Category: Library Landscape

We Do the Math

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By , March 19, 2018

Lending and borrowing. Libraries try to balance the equation. We want to borrow about the same number of titles as we lend throughout the year. That’s just being neighborly.

A sampling of who requested items so far this morning from the Alma Public Library? Holmen, Campbell, West Salem, Bangor, Norwalk, Viroqua, Wilton, Black River Falls, La Crosse, Necedah, and Coon Valley. That’s 14 library users from 11 different libraries that will be receiving something from our Alma collection this week. Sharing; it’s what libraries do, and so much more!

Badgerlink – Catch the Buzzzzz!

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By , November 2, 2016

The Library + Badgerlink can help you find the facts. 

Sometimes a topic generates a lot of buzz, and you wonder where you can go to get more information. The WI Dept of Public Instruction makes available an online resource called, BadgerLink. Available to all Wisconsin residents, it’s a tool that many people aren’t familiar with, and a worthwhile source of hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles!

Visit the Library if you have a need-to-know. We’ll help you use BadgerLink to find out more about health-related topics, the newest business craze, or even the latest clickbait.

{“From a historical perspective, the techniques employed by clickbait authors can be considered derivative of yellow journalism, which presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines that include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism.” – from Wikipedia}

Wisconsin Blue Books – A Treasure Trove of Information

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By , August 19, 2016

Published since the mid-1880s, the State of Wisconsin Blue Book is a standard reference source for Wisconsin information: population, history, election data, agriculture, industry and much, much more. But don’t let the details dissuade you. Lengthy feature articles on a variety of topics are a pleasant surprise in the middle of this muddle of minutiae.

“Wisconsin at the Frontiers of Astronomy” is one such example. Written by Peter Susalla and James Lattis for the 2009-2010 edition of Wisconsin’s Blue Book, the 87 page article (on glossy paper) includes over 80 photographs and illustrations that help move the reader through time, from the prehistory of Wisconsin astronomy thru the development of telescopes and observatories.

Wisconsin at the Frontiers of Astronomy

“Wisconsin in the Civil War”, written by staff from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and the Wisconsin Department of Veteran’s Affairs, is a 69 page treasure hidden within the 2015-2016 edition.  The article provides a historic survey from the precursors that lead to Civil War, thru to the care of the veterans that lived thru the war.

Wisconsin in the Civil War

The Wisconsin Blue Books can be read cover to cover online, through the UW Digital Collection.  Later copies can also be found on the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau site.

UW Digital Collection – Blue Books

A Changing Library Board

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By , July 27, 2016

The Library is governed by a talented and enthusiastic Library Board. Thank you to Ione Timm who recently tendered her resignation as Board Secretary. Keep smiling and enjoy your time off this Summer!

A Busy Lady

A Busy Lady

Colorful Paper Tree Blooming in the Library

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By , July 24, 2015

C-FC 4H TreeCreative kids in the C-FC – 4H summer library program have designed a fanciful tree that is on display in the library until August 21st. Construction paper leaves and branches in the canopy, and yarn and marker creatures on the trunk make this 10 foot beauty a substantial addition to the library’s inner landscape. Retreat from the heat. Come sit in the shade (and the air conditioning) of your neighborhood library.

Refreshing Our Space

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By , July 24, 2015

Stop into the library if you haven’t done so for a couple of months. We have moved things around a bit to make our library more comfortable for library users!

DVDs and Books on CD are out of the corner and into public view. New Books are ready and waiting in a more open area. Our sturdy oak table will now seat 4 comfortably in a bright but cozy spot. And our upholstered chairs have more room for 4 to sit and chat.

Let us know what you think of these changes!


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