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  • Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries! May 7 – 9, 2014 Blue Harbor Resort and Spa in Sheboygan, WI Maria Escalante Library Director College of Menominee Nation S. Verna Fowler Academic Library / Menominee Public Library
  •  CMN Library Growth 1996 – 1998 Occupied ½ of a trailer Fall 1998 – Summer 2008 Occupied Lower level area of Shirley Daly Hall on Campus Approximately 2,000 square feet
  •  CMN Library Growth • Library becomes a stand alone building, August 2008 , work is done in phases • Library is named “S. Verna Fowler Academic Library,” fall 2012 • Academic merges with Menominee Public Library December 2012
  •  Why a merger?  Menominee Public Library was looking to hire a new director  I requested a merger to combine the two libraries  The College President Dr Fowler & Menominee tribal leadership were in favor  Gives the community a larger library with more programming and resources  Consolidates community resources  Allows the college to have access to funding for public libraries
  •  Building Community Interest  “If you build it they will come…”  In order to build partnerships we had to attract the community  The library hosted events like this, targeted for the community
  •  Building Community Interest  To appeal to youth I selected a creative image for the youth library card  Children come in wanting a library card because it is so unique  Also worked with Menominee Transit to allow the library card to work for a free ride from the library to their home
  •  Building Community Interest  Nine DIYs in April & May 2013 to draw people in  Building community partners, drew on expertise of CMN faculty, staff, UW Extension, community as presenters
  •  Building Community Interest  As the library was invited to have a booth at community events we set up a wading pool with “fossils”  Digging for fossils with “Fossil Phil” was a perfect way to advertise our participation in the summer reading program  Wonderful interactive event for the library
  •  Building Community Interest  The College of Menominee Nation participated in the state wide “Get up and go” event  The library had an activity that kept children moving, and helped advertise library activities, including the summer reading program
  •  Building Collections  As an academic library I did not have the materials that appealed to the community  Added popular DVDs, popular fiction, children’s materials (books, toys, xbox, etc)  As our patron base grows so do opportunities for partnerships Menominee Tribal Library Statistics Reported on DPI annual report 2012 Total Annual Circulation 1820 2013 Merge Libraries Circulation Community 5983 Child, Community 1105 7088 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 Community Child, community
  •  Community Partnerships  Semester Community Reads  With Public library status ~ contact the Aging Division to get books to the senior centers  Community really looks forward to our next book & author event  Story times  Stockbridge Head start contacted us after the merger to bring kids
  •  Community Partnerships  Special Collections (Archives) made connections at our Community reception which led to requests for presentations in Fall 2013, and to be present at a Youth Speak Event 10/17/2013 MIHS - Intro Special Collections, especially Treaty of 1848 materials Class 1 19 10/17/2013 MIHS - Intro Special Collections, especially Treaty of 1848 materials Class 2 17 11/7/2013 Special Collection Open House showcasing print & digital photo collections 31 12/6/2013 Presentation to MIHS Faculty on SC Termination/Restoration materials 25 12/6/2013 Library booth at Youth Speak event 100
  •  Institutional Partnerships  To draw in the younger crowd I purchased outside games like Giant Jenga for family events  Giant Jenga has worked perfect for high school tours, much better than the paper scavenger hunts we used to do, now we are a stop for high school tours 11/14/2013 MIHS Campus Tour - stop at library for games & fun 100 11/19/2013 Oneida, Pulaski student campus tour - stop at library for games & fun 30
  •  Institutional Partnerships  The Teacher Education Department has a grant and works with the head start  As part of a collaboration with the head start and the library they held a literacy event in the library in the fall & spring for families  Head start teachers, CMN students, and head start families attended  Some head start teachers and families had never been to the library before
  •  Institutional Partnerships and beyond  For a recent grant the library partnered with the Community Technology Center (CTC) on campus for creative work on literacy with families  Granting agency suggested we partner with UW Madison  This grant (IMLS – National Leadership) has broadened our knowledge of the literacy issues of children under 5  It has allowed us to work with someone outside our community & has brought new perspectives  Has really led the way for me to get even more pro-active in seeking community partners
  •  Institutional Partnerships and beyond  So far we have had a meeting with potential community partners  Menominee Tribal School  Menominee Indian School District Rep  Menominee Daycare  Community Resource Center (CRC) : work with families in programs like TANF, job training, food share, badger care, summer youth program  This was a focused meeting on a specific issue & let me know what they needed & how we could work together  Sharing experiences from Appleton & Oneida Public Libraries brought new ideas & possibilities for staff  Starting programming in May with toddlers on Tuesdays & teens on Thursdays  Every week age groups will be at the library alternating with the CTC
  •  Keys to our success  Partners that had a similar goal  People that had the time to work with us  We provided library staff to support our ideas  We provided funding  We listened to what they felt was important and we tailored our programming to meet their needs
  • Lucky Partners The Luck, Wisconsin Public Library and Historical Museum Working Together Jill Glover
  •  Luck, Wisconsin 70 miles from Twin Cities Population 1200
  • Lake Country
  •  1850's Rest Stop In "Luck" to get 1/2 way
  • Luck Grows and Changes  Indian scession treaties open land for settlement 1870’s Danish immigration brings dairy farming Soo Line R.R. reaches Luck in 1900 Duncan Yo-Yo “capital” from 1946-1965 Family dairy farms give way to large farms Recreation industry gathers importance Wood products industry a main stay Luck becomes tied to Twin Cities metropolitan area – population 1200.
  • Incorporated 1905
  • The Small Old Library
  • Ground Breaking 2007
  • The Finished Building Design  Library space (main floor, meeting room, break room and office) - 47%  Museum (and work/storage) - 35%  Public areas (lavatories, lobby) – 17%  Mechanical – 1%
  • Building for the Future
  • Other Things to Consider The lot and building are owned by the village of Luck but were built with private donations The public library is operated with local, county and state tax dollars The Museum is self supporting through grants, donations and museum sales Building decisions are made by a committee of the Luck Public Works Director and representatives of the Library and Historical Society Boards
  • Benefits of living together  Synergy of sharing space and ideas  Better drawing power for both  Cost savings by sharing space and equipment  Able to plan and offer better and more varied programs and activities  Large group programs possible with flexible space in the museum
  • Successful Things We have Done Together Partner to show classic free movies Cooperatively sponsored Civil War speakers Offer shared seasonal events eg. Lucky Days, Winter Carnival, visit from Santa, etc. Shared space for adult exercise classes Provide space for census training Make space available for community meetings (non political) Provide space for Luck Senior Class Art Show Give programs for school and community field trips
  • Key Elements of Success  Strong rapport established during building project  Friendly, cooperative staffs  Broad community support  Gathering point for the community  Central Main Street location  Open six days a week  Facilities available for community activities  Provides the only convenient public rest rooms on Main St.  Available wireless high speed internet access  Ability to accept the fact that things won’t always go exactly the way you might like
  • Possible Pitfalls With Cohabitation  Don’t expect the library staff to watch the museum  Importance of keeping library and museum budgets completely separate  Difficulty of determining a fair and equitable division building operating costs  Carefully planned billing procedure  Coordination of schedules  What if one partner defaults?
  • KENOSHA AND THE BIG READ Making Community Connections and Lasting Partnerships
  • About Kenosha Public Library  Service population of 135,000  4 neighborhood branches, 1 Bookmobile  71,000 registered library cardholders  2013 circulation, 1.2 million
  • About the Big Read  The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts  Designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.
  • Application requirements  Grant application process is straightforward  Programming around themes of a specific book Kick-off event Book discussions Book distributions Development of partnerships
  • Our 1st Big Read 2010 • Our first selection was The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  •  We started planning six months before the application was due.  Major requirement of the grant is to partner with local organizations.  Where do we start?
  • Planning-1st Big Read  What organizations would be a good fit?  Are their missions similar to the Library’s?  How would they participate? Distribution point? Host an event?
  • 1st Big Read  Developed partnerships with Friends of the Kenosha Public Library, Kenosha Public Library Foundation, Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha History Center, Kenosha Public Museum, Lemon Street Gallery, Kenosha County Job Center, Carthage College, Kenosha County Detention Center
  • Grapes of Wrath
  • Grapes of Wrath  Huge success! Gave away 1200 copies of the title The Kenosha Literacy Council incorporated The Grapes of Wrath into its jail program, using the book to improve inmates’ reading comprehension and writing skills. Inspired other organizations to join us for our next Big Read
  • The Big Read 2012 Sun, Stone, and Shadows: 20 Mexican Short Stories edited by Jorge Hernandez
  • Sun, Stone, and Shadows New partnership with the Boys and Girls club Stronger ties with Bradford High School
  • Family Literacy Night at the Kenosha Literacy Council
  • Julia Durango visits Uptown Library Children’s Author Visit
  • Rewards  New partnerships created between other organizations  Stronger partnerships with Kenosha Literacy Council, Kenosha Unified School District and UW-Parkside
  • 2013 Big Read – Edgar Allan Poe Most successful Big Read  Our most successful Big Read! KENOSHA. POE. 2 0 1 3 . The Big Read Ret ur ns t o Kenosha Oct ober 2 0 1 3 ! What could be creepier (or more fun!) than Edgar Allan Poe during October? Join the Kenosha Public Library for a whole month of eerily enticing performances, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, family fun, and special events to explore “Great Tales and Poems” by Edgar Allan Poe. For a complete listing of events, visit, find us on Facebook, or visit A complete Big Read Event Guide will be available in September. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
  • Poe Kick-Off Event
  • Green Bay Packers provided incentives for people to participate in the Big Read Kenosha Literacy Council
  • By the numbers 31 partnerships with local organizations and businesses  60 total programs included:  14 book discussions  4 lectures  6 art exhibits  4 theatrical performances  6 film events  3 workshops  2 open mic events  5 programs for teens  8 programs for kids & their families  1 bus trip  1 bake sale  1 original opera  And other programs of all kinds.
  • Lemon Street Gallery provides a rotating art collection for all our buildings Rewards of Partnerships
  • Rewards of Partnerships  Our partnership was featured on the NEA Big Read national blog  Also featured on the website, Library as Incubator Project  Worked with us on the Big Yarn
  •  What does the phrase “library as incubator” mean to you?  “Libraries have always been incubators. Essentially, that is exactly what they are. They are the neighborhood pub for thinkers. They are the grocery store for the curious.” Melanie Hovey, Lemon Street Gallery
  • Art from Lemon Street Gallery
  • More Art From Lemon Street Gallery
  • The Big Yarn
  • Big Yarn
  • Yarn Bombing
  • Lessons  Starts with a conversation Everyone loves the library  Plan early and plan for the unexpected  Mix-ups will happen  Try to get written agreements between the library and participating partners  Partnerships are part of our new strategic plan
  • Apply, Apply, Apply  Grant process is simple  Encourages your library to get out into the community  The Big Read staff is awesome. They want you to succeed.
  • The Big Read @ the Kenosha Public Library  2010 – Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck  2012 – Sun Stone and Shadows: 20 Mexican Short Stories edited by Jorge Hernandez  2013 – Short Stories and Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe  2014 – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, UW– Parkside  2015 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (tentative)