September 2017
For Everyone

Pins & Needles
September 7 & 21
6:30 PM

Friday, September 15
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Saturday, September 16
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuesday, September 19
6:30 PM
Shorewood High School Auditorium
For Children & Families

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

Thursdays, September 7 & 21
3:30 - 5:30 PM 
First grade and older  

Begins Thursday, Sept. 7
Mondays, September 11 & 25
10:00-10:45 AM
6 month - 3 year olds

Tuesday, September 12
10:00-10:45 AM

Tuesday, September 12
6:00 - 7:30 PM
For Tweens & Teens

Friday, September 22
4:00 - 5:30 PM
For grades 4-7

Wednesday, September 27
4:00-5:00 PM
For 7th grade and up

For Adults

September is library card sign up month!
Getting a card is easy and free - plus it unlocks a wealth of information. Spread the word!
hoopla Available through Fall

The Summer of hoopla may be coming to an end, but hoopla will still be available through the fall! More Info
If you're not going back to school this fall, you can still get back to learning.

This month, we're highlighting the many resources, programs and services the library offers to support your learning - in whatever form it takes, at any age.
Take a Class
Gale Courses offers over 600 instructor-led, self-pace online courses at your fingertips. Learn something new or brush up an old skill.
Learn a Language
Learning a language has never been more fun! With Mango, you can learn a new language with listening, speaking and reading tutorials all online.  Mango is also available as an app. 
Research Your Past
Have you ever wanted to know more about your family's history? Come into the library to use Ancestry, to access thousands of documents that link you to your past.
Only available in the library.
The Library can be a vital part of a successful school year for your K-12 students. Here's how:

Shorewood + TED = SHED

Join us for informative, innovative presentations and conversations this fall. First up, The Future of Milwaukee's Waterways with Cheryl Nenn of Milwaukee Riverkeepers is Tuesday, September 12th, 6:30 p.m. in the Village Center.

Other discussions include:

October 10th
- Milwaukee: The Civil Rights Years and the Future of Milwaukee
December 14th - The Future Role of the Coast Guard in the Great Lakes

The SHED Talks are co-sponsored by the Friends of Shorewood Public Library.
Milwaukee 53206 is an intimate documentary that chronicles the lives of those affected in America's most infamous ZIP code - just a short drive away from Shorewood. The film not only examines the community residing in the 53206 ZIP code, but also illuminates the story of people from across the United States who live with the daily effects of mass incarceration. The film will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion.
Back to School

When September rolls around, I start to feel the 'Back to School' itch.  September represents learning new facts and skills with the hope of mastering whole new areas of knowledge. According to the Pew Research Center, most Americans consider themselves lifelong learners   
and the library can provide some of those learning opportunities.
We're in our second year of subscribing to Gale Courses, a database of instructor led online classes, as described above. Each class is six weeks long and takes approximately 24 hours to complete. The class subjects run the gamut from Grant Writing to Drawing, from Excel (2007 to 2016) to Starting Your Own Business.
Expanding our knowledge base makes us better-rounded, provides new perspectives on the world around us and enhances our quality of life. I've just signed up for an Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013 via Gale Courses. What will your "homework" be this fall?

Rachel Collins
Library Director
No matter your age, you can grow your brain at a library program in September.

Dr. Gregory Sadler is back with the next session in our ongoing lecture series -
Women You Should Have Read. This month, he will introduce (or re-introduce) you to Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother of feminism - and mother of  
Frankenstein novelist Mary Shelley.

Learn a new game, or revisit an old favorite at Game Night. We offer a small library of games, and welcome anyone to bring their own. Game on!
Expand your reading opportunities with digital books and magazines from the library! Digital books are great for travel, and options like streaming audiobooks mean you never have to be without a book, even when you're driving. Learn how to get started with e-books and magazines at Digital Downloads 101 - offered twice in September!
Did you know that playing and exploring the senses is critical to early literacy development? 
Come boost your child's learning at Pop in & Play (offered four times in September!) or Sensory Playtime this month!
FOR 3S & 4S

Story time for your pre-school age child is offered every Thursday from September through April. Registration is required and can be done online, in person or by phone at 847-2670, beginning 
Thursday, September 7. 

Big screen video games, snack & more. Drop in anytime between 4:00 and 5:30 on the third Friday of the month (falls on fourth Friday in September).

A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library

As students from preschool to graduate school head back to the classroom, adults may get the itch to learn something new, too.
Whether you:
  • Want to write a book report or discuss a bestselling novel
  • Have a group project or a home repair project
  • Need to learn some phrases for an upcoming trip or for your language class
  • Want to research your family genealogy or a paper
...the Shorewood Public Library has people and resources to help you. Some are shared here in the newsletter, others can be discovered online or in-person at the library.  
September is also Library Card Sign-up Month when the American Library Association and public libraries across the country remind communities that registering for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. Read more about what you get with a library card on the library blog. 
So visit the library and sign-up for a card this month! While you are at it, help the Friends of the Library promote literacy and learning in Shorewood by joining or volunteering. Contact us at or visit the Friends' web page.
To stay with our theme of learning, we've got three books that will make you feel like you're back in school!

For even more recommendations, follow our staff blog  and explore our curated booklists (genres, topics, read-alikes and more). 
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson

This is a classic exploration of modern scientific thought and a beautiful history of exploration. It is a wonderful place for the lay person to start thinking about science. 

- Recommended by Kate

If you read (or teach others to read), you must read this. With passion, sensitivity and curious mind, Wolf explores the act and art of reading from the angle of brain development and it is fascinating.

- Recommended by Emily
Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy

Revisit your favorite (or your child's favorite) books with the insight of being all grown up! Handy examines authors' lives, historical and cultural context, and how children's books fit into the greater canon of literature.

- Recommended by Emily
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