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Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online - Learn 100+ Languages

InfoSoup libraries are excited to announce that Transparent Language Online is now available to all InfoSoup library card holders. Transparent Language Online for Libraries, is one of the most complete language-learning system available anywhere.

  • 100+ foreign language courses.
  • English-Learner language courses: choose from Immersion or 29 native speaker options.
  • Immersion courses in six languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish) for kids (known as KidSpeak™).

To get started visit our Transparent Language login page. From outside a library you will need to enter your library card number and PIN. Once you have signed up, you can go directly to the Transparent Language site or download the mobile app.

To learn more check out some of Transparent Languages videos:

Have questions? Email the the Transparent Language Online support team at support@transparent.com or use the "Contact Support" tab anytime in your browser when when using Transparent Language.

Wisconsin's Digital Library (OverDrive) Survey

The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) seeks your valued feedback on your experience with and the collection of materials in Wisconsin's Digital Library. Your input will help guide us as we continue to grow and develop the collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital materials so it is most relevant to Wisconsin library patrons.

This survey is performed annually, and some questions are repeated from year to year.  It will take an average of 10-15 minutes to complete and is available through February 28th. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Take the Survey

RB Digital Magazine Update

UPDATE 2/5/2019: Most of the magazines that are still available are now showing the current issue. We apologize for this disruption of service and hope this issue will not happen again.


There has been, unfortunately, a number of technical problems recently with the RB Digital Magazine service. The result is that current issues of magazines have not been added since early January. The vendor is working to resolve the problem and we hope that the new issues will be available soon.

We have also been notified that, because of publisher restrictions, current issues of following titles will no longer be included in the RB Digital Magazines collection. In addition, two other titles, Redbook and Seventeen will be ceasing publication in 2019. Back issues of these magazines will remain available, but no new issues will be added. We apologize for the loss of this content and for the technical issues affecting all content on the site.

Discontinued Titles

  • All recipes
  • American Patchwork & Quilting
  • Atlantic
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Diabetic Living
  • Do It Yourself
  • Eating Well
  • Family Circle
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Martha Stewart Weddings
  • Midwest Living
  • Parents
  • Rachael Ray Every Day
  • Redbook (ceasing publication)
  • Seventeen (ceasing publication)
  • Shape
  • Shutterbug
  • Successful Farming
  • Sup
  • Wood

5 InfoSoup Library Card Tips

Check out the latest What's Simmering video! In this episode, Amanda shares some tips on some of the great services available to InfoSoup library card holders.

Resources mentioned in the video:

Or just visit InfoSoup.org and search the catalog or browse the many e-resources, all available for free with your library card.

MyHeritage Library Edition Now Available

We are excited to announce that MyHeritage Library Edition is now available for free for InfoSoup library card holders. MyHeritage.com is one of the leading destinations to discover, share and preserve family histories, with millions of users worldwide. The Library Edition doesn't have all the interactive elements of MyHeritage.com, but it does provide access to the huge database of more than 9 billion historic records and includes 3 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni. Here are just some of the resources available:

  • Complete index of US Censuses from 1790 to 1940, with all the document images
  • Military records, immigration records and passenger lists
  • Citizenship & naturalization records
  • Directories, guides, references, biographies and yearbooks
  • Government, land and court records
  • Wills and probate records
  • More than a hundred million tombstone photos
  • Hundreds of millions of Nordic records

100 million additional records are added on average every month, including exclusive content not available anywhere else.

One of the key features of MyHeritage, is the "Record Detective" technology that automatically finds additional relevant records. Once you find a record your are looking for, check at the bottom of that page for additional Record Detective results. In most cases, these results will contain records about the person, or relatives of the person, you are looking for.

For a brief overview, check out this tutorial video.

MyHeritage Library Edition is available to InfoSoup library users from anywhere using your library card. From outside of a library, the login page will ask for your library card number, without spaces. The vendor provides a "Sign in with Google" option but this is not currently supported by MyHeritage. Please use you libary card number for accessing this resource.

Please note:

MyHeritage Library Edition will be replacing our subscription to Ancestry Library Edition. While Ancestry is also a wonderful genealogy resource, our license limited us to only allowing access to Ancestry from inside a library. MyHeritage, on the other hand, is available to use from anywhere with your library card. We hope that this increased access will make MyHeritage a better value for InfoSoup users. Ancestry Library Edition will continue to be available until the end of February, 2019.

2019 Fox Cities Reads

The Fox Cities Reads featured selection for 2019 is Evicted Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Evicted has won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. Visit the Fox Cities Book Festival page to learn more.

In the coming months, book clubs and discussion groups will be meeting around the Fox Cites and the author will be presenting twice, on Thursday, April 11, 6:30 PM at the Menasha High School and on Friday, April 12, 10:00 AM at the Lawrence University Chapel. Visit the Fox Cities Book Festival Schedule page to learn more about upcoming events.

About Fox Cities Reads

The Fox Cities Book Festival in partnership with the public libraries of the Fox Cities has come together with the goal of building a larger sense of community to promote literacy. Each year, they select an author and title to promote for Fox Cities Reads and encourage the people in our communities to read, think, talk, listen, and grow together.