Monday, August 25, 2008

We the People Grant

Waterford Public Library received the We the People Grant

The We the People Bookshelf project for libraries is a national grant initiative that provides classic children’s literature to school and public libraries. In 2008, 3,000 school and public libraries in all 50 U.S. states received We the People Bookshelf grants.

Grant Benefits

Selected libraries received free hardcover editions of 17 classic books on the theme of “Created Equal.” The awards are part of the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative, which supports projects that strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture.

Libraries selected to receive the We the People Bookshelf grants will organize programs or events to raise awareness of the classic literature and engage young readers.

The Bookshelf Collection

The We the People Bookshelf on “Created Equal” includes the following books:

Grades K-3: “The Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Anderson, “The Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln, and “Pink and Say” by Patricia Polacco.

Grades 4-6: “Elijah of Buxton” by Christopher Paul Curtis, “Give Me Liberty! The Story of the Declaration of Independence” by Russell Freedman, “Lincoln: A Photobiography” By Russell Freedman, “Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom” by Virginia Hamilton, and “Lyddie” by Katherine Paterson.

Grades 7-8: “Saturnalia” by Paul Fleishman, “Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott” by Russell Freedman, “Abraham Lincoln the Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters” edited by Harold Holzer, and “Breaking Through” by Francisco JimĂ©nez.

Grades 9-12: “Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution” by Natalie S. Bober, “That All People May Be One People, Send Rain to Wash the Face of the Earth” by Nez Perce Chief Joseph, “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, “Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography” by William Lee Miller, and “Amistad: A Novel” by David Pesci.

Program Leadership

The We the People Bookshelf is presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies exhibitions, and programs in libraries, museums, and other community places.

Founded in 1876, ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world with more than 65,000 members, representing all types of libraries and librarians, as well as trustees, publishers, and other library supporters. The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to foster cultural programming as an integral part of library service in all types of libraries.

Participating Libraries

To view a list of the 3,000 participating libraries or for more information about the We the People Bookshelf project, please visit

Friday, August 15, 2008

Summer Reading Program Success

The Summer Reading Program ended with the largest juvenile program we’ve ever hosted! We hosted approximately 525 people at our Ladybug Picnic on July 30th and 35 teens at the Teen Jitterbug Dance! Everything went smoothly, considering how many people were involved. The volunteers were excellent and the participants were patient when they needed to wait in line.

Summer 2008 brought 2,882 people to 30 programs. That’s an average of 96 people per program. The total number is up 24% over last year. We’re attributing that growth on several factors: 1. parents and children spreading the word with their friends about the programming, 2. more people staying local for the summer due to the economy, and 3. continued quality programming.

In general, we feel that the Summer Reading Program has had a spectacular year. We are very grateful to the 37 volunteers who donated 153 hours of their time to help us make all of these programs run smoothly.

We would like to extend a thank-you to all of our SummerReading Program sponsors.
We could not possibly have offered all of the programs and prizesthat we did without them:

The Book Cellar; Burger King;Carr's Floral; Figaro's Pizza; Fox River Archery;Green Bay Packers; KJ Tax & Accounting; Marty's Diamond Restaurant;McDonald's; Mike Webb Flooring; Milwaukee Admirals; Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens;
My Closet Castaways ;Noah's Ark Family Park; Oscar Mayer Foods Corp; Pharmacy Station;Reineman's True Value; River City Lanes;Shear Image Hair Salon; Showtime Cinema; Subway;Thai/Italiana Restaurant; Triple Crown Products; Uncle Harry's Custard; Wal-Mart;Waterford Automotive and White Fox Den.

Please continue to support our local businesses

We are already starting to think about next year’s Summer Reading Program theme: Get Creative @ Your Library!

Tricia Cox
Children's Librarian

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Good Times At The Library


On August 10, the CBS Evening News reported that in the face of rising gas and food prices, many financially strapped American families are turning to the library this summer for a fun and free alternative to heavy spending. The story is online at:

The DLTCL Electronic Newsletter,Volume 10, Number 42
August 14, 2008
Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Friday, August 1, 2008

Wii Baseball Winners!

On Tuesday, July 29 we had 55 players to face off for the title of Top Wii Baseball Team.

Ms. Trisha awarded McDonalds and Subway gift certificates to the three members of the top team. Wii Baseball Champions were Jeffrey Junior, Andrew Boster and Matt Boster. Congratulations guys for a great tournament!!!