Saturday, October 13, 2018

UPDATE. McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2017






Related posts:
Madison Public Library. (10/5/2018)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Brown County Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Waukesha Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Appleton Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Kenosha Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
Neenah Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
Marathon County Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
La Crosse Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
L. E. Phillips Library, Eau Claire.  (10/7/2018)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (10/7/2018)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (10/7/2018)
Middleton Public Library.  (10/8/2018)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (10/8/2018)
Racine Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
Brookfield Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
Sun Prairie Public Library. (10/9/2018)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
West Allis Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan.  (10/10/2018)
Verona Public Library.  (10/10/2018)
Manitowoc Public Library.  (10/12/2018)
West Bend Community Memorial Library.  (10/12/2018)
La Crosse County Library.  (10/13/2018)
Franklin Public Library.  (10/13/2018)
Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha.  (10/13/2018)
Portage County Public Library.  (10/13/2018)


11/5/2017 update starts here.







8/20/2016 update starts here.



Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent McMillan news:
McMillan Library offers more than books.  (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 6/24/2016)
McMillan Memorial Library opened its new Digital Media Studio on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The studio is located behind the Fine Arts Center stage at the library and has video, sound and photography equipment, as well as 3-D printers. Library visitors who would like to learn to use the equipment are welcome to use the studio for training and program use.
New educational resource at McMillan Library.  (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 5/23/2016)
In May, McMillan Memorial Library introduced Gale Courses, a new learning resource for the Wisconsin Rapids area. The courses offer instructor-led online classes that focus on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. Students have the option to view each lecture live or watch the recorded video later. Instructors post notes and assignments online throughout the course and will schedule a final test to measure the student's understanding of the material. 
McMillan is well-covered in the local paper.


Original 9/1/2015 post starts here.





How libraries rank



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

McMillian Memorial Public Library website

Related reading:
Libraries, patrons, and e-books.  (Pew Internet, 6/22/2012)
  • Part 1: Libraries in transition.  An introduction to the issues surrounding libraries and e-books
    • The strained relationship between libraries and publishers
    • The current state of play between libraries and publishers 
    • The rise of Amazon
  • Part 2:  Where patrons discover and get their books
    • The way people prefer to get books in general:  To buy or to borrow?
    • Where did the most recent book come from?
    • A closer look at libraries
    • The e-book ecosystem:  Where do e-book readers start their search?


UPDATE. Portage County Public Library: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2017






Related posts:
Madison Public Library. (10/5/2018)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Brown County Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Waukesha Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Appleton Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Kenosha Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
Neenah Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
Marathon County Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
La Crosse Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
L. E. Phillips Library, Eau Claire.  (10/7/2018)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (10/7/2018)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (10/7/2018)
Middleton Public Library.  (10/8/2018)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (10/8/2018)
Racine Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
Brookfield Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
Sun Prairie Public Library. (10/9/2018)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
West Allis Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan.  (10/10/2018)
Verona Public Library.  (10/10/2018)
Manitowoc Public Library.  (10/12/2018)
West Bend Community Memorial Library.  (10/12/2018)
La Crosse County Library.  (10/13/2018)
Franklin Public Library.  (10/13/2018)
Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha.  (10/13/2018)


11/6/2017 update starts here.








8/22/2016 update starts here.



Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent PCPL news:
Portage County library director plans to retire.  (Steven Point Journal, 6/20/2016)
Stack, who became library director in 1994, made the announcement at a recent library board meeting, according to a news release. More than 10 million items were borrowed from the library during his time as director.



Original 9/9/2015 post starts here.





How libraries rank




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

Portage County Public Library website.


Related reading:

Reading & Library Habits in Different Communities.  (Pew Research Center, 12/20/2012)
  • Urban/Suburban/Rural
    • Book readers
    • Device owners
    • Among e-book readers
    • Purposes for reading
    • Library activities
    • Where people get book recommendations


Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits.  (Pew Internet, 10/23/2012)

  •  General reading habits
    • Book readers by age (graph)
    • Book formats read in the past year, by age group (graph)
    • E-books beyond e-readers (graph)
    • How e-content has affected younger Americans' reading habits
  • When to borrow, when to buy
    • Thinking about the last book you read, in any format, did you... (graph)
  • Library use
    • Library use in the past year (table)
    • How important is the public library to you and your family?  (graph)
  • How library patrons' habits have changed since they began borrowing e-books
  • Library patrons' experiences with e-book borrowing
    • How they find out about e-books
    • The checkout process
  • Non e-book borrowers

Libraries, patrons, and e-books.  (Pew Internet, 6/22/2012)


In a perfect world, Brad Schimel's well-deserved run of bad press should tank his re-election chances



There's certainly plenty of evidence
  1. Botching a Lincoln Hills investigation
  2. Suppressing votes
  3. Bungling John Doe investigations
  4. Spending big on swag
  5. Earning the nickname 'Backlog Brad'
  6. Issuing gag orders
  7. Fighting against environmental and consumer protections
  8. Politicizing his office


A dozen employees, both current and former, shared similar concerns with the Cap Times. In addition, 45 former assistant attorneys general signed an open letter in August opposing Schimel’s re-election on the same grounds. About 14 of those who signed the letter, including Greene, outlined their grievances against the state Department of Justice and their support for Josh Kaul, Schimel’s Democratic opponent, at a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday.

Considering that few people know who he is, I'm thinking we should take it as a good sign that Josh Kaul is down just 5 percentage points in the latest Marquette poll.  (His 38% compared to 43% for Schimel.)





Blame it on consolidation of media.  Outside of Madison and Milwaukee, it's USATodayLand.

Other AG Schimel posts:
2018
Are Wisconsin voters ready to reward Attroney General Brad Schimel for his incompetence?  (9/23/2018)
Get me rewrite: Campaign committee to re-elect Brad Schimel issues rape kit testing press release 2 months before election.  (9/11/2018)
Meet Wisconsin's own flibbertigibbet, (5/12/2018)
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, a man withoiut a shred of integrity, sez 'hooray' for voter ID and intimidation.  (4/13/20187)
UPDATE. Mexico border wall support and opposition by generation.  (Marquette Law School poll).  (3/20/2018)
ID and intimidation.   Brad Schimel gets top billing in the Attorneys General Hall of Shame.  (2/28/2018)
Fight fire with fire: Be careful what you wish for, Brad Schimel.  (2/21/2018)

2017
Still marching in the parade of GOP incompetents, Attorney General Brad Schimel.  (12/8/2017)
Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel places himself above the law.  (2/16/2017)
When WI Attorney General Brad Schimel sez "kick ass every day", what does he mean exactly?  (1/7/2017)

2016
UPDATE. So sez Scott Walker/Brad Schimel mouthpiece.  (11/3/2016)
UPDATE. Once again, it's 'mission accomplished' for proponents of voter ID.  (10/13/2016)
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel serves up a partisan mush of GOP talking points.  (9/21/2016)
Despite recent appeals panel ruling, Brad Schimel continues to waste taxpayer money.  (8/24/2016)
Get me rewrite:  Schimel 'misspeaks' again.  (8/16/2016)
Get me rewrite:  Wisconsin is open for polluters.  (7/12/2016)
The best and the brightest: DOJ mouthpiece sez, "Fuck it, we're not doin' our jobs!".  (6/21/2016)
How corrupt is the Walker administration? Read up on 2011 Wisconsin Act 21 for the answer.  (5/11/2016)

2013
Who's Running for Wisconsin Attorney General in 2014: Waukesha County DA Brad Schimel.  (10/10/2013)

Now and then: 1815 Charles Street, Rockford, Illinois (the back yard edition)


The area of the back yard by the side porch of 1815 was a popular place for taking pictures in the Nelson family.  This particular photo preserves a most notable event.  My dad, flanked by his parents, was the first in his family to graduate from college -- Augustana, June 1939.  He went on to attend Augustant Seminary, from which he graduated in 1943.

Photo by a Retiring Guy family member,
Aunt Signe, I'd guess.

And then there's this summer of 1956 family portrait of the George Swanson family.  Aunt Signe is his wife.  They are shown with their children Carolyn and Roland.

Photo by Retiring Guy's Dad

1815 Charles Street hasn't been in the Nelson family for many years, so I always feel a bit like a trespasser whenever I make the pilgrimage there.  My grandparents lived on the first floor until their deaths in the early 1960s.  Svea, my dad's oldest sister, and her husband Harry lived on the second floor, which had a separate entrance at the back of the side porch.  The window just above the downspout provides natural light to the stairs.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Meet Harry and Svea Anderson and Roger Nyquist, Svea's son from her first marriage.  From 1954. (Svea would have moved into the 2nd floor apartment after she married her first husband in 1927.)

Photo by Retiring Guy's Dad

Until the 1970s, when my Uncle Ford still owned the property, the back yard of 1815 contained a large red barn, which contained, among many other items, the wheeled item shown below.  Surprisingly, I haven't been able to find a photo of the barn in the family archives.

But I do have this 1910 photo of my Grandpa Nelson standing beside his horse-drawn milk wagon.

Photo provenance unknown

Related post:
Now and then: 1815 Charles Street, Rockford, Illinois (the front yard edition).  (10/13/2018)

Now and then: 1815 Charles Street, Rockford, Illinois (the front yard edition)


Rockford is my dad's home town, and 1815 Charles Street is where he spent the first 20 years of his life.  He was the youngest of 7 children of Herman and Anna Nelson.  The building with the orange tile overhang used to be a Gulf gas station.

Photo by Retiring Guy

And thanks to this odd framing of a portrait of the Minnerd Stark family, I can offer you proof. The photo was taken during the summer of 1954 on the sidewalk leading to the entrance of 1815.   Within the next decade, most of the trees you see here were lost to Dutch Elm Disease.  (Lila, second from the left, is one of my Dad's 5 sisters.)


Photo by Retiring Guy's Dad

UPDATE. Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha: Annual circulation and program attendance, 2009-2017






Related posts:
Madison Public Library. (10/5/2018)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Brown County Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Waukesha Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Appleton Public Library.  (10/5/2018)
Kenosha Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
Neenah Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
Marathon County Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
La Crosse Public Library.  (10/6/2018)
L. E. Phillips Library, Eau Claire.  (10/7/2018)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (10/7/2018)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (10/7/2018)
Middleton Public Library.  (10/8/2018)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (10/8/2018)
Racine Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
Brookfield Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
Sun Prairie Public Library. (10/9/2018)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
West Allis Public Library.  (10/9/2018)
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan.  (10/10/2018)
Verona Public Library.  (10/10/2018)
Manitowoc Public Library.  (10/12/2018)
West Bend Community Memorial Library.  (10/12/2018)
La Crosse County Library.  (10/13/2018)
Franklin Public Library.  (10/13/2018)


11/5/2017 update starts here.





Elisha D. Smith Public Library in the news:
Menasha library remembers World War I with displays, presentations.  (Appleton Post Crescent, 10/11/2017)




8/21/2016 update starts here.



Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)


Recent Menasha PL news:
Menasha woman see library as community hub.  (Appleton Post-Crescent, 9/11/2015)
So when Hotynski retired in 2011 after working as a nurse in dialysis at local hospitals, the first thing she did was see if they needed help at the Elisha D. Smith Public Library in Menasha.

Original 9/4/2015 post starts here.





How libraries rank



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

Elisha D. Smith Public Library website.



Related reading:
Libraries, patrons, and e-books.  (Pew Internet, 6/22/2012)