Category: Library Landscape

Library Hours Survey – Please Provide Your Input

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By , August 22, 2018

The Alma Public Library is considering changing the open hours of service.  We’d like to gather input from the community on this important topic with the help of a Library Survey. What do you think?

Are you happy with the current hours? Or Would you like to see a change?  Please respond to our Online Survey using the link included here, or stop into the library to pick up a paper copy. Thank you!

Take the Survey Here!

Library Closed Extra Days in Sept & Oct

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By , August 15, 2018

The Library will be closed two extra days this fall so the staff can take advantage of Professional Development opportunities coming our way! Alma Public Library will be Closed ~ Friday Sept 21, 2018 & Wednesday October 24, 2018.

Sept 21: A Technology Training Grant funded through the Wisconsin Department of Administration will allow staff to attend Tech Days sessions on contemporary web design, Facebook, Google Drive and more!
Oct 24: The Wisconsin Library Association is in La Crosse this year! Staff will be taking advantage of this conference close to home to attend sessions that will help us keep abreast of current trends in library service.

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

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