September 24, 2014
Contact: Kristen Anderson, Winding Rivers Library System
The Winding Rivers Library System ECHO Project (Exploring Cultural History Online)
Through a 2014 federally funded public library system grant, The Winding Rivers Library System (WRLS) is expanding access to unique history materials in local libraries by coordinating a regional online collection of visual images (photographs and postcards) representing western Wisconsin history and culture.
Twenty-three WRLS member libraries, representing all of our member counties, are participating in the ECHO Project (Exploring Cultural History Online): Alma Public Library, Arcadia Public Library, Black River Falls Public Library, Blair-Preston Public Library, Cashton Memorial Library, Knutson Memorial Library in Coon Valley, Elroy Public Library, Ettrick Public Library, Galesville Public Library, Independence Public Library, Kendall Public Library, La Crosse County Library, La Crosse Public Library, Lawton Memorial Library in La Farge, Hatch Public Library in Mauston, New Lisbon Memorial Library, Norwalk Public Library, Ontario Public Library, McIntosh Memorial Library in Viroqua, Bekkum Memorial Library in Westby, Whitehall Public Library, Wilton Public Library, and Wonewoc Public Library.
Library staff and volunteers are receiving training to scan and develop metadata for a total of 1500 images to represent the region. The images will be featured on the WRLS project website, and will be linked through the WRLSWEB shared online public catalog. Libraries will collaborate with area historical organizations to promote the collections and introduce them to the public.
The images will also be harvested for the website of Recollection Wisconsin, a statewide collaborative effort to bring together digital versions of Wisconsin history materials from participating libraries, archives, museums and historical societies.
In the next year, WRLS will assist libraries in continuing to collect and digitize other items in their collections or provided by the public and partner historical institutions. Besides increasing online access to these resources, a further purpose is to promote awareness of local public libraries as essential community cultural centers.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.
- Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook, 2014, by Taste of Home
The Mystery Book Group’s next meeting is Friday, October 3rd, and from 1:30 to 2:30 pm we’ll discuss Thunder Bay, by William Kent Krueger, the 7th book in the Cork O’Connor mysteries series. From NoveList, provided by BadgerLink: “Leaving behind a stressful law enforcement career to become a private investigator in his small Minnesota hometown, Cork O’Connor is asked by an Ojibwe healer to help him find the son the man fathered years earlier, a case that culminates in an attempt on the Ojibwe’s life.”
Come to Playgroup @ Norwalk Public Library Wednesdays in October from 10 to 11:30 am October 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th. Bring your 3 or 4 or 5 year old for a chance to play, hear stories, and have a snack. Please feel free to bring younger or older children. On Wednesday, October 15th N-O-W’s Traveling Preschool Playgroup will also be here from 10 to 11:30 am for double the fun!
N-O-W’s Traveling Preschool Playgroup will be visiting Norwalk Public Library Wednesdays, from 10 to 11:30 am October 15th, November 12th, and December 17th, in 2014, and February 4th, March 4th, April 8th, and May 6th, in 2015. Bring your 3 or 4 year old for a chance to play, hear stories, and have a snack while parents and caregivers will have a chance to talk to the Playgroup presenters. Please feel free to bring younger or older children.