Library Links

Best Books of 2016: NPRs Book Consierge - More than 300 books (limit the list by combining a number of filters) recommended by staff and critics of National Public Radio.


2017 LSTA Grant Guidelines for Wisconsin -  A pdf information guide includes a Table of Contents with clickable links to chapters, category information, and examples of documents for the upcoming application and evaluations. All grant applications are due October 14, 2016. For more information visit the Department of Public Instruction.


Signing Savvy Language - Sign language resource. A few key signs used with babies can enhance communication and early literacy skills, reinforce bonding and increase contentedness.


DPI E-Rate Google Community - Join the library community forum to discuss issues related to E-Rate. Click the ASK TO JOIN button.


The Universal Services Administrative Company - Universal service is money collected from telecommunications companies for funding initiatives (such as public library E-Rate) that help all Americans stay connected with affordable telecommunications service. The USAC provides resources and tools to help understand funding mandates.


Wisconsin E-Rate News - The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) provides updates, instructions, and webinars to keep you informed of the latest e-rate.


FAQ on Public Library Filtering - Learn about The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliance requirements for federal funding of internet infrastructure through LSTA grants and eRate.


Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) - CIPA places restrictions on the use of funding that is available through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and on the Universal Service discount program (E-rate). These restrictions take the form of requirements for Internet safety policies and technology which blocks or filters certain material from being accessed through the Internet.


Fencing Out Knowledge - A study of the impact CIPA has had on those who rely on public internet to access information and learning opportunities.


Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries - A report (pdf) of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries.


A Book and a Hug - devoted to helping kids, parents, teachers and librarians find just the right book for every kid.


Little eLit - A professional learning network providing resources for incorporating new media into library collections, literacy services and programs for families with young children..


Storytime Programming Blogs - Storytime Underground provides a list of blogs with ideas for early literacy and programming for kids of all ages.


Raising Lifelong Readers - Brightly is a website guide for parents featuring reading recommendations for children of all ages. 


Web Design Best Practices Checklist - Recommended design elements that convey quality and professionalism with an organized, uncluttered layout, and a good use of images and text.


Wisconsin Tax e-file - It's free, secure and accurate! Each year, more Wisconsin taxpayers file their income tax returns electronically using the e-file application called Wisconsin e-file. Many taxpayers get their refunds within a week with direct deposit.


Wisconsin Online Tax Form Database - All Wisconsin tax forms.


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -  Free Financial Education Publications are available for Libraries to help consumers learn more about money. Free copies are available for each publication.


Wisconsin Libraries Blog - News from the Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology has been upgraded from the Channel weekly newsletter to a blog platform for reporting library news.


Touch and Learn - Provides apps for a unique storytime format that works well in place of flannel boards.


A Librarian's Guide to Homelessness - A video presented by Ryan Dowd of Hesed House, a shelter in Aurora, IL explaining the culture of poverty with practical suggestions on working with library users who are homeless or suffering from mental illness.


New Library Director Boot Camp - Resources for library directors from the 2014 New Library Director Boot Camp.


Storybird - An online storytelling community for anyone interested in making visual stories from the works of International illustrators and animators.


OnGuardOnline.gov - A federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.


Community Engagement Resources - The American Library Association (ALA) is offering free materials designed to strengthen the library's leadership role to bring positive change to their communities.


Transforming Library Spaces - WebJunction provides resources for exploring ways to transform your library space for community engagement. • An article summary • A guide (pdf format) • A webinar (1 hour recorded) and slides


American Libraries Live - Free, streaming video broadcasts about library issues and trends. Each episode discussion features a panel of library industry experts, and viewers can ask questions during the program via chat. Programs are archived. American Libraries Live is a production of American Library Association. Online registration allows viewers to receive reminders of upcoming programs.


Libraries Matter: Impact Research - A listing of studies that are useful in making the case about the economic, educational and social value of libraries. Also available are a series of short videos emphasizing the important role libraries play in the community.


Libraries Transforming Communities - An ALA initiative offering librarians free advocacy materials highlighting the library's important leadership role in the community.  Several guides are available, some of which are accompanied by a webinar.


Common Sense Media  - Make smart media choices using Common Sense Media, a large, trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Topic Centers and the Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.


GuideCentral - Makers from all over the world share their talents with a community of like-minded crafters and DIY enthusiast.


Make It @ Your Library -  Librarians can easily identify and select Instructables.com DIY projects for makerspace programs that are cost, age and content appropriate for specific communities.


Kidsites.com lists safe websites by topics for Education, Fun and Grownups.


Read On Wisconsin! is a literacy program promoting high-quality books for children and teens throughout our state. Each month features Read On Wisconsin titles for children and teens in five different age-level groups. These books are recommended for read-alouds, book discussion selections, feature displays, or for other ways you connect Wisconsin children and teens with books. The website provides forums for sharing programming ideas and an opportunity for kids to share booktrailers.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten - A statewide public library literacy initiative, funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act, providing resources to encourage parents to read aloud to their preschool children and instill the lifelong love of reading.


American Museum of Natural History's Online Image Database - The American Museum of Natural History’s (AMNH) research library offers free online access to the museum’s Digital Special Collections, a new database of more than 7,000 archival images, including photographs from 19th century scientific expeditions and illustrations from rare books dating back to the 16th century.


Metacritic - Media entertainment is rated with a score based on reviews from respected critics. Compare what's new this week, what's great this year, and all-time favorites—finding quality entertainment is easy with the Metacritic scorecard.


Internet Movie Database - Information about movies, movie quotes, movie scripts, actors and actresses, movie trailers and more is readily available through a handy advanced search tool.


QwikLit - A tool for understanding literary studies. Various lectures and articles cover all different types of literature, including prose, poetry, theater and theory


Summer Reading Ideas - Browse hundreds of craft ideas for your science themed programs for kids of all ages when you Google Pinterest boards with the 2014 Summer Reading theme.


History of the Great Lakes - A public domain library of the pioneering and state-building era of the Northwest territory that became the five Great Lake states with links to rare historical maps, documents, journals, studies, as well as stories written in the early 1800's by pioneers of the region.


Government Forms - USA.gov provides federal forms (including tax forms) and applications, by agency name.


Library Reads - A new book discovery program featuring top ten books published each month recommended by librarians. Anyone who is regularly employed in a U.S. public library may participate.


Wellcome ImagesWelcome Library has released this new website with over 100,000 digital images for viewing, and in some cases, downloading under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license, which enables their use for either personal or commercial use with attribution of the source. The images include “manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements,” as well as contemporary images.


Growing Wisconsin Readers Blog - The official blog for librarians and early childhood advocates promoting Growing Wisconsin Readers. In addition sharing great ideas, the blog will also highlight helpful resources and research about early literacy.


Promote BadgerLink! - BadgerLink bookmarks and posters are available to Wisconsin organizations. Materials are mailed or sent through library delivery at no charge to you! Simply fill out the online request form.


BadgerLink Resource Guide BadgerLink now offers promotional materials and a quick start guide for navigating the discovery database home page.


Keeping Children Safe - Kids are watching how adults manage stress and conflict. By treating others with kindness and respect, adults show kids there's no place for bullying. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides resources for preventing and addressing bullying, including Cyberbullying