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Monthly Memo Newsletter | May 2018


Summer Library Programs in Rock County

Eager Free Public Library  Saturday, May 26, 2018
Summer Events Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Register online only: Kids or Teens.
Events and challenges for kids, teens, and adults.

Milton Public Library … Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Registration for June events opens. Call or stop by the library.
Events and challenges for kids, teens, and adults.

Hedberg Public Library … Friday, June 1, 2018
Summer Library Program opens at 9:00 a.m. today! Register online only!
Events and challenges for kids, teens, and adults.

Beloit Public Library … Saturday, June 9, 2018
Summer Library Club Kick-off Party for kids from 1-3 p.m. 
Sign up for the Summer Reading Club, check out fun activities, enjoy Culver’s frozen custard, and more!
Events and challenges for kids, teens, and adults.

Orfordville Public Library … Monday, June 11, 2018
Reading Rocks with Pete the Cat library camp begins Monday, June 11 from 1-3 p.m. and runs all week. Open to kids 4K to entering 5th Grade. Stories, Crafts, Games. More events for all ages throughout the summer – see the schedule.

Edgerton Public Library … Monday, June 11, 2018
Rockin’ Monday Kick Off Fun for kids at 1:00 p.m. June 11. Enjoy a rock star photo booth, cookie decorating, musical experiments, crafts, and more!
Events and challenges for kids and teens/adults.

Clinton Public Library … Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Summer Library Camp Kick Off Party from 12:45-2:00 p.m. for ages 6-12. Let’s start Summer Library Camp with a celebration.

Milton Public Library … Friday, June 15, 2018
All Ages Summer Reading Kick-off Party from1-3 p.m. Come celebrate the start of summer at the library! No registration required.
Events and challenges for kids, teens, and adults.

Summer Library Program is funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Division for Libraries & Technology.

Job Openings at Member Libraries

Youth Services and Technology Coordinator 
at Milton Public Library

Job Closing: Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central
Full Time, $19.00 Hourly

Read Full Job Description Here. 
Plans and coordinates tween (9 – 12 years old) programming and is responsible for tween collection development. Manages library technology: develops and conducts electronic resource classes and makerspace events, assists librarians with other programs as needed, troubleshoots basic computer and software issues, and offers one-on-one computer assistance. Will also maintain library website.  Will also maintain library website and perform circulation desk responsibilities. 

Head of Programming and Partnerships
at Beloit Public Library

Job Closing: Open until Filled
Full Time, Pay Grade 63, Exempt

Read full job description here. 
Under general direction of the Library Director, with wide latitude for independent judgment and decision-making, the Head of Programming and Partnerships is responsible for the organization, planning, development, and operation of Library-wide Programming and Partnerships.

Team Mosaic Visits Beloit Public Library for Two Special Storytimes


Members of Team Mosaic present their book, “Because You Read to Me”, to the storytime crowd a Beloit Public Library.

Team Mosaic of the Leadership Development Academy of Rock County visited Beloit Public Library on April 25th for the 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. story times with Mary Lou.

The team created a book and partnerships with community organizations to promote early literacy. “Because You Read to Me” is a story about all the things a child might become because (s)he was read to. The book is illustrated by two local students and the 15,000 copies will be distributed to families in Rock County through the Rock County Wisconsin – Youth & Families Development Services. Each book has an insert inside inviting families to the library for a free library card and an additional free book to keep provided by the library.


Families can redeem cards like this at their local ALS library for a free library card and book to keep.

Summer Schedule of Early Literacy Events Available

ALS began compiling this systemwide, printable schedule of recurring early literacy events this past winter. The half-sheet flyers are great to take on outreach events, to distribute to community organizations, to share with daycare/childcare providers, and to have available to parents at local early literacy events.

Arrowhead has heard multiple praises for this handy flyer. One mother of five shared she used to keep a similar spreadsheet on her computer, which was hard to keep up to date and she’s thankful she doesn’t have to do it anymore.

These schedules are also a great way to remind the public that no library card is needed to attend storytime or other library events (though they are available for free) and visitors are always welcome.

Download and share this handy summer 2018 storytime schedule! 

April 2018 Circulation Statistics

120,221 Total Circulations in April

108,221 Traditional Circulations (90.4%)
9,197 OverDrive/Libby Circulations (7.7%)
2,302 Hoopla Digital Circulations (1.9%)

Meet Libby, the one-tap reading app from your library.

Hedberg Public Library Releases Transformation Video

Hedberg Public Library worked with Drywater Productions to develop a video outlining the library’s Transformation project and to inspire financial contributions.

Hoopla Digital Now Supported on Additional Platforms

Hoopla Digital allows ALS library cardholders to access eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, recorded TV Shows, music albums, and movies on demand using their mobile device or computer. Until recently, options to cast content to a larger screen was limited to Chromecast or Apple TV.

 features a full page dedicated to all the platforms it’s supported on AndroidTV, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, Chromecast, and Amazon Alexa (coming soon).

Checkout Hoopla Digital’s website.

Gale Courses Update

What are our patrons saying about Gale Courses?

“I would not change a thing.”
~ Accounting Fundamentals

“The Course was fun and helpful with smooth progression. Nice job!”
~ Speed Spanish

“I really enjoyed this course and it’s encouraged me to take more.”
~ Certificate in Meditation

New Courses Added!

  • Intermediate QuickBooks 2018
  • Human Resource Management Suite
  • Introduction to QuickBooks 2018

Enrollment Statistics* 

  • 360 Total Enrollments
  • 1,722 Total Course Logins
  • 142,140 Total in Class Minutes

*From February 5 – May 22, 2018, and does not include numbers from Hedberg Public Library’s subscription.


What’s happening right now?

Visit the PLSR Updates Page for the latest news on the process, milestones, and next steps.


 Contact the Tovah with comments, corrections, or library news.

Email: Tovah Anderson
Public Information Coordinator

Email: Steve Platteter
Arrowhead Library System Director

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Milton, WI 53563 


SHARE Directors’ Council:
Tues., June 5, 11:00 a.m.
at Hedberg Public Library

Board of Trustees Meeting:
Wed., June 13, 6:00 p.m.
at Arrowhead Library System

Librarians Meeting:
Wed., June 20, 9:30 a.m.
at Beliot Public Library, Chair Nick Dimassis

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