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Pizza Party and Prize Drawing

Our 2016 Summer Reading Program is coming to an end.  Our final program will be on August 1st at 1:30 p.m.  Please join us for our fabulous pizza party and prize drawing finale.  Registration is required for the pizza party.  Stop in and sign up for the party before July 30 and see the excitement build as we draw the name of 20 lucky winners on Monday, August 1st.  The prizes and pizza are provided by our wonderful "Friends of the East Troy Lions Public Library".
What:  Pizza Party and Prize Drawing

When:  August 1st at 1:30 p.m.


Death by Chocolate Auditions

The third annual play sponsored by the Friends of the East Troy Lions Public Library will be "Death by Chocolate".  This play by Craig Sodaro and produced by special arrangement with Heuer Publishing LLC will be directed by Mary Hubbard Nugent.

A cast of seven women and three men will be needed for the comedy murder mystery to be performed at Ivan's Backstage in late September and early October.  Auditions will be held on August 2nd and 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the East Troy Lions Public Library.  Rehearsals for the play will begin the week of August 15, three nights a week.

For more information, call Mary Hubbard Nugent at 262-470-8570.

Share Library Consortium has a new partner!

Beginning the week of June 13, the libraries of the Kenosha County Library System have joined into the library automation system that also serves the libraries in Racine and Walworth counties.  This means that area residents now have access to over 100,000 additional titles in the online catalog.  To visit the online catalog, click the "Browse our catalog" link in the upper right hand corner of our web page.

July Preschool Storytime: Sneak Peek of New Picture Books

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 July's line-up:

July 1st
Read:  The Airport Book by Lisa Brown
Make: a cool airplane

July 8th
Read: Rain Fish by Lois Ehlert
Create: a fish from recycled materials

July 15th
Read: The Very Grumpy Day by Stella J. Jones
Activity: Make someone smile today!

July 22nd
Read: The Moon's Almost Here by Patricia Maclachlan
Make: a chalk drawing

July 29th
Read:  How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan
Bring: Your grandma or grandpa to the library for a special activity

What: Preschool Storytime

When: Fridays, 11:00 am

Adult Book Club Discussion: Under the Wide and Starry Sky 

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday, August 9th, at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing Nancy Horan's second novel, "Under the Wide and Starry Sky".  At age thirty-five, Fanny Van De Grift has left her husband and taken her children (and nanny) to Europe to study art.  While in France she meets a young lawyer with a passion for writing named Robert Louis Stevenson.   This biographical novel tells the tale of the improbable love story between Fanny and the ten years younger, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of "Treasure Island" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

What: Adult Book Club

When:  August 9th at 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Phone the library for location

Summer Reading Program 2016
Please join us  for our Summer Reading Program—2016.  The theme this year is “On your mark, get set….Read!” Readers of all ages will explore all things sports and fitness this summer.  Kids, come on in to receive a “grab bag” of prizes each week and remember that each 15 minute segment of reading earns you a chance to win one of our larger prizes.  Adults and teens, don’t let the kids have all the fun.  For each title read, receive a sweet treat and a chance at one of those larger prizes (and we’ll make sure that some of the prizes will appeal to older participants).  Also, don’t forget about our family programs on Monday afternoons at 1:30.  Here is this summer’s line-up:
                    June 6th — Sign-up week
                    June 13th — Chris Fascione (Storyteller and Juggler)
                    June 20th — Scott Obermann (Magician)
                    June 27th — Science Alliance (Reptiles and Amphibians)
                    July 4th — No program. Happy 4th of July!
                    July 11th — Jack and Kitty (Musical Duo)
                    July 18th — Kay Elmsley Weeden (Storyteller)
                    July 25th — Make It!
                    August 1st — Pizza Party and Prize Drawing Finale

Sponsored by the Lakeshores Library System and the Friends of the East Troy Lions Public Library

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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