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Arrowhead Library System Joins Share Consortium

Arrowhead Library System officially became a part of the Share Consortium on January 11.  The Arrowhead system adds the collections of seven additional libraries to our catalog. 

Library Logo Contest Winner Awarded Prize

As you may or may not know, the East Troy Lions Public Library is currently updating and revamping its website.   As part of this project, graphic arts students from East Troy High School were invited to submit a new library logo for consideration.  Both the Library Staff and Board felt strongly about involving the students of the community in the effort to create the new logo rather than hiring an outside artist to design one. 

Ms. Lori Puls, Graphic Arts Teacher at East Troy High School, guided the students through the design process throughout the Fall. On Tuesday, December 12th, the Library Board, the Friends of the Library, and other invited guests got together to choose the new logo.  14 Logos were submitted and a first and second place logo were chosen.

Rachel Gilpatrick designed both the First and Second Place logos and was awarded $150 for her efforts.  Rachel
 is shown above with Library Director, Jeff Gartman; Marty and Lisa Gilpatrick; and Lori Puls.  Thanks go out to the Friends of the Library who supported this contest. 

The new website will be up and running soon, but for a sneak peak of the new logo, see below:


January Preschool Storytime: New Year -- New 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 January's line-up:

January 5
Read: You Can't Win Them All Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Add: some shiny scales to our rainbow fish

January 12
Read:  Not Friends by Rebecca Bender
Enjoy: a puppet show

January 19
Read: Everything is Mama by Jimmy Fallon
Draw: a picture of your mama

January 26
Read: Sleep Tight, Charlie by Michael Escoffier
Wear: your jammies and enjoy a bedtime story

What: Preschool Storytime

When: Fridays, 11:00 am


Adult Book Club Discussion: The Book of Joy

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday, February 13 at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing  "The Book of Joy" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.   

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?

They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.

This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecedented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.

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

What:  Adult Book Club
When:  February 13, 2018

Where:  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.  

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.

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