March 2018
For Everyone

Pins & Needles
Thursdays, March 1 & 15
6:30 PM

Saturday, March 17
10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Lego Fest
Friday, March 9 1:00-5:00 & Saturday, March 10 11:00-3:00
For Children & Families

Story Time for 3s & 4s 
Every Thursday
(No session March 29) 
1:30-2:00 PM 
*Registration required
Click here for more information

Thursdays, March 1 & 15 
3:30-5:00 PM 
First grade and older  
Friday, March 2   1:00-3:00 PM
Ages 8-12
Mondays, March 5 & 19
10:00 AM & 6:30 PM 
Ages 6 moths-3 years 
Sensory Playtime 
Tuesday, March 6 
10:00-10:45 AM
Ages 6 moths-3 years
Every Wednesday
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older

Tuesday, March 13
6:00-7:30 PM
All ages

Thursday, March 22
3:30-5:00 PM
Grades 3+  
For Tweens & Teens

Anime Club
Wednesday, March 14
4:00-5:00 PM
For grades 7-12

Friday, March 16
4:00-5:30 PM
For grades 4-7
For Adults

Celebrating the Great Lakes
Tuesday, February 6
6:30 PM

Station Eleven Discussions
Wednesday, March 7 11:00 AM
Tuesday, March 20 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 27 9:30 AM
Wednesday, March 7
7:00 PM

Thursday, March 8
6:00 PM
Tuesday, March 13
6:30 PM

Thursday, March 15
11:00 AM
How Can We Help?

We live in divided times. I witness disagreement, anger and frustration around me in many settings. From turning on the news to hearing a conversation in line at the grocery store, to the trending videos on YouTube, to the interchange on Facebook. The library may not be able to directly address this discord, but may be able to help you and your family better understand these challenging times.
Do you want to understand another perspective or how someone could feel a different way than you do?    We offer newspapers, magazines and books to help answer some of your questions. Try a "walk in another person's shoes" by reading a fictional story with characters that are different from you.  The public library is committed to providing access to a variety of diverse ideas and perspectives.
Or maybe you're looking for an escape. We have fiction that transports you back in history, or forward in to the future, periodicals and books that let you focus on your garden, your yoga practice or doing work on your home, and music and films that engulf you in creative expression. We're also committed to providing material that fuels your imagination or makes you smile.
And finally, the library provides a destination where people are successfully existing in real time. If you're a person who usually goes to the periodicals area to read, I invite you to walk to the children's side. If you're someone that makes a beeline for the picture books, I invite you to walk past our study rooms or computer area. In all areas of the library at all times of day, you'll see a variety of  faces, ages, genders and skin tones engaged in activity, and conforming to a code of conduct that's driven by respect for space and respect for others. 
The library can't solve all of our societal problems or divisive attitudes, but we may be able to help you and your family engage with some of these challenges through reading, listening and being present in the library. Thank you for being a part of the Shorewood Public Library community.

Rachel Collins
Library Director
Calling all LEGO brick enthusiasts!
Join us for two days and two locations of Lego building fun! We're excited to team up with the East Branch of Milwaukee Public Library (2320 N. Cramer St.) to bring you a host of Lego activities on Friday, March 9 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Pick up a LEGOfest passport at either library, either day, and get stamps from at least four events to be entered into a grand prize drawing. 
Join us for the second conversation in our Reading Race series.
On Thursday, March 8 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. we'll talk about the Introduction and Chapters One & Two of We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates. While you may find the book (in several formats) at the library, chapters one and two are also available digitally from The Atlantic, linked from the program information page.
Tell us what you think.

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Please take this survey which asks about your usage of, perception of, and ideas for the Shorewood Public Library. The survey should take you less than 10 minutes to complete.
Thank you in advance for your time and participation.
Unite as a community around one shared reading experience.

Shorewood Reads invites the Shorewood community (whether you live, work or play here) to read  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel , and join us for events exploring the ideas and themes of the book. Here's what's going on this month: 
Much of Station Eleven takes place around the Great Lakes - from scenes of the pandemic hitting Toronto, to the post-pandemic settlements near the lakes' shores - perhaps because the Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by surface area. What is the future of this natural treasure? Dr. John Janssen, Professor at UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences, will speak on the role the Great Lakes plays in our lives and environmental changes occurring now.

What if a pandemic like that portrayed in Station Eleven really happened?

Doomsday expert Shel Delisle will explore different apocalyptic scenarios including pandemics, civil unrest, natural disasters, nuclear fallout, electromagnetic pulses, and even zombie attacks, and guide attendees on how we can best handle these situations.

Everyone is invited to discuss Station Eleven this month!

Wednesday, March 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Village Center with the Senior Resource Center and librarian Hayley Johnson.

Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Camp Bar with local author Jessie Garcia.

Wednesday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m. at North Shore Boulangerie with local author Lauren Fox.
Or host your own book discussion by checking out one of our book club kits. Learn more here.

A comic book, or graphic novel, plays a pivotal role in Station Eleven. The title is even drawn from a character's graphic novel that is central to the plot. Join us to learn more about this art form:

Comic Book Art for Kids with art instructor Gina Glembin-Nabong - Friday, March 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m. For kids ages 8-12.

Style and Story: Comic Books to Graphic Novels with illustrator David Beyer Jr. - Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.
For teens and adults.

Mark your calendars for more in April:

APRIL 5: From Anthrax to Zika: Emerging Pandemic Threats   


APRIL 7: Shorewood Eleven - Shorewood High School students present music and theater at Three Lions Pub


APRIL10: Emily St. John Mandel's visit with a 10:00 a.m. Writer's Workshop and 7:00 p.m. Author Talk.


A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library

Read with us this Winter!

Each meeting of the Friends of the Shorewood Library ends with the same question: What are you reading? We believe the more book recommendations the better. That's where this year's adult winter reading program comes in.

All adults are invited to take part in the Library's Winter Reading Program which is supported by the Friends and runs through March 31. By participating, you have the chance to earn some great prizes and share your book recommendations, too.

Check out this month's blog post for details on the Winter Reading Program and a list of recommended reads generated by participants so far.

The Friends are always happy to involve new members and volunteers. Contact the Friends at or visit the Friends' web page.
For even more recommendations, follow our staff blog and explore our curated booklists on all kinds of genres, topics, read-alikes and more.
America: The Life & Times of America Chavez
by Gabby Rivera
This is a fun new young adult comic about time travel, friendship, and learning from the past. Readers will be charmed by America, the first book from Marvel to feature a LGBTQ+ Latina superhero, written by noted LGBTQ+ novelist Gabby Rivera.

- Recommended by Kate
Americana folk rocker Carlile returns with another stunning album full of her characteristic storytelling skills, veering from heartbreak to the kind of self-assurance that only comes with age. If you have yet to discover Brandi Carlile, this album is a great place to start. Fans should also seek Cover Stories, a compilation featuring covers (from musicians like Dolly Parton and Old Crow Medicine Show) celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Carlile's first major album,
The Story.

- Recommended by Emily

The small town of Worthy, Texas begins to unravel after a car accident leaves three cheerleaders dead and one student to blame. Following four strong female characters in alternating chapters, Whalen's short novel brings to light the regrets, lies, loss, and shame that are often exposed when tensions rise.

- Recommended by Hayley
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