WRLS Events & Continuing Education Calendar


March 2024

CCBC Event- Great New Books for Children and Teens with Intellectual Freedom discussion 
Thursday, March 14- 9:30am-3pm
Gays Mills Public Library, Gays Mills, Wisconsin

This will be a Great New Books for Children and Teens Collaborative Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) event with Winding Rivers Library System, Southwest  Library System, and South Central Library System. CCBC librarians will highlight some of the books in CCBC Choices 2024, the most recent edition of the library’s best-of-the-year list and the workshop will include a facilitated intellectual freedom discussion with the CCBC. 

There is also the opportunity for member library staff in our system to attend the same event in Eau Claire in May. 
CCBC Event- Great New Books for Children and Teens
Wednesday, May 15- 4-7pm and Thursday, May 16- 9am-3pm


OverDrive Support Workshop
Thursday, March 21- 9am-3pm
Winding Rivers Library System Headquarters (West Salem)

Are you curious about new features available on Libby? Want to feel confident in answering patron questions about Overdrive? Need more tools in your toolkit at the desk? Join Kayla Mathson from Independence Public Library for this information filled workshop. This will be a full day workshop at WRLS, and participants will get a special prize for attending!

April 2024

Intellectual Freedom Book Discussion 
Thursday, April 11- 12pm-1:30pm- New Lisbon Public Library
Thursday, April 18- 12pm-1:30pm- Arcadia Public Library
Thursday, April 25 (morning)- 10am-11:30am- McIntosh Memorial Library (Viroqua)
Thursday, April 25 (afternoon)- 2pm-3:30pm- Winding Rivers Library System Headquarters (West Salem)

WRLS will provide several opportunities for member librarians to discuss a book about censorship and intellectual freedom and participate in a roundtable discussion about intellectual freedom in the library and communities we service. We will read and discuss Amy Sarig King’s middle grade novel, Attack of the Black Rectangles. Each registrant will receive a new copy of the book prior to the book discussion, which they can keep or donate to their own library collection. There will also be the opportunity for a facilitated discussion after the book discussion to talk about librarians’ experiences with this topic.

May 2024

Stress Management/Mindfulness Workshop 
Thursday, May 16- 9am-3pm 
Winding Rivers Library System Headquarters (West Salem) 

With the ILS migration coming up in the Fall, take some time to decompress and relax at this stress management and mindfulness workshop! There will be a presenter from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and an opportunity in the afternoon for chair massages or reiki sessions from local practitioners. Participants will be able to register to win door prizes full of mindfulness goodies and each participant will get something special!

There will be no continuing education offered from WRLS during the ILS migration trainings and implementation in August and September. 

October 2024

WRLS Bus Tour 
Thursday, October 10- 9am-5pm 
Meet at Winding Rivers Library System headquarters (West Salem) 

Check out the beautiful fall colors and explore new libraries on the WRLS bus tour! Stay tuned for more information about stops on the tour for this year! 

November 2024

What Color is Your World?- CSLP Workshop
Thursday, November 7- 9am-3pm 
Winding Rivers Library System headquarters (West Salem) 

Ready to plan some programs for your upcoming Summer Library Program? Join us for a full day workshop to discuss planning, programming, and promoting the Collaborative Summer Library Program. 

December 2024

Holiday Workshop 
Thursday, December 5- 9am-12pm 
Winding Rivers Library System headquarters (West Salem)

Enjoy some much-needed frivolity with other WRLS member librarians during the most wonderful time of the year! Stay tuned for more information about this event later in the year. 



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