February 2018
For Everyone

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

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

Backstage Pass to King Lear with Stone Soup Shakespeare
Tuesday, February 27
6:30 PM
For Children & Families
Every Wednesday
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older

Thursdays, February 1 & 15
3:30-5:00 PM 
First grade and older  
Tuesday, February 6
10:00-10:45 AM
Ages 6 moths-3 years

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

Every Thursday
1:30-2:00 PM 
*Registration required

*Registration required

Thursday, February 8
3:30-5:00 PM
Grades 3+

Saturday, February 24
10:30 AM
All ages

Tuesday, February 27
4:00 PM
All ages
For Tweens & Teens

Tween Coding Club
Tuesdays in February
4:00 -5:00 PM
For grades 4+
Registration required

Friday, February 9
4:00-5:30 PM
For grades 4-7
Wednesday, February 14
4:00-5:00 PM
For grades 7-12
For Adults

Wednesday, February 7
7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 13
6:30 PM

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
Thursday, February 15
11:00 AM
Learn how playing helps kids learn - and more!  Community P.L.A.Y. Day returns this
Saturday, February 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Parents, grandparents, caregivers and their little ones (infants through kindergarten) are invited to discover the many ways children learn through play. While children enjoy hands-on activities, parents can learn easy ways to incorporate play into learning at home and can even learn CPR and basic first aid for children.
Custom library swag could be yours!

How can you get one of these custom screen printed tote bags? Just by reading this winter! Learn more on on our website.
It's the fifth annual Seuss Celebration!
Celebrate the magic of Dr. Seuss with crafts, games, balloons ("Sam I Am" from 2017, pictured here), and, of course, reading! Local celebrities will come share Dr. Seuss favorites like Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. It's fun for everyone in the family - Saturday, February 24 from 10:30-12:30 in the children's area!
Planning for the Future

It's not always easy to determine when to say "yes" or "no" to an opportunity. And for me, that's true at work, home or for social gatherings. Sometimes I overextend myself and my resources, which in the end, doesn't help anyone. Or, I may be too conservative and not take a risk when it would have been beneficial.
At the library, we make regularly decisions regarding partnerships, collections, resources, programming and technology. And it's critical to know when we want to and can engage, or when we need to pass. Having a current strategic plan with ample community input and data, plus defined institutional values, can help with this decision making.
This winter and spring, the library will embark on a strategic planning process. We'll gather demographic data, trends in the field and community input. We want to hear what you enjoy about the library, what you would change, and your aspirations for your family, Shorewood and the Milwaukee area. Please share your opinion when we issue our community survey in March.
A dear friend and I share a saying when one of us is feeling overwhelmed by opportunities:  "Saying no is saying yes to something else."  It's essential for the library to have a defined direction for our "yes" and "no" decisions, and strategic goals to navigate a future with finite resources. We'll make sure to share the planning process and results throughout 2018.

Rachel Collins
Library Director
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: 
Station Eleven character Kirsten Raymonde has several tattoos that carry special meaning. Tattoos continue to grow in popularity, but how did something that was once taboo become mainstream?

Local author and librarian Amelia Klem Osterud will talk about the history of tattoos, from ancient times to modern designs, as well as the daring tattooed performers that were the focus of her 2014 book, The Tattooed Lady: A History.

Shakespeare plays a significant role in Station Eleven, which ponders the role of art after human civilization all but disappears.

Learn about a real-life traveling Shakespeare performance troupe with Stone Soup Shakespeare. They'll perform a scene from King Lear, and then give an inside account of what it's like to be part of a traveling troupe including costuming, set design, and the importance of audience interaction. Stone Soup will also lead a Shakespearean story time on Feb. 27 at 4:00 p.m.
In Station Eleven, travelers stranded at the airport  create a Museum of Civilization - a collection of items that youth in the post-pandemic society have never seen and which stir sentimental longing for others. Visit Shorewood's very own Museum of Civilization starting February 22 to learn more about the Village's history and see our spin on notable hallmarks of the society in which we live.

This installation is a collaboration between the library, Shorewood School District, Historical Society, and Senior Resource Center.

Build little brains! Register now for our February story times for tots and toddlers.

Babies ages 6-23 months: 9:15 & 10:15 a.m. on Mondays, February 5-26

Babies and toddlers, ages 6 months through 3 years: 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, February 5-26

Toddlers ages 2-3 years: 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays, February 1-22

Full information is on the Story Times page on our website.

Expand your reading opportunities with digital books and magazines from the library.

Digital books are great for travel or reading anytime, and options like streaming audiobooks mean you never have to be without a book. Digital content is not just for adults, either, and we can show you and your kids how to access great e-books just for them!

Learn how to get started with the library's e-books and magazines at  Digital Downloads 101, Saturday, February 17 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Library. 
It's slushy, cold, icy, snowy, rainy, windy. It's winter in Wisconsin! Don't fear it - we've got lots of after school activities for students in February.

Art Cart - Every Wednesday for kids of all ages.

Tweensday - Once a month for kids in 4-7th grade.

Lego Club - Every other Thursday for kids in 1st grade and up.

Anime Club - Once a month for teens in 7-12th grade.

Coding Club - Every Tuesday in February for students in 4th grade and up. Registration required.

A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library

A Valentine for the Staff
In February, the Friends will be busy with Shorewood Reads events and planning for author Emily St. John Mandel's visit on April 10.

The Friends will also commemorate Valentine's Day by showing our love for the library staff. We'll bring Valentines and treats over three days to be sure that each staff member is recognized. From shelvers and circulation desk workers, to librarians and the director, every Shorewood Public Library staff member plays an important role in making our library great!

On a recent visit to the library, I was so pleased to be part of this amazing community resource. From the friendly greeting I received when I walked in, to the great mix of people using the computers and study areas, to people reading books and magazines, the library was alive with activity.

Even in this information age, libraries matter. Check out this article from the American Library Association website for more information on what libraries like the Shorewood Library do for individuals and communities.

The Friends are always happy to involve new members and volunteers. Contact the Friends at shwd.libraryfriends@gmail.com or visit the Friends' web page.
Books your Shorewood Library staff recommends. 
18-year old Natasha has spent most of her life in the U.S., however due to her father's mistake her whole family is now being deported to Jamaica. Desperate to stay, pragmatic Natasha spends her last 12 hours running around New York City meeting with immigration officials, which is how she meets idealistic Daniel, a young Korean-American man also struggling with his inevitable fate. This is a fast-paced read that explores free will vs. fate and what it means to love someone.
- Recommended by Lisa
2017 Favorites from Emily

Hayley's 2017 Fiction Favorites

After reflecting on 2017, I've narrowed my reading list down to my top six fiction favorites.  Here they are (in alphabetical order):
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