Friday, August 14, 2015

Ambassador Tom Loftus Exhibit

Don't miss a special exhibit of the memorabilia of Sun Prairie luminary Tom Loftus currently on view in the Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum's display cases.  From his beginnings in Sun Prairie, Tom Loftus went on to become the Ambassador to Norway from 1993 to 1998, and served as Special Advisor to the director of the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2005.  He was a Democratic member of the Wisconsin Legislature representing Sun Prairie from 1977 to 1991, serving as Speaker of the Assembly for eight years.  He also served as a member of the UW Board of Regents from from 2006 to 2011.  

This exhibit is a collaborative effort involving Tom Loftus, Alec Loftus, the Loftus family, Sue Meyer, The Sun Prairie High School History Club and its advisor, Steve Braatz, Donna Davis, Sue Stowell, Peter Klein, Jordan Stiefel, Bryan Aughey, Evan Kaminski, Taylor and Olivia Oehrlein, Weston Weisensel, Grace Richmond, the Missionary Elders and Missionary Sisters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Acting Museum Curator, Israel Gonzales.

Ambassador Loftus will be at the library for a special presentation on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. where he will recount his journey from his Sun Prairie roots to the United States Embassy in Norway, while bringing to life his distinguished display.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Announcing OverDrive Listen

You can now borrow audiobooks from Wisconsin's Digital Library and listen to them in your browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser. With OverDrive Listen you can also add bookmarks, take notes, or make highlights.

To get started, borrow an audiobook that's available in the OverDrive Listen format from Wisconsin's Digital Library.  Then, click or tap the Listen button next to the audiobook on your library Bookshelf to open it in OverDrive Listen. It's that easy!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Ronald Semmann Art Display

During the month of May, local artist Ronald Semmann's art will be on display in our lobby display case.  His artwork is inspired by his interest in southwest Native American culture and includes pottery and baskets also on display.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

On January 1, 2015, Sun Prairie Public Library began offering Flipster, a digital magazine subscription service from EBSCO Information Services, to our patrons. Flipster provides easy access to digital magazines for online browsing via a computer desktop or any mobile device. Patrons can access the content on library computers or remotely at home, adding 24-hour access to titles in the library's subscription. A download app for offline magazine reading is available for iPad users, with another currently in development for Android devices.

Readers can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals, and zoom in and out for better readability. 

Current magazine list:

Car & Driver
Cooking Light
Country Living
Entertainment Weekly
Food Network Magazine
Good Housekeeping
House Beautiful
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Men's Health
O, The Oprah Magazine
Popular Mechanics
Ranger Rick Jr.
Real Simple
Rolling Stone
Runner's World
Sports Illustrated
Us Weekly
Vegetarian Times
Woman's Day
Women's Health

To access Flipster, go to  Click on the Databases tab, then click on the Flipster link.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Features in Wisconsin's Digital Library (Overdrive)

Suspend a Hold
This feature allows users to temporarily suspend a hold.  The user's position will continue to advance in the queue while the hold is suspended, but the hold will not be filled.  After the suspension ends, the title will continue to advance until the hold becomes available.  If a user advances to the first position on the list while the hold is suspended, the system will skip ahead to fill the next hold.

Hold Auto-Checkout
Users can now set their preference to "auto-checkout" a hold when the title becomes available.  Users who select this option will receive a notification when their hold is available confirming that it has been checked out and can be found on their Account bookshelf.

If a user is unable to borrow the title at the time it becomes available (because they have already reached their maximum checkout limit, for example), they will be sent the hold notification email and will have the full hold pickup period to make their checkout.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Yahara Music Library celebrates Madison's dynamic music scene by creating an online library of local music to share with the community.

Created by Madison Public Library and Murfie, Inc., the Yahara Music Library offers a diverse collection of music that includes established musicians and up and coming artists who play everything from rock, hip hop, classical, and more. The Madison-based Murfie corporation is a modern take on the neighborhood record store. Murfie digitizes the CD collections of its customers and make those collections available for streaming, downloading, and selling in its online marketplace.

All South Central Library System library patrons can stream music from the Yahara Music Library using any web browser or download albums in multiple formats to a variety of devices. Patrons will need to enter their library card number to stream or download any of the music.

Patrons can discover Yahara content either in LINKcat or in the Yahara platform located at An app for Android and Apple devices will be available in the future, but for now the website scales well for mobile devices. LINKcat provides a link that takes patrons directly to the item in the Yahara platform.

Digital formats available for download include:
  • MP3
  • AAC
  • FLAC
  • ALAC
MPL pays musicians a fee to license an album for 5 years, with the option to renew the license. Musicians can also sign a perpetual license with MPL, though most are not choosing to do so at this point.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Library cardholders have instant access to streaming video with a growing catalog of digital feature films, documentaries, educational, children’s favorites and more through Wisconsin's Digital Library.

Users may browse the video selection on the library’s website, borrow titles with a valid library card, and stream on most mobile and desktop devices.  All videos will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

New video, ebook, and audiobook titles are being purchased each month.  In addition to the statewide buying pool for Wisconsin’s Digital Library, libraries in South Central Library System (Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk and Wood Counties) are purchasing additional titles through a program called OverDrive Advantage. These titles are only available to residents of these seven counties.
This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for users with a library card.  The link for the new streaming video service is in the upper left-hand corner of the page under “Featured Collections.”  For information about using streaming video, go to