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Beanstack easily creates online reading challenges

Whether you’re a school, a public library, or an institution looking for a fun, engaging way to motivate people of all ages to read more, Beanstack is your solution. You can create reading challenges for Read Across America, summer reading, Banned Books Week, and more. With a new streamlined admin K-12 dashboard, it’s easier than …Read more »

Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – April 2023

I’m taking a pause this month to share that we at MCLS continue to hear loud and clear how hard things are for many in libraries across our region, and that we’re here to help however we can. Book challenges and other intellectual freedom issues, enrollment declines and other things driving budget problems, staff and …Read more »

Enhance your children’s collection with 1,100+ TumbleBook Library titles

The TumbleBook Library Collection includes licensed titles from children’s book publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Walker & Company, Annick Press, Orca Books, Lerner Books, and HarperCollins Publishers, among others. Your patrons will find 1,100 titles including 360 TumbleBooks, 200 Chapter Books, 80 non-fiction books, 89 Graphic Novels, and …Read more »

Discover Stories in the Cloud, a custom Dial-a-Story service for libraries

Stories in the Cloud offers alternate ways to engage users through stories and other enjoyable content. With affordable rates and no set up fees, Stories in the Cloud makes it easy for your library to offer a custom, private label Dial-A-Story service. MCLS members receive a 30% discount and a special welcome package which includes a …Read more »

Looking for presenters for your staff in-service day? MCLS can help!

If your staff development plan includes in-service days, MCLS can bring half-day or full-day training to you. Our customized staff day trainings apply to staff at multiple levels of the organization. We currently offer the following training and facilitation topics: Community Engagement Identifying Excellent Customer Service Through Facilitated Staff Discussion Critical Thinking Skills Emotional Intelligence …Read more »

Connect with other library staff around big-picture thinking at our May Virtual Dialogue

Gather with staff of Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, librarians, and library workers from around Indiana and Michigan for our next Virtual Dialogue on Thursday, May 11 from 10:30am-noon Eastern (9:30-11am Central). Come learn and share with us as we discuss big-picture thinking and how it relates to a growth mindset. Registration is open now …Read more »

MCLS membership renewal time is approaching

MCLS is sending out a membership renewal email reminder to key contacts (directors, billing contacts, and primary contacts) in early May for schools and early June for all other libraries. This email offers an opportunity to respond with any changes to your membership and to provide updated contact information ahead of our July 1 renewal date. Invoices …Read more »

Meet our new Group Purchasing Coordinator, Susan Bannwart!

Susan’s first day with MCLS was Feb. 27. Having most recently worked at Rolling Prairie Elementary School (IN) following 15 years in various roles at La Porte County Public Library (IN), Susan brings both a strong understanding of K-12 and public library eResource needs and a commitment to innovative service in support of library users. In …Read more »

Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – Mar 2023

This month, I’ll reflect on Dr. Emily Knox’s thought-provoking Feb. 7 lecture on intellectual freedom, book banning, and more that MCLS co-sponsored with Western Michigan University (WMU). Dr. Knox’s books include Book Banning In 21st Century America and Foundations of Intellectual Freedom. Her events drew a wide audience of academic, public, and school librarians and …Read more »

MCLS member benefit spotlight: FREE Essential Workplace Skills workshops and certificate!

Did you know our Essential Workplace Skills on-demand tutorials are FREE to all staff of MCLS member libraries? That is a $720 value, per person! There is no limit to the number of staff from your library who can participate. We have already had 294 registrations for the on-demand tutorials since rolling them out in …Read more »

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