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Covid-19 Update

All InfoSoup Libraries are now closed. 

In an effort to decrease the spread of the COVID-19, the following steps have been enacted:

  • Starting March 18th, all deliveries between libraries have been canceled
  • Holds will not be filled during this time. Items currently on the hold shelf for you will remain there until your library reopens. If you do get an automated email message about picking up a hold or about an overdue item, please ignore it.
  • Holds may still be placed during this time, though they will not be filled.
  • ALL MATERIALS HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN EXTENDED DUE DATE; no items will be due at this time and no fines should accrue. If a fine does accrue by mistake, the fine will be waived by the library.
  • All EXPIRING LIBRARY CARDS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY EXTENDED
  • PLEASE KEEP ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS AT HOME until we resume services.

Online Services Available

While libraries are closed, please take advantage of our online materials. Online resources include Wisconsin's Digital Library (OverDrive eBooks & Audiobooks), RB Digital Audiobooks and Magazines, and TumbleBooks Library.  For OverDrive materials, we recommend the Libby app for use on your mobile device.

While Wisconsin's Digital Library is the largest collection of eBooks and Audiobooks, it is also the most popular and waiting lists for some items can be long. Most of our other collections, however, have no waiting list for items. Learn more at:

InfoSoup Libraries Closed: Please check your library's website and facebook pages for the latest updates.

InfoSoup Libraries Status Curbside Pickup
Algoma Closed No
Appleton Closed No
Black Creek Closed No
Clintonville Closed No
Door County Branches Closed No
Door Co. Sturgeon Bay Closed No
Florence County Closed No
Fremont Closed No
Gillett Closed No
Hortonville Closed No
Iola Closed No
Kaukauna Closed No
Kewaunee Closed No
Kimberly-Little Chute Closed No
Lakewood Closed No
Lena Closed No
Manawa Closed No
Marinette County Closed No
Marion Closed No
New London Closed No
Oconto Closed No
Oconto Falls Closed No
Oneida Closed No
Scandinavia Closed No
Seymour Closed No
Shawano County Closed No
Shiocton Closed No
Suring Closed No
Waupaca Closed No
Weyauwega Closed No

PEN America Literary Awards

Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres. 2020 Winners were announced at a ceremony on March 2. Check out our PEN Literary Awards booklist to find some of the 2020 Winners and finalists in InfoSoup. The top prize, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, "recognizes a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact, which has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form and signaling strong potential for lasting influence. To view all the award categories and to learn more, visit the PEN America Literary Awards page.

March Fourth and Be Counted

Your response matters. The 2020 Census is right around the corner and getting a complete and accurate count requires everyone’s help. From health clinics, fire departments and schools to even roads and highways, the census will shape many different aspects of our communities. Tune into your local news station on March 4th to learn how to march forth and be counted.

See our Census page for to learn more »

 

ALA Book Award Winners

Each year, usually in January, the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. The oldest and best known of these awards are the Caldecott and Newbery Medal. Check out our Children's Book Awards page our Award Winning Books for Teens page for this years ALA winners and honor books and to learn more about the awards.

Census 2020

The 2020 Census marks the first time there will be a widely available online response option. Have qusestions about the 2020 census? Want to learn more about how the online option works? Check out our 2020 Census page for quick links to commonly asked questions about the census.

 

Ancestry IN - My Heritage OUT

Last year we made a switch and subscribed to My Heritage Library Edition rather than Ancestry Library Edition. Ancesty can only be made available for use inside the library, while My Heritage can be used from home. During the year, however, we heard from numerous users expressing a preference for Ancestry Library Edition, even though it was library use only. Given that, we have decided to resubscribe to Ancestry Library Edition rather than continue with My Heritage. Ancestry Library Edition is now available again for use from within any InfoSoup library. My Heritage will remain available until our subscription ends on December 31, 2019.