May 2018
The Library is closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.

The Library is closed on Sundays from May 27-Sept. 2.
For Everyone

Pins & Needles Craft Group
Thursdays, May 3 & 17
6:30-8:00 PM

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

Sensory Playtime
Tuesday, May 1
10:00 AM
Ages 6 months-3 years

Every Wednesday
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older
Mondays, May 7 & 21
10:00-10:45 AM and 6:30-7:15 PM
Ages 6 months-3 years
Tuesday, May 8
6:00-7:30 PM
All ages
  Thursday, May 17 (No Lego Club May 3)
3:30-5:00 PM 
Grades 1+   
Thursday, May 24
3:30-5:00 PM
Grades 3+   
For Tweens & Teens

Anime Club
Wednesday, May 9
4:00-5:00 PM
For grades 7-12

Friday, May 11
4:00-5:30 PM
For grades 4-7
Engage with your neighbors in crucial  conversations about race and racism
in a series of community conversations focused on race studying the book  We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates .

This month, we will discuss Chapters 3 & 4.  Chapter 3 is an essay entitled, "Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?" a version of which was published in The Atlantic in February 2012. You can find it here Chapter 4 is an essay entitled "The Legacy of Malcolm X," a version of which was published in The Atlantic in May 2011. You can find it here.

Discussions are held every other month, and each discussion considers an essay or two from the book. The complete schedule can be found here.

Reading Race is a collaboration between Shorewood Public Library, the Shorewood School District and the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin.
Get ready for school and life by reading!
Research shows one of the best predictors of
school success is the number of words and books children are exposed to before they start school. Children who experience  1000 Books Before Kindergarten are on a solid path to lifelong learning. At Shorewood Public Library, we are committed to helping you get on that path. Sign up your child for our free, easy "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" program beginning in May. Complete information can be found on our website.
Dads, kids and partners, consider honoring the   mother(s) in your life  
with a donation to the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library. The donated dollars go toward buying books for either adults or children. And your mom will get a personalized book plate in her honor added to one of those newly purchased titles! She will feel appreciated and she'll know that your gesture will be felt by each reader that picks up that book and reads her name and special tribute.
The Memorial and Special Occasion Tribute program also works for fathers, birthdays, and teacher appreciation!  Learn more on our website.
Calling all self-published writers!
Wisconsin Public Library Consortium wants to find the best self-published books in Wisconsin for its Wisconsin Author Project. Submissions are now being accepted, through June 30, 2018. Submit your work and learn more at
Summer Reading starts May 29th!
The days have grown longer, 
May's promised
flowers are on their way and school is drawing to a close. That means Summer Reading is almost here! Summer Reading helps your child stay engaged with reading over the summer, to keep skills sharp for the next school year. Sign up starts Tuesday, May 29 at the library and programs begin June 11. Learn more on our website.
Discover, explore, grow and connect this month.
Explore the Chinese Immigrant Experience

One of the thousands of Chinese immigrants to the United States in the 1950s was nineteen-year-old Joy Lee, whose inspiring journey to a new world-and a new life-personifies the immigrant experience. Com hear Joy Lee Han discuss her story, documented in her new book,
Rice Paper Memoirs on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Center.
  Journey to Mongolia through Pictures & Storytelling

Local photographer and author, Jeannee Sacken and her husband Michael Briselli, take us on a journey to Mongolia on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. They'll explore Mongolia's history, taking us from the modern capital city of Ulaanbaatar back 800 years to the time of Chinggis Khan. Then, it's off to the wild western region of the country for the Golden Eagle Festival where girls are now competing in this time-honored tournament that features speed, agility, accuracy, and traditional dress.
Dementia Education Series: Legal Planning to Help Care for Your Loved Ones

Dan McDermott, an attorney with Von Briesen & Roper, SC, will provide an overview of legal tools such as health care directives and financial powers of attorneys. While this is not legal advice, the presentation will explore the questions and challenges that families face at various stages of dementia and aging in general. Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Center.

This program is co-sponsored by Shorewood Connects and the Shorewood Senior Resource Center.
Stuff for your Student

After school activities continue through the month of May and are a great way to engage young minds (and let kids unwind with a little structure and play!).

Art Cart - every Wednesday from 2:30-4:00. Crafts and art projects for all school-age kids.

Lego Club
- Thurs. May 17 from 3:30-5:00. Freestyle Lego building for all school-age kids.

- Fri. May 11 from 4:00-5:30. Gaming, snacking, hanging out for students in 4th-7th grade.

Tinker Lab
- Thurs. May 24 from 3:30-5:00. Build, explore and make stuff. For students in 3rd grade+.
Digital Downloads 101

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.

Learn how to get started with the library's e-books and magazines at Digital Downloads 101, Saturday, May 19 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the library.
A Look at Library Funding

As I was reading the The State of America's Libraries 2018 report, it mentioned that most voters don't realize that the primary source of library funding is local. 

Here in Shorewood, 84% of the Library's annual funding is comprised of Shorewood property tax dollars (local funds). We spend those dollars responsibly, efficiently and with a long-range and disciplined view of the future, supporting the Village Vision 2025 plan created a few years ago. We have invested in a professional staff with a focus on high quality customer service resulting in low staff turnover. We utilize those dollars to provide an inviting and well maintained building that has space for quiet or collaborative endeavors. And those funds go toward engaging people of all ages in lifelong learning and community connection via our planned programs and events and our carefully cultivated physical and digital collections.
Shorewood has one of the most highly regarded public libraries in the area, due to the residents of Shorewood prioritizing their public library during the budget process. Thank you!

Rachel Collins
Library Director

A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library

Talking About Race

"I feel like my job is to look at the world and to report what I see, to write what I see as honestly and directly as I can." - Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Friends of the Library encourage you to join the discussions at the library on Ta-Nehisi Coate's We Were Eight Years in Power. The program is designed to be accessible to all and to create a welcoming environment which models how to have conversations about the conflicted subjects of race and racism.

It's evident that the Shorewood community is energized to talk about race and racism: sixty-two people attended the first session in January and twenty-six attended the second in March. Learn more about this program on the Friends' blog this month.

The Friends invite new members and volunteers year round. 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.
Dreadful Young Ladies 
by Kelly Barnhill

A spookily entertaining collection of short stories which strikes an eerie balance between the ethereal and the mundane. Good for a dark night or a day when bad weather leaves you stuck inside (but we won't have any more of those, will we?).

- Recommended by Kate
A fictitious and imaginative rendering of the infamous railroad told as it follows the escape of two slaves from a brutal plantation in Georgia. Ultimately it is a compelling story of the fight to survive and persevere in the most adverse of circumstances. Extremely engaging with fascinating characters.

- Recommended by Carolyn
American War
by Omar El Akkad

In Omar El Akkad's first novel, American War, the second Civil War in the United States is fought over the use of fossil fuels. Growing up in the midst of the war, Sarat Chestnut is shaped by the violence she and her family endure. Resistant and unrepentant, how far will Sarat go to ensure victory for the South?   

- Recommended by Hayley
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