Today’s the Deadline to Fill Out the Form to Participate in System ARPA Grants

IFLS, WVLS, and NWLS are collaborating to apply for ARPA Funding on behalf of the libraries in our systems.   There is a very tight turnaround for this grant opportunity, so we have worked quickly to find options that we think both meet the grant requirements and will be useful to public libraries in our area.  Please read the information sheet, and if you are interested in any of the items, please fill out the form by October 15.  It will be handy to have the information sheet and the form open at the same time.  Note: Individual libraries are welcome to apply for grants on their own, as well—grant range is $50,000 – $200,000.   We will hope to get back to libraries by the end of next week with information about what we will be applying for on your behalf.  If you have questions, please contact Leah.

Options include:

  • Outdoor seating options
  • Canopies/tents for outdoor programming/shade
  • Material pick-up lockers
  • Book bikes
  • Hybrid programming kit
  • Niche Academy subscription.  Here’s a recorded Niche Academy Demo in case you want more information.

Join us at an Open House for John!

  • Wednesday, November 3
  • 3:00-6:00 pm, drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time!
  • Florian Gardens, Eau Claire
  • Light refreshments provided
  • Cash bar
  • Masks recommended

We’d love to see you there! REGISTER by Oct 26, please so we know how much food to get. Feel free to bring a friend or family.

Help Promote the Chippewa Valley Book Festival

This year’s event is a mix of in-person and virtual, so your patrons can attend from anywhere! Check out this year’s lineup. Please help spread the word! L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is one of the co-sponsors of this event, so you can easily share their Facebook post.

Mystery Photo

While doing a little deep purge, your Weekly Digest editor came across a stack of old photos from back when “cut and paste” actually involved x-acto knives and glue–I’m guessing the mid-80s.  I thought you might get a kick out of this. If you know which library this is or who these people are, let me know. (