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A Farcical Murder Mystery in Two Acts

                     By Peter Kennedy
                   Directed by Mary Hubbard Nugent

Tickets Now Available for Alibis to be held at Ivan's on the Square

Setting:  an English countryside manor, late 1940's.  Where is the lady of the manor, star of stage and screen, Primavera Donna?  Who's about to die?  What hilarious secrets could provoke murder?

Pick up your tickets now for this comical play sponsored by the Friends of the East Troy Lions Public Library.  Tickets are $15 each and are available at the East Troy Lions Public Library and at Ivan's on the Square, 2087 Division Street, East Troy.

Play Dates:

Friday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 13, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 15, 2:00 p.m.

Produced by special arrangement with Heuer Publishing, LLC.


Social Security: Strategize to Maximize 

James Pfeil from Thrivent Financial will be presenting two programs in the coming months to help those approaching retirement make the most of their social security benefits.  James will answer questions such as:

        When should I apply?
        How much will I be taxed?
        Why do I need to think about this now?

If interested in attending one of these programs, please RSVP to reserve your spot.  Contact Jen Grimme at 262-806-4728 or email Jen at

What:    Social Security: Strategize to Maximize
When:   Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
              Thursday, November 16, 6:00 p.m.
Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library


September Preschool Storytime: Autumn Adventure

Our Preschool Storytimes are scheduled for Fridays at 11:00 a.m.  Preschool storytime is geared towards children ages 18 months to 4 years of age, although younger and older siblings and friends are always welcome to participate.  It is a great way to introduce young children to an age-appropriate "school" environment, and all the skills that help young children function in such an environment, such as sharing materials with others.  It is also a great way to encourage pre-literacy skills such as "print motivation" (thinking that books and reading are fun) and "print awareness" (recognizing print and understanding how books work.  Preschool storytimes are "drop-in," no registration needed events, so just come on by. Here is September's line-up:

September 1st
Read: How Do You Know It's Fall by Allan Fowler
Make: a tree with falling leaves

September 8th
Read: Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Make: a little yellow leaf

September 15th
Read: We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
Hunt: for leaves in Playmore Park

September 22nd
Read: Acorns Everywhere by Kevin Sherry
Play: An Acorn Game

September 29th
Read: Mouse's First Fall by Lauren Thompson
Sample: a crunchy apple

What: Preschool Storytime

When: Fridays, 11:00 am

Adult Book Club Discussion: The Dollmaker

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday, October 10th, at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing Harriette Arnow's critically acclaimed 1954 novel, "The Dollmaker."  "The Dollmaker" tells the story of Gertie Nevels as she and her family follow her husband from Kentucky farm country to Detroit during World War II.  Gertie  struggles to keep her family together and to preserve their deep-rooted values amidst war and industrialization.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library.

What:  Adult Book Club
When:  October 10, 1:00 p.m.

Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library

Insurance Help is Here!

The Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and Clear Choice Insurance will be providing free insurance assistance at several times in the upcoming months.  Local Assistors and Insurance Agents will be available to provide you with your insurance options, answer your questions, and help you find the necessary resources in order for you to make an informed insurance choice. 

Assistance will be available at the library on the following dates and times:

When:   Thursday, November 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Thursday, November 16th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Thursday, November 30th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Thursday, December 14th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library

For questions, or to reserve a time, contact Dustin at 920-707-1423.

It is the policy of the Wisconsin Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (WAFCC)  not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Please let us know ahead of time if you would like an interpreter or require special accommodations.

Introducing Gale Courses!

The East Troy LIons Public Library, along with the Wisconsin Job Center of Walworth County and the Racine County Workforce Development Center is now collaborating to offer a new service to Walworth and Racine County residents -- Gale Courses.  Through Gale Courses, your library card barcode or job center code is your ticket to quality, instructor led, online courses on a wide range of topics, such as business, computer applications, personal development, writing, technology, and much more.  There is no cost to take these courses.  To learn more about this new service and explore what courses you might be interested in, just click on the "Gale Courses" icon on the top left side of our homepage, or click on the training video below.  Happy Learning!

Favorite Authors Club
Did you know that we have a niffy new feature in SHARE, our catalog?  It's called "Favorite Authors Club" and it allows customers to ask the system to automatically place "holds" on any newly catalogued items written by the author(s) that the customer has selected.  Here's how to select your authors:
1.  Click on the "Browse our catalog" link, which is at the upper right hand corner of the screen.  
2.  Click on the "my account" link, which is again in the upper right hand side of the screen.
3.  Enter in your barcode number and PIN.
4.  You should see several tabs near the top of the screen -- personal information, checkouts, holds, fines, favorite author club.  Click on "favorite authors club."
5.   You should see a list of about 64 adult fiction authors.  Check your favorite authors, make sure that the East Troy Public Library is listed as the pick-up library in the pull down menu at the bottom of the screen,  and click submit.  
Other things to remember:
While we offer several tools (such as the "favorite authors club") to enable customers that want to interact more independently with our catalog, we also are happy to do things like find books, renew items, and select authors for you.  Just ask.

Currently, the "favorite authors club" only lists about 64 popular authors.  Also, this tool is also currently only for one format -- "regular print" books.  We may try to add other formats or more authors in the future, so please check back if you do not see one of your favorite authors on the list.  

Lego Club
Almost every Thursday at 3:00, we have a special  program for Lego fans of all ages--Lego Club.  We put out the standard sized bricks and DUPLO bricks out, and you provide the imagination!
What: Lego Club 
When: Thursdays at 3:00 p.m.


E-readers and Tablets at the East Troy Library
Are you curious about e-readers and tablets?  Would you like the chance to try one out with laying down any cash?  Due to our hardworking Friend of the Library group and a generous grant from the Runzheimer Foundation, we have been able to purchase one iPad Mini and one Kindle Fire for "in-house" use and four Kindle Paperwhites for circulation.  The Kindle Paperwhites are pre-loaded with about 15 titles each (including some classics and a few newer titles like "The Husband's Secret," by Liane Moriarty) but if you don't see anything of interest, we may have the funds to purchase and load additional titles.  Just ask.

Visit the library and read a poem, a picture book, or a book chapter to a Therapy Dog.
Every other Thursday afternoon, we have a special visitor come to the Library.  His name is Tucker, he is a therapy dog, and he loves attention and hearing children read aloud.  Come on in and say hello.  
What: Visit a therapy dog at the Library
When: First and Third Thursday of the month, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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