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Read On Wisconsin 2016 -2017

Each month, Read On Wisconsin highlights a great selection of books for kids and teens. The 2016 -2017 School Year lists are now available. You can se our Read On Wisconsin page to help you find these titles in InfoSoup, or visit the Read on Wisconsin web site to learn more about the program and the titles selected.

InfoSoup Joins the Digital Public Library of America

InfoSoup historic digital collections (formerly InfoSoup Memory Project) can now be accessed through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Along with collections from InfoSoup libraries, some 400,000 records representing photographs, books, maps, artifacts and other historical resources from more than 200 Wisconsin libraries, archives, historical societies and museums are also now part of DPLA. Resources in DPLA can be found searching InfoSoup. After entering your search terms, click on the Articles Tab and then select Digital Public Library of America from the database list. Local resources can also be found by searching directly on the DPLA web site or by visiting Recollection Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s partnership with DPLA is coordinated by Recollection Wisconsin, a collaborative initiative of WiLS, Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Library and Marquette University.

Learn more about Wisconsin joining DPLA

Also checkout this Welcome, Wisconsin post from DPLA.

Finding DPLA Resources in InfoSoup

  1. Enter a search in InfoSoup. DPLA is a large database, so the more precise the search the better (e.g. "Door County Wisconsin" will get better results than just "Door County").
  2. Select the Articles Tab.
  3. Select Digital Public Library of America from the database list.

Memorable Memoirs

A good story doesn’t have to be fiction. Compelling memoirs are good stories that offer readers the chance to experience adventure, tragedy, triumph, and more. This list of Memorable Memoirs comes from reviews in Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews and are noted as some of the best from the first half of 2016.

Summer Reading Lists

If you are still looking for a few more summer reads, check out some of these recommendations from Wisconsin and Minnesota Public Radio. Daniel Goldin, owner of the Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, recently shared his Summer Reading List on the Kathleen Dunn show on Wisconsin Public Radio. All this summer, Minnesota Public Radio is presenting the "Take it to the Lake" summer fiction series, which includes interviews (added throughout the summer) with the authors of the selected titles.

Books in a Series

Finding Series information in InfoSoup is easy as long as you know the title of one of the books in the series or, in most cases, the name of the series. In InfoSoup, enter a title or series name and search. From the list of results, click on the book cover or title of one of the books to bring up the full record. On that page you can often find two Series lists. Directly below the title, is a link to a list of all the titles in the series.

If you do not see a series list here, scroll down the page further, under the "You Might Also Like" section and you should see the first books in the series followed by a "more" link.

If you are curious, here is a list of the series lists that have been most viewed in InfoSoup in the last two month.



Science Fiction


Paranormal Fiction/Romance



2016 Boston Globe Horn Book Awards

First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in June, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Two Honor Books may be named in each category.

Visit the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards web site to learn more and see past winners, or check out some of the recent winners in InfoSoup: