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

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sun Prairie Public Library patrons now have free access to Consumer Reports online, the website of Consumer Reports magazine. Smart shoppers can save money by checking consumer reviews, product rankings, and product comparisons for the best and most reliable products. The website provides searchable, full-text copies of the monthly Consumer Reports magazine. In addition, it also gives access to exclusive online-only reviews, videos, and other information for thousands of products. can be accessed from the Databases tab at, both within the library and remotely by Sun Prairie cardholders.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Mark Loftus Woodcarving Display

 Mark Loftus started woodcarving thirteen years ago.  His dad, Milo, who was in his 80s, was taking a carving class through MATC.  He told Mark that he was going to quit because he didn't like driving at night.  Mark suggested that he could pick up his dad after work and they could both take lessons.  They carved together regularly until his father's death.

 Mark bought a dried gourd at a farmer's market about ten years ago.  It sat in his workshop for several years collecting dust until his wife, Barb, asked if he was ever going to do anything with it.  He took the hint and wood burned and painted it.  They both liked the result and Mark has done several dozen since then.

Mark's words of advice are to find something that you enjoy and get a good teacher.  You never know where it might lead you.  He now has pieces in collections throughout the United States and several foreign countries.

Mark will be donating art pieces to the Sun Prairie Public Library Spring Gala again this year.   The Gala will take place on April 26, and Mark encourages you to join the fun!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sun Prairie Genealogy

Attention Sun Prairie genealogists! 
Sun Prairie Depot

Have you ever searched the Sun Prairie Death List only to find a page number in the search results that doesn’t link to anything?  The library now has a digital copy of the obituaries attached to those page numbers available for public use, courtesy of the Sun Prairie Historical Museum.  For access to those obits, please inquire at the Information Desk.

For another terrific resource on Sun Prairie genealogy compiled by local historian, Clem Batz, visit

Monday, June 10, 2013

Jan Holmes Awarded Paralibrarian of the Year Award

We are happy to announce that Jan Holmes, Computer Technician, has received the Wisconsin Library Association distinction of Paralibrarian of the Year!  As such, Jan receives free tuition towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree at UWM through their School of Information Science.  This award recognizes the essential role of paralibrarians in providing excellent library service in Wisconsin and places special emphasis on efforts to further the role of paralibrarians and library support staff in the library profession.  Jan has been working at the library for over 20 years and has helped make the transition into the digital age fun and exciting for staff and patrons.