Sunday, December 31, 2006


One of the things I intend to keep my eye out for in 2007 is Grant programs for Libraries. I'm sure each of your libraries has people who spend time in this area, but I am going to make postings about everything I find, just in the remote chance that I found something that you missed. I'll attempt to make a monthly posting on my discoveries.

Many famous people are realizing that libraries are at the forefront of organizations that are being asked to do more with less. (A few of them are displayed in the graphic attached to this post). Let's work to make these people feel good about themselves and accept their money!


Well, Christmas is over and 2006 is winding down. My wife and I went out to lunch and we felt like the Roman god "Janus", looking backward and forward at the same time. 2006 was a good year. Mary made great strides in both her career and in her birding activities. Many of my library activities were very positive. The Friends of the Marathon County Public Library had an all-time record income to help support our library. I joined the Friends of the Minocqua Public Library as well and began to get involved in some of their activities. Wisconsin Valley Library Service had an excellent year and did a super job in helping the Northwoods Conference for Friends & Library Supporters be a success. I joined the board of WLTA and received a good education on the workings in Madison. I attended both the WAPL and WLA conferences and again expanded my knowledge. 2006 was very much a learning experience. Oh yes, and I started this infernal blog!

My wife and I also look forward to 2007 to potentially be an exciting year in most of the things we are involved in. In addition to acting on the knowledge we obtained in 2006 we see 2007 as another year of learning and expanding our horizons.

We wish you all the Happiest of New Years and that libraries and their supporters have an extremely successful and fulfilling year.

Saturday, December 30, 2006


I received a large number of books as Christmas presents from my relatives this year. One of them caught my eye in a hurry and I finished it already, yesterday. The book is called THE BOOKMAN'S PROMISE and is written by John Dunning. It's a page-turner mystery that I really enjoyed. It's not WAR & PEACE but it's an entertaining read.
The primary character is a guy who runs an antiquarian book store in Denver. He's a former homicide detective that was drummed out of the force for beating up a hood. The story involves searching for priceless (or high-priced) books written by Richard Burton (the 19th century British explorer - not the actor). I learned much about the used and rare book industry in the book. Also a lot about "Interrogation 101" techniques used by the police. Particularly appealing to me was the fact that a good portion of the book takes place in Charleston, South Carolina. My wife and I vacationed there in March of this year. Most of the places he mentions were ones that we visited, including Isle of Palms, where we stayed.
John Dunning himself is quite interesting. He is the "winner of the Nero Wolfe Award, is the author of BOOKED TO DIE, which instantly became a hotly sought collectible,, and THE BOOKMAN'S WAKE, a New York Times Notable Book of 1995. He owned the Old Algonquin Bookstore in Denver for many years, and now does his bookselling online. He is also the author of a novel about old-time radio, TWO O'CLOCK, EASTERN WARTIME, also ON THE AIR: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OLD-TIME RADIO, and was for many years host of the weekly Denver radio show OLD-TIME RADIO. He lives with his wife, Helen, in Denver, Colorado, where he is finishing the next Eric Janeway Novel." It was a fun read.

You can check out his website at


The week's listing of interesting sites from LII is a good one!


This keeps raising it's ugly head. Most recently was the conference in Iran officially sponsored by their government. There is a site which addresses this issue and includes links for related information. In the event that the question is raised at your library, you will have good sites to reference.


The Holidays are a time when binge drinking and abuse of stimulants in general abounds. This site gives you a chance to determine whether your drinking patterns are safe, risky or harmful. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete.


New requirements for travelers take effect on January 23rd, 2007. This site outlines the changes and new laws. Some libraries (including the Marathon County Public Library) now provide passport issuing services to their customers. This is very convenient as many normal passport agencies are not open when people have time to make their application. MCPL could give you information on how to initiate such as service at your library.


For 2006 this is YOU ! However, to check out who has won the award in the past you can consult TIME's archives. This includes a gallery of Person of the Year magazine covers, and a photo history of the Person of the Year.


Come on. We can't be serious about all these postings! This listing includes 50 useful and amusing websites in the areas of entertainment, arts and media, shopping, lifestyle and hobbies, news and information, staying connected, time wasters, travel and real estate, and web searches and service. "Many of the sites are shining examples of Web 2.0; next-generations sites offering dynamic new ways to inform and entertain".


My wife has been spending much of her vacation time away from teaching by doing some far ranging birding. Wednesday and Thursday of this week she took a trip with another Wausau area birder up to the Duluth/Superior area. There had been reports of some unique sightings up there. They were successful in seeing two of the trip's targets, namely the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch and the Three-toed Woodpecker. (I bet you think I am making those names up. I'm not surprised, I frequently accuse my wife of doing the same thing!) Many Pine Grosbeaks were encountered but they failed to spot the Gyrfalcon which hangs out in the Ashland area around the ore docks. It was a good trip with many fine photographs obtained.

Friday, December 29, 2006


TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR THE WISCONSIN LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY! This event will be held on January 23rd in Madison. All the details necessary for registration and motel accomodations can be obtained on the WLA website.

This is an extremely important event that should be attended by all those interested in libraries. I am making a special appeal to all of you "Friends of the Library" members around the State. The legislators will obviously listen to what the library professionals have to say on this day. But they pay particular attention to "ordinary citizens" who show up to make their pitch for legislation and issues which affect the libraries in their communities.

Start the New Year out right, and speak up for your library!


I had mentioned in a previous posting that my wife was an avid birder. I don't mean a person who looks out the window and watches the birds at her feeders (not that there's anything wrong with that). I mean a person who will go through hell and high water to catch a glimpse of a bird that is not on her "life list". The two of us took a trip to the Sheboygan area very early on Tuesday to look for a bird that had been reported on the Wisconsin Birding List. This is an Internet Wiki that bird brains (and I mean people very knowledgable about birds) report sightings. The site is .......
We went to Sheboygan searching for the "Purple Sandpipers" that had been reported in the area. These are arctic birds that normally don't visit Wisconsin.

The people we met at North Point Park were amazing. Many were bundled up in gear suitable for dog-sled racing, but they had all their binoculars, scopes, and cameras with them. They had also come from substantial distances (Racine, Madison, etc.) because they also had seen the notation on the Birding List. It turns out that the Purple Sandpipers were no longer there. We did see and photograph some Long-Tailed Ducks, Buffleheads, Black Ducks and Goldeneyes. North Point Park is a very nice place which gives great credit to the Sheboygan community. We swore to come back in warmer weather.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

WLTA IN 2007

I will be a little more deeply involved in WLTA activites in 2007 and 2008 because of positions I have accepted within the organization. One of the things I intend to do in my new roles is to keep you all informed of what the organization is doing. I realize that some of you give information through "listservs" or being recipients of the WLTA newsletter, but I'm hoping to reach others as well through this blog.

Each board meeting will have the primary missions of the organization as standing agenda items. Thus I will report to you on the latest information regarding: 1) Trustee education; 2) Advocacy/Legislative issues of immediate importance; 3) Friends of Libraries issues; and 4) WAPL and WLA conference planning.

By making comments to the blog postings, YOU can have your voice heard, your opinions considered, and potentially influence how WLTA addresses its mission in this State.


As we navigate through this Holiday Season with at least some of us looking eagerly toward the "freshness" of a new year it seems that everyone and his brother has a blog. (Including me!) Some have said that 2007 will be the crest of the wave of blog activity. One of the new bloggers (after being relieved of his duties in the U.S. Congress) is Tom DeLay. He can be found at if you're interested.

I personally doubt that he is writing all of the content himself, but one interesting thought has shown up on his blog. His position is that Hillary Clinton will win the Democrat nomination for President with Barack Obama being nominated for Vice-President. He feels that this pair will win the 2008 election! His reasoning for their victory is that he feels the Internet will play a huge role in the outcome of the election and that not enough conservatives are spending much time on the Net. Interesting!!

With TIME magazine naming "YOU" as the Person-Of-The-Year for 2006 because of your involvement and influence on society through interactive media choices, Delay could be right!

Monday, December 25, 2006


I'm back! A combination of holiday preparations, Charter Communications problems, and I guess blogger fatigue have kept me off the computer. But it's Christmas morning and I'm back. I had talked about the possibility of a "Brown Christmas". Forget it! It's White and it became White with a vengeance! The latest figures I heard was the that the storm which hit the Wausau area caused over 30,000 people to be without power for some period of time. My wife and I had no power for only about 8 hours but many people had no juice for better than a day. For us it was long enough to remind us how dependant we are on that flimsy spiderweb of wires covering our nation. We are much better prepared for lack of power at our cottage. Up there we encounter power outages every month of the year because of the huge number of trees, all of which are capable of being toppled by some violence of natural forces and bringing down power lines with them. We make preparations when storms are forecasted, are ready if they hit, and react without panic or x%z!*# type of words when it does hit. Often the candles, the fire in the fireplace, the snuggling are fun - even romantic. But when we assume our citified personalities the outages are major problems.

Well, that's over and the recovery came in time for us and friends and relatives to enjoy a fine Christmas Eve Celebration. We exchange gifts at this time rather than on Christmas day, and Santa was very generous this year. We ate more goodies than we should have, but that is always just a small step backward to launch us into that annual weight reduction program that begins on January 1st. (Or is it right after all the bowl games are over?).

In any event, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all. I've got a backlog of items to post which I hope will be of interest to some if not all. Keep coming back. I invite you to make a comment or two.

Saturday, December 16, 2006


This old photo reminds me much of Christmas trees my family had when I was a child. The tree we got was really of little consequence as my father always put on so much tinsel that you virtually could not see the tree. The process of putting the tinsel on was very precise, slow, and laborious. (Much like a "MONK" program I saw last year). And the process of taking the tinsel off was more of the same. My dad always had to save as much of the tinsel as possible for use the following year.

This year my wife and I cut down a tree on a tree farm on a cold and windy day. I'm afraid we didn't waste much time in making a selection. We were freezing and all the trees were trimmed and looked very good. When we came to putting the tree in our stand and starting to decorate it, we found it had a trunk like a snake. Despite having a nice shape, in some places the branches are 18" long on one side and 3 feet long on the opposite side. We started to get angry but couldn't stay that way for very long, because the tree is so funny. We laugh more every time we take a look at it.

I guess one solution would be to put on tinsel like my father used to do, but I don't have the patience for that. I will put on as many ornaments as I can to try to cover up the flaws. I'll pile the presents up high (instead of wide) under the tree to try to hide the weird angle at which the trunk comes out of the stand. And if our friends and family laugh at our tree, we'll just laugh along with them. We've been doing that already!

Thursday, December 14, 2006


I may be preaching to the choir on this subject, but I wanted to make sure you were aware of READ ON WISCONSIN! This project was started and sponsored by Jessica Doyle, Wisconsin's First Lady. The purpose of the program is to encourage reading and discussion of books among young people. Books are suggested for different age groups so kids from all over the state can talk about a specific book with their peers.

As an extension of the program the South West Library Service has purchased software that makes full size posters. They have been obtaining photos of public figures reading their favorite book and superimposing the image on the software's book related backgrounds. The idea is to show that people you know enjoy reading books.

I understand that the Wisconsin Valley Library Service is also investigating obtaining this software.

Great Idea!


This week's edition of the LII newsletter has several great sites relating to the Holiday Season for you to check out:

The North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks Santa's trip around the world on Christmas Eve. The site goes live the morning of December 24, but prior to that, test videos made of Santa's earlier activities in the calandar year are available for viewing. The site provides biographical information about Santa Claus, a sampler of Christmas music, and brief information about NORAD

What does the earth look like from Santa's sleigh as he travels around to deliver presents? This Smithsonian site provides images of vegetation, tropical forests, oceans, floods and storms, mountains and volcanoes, agriculture, urban areas, and more!

Inspirational ideas for honoring traditions, decorating your home with festive flair, decking your halls in holiday greenery and creating handmade oranment, gifts and cards for the winter holidays. From HGTV

These tips are designed to keep you free of debt stress. It lays out a game plan for spending and giving. It also includes links to related articles with tips that may help reduce the financial impact of the holidays.

This article offers ideas for taking photos of tree lights, candles, holiday lights on building, etc. It includes tips for both film and digital photography.

Library Internet Index


Are you considering having a Green Christmas? I'm not talking about the fact that most of us have no snow on the ground. I'm talking about "Green" from an environmental point of view. A website that I like has an article on this subject in it's latest iteration. This is the Australian Broadcasting Company site. You may not want to do anything to save the Australian rain forest, but you may get some ideas from the general theme of the page. Listed below is the URL for the science portion of their site. Look for the "Green Christmas" article under "Bernie's Guide For Xmas Shopping". There are also a lot of other interesting items on the ABC site as well, including many podcasts. It's always interesting to see and hear what they're talking about "down under"

Sunday, December 10, 2006


Bret Harte was an American author who lived from 1836 - 1902. Although born in New York he made his first mark on jounalism by editing and writing a newspaper called NORTHERN CALIFORNIAN . He wrote books such as A WARD OF THE GOLDEN GATE . In other words he wrote about the San Francisco area.

Today Brett Favre leads the Packers into the land of the San Francisco 49ers to attempt to put an end to the Pack's three-game losing streak. But are Wisconsin people going to be more interested in Brett Favre and San Francisco today or Bret Harte and San Francisco?

In today's Wausau Daily Herald, Deb Fecteau of the Marathon County Public Library reports that since the Packers started losing a lot of games, activity at the library has picked up on Sunday afternoons. She admitted that weather could be a factor or sheer coincidence. But in any event Packers losses seem to be generating increased activity in books!

So today, will your choice be BRET or BRETT ??

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Just a reminder. Today is the day that folks in the Wausau area attempt to break the world caroling record. Also today is the day that the Marathon County Historical Society fires up their time machine and treats visitors to a 19th Century Christmas.
If you're in the area do try to participate in these events. It also wouldn't hurt if you dropped part of the family fortune in our stores. Uncle Fred deserves more than just that lousy tie!


The "Reference" area of libraries has been a focus of activities in many communitities in recent times. Part of the focus has been to reduce the size of the library's collection because of limited use. The reduction in use is a fallout of availablity of similar information on the internet.

Therefore many libraries are having to re-think their position and their function in this area. There is a good blog that discusses the nuances of the problem/opportunity.

Check it out at :

Friday, December 08, 2006


Another article has appeared in a major U.S. newspaper regarding closing of EPA Libraries. Today the New York Times carried an article written by Leslie Burger, President of the American Library Association and also Director of the Princeton Public Library. Check it out at :,c=th


As we sit here sandwiched between a season of giving thanks and a season of giving, it seems we are bombarded with eternal words of wisdom from the talking heads on TV, newspaper pundits, and magazine moghuls.

However, I did run across a quotation from the works of JOSEPH ADDISON that I found both practical as well as inspirational.

Good old Joe said, "The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for".


On Saturday, December 2nd, the Friends of the Library in Medford held their annual Holiday Season fundraiser. Included was a silent auction of baskets of goodies, a bake sale, and the keystone of the event, a tour of homes in the area. Those who sign up for the tour get to see how the homes are decorated for the Holidays, not only on the outside --- but the inside as well! This event is very popular in the Medford area. Their FOL President, Rose Marie Lefebvre, reports that they made $4000 to help support activities at their library, with a very minimal cost for the project! Congratulations, Medford!

Rose Marie was one of the facilitators at the September 30th NORTHWOODS CONFERENCE OF FRIENDS & LIBRARY SUPPORTERS. She led the discussion on other ways to raise funds besides booksales. In Medford they obviously practice what they preach.

Thursday, December 07, 2006


This week's list of approved sites from the Librarian Internet Index includes several relating to the Christmas Holiday Season. These are really worth your time exploring.

THE CHRISTMAS STORY........This is an interactive site celebrating the Christmas season by using images of objects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. The sacred texts are read by Phillippe de Montebello, director of the Museum.

SOLSTICE, SACAEA-SATURNALIA, YULE, AND TODAY ........ This site examines "the ancient origins of the winter holiday season" and how pagan and Christian celebrations have merged into Christmas traditions.

SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM WERNER DREWES ........ This is an exhibition of print greeting cards designed by painter and printmaker Werner Drewes (1899-1985). The 24 holiday greeting card images are from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

HOLIDAY GIVING GUIDE ........This site provides tips for making decisions about donations. The data is from Charity Navigator, an organization that works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America's largest charities.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


If you are interested in libraries and library activities I've got an early Christmas present for you. One of the librarians at the Marathon County Public Library has a super blog that she has started which covers many of the above mentioned subjects. She's very skillful and knowledgable both from the library and blogger aspects and I'm sure you'll enjoy Phyliss's page.

Check it out at :


It's a little early to start talking about New Year's Resolutions, but I've got one for myself that I have to be able to hit the ground running with when we reach 2007. So, I've got to start now! One of the most important things I've learned in the 2 1/2 months I've been blogging is how little I know about the whole process. I believe it was Socrates that said that one of the most important pieces of knowledge that he possessed was knowing how ignorant he was. As I've begun blogging and have looked at the product that others are turning out, I have certainly been humbled. As a result, I am committed to taking an on-line course on HTML so I can deliver a better blog next year.

I intend to have a calendar on the site that readers can access to view the schedule of Friends and Library events throughout the state. I intend to have tables of links to key Friends, Library and Library Association websites. I intend to have tables of links to other blogs that would be of interest to people who view mine. I intend to have more links to relative sites within the body of the messages I impart. And I intend to do much better on this resolution than I will probably do on the one about how much weight I'm going to lose in 2007!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


On December 9th, The Marathon County Historical Society will be providing the Wausau area with an opportunity to experience what Christmas was like in the early 1900s, when it holds its annual Holiday Open House. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available through historic downtown Wausau, and will run continuously throughout the afternoon.

Both houses of the Society will be decorated for the season and the Yawkey House Museum will include a 1900s Christmas tree. Seasonal music will be performed on harp, flute and cello. Readings of classic Christmas stories will be given every half-hour in the afternoon at the Headquarters location. Holiday craft making activities will be available for the children. Student ensembles will also perform special holiday music. Vintage Christmas decorations, old postcards and books of the season will be on display. Light refreshments will be served.

This sounds like a great event to participate in after you've been downtown joining in on the caroling. For more information call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.


On Saturday, December 9th, citizens of the Wausau area will be attempting to set a new World's Record for Christmas Carol singing. Last year about 2,000 people gathered at the 400 block in downtown Wausau to sing. According to Wausau Area Events Executive Director Leah Alters, the group is striving to get 4 times that many singers this year.

The current World record is held by Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. in which they got together 7,514 carolers on December 3rd of 2004. Alters feels that although breaking the record is a daunting task, she feels that Wausau can do it.

There was some controversy regarding last year's event relating to choice of secular or religious songs. But direct appeals to Wausau churches appears to have solved the problem. The group is counting on some church choirs to be in attendance as part of the carolers.

The event will not be easy to pull off as the 400 block square is 1.34 acres. This meens that each participant in a record breaking crowd would have a 2.5 square foot area to stand it. But whether or not the record is broken, gathering such a very large group to sing carols together will still be a very special thing. Best of luck in the effort and "We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you............."

Note: the photograph is a Wausau Daily Herald shot of last year's event.

Monday, December 04, 2006


The Friends of the Library group in Eau Claire have a simply great program. Each year they take some of the funds generated from their numerous book sales, along with other gifts and purchase new children's books to be distributed at Christmas time. Much of the community gets involved in the project as in 2005 it was a collaborative effort of the Friends of the Library, the Salvation Army, Borders books-Music-and Cafe', Eau Claire Memorial High School, Girl Scout Troup #254 of Lakeshore Elementary, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Association of Student Social Workers. These groups made it possible to purchase, collect and distribute the books.

In 2005 they collected nearly $3,000 and were able to purchase over 1,000 books in addition to the over 2,000 books that were donated. Many individuals and groups in the community donated books. Three first-graders from the Meadowview Elementary school adopted the project and collected books for the Friends to pass on.

Over a three-day period, 1,383 books were distributed at the Salvation Army. In addition to that, books were give to 10 other organizations in the community for distribution. The 2005 co-chairs, Joan Schnagl and Mary Sherman estimate that 50 volunteers gave nearly 200 hours of their time to make the project fly.

What a tremendous project! And the 2006 project is underway right now !! One of their focuses for this year is for books aimed at the newborn to age 2 crowd. Eau Claire must be very proud and appreciative of their Friends of the Library group and all who help them. Santa takes his hat off to you!!!


The Christmas season is upon us. My wife and I cut down our tree on Saturday. It is still out on our deck waiting to be brought in and accepted as a member of the family. But we've been working on other aspects of decorating first. We're employing a slow and easy method so we can sit back and enjoy each step of our handiwork. Christmas carols fill the air all day long from the Charter Television holiday music channel. We're blowing the family fortune on Christmas gifts.
It's a fun time of year. I hope you're having a good time too.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Writers generally have to do something to grab the attention of their readers very early in their works, or the book is likely to be put down. A friend who occasionally likes to read mysteries has said that if there is not a dead body in the first 60 pages I quit reading. What is your limit to hold your attention? The first chapter? The first paragraph? How about the first line??

I found a listing of what the compiler calls the 100 Best First Lines of Novels. See if you agree and check it out at :


Some times it helps to keep our egos in line when we put things in perspective. I recently found a site which vividly displays the relative size of well-known celestial objects.

Check it out at :

Saturday, December 02, 2006


This time of year, more than any other, the spirit of giving abounds. I saw an ad in a magazine I received in today's mail that struck on that chord. It was an ad for the Peace Corps and said " LIFE IS CALLING -- HOW FAR WILL YOU GO?"

I'd almost forgotten about this organization, but quickly recalled a time where almost everyone knew someone who had been in the Peace Corps, and admired them for their experience. Even President Jimmy Carter's mother enlisted in The Corps. I think our society has lost much of it's " Age of Aquarius " vision. But it's good to know that the Peace Corps still lives. One could speculate on the Corps being a new life for some of those retiring Baby-Boomers. One has to speculate on what wonders they could accomplish to change America's tarnished image in the world community. As John Lennon said, "IMAGINE !!"

Check it out at


A decade or so ago, one of my best friends who lives in Vermont introduced me to an institution called THE VERMONT COUNTRY STORE. It's a family business that's been around since 1946 that specializes in "practical and hard-to-find" items. Their catalogs are always fun to go through, but the Christmas edition is especially a treat. The catalog carries a wide variety of exotic candies and baked goods (many laced with rum, brandy or whiskey). There are a lot of "practical" clothes that you haven't seen in a catalog for 30 years. There are reproductions of family games, such as the original 1934 edition of Monopoly. But most interesting to me is their collection of books for the Holidays.

Where else can you find a boxed six-volume set of McGuffey's Readers; or The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus; a six-volume set of Nancy Drew mysteries; or The Uncle Wiggly Story Book; or how about a reprinting of a 1934 volume for your grandson called "How to Speak Politely - And Why"; or a complete collection of the Original Peter Rabbit Tales; or the 60th Anniversary Keepsake Collection of "The Little Golden Books".

You'll enjoy their website at


Last evening my wife and I appropriately started, on December 1st, our celebration of the Holiday Season by starting to decorate the house and by watching the movie WHITE CHRISTMAS on Turner Classic Movies. It's a great film, and as Robert Osbourne reports in the intro to the film, Danny Kaye (the number 3 box-office draw in 1954) is joined in the movie by Bing Crosby (the number 1 box-office draw of the time). What a different world it was then when the stars we most often went to see in the movie-theatres were song and dance men!
In retrospect, it seems to have been a much simpler time. Yet, I was in high school at the time, and I thought life was pretty complex. I think the difference is we now know how it comes out. Much of the "drama" of the time has evaporated. Today, we don't know how it will come out. And I think that it's fine to be a "spectator" looking back at the past, but we need to be a "participant" in our own time. Further, we need to be "activists" and "advocates" so that we help direct HOW it is going to come out. The complex issues of today, particularly as they bear on libraries, need our active, aggressive participation. We can't afford to be spectators. 50 years from now people may look back and refer to this time period as "the good old days", if we do our part well!

Friday, December 01, 2006


Saturday, December 2nd is the Northwoods Festival of Trees in Manitowish Waters. This event is sponsored by the Frank B. Koller Library. They have been soliciting entrants since October. Tomorrow the trees will be on display at the Manitowish Waters Community Center and will be raffled off. All proceeds received will go to the library.

What a way to get your Christmas tree.......already decorated !!!


Heather Eldred, the Director of Wisconsin Valley Library Service issued a message this week on the wvlsmax listserve regarding "Gifts for Library Lovers". It came to her from the FOLUSA (Friends of Libraries USA) listserve. As Heather says, "It includes some very clever items and I like the idea that you can customize the list for a handout from your library/Friends group etc." Check it out at .....


The Keynote Address at the 9/30 Northwoods Conference of Friends and Library Supporters was delivered by John DeBacher of the Department of Public Instruction. He spoke on the needs of the retiring Baby Boomer Generation and how this would affect libraries. Their passion for Life-Long Learning distinguishes this group of people.

Today's Christian Science Monitor contains an article called "HITTING THE BOOKS AT ANY AGE" that is well worth reading. Libraries will play an important part in this thirst for knowledge. We must all keep abreast of the wave in order to understand how this will affect our own library and direct the activities of our Friends group. Check it out at:


Recently, Lisa Strand of the Wisconsin Library Association authored an e:mailing regarding potential closing of an EPA library in Wisconsin. Today the Christian Science Monitor contains an article entitled "AS EPA LIBRARIES GO DIGITAL, PUBLIC ACCESS SUFFERS". It's well worth reading, and acting upon as Lisa suggested. Check it out at