January 2019
The library is closed on Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1. We open Tuesday, January 2 at 9:30 a.m.
UPCOMING EVENTS
For Everyone

Thursdays, January 3 & 17
6:30-8:00 PM

Digital Downloads 101
Saturday, January 19
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
For Children & Families

Pre-School Age
 
Thursday, January 10
10:00-10:45 AM
Ages 6 months-3 years
 
Resumes Thursday, January 10
1:30-2:00 PM
Ages 3 & 4 
Registration required and ongoing

Monday, January 14
10:00-10:45 AM
Ages 6 months-3 years
 
Saturday, January 19
10:00-11:30 AM
Ages 6 months-5 years

Mondays, Jan. 28-Feb. 25
9:15 or 10:15 AM
For tots ages 6-23 months
Registration required, begins Monday, January 14

Mondays, Jan. 28-Feb. 25
6:30 PM
For ages 6 months to 3 years
Registration required, begins Monday, January 14

Tuesdays, Jan. 29-Feb. 26
10:00 AM
For 2 year olds
Registration required, begins Monday, January 14
 
School Age
 
Every Wednesday 
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older
 
Thursdays, January 3 & 17
3:30-5:00 PM 
Grades 1+    
 
Thursday, January 24
3:30-5:00 PM
Grades 3+ 
For Tweens & Teens

Friday, January 11
4:00-5:00 PM
4th-8th grade

Friday, January 18
6:00-8:00 PM
TAB members only
For Adults
Wednesday, January 2
7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 15
6:30 PM

Thursday, January 17
11:00 AM

Monday, January 21
6:00-7:30 PM
 
SEASON'S READINGS
The Shorewood Public Library offers you Season's Readings - our fifth annual adult winter reading program.  Starting on Wednesday, January 2nd, you can pick up one of our designated reading logs.  For every book you read or listen to, fill out the 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 gray 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.
READING RACE WRAPS UP A YEAR OF CONVERSATION
Since MLK Day 2018, community members from Shorewood and surrounding neighborhoods have met bi-monthly to talk about race.

In Reading Race, participants have read and discussed essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates written during Obama's presidency and captured in his book We Were Eight Years in Power. Through facilitated discussions, participants have grown, challenged each other, and come together around a polarizing and often difficult topic. While some people came to every session, others dropped in when the essay called to them or the timing was right. No two discussions were the same.

Please join us for a special final gathering of Reading Race on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. Even if you have not yet taken part in a conversation in this series, you are welcome. At this session, participants will discuss Coates' essay "My President was Black" (Chapter 8 of We Were Eight Years in Power) which examines the repercussions of Obama's presidency in light of the 2016 election. You can find it online as well as in the book.
AUTHOR VISIT: MADHURI VIJAY
Lawrence University alum, Iowa Writer's Workshop graduate, and Pushcart Prize-winner Madhuri Vijay visits Shorewood Public Library to talk about her debut novel, The Far Field, on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m.
 
The Far Field  follows a morally-conflicted protagonist across the Indian subcontinent. In the wake of her mother's death, privileged, restless Shalini sets out from Bangalore for a remote village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Through this story, Vijay masterfully examines Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt, and the limits of compassion. 
 
The Far Field has already gotten accolades including starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly Boswell Book Company will be at the event to sell copies of The Far Field , and the author will sign books after her talk.
RESOLVE TO READ
This year, resolve to read to your children. Research shows a direct link between the number of words and books children are exposed to before they start school and later school success. The more, the better. 
 
We make reading to young children fun and easy with our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Sign up during your next library visit!
WINTER/SPRING STORY TIMES AND PROGRAMS
A new year is upon us and that means new fun to be had at the library for you and your little ones!

Starting January 7, 1st through 3rd grades can register to be part of Pen Pals Through the Ages, an inter-generational activity that lets kids  practice writing skills, learn about their community, and make a new friend. Children will be matched with a senior citizen pen pal and exchange post cards through the "Library Mail" during the month of February. Pen Pals will meet in-person at a Cookie Party on February 27.

Story times for tots and toddlers run January 28-February 26 and registration begins Monday, January 14. You can register online, by calling the library or in person.
 
On Saturday, January 19, children from 6 months to 5 years of age are invited to a Sensory Play Day. Cure that winter cabin fever with easy-to-replicate activities that engage your child's senses.  
 
All winter and spring events for kids can be found on the library's online event calendar. Stop in to the library in January to pick up a print calendar if you prefer. 
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Research Tools
 
I remember pouring through print indexes and abstracts to find articles for my high school and undergraduate research papers.And then waiting 20 minutes to have bound periodicals brought from a non-public area of the library for reading and copying.
 
Research in the public library sure looks different today, but we still focus on providing high quality, vetted information for researchers.
 
State and federal funds support BadgerLink , an online library of licensed content made available to all Wisconsin residents through their public library.This is where researchers of all ages find magazine and newspaper articles for papers, projects, and personal information needs these days. BadgerLink also provides access to encyclopedias, primary sources, and census information.This short video sums up BadgerLink in two minutes.
 
The Milwaukee County Federated Library System subscribes to CFRA Marketscope Advisor powered by data from S&P Global to help with your stock, market, and business research, which you can access from home with your library card and PIN.  For the genealogical researcher, we have Ancestry Library Edition for use within the library building. (Join us for a training session on Ancestry in February 2019.)
 
Research tools and processes may have changed in the public library, but we still here to meet your basic research needs.

Rachel Collins
Library Director
FROM THE FRIENDS
A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library

The Friends of Shorewood Public Library are excited to announce their 2018 Volunteer of the Year is Joan Spector.
 
Joan joined the Board of the Friends of Shorewood Public Library on March 20, 2013 and she hasn't stopped working since.
 
Almost as soon as she became a board member, she was drafted to be Vice President, running board meetings when the president cannot and taking minutes when the secretary is away. She chairs the Volunteer Committee, recruits and trains Adopt-a-Shelf and other volunteers, and serves as a volunteer at events herself. Most recently, she worked on Shorewood Reads 2018, organizing all the hospitality for a prestigious author visit. Her years of philanthropic and community service experience serve her well in her role with the Friends. Learn more about the work that earned Joan this special recognition on the Friends' monthly blog post.

Learn more about the Friends by visiting their web page or emailing them at shwd.libraryfriends@gmail.com 
YOUR NEXT FAVORITE BOOK 
For even more recommendations, follow our staff blog and explore our curated booklists on all kinds of genres, topics, read-alikes and more.
Elevation
by Stephen King
 
A phenomenally light-hearted horror story, wherein genuine human kindness and compassion is shown by a man with very little time left. In the end, the story demonstrates that we are not what our circumstances dictate, but who we choose to be. Even the most unremarkable person can shine like a firework. 

- Recommended by Kate

American Wolf takes readers out West, exploring the grey wolf and all of the controversies surrounding one of the world's most fabled animals.  Using anecdotes, balanced research, and interviews, Blakeslee explores the perspectives of biologists, hunters, politicians, lawyers, and ranchers regarding wolves.  The topic is complex, but learning about wolves taught me more about being human.           
 
- Recommended by Hayley

A mystery that is also a rollicking fun read. Truss takes the idea of a traditional British police procedural and turns it on its head, adding humor, protagonists with questionable morals, and antagonists who make a great cuppa.

Pick this up if you're a mystery fan looking for something on the lighter side!

- Recommended by Emily
     
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