December 2017
Closed for the Holidays
The library will be closed Sunday, December 24, Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26, Sunday, December 31, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018. 
For Everyone

Pins & Needles
December 7 & 21
6:30 PM

Saturday, December 16
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
For Children & Families
Every Wednesday, including December 27!
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older

Thursdays, December 7 & 21
3:30-5:00 PM 
First grade and older  
Monday, December 11
10:00-10:45 AM & 6:30-7:15 PM
Ages 6 months-3 years

Tuesday, December 12
6:00-7:30 PM
All ages
For Tweens & Teens

Wednesday, December 13
4:00-5:00 PM
For grades 7-12
For Adults
Holiday Book Talk
Saturday, December 2
11:00 AM

Wednesday, December 6
7:00 PM

Thursday, December 7
6:30 PM

Thursday, December 14
6:30 PM

Tuesday, December 19
6:00 PM

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Thursday, December 21
11:00 AM

Save the date for Reading Race: Community Conversations kicking off on MLK Day, January 15, 2018. Learn more here.
Looking for book ideas for gifts or for yourself? Don't miss the Friends of Shorewood Library's  annual Holiday Book Talk on

Boswell Book Company proprietor Daniel Goldin will bring a slate of choices from the Boswell team and share why you might like to read them or who on your holiday gift list they'd suit. Boswell Book Company will also be selling the books so you can start your holiday shopping. Your purchase does good, too: a portion of sales benefits the Friends of the Library to help fund library programs and collections.
Join us for the final discussion in the fall SHED Talks series,  The Future Role of the Coast Guard in the Great Lakes. How will technology, climate change and more impact the work of the US Coast Guard in the Great Lakes? Commander Dan T. Somma shares his knowledge and insight about the future of this unique service. Bring your questions and thoughts to share. Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Center meeting rooms.

The SHED Talks are co-sponsored by the Friends of Shorewood Public Library.
Shared Spaces

Some months ago, just before the after school rush, I walked through the library communicating with adults about the impending influx of youth and, in some cases, kindly asking that they relocate to another area of the library. On this particular day, we had four graduate students collaborating in the teen area, and we had literally no space to relocate them. The study rooms were full and all our adult space is reserved for silent use. These adults left the library unsatisfied and who knows if they'll ever return.

As most of you know, Shorewood Public Library is a very busy place between 3:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on a school day. Youth come to use the computers, do homework, socialize and use our wifi to read, text and stream on their phone or tablet. And they join the many adults in the library engaged in the same activities.  
I'm delighted and relived to report that over the last six months we've been working toward creating a space where adults (and others) can collaborate, study and connect and don't have to be silent. As you walk toward the adult computers, you'll notice an open area with three tables and eight chairs.

The library is a place to interact, collaborate and build community, as well as a place to contemplate and connect with information and reading.  

Rachel Collins
Library Director
Rachel tries hoopla on her Apple TV
Streaming and downloading is the new norm.
The library is riding that wave, too, and offers a host of digital content you can stream or download on your device. If you're giving or getting the gift of technology this holiday season, be sure you're also up to speed on the ongoing gift of free-to-you digital content from the library. Hoopla, our newest digital offering, is even available as an app for your Apple TV and Kindle Fire TV Stick!

Click here to get started with  digital content from the library. For more, drop in to Digital Downloads for one on one help this month or in the new year.

A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library

Remember the Library during the holidays!

December is a great time to support the Shorewood Public Library through gift purchases for family, friends and teachers.
  • Attend the Holiday Book Talk with Daniel Golden from Boswell Book Company on Saturday, December 2 at 11:00  a.m. in the Village Center. A portion of book sales goes back to the Friends.

  • Purchase a Friends of the Library coffee mug for family and friends who love coffee and books. (This is practically everyone on our shopping lists!)  Mugs are available at the front desk of the library.

  • Recognize a teacher, child, grandparent of parent with a tribute gift. Your gift to the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library commemorates an important person or occasion. A custom bookplate featuring your honoree's name will be placed inside a new book in the library! See the Memorials & Tributes page on the library website for more information. 
Your purchases and donations help the the Friends of the Library support programs and collections.  While you are at the library or the book talk this weekend, pick up a Friends membership form and join us! However you make your donation, it's tax-deductible, so make your contribution before December 31.

You can contact the Friends with any questions or to  volunteer  at  or visit the Friends' web page .
Come learn with us this month.

Bring your family and drop in for a night of crafts, games, Lego building and more! Open to all ages. 

Tuesday, December 12 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Friends Program Room in the kids section.

Add Margaret Cavendish to your to-read list and you won't be disappointed. Cavendish (1623-1673) wrote prose, poetry, essays, romance, exploring philosophy, science and gender in many of her works.

Explore her writing, life and legacy with expert Dr. Gregory Sadler on Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. 
Expand your reading opportunities with digital books and magazines from the library.

Digital books are great for travel or reading anytime, and options like streaming audiobooks mean you never have to be without a book.

Learn how to get started with the library's e-books and magazines at Digital Downloads 101, Sat. Dec. 16 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Library.
For even more recommendations, follow our staff blog and explore our curated booklists on all kinds of genres, topics, read-alikes and more.
 Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande

Follow the history of aging and dying and how medicine in the last 60 years has dramatically altered this inevitable process. Through research and true stories, Gawande helps to define what "quality of life" really means. If you missed this book when it was released in 2014, pick it up now, and have some difficult and critical conversations with the people you love, including yourself.

- Recommended by Rachel

If you need a miracle, travel to Bicho Raro, a dusty, middle-of-nowhere Colorado town. The only problem is miracle-seeking pilgrims get stuck in Bicho Raro between miracles and the Saint and the rest of his family can't help lest they be struck by dark forces. The solution to this problem, as is often the case, lies within. Like much of young adult author Maggie Stiefvater's other work, this is an atmospheric magical realist novel featuring intricate characters and a story you won't forget - even if you're not a "young" adult.

- Recommended by Emily
The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry
by David L. Carlson and Landis Blair
This is the fascinating story of Matt Rizzo, a poet and father who lost his sight while committing a crime, as told to his son when their Chicago neighborhood starts pushing the teenager down the same path. 
- Recommended by Kate
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