November @ the Library
Thanksgiving Closing
The library will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in honor of Thanksgiving. We will resume regular hours on Saturday, November 30.
Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Booksale
Saturday, November 2, 9:30am-3:30pm
Sunday, November 3, 12-3pm
Mark your calendars for our fall book and media sale. We've got some great items for sale and all the money comes right back to the library! "Friends Only" preview happens Friday, November 1 from 5-7pm. If you aren't already a Friend you can sign up at the sale.
Resource Spotlight: Ancestry.com
Summer is over and the kids are back in school. Do you find yourself with a lot of free time? Maybe you want to dig into history but picking up a non-fiction book is a bit daunting. Try looking into your own family history! Most of you may be familiar with Ancestry.com but you may not realize that the library has an edition you can use for FREE. Not only do you have access to Ancestry but we have the Newspapers.com site that has an entire world wide collection to look from. This can provide users with past obituaries or articles that relatives might be found in. Read more about Ancestry and doing genealogy research on our website.
New CountyCat App
A new app for CountyCat is coming very soon! The new app should make it even easier to check your account and place items on hold. As of October 24, the previous app is no longer being used so you can delete it off your devices.

When will the new app debut? As of right now we are looking at a launch date in November. You can keep up on the latest app news here. Until the new app arrives use your device's web browser (such as Safari or Chrome) to search CountyCat and check 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 no longer have your card you can get a free card replacement through the end of the year.

At his presentation Robert Brust will share how he uses basic engineering principles to view life from different perspectives.“When you try thinking differently,” he points out, “this can potentially lead you to being happier.”

He tells audiences that life was pretty easy for him growing up and he enjoyed a successful professional career as an engineer. Then a string of sad events intervened, including the death of his young son. This challenged him to search for a happier, more meaningful life.


Strategies for Social Security and Retirement Income is a class designed to help accomplish the most prevalent goal among retirees – to not run out of money. This class will provide education on the varying methods of filing for Social Security and inform of strategies that can be used to optimize it. The class will also provide a process one might use to calculate what their retirement income need is and introduce a few options on structuring income in retirement.

Strategies for Social Security and Retirement Income will help answer questions such as: 

  • How are my Social Security benefits calculated and taxed?
  • How can I maximize my Social Security Income?
  • How do I calculate how much I need to retire?
  • How can I ensure myself not to run out of money?

Presented by The Retirement Classroom 

This book, as is true of my first one, Enlightenment is Not an Ego Project, is not a philosophical argument, a theological treatise or a psychological theory or hypothesis. Nor is it a spiritual "how to" or self-help book in the conventional senses of those labels. It is but a sincere effort to simply point to my and others' experience of liberation and what we have learned as a result of this unimaginable and unforeseeable phenomenon.

About the author:Transformation of consciousness began in Thomas Galten (by profession a psychotherapist and college instructor) by way of recovery from alcoholism, a compulsive condition which Tom has since come to regard as a bellwether, as are all compulsions, for deep-level inner shifts.

Boswell Books will be on-hand selling copies of Michael's books.

About the book: Why wasn’t there an October surprise before the 2018 midterm elections? In False Flag in Autumn, the irrepressible Josie Kendall, introduced in 2016’s Damage Control (“ . . . consistently delightful . . . . Bowen’s ebullient antidote to election season blues” – Kirkus Reviews) finds herself in the middle of that provocative question. She no sooner answers it than she faces one even more dramatic: What about 2020, with control of the White House at stake and a high body-count at risk? Josie will have to decide whether to lave the Beltway cocoon, where the weapons are spin, winks, nudges, and strategic leaks and venture into a darker world where the weapons are actual weapons. Josie knows that you don’t do politics with choir girls, and that to end up on the side of the angels you sometimes have to find angels who play a little dirty.

About the author: Bowen is author of several more mystery novels and is a practicing trial lawyer.
 
Thursday Movies
The library is hosting a movie series for adults. Movies are shown on the 4th Thursday of the month. Odd months the movie begins at 6pm, even months the movie begins at 1pm. Our next film will be shown on November 21 at 1pm. See our full schedule on our website.
Book Clubs @ the Library
The library offers two book clubs to choose from. Here are the titles for our next meetings:

November 7- Still Life by Louise Penny
December 5- The Death of Mrs. Westaway

November 22- The Feather Thief
December 13- The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Have an art-venture at the library! We'll be making big art and learning about the engineering and problem solving skills needed by professional artists to make these epic works of art. Please dress for a mess!

Join the fictitious students of Sunnyview School for an evening of spinach and suspense as Alex McGreen and her grandfather save the day with leafy greens & determination. Local author & public health ambassador, Rayna Andrews will read from her book, Alex McGreen and the Tale of the Mysterious Kale and afterwards will prepare fresh smoothies for all. Ms. Andrews will address food disparities, food justice and why food insecurity is a public health concern. This family friendly event will also feature healthy treats provided by our collaborating partners:

The Whitefish Bay Library, Bay Bridge, The Whitefish Bay Community Garden, The Whitefish Bay High School Health Club, and The Whitefish Bay Garden Club.

One hour with Ms. Andrews can change the way you think about food for a lifetime! Please consider bringing canned or boxed food to donate to help alleviate food insecurity in our community.
Step away from the computer and learn coding techniques and 
concepts in real life. 
Make an upcycled toy for your furry friend. We'll provide the t-shirts! Don't have a dog? We'll also be collecting toys to donate to local animal rescue groups.
Practice math skills and spatial reasoning at our sorting-themed storytime! We'll share the book A Pair of Socks and enjoy a special playtime too. 
Work together to make a handmade paper trophy for someone you love!  
Cupcake Wars
Wednesday, November 20, 4-5pm
Registration Required, Grades 6+
Sign up to compete in Cupcake Wars! Teens will decorate cupcakes based on a theme from a classic children's or young adult book. Cupcakes will be judged on presentation, creativity, and connection with the book. 

Librarian Picks
For Adults

Galaxy "Alex" Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale's freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she's thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world's most prestigious universities on a full ride. What's the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale's secret societies. Their eight windowless "tombs" are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street's biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.-From CountyCat
For Kids

Sadiq's third grade class decides that they want a classroom pet, and their teacher, Ms. Battersby, is okay with the idea, so the students form a club to decide what kind of pet to get, and to research how to take care of it..-- From CountyCat

Sadiq's father is going on a business trip, but before he goes he tells Sadiq a story of the Desert Star, which fits in perfectly with Sadiq's third grade class field trip to the planetarium, and inspires Sadiq to build a simple telescope to study the stars when his father returns.-From CountyCat
For Teens

Thirteen of YA's most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe's most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation.

Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe's classic tales, and how they've been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.. -- Amazon.com
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