Incentives (read: dollars) to libraries to teach digital literacy

With support from AT&T, PLA is pleased to offer incentives for public libraries to teach digital literacy workshops for library patrons and community members. Applications are open now through June 2 for the below incentives. Learn more and apply.

PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive, supported by AT&T

Offers incentives of $6,000 to conduct workshops using DigitalLearn training materials designed to help patrons build skills and confidence using technology.

ACP Basics Workshop Incentive, supported by AT&T

Offers incentives of $1,500 to conduct the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Basics workshop designed to help families and households learn about ACP and how to apply for the benefit.

Free stuff from BadgerLink

Free resources available through BadgerLink can help you with summer programming and connecting kids to books! 

A recent webinar about using TeachingBooks Book Connections is full of information about recommended books for summer.  Lists of themed summer reading titles were shared, including those from Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), iRead, and We Are Kid Lit Collective. If you are designing your own program, use Book Connections to create unique lists, as well as find, share, and incorporate Meet-the-Author recordingsbook trailers, and activity kits to enrich the summer reading experience.  Check out the recording of the Inspire Summer Reading webinar!

A wealth of resources to help find BadgerLink information

Looking for ways to help people with health information?  Looking for a new refrigerator and want to look for trusted reviews?  Wanting to read the New York Times article that someone shared with you, but you’ve used up all your free articles?  Remember BadgerLink has a wealth of resources that can help with those exact things, plus more!  To get oriented, check out the  BadgerLink training page for short videos about a variety of resources. Looking for a good place to start?  Try the Public Library Resources overview.

If you aren’t seeing what you are looking for, you can request training directly from DPI, or let Leah know if you are interested in a system-wide webinar.

Display and program examples: can you share?

Jeni Schomber, Public Library Consultant at the Department of Public Instruction is looking for examples of libraries doing displays or programs in June to celebrate either Pride Month or Dairy Month.  Do you have a display or program you’d like to see showcased?  Contact Jeni at

Libraries Build Businesses toolkit

To help library workers communicate the value of and grow their small business services, the American Library Association’s Public Policy & Advocacy office (PPA), in partnership with Audrey Barbakoff from Co/lab Capacity, has created the Libraries Build Business Communications Toolkit. The toolkit offers advice and materials for library workers to promote their small business support services, engage with policymakers and government officials, and form and strengthen ties with local businesses and existing entrepreneur support structures.

New on the website

The Get in Touch page has been redesigned. Look here for:

  • Quick links and descriptions to newsletters, email lists and blogs from IFLS
  • Member-library staff list link
  • IFLS staff directory and contact information
  • The latest Weekly Digests at the bottom of the page
  • A search box for jobs, as well as archives of the Weekly Digest and Keeping Up With Kids

Watch for it! Marketing Monthly, The News from IFLS, updated Explore MORE Passport program toolkit

  • Marketing Monthly just went out with a special Freedom to Read, Freedom to Learn, Freedom to Explore campaign suggestion, June’s Explore MORE toolkit info and other goodies.
  • The News from IFLS for June will send in a couple hours. It includes library updates and the Trustees’ Corner to share with your board members.

Coming soon on the IFLS calendar

Go to the calendar