April 2017 Newsletter 
Hey, guess what? Did you know the library now has STEAMKITS? 
STEAMKITS are for children and are focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and/or Math. The kits are geared for ages 3+. They may be checked out only in West Bend, and returned to the West Bend circulation desk during normal business hours. For more information and a full listing of our STEAM kits , visit our website

Saturday, April 1 @ 10 AM - 12 PM

Come read! You may read for all or part of the time! At random intervals we will draw a name of a reader to win a prize. Readers must be present and reading to win. "Read with Rover" dogs plan to make an appearance as well! Caregivers may quietly read aloud to children who are not yet reading independently! Feel free to bring your own pillow, blanket, or sleeping bag to make the floor more comfortable! Bring your own book or read one of ours! For ages 0-18. 

Needles in the Bookstacks                                                                                                                        Monday, April 3 and Monday, April 17 @ 6:30 PM

Check out the West Bend Library's new group for those who love knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and all forms of fiber arts! Bring whatever you're working on, or start something new. Come in and share your wisdom, or pick up tips from experienced crafters. All ages and experience levels welcome; bring your friends, your parents and your kids! 

Anime Manga Club                                                                                                                                       Tuesday, April 4 @ 4:30 PM

Open to students in grades 6-12, this is a monthly opportunity for teens to interact with fellow anime and manga enthusiasts, watch anime, and discuss manga! Cosplay is always welcome. We screen two episodes from a different anime each month. Anime Manga Club is a free event.
If you love Scotland, check these programs out:

Tartan Day Celebration
Wednesday, April 4 @ 7 PM 

Watch and learn Scottish Country Dancing with the Milwaukee Scottish Country Dancers. Join them for a fun night of dancing and learning! Following the performance, the dancers will demonstrate some steps for anyone who wishes to learn. This program is free and open to all ages. For questions, email Mara Riebau at mriebau@west-bendlibrary.org.

Legendary Land of Scotland
Wednesday, April 5 @ 1:30 PM

Just in time for Tartan Day (a celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6th), learn about Scotland…the tartan, the whiskey, and the culture with renowned speaker Ian Day of the Robert Burns Club of Milwaukee. We will serve tea and shortbread cookies. All ages are welcome, however content is geared toward adults and older young adults.
iPad Class
Saturday, April 8 @ 10 AM

Join us on Saturday, April 8 at 10 AM to learn more about the accessibility features of your iPhone or iPad. Learn how your device can read the screen to you while using email, internet, or text messages. Learn how to dictate your writing using voice dictation and the word prediction software built into your device. Other tips will be shared such as learning how to magnify text, and how to change colors/tones of your device so it is easier to read. Please sign up if you need to use an iPad to learn these features. If you have your own device (iPad or iPhone only) please bring your device with you. Please call Nancy at 335-5151 ext. 5241 to sign up or ask questions.

This group meets once a month to discuss what we're currently reading, get and make suggestions, hang out and have snacks! We don't assign a book, just hang out, and talk about what we're already reading - even if it's for school.
Movie Night: Hidden Figures (PG) 
Tuesday, April 11 @ 6:30 PM 

Join us for a viewing of this award-winning film featuring African-American mathematicians who worked behind the scenes and made great contributions at NASA during the early years of the space program. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer and runs 2 hours and 7 minutes. Feel free to bring your own movie snacks.
            Kiwanis Early Risers Family Night                 with David Stokes
Thursday, April 13 @ 6:30 PM

Using live creatures and animal artifacts, songs and short stories, David gets down with his audiences, and makes learning fun! Click here to visit our Facebook event .

Lego Club
Saturday, April 15 @ 10 AM

We supply the Legos, you supply the imagination! Come build something awesome and we'll display it at the library. All ages, genders, and experience levels are welcome. No signup is necessary. 
How to Grow the Best Tomatoes Ever with Joey and Holly Baird
Monday, April 17 @ 7 PM

Learn helpful tips on growing great tomatoes – such as how to stop early tomato blight (yellowing of lower leaves); how to prevent spider mites; and learn what to sprinkle on the soil for excellent results, along with a lot of other good advice.

Presenters Holly and Joey Baird are the founders of TheWisconsinVegetableGardener.com. Their goal is to show the average person how easy it is to grow food, store food, and reuse everyday items. You can visit their website or watch their videos on YouTube at the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener channel.
Spring Detox Using Essential Oils with Betty Jo
Tuesday, April 18 @ 6 PM
If the thought of using conventional cleaners with sketchy ingredients make you less than thrilled, come to this class! We will learn about natural, non-toxic, and cost efficient ways to clean our bodies, homes, campers, cabins, and more. DIY recipes are included. This program will be in the Second Floor Conference Room.
World Stories Told by the Washington Ozaukee Wordsmiths 
Tuesday, April 18 @ 6:30 PM

Once upon a time, before the age of books, people gathered to tell stories. Ideas of love, jealousy, kindness, and luck filled the stories. Some provided lessons; others just entertained. As the stories spun across seas and over mountains, details changed to fit each culture. Around the world today, people still love to come and hear timeless tales. So join us at the library to hear our local storytellers tell us tales from around the world. Listeners will hear stories from Mallorca, Haiti, England,and the Punjab India. The stories are about finding St. Leo, dancing with a rooster, the barber's clever wife, and an episode in the life of Long Meg. The stories are geared towards adults and teens. Enjoy tea and cookies as well. Call Susan at 262-335-5151, ext. 5258 with any questions. This program will be held in the Library's Story Room. 

Teen Book Club meets once a month to talk about books we pick, but we also hang out. Sometimes there are snacks. Lots of books are on college prep reading lists, so this is a great way to get ready for college! Never been to book club before? Stop by and check us out, even if you haven't read the book! For April, we're discussing The Dead Poets' Society  by N.H. Kleinbaum.
What Will You Read Next?: A Facebook Event
Monday, April 24 @ 6-8 PM

Looking for that next great read this spring? Are you in a rut and want a suggestion?

Some of your West Bend Librarians will be on Facebook ready to chat and help you find your next read! Simply log on from home, your smartphone, or wherever you are between 6 and 8 pm on Monday, April 24 and we will help you out. 

This Facebook event is open to teens and adults. To join the event, click here
Memory Cafe 
Tuesday, April 25 @ 1:30 PM

Memory Cafes are places where persons with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) early-stage Alzheimer's or a related dementia can go with their care partners to socialize and have fun with other people going through similar things. A Memory Cafe has no real agenda or stated purpose except to enjoy each other's company. Cafes provide a time where you do not need to focus on the diagnosis, while having a great time connecting with each other as a family or creating new friendships. April's topic of discussion is gardening. 
Overdrive Workshop
Wednesday, April 26 @                                                                                        9 -10 AM,  10-11 AM and 1-2 PM, 2-3 PM

Did you just get a new tablet or smartphone? Did you know you can download ebooks and audiobooks through the library with a program called Overdrive? All you need is your library card!  

Sign up for a time to learn how to use this valuable resource in small groups between 9-10, 10-11, and 1-2, and 2-3. 

You will learn how to set up your account, search for, and check out items in Overdrive! To register, contact the West Bend Library Reference Desk at 262-335-5152. Please register by Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  

The Super Awesome Library Teens - SALT for short are a group of local young folks who help make the library a better place. If you've got ideas for events that should happen at the library, or stuff we should add to the library's collection, SALT might be for you! Our monthly meetings are members only. To learn more and apply, visit the Teens page on our website or email Hannah at hkane@west-bendlibrary.org.

                                Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra                                   "A Spring Symphony" Children's Program
Saturday, April 29 @ 10 AM

A joint venture between the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra and the West Bend Community Memorial Library! Join us for a program designed to show the connection between literature, music, and the arts. The session will feature a story, puppetry, recordings of musical selections, and a craft. The program is geared for ages 4-12, but all ages are welcome.
Volunteers from the Washington County Humane Society provide a weekly opportunity for kids to practice reading aloud to trained dogs. Our canine friends listen patiently and without judgment for 15 minutes. Sign up in the children's area today. These will be on Monday afternoons in April from 3-4:30. 
Storytime for Kids

We have several storytime sessions each week to choose from:
  • Baby/Toddler Storytime takes place on Wednesdays at 9:15 AM and is for ages 0-24 months. This is about 15 minutes of songs, rhymes, and very short stories and always ends with bubbles and playtime!
  • Preschool Storytime sessions usually last about 25 minutes and consist of stories, songs, and rhymes, and the children can stay after storytime for a craft. Preschool storytime takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 AM and Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM.
  • All storytime sessions are drop-in and do not require advance registration. If you have questions, please contact Terika Koch at tkoch@west-bendlibrary.org.

Chicks and Bunnies Storytimes                                                                       Tuesday, April 11 and April 12 @ 10 AM                                                                      Join us for storytimes about chicks & bunnies, songs and a craft. After storytime there will be a small hunt around the library for spring surprises! (No food or candy). 

SPECIAL STORYTIME: Money Smart Week                                         Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26                                                             Thursday, April 27 @ 6:30 PM

Library Book Clubs 

The West Bend Library hosts a variety of book clubs. Please visit our website for more information and who to contact.
  • Chicks Picks Book Club Monday, April 10 @ 6:30 PM - What She Knew by Gilly McMillan
  • Books and Beers Book Club Wednesday, April 12 @ 6:30 PM - Crashing Through by Robert Kurson. The group will be meeting at Main Street Cafe for April.
  • Clue A Mystery Book ClubTuesday, April 11 @ 5:30 PM - State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
  • Once Upon A Crime Book Club - Wednesday, April 12 @ 3 PM - Survivor's Club by Lisa Gardner
  • Thursday Book Club - Thursday, April 20 @ 10 AM - White Dresses by Mary Pflum Peterson
  • Readventurers Book Club - Thursday, April 20 @ 6:30 PM - I'll Take You There by Wally Lamb
  • Book Bags - Wednesday, April 26 @ 1 PM. Bring your own book for discussion! 

Library Display Cases - We Want to Show Off Your Stuff!
Do you have a cool collection that you would like to display here? Think baseball cards, coins, small antiques, stamps, or anything with historical interest! The Library has several display cases available where we would be happy to show off your collection for a few weeks. For more information, contact Susan by email at srobbins@west-bendlibrary.org or by phone at 262-335-5151, ext. 5258. 
Coming Soon in May!  

The Lure and Lore of Spices 
Monday, May 8 @ 6:30 PM                                                                                       

Join us for a flavorful talk on the history of spices from all over the world! Nathan Villa from The Spice House of Milwaukee will be here. Registration is recommended. Contact Sara at 262-335-5151, ext. 5259 for more information.

Kiwanis Early Risers Family Night: Great Scott Magic Show 
Thursday, May 11 @ 6:30 PM

Visit our Facebook page for more information! 

Cookbook  Sale
Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20

COOKBOOKS WANTED! Spring is now officially here, which means the 3rd annual Cookbook Sale!  The 2017 Cookbook Sale is scheduled for May 19th and 20th (Friday and Saturday).  The annual Cookbook Sale sells donated cookbooks and old library cookbooks to raise money to purchase NEW cookbooks for the West Bend Library collection. During the Cookbook Sale, all hardcovers are $1.00 and paperbacks are $0.50 - a great deal that cannot be beat! We are starting to take donations to build our stock to sell in May. We accept all cookbooks - old and new. However, please no appliance manuals, church/organization books, or magazines. All proceeds go directly back into the library collection by purchasing new cookbooks this year! Drop off your donations at the main check-out desk and tell them the books are for the Cookbook Sale.

Also this year, along with Cookbooks we will be selling art/craft books - sewing, scrap booking, knitting, drawing, painting, and more. If you need to make room on your shelf for some new craft books, donate your old ones to our annual sale! However, all proceeds will still go toward the purchase of new cookbooks.
If you have questions, please email Mara at mriebau@west-bendlibrary.org.

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