December 2018
The library will be closed on Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1. 
For Everyone

Saturday, December 8
11:00 AM

Thursdays, December 6 & 20
6:30-8:00 PM

Thursday, December 13
6:00 PM

Digital Downloads
Saturday, December 15
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
For Children & Families

Pre-School Age
Monday, December 10
10:00-10:45 AM
Ages 6 months-3 years

Thursday, December 13
10:00-10:45 AM
Ages 6 months-3 years
School Age
Wednesday Art Cart
Every Wednesday (including Dec. 26)
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older
Thursdays, December 6 & 20
3:30-5:00 PM 
Grades 1+   
For Tweens & Teens

Friday, December 14
4:00-5:00 PM
4th-8th grade

Tuesday, December 18
4:15-5:15 PM
7th-12th grade
For Adults
Wednesday, December 5
7:00 PM

Thursday, December 13
6:30 PM

Thursday, December 20
11:00 AM
Whether you are looking for books for the readers on your list or for yourself, Daniel Goldin's annual talk has what you need.
Join Daneil, Boswell Books proprietor and industry-insider, for a rousing hour of talking about the best books of 2018. Daniel will share his recommendations, suggestions for who they might be great for, and even bring his team to sell books on site so you don't have to leave empty-handed. 

Plus, your gifts give back: 10% of book sales goes to the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library, the event's sponsor, to help them support the library year-round.
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is considered a classic of American literature. In fact, it was recently declared the "#1 best-loved novel" on the PBS show The Great American Read

Response to this novel is not that simple. Dealing with the difficult subject of racism, Lee's book has been considered controversial since its publication in 1960.

Join Reggie Jackson, head Griot of America's Black Holocaust Museum, to explore the novel from an African American perspective on Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 PMJackson will explore the African American response to the book in 1960, as well as responses in contemporary times.  While the book is considered to be a good tool to explore issues of race, Jackson will examine that view by asking pertinent questions about the depth of characters, the use of racial epithets used throughout the book, and the consequences of the way the book ends. 
Eat that Frog!
About once a week at the dinner table my partner will ask, "What frog did you eat today?"
The 'frog eating' concept is attributed to Mark Twain, but I suspect some of you may recognize it from the book: Eat that Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy. I was introduced to this book at a national public library conference about three years ago and I'm listening to it for the fourth time. (And kudos to the Library Board, Village and Friends of the Library for seeing the value in supporting national-level professional development.)
The basic premise is that you identify your key tasks, prioritize them, and execute just those key tasks accepting that some tasks simply will never get your attention. The payoff is greater productivity and effectiveness at work and more time and energy outside of work for family, friends, wellness, and joy. It's this recognition of work-life balance that makes this productivity method resonate with me. I strive to model that balance for my coworkers and to find it for myself.
Next time you see me, I invite you to ask, "What frog did you eat today?"

Rachel Collins
Library Director
Want to get text reminders of due dates and holds?
It's easy to sign up for and use text message notifications from the library. If you always have your phone, but can't always answer it or may miss an email, text notices are ideal. Plus, you can have multiple library cards attached to one text notification account.  You can even renew your items via text! 

There are two ways to sign up: use the form on this page from CountyCat or text the word SIGNUP (all one word, capital letters not required) to the phone number 414 501-7372 and respond to the prompts. Standard text messaging rates apply. 
A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library

The Friends of the Shorewood Public Library wish all library patrons and village residents a happy and healthy holiday season. Thank you for being part of the Shorewood Library community. Special thanks to everyone who donates time, talents, or financial contributions to the library.
If you are looking for a way to recognize someone who loves reading and learning, consider shopping at the library this season! It's a way to give and give back at the same time.
  • Purchase a Friends of the Library coffee mug (available at the library front desk) for coffee and book lovers

  • Recognize a teacher, child, grandparent, or parent with a custom bookplate featuring your honoree's name inside a new book in the library. Click here for more information.
  • While you are at the library this season, pick up a Friends donation form and join us! Your membership donation is tax-deductible, so make a contribution before December 31st. Contact the Friends with any questions at
For even more recommendations, follow our staff blog and explore our curated booklists on all kinds of genres, topics, read-alikes and more.
G'Morning G'Night: Little Pep Talks from Me to You by Lin Manuel-Miranda
A collection of tweets to bookend your day, from the creator of Hamilton. Inspiring, encouraging, compassionate, humorous, and lyrical, these short poems and sketches will uplift any spirit.

- Recommended by Kate

This young adult book is brilliant. It is set in modern day California during a severe drought which water is no longer available to citizens. It follows a group of teenagers who have to navigate humanity at its worst in order to survive when their parents aren't able to protect them. The book does a great job of highlighting human race at its best and at its worst.
- Recommended by Crystal, Village of Shorewood Planning & Development Department

You may not know that basketball star Kareem- Abdul-Jabbar is an accomplished writer. This is the second in his Sherlock Holmes spin-off series focusing on Sherlock's elder brother, Mycroft. In this book, Mycroft tries to keep his waggish young brother focused on school, but the insatiable pair wind up deep in a mystery involving Chinese opium, chimney sweeps and ritualistic murder.

- Recommended by Emily
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