Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Reader Advisory - Thoughts on Reading

Betty Rosenberg is an idol of mine. She was not a First Lady or an inventor. She was a wickedly clever librarian employed by UCLA who had a shock of white hair and chain smoked cigarettes. Her written words always have a ring of reverent wisdom and truth and my favorite Rosenberg quote is: "Never apologize for your reading tastes".

I agree wholeheartedly with that quote and believed in its meaning before I heard about it from Betty. I grew up in a family that loved to read, but every single one of us had an entirely different taste. My Mother is a fervent reader and can always be found reading romance novels, anything about UFOs, and Soap Opera Digest. As if to prove how much my Father loves reading he built in magazine/book racks into the toilet paper dispensers at our house so he could keep his Science Fiction novels near. My Grandfather was more of a literary reader and taught me appreciation of Shakespeare, Steinbeck, and the beauty of poetry. The point being....each one of these people loved to read something different. When it comes to reading for enjoyment I believe that UFOs are just as important as Steinbeck. Read what you love and sometimes try reading what other people love.

With that in mind I would like to provide some reader advisory tools for some genres that don't get as much appreciation as they should. Every month I will try to provide some reader advisory tools for a specific genre. So look for that blog post titles with "Reader Advisory". Our first blog will come next week. If you have any suggestions please comment! Thank you!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Technology Tip 19: Getter Better Gifts

It is that time of year where the media jollily reminds us how many days we have left until Christmas. (25 in case you were wondering). Be prepared this year and use the library to help you pick the best quality gifts.

If you are thinking about a particular item, anything from an e-book reader, digital camera, snow tires, or washing machine, Consumer Reports has probably reviewed it and can make some suggestions.

Call us at 262-363-6411, e-mail us at, or stop in and we can help you find these rating.

Expansion Photos Nineteen

Oooh... the big day is almost here. This week the shelves are being finished and the new furniture is being delivered and installed. While it won't all be done until we actually move back, nearly everything that isn't at our temporary home is now at our gorgeous, new home. Here are some photos from earlier today:

Here is a portion of the children's area, with new shelving on the left (without the wood end caps which will be installed by Friday, Dec. 2), the four children's computer stations (center), and the board book bin (right) all in place.

Our new meeting room, now with tables and chairs! They are surprisingly comfortable chairs for multi-purpose, meeting room, stackable chairs.

These "not quite ready for prime time" booths that will be part of the Young Adult area. When complete and properly installed, these will make a nice seating area for our teen and college-aged patrons.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Expansion Photos Eighteen

Take a glimpse at our new Children's Area. Miss Jane will be right at home in the bright and fun interior. Check out those fish!

Here is a similiar view, but a little brighter. If you see the shelving unit near the back you get a sample of what some of the furniture will look like.

Now begins the process of putting together all of the shelving units. Something neat about the new library is our entire collection will be availble on the library floor. (No more circulation reserve).

They are alive! Watch as our shelving units get put together and rise towards the ceiling. Look at all the boxes they came in.

Imagine this space filling with library materials. Hardcover, softcover, DVDs, periodicals, CDs, oh my!

Expansion Photos Seventeen

The front entrance is looking bright and cheerful in preperation for our return. The skylights provide extra illumination in the heart of the library.

Here is a view from behind one of the desks at the library. This gives you what the library looks like from a staff's perspective.

Look at all of the sunglight that streams in from the windows. The park and ballfield will be viewable from those big windows.

The circulation desk is ready to go. The lamps wll be unveiled soon and ready to glow for our open house during Midnight Magic.

The shades for the large windows will come in handy during the summer months. Look at how well they can block out the extra sunlight.

We are getting excited! Are you?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Technology Tip 18: Manage Your Facebook

If you aren't on Facebook I bet you have heard about it in the news. This website has more than 800 million active users. When you post something interesting it can spread like wild fire around the world. There are countless stories of people losing their jobs, marriages, and more about the carelessness of their posting and who sees it. There is also concerns from parent's about children posting information on the internet and who has access to it.

The truth is, Facebook is as private as you would like it to be. You can choose who can view your information, what information you see, and even if someone can find your name when they search the website. One of the best resources I have found that guides you through Facebook is the CIO Facebook Bible. If you want to start out with ten simple steps try their 10 Essential Tips & Tricks for all Facebook Users.

I just learned to clean up all those game requests I keep getting and have no interest in!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Technology Tip 17: Gmail Shortcut Keys

Keyboard shortcuts (from Google Help Page)

I was ecstatic to come across these shortcut keys for Gmail! If you have questions please feel free to e-mail us at

Keyboard shortcuts help you save time by allowing you to never take your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse. You'll need a Standard 101/102-Key or Natural PS/2 Keyboard to use the shortcuts.

To turn these case-sensitive shortcuts on or off, click the gear icon at the top of any Gmail page and then Mail settings. Choose the option next to "Keyboard shortcuts" to turn them on. You can also enable shortcuts automatically by going to

Shortcut KeyDefinitionAction
cComposeAllows you to compose a new message. + c allows you to compose a message in a new window.
/SearchPuts your cursor in the search box.
kMove to newer conversationOpens or moves your cursor to a more recent conversation. You can hit to expand a conversation.
jMove to older conversationOpens or moves your cursor to the next oldest conversation. You can hit to expand a conversation.
nNext messageMoves your cursor to the next message. You can hit to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
pPrevious messageMoves your cursor to the previous message. You can hit to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
o or OpenOpens your conversation. Also expands or collapses a message if you are in 'Conversation View.'
uReturn to conversation listRefreshes your page and returns you to the inbox, or list of conversations.
eArchiveArchive your conversation from any view.
mMuteArchives the conversation, and all future messages skip the Inbox unless sent or cc'd directly to you. Learn more.
xSelect conversationAutomatically checks and selects a conversation so that you can archive, apply a label, or choose an action from the drop-down menu to apply to that conversation.
sStar a message or conversationAdds or removes a star to a message or conversation. Stars allow you to give a message or conversation a special status.
+Mark as importantHelps Gmail learn what's important to you by marking misclassified messages. (Specific to Priority Inbox)
-Mark as unimportantHelps Gmail learn what's not important to you by marking misclassified messages. (Specific to Priority Inbox)
!Report spamMarks a message as spam and removes it from your conversation list.
rReplyReplies to the message sender. + rallows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
aReply allReplies to all message recipients. +aallows you to reply to all message recipients in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
fForwardForwards a message. + f allows you to forward a message in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
Escape from input fieldRemoves the cursor from your current input field.

+ s

Save draft

Saves the current text as a draft when composing a message. Hold the key while pressing sand make sure your cursor is in one of the text fields -- either the composition pane, or any of the To, CC, BCC, or Subject fields -- when using this shortcut.



Moves the conversation to Trash.



Opens the Labels menu to label a conversation.


Move to

Moves the conversation from the inbox to a different label, Spam or Trash.

+ iMark as readMarks your message as 'read' and skip to the next message.
+ uMark as unreadMarks your message as 'unread' so you can go back to it later.
[Archive and previousRemoves the current view's label from your conversation and moves to the previous one.
]Archive and nextRemoves the current view's label from your conversation and moves to the next one.
zUndoUndoes your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an 'undo' link).
+ nUpdate current conversationUpdates your current conversation when there are new messages.
qMove cursor to chat searchMoves your cursor directly to the chat search box.
yRemove from Current View*
Automatically removes the message or conversation from your current view.

  • From 'Inbox,' 'y' means Archive

  • From 'Starred,' 'y' means Unstar

  • From 'Trash,' 'y' means Move to inbox

  • From any label, 'y' means Remove the label
* 'y' has no effect if you're in 'Spam,' 'Sent,' or 'All Mail.'
.Show more actionsDisplays the 'More Actions' drop-down menu.
+ Opens options in Chat

  • + moves from edit field in your chat window to select the 'Video and more' menu

  • Next, press to select the emoticon menu

  • Press to open the selected menu
?Show keyboard shortcuts helpDisplays the keyboard shortcuts help menu within any page you're on. (Note: Typing ? will display the help menu even if you don't have keyboard shortcuts enabled)

Move up a contact

Moves your cursor up in your contact list


Move down a contact

Moves your cursor down in your contact list

o or


Opens the contact with the cursor next to it.


Return to contact list view

Refreshes your page and returns you to the contact list.


Remove from Current Group

Removes selected contacts from the group currently being displayed.


Select contact

Checks and selects a contact so that you can change group membership or choose an action from the drop-down menu to apply to the contact.

Escape from input field

Removes the cursor from the current input



Deletes a contact permanently


Group membership

Opens the groups button to group contacts



Reverses your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an 'undo' link)


Show more actions

Opens the "More actions" drop-down menu.

Combo-keys - Use the following combinations of keys to navigate through Gmail.

Shortcut KeyDefinitionAction
then Send messageAfter composing your message, use this combination to send it automatically. (Supported in Internet Explorer and Firefox, on Windows.)
y then oArchive and nextArchives your conversation and moves to the next one.
g then aGo to 'All Mail'Takes you to 'All Mail,' the storage site for all mail you've ever sent or received (and have not deleted).
g then sGo to 'Starred'Takes you to all conversations you have starred.
g then cGo to 'Contacts'Takes you to your Contacts list.
g then dGo to 'Drafts'Takes you to all drafts you have saved.
g then lGo to 'Label'Takes you to the search box with the "label:" operator filled in for you.
g then iGo to 'Inbox'Returns you to the inbox.
g then tGo to 'Sent Mail'Takes you to all mail you've sent.
* then aSelect allSelects all mail.
* then nSelect noneDeselects all mail.
* then rSelect readSelects all mail you've read.
* then uSelect unreadSelects all unread mail.
* then sSelect starredSelects all starred mail.
* then tSelect unstarredSelects all unstarred mail.

updated 09/21/2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

National Native American Heritage Month, 2011

As Thanksgiving draws near we can put some thought on the holiday and how much Native Americans had to do with our history. President Obama's recent proclamation puts honor towards that history with the National Native American Heritage Month for the month of November. If you read through the proclamation it also illustrates how this is important for the future.

Presidential Proclamation -- National Native American Heritage Month, 2011


From the Aleutian Islands to the Florida Everglades, American Indians and Alaska Natives have contributed immensely to our country's heritage. During National Native American Heritage Month, we commemorate their enduring achievements and reaffirm the vital role American Indians and Alaska Natives play in enriching the character of our Nation.

Native Americans stand among America's most distinguished authors, artists, scientists, and political leaders, and in their accomplishments, they have profoundly strengthened the legacy we will leave our children. So, too, have American Indians and Alaska Natives bravely fought to protect this legacy as members of our Armed Forces. As service members, they have shown exceptional valor and heroism on battlefields from the American Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan. Native Americans have demonstrated time and again their commitment to advancing our common goals, and we honor their resolve in the face of years of marginalization and broken promises. My Administration recognizes the painful chapters in our shared history, and we are fully committed to moving forward with American Indians and Alaska Natives to build a better future together.

To strengthen our economy and win the future for our children, my Administration is addressing problems that have burdened Native American communities for too long. We are working to bolster economic development, expand access to affordable health care, broaden post-secondary educational opportunities, and ensure public safety and tribal justice. In June, I signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council, to strengthen Federal engagement with tribal governments and promote economic prosperity in Indian Country and across rural America. This comes in conjunction with several settlements that will put more land into the hands of tribes and deliver long-awaited trust reform to Indian Country.

To bring jobs and sustainable growth to tribal nations, my Administration is connecting tribal economies to the broader economy through transportation infrastructure and high-speed Internet, as well as by focusing on clean energy development on tribal lands. First Lady Michelle Obama's recently launched Let's Move! in Indian Country initiative will also redouble efforts to encourage healthy living for American Indians and Alaska Natives. These actions reflect my Administration's ongoing commitment to progress for Native Americans, which was reaffirmed last year when we announced our support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Through a comprehensive strategy where the Federal Government and tribal nations move forward as equal partners, we can bring real and lasting change to Indian Country.

This month, we celebrate the rich heritage and myriad contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives, and we rededicate ourselves to supporting tribal sovereignty, tribal self-determination, and prosperity for all Native Americans. We will seek to strengthen our nation-to-nation relationship by ensuring tribal nations have a voice in shaping national policies impacting tribal communities. We will continue this dialogue at the White House Tribal Nations Conference held in Washington, D.C. next month. As we confront the challenges currently facing our tribal communities and work to ensure American Indians and Alaska Natives have meaningful opportunities to pursue their dreams, we are forging a brighter future for the First Americans and all Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2011 as National Native American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 25, 2011, as Native American Heritage Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Technology Post 16: Poll Your Friends and Coworkers!

Technology can allow you to connect with people in new ways. Polling may be an unexplored avenue you should consider using. All you do is ask a question and wait for people to respond through a web browser, cell phone, or other devices. It is quick, fun, and different.

My favorite tool for this is a website called Poll Everywhere. I like it because you can create a poll within 30 seconds and people can respond on the web, by texting, or through Twitter. Hear are some ways to use it:

-Texting everyone in your circle to see where they would like to eat for dinner. This way everybody gets a vote, and you don't get to hear the complainers.
- When you need an anonymous vote to make a workplace decision.
-Trying to stimulate your friends to get them politically intereseted.

The results get displayed in real time as people respond and can be seen on your web browser, cell phone, or utilized in a PowerPoint display. This is a really basic example:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


The holidays are my favorite time for sumptous treats and divine eats! The library has all sorts of great resources to help you plan your largest holiday meal or think up something new to bring to your office potluck.

Come check out our lage magazine collection with magazines like the Food Network, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Good Housekeeping, and Cooks Illustrated. We have hundreds of cookbooks and many specialized versions for your diet or preferences.

I am more likely to bring home something about sweets like Good Housekeeping's The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook. That doesn't mean you can't make a healthier decision :).

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Expansion Photos Sixteen

This is the new building profile that will be greeting you when you drive in. With the larger parking lot it should be easier to find a convenient spot place.

The landscaping around the building is underway. Here is one of the paths along the library. Look at how large and deep those paving stones are!

The inside of the library is starting to look a lot more like home. We have ceiling tiles installed, painted walls, trim, doors, and more galore!

The installation of carpet warms up the entire building. Soon this carpet will be getting tested by patrons (and the winter snow).

The old library had a comfortable and familiar feel with all of the mission style wood furniture. The library aims to keep that feeling and you can see that mission style in our new lamps!

Technology Tip #16: Type Faster!

Increase your productivity at work and stop using your pointer finger to peck at your keyboard. Invest 15 minutes a day for practicing typing and increase your speed and accuracy. Many standard office and administrative jobs have a mandatory typing speed between 30 to 50 WPM. What is yours?

I used to teach typing courses for Department of Workforce Development clients. My favorite tool to use outside of the classroom was to suggest the website TypingWeb. It is a great website because you create your own account and it will track your progress. It will also help you catch where you make mistakes. If you make it to a certain level or finish a program it will also make printable certificates. The best part? It is free.

So at least check it out, and see how fast you can type!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Library Open House During Midnight Magic!

While the entire town is opening their doors for Midnight Magic we will be opening our new doors! Come and celebrate our official open house at the new Mukwonago Community Library building! Photos with Santa will be taking place in our new community room on Saturday, December 3rd.

We will begin the move back to the new building on Friday, December 9th and if all goes according to plan reopening our doors on Wednesday, December 14th.

We are excited to be moving back home! Last time we had a smooth move with most of that thanks going to our volunteers. If you are available to volunteer for help during our open house or to help us move please contact Laura at 262-363-6411. Thank you again for all of your support and continued enthusiasm during our expansion process!