WVLS Scholarships and Grants

To suggest additions, please email Jamie Matczak at jmatczak@wvls.org.

WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Literacy Grant

To support literacy for all library users of Wisconsin Valley Library Service member libraries, a $20,000 grant will be provided to partnering WVLS libraries to create a space in their libraries where families can talk, read, sing, write, and play together. Libraries are literacy centers in communities. Libraries fight the 30 million word gap and the summer slide with storytimes, summer programs, educational programs, activities, guest speakers, special programming, reader’s advisory, robust collections and more. Family literacy spaces filled with fun, activities focused on literacies, and quality information under the leadership of librarians, will enhance library offerings as a major literacy resource in the community.

Grant Timeline
• November 15, 2018-February 1, 2019 – Grant applications accepted.
• February 1-15, 2019 – The WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Literacy Grant selection committee reviews all grant applications received by the February 1, 2019 grant deadline, winning grant is determined.
• February 15, 2019 – Winning grant awarded and announced to the WVLS member library community.
• March 2019 – WVLS Public Library Services Consultant visits partnering libraries to review library spaces and to provide consultation to Project Leaders.
• April 2019 – June 2010 – Monthly communications between WVLS Public Library Consultant and Project Leaders.
• June 30, 2020 – Grant project completed.
• August 31, 2020 – Final reports from Project Leaders received by WVLS.
• September, 2020 – Final reimbursements received by grant-winning libraries.

See the grant document for more information, and for the application.
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WVLS Innovation and Collaboration GrantOwen Flyer

The Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS) offered a competitive grant to a member library to develop and implement a service for their community that is both innovative and collaborative. The relevant aspects of the grant and, ultimately, of the new service are innovation, collaboration, value to the community and sustainability.


Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Scholarship

ARSL 2018 pic

ARSL 2018 Attendees (left to right): Cara Hart, Jamie Matczak and Teresa Hall.

In 2018, the Wisconsin Valley Library Service will offer scholarships for directors or branch managers of a member public library to attend the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference.  

The conference will be held in Springfield, Illinois from September 13-15. This is an annual conference and scholarship opportunity.

The ARSL Conference is specifically targeted for rural library staff. Previous conference topics have included building community advocacy; effective trustee recruitment; inexpensive programming ideas; innovative web services with few resources; virtual networking; and many more.

The scholarship winners for 2018 are:

Theresa Hall, Loyal Public Library
Cara Hart, Neillsville Public Library

ARSL & ALA Scholarship History and Reports

WLA Membership/Professional Development Scholarship

In 2018, the Wisconsin Valley Library Service will offer three scholarships for WVLS member library support staff, or first-time library directors as of July 1, 2016. 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide WVLS new directors and support staff the opportunity to attend a Wisconsin Library Association-sponsored conference to enhance professional development. Applicants can choose to attend the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Conference in May, or the WLA Conference in October. Within three months of the conference, scholarship winners will be expected to conduct a 30-minute web presentation on what they learned and how this can be applied to their library role. The post-conference assignment is intended to reinforce/develop the scholarship winner’s technology and presentation skills.

Scholarship winners will also be provided with a one-year membership to WLA.

The scholarship winners for 2018 are:
Dominic Frandrup, Antigo Public Library – Webinar Recording
Teresa Miniatt, Withee Public Library
Heidi O’Hare, Tomahawk Public Library

Legislative Day

L to R – Heidi O’Hare, Laurie Ollhoff, Mike Otten, Kris Adams Wendt, Virginia Roberts, Rep. Mary Felzkowski (WLA Legislator of the Year), Dominic Frandrup, Susan Lammert, April Lammert.

Library Legislative Day Scholarship

WVLS awarded $100 scholarships to three, first-time, WVLS-member librarians to attend Library Legislative Day in 2018.


  • 2018 Dominic Frandrup, Antigo; Laurie Ohlloff, Merrill; Heidi O’Hare, Tomahawk
  • 2017 Sarah Steinbacher, Rhinelander District Library
  • 2016 Julie Beloungy, Thorp Public Library
  • 2015 Anne LaRoche, Frances L Simek Memorial Library- Medford

Carol Ruth Wessler Memorial Scholarship

The moneys in this fund are to be invested as a special fund, the earnings of which are to be disbursed for the purpose of providing financial assistance for continuing education opportunities in the areas of reference, referral and interlibrary loan services for personnel employed by WVLS libraries.

As long as the applicant can describe how their attendance is likely to improve their ability to perform the reference/referral and interloan tasks currently assigned to them, their application will be given serious consideration by the WVLS Board of Trustees and/or its Executive Committee. Topics which could be considered for Wessler funding might include (but are not limited to) the following: reference skills, reference materials, referral patterns, interloan procedures/protocols, collection development, book selection, personal improvement such as how to communicate more efficiently, supervisory skills, office efficiency, most internet and computer skills sessions, space studies in current or new facilities, etc.


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