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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.

RB Digital Magazines

Have you tried our digital magazines yet? If not, check out our introduction to learn more!

To get started, register with your library card at https://infosoup.rbdigital.com. If you use RB Digital audiobooks, you can use the same login.

Key Features:

  • Current issues are available for over 135 magazines in a wide variety of subjects.
  • App available for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire devices, or read in your web browser.
  • Select "View All Issues" to check out back issues. The number of back issues varies by magazine.
  • On larger screens read page-for-page exactly like the print magazine.
  • On smaller screens select "Text" view for easy reading.
  • Keep magazines as long as you want -- no due dates!
  • Download for offline reading.
  • Select to have the next issue automatically checked out when available.
  • One click to easily "return" and delete the magazine from your device.

We have magazines on food & cooking, health & fitness, life-style, cars & motorcycles, science & technology, travel, current events, woodworking, photography, and more!


NaNoWriMo and Self-Publishing

National Novel Writing MonthDuring the month of November tens of thousands of people around the world will participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th. NaNoWriMo is a fun, supportive event that encourages people to achieve their creative goals and find their voice. Last year 402,142 participants from all walks of life tackled the challenge and came away novelists.

If you are interested in Self-Publishing, even if you don't participate in NaNoWriMo, you will want to take a look at the new Self Publishing Toolbox on InfoSoup. The page includes resources for creating, sharing, and discovering self-published works.

  • Pressbooks
    • Design your own books, newsletters, poetry, novels, and any other written content in digital and print ready formats using Pressbooks. Pressbooks is an easy-to-use online software that allows users to create professional-quality print-ready and eBook files.
  • SELF-e
    • With the SELF-e program, authors can submit their ebook to SELF-e to have it showcased in the Indie Wisconsin Statewide Collection while retaining all rights to their work. Readers across the state can discover their work with the potential for national exposure.
  • Biblioboard
    • BiblioBoard library contains local content from self-publishing authors, along with top indie ebooks selected by Library Journal. App available.
  • Wisconsin Author Project
    • Through the Wisconsin Author Project, libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books. Submissions for the next contest will begin in Spring 2019.

Pressbooks, the Wisconsin Author Project, SELF-e, and BiblioBoard Library are a project of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC)with additional funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Great American Read

the Great American ReadThe great American Read is going strong. Visit The Great American Read site to watch the episodes online and vote. You can use our Great American Read booklist to find the titles in InfoSoup. Readers who prefer eBooks can also find most of the titles at Wiscons's Digital Library.

Teen Read Week

Celebrate Teen Read Week, October 7-13, by checking out one of these Teen Top Ten nominated books for 2018. The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Learn more and find past winner at the Teens' Top Ten web site. Teens can vote for their favorite title until October 13th. A printable list of the 2018 Top 10 nominations with annotation is also available.