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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.


2019 National Book Awards

The 2019 National Book Award winners were announced on Wednesday, November 20th. Check out this years winners and finalists for Fiction and Nonfiction. To learn more about the books and authors, visit the National Book Award web site.

ArtistWorks for Libraries

Thinking about learning to play an instrument? Looking to sharpen your playing skills? If so, ArtistWorks maybe just be the thing for you. ArtistWorks for Libraries provides world-class voice and instrumental instruction through self-paced video lessons from industry and Grammy Award–winning music professionals. All for free with your library card! ArtistWorks offers beginning and intermediate instruction in a wide variety of instruments and styles. You can view a list of classes and instructors or visit the InfoSoup RB Digital web site (or download the RB Digital App) to take a look at the video classes offered. You can sign in with the same login you use for RB Digital Audiobooks and Magazines or register for a new account if you don't use those services. Just follow the instruction on the web site and/or app to register and sign in.

2019 Fox Cities Book Festival

The 2019 Fox Cities Book Festival runs this year from October 7th -13th with events all over the Fox Cities. This year's festival offers dozens of events from over 50 authors. Visit the Book Festival web site for the schedule of events and to learn more about the authors.