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MAY 28, 2009
Calling all teens! Come be a part of the Battle of the Books 2009
The 2009 Manitowoc-Calumet Library System Battle of the Books have made their selections. The selected books are: “Oddest of All” by Bruce Coville; “Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman; “The Trouble begins at 8: A life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West” by Sid Fleischman; “Generation dead” by Daniel Waters; “The Plain Janes” by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg; “Traitor” by Gundrun Pausewang; “Notes from the midnight driver” by Jordan Sonnenblick; and “Emperors of the ice: a true story of disaster and survival in the Antarctic” by Richard Farr. The selections involve a variety of books in different genres. There should be something for every reader to pick from.
We are inviting youth in grades 7-12 to come and be a part of the Battle. What does the Battle consist of? A team of teens competing as a group on their knowledge of the 8 selected books. The teens have the summer to read and know the books. We have 3 knowledgeable and helpful coaches who will meet with the team and help prepare them for Battle. The Battle will take place on Wednesday, September 9th at 6:30 at the Conference Center at Silver Lake College. The Battle is followed by an Awards ceremony and a pizza party for the members participating. All team members receive a Battle t-shirt for participating.
Brillion has won the Battle twice and has their name on the traveling trophy. Wouldn't a third win be nice? If you enjoy reading and would like to be a part of this year's team, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know of your interest. Come be a part of the Battle of the Books 2009!
MAY 20, 2009
Time to get creative!
Be creative @your library is our summer library program theme. This theme is used by over 30 other states, so travelers may notice similiarities this summer. At the Brilion Library, we are putting finishing touches on our summer program. Decorations are being put into place. Our afterschool group created some beautiful flowers, which add lots or bright color and beauty to the front entrance of the library.
We are asking all of our program signees to create a cat for the wall in the children's section. Eventually a little mouse will be put with all the cats and children can find the mouse as it moves among the cats.
The library encourages everyone to sign up and read this summer. But summer at the library isn't just about reading. It's about creativity and there will be plenty of places for creativity to be expressed at the library. Storytime will feature singing, dancing, music, art, and creativty with play, animals and water. The Library is sponsoring a talent contest for youth of all ages. Share your unique talent in a 3 minute skit as part of "Brillion's got talent contest." Try your hand at identifying the person of the week each week during the summer. The person of the week are artists, musicians and authors. Preschoolers can play I spy a color.
Summer is about family and the library brings weekly family programs with entertainers and movies. Randy Peterson, Wise Guy and his Gal, Pat Filzen and her pop up books program, Jennifer from the Brillion Nature Center with "Nature's Palette", Fred Turk music, and The Magic of Jim Lenz are all great programs for the whole family. Musicals are the theme of this summers weekly movies. The library will project a full length movie on the screen. Come spend your Mondays watching a movie and enjoying popcorn! The best thing about the family programs and the movies is they are free to attend! That's right, the library doesn't charge admittance to its programs! So with our tight economy, don't forget the Library!
Children have the chance to be creative all summer. Stop in at the Library and create a craft throughout the summer. The library will have a bi-weekly craft available for making and taking home after we decorate the library for a couple of weeks.
Summer reading programs are being distributed to the area schools over the next couple of weeks. Don't forget to take a look at the lime green flyer and make plans to be a part of the Brillion's Library's summer of creativity!
MAY 11, 2009
WAPL Conference Delivers
I had the opportunity to attend the WAPL Conference held at the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells last week. This conference held in the spring is a wonderful opportunity for librarians and trustees to network and to learn what is new in the library world. Library directors are required by State Law to be certified and as a part of this certification are required to engage in continuing education for recertification. This conference is one way of learning.
The conference opened with a keynote by Emily Sheketoff of the Washington office of the ALA. Emily talked about getting access to our elected officials, and about stimulus package programs that libraries can benefit from. She talked about how one person can make a difference in a legislator's decision. She also said that most elected officials are only there to get reelected. She talked about what works when contacting an official. Mail is the worst way to contact an official in that it takes extra time because of the sorting process for Washington officials.
Wiscat is the state database that Brillion is a part of and uses for Interlibrary Loan. I attended a session that focused on the updates that have been made to the software. One of the most notable is the ability to search periodicals for articles. The session also focused on allowing patrons to place their own requests. Brillion would like to do this in the coming year.
The luncheon featured authors Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko. This couple launched their own enterprise, Inn Serendipity, which is completely powered by the wind and sun. Their speech was on people becoming more green, more self sustaining and more entrepreneurial in their lives. The "ecopreneurship" concept is catching on with people who now realize that money isn't the most important thing in life. Libraries are a big part of this movement in that they serve as a gathering point in a community and a place for people to get information on changing their lives. The library will be adding some of this couples books on these concepts.
Googlicious was a session that focused on many of the new features of the already powerful search engine Google. Google now allows people to create thier own customized google page through iGoogle that has lots of unique features. Other new google tools included Google reader, google health, google calendar, google docs,, google street view and more were shown to the group. Google books now allows you to search some magazines as well. Google has truly become a great starting point on the Internet.
Developing Online Local History Resources for your library featured the Oshkosh Public Library and their project, Picture Oshkosh. The public helped the library create a database of photos on the history of Oshkosh. The process was described and some of the photos were shown. This would be a neat project for Brillion to consider doing.
Space needs for public libraries in the 21st Century dealt with the new publication on accessing library space needs that is being developed by Anders Dahlgren. One of the unique features is an online spread sheet that can calculate area based on input. While the Brillion Library isn't in a space crunch, things do change and sometimes moving things around in an existing building might give us the space we need. Being aware of available resources is a great planning tool.
EXCELlent!!! top five lists of ways to create great youth services @ your library features a panel of 4 library directors who listed their 5 top ways and talked about how to achieve them. They all stressed the importance of youth programs in a library to the overall mission of the Library.
The conference concluded with author Terese Allen who writes about region
MAY 4, 2009
Library gears up for exciting summer
The Brillion Library will be a part of the multi-state "Be Creative @your Library" summer reading program. In addition to reading programs for the whole family, The Brillion Library will offer family programs, musical movies, a day camp for youth in Grades 3-6, programs for young adults, and a few adult programs.
Our summer will kick off as a part of BrillionFest on Saturday, June 6th. At 11 a.m., the Library will be sponsoring popular children's entertainer, Randy Peterson. Randy has been a part of the Library's summer program for many years. His singing and fun songs are sure to delight any audience. Make plans to help us kick off summer by coming to this performance at Peter's Park.
A variety of family programs are lined upfor the summer. "Wise Guy and his Gal" will present "Imagireadination Fantabookasy" This dynamic duo sing, dance and act in a fun performance. Area artist Pat Filzen will be presenting a program on Pop-up books. She will share some of the pop-up books that she owns as well as demonstrate how to make a pop-up book. The audience will be given time to create their own pop-ups. Jennifer "Louie" from the Brillion Nature Center will be presenting a program entitled "Nature's Palette." Grandpa, Fred Turk will present a show with singing and instrument playing. He has performed at the Milwaukee Zoo for many years. Brillion's own magician, Lee Haushalter will present a magic show. The other family program lined up is a local talent show. Youth are invited to partiicpate in "Brillion's Got Talent Contest." The public can come and view what talent is here at the Library.
For youth in Grades 3-6, the library will be sponsoring a day camp July 20-23rd. Youth will have the opportunity to write, report, sing, dance, create art and crafts. Chris Havel will be presenting the writing part. Kate Wittmann will be teaching some dancing. We are looking at a scrapbooking, and music sessions. This camp requires registratration, so mark your calendar and make plans to be a part.
For teens, the library offers some competition. Wii gaming and the Battle of the Books are the 2 areas of competition. The library will be holding Wii gaming tournaments in bowling, boxing, Mario Smash Brothers, Mario Kart and Guitar Hero. Winners will be crowned who will compete in a MCLS competition to be held in October. The Battle of the Books is another competition where a team of youth are quizzed on their knowledge of 8 different teen books.
The Library also will be offering a Henna Body Art program with Amy Wilde. Program date is July 8th from 2-4 p.m. Size is limited to 30 participants, so there will be registration for this event.
On most Mondays during the summer starting at 1:30 p.m., the library will be showing some musical films on a screen. Come join us for these movies.
Summer program brochures are being developed and will be handed out at the area schools. The brochure will be on the website and at the Library, Community Center and City Hall. Why not join us and plan on Being creative at the Brillion Public Library.