April 2017
For Everyone

Thursdays, Apr. 6 & 20
6:30-8:00 PM

National Library Week 2017
Ode to Libraries 
April 9-15

Thursday, Apr. 13
6:30 PM

Saturday, Apr. 15 
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
For Children & Families

Every Wednesday
2:30 -  4:00 PM
Age 4 and older

Thursdays, Apr. 6 & 20
3:30 - 5:30 PM 
First grade and older 

Special Saturday Story Time
Signs of Spring
Saturday, Apr. 8
All ages 

Tuesday, Apr. 11
6:00 - 7:30 PM
All ages
For Tweens

Fridays, Apr. 7 & 21
4:00 - 5:30 PM
4th-7th grade
For Adults

with Reggie Jackson
Wednesday, Apr. 5
6:30 PM

Wednesday, Apr. 5
7:00 PM

11:00 AM
with Jeannee Sacken
Tuesday, Apr. 25 
6:30 PM

with Dr. Gregory Sadler
Thursday, Apr. 27
6:30 PM
The Library will be CLOSED on Sunday, April 16 for Easter. We will be open normal hours on Friday, April 14, Saturday, April 15 and Monday, April 17.
Come celebrate libraries with us.

We're writing an "Ode to Libraries" for National Library Week 2017. Join the fun and show your love and support April 9-15. Here's what's happening:
  • Poetry displays and in-library activities
  • A special Art Cart with Poetry Painting for kids on Wednesday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Poetry Reading featuring past Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Kimberly Blaeser, Milwaukee Poet Laureate Matt Cook, and area poet Kavon Cortez Jones - and YOU! If you write or just love poetry, come read at this open poetry reading on Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Come on over and play with us Saturday April 1, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and their little ones (infants through kindergarten) are invited to discover some of the many ways children learn though play. We will have plenty of examples of homemade learning toys to play with as well as some fun make-and-take projects so you can continue the fun at home. 

The North Shore Health Department, REDgen, and the North Shore Fire Department will be on hand with fun activities and resources for caregivers. The Fire Department will also offer non-certified infant/child CPR training for adults.

Discussing Race

I am white. And it wasn't until recently that I realized that my whiteness made buying my home easier. Due to historical and current practices, searching for my home, obtaining my mortgage and moving in to the neighborhood where I wanted to live were all aided by the color of my skin.
My deep dive for more knowledge on race and housing started when my book club read Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. The author Matthew Desmond spent years researching housing practices and poverty in Milwaukee which are intrinsically tied to race and segregation. The emotions and tone of the discussions in that book club ranged from anger, helplessness, guilt and ignorance. And we all felt ill equipped to really discuss race intelligently.  
It's clear to me that we need to have opportunities to learn more about race and to spend time talking in small and large groups about the many ways racism pervades our lives regardless of the color of our skin. And the public library, an institution dedicated to life-long learning, is a perfect setting for some of these opportunities. Please join us on April 5th at 6:30 p.m. for just such an opportunitywith Reggie Jackson, Head Griot of America's Black Holocaust Museum (details below).
Rachel Collins
Library Director
Milwaukee County's segregation problem is not new. Reggie Jackson of America's Black Holocaust Museum joins us to relate the Hidden Impact of Segregation in Milwaukee County on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. This is your chance to learn the past and present ramifications of segregation, and join the conversation to seek a lasting solution.
Traverse the deserts and rainforests of Madagascar with photographer Jeanee Sacken on Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m.  See the ancestor-revering Malagasy who share this island with endangered lemurs and chameleons. Hear the haunting call of the Indri Indri ("the father of man") and learn how these amazing primates are on a collision-course with the people who live alongside them in the fifth poorest country in the world.

Programs for kids and families are blooming like spring flowers this April!

Signs of Spring!
Celebrate spring with a special storytime featuring stories, songs, and sign language. Saturday, April 8th at 10:30 a.m.

Paint with Poetry
We will celebrate libraries with our "Ode to Libraries"- a week of poetry events.  Kids can come express themselves during a special Art Cart on Wednesday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m. 
They will have a chance to write or collage short poems to accompany a photo, illustration, or their own drawing.
Sign up for
April Story Time
 Story times for tots and toddlers are Mondays AND Tuesdays in April. To accommodate your schedule, we added a Tuesday morning Rhyme and Read session in addition to the usual Monday times. Starts April 3 & 4.
Sign up today online, by calling 414-847-2670 or on your next library visit!

A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library
Advocate for Libraries During National Library Week

The Friends of the Shorewood Public Library are proud sponsors of National Library Week: Ode to Libraries at the Shorewood Public Library this April. Activities for all ages invite you to create, listen to and read poetry, including the culminating event on April 13 with an open mic for participants and feature poets Kimberly Blaeser, Matt Cook and Kavon Cortez Jones. (Complete info above and here.)

During this week, the Friends also ask you to support libraries by contacting your elected officials to express what libraries mean to you. Political changes at a federal level mean public libraries may be in jeopardy; learn more on this month's blog. You can  sign up through the American Library Association Action Center to receive advocacy alerts and talking points about library issues, and v isit this website for contact information for elected officials with whom to share your public library story: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials/

The Friends thank you for your ongoing use and support of the Shorewood Public Library!

If you are interested in serving on the Friends' board, becoming a member, donating books/media or volunteering for the library, please contact the Friends at: shwd.libraryfriends@gmail.com 
Recommendations from Shorewood Library! For even more recommendations, follow our staff blog  and explore our curated booklists (genres, topics, read-alikes and more).

The Crow Trap
by Ann Cleeves

Mystery fans rejoice: the first book in the acclaimed Vera Stanhope series (inspiration for the TV show Vera) is finally available for U.S. readers! Suspicious deaths plague an environmental survey being done for a contentious new quarry in the moody moors of northern England.
For Cleeves fans and first-time readers looking for a character-driven mystery.
Will, a border collie, and Dr. McConnell, an animal behaviorist, live, work and play side by side as they both navigate their pasts and cope with their fears. You'll recognize Trisha McConnell's advice from her nationally syndicated radio show Calling All Pets and her descriptions of the rolling hills of her farm outside of Madison, Wisconsin.

by Becky Chambers

Kate recommends this heartwarming, futuristic story that provides a "phenophenomenal exploration of identity and humanity through the lens of science fiction."   
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