Saturday, August 13, 2016

UPDATE. Marathon County Public Library: Annual circulation and program attendance, 2009-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Record (2015 preliminary)

MCPL recent news:
Children's museum in library a no-go.  (Wausau Daily Herald, 8/1/2016)
The third floor of the downtown library, which museum organizers had their sights set on, was built late in the process of renovations to the building and has a limited weight capacity, making it fit for meeting rooms or office space but not museum displays and patrons, said Ralph Illick, the library director. "When we got far enough into the process to talk about capacity limits, we learned that it would be extremely expensive to augment," Illick said. "Renovations would be very intrusive." 

Library programs offer exercise for your mind.  (Wausau Daily Herald, 7/1/2016)
Marathon County’s nine regional branches will host events, activities and performances based on the topics of sports, health and fitness. Tied to the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil, the entire programming slate is geared towards increasing residents’ awareness and interest in giving their mind and body the boost they need.

Finding fast friends at the library.  (Wausau Daily Herald, 6/10/2016)
Getting out of their comfort zone isn't something that most adults are good at, at least when it comes to making friends. But Tuesday night, a group of adults aimed to knock down those barriers by attending a new program called friend speed dating at the Marathon Public Library's Wausau branch. 

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Brown County Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Waukesha Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (8/12/2016)
Kenosha Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
La Crosse Public Library.  (8/13/2016)


Original 8/17/2015 post starts here.




Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

Marathon County Public Library


UPDATE. La Crosse Public Library: Circulation and program attendance, 2009-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent LPL news:
Dark History: Librarians share the lurid and macabre of downtown La Crosse.  (La Crosse Tribune, 6/20/2016)
A sunny afternoon took a sinister turn on Saturday during the Dark La Crosse trolley tour. Tales of murder, ghosts and prostitution gave patrons a taste of La Crosse’s more sordid history. Barry McKnight of the La Crosse Public Library’s Archives Department narrated the tour, intoning, “Our dark nature is everywhere. You can’t avoid it.”

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Brown County Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Waukesha Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (8/12/2016)
Kenosha Public Library.  (8/13/2016)


Original 8/15/2015 starts here.





Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

La Crosse Public Library




UPDATE. Kenosha Public Library: Circulation and program attendance, 2009-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent KPL news:
They found their life's work at the library.  (Kenosha News, 7/14/2016)
At Kenosha Public Library, however, several employees have stayed for the duration of their careers. According to Barbara Brattin, KPL director and Kenosha County Library director, 17 of its 118 staffers have been on board for more than 20 years each. 
Kenosha libraries join regional system.  (Kenosha News, 6/10/2016)
The Kenosha County Library System is launching a newly expanded catalog later this month, following a merger with Lakeshores Library System of Racine and Walworth counties. The new catalog and records made available by the merger expands Kenosha Public Libraries and Community Libraries access from 440,000 items to 2 million. They come online Thursday

Library collections change with the times.  (Kenosha News, 10/22/2015)
The library system — both in its brick-and-mortar buildings and on its website — has thousands of resources that go well beyond books. At Southwest Library, librarians said some of the least-known items available for checkout or use in the buildings range from a magnifier that can help decipher tough-to-read documents, to digital conversion kits patrons can use to convert old VHS tapes to digital formats. For students, there are online study guides for Advanced Placement exams available under the “homework help” tab on the system’s website, and music files that can be downloaded form home.
Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Brown County Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Waukesha Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (8/12/2016)


Original 8/2/2016 post starts here.





Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)


Friday, August 12, 2016

It's a good thing: Donald Trump channels Paul Revere & the Raiders



Quoted in Donald Trump to evangelicals: Make me president and I’ll ‘bring back’ church attendance.  (DeadState, 8/12/2016)



"Good Thing" made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 3, 1966.  It charted for 12 weeks, peaking at #4.

Trump was a student at the Wharton School of Business at the time.

And ever since that time, Sunday School has been one of his main topics of conversation.

GOP rally in La Crosse: It might be a crowd, but the room is certainly not crowded



An estimated 300 attend the rally in a meeting space with way too many chairs set up.  That's why they have room dividers.


Other Republicans in attendance at this yawnfest:
  • Gov. Scott Walker
  • Rep. Sean Duffy
  • Former State Sen. Dan Kapanke (running against current State Sen. Jen Shilling, D-La Crosse)

FYI:  Vote totals in August 9 partisan primaries:

UPDATE. Hedberg Public Library, Janesville: Circulation and program attendance, 2009-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent HPL news:
Hedberg Public Library to receive bookmobile.  (Janesville Gazette, 4/29/2016)
The bookmobile is the brainchild of a Rock County Leadership Development Academy team. The academy is a non-profit that attracts community members interested in becoming better leaders or growing professionally, said Kyle Mair, manager at accounting firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause.
Hedberg Public Library encourages literacy with story time program.  (Janesville Gazette, 4/24/2016)
"Early literacy is a big part of everything we do at the library," Dietrich said. "It's mostly getting them ready to read. That can mean getting the kids excited about reading and working on all those little skills that most people are doing anyway, but maybe not realizing the connection. It is so important for children beginning to read to point out words in the book and what they are and all those little things that we can share with the parents in story time. We give them suggestions of things they can do at home."
Hedberg Public Library sees ways to stay relevant as community's needs change.  (Janesville Gazette, 3/27/2016)
Hedberg Public Library recently embarked on another attempt to invest in the community center aspect. In December, the library's board of directors voted to raise up to $3.5 million for a remodeling project to enhance the library's public events programs, technology and more.

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)

Original 7/31/2015 post starts here.




Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

Hedberg Public Library

Other circ/program attendance posts:
Madison Public Library.  (7/23/2015)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (7/25/2015)
Brown County Public Library. (7/26/2015)
Appleton Public Library.  (7/27/2015)
Waukesha Public Library.  (7/29/2015)

UPDATE. Waukesha Public Library: Circulation and program attendance, 2009-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)


Original 7/29/2015 post starts here.




Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

Other circ/program attendance posts:
Madison Public Library.  (7/23/2015)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (7/25/2015)
Brown County Public Library. (7/26/2015)
Appleton Public Library.  (7/27/2015)

UPDATE: Appleton Public Library: Circulation and program attendance, 2009-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent APL news:
Appleton considers mixed-use library.  (Appleton Post-Crescent, 5/17/2016)
A “mixed-use” facility would involve a library and another development — such as a community center, housing, retail or commercial space — being housed in the same building.
Editorial:  Mixed-use library is great, but it'll take work.  (Appleton Post-Crescent, 5/20/2016)
The idea of a mixed-use library building is not unprecedented. Portland, Oregon, has a library branch with housing on the upper floors. Milwaukee is trying out the concept with its branch libraries, too. Closer to home in Kaukauna, the library is renting a floor of the Eagle Mill project and the result has been well-received. It all seems to be a good fit — apartments and libraries especially would make great neighbors.

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)


Original 7/27/2015 post starts here.






Other circ/program attendance posts:
Madison Public Library.  (7/23/2015)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (7/25/2015)
Brown County Public Library.  (7/26/2015)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Manitowoc Company, city's 2nd largest employer, moving 500 jobs to the Keystone State


Once upon a time, the Mirro Corporation employed more than 2,000.   The cookware manufacturer closed this production facility in 2003.

2016 photo by Retiring Guy

500 to lose jobs at Manitowoc Company.  (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, 8/11/2016)
Where's WEDC when you really need them.  "It will be a real dent in our community," Reis said of the loss of crawler crane manufacturing in Manitowoc. "We lost Hamilton, we lost Mirro and this is another thing we are losing. These are high-paying jobs, and we're losing the professionals associated with it. To me, it is a sad day from a community standpoint, because we need all the companies we can have here."


UPDATE. Brown County Public Library: Circulation and program attendance, 2009-2015





Recent BCPL news:
Out-of-county library fees cost taxpayers.  (Green Bay Press Gazette, 7/15/2016)
Kewaunee County has recently been billed $50,090 by Brown County for use of its libraries in 2015. The bill is due by March 1, 2017. This follows the 2014 bill that was sent to Kewaunee County in the sum of $54,970 and paid by March 1, 2016. 
This is not an uncommon practice, said Schneider.. It has been state law since 2006 under Act 420 that a consolidated public library system, like Brown County, can bill adjacent counties like Kewaunee County, who are not consolidated for library services. A consolidated public library system is one that is maintained and financed through the county, she said.

Brown County to again consider library changes.  (Green Bay Press Gazette, 4/19/2016)
Several of the options would involve significant changes to the system’s flagship library in downtown Green Bay, but changes also are possible at one or two of the eight branches as the system’s management looks at how the libraries can best serve county residents a decade or more into the future.

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (8/11/2016)


Original 7/26/2016 post starts here.






Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

Other circ/program attendance posts:
Madison Public Library.  (7/23/2015)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (7/25/2015)

UPDATE. Milwaukee Public Library: Circulation and program attendance, 2009-2015




Recent MPL news:
Four Milwaukee Public Library branches extend hours.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/9/2016)
Milwaukee Public Library kicks off Library Loud Days series.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/28/2016)

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)


Original 7/25/2015 post starts here.




Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

Related reading:
Milwaukee Public Library sets goal to enroll 25,000 youth in reading program.  (Fox6, 5/18/2015)