Clean up morning

June 4, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Primarily, we will be dusting the library of the dust accumulated over winter. We can use all the help we can get. Thank you!

Happy National Library Week!

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Amnesty Day is Friday, April 1--no fooling!

Return overdue materials today and get your fines and bills cleared on your library card. Make this a part of your spring cleaning schedule!

March 17 was a terrific St. Patrick's Day at the library!

CAIM, Heather Innes and Jacynth Hamill, did songs a cappella and gave us goosebumps! Phenomenal. They also had the audience sing along. Seymour patrons were able to make a beautiful noise!

Wisconsin Library Association Position on the 2011-13 State Executive Budget Bill

The Wisconsin Library Association has issued a news release warning of significant threats to library service if Governor Walker’s proposed biennial budget is approved. Major reductions in school aids, shared revenue to municipalities and UW System aids will mean reduced access to information and professional librarians in public, K-12 and higher education libraries. Wisconsinites could experience reduced access to job training and search tools, interlibrary loan, legal and health information, and school library materials and computers.

The WLA legislative status report shows that in the first year of the biennium, the governor proposes cuts of 10 percent to BadgerLink, public library systems and state contracts with WiLS, Milwaukee Public Library, Cooperative Children's Book Center and the Talking Book and Braille Library.  There are no cuts proposed for the second year of the biennium. In addition, the UW System's request for a Research Commons was not funded, and the proposed $250 million in cuts are to be split between the system and the Madison campus. Finally, maintenance of effort funding for public libraries was eliminated; if approved, this will likely result in curtailed service at many public libraries, with the closure of smaller libraries also possible. The state budget also projects lower earnings for the Common School Fund, impacting purchases for school libraries.

“WLA acknowledges that many programs must share in the pain as our economy struggles to recover, but it is counterproductive to cut libraries when use is increasing and these institutions have been models of efficiency and resource sharing,” said Rhonda Puntney, WLA President.