Holiday Hours on Google

I hope y’all enjoy your holiday weekend! Use this Google Tutorial to make sure that when people search on your library they get the correct information. IFLS and Waltco will be closed on the 4th.

Share your awesomeness

Take part in the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) 2022 Senior Services Outreach Week, July 18-22, by submitting a photo of your staff performing outreach with our aging communities and brag about programs that you are proud of! Senior Services Outreach Week will take over ABOS social media platforms the week of July 18-22, 2022. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time.

Money, money, money

All the things I could do, If I had a little money

Arts & Humanities Grants

Wisconsin Humanities Council

The next grant cycle will be closing on August 1st! The Wisconsin Humanities Council has Mini and Major grants that support locally initiated public humanities programs. A wide variety of programming options exist including exhibitions, performances, community discussions, guest speakers, workshop, oral history project, panels, town halls, films, and more. I have also seen these grants used to digitize local newspapers or other microfilm reels. For more information, visit their website –

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is offering an Our Town grant program that supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. Grants can range from $25,000-$150,000 but do require matching funds equal to the grant amount. The grant application is due on August 4th. For more information, please visit

WISL Continuing Education scholarship to the WLA Conference

Two $250 scholarships available for librarians that are:

  • Employed by a library with a service population of under 6,000 people or with fewer than 4 FTE.
  • Willing to share the knowledge you gain at the conference with others
  • A WLA member and join the WISL section
  • Attending the full WLA 2022 Conference
Applications are due on August 1, 2022. Find more details and apply here:

New on the website

Staff picks

Braille-on-Demand (Leah)

As part of its braille modernization initiative, The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is launching the Braille-on-Demand pilot project on Monday, June 20, 2022. This project will allow active NLS patrons to request and receive one hard-copy braille title per month, which they can retain for their personal use. If an individual who is not registered as a patron submits an order, NLS will refer the individual to their local network library (in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library) to begin the process of becoming a patron.   Braille titles will be limited to books that are currently available on BARD, the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download service. At this time, requests are limited to one book per patron per month.

The form to request a braille-on-demand book can be found linked from Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact their network library for assistance. They may also contact NLS Reference at for assistance in completing the form.

The Braille-on-Demand form is for use by patrons only.

Social media changes coming (Reb)

Angela Hursch goes over changes in social media for 2022 and how that will impact your library.

Coming right up in IFLS-land

July 15 all-staff shindig

It’s in Phoenix Park in Eau Claire. We’re bringing lunch, you bring your own sweet selves. (It’s right after the MORE Directors Council Meeting.) Please RSVP so we have the right amount of food. Thank you!

Get the whole scoop on our calendar.