- Help make work fun by attending Monkey Business Playshop
- SCLS Board Member Biographies
- Member/Staff News
- Portage Public Library breaks ground for addition
- Edible Book Festival returns to UW-Madison's Memorial Library
- PLA offers Innovations in Literacy scholarships
- Continuing Education Calendar
Help make work fun by attending Monkey Business Playshop
It’s only two weeks away, but you can still register for the special Continuing Education “Playshop,” featuring The Monkey Business Institute. The program is scheduled April 10 at The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond, N3540 State Highway 22, Poynette (just south of Wyocena).
The Monkey Business Institute has been spreading the secret benefits of improvisation for almost 10 years. They have helped countless individuals, groups and corporations learn how to use improvisational skills to improve their personal and professional lives.
During this session, you will:
- learn effective methods of collaborating with others in a positive way.
- understand how to build ideas rather than resisting them.
- see the value of being as aware as possible of your environment and the people around you.
- be able to use that awareness to improve your connections to others.
- become more effective at being in the moment and rolling with changes.
- most importantly, have a whole heck of a lot of fun!
More information and a link to registration is available on the SCLS Continuing Education Calendar. There will be a $12 fee for lunch, and vegetarian options will be available. You can pay at registration, or send a check (made out to SCLS) to Heidi Moe at SCLS.
This is a new regular feature of Online Update to help acquaint member libraries with members of the SCLS Board of Trustees.
Jennifer Harrington -- Jennifer, who is the new Board President, is happy to be part of the South Central Library System and give back to libraries, which have given so much to her. A lifelong avid reader, one of Jennifer’s favorite people growing up was Walter, the bookmobile driver. Jennifer and her husband moved to Madison in 2002 and were excited to see such a great library system in Wisconsin.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. She has worked in the energy industry for the past 16 years and is currently the Director of the Natural Gas Business at Alliant Energy. During that time, she has been involved in various leadership roles, project management, business development, risk management and financial analysis. Jennifer hopes to use her expertise in these areas to assist the South Central Library System and its member libraries to better serve patrons.
Joe Carter -- Joe brings a wealth of business and civic experience to the table as a new Dane County representative on the SCLS Board.
As a resident of the city of Madison since 1976, Joe and his wife Jan have been active supporters of the libraries in Dane County and surrounding counties. They raised their family on the far southwestern part of Madison and continue to stay involved in the community through numerous volunteer activities. Currently, Joe is a Senior Project Manager for Alliant Energy with past experience with TDS, Dean Heath Systems, Grant Thornton, IBM and several years as a high school teacher.
Joe has an MBA in Finance and Marketing and is also a certified Project Management Professional. His consulting experience includes guiding many prominent local businesses in the development and implementation of strategic and growth planning initiatives. Joe's hobbies include hiking, traveling, reading, photography and cabinetmaking. He brings a discriminating perspective to the Board with a focus on business management, balanced investments in the community and a watchful eye on the innovative uses of emerging technologies within the library system.
Madison Public Library welcomes Matthew Lamb (Page 2, Monroe Street Library) and Teodora Chiruta (Page 2, Central Library)
It was fitting that dozens of children with plastic shovels and yellow plastic hard hats would be the ones who, ceremonially, inaugurated construction of the 6,500-square-foot, $1.5 million addition to the library. The addition is for them.
In fact, the children kept right on digging as the more traditional aspects of a groundbreaking ceremony -- speeches by grown-up dignitaries -- proceeded around them. Read more, see more photos, and watch videos at the Portage Daily Register website.
The Edible Book Festival is a free -- open to the public -- event, sponsored by the UW-Madison General Library System and UW Memorial Library, in celebration of National Library Week. This year’s event will be held April 16 from 4-6 p.m. at UW-Madison Memorial Library, 728 State Street, in the Memorial Commons, Room 460.
Over the years, "edible books" have been made from cake, breadsticks, chocolate, veggies, and matzo meal. Every entry provides not only some artsy good fun with a dash of creativity, but the promotion of libraries through community engagement. You don’t have to be a food artist to sign-up! Past entries have come from UW faculty & staff and their families, students, community members, and a variety of organizations on and off campus.
Members of the community are encouraged to attend, ogle the edible art, and vote for their favorite entries. This is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids! A cake for attendees will be provided and served so no one is tempted to taste the entries. Certificates and prizes will be awarded in multiple categories by the official judges. As in years past, all who attend will be given the opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” award (a.k.a. “Best in Show”).
The 2013 theme celebrating National Library Week is “Communities Matter.”
Have you been part of a successful, original literacy program at your public library? Or do you know someone who has? If the answer is yes, then learn more about the PLA Innovations in Literacy Scholarships. Eight $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for registration and travel to the PLA 2014 Conference in Indianapolis, March 11-15, 2014.
Candidates must submit an online application describing the public library's achievement in creative literacy programming for the community, how the program increased the use of or improved awareness of the public library, and the candidate’s role in developing or implementing the program. Applicants may preview the application online, and the deadline to apply is March 29, 2013.
The Innovations in Literacy Scholarships are funded by a generous donation from the Cambria Estate Winery, which has a strong tradition of supporting literacy initiatives.