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Wisconsin-born author and illustrator Lois Ehlert (1934-2021)

Lois Ehlert photo courtesy of Milwaukee Public Library

Lois Ehlert designed the floor of the Betty Brin Children’s Room at Milwaukee Public Library in 1998. Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Public Library

Read about Ehlert’s commissioned work located in Beaver Dam Community Library. https://www.cityofbeaverdam.com/egov/apps/blog/posts.egov?view=post;blog_id=3;post_id=224

Celebrate Libraries will develop a podcast series based on writers and performers of the Great Lakes region, beginning with the Province of Québec. Some of the featured individuals are associated with the writers’ residency program at Maison de la littérature in Québec City.

ABOUT Maison de la littérature (House of Literature) https://www.maisondelalitterature.qc.ca/%C3%A0-propos/about/

CELEBRATE STORIES / CELEBRATE LIBRARIES ROBIN VOILS, ARTIST

What is a bridge? A link. A connection. A means of uniting. A bond. A tie. What does it mean to bridge? To join, to reconcile, to associate, to share. Join Celebrate Libraries® as we Build Bridges Across the Seaway.

The new Celebrate Libraries® venture explores literature and performance in Great Lakes basin communities beside the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada and the U.S.A.

March 2021

As libraries gradually begin to reopen in response to COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, Celebrate Libraries® is reaching out with thanks to the librarians, business associates and other individuals who have joined with CL® in this marvelous journey.

It has been nearly six years since Celebrate Libraries® started collecting images in Edgerton, Wisconsin for the first library video. Since then CL® has produced over 55 videos and recorded about 30 audio interviews. In 2018, the company expanded the initiative into northern Illinois.

To date CL® has worked in communities from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Downers Grove, Illinois and west to La Crosse County, Wisconsin. As Celebrate Libraries® moves forward we will be exploring libraries of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System.

Celebrate Libraries® will be working in 2021-22 with a literacy center in Québec and plans to feature the organization with a podcast and video. This is an amazing opportunity and CL® looks forward to sharing the experience with viewers and listeners.

According to the Michigan Sea Grant organization, approximately 34 million people in the United Sates and Canada live in the Great Lakes basin. Thank you again for your support and please return often. Celebrate Libraries® will provide regular updates on the project.

Sincerely yours,

Robin Voils Celebrate Libraries®

Jon Voils New Ways To Dream Podasts®

This motion graphics video features the public library in Downers Grove, IL. Suburban Downers Grove is located in DuPage County about 30 miles west of Chicago and the village library is a member of the RAILS library system. 2018 population estimate: 49,387. https://dglibrary.org
Lizzy the Lizard is having a birthday party! Lizzy lives in the Children’s Department at Waukegan Public Library and looks forward to celebrating the special day with visitors of all ages.
Waukegan Public Library Mission Statement Video Produced By Celebrate Libraries®
DOWNERS GROVE PUBIC LIBRARY PRESENTATION
The video features details from Zachary Oxman’s sculpture of Waukegan native Ray Bradbury as well as quotes from Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451. https://www.raybradburystatue.org
This video was inspired by several trips to the public library in Johnson Creek, WI to meet with Library Director Abby Armour and tour the building. A children’s book based on the visits is in development.
A series of videos and podcasts are being produced about the 124,000 sq. ft. northern Illinois library.
Special Project Coming SOON, “Hello Libraries”
The Late Summer 2019 Cover is inspired by Johnson Creek Public Library, Johnson Creek, Wisconsin . – Robin Voils
Celebrate Libraries® traveled to Wheaton Public Library in Wheaton, IL to interview Executive Director Betsy Adamowski and five Department Heads.
Burlington Public Library serves a community of 10,000 and an additional 9,000 patrons from the surrounding area. The library is a member of the Lakeshores Library System, serving Racine and Walworth counties in southeast Wisconsin.
We look forward to sharing the joy to be found in a village library. How sound, learning and libraries are gifts we pass from one generation to the next.
Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock Ill
Manitowoc Public Library, Manitowoc, WI
Manitowoc Public Library, Manitowoc, WI

Those works, a Book of Hours Sarum Use Manuscript c. 1400 and The Boies Penrose II Decorated Manuscript, are currently on view through June 16, 2019 in an exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Art of Devotion: Illuminated Manuscripts from Local Collections may be viewed in the European Art Galleries, Level 2, Gallery S202.


As libraries gradually begin to reopen in response to COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, we at Celebrate Libraries® are reaching out with thanks to the librarians, business associates and other individuals who have joined with us in this marvelous journey of support for the essential services provided by our public libraries.

It has been a little over five years since we started collecting images in Edgerton, Wisconsin for our first library video. Since then Celebrate Libraries@ has produced over 55 videos and recorded nearly 30 audio interviews. In 2018, the company expanded the initiative into northern Illinois. To date we have worked in communities from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Downers Grove, Illinois and west to La Crosse County, Wisconsin.

Our five-year anniversary was observed this past May and it was time to review our business goals for the next five years. Because Celebrate Libraries® has been focusing on libraries in Wisconsin and Illinois, two Great Lakes states, it was decided to take the next step and include the other states located along the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System.

We also decided to contact a literacy center in Québec and plan to feature the organization with a podcast later this year and a video in 2021. This is an opportunity to share our public library initiative with an even larger audience. According to the Michigan Sea Grant organization, approximately 34 million people in the United Sates and Canada live in the Great Lakes basin. Thank you again for your support. We look forward to providing future updates.

Sincerely yours,

Robin and Jon Voils

Celebrate Libraries®

Maison de la literature