May 2019
The library is closed Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th. 
For Everyone
Thursdays, May 2 & 16
6:30-8:00 PM

Digital Downloads 101
Saturday, May 18
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
For Children & Families

All Ages
Summer Reading Sign-Up begins Tuesday, May 28!

Infants to Pre-School Age

Mondays, May 6 & 20
10:00-10:45 AM 
Ages 6 months-3 years

Thursday, May 9
10:00-10:45 AM
Ages 6 months-3 years
School Age
Every Wednesday 
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older
Thursdays, May 2 & 16
3:30-5:00 PM 
Grades 1+    
Thursday, May 23
3:30-5:00 PM
Grades 3+ 
For Tweens & Teens

Summer Reading Sign-Up
begins Tuesday, May 28!
For teens entering grades 7-12 in the fall
For Adults
Wednesday, May 1
7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 7
6:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, May 9
6:00-8:00 PM

Tuesday, May 14
7:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, May 16
11:00 AM
Wednesday, May 29
6:30-8:00 PM
Trauma Sensitive Schools is a framework and philosophy that is beginning to take root in schools across the world. Join us on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 PM in the Shorewood Village Center to hear Sara Daniel, Vice President of Education for SaintA, discuss the components of a trauma sensitive school and to learn about the work happening in our school communities.  
Dr. Arthur Anderson, Director of Special Education for the Shorewood School District, will also provide local perspective to enhance this discussion. 
Ready to delve even further into your family's history?  In February, we introduced you to Ancestry Library Edition. Now, join us for another hands-on tutorial that will look more deeply at what Ancestry offers as well as other genealogy resources available through the library. 

Some experience with Ancestry Library Edition is recommended. No registration is necessary. If you are able, please bring your own laptop or tablet. We will provide five of each for use during the class - Library Program Room, Tuesday, May 7th, 6:30-7:30 PM.
There's a universe of stories out there - what will you discover this summer?

Summer Reading for children and teens of all ages begins on Tuesday, May 28th. This year's theme "A Universe of Stories" inspires readers to explore diverse viewpoints and science-themed reading.

Summer Reading helps your child stay engaged with reading over the summer while keeping skills sharp for the next school year. For children who have not yet started school, Summer Reading is a great way to track your early literacy efforts. Summer programs and events begin June 17th.
Join photographers Jeannée Sacken and Michael  Briselli on   Wednesday, May 29th 
at 6:30 PM as they follow thousands of elephants on their annual great migration through Botswana and Zimbabwe. Learn about the largest land mammal while they trek for all-important water. And it's not just elephants; meet a few other critters along the way. Safari gear optional.  This program will be held in the Shorewood Village Center.
Sure, the weather doesn't make this statement feel true at the moment, but we can assure you that summer is around the corner: Summer hours at the library begin May 26.The library is closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. 
Library services we think you'll love!
Renew via Text
You don't have to remember your due dates the old fashioned way. Text message notifications bring due date reminders, hold shelf notifications, and even the ability to renew items right to your fingertips. Click here to learn how to sign up for text notifications or ask a staff member next time you stop in.

Print from Your Phone
Need to print in a hurry? Computers full? You can now print to the Shorewood Public Library printer, or the printers at many other Milwaukee County libraries, from your phone, laptop or other mobile device. Instructions can be found on our website, and a librarian can walk you through the process when you visit us in person.
Recommend a Purchase

We love hearing from you, especially when passionate patrons share their ideas for movies, music, or books that we should consider purchasing. Suggestions go to the librarian in charge of the area the item would fall into, and we weigh each suggestion seriously. Go online to CountyCat to send us a recommendation!
The public library is built upon the idea that individuals should have unrestricted access to information, or the tools that provide information, with a goal toward lifelong learning and therefore a more positive contribution to one's home, community, and society.
That's a mighty big goal, and the public library strives to meet the charge each day.  
I've been keeping an eye the Save the Internet Act  - the latest net neutrality bill that's back in Congress. The concept of net neutrality mirrors the public library's value of equal access to information regardless of how much money you have, what subject you want to access, or what content you want to create and share. The American Library Association succinctly states their position on their advocacy page
We're at a point where quality internet access isn't optional. Sure, we may unplug for a family camping trip, choose not to have a social media account, or buy manual household gadgets instead of "smart" ones, but it's almost impossible to take care of business (not to mention recreation) without access to the web. What if the library's internet service provider (ISP) decided that Roblox  or  TED Talks use too much bandwidth and aren't important, so the ISP throttled access to them? What if, as a not for profit government agency, the public library was relegated to low quality internet access preventing the next innovator from submitting their big idea to the world via a public computer? These are examples of discrimination based on content and user, clearly opposing the American Library Association's principles.
It's critically important that everyone is able to access information equitably. I know public library advocates around the nation, including me, will stay aware of the progress of this congressional bill.  

Rachel Collins
Library Director
Recharge at the Library

Many people visit the library to recharge - to get immersed in a project, to do some leisurely Internet or shelf browsing, or to read the daily paper in a ray of sunshine.

Now, while you recharge yourself you can also recharge your device! 

To meet a need identified by the library, the Friends have funded the purchase of two charging stations which support charging of any type of mobile phone/tablet and don't require you to   have a charging cable handy. One station is in the center  of the library where conversation is encouraged w hile the other is in the silent area near the magazines. 
To get involved in the Friends of the Library reach out to the Friends via email at
For even more recommendations, follow our staff blog and explore our curated booklists on all kinds of genres, topics, read-alikes and more.
Healthyish: A Cookbook with Satisfying, Truly Simple, Good-For-You (but Not Too Good-For-You) Recipes for Real Life
by Lindsay Maitland Hunt

While my diet is questionable at best, I have made strides in the kitchen with the help of Lindsay Maitland Hunt's Healthyish. Hunt's accessible cookbook features a number of simple meal and snack ideas that will help you make better  decisions while keeping food yummy and tasty. My two favorite recipes are One-Pot Whole-Wheat Spring Pasta and Peanut Butter Granola. I'm hungry just thinking about them...
- Recommended by Hayley
 Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom
by Sylvia Plath
This is a recently unearthed allegorical novella by beloved author Sylvia Plath. 
Written shortly after she left home for the first time at age 20, it provides an interesting glimpse into the themes Plath was already grappling with even at such a young age.  
- Recomme nded by Kate
In this 2018 release from two-time National Book Award finalist Kushner, Romy Hall finds herself serving two consecutive life sentences in a California state jail. Romy is not a good-girl-gone-bad jailbird like Piper from Orange is the New Black; we are immersed in her reminiscences of her bleak life path, and pithy contemplation of the fate of her fellow inmates in this stirring novel.
- Recommended by Emily
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