual school teacher and designed to increase gradually in reading difficulty with each book, The Matt the Rat series is for children ages 4-8. Visit http://www.harvestsunpress.com/ to preview samples and read reviews.
* According to Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.( http://www.wisconsinliteracy.org ) , October is Health Literacy month. At http://www.healthliteracy.com/hl_month.asp, you can find Health Literacy Month website tools.
* 12th PLA National Conference, March 25-29, 2008 will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit the PLA Conference web site for program and registration information. Check back often as information on the website will be updated regularly with conference news and Minneapolis events.
* The Children's
Nursery and Its Traditions http://www.childrensnursery.org.uk/
* Barbara Huntington, the Youth and Special Needs Consultant, has notified us that they have reached capacity for the 2008 SLP Workshop on October 16, 2007. Registration is now closed.