Calendar of Events

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See Professional Support to view archived webinars and more information on training resources and continuing education opportunities.


New Year's Holiday
NWLS closed

Taking Care of You
6-8 p.m. (Rhinelander Oneida County Airport)

Part 1 of a 4 part series (Jan. 4, 11, 25, Feb. 1) focuses on practical and healthy ways to manage life's challenges. A $10 fee covers materials and refreshments. Attending at least 3 of the 4 sessions is recommended. Pre-registration is required by December 31. 

Sierra Software Upgrade
early evening

Sierra and the Merlin catalog will be down in the evening for a software upgrade.

Mid-Winter Un-Symposium

Superior (University of Wisconsin-Superior Library)
1:00 – 4:30

The Lake Superior Libraries Symposium will be hosting a mid-winter Un-symposium to help library colleagues network, share resources and discuss issues that matter to you. The event is free with limited space, so sign up today!

NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
10:00  (online and NWLS)

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
(webinar recordings and slides)

Libraries and schools in Wisconsin are invited to attend a free series of webinars sponsored by Wisconsin public library systems. Over three blustery days in January speakers from across the nation will address important current issues relevant to the needs of public libraries. Sessions will be recorded. (1 CEU per hour webinar)

From Facilities to Trauma: Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency at Your Library
(webinar recording and slides)
Learn how to prepare your library to respond to the next disaster or crisis and to support community resiliency.

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Conference About Libraries and Literacy (CALL)
All day (UW-LaCrosse campus)

The 2018 theme is "Librarians as Advocates" will focus on ways to advocate library services.

PLSR Update
9:30 (virtual webinar Q&A)

The Public Library System Redesign Project begins to craft recommendations for DPI based on workgroup reports, surveys, and other considerations. Learn what the library community can expect from the Steering Committee recommendations.There will be plenty of time for your questions.


Presidents Day
NWLS Closed


Wisconsin Library Legislative Day
8:30 – 3:30 (Madison State Capitol) 

This is a great opportunity to network with library supporters from around the state and meet with State Legislators and their staff to discuss the value of libraries and the impact laws have on them. For more information visit Wisconsin Library Association.


What's New in Children's Literature: 2018
2:00 (Webinar)  Infopeople

Discover new books published in late 2017 and Spring 2018 that will be popular with children ages 0-12. Also, find out about books that fit the 2018 summer reading themes of music and travel.


Homelessness in Small Rural Communities: How Libraries Can Help
2:00 (Webinar)  Association for Rural and Small Libraries

Practical insights for libraries in communities with limited social resources for their homeless members.


Where Are They? Getting Out to Get Teens In
1:00 (webinar) Youth Services Section

Are you struggling to get teens in your doors? Let Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services Section members Alicia Woodland (Appleton) and Emily Sanders (Williams Bay) share their stories about doing programming where the teens are and turn your struggle into success.


10 Secret Tips to Support Youth Services
Noon (Webinar) UW-Madison iSchool Alumni 

Join a seasoned youth librarian and consultant to explore ten different ways you can support your youth services and create an even more powerful place in your community’s heart!
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Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (Online)
NWLS Library Directors Meeting
1:00 (Online)



Teen Tech Week
Celebrate the next Teen Tech Week with the theme "Libraries are for Creating," and explore all of the great digital resources and services available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.


6 (6:30pm-8:00pm) or 7 (9:30-noon)
Rhinelander Children's Book Fest
Rhinelander, WI 

Children’s literature specialists from the nationally acclaimed Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) in Madison will book talk and provide an opportunity for hands-on examination of the best books. Children’s Book Fest continues to be the first opportunity outside of Madison for school and public librarians to receive a copy of the latest CCBC Choices! Co-sponsored by Headwaters Reading Council, the School District of Rhinelander and Rhinelander District, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, and Northern Waters Library Service.

Registrants may choose either the evening (1.5 CEU) or the morning (2 CEU) with book browsing until 2 PM daytime program.


NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
Noon (NWLS)


Intergenerational Programs at the Library: Connecting Generations for Healthy Communities
2:00 (webinar) WebJunction

Explore ideas and resources that will turn your library into a community intergenerational catalyst.

Good Friday
NWLS Closed

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National Library Week
Each April since 1958 libraries across the country have been celebrating the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and promoting library use and support. The 2018 theme: Libraries  Lead!



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Wisconsin Association of Public Librarians (WAPL) Annual Conference
Pewaukee, Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center

WAPL represents the interests of public librarians, support staff, trustees, and friends representing public libraries throughout Wisconsin. For conference information visit the Wisconsin Library Association. (3 CEUs per half day attended)


National Library Legislative Day
Liason Capitol Hill Hotel - Washington D.C.
A two-day library advocacy event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress to rally support for library issues, funding and policies. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings. New advocate training will be held on May 1st during briefing.
Note: Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can be a part of the Virtual Library Legislative Day effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials any time the week of May 1-5.


NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)

Directors Meeting
1:00 (NWLS) 
Memorial Day Holiday
NWLS closed

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Lake Superior Libraries Symposium

University of Minnesota Duluth (Kathryn A. Martin Library)

Educators, librarians and library advocates are invited to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. For more information visit Lake Superior Libraries Symposium.


American Library Association Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana (New Orleans Ernest Morial Convention Center)

The ALA national conference is the largest event dedicated to the professional growth of librarians in the world. ALA divisions, round tables and committees present more than 300 programs and pre-conferences on a wide variety of topics. More than 1000 companies showcase the latest information products and services. (3 CEUs per half day attended)

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Independence Day
NWLS closed 


NWLS Board of Trustees
10:00 (Online)


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Merlin Consortium Meeting

10:00 (NWLS)

Library Directors Meeting

1:00  (NWLS)


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Labor Day
NWLS Closed 


NWLS Trustee Board Meeting


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Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference
Radisson LaCrosse and LaCrosse Convention Center

The WLA Conference offers numerous opportunities to connect and to engage in exciting programs, exhibits, presentations and activities. Save on early bird registration!


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Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)
Library Directors Meeting
noon NWLS 



NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
Noon (NWLS)


Thanksgiving Holiday
NWLS closed


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24, 25
Christmas Holiday
NWLS closed

31, January 1
New Years Holiday
NWLS closed