August 2018
The library is closed on Sundays through September 2nd.
For Everyone

Thursday, August 2
2:30-4:30 PM

Pins & Needles Craft Group
Thursdays, August 2 & 16
6:30-8:00 PM

Digital Downloads
Saturday, August 18
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
For Children & Families

Every Wednesday
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older
Mondays, August 6 & 20 
10:00-10:45 AM 
Ages 6 months-3 years
  Thursday, August 16
3:30-5:00 PM 
Grades 1+   
Summer Reading ends
Saturday, August 11
For Tweens & Teens

Teen Summer Reading Wrap-up Party
Friday, August 10
6:00-7:30 PM
Registration required

Summer Reading ends
Saturday, August 11
For Adults
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware Wednesday, August 8
7:00 PM

Thursday, August 16
11:00 AM

Tuesday, August 28
7:00 PM
A library-raised Monarch outside the library in June
Have you seen more Monarchs this year?
It might be because your neighbors are lending nature a helping hand and raising them. Thanks to the Shorewood Monarch Project - a joint effort of the library, Senior Resource Center, and concerned Shorewood citizens - we know that Shorewoodians have raised and released nearly 400 butterflies this summer. We've raised 15 in the library alone! Monarchs are an important pollinator, and their habitats face destruction potentially hurting populations. At the library, they provide a learning experience for all ages, that results in something special which impacts our world. Follow the Shorewood Monarch Project on Facebook for updates, news on Monarch populations and waystations, and more.
Do you think moths are drab and pesky? Think again! How a rd Aprill, a naturalist fro m th e Wehr Na ture C enter, will highlight how moths are stunningly adapta ble and demonstrate a beauty that rivals their butterfly cousins on Tuesday, August 28th at 7:00 PM.

Often overlooked, scientists are just now devoting efforts to study one of the most successful yet secretive animals on the planet. Howard will share how his perception of moths changed from ambivalence to admiration and how the Wehr Nature Center participated in a world-wide program to promote moth conservation.

Tots, children and teens should turn in reading logs by August 11* in order to claim their coupon packets and enjoy some summer fun at a discount! Great work this summer, readers!
*We will accept reading logs after Aug.11, but late submissions will not be entered in the grand prize drawing and may not receive coupon packets.
On a mission
Learn. Connect. Explore.
Those are three of the words in the library's revamped  mission statement adopted by the  library board of trustees at their July meeting. And I put the statement to the test the day after that meeting when I was an active participant in the July session of  Reading Race: Community Conversations
At that session, I engaged in dialogue in both small and large groups about a Ta-Nehisi Coates article titled " Fear of a Black President." I answered prompts provided by the  YWCA racial justice facilitator, Leland Pan, and listened to fellow attendee's experiences and perspectives with respect and curiosity. I walked away that evening feeling energized and a little bit proud to be living our library mission of learning, connecting and exploring.
All our library programs, materials and space provide invitations to learn, connect, and explore. Join us.

Rachel Collins
Library Director

P.S. To explore our mission on a deeper level, t ake a look at our   organizational value statements  also adopted by the Library Board in July.
A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library

Get out and Vote
Some of us volunteer, some of us work in public service, some of us watch out for neighbors, some of us give to charity, some of us are Friends of the Library. We follow our skills or passions in order to contribute to our community in our own special way.

There is one thing we can do to contribute to our community that we all have in common and that doesn't take skills: vote. Friends Trustee, Candace Shoemaker, writes in this month's blog post about her voting experiences, and urges us all to vote: "...we have one thing...that binds us together: our responsibility to participate in our democracy - to preserve and protect that which defines us as a nation." Read the post here.

Statewide partisan primaries are Tuesday, August 14 from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. You can see what's on your ballot and find your polling place at My Vote WI. If you need help finding your polling place or learning how and where to register, visit the Shorewood Public Library.
The Friends invite new members and volunteers year round. Contact the Friends to learn more at or visit the Friends' web page.
For even more recommendations, follow our staff blog and explore our curated booklists on all kinds of genres, topics, read-alikes and more.
The Mars Room
by Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner's third novel takes readers into the bleak and brutal world of a women's correctional facility where protagonist Romy Hall has been convicted of two consecutive life sentences. The Mars Room follows her story as well as several other incarcerated characters using multiple layers, including some punches or humor. Kushner creates an original and compelling portrayal of the prison system and the people who inhabit them. 
- Recommended by Hayley

The latest installment in Carriger's fantastic steam punk world of airships, supernatural creatures, and adventure. Centering around a minor character from her earlier novels, Competence explores the inner conflict of a lesbian coming to terms with her identity in a world of Victorian morality, paralleled by her vessel's scientific exploration of the Darwinian development of shapeshifters and other immortals in different environments around the world. 

- Recommended by  Kate

Screenwriter ( Midsomer Murders, Foyle's War) and author ( Alex Rider) Anthony Horowitz uses an unconventional device in this new novel. He tells a fictional (but is it?) murder mystery in which he, Anthony Horowitz, author, is asked to write about ex-cop Hawthorne's investigation into the unexpected death of a woman on the day she planned her own funeral. The result is a captivating mystery perfect for consuming on a summer weekend.

- Recommended by Emily
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