September 2018
The library is closed on Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3. We reopen on Sundays beginning Sunday, September 9.
For Everyone

Thursdays, September 6 & 20
6:30-8:00 PM

Digital Downloads
Saturday, September 15
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
For Children & Families

Pre-School Age

Mondays, September 10 & 24
10:00-10:45 AM 
Ages 6 months-3 years

Thursdays, beginning Sept. 13
1:30 PM 
Ages 3 and 4 years

School Age

Wednesday Art Cart
Every Wednesday
2:30- 4:00 PM
Age 4 and older

Thursday, September 20
3:30-5:00 PM 
Grades 1+   

All Ages

Tuesday, September 11
6:00-7:30 PM

Music & Movement
Saturday, September 15
10:30-11:300 AM
For Tweens & Teens

Thursday, September 13
6:00 PM
7th grade and up

Wednesday, September 19
4:15-5:15 PM
7th-12th grade

Thursday, September 27
3:30-5:00 PM
3rd grade and up
For Adults
Wednesday,September 5
7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 11
6:30 PM

Thursday, September 13
6:00-7:30 PM

Thursday, September 20
11:00 AM

A library card is a powerful thing. For kids it can feel like a rite of passage, and a prized possession that magically grants them access to the next book in a favorite series. Some people tell us it's the first thing they get when they move to a new place.

Recognizing that the library card is one of the most important things we "do" at the library, this year we made our policy for getting a library card more inclusive and simpler. Clerks at our front desk can help you get or update a card quickly, so you can move on and use it to learn, connect and explore. Learn more about how we've expanded access to the library, and how you can get a card, on our website.

So far in 2018, nearly 2,000 people have gotten or renewed their library card here. If you aren't sure what a library card could offer you, ask us! Stop in, email us at, or tweet us @ShorewoodLib. We're excited to spread the word this month - and every month!
Poor police-community relations is a major  social issue with serious repercussions. On Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Kimberly D. Hassell will explore how community-based collaborative problem solving - police working collaboratively with residents, local business owners, and stakeholders to address the underlying proximate causes of commu nity-based problems - is fundamental to police effectiveness and crime control. Dr. Hassell will illustrate how communities with strong police-community relations promote social cohesion and collective efficacy while reducing disorder, crime, and violent victimization. Join us in the Shorewood Village Center meeting rooms. 
Reading Race is about coming together to
dig deep into tough, sensitive topics. This month, the subject is reparations.

In his June 2014 article in The Atlantic ( Chapter 6 of We Were Eight Years in Power), Ta-Nehisi Coates makes "The Case for Reparations" arguing that, "Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole." What do you think? Is there a debt owed for racist policy and practice? Who should pay and how? 

Join us on Thursday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the article, and the subject of reparations more broadly.
After a brief hiatus, Game Night returns on Thursday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the library program room! 

Whether you like to battle wits against or work together with others, tabletop gaming is a great way to socialize and exercise your mind. Lighthearted games, deep strategy, or even cooperative play, there is a game out there for you - even if you have little or no experience with gaming.

We'll provide a small library of games to play including some of our favorites, like Coup, Settlers of Catan, and Forbidden Desert. Feel free to bring your own favorites as well!

Please note that this program's intended audience is adults and teens.
Learn, connect and explore with us in September!
Story Time for 3s and 4s
Story time for pre-school aged children begins on Thursday, September 13 at 1:30 p.m. 

This story time is ongoing throughout the "school" year, and is designed to help pre-schoolers gain literacy and social skills to help them transition to school. Sign your child up beginning Wednesday, September 5! 

You can register online, by calling us at 847-2670 or via email.
Teen & Tween Programs
We have stuff for teens and tweens to do after school!

For Otaku in 7th through 12th grade, Anime Club is back on September 19, 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the lower level Meeting Room.
And for curious makers and dreamers in 3rd grade and up, monthly Tinker Lab resumes on Thursday, September 27 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Program Room.
E-book Help
If you love to read or listen to books, add digital book to your reading list! 

Digital books have no overdue fines and they travel well. You can even check them out when we're closed. 

Come get started with Libby and Hoopla at Digital Downloads 101 on Saturday, September 15 from 10:30-12:00 p.m. in the library.
Our Bionic Team 

If you stop by, call, or access our webpage or social media, you know what a talented, creative and professional crew of coworkers I have at the Shorewood Public Library.

I am proud of the impactful and plentiful programs our librarians plan and execute each year. I am impressed by the sheer quantity of items the circulation clerks check in and check out, and the shelvers return to their place on our shelves, each day. And I am amazed at the number of questions the librarians and clerks answer each week. 

But today, I'm feeling gratitude for the more subjective and harder to measure ways they make an impact.  This past week, I saw a librarian spend an extra five minutes on a reference question with a person struggling with the lingering effects of a stroke.   A few times a week, I see a coworker distract a crying preschooler, so their caregiver can successfully check out and make a quick exit.   And every day, I see a staff member answer a basic computer question or direction request with patience and respect, even when it's the tenth time they answered it that day.

I am deeply grateful to work with a group of people committed to serving our community with compassion and kindness, as well as skill.  Thank you, Angie, Anneliese, Azariah, Carolyn, Dan H., Dan X., Elle, Emily, Gerry, Hayley, Heide, James, Jarrett, Jessica, Kate, Lisa, Nala, Nancy B., Nancy S., Nathan, Susan, and Viki.

Rachel Collins
Library Director

P.S. Are you awed by your favorite SPL staff member? Nominate them for the national I Love My Librarian award! Details can be found here.
A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library

The Power of Place

Nearly three centuries ago, Benjamin Franklin and his friends understood the power of place when they established America's first lending library in 1731. Because no one alone could afford to assemble enough books, our practical ancestors pooled their resources to share them in a single place. I think Mr. Franklin would be proud to know our local temple of learning is alive and well.
Libraries survive because they are a place to thrive, especially in the fall when school resumes and formal learning begins anew. This September, fill your days and, if you have them, your children's days with an endless supply of beautiful books and words. Our light-filled library is a safe place to complete homework, research ideas, and study with friends. Friendly and knowledgeable librarians are here to help you. Learn more about the power of place at Shorewood Library on this month's blog

  The Friends invite new members and volunteers year round. Contact the Friends to learn more 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.
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
With meticulous research, Hayes explores the parallels between the Black Lives Matter movement and the American Revolution. The idea that civil disobedience always looks frightening to those in power is not a new one, but by examining our patriotic ideals as a country, Hayes shines a light on a too often overlooked corner of the American psyche.
- Recommended by Kate
Overstory by Richard Powers

The new novel by National Book Award winner Richard Powers is an epic saga told from the perspective of multiple characters whose lives are markedly different, but who are ultimately connected - like the roots of a forest - by a climactic standoff to preserve the last, oldest and most meaningful trees in America. It's an incredibly moving story that will change the way you see trees.
- Recommended by Emily

Venture to an isolated Maine island inhabited by a handful of long-time lobstering families to discover who murdered a controversial author investigating the local hermit. Newly promoted to Warden Investigator, Mike Bowditch, does his best to navigate the dynamics, both human and environmental. 

- Recommended by Rachel
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