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Book Award Winners

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. The oldest and best known of these awards are the Caldecott and Newbery Medal. Check out our Children's Book Awards page our Award Winning Books for Teens page for this years ALA winners and honor books.

New Look for Tumblebooks

Our popular TumbleBook library has a clean new look, new features, and some new content. The main collection of story books is now nicely organized by themes or categories. There is also a language learning section with a few dozen picture books in Spanish and French. Some of the TumbleBook content can be played on an iPad or tablet, but for the full collection still works best on a laptop or desktop with adobe flash player. From outside a library you will need to enter your library card number and PIN to access TumbleBooks.

Notable Books of 2015

The end of year is a great time for best of lists and best books of are one of the most popular. The New York Times is one of the more well known producers of just such a list. A few weeks ago they published their 100 Notable Books of 2015, which includes 50 Fiction titles and 50 Nonfiction titles. We have tagged these in InfoSoup to make them easy to find.

You can use the Refine by Format section to limit the display to books, ebooks, audiobooks, or large print.

Read On Wisconsin

Each month, Read On Wisconsin highlights a great selection of books for kids and teens. Use our Read On Wisconsin page to help you find these titles in InfoSoup, or visit the Read on Wisconsin web site to learn more about the program and the titles selected.

Outstanding Science Books K-12

Each year the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), in in cooperation with the Children's Book Council assembles a list of Outstanding Science Trade Books. Past lists can be found on their web site. See our booklist Outstanding Science Books K-12 for their most recent selections. These titles are also tagged in InfoSoup, so you can view all the titles directly in the catalog.

For more great science books for children, also see the Cooperative Children's Book Center's CCBC Choices 2015: Science, Technology, and the Natural World. CCBC Choices are also tagged in InfoSoup.

Readers of all ages can also check out our Science and Nature bookslist, whcih is updated a couple of times a month listing new and noteworthy titles recently added to InfoSoup.

The New InfoSoup

On September 14th we will be moving to a New InfoSoup catalog.

Your Library Card Number and PIN will remain the same and all your My Account features such as checkouts, holds, lists, fines, will be exactly the same. In fact, the "New" InfoSoup is really the same catalog with a new look and feel, additional content, and some great new features. We think you will find the New InfoSoup very intuitive and easy to use. If you have questions, please talk to your local library staff.

Below is a list of some of the new features. On the sidebar is a search box for the new catalog, along with some introductory videos and help documents.

What's New!

  • Improved search results
  • Easier to limit your results to a specific format and/or location
  • Checkout and manage your OverDrive titles right in InfoSoup
  • Find magazine and newspaper articles in addition to regular InfoSoup content

What's NOT (really) New!

Many of the most popular features of InfoSoup may look a little different, but will work just about the same as before.

  • Use your same library card number and PIN to login
  • Easy to place, view, and manage your holds
  • Renew online
  • Pay your fines online
  • Your Reading History (if you opted in) and any My Lists you created will still be available

What's missing

There are a few features that are not available.

  • Reviews and Rating from InfoSoup users no longer display. For most titles, however, reviews and ratings from Goodreads will appear near the bottom of each full record display.
  • Preferred Searches (Saved Searches) are not currently working in the New InfoSoup. If you use this feature, you can, for now, access your saved searches by logging into theClassic My Account.