November 2019
The library will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving.
For Everyone
Thursday, November 7 & 21
6:30-8:00 PM

Friends of the Shorewood Public Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 20
5:00-6:30 PM

Digital Downloads
Saturday, November 16 
10:30 AM-12:30 PM
For Children & Families

All Ages
Tuesday, November 12 
6:00-7:30 PM
Friday, November 22
2:00-3:30 PM

Infants to Pre-School Age

Thursday, November 7
10:00-10:45 AM
Ages 6 months-3 years

Thursdays through November 21
1:00-1:30 PM
Registration is required and is ongoing.
Mondays, October 28 through November 25
Registration is required.
Learn more about story time to choose the one that is right for your child.
School Age
Every Wednesday   
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older
Thursdays, November 7 & 21  
3:30-5:00 PM
Grades 1+ 
For Tweens & Teens

Friday, November 15
4:00-5:00 PM
Grades 4-8

Tuesday, November 26
3:30-5:00 PM
Grades 3+
For Adults
Tuesday, November 5
6:30-8:00 PM
There There by Tommy Orange
Wednesday, November 6
7:00-8:00 PM

Tuesday, November 12
7:00-8:00 PM

Become a Dementia Friend
Tuesday, November 19
6:00-7:30 PM

Thursday, November 21 
11:00 AM-12:00 PM  
An improved CountyCat app coming soon!
If you love the ease of having the library on your phone, you will love the new CountyCat app. Check our Facebook page to learn when the app arrives!

As of October 24, the existing CountyCat app has gone offline due to ongoing issues that the vendor was unable to fix. Milwaukee County Federated Library System staff are working hard to make the new app live in November.

Before there is a new app in place, use your phone's web browser to search CountyCat, place holds and manage 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 have misplaced your physical card, you can get a free replacement, or we can give you your card number to use online and at the self check out.
Reggie Jackson will expose the roots of our country's current system of mass incarceration, including the laws and policies which have made it possible to incarcerate over two million Americans. Wisconsin exemplifies many of the issues in this system, so he examine its correctional system in detail: where and why we've built prisons around the state, who's in them, why our prison population keeps growing - and the costs to both families and communities back home. Join us on Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30 PM in the Shorewood Village Center.

This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library.
Calling builders of all ages! Join us for an afternoon of free building with Legos, Magna-tiles, Giant Blocks, and more. No need to register. Just drop in and exercise your creative forces on Friday, November 22nd from 2:00-3:30 PM.
The Village of Shorewood has many decorative buildings from the 1920s and 30s. During that time, it was common to see gargoyles reading books above the doorway and carvings of tall ships in the floor. On Tuesday, November 12th from 7:00-8:00 PM Ben Tyjeski, artist and architectural historian, will illustrate the two specialized, craftsman trades, architectural terra cotta and art tile, and show how they made Shorewood an even more beautiful place. The program will be held in the Shorewood Village Center.  

Ben presented this program at the Shorewood Historical Society's annual meeting.  If you missed it, now is your chance to learn more about Shorewood's local history.
Have you ever wondered how you can support fellow community members living with dementia? It's easy - become a dementia friend! Join us on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00 PM in the Shorewood Village Center. This one-hour introductory session will provide information about what dementia is, what it's like to live with the disease, and some tips for communicating with people who have dementia. Join a growing movement of people who are helping fellow community members living with dementia - a little support can make a big difference in their lives!
Mom's idea to get rid of toxic receipts takes off in Milwaukee
Mom's idea to get rid of toxic receipts takes off in Milwaukee

Shorewood Conservation Committee member, Meenal Atre, and library director, Rachel Collins, were interviewed by TMJ4 news in October about our recent switch to phenol-free receipt paper. 

Since the story aired, we have been contacted by libraries from all over the U.S. and from as far away as Western Australia to learn more about using non-toxic receipt paper!
I saw play a few weeks ago, and the hero was a librarian!
Alabama Story is based on true events from 1959 when a children's picture book was challenged by a state senator as inappropriate for library collections throughout the state. Garth Williams' The Rabbits' Wedding is about a rabbit with white fur marrying a rabbit with black fur, which the senator construed as promoting interracial marriage. The librarian held fast, and the book remained in the library collection.
Public libraries aim to represent diverse voices and viewpoints while serving their specific community with materials that support lifelong learning and entertainment. All libraries and library boards prepare to have collection content challenged now and again. The Shorewood Public Library's Selection Policy includes a formal Request for Reconsideration process that is taken seriously.
We don't often have to defend the content we add to the collection, but we're poised to do so, just like the librarian in Alabama Story, Emily Wheelock Reed.
Rachel Collins
Library Director
Library programs and events we know you'll love!
Get crafty!

Join us every Wednesday from 2:30-4:00 PM for some fun and creative art activities. Kids of all ages are welcome, but activities are most appropriate for school-age children.

Children five years and younger should be accompanied by a responsible care-giver.

Spend an evening with us!

Drop in on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:00-7:30 PM for fun geared towards the whole family. Enjoy crafts, board games, Lego building, and more. 

All children must be with an adult or responsible caregiver.

No registration necessary.  
Learn & explore!

Children aged six months up to three years old, with their adult caregiver, can dress for a mess and drop in on Thursday, November 7 from 10:00-10:45 AM for some sensory fun that sparks little minds - like squishing play-dough, crinkling paper, and more!

 No registration necessary.
Volunteer at the Library

Interested in volunteering at the Shorewood Public Library?
The Friends of the Shorewood Public Library are looking for volunteers who want to help at one-time events, as well as those who can make an ongoing commitment.

Volunteers for the Adopt-A-Shelf Project commit to taking care of a specific shelf in the library. After receiving training, they spend 30 minutes to an hour each month to make sure their shelf is in order. This commitment is very flexible, since shelf adopters can work any time the library is open.

Event volunteers help at public programs for children or adults, and may set up seating, take head counts, or help clean up.

For more information, see this month's blog featuring volunteer coordinator, Joan Spector. You can reach Joan at or by completing an interest form available at the library's front desk.
For even more recommendations, follow our staff blog and explore our curated booklists on all kinds of genres, topics, read-alikes and more.

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death
by Caitlin Doughty

A factual, practical look at death from a mortician, framed by funny, curious questions from real children. From the possibility and legality of "Viking funerals" to the natural consequences of decomposition, this book takes the mystery out of an uncomfortable subject. Although it is targeted toward adults, readers of all ages will find something of interest here.
- Recommended by Kate
The Game of Eating Smart: Nourishing Recipes for Peak Performance Inspired by MLB Superstars
by Julie Loria
Today's baseball players are eating health-consciously to improve their strength, skill, and speed on the field.  In Julie Loria's book, The Game of Eating Smart,
the author interviews twenty-one players, including Clayton Kershaw, Hunter Pence, and Giancarlo Stanton, to share how their eating habits can help you make healthier lifestyle choices.   
- Recomme nded by Hayley
Honestly, We Meant Well by Grant Ginder
When Classics professor Sue Ellen Wright gets offered a chance to visit Greece to give a lecture to a senior tour group, she jumps at it. She sees the trip as a chance to reconnect to her husband, son, and her younger self. The emotional baggage the family brings to the Greek Isles eventually breaks them, with hilarious and heartfelt results. A light, enjoyable read for fans of Elinor Lipman and Maria Semple.
- Recommended by Emily
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