February 2019
For Everyone

Thursdays, February 7 & 21
6:30-8:00 PM

Digital Downloads 101
Saturday, February 16
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
For Children & Families

All Ages

Saturday, February 2
Tuesday, February 12
6:00-7:30 PM

Pre-School Age

Thursday, February 14
10:00-10:45 AM
Ages 6 months-3 years
Thursdays, 1:30-2:00 PM
Ages 3 & 4 
Registration required and ongoing

Mondays, Feb. 4-Feb. 25
9:15 AM or 10:15 AM
For tots ages 6-23 months
Registration required.

Mondays, Feb. 4-Feb. 25
6:30 PM
For ages 6 months to 3 years
Registration required.

Tuesdays, Jan. 29-Feb. 26
10:00 AM
For 2 year olds
Registration required.
School Age
Every Wednesday 
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older
Thursdays, February 7 & 21
3:30-5:00 PM 
Grades 1+    
Thursday, February 28
3:30-5:00 PM
Grades 3+ 
For Tweens & Teens

Friday, February 8
4:00-5:00 PM
4th-8th grade
For Adults
Wednesday, February 6
7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 13
7:00 PM

Thursday, February 14
6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 19
6:30 PM

Thursday, February 21
11:00 AM
From the arctic to the tropics and everywhere in between, owls are everywhere!  On Wednesday, February 13th, Howard Aprill, a naturalist at Wehr Nature Center, will use stunning photos, real owl calls, and hands-on owl artifacts to illustrate how owls thrive in one of the most challenging environments on Earth - your backyard.  Learn which owls call Wisconsin home and how you can find, observe, and enjoy neighborhood owls. Join us at 7:00 p.m. in the Shorewood Village Center.
Ever wondered about your family's past?
Dive in, build a family tree, and learn who your predecessors were with Ancestry. Ancestry is the world's largest online database of historical and genealogical records and you can access it at no cost through the library! Ancestry Library Edition is available only for use in the library, whether you log in via one of our computers or bring your own laptop or tablet.

Let us help you get started: Bring your computer (several will be provided) on Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m. for an introductory lesson on researching your family tree with Ancestry.
Teen writers: We invite Shorewood residents and/or students in 6th-12th grade to submit a piece of creative writing to our 2019 Teen Short Story and Poetry Contest. Winners of each category will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Contest rules and deadlines are on our website .
Love to read? Vote for your favorite book of the year for the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award! Check out this year's list of nominees then stop by the library or send us an e-mail to vote for your favorite at mctba.votes@gmail.com by March 1st.
LegoFest  returns Saturday, February 23rd.
Enjoy awe-inspiring Lego creations from Wisconsin Lego Users Group. Then be inspired to create some incredible structures of your own in our Build-a-Brick area. You can also try out Lego Mindstorms and enter a drawing for Lego-related prizes! All ages are welcome. Saturday, February 23rd from from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Shorewood Village Center.
The Shorewood Public Library offers you Season's Readings - our fifth annual adult winter reading program. Pick up one of our designated reading logs. For every book you read or listen to, fill out a log and put it in one of our prize drawing gift bags. There are ten great prizes to choose from, and you may submit as many entries as you'd like. What better way to pass the cold winter days than by warming up with a good book? And your winter reading could win you some cool prizes from the library!

Season's Readings ends Friday, March 8th.
Our conversation series focusing on Ta-Nehisi Coates' We Were Eight Years in Power has wrapped up, but the conversation on race and privilege has not.

UW-Madison journalism professor Sue Robinson joins us Thursday, March 7th at 6:30 PM to talk about how power and privilege shape public discourse - and why it's so hard to talk constructively about racial inequality. This program is co-sponsored by Boswell Book Company, who will be selling copies of Robinson's book Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power and Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities.
Special Saturday: Music & Movement
Shake off the icicles and get the blood flowing at our Special Saturday for families with young children on Saturday, February 2nd at 10:30 a.m.! Wisconsin Conservatory of Music joins us with sound and movement that builds brains and muscles.
Game Night

Whether you prefer a strategic board game that pits you against other players, or like to play cooperatively, Game Night has something for you. Join your fellow game enthusiasts on Thursday, February 14th at 6:00 p.m. Bring your own game to share, or play one provided by our resident game expert, Nick!
The Room of Requirement

If you read our monthly newsletter, I suspect you're a person that knows the many possible roles the public library can play in a person's life. These roles may change over an individual's life span and with different life experiences. The library may be a location for a video job interview, a place to learn English, a space to meet another person with an energetic two-year old, or serve as a location to experience dignity, regardless of circumstances.  
This American Life , recently aired an episode about the public library serving as "The Room of Requirement," a concept author J.K. Rowling introduced in the Harry Potter novels. The Room of Requirement is a room that meets your exact need, at that exact moment. I can't think of a better analogy for what a public library attempts to achieve each day. 
If you want to see a video documenting how the public library strives to inspire learning and strengthen communities, watch Ex Libris: The New York Public Library. Or read why the public library remains an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country in The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
The staff at the Shorewood Public Library takes pride in providing you with exactly what you need, when you need it, be it a book, smile, study room, or respect. 
Rachel Collins
Library Director
A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library

Write a Note Supporting Libraries
In conjunction with Library Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, the Wisconsin Library Association is asking all library users to send handwritten notes to Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin lawmakers, sharing your support of libraries.
The Friends of the Shorewood Public Library encourage library users to share their thoughts on why the Shorewood Public Library is important to them. Research shows that libraries are essential to literacy, democracy, and community-building - but your personal message will tell the story in a more special and impactful way!  
Click here to learn how to reach out to your legislators.

Learn about the Friends by visiting their web page or emailing them at  shwd.libraryfriends@gmail.com.
For even more recommendations, follow our staff blog and explore our curated booklists on all kinds of genres, topics, read-alikes and more.
by Michael McGarrity
Retired Santa Fe Police Chief, Kevin Kerney, becomes the prime suspect in a decades-old missing persons case. With the help of his wife, son, and a few trusted law enforcement cohorts, Kearney tries to prove his innocence and find out what really happened that fateful night.  McGarrity keeps the pace fast and provides distinctive descriptions of all things New Mexico, from the green chile stew to the high mountain desert scrub.

- Recommended by Rachel
Head west in this humorous tale of two hired guns on a mission to kill a wayward prospector. On their journey, Charlie and Eli Sisters encounter a witch, a grizzly bear, cheaters, and a dentist who introduces them to oral hygeine. Award-winning author Patrick deWitt blends violence, whimsy, action, and personality in this quick read. The Sisters Brothers was recommended to me by one of our AM Book Club members, and I look forward to passing it on to more adventurous readers.    
- Recomme nded by Hayley

Madhuri Vijay's visit on January 15th gave audience members insight into her stirring new novel.  A young woman sets off on an ill-advised journey to remote Kashmir, with very little idea of what she will encounter there. She is driven by grief and the possibility of redemption. What she finds there changes her, and the changes wrought by her are not all for the better. It's a sad tale that is lightened by beautiful description, pithy wit, and deep characters. It is sure to satisfy literary fiction fans.
- Recommended by Emily
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