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Memorial Day Observance

In observance of Memorial Day, the library will be closed on Saturday, May 28; Sunday, May 29; and Monday, May 30.  We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, May 31.  You can access us online at 24 hours a day.

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!


May Preschool Storytime: Spring Flower Stories

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 May's line-up:

May 6th
Read:  Nelly's Garden by Elizabeth Slote
Make: a special Mother's Day surprise

May 13th
Read: Koala and the Flower by Mary Murphy
Make: a giant sunflower

May 20th
Read: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Make: a beautiful rainbow

May 27th
Read: Alison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel
Make: a flower garden

What: Preschool Storytime

When: Fridays, 11:00 am

Unleash Better Health for You and Your Dog

Walworth County Public Health has developed a health and fitness presentation entitled "Unleash Better Health for You and Your Dog."  With the aid of audio and video, Bill Fitzgerald, a Public Health Nurse, will discuss the mutual benefits of walking for dog owners and their dogs. 

Pre-registration is recommended, but not required.

What:  Unleash Better Health for You and Your Dog
When: Thursday, June 9, 6:30 p.m


Adult Book Club Discussion: Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club, scheduled for Tuesday, June 14th, at 1:00 p.m.  Popular Harvard professor and political philisophist, Michael J. Sandel, invites his readers to explore the same issues of justice that entice thousands of Harvard students to attend his Justice class eash year.  In this book, he explores familiar controversies such as affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, patriotism and dissent, and the moral limits of markets in fresh new ways. 

Contact the library for location of the meeting.

What: Adult Book Club
When:  June 14 at 1:00 p.m.


Coloring Session for Adults and Teens

Please join us for our next "coloring for adults and teens" session, scheduled for Friday, June 17th, from 3 to 5 p.m..  This is a great chance to relax with your friends and neighbors, get some stress out, enjoy some light refreshments, and nurture your artistic side.  We will have basic supplies (coloring sheets and colored pencils) available.  However, if you would like any other supplies, such as chalk or "fancier" art supplies, please bring those supplies with you. This event is designed for teens, ages 13 and older, and adults.  Advanced registration is not absolutely required, but it is strongly encouraged.  Also, we are considering making this program a reoccuring program, perhaps once or twice a month, but would like to know how much interest there really is in the community.  Therefore, if you are unable to make in to our May 20th session, but would be interested in future sessions, please let us know.  

What: Coloring session for teens and adults

When: Friday, June 17
 (3 to 5 p.m.)    

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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