December 2019
The library will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, Wednesday, December 25, Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1,  2020. We will be open for normal hours all other days!
For Everyone

Thursday, December 5 & 19
6:30-8:00 PM

Friends of the Shorewood Public Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 18
5:00-6:30 PM

Digital Downloads
Saturday, December 21  
10:30 AM-12:30 PM
For Children & Families 

Infants to Pre-School Age

Monday, December 16
10:00-10:45 AM
Ages 6 months to 3 years
School Age
Every Wednesday
NO Art Cart Dec. 25 & Jan. 1 
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older
Thursdays, December 5 & 19  
3:30-5:00 PM
Grades 1+ 
For Tweens & Teens

Friday, December 20
4:00-5:00 PM
Grades 4-8
For Adults
Part One: Monday, Dec. 2
Part Two: Monday, Dec.16 
6:30-8:00 PM
Wednesday, December 4
7:00-8:00 PM

Saturday, December 7
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Monday, December 9
6:30-8:00 PM

Thursday, December 19 
11:00 AM-12:00 PM  
An improved CountyCat app arrives this month!
If you love the ease of having the library on your phone, you will love the new CountyCat app. We anticipate that it will be available in your app store by December 11.

Before there is a new app in place, use your phone's web browser to search CountyCat, place holds and manage your account. If you used the library card feature of the app, check out at the library using your physical card or a photo ID. If you have misplaced your physical card, you can get a free replacement, or we can give you your card number to use online and at the self check out.
Genealogy research starts at the library. Dig into your family's history using Ancestry Library Edition - the public library, free-to-you version of the popular genealogy website - and other great tools. Come learn how, or brush up your skills, in a two-part session: Researching Your Family History at the Library.

Part one is Monday, December 2 6:30-8:00 p.m. and will focus on Ancestry Library Edition. Part two is Monday, December 16 6:30-8:00 p.m. and will showcase HeritageQuest Online and local genealogy resources. Both programs will be held in the Program Room.

No experience or registration is required! Please bring a laptop or tablet to use in the workshop if you are able to. We will provide five laptops and five tablets for use by those who cannot bring their own.
20 years ago, the world was in a panic as the year 2000 - dubbed "Y2K" - loomed. When the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2000, would computers crash, plunging us into a global disaster? Y2K didn't happen, but you never know when disaster will strike! Join our Y2K Party on Monday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. to party like it's 1999 and learn some disaster survival tips.

Doomsday expert Shel DeLisle will lead the event, exploring a range of possible apocalyptic scenarios caused by pandemics, civil unrest, natural disasters, nuclear fallout, and electromagnetic pulses and how best to handle such situations. Enter our drawing to win a first aid survival kit! 
The Friends of Shorewood Library present Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company proprietor and book expert on Saturday, December 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Village Center Meeting Room.

Daniel's annual book talk features a list of book to suit anyone on your gift list - including yourself, of course! One of the most well-read and knowledgeable people around, Daniel will help you head into the gift-giving season with plenty of inspiration.

Boswell booksellers will be on hand to help you stock up. You can feel good about your purchases: book sale proceeds support the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library in their mission to make the library a truly excellent community resource.
I read for so many reasons. I read to escape, to stay up on current events, to learn how to accomplish a specific task, to understand complex concepts, and to empathize with people with different lived experiences than my own. My love of reading started long ago, with adults that read in front of me and who took the time to read with me.  
Teachers, family members, caregivers, and even strangers can play a role in building a love of reading in a child. Throughout all developmental stages the value of reading with and around a child cannot be understated. When you read with a child it's an opportunity to pique curiosity, talk about emotions, ask open ended questions, and create a life-long reader and learner. In addition to reading with young people, adults need to role model that we enjoy reading. We need to be seen by young people reading a magazine, book, newspaper, or e-article at home, on the bus, at the park, and in the library.
Rachel Collins
Library Director
If you love the library and technology, why not marry the two?
Meet Libby, Hoopla and RBDigital: the team that puts the library at your fingertips.

Drop in on Saturday, December 21 between 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM to learn about the library's digital resources. Whether you already use the apps and have a question that needs answering, or you've been dying to get started but aren't sure how - an expert is at your disposal to help!

Never miss a due date again!

Text notifications from the library are the answer with super fast renewals, multiple due date reminders and more. You can even get texts about multiple library accounts to one phone!

Sign up for text notifications by texting SIGNUP to  the number (833) 568-6639.
From your phone or laptop.

Psst: don't tell your home printer - printing at the library is super easy! There's always paper, the ink never dries up, and someone can help you if something goes wrong. Send print jobs from your phone or laptop, from home or in the library, pay with credit or cash and you're on your way.
Volunteer at the Library

Like reading? Love the Library? Get involved with the Friends!

The Friends of the Shorewood Public Library is a non-profit organization with the mission of supporting the Shorewood Public Library. An all-volunteer organization providing financial and volunteer support, the Friends help the library move from good to great. What exactly does that mean? Read our Q and A with Friends McKenzie Edmonds and Jane Tomasi in this month's blog to learn how they support the library as co-chairs of the Friends' Promotions and Fundraising Committee. 

For more information on the Friends, email or visit the Friends page of the library website.
For even more recommendations, explore our curated booklists on all kinds of genres, topics, read-alikes and more.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This book is an elegant country house murder mystery - with a science fiction twist. Combining the best elements of Groundhog Day and Quantum Leap, it explores themes of crime, punishment, personality, and humanity.
- Recommended by Kate
Epic Journeys: 245 Life-Changing Adventures
Find inspiration for your next trip by looking at the stunning photos, suggested highlights, and travel tips in this National Geographic collection.  Organized by continents and regions, this oversized book has exciting adventures that incorporate hiking, biking, and paddling, all while appreciating unique cultures and the environment.

- Recomme nded by Rachel
Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child by Laura Cumming
At the age of three, author Laura Cumming's mother was playing at the seaside when she was spirited away. She turned up five days later - but what happened and why? An atmospheric and slowly unwinding tale in which the author ponders fate, family and love.
- Recommended by Emily
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