Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Foundation Directory Online Professional Database at WPL

Research is key to finding grant funding opportunities for the non-profit community and that process can be made a lot easier by using the Foundation Directory Online Professional Database available at the library.

The Foundation Directory is a searchable database that provides comprehensive information on U.S. grant makers for non-profits seeking support. Create a custom search based on subject, geography, type of support, grant maker type, foundation staff names, and many other search fields. There is no remote access to this database so it can only be accessed in-house on all library public computers. Search results can be downloaded and saved via email or with a flash drive. 

The library offers an in-person class on the 2nd Monday each month that provides an overview of how to use the database. If you can't attend the class, contact our business resources librarian, Jackie, at jdzugan@mywpl.org to schedule an appointment for individual instruction.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Virtual Money Smart Week, April 17 - 21, 2023


Virtual Money Smart Week is a national, free campaign that aims to help people better manage their personal finances through a coordinated effort of experts and educators across the country.

This year's line-up of free, virtual events include:

  • Family Budgeting | Monday, April 17 @ 12:00 p.m. 
    • Presented by Katie Cullum of the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture
  • Instituciones Financieras | Tuesday, April 18 @ 12:00 p.m. 
    • Presented by Vanessa Arita Reyes of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
  • Debt Relief | Wednesday, April 19 @ 12:00 p.m. 
    • Presented by Bruce McCleary of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling
  • Employer Retirement Plans | Thursday, April 20 @ 12:00 p.m. Presented by Kimberly Johnson of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
Click on the program title links above to register for any of these free events.

The library has valuable resources to assist those wanting to improve their financial future and gain a better, well-informed understanding of how to manage their finances. A large collection of books on this subject can found on the 2nd floor of the library. The library has a subscription to the Morningstar Investment Center Research database that can be accessed from home with a WPL library card and PIN. If you need guidance on how to use Morningstar, please email Jackie, our business resources librarian, at jdzugan@mywpl.org.

A Staff Pick's book list for Financial Literacy can be found here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

New Releases: April Edition

Check out these highly anticipated April releases featuring fiction and nonfiction titles. Click on the title to request a copy or get your name on the waitlist. Don’t forget to watch for more featured releases next month! 


Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh

They are what’s left. They are what must survive. Kyr is one of the best warriors of her generation, the sword of a dead planet. But when Command assigns her brother to certain death and relegates her to the nursery to bear sons until she dies trying, she knows she must take humanity’s revenge into her own hands.


A gripping page-turner about a professor who uncovers a shocking secret about the most famous American composer of all time—that his music was stolen from a young Black composer named Josephine Reed. Determined to uncover the truth and right history’s wrongs, Bern Hendricks will stop at nothing to finally give Josephine the recognition she deserves.

Pomegrante by Helen Elaine Lee

Ranita is regaining her freedom, but she’s leaving behind her lover Maxine, who has inspired her to imagine herself and the world differently. Now she must steer clear of the temptations that have pulled her down, while atoning for her missteps and facing old wounds. With a fierce, smart, and sometimes funny voice, Ranita reveals how rocky and winding the path to wellness is for a Black woman, even as she draws on family, memory, faith, and love in order to choose life.


Laura Dern and Diane Ladd always had a close relationship, but the stakes were raised when Diane developed a sudden life-threatening illness. Diane’s doctor prescribed long walks to build back her lung capacity. The exertion was challenging, and Laura soon learned the best way to distract her mom was to get her talking and telling stories. 

The Wounded World: W.E.B. Du Bois and the First World War

Drawing on a broad range of sources, most notably Du Bois’s unpublished manuscript and research materials, Williams tells a sweeping story of hope, betrayal, disillusionment, and transformation, setting into motion a fresh understanding of the life and mind of arguably the most significant scholar-activist in African American history. 

It's no secret that American health care has become too costly and politicized to help everyone. So where do you turn if you can't afford doctors, or don't trust them? In this book, Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling examines the growing universe of non-traditional treatments -- including some that are really non-traditional.