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East Troy's "Cranky Lady" Presenting Program on March 30

The circular sock knitting machine is woven into the very fiber of our American history, especially during World War I.  On Thursday March 30, 2017 (6:30pm – 7:30pm), come and experience a hands on presentation, as Linnea Flynn (coined as East Troy's  "Cranky Lady") tells the compelling story of how CSM's work and have impacted American history. Linnea will be bringing her three machines; one circular knitting machine is 100 years old! Get a chance to get a little "cranky" yourself by making a circular knitting machine click!  What more could you want? History and fun all in one!

Co-sponsored by the East Troy Area Historical Society and the East Troy Lions Public Library.

What:  Knitting from the Past

When:  Thursday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library


Easter Parade of Children's Fashions - Thursday April 6

Join the Easter Bunny and get a glimpse of spring fashion for the younger set.  Wear your Easter outfit in the Easter Parade and get a chance to visit with the Easter Bunny.  Pre-registration at 262-642-6262 helps the bunny order enough treats.  Cameras are encouraged!

What:  Easter Parade of Childrens' Fashions
When:  Thursday, April 6, 6:30 p.m.
Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library

All Tax Forms Have Been Received

We've received our entire shipment of state and federal tax forms and booklets.  The state forms we've received include the 1, 1A, WI-Z, 1NPR, WD, and Homestead credit along with their associated instructions.  Federal forms include the 1040, 1040A, and 1040-EZ and their booklets.  All other forms can be accessed at and

March Preschool Storytime: "Doctor Seuss on the Loose"

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 March's line-up:

March 3rd
Read: The Cat in the Hat by Dr, Seuss
Make: A giant hat

March 10th
Read: If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss
Play: a tongue twisting game

March 17th
Read: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Make: A green surprise for St. Patrick's Day

March 24th
Read:  Will You Please Go Now? by Dr. Seuss
Make: A Zike-Bike

March 31st
 Read:  Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss
 Dress:  Like your favorite Dr. Seuss character and enjoy a "Zany-Seuss Party"

What: Preschool Storytime

When: Fridays, 11:00 am

Adult Book Club Discussion: The Other Wes Moore

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th, at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing Wes Moore's 2011 book, "The Other Wes Moore".  Two kids named Wes Moore grow up fatherless several blocks away from each other in similar Baltimore neighborhoods.  One grows up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader.  The other is serving a life sentence as a convicted murderer.  This book examines the interesting question of how this could happen.

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

What:  Adult Book Club

When:  April 11, 1:00 p.m.

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.  

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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