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K12 Product Spotlight: Report Builder from Gareth Stevens


Report Builder’s interactive question-and-answer approach helps emerging researchers (grades K-4) find the information they need to write reports. Curriculum-based topics are concise and supported by eye-catching visuals. 7 modules to choose from!

  •  Birds
  • U.S. Presidents
  •  People in My Community
  • Solar System
  • Reptiles and Amphibians  NEW Fall 2017
  • U.S. Symbols and Landmarks NEW Fall 2017
  • Weather and Seasons  NEW Fall 2017

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Relaunch of Bloom’s Literature from Infobase

Infobase will be relaunching Bloom’s Literature at the end of the summer with some significant enhancements!

Check out the sneak peek (PDF) and see the full list of enhancements (new interface, powerful new features, and new content) to come with the Bloom’s Literature relaunch!

Join Infobase staff on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.  for a special advance tour of the new and improved Bloom’s LiteratureClick here to sign up.

For questions, please contact Cyd Rosenberg at 

Starwalk Kids Media Shuttered

We have sad news to share. Starwalk Kids Media is no longer available as their parent company, Isabella Products has ceased operations as of July 1st. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Library Furniture International

Library Type: K12, Public, Academic, Special
Agreement: N/A (Direct Order)
Contact: LFI phone 847.564.9497; email ; fax 847.564.9337.  Please refer to bid code WiLS19450517 upon ordering.

Vendor Description

Library Furniture International Inc (LFI) is a company specializing in the sales and service of furniture, shelving & display systems to libraries, educational institutions and cultural/community centers throughout the Midwest. Scott Fairbanks, owner and managing director, started LFI in 2001 to bring innovative products and exemplary service to the library market. LFI works closely with clients to find solutions that best fit the application and budget while ensuring functionality and aesthetics. Products that meet the needs and budget are important, but a skilled approach to project management, installation and post project follow-through requires a commitment from all in the organization. At LFI, success is only achieved when clients’ expectations are exceeded.

Available Products

See a full list of vendors, products, and discounts available from Library Furniture International.

Call your Senators to Support Federal Library Funding

The Fight for Libraries! has moved to the United States Senate. On April 26th, two “Dear Appropriator” letters began circulating in the Senate, one seeking $186.6 million for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Libraries (IAL) program for FY 2018. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are again championing funds for LSTA, while Senators Reed, Grassley (R-IA) and Stabenow (D-MI) are leading the fight for IAL. Read more

New Teaching Tool for World Laws is the largest search engine of world’s laws in English offering 1.6 million laws from 85 countries. Unlimited annual subscription is just $100 per school.
See here for teaching examples with this resource.
Please contact Dr. Sean Goltz at with questions.
For pricing, please use our price quote request form.


WiLS Webinar: SimplyE for Consortia on May 16th

Join WiLS for a free webinar with Valerie Horton and Paul Swanson of Minitex to learn about developments for SimplyE, a mobile app that combines ebook collections from multiple vendors into a single, easy-to-browse collection for library patrons. Minitex is working with the New York Public Library and other partners to expand SimplyE‘s ability to federate and combine ebooks from multiple collections to support consortia. Join us to learn how the project is progressing and hear from Minitex about the experience of working and contributing to a national open-source project. Read more

K12 Product Spotlight–March 2017: Classroom Video On Demand

  Facts On File and Films Media Group have created an outstanding resource in their Classroom Video On Demand subscription service.  CVOD offers thousands of full-length streaming videos segmented into predefined clips, making it easy for students and teachers to find specific content easily.

CVOD includes archival films and newsreels as well as videos in a variety of subject areas that align with high school content. In addition, the Master Career and Technical Education Collection, features titles in the areas of career exploration, job search skills AND technical and trade skills like automotive technology, building and technical trades and engineering.

For the CVOD newsletter, please see here

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C.A.L.L.: Conference About Libraries & Literacy

On February 9th, Sara Gold and Jeff Brunner were fortunate to attend the first C.A.L.L. – Conference About Libraries and Literacy held at UW-LaCrosse Murphy Library. The conference was a collaborative effort, organized by Liz Humrickhouse & Teri Holford-Talpe of UW-La Crosse, Linda Jerome of La Crosse Public Library and Cindy Halter of La Crosse Central High School. They brought together speakers from all over Wisconsin to talk about a variety of topics related to libraries and literacy. Information Literacy has long been a popular topic in the library world and is gaining buzz in mainstream media as people work to discern and define “fake news”. Read an article about the conference from The LaCrosse Tribune.

A snapshot of the sessions follows here:

Keynote: Bridging the Gap Between HS and College – Heather Heimerl Brunold, Ed.D.
Dr. Brunold described her fascinating research on the relationship between school-type (public, private religious, private non-religious) and its role in college preparation. Her findings demonstrate that public schools are more successful that popular sentiment might lead us to believe.

Building Bridges – Tracy Helixon, Sheila Allard, Rochelle Hartman
We learned about a collaboration between Western Technical College and the La Crosse Public Library which included two library work days to help students find sources for their research essays.

Breaking the Ice – Marge Loch-Wouters
Menasha WI merged multiple individual school winter literacy programs into a community-wide winter reading program with the public library.

Scaffolding the Threshold Concepts from K to 16 – Elizabeth Gibes and Heather James
Marquette University librarians told us about their innovative, flipped approach for library instruction in a First-Year Writing program as well as their expanded role in developing a new curriculum for the program.

Gaining Ground – Teri Holford-Talpe, Liz Humrickhouse, and Darci Thoune
UW-La Crosse librarians and faculty talked to us about their program, Gaining Ground: Building College Level Information Literacy Skills. This program brought students from eight local high schools to the campus to learn about and demystify the college writing experience.




A Collaboration of Zombies in the Library – Nathan Dowd and Jen Champoux 

Library staff from Edgewood College described a program designed to
be a fun and engaging way to build college readiness and academic skills. Targeting students that may need extra support in their transition to college, the zombie –themed program exposes them to a wide variety of library services.

Thanks to everyone who presented, sponsored, and hosted the C.A.L.L. Conference.  We look forward to future gatherings and continued conversations.

Teen Health and Wellness is 10!

Join us in celebrating 10 years of Teen Health & Wellness, providing teens with nonjudgmental, straightforward curricular and self-help support. Follow along as we count down our top 10 reasons to love Teen Health & Wellness.

Reason #10: Teens in Their Own Words

Teens have shared their poignant and personal stories in Teen Health & Wellness since the beginning. Sharing challenges confronted and overcome is more than empowering; it’s a way to connect with others and say, “You are not alone.”

Bullying – Jordan’s Story: “In some way, everyone has been bullied before. Whether through words or actions…you know that what they did was wrong, and you didn’t like it.” Read more.

Coming Out – Alec’s Story: “I share my story with my listeners hoping to make a difference. I know that somewhere…there is a boy or girl going through similar situations as I did.” Read more.

Being Adopted – Rebecca’s Story: “She wasn’t coming…No birth mom, no half brother, and no other family. She didn’t even call. She left me for the second time in my life.” Read more.

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