Are you a specialist in something other than libraries?

If you have a passion, hobby, interest, or skill that you’d be interested in sharing with others via library programming, now’s your chance!  Help out other libraries with your skills in game-mastering or master-gardening, art of any kind, animal husbandry, cooking or preserving food, wildcrafting, or any other quirky hobby or passion you would love to share.  Fill out this form and we’ll start sharing the results in late September.

Yay! Tech Days are coming!

Next Week Is Tech Days!  September 23 and 24. Four excellent, practical webinars about technology, with applications to your work and your library.  Last year’s popular presenter Kris Turner is back talking about the digital divide and productivity tools again, but you’ll get new things out of it even if you attended live last year!  And Emily Clasper will be discussing tech training for non-techies, as well as managing the constant change of technology.  Find out times and registration information here!

Resources and Events

So much good stuff that this week there’s a list.

  • Barb (Deer Park) forwarded this great opportunity: ALA’s partners at National 4-H Council are offering free Mars Base Camp kits (normally $24.95 + S&H each) to libraries. Supplies are limited, so be sure to sign up for kits using this form as soon as you can – and feel free to pass along this opportunity to your colleagues. Kits will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until supplies run out. You can learn more about Mars Base Camp and the 4-H STEM Challenge at
  • Apply for one last scholarship by September 20!  Learn about equity, diversity, and inclusion with either the Library Journal course Equity in Action:  Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture, or the online conference Toward One Wisconsin.
  • Tech tip from Kris: do you have a secure password? Use this tool from Kaspersky to check.
  • Samma’s NaNoWriMo events: Samma is hosting a virtual 3-part series about NaNoWriMo in October. You are welcome to share the events (with New Facebook, you can actually directly add the Events to your page!) with your patrons. They will all be hosted via Google Meet, and the join information is available on our website calendar (, or on the Facebook Event page.
  • Stress-Management Tools: Thanks to Tessa Michaelson Schmidt from DPI for sharing these stress-management tools.  Take a few minutes to check them out if you can:  Stop, Breathe, and Think has a website and an app for adults, one for kids, and also a series of short (less than 4 minutes) Take a Mindful Break videos
  • From ALA:  a free webinar Responding when COVID comes to your Library:  Learning from Real Stories will take place Monday, September 28th  at 12:00 noon  Despite best efforts and planning, your library may be faced with the reality of a positive COVID exposure.  Hear from three public libraries on how they responded when they were confronted with a positive case situation.  How had they pre-planned?  How did they handle the challenge?  How did the Director and Board work and communicate with staff, Registration for this webinar

On the Website

Did you know that there is a directory spreadsheet just for our librarians on our website? It’s password protected to keep your information more secure. Contact Reb if you need the password.