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What's Simmering? Audiobooks!

Audiobooks continue to be the fastest growing segment in digital publishing. Check out our latest What's Simmering video and see why InfoSoup is the place to go for Audiobooks.

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.

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.

Newspaper Resources from BadgerLink

Two new newspaper resources are now available from BadgerLink, free to all Wisconsin residents. The resources are U.S. Newsstream and Newspapers.com Library Edition - World Collection. You can also find these listed on the InfoSoup Research Tools page under Newspapers.

U.S. Newsstream contains current and archival United States news coverage dating back to the 1980s.The database includes hundreds of national and regional Newspapers including major daily papers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, & the Chicago Tribune. Many Wisconsin papers are available including the Appleton Post-Crescent and the Green Bay Press Gazette. U.S. Newsstream provides the text of articles from the newspapers, but is not a complete cover-to-cover version of each newspaper. Using the browse specific issue feature, however, you can view a single day of articles from any of the papers. The number of articles and content from each newspaper can vary. For instance, the Appleton Post-Crescent does not include obituaries, but the Green Bay and Oshkosh papers do.

Newspapers.com Library Edition - World Collection is an historical newspapers archive from the 1700s - 2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and other countries. The World Collection replaces NewspaperArchive, which is no longer available from BadgerLink. Like NewspaperArchive, the World Collection provides scanned images of the newspapers, so you can view and read articles in their original layout. Years covered vary greatly by newspaper, but new material is being added all the time. Check out the BadgerLink training video to learn more about using this new resource. Wisconsin coverage is not particularly strong in this collection, although there are still almost 2 million scanned pages from Wisconsin papers. If you are looking for Wisconsin newspapers, a good guide is the Wisconsin Newspapers in BadgerLink Title List.

BadgerLink is a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction and is paid for with state funding and federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.