Paul Onufrak, ESLS Automation Librarian, reports that
the Polaris implementation is still on schedule. Newspaper articles
have alerted library users to EasiCat's scheduled update.
Onufrak also mentions that responses to the Polaris Train the
Trainer sessions were favorable. "The trainers were good
and overall the information presented was helpful," stated Onufrak.
He also distributed copies of a Polaris training Power Point presentation
to member library attendees to assist in staff training sessions at their
libraries. Cataloging Librarian Alison Ross, who sat in on many of the sessions
noted that the librarians who participated in the sessions were pleased
with the improved limiting and sorting features available in the new
Eastern Shores Library System welcomes Attorney James
Hughes as the newest member of the ESLS Board of Trustees. Jim and
his wife, the parents of grown children, are residents of Plymouth.
He is currently serving his third term on the Plymouth Public Library Board of
Trustees. Jim states that his interests include running, basketball
and reading. Jim is a big fan of EasiCat and says "It's like a
bookstore at your disposal."
Trixine Tahtinen - Director
& Children's Services, Oostburg Public Library
As I recover from Summer Reading and gear up for autumn
programming, I've been looking at ways to revamp my preschool story time.
After 22 years of doing programming I have gotten in and out of story time
ruts. This year it's time to get out of a rut. With the advent of
4 year old Kindergarten in our community I am anticipating things will be different
this year. Originally we were "the only game in
town." It's quite different now.
One of the things I decided to incorporate this year is a "puppet
friend" to help introduce stories, songs and such. Research
shows that many librarians do this with great success. The first thing I did
was look through my puppet collection to decide which one was going to be my
"friend". I was having a hard time deciding when one day
while paging through a vendor catalog I spotted the perfect
"friend", Skoob the Shelf Elf
Plush from Upstart. Now that I have Skoob, I am working on some chat
scripts for us to begin each story time. I thought I would share one of my
scripts with you. Feel free to use it if you like.
Care (damage) #4
Hi Mrs. Trix! I’m here!
Trix: Hi Skoob! I’m glad you’re here and I hope you have one of your
special poems today.
I’m always glad to share my poems. Did you have an idea of what it
should be about today?
Trix: Maybe this will give you an idea. Look at this book!
Oh, my! It’s coming apart and parts of the pages are missing! What
happened to it?
Trix: Someone took it home and left it on the floor and their puppy
started chewing on it!
That’s awful! Now the library will have to get rid of that book and
nobody will have a chance to read it!
Trix: Yes, boys and girls should remember that it is important to keep
books away from their pets and also from their baby brothers and sisters.
Do you have a poem about this?
I know one. Would you like me to tell it to you and the girls and boys?
Trix: Yes, I would-let’s hear it.
The name of this poem is “Keep Books Safe”
Puppies, kitties and babies
As they grow, they like to chew.
But books are not chewing toys.
So keep them safe, girls and boys.
Put them away when you are done
Then all can have reading fun!
Trix: Good idea, Skoob. Did
you know the library has special books for babies. You can look for them
in the library after story time. Today our stories are about
Oh boy! They sound good! I'll go sit in my house and listen. I'll see you
also plan to incorporate a "Mother Goose Time" each session. I
have found that children just aren't that familiar with Mother Goose
Rhymes which I think is a shame. So I've made that another one of my
"missions" this year. And finally, I plan to dust off some of
the classic fairy tale filmstrips we have and share those with the
children. Using filmstrips is just like having a giant picture book on
the wall. The children are fascinated by it.
that's my plan to get out of the story time rut this year. Happy Reading!
On November 4, 2008, residents in the non-libraried municipalities of
Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties will be voting on a non-binding advisory
referendum question on bookmobile service. The question will ask
voters if the counties should continue to provide bookmobile service after
2010. David Weinhold, ESLS director said, "I encourage these
non-libraried residents to take this opportunity to vote on bookmobile
The Bookmobile service is funded by the Ozaukee and Sheboygan County
library tax, which is included in the county’s overall tax in the non-libraried
municipalities. Weinhold said
“You don’t see a separate county library tax line, but on a property
valued at $132,000, the non-libraried resident in Ozaukee County pays
$6.34 for bookmobile service out of the $31.68 county library tax.
In Sheboygan County on a property valued at the same amount, the non-libraried
resident pays $5.01 for bookmobile service out of the $42.68 county
library tax.” Weinhold said
the balance of the county library tax goes to public libraries as
reimbursement for serving non-libraried residents.
The question as approved by the Ozaukee County Board is “Shall
Ozaukee County residents in the Town & Village of Fredonia, Town &
Village of Belgium, Towns of Port Washington & Saukville and Village
of Newburg, who are not served by their own community public library,
continue bookmobile service in the 2011-2015 time frame, with stops in the
Town and Village Belgium and Village of Fredonia which service, if
continued, shall be paid via a county property tax assessed against all
Ozaukee county taxable property in the Town & Village of Fredonia,
Town & Village of Belgium, Towns of Port Washington & Saukville
and the Village of Newburg?” Yes______No_______
The question as approved by the Sheboygan County Board is:
“Do you support continuing to pay property taxes to finance the
bookmobile service?” Yes_____ No_____
The bookmobile travels through northern Ozaukee County and Sheboygan
County making stops on a biweekly basis. Last year over 80,000 items
were checked out on the bookmobile.
Linda Pierschalla, Oscar Grady library in Saukville
Every September our Village Board conducts a budget
tour of all the Village departments and meets with the department head.
This year I had the 7:30 a.m. time slot (due to Polaris training at
9 a.m.!). The Village Board came
to the library and we went over my department description and 2009 budget
request I had submitted earlier to the Library Board for their approval.
During the time I was with the Village Board I was able to point
out certain items in my Performance Measurements table that I create and
date back from 2003 through 2007. The
Board members were astounded by the large increase in circulation and
interlibrary loans. I also showed them a table I created with the recommended
level of service targets and I compare this to where we are as of the 2007
annual report. We also
go over other things, such as how we use the money we receive from the
three counties for service to non-libraried non-residents.
Every year I point out how much service we provide to
non-residents. Nearly half
our circulation is to non-residents, and more than a third to non-libraried
non-residents. I also point
out how the library is a great boon for the downtown area because we do
bring in all these people from outlying areas who may then patronize a
local business. This year I
provided a copy of The Economic Contribution of Wisconsin Public
Libraries to the Economy of Wisconsin at the meeting and the Village
President was very intrigued by it. I
pointed out that for every taxpayer dollar invested in a public library
$4.60 goes back into the community. The
Village President and Village Administrator urged me to send a copy to our
State Senator Glenn Grothman who had told them earlier if they can’t
cope with the State imposed levy limit they should close their public
library. This is from the
same Senator who sent me a “thank you” card for the work we did in our
summer reading program and for spreading the joy of reading!
I’m glad to say both the Village President and Administrator
disagree with his earlier statement.
As of today, his copy of the report is in the mail along with a
photocopy of a recent article in the News Graphic about the increase of
usage at libraries in Ozaukee County. I hope he reads it!
Two opportunities are available for ESLS staff to explore library
services to seniors. The first, "Library Services for Older Adults:
Mind the Gap" will be held at Manitowoc Public Library Thursday,
October 9 from 9:00 to 12:00.
Nancy Fletcher, Public Relations and Special Services Librarian with the Waukesha
County Federated Library System, has taught hundreds of seniors how to use
copters. She will share her insights serving this special group and
discuss what libraries can do to make libraries and library services more
appealing to older adults. In addition to computer classes, Nancy will
discuss adaptive equipment: Nintendo Wii and other resources.
Please contact Bob Hafeman at 920-683-4863, ext. 333 or by email email@example.com
if you would like to attend. This workshop is being sponsored by Eastern
Shores Library System and Manitowoc Calumet Library System .
The second opportunity will be held at Mead Public Library Tuesday,
October 28 and Wednesday, October 29. The same material will be covered
both days. This "Gadget Workshop" is to help library staff
become familiar with new technology items that customers may use.
The Gadget package and training is a service of the Wisconsin Public
Library Consortium. The package will include: digital cameras,
flash drives, mp3 players, iPod, Kindle, Palm, Garmin, Wii and gaming
Kim Dalhaimer, Reference Services Liaison, Mead Public Library will be
sending out information on this workshop shortly.
Governor Barbara Lawton has created a new website, www.GuideForPennyPinchers.com
"designed to efficiently connect
consumers with the information they need to help them save time as they search
for ways to save money on gas and traveling expenses, home energy,
prescription drugs, health care, college tuition, back-to-school savings
state and federal government information
-Links to useful private-sector and news websites
-Information on ways families can search for the cheapest gas station by
-Tips on increasing gas mileage
-Information on public transportation options in
-Tips on saving money and energy at home
-Information on homeowner and renter’s insurance
renters with property managers to meet their affordable housing needs
-Back-to-school savings tips
Wisconsin’s College Savings Program and a list of all the scholarships available
* The Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County has a new
and a new home in Sheboygan at 2508 S. 8th Street. The phone number remains
the same, 920-457-1888 and the e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to check out the Speakers Bureau under the Community Connections
* The Village of Grafton has joined Recycle More
Wisconsin. Recycle More Wisconsin is a
campaign of the Wisconsin
Be SMART Coalition (Save Money and Reduce Trash). The Be SMART
Coalition is an award-winning partnership of local municipalities, state
agencies, non-profit and environmental organizations, businesses, and
schools dedicated to reducing waste, increasing recycling, and conserving
resources in Wisconsin. For more information go to the website at: http://www.recyclemorewisconsin.org/index.php
* Register now for the 2008 WLA Conference, Wisconsin Libraries: Building a Better
4-7 at the Marriott Madison West Hotel and Conference Center in Middleton.
Go to the
WLA Conference webpage http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2008/
for details about programs, meetings and events; daily and “at-a
glance” schedules, and hotel accommodations. Scholarship information is
available at: http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/scholarships/CEscholarships.htm
Friends of Libraries groups now have their very own national week of
celebration! FOLUSA is coordinating the third annual National Friends of
Libraries Week, October 19-25, 2008. The celebration offers a two-fold
opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your
group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote
This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of
Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the
library. Go to : http://www.folusa.org/sharing/national-friends-week.php
for more information.
Check out the updated ALA website at http://www.ala.org/