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"Living with Arthritis" with Keith Witt

Nearly 40 million people in the United States are affected by arthritis. This includes over a quarter of a million children. On Thursday, May 18th, at 6:30pm, Keith Witt of Hometown Pharmacy will share with us information about the different types of arthritis and will talk about traditional vs. “non” modern medical therapies. He will detail the advantages and disadvantages of each mode of therapy and discuss whether treatment modalities can exist together. If you have been recently diagnosed with arthritis or have been dealing with it for some time or know someone who has, you are invited to come to the East Troy Lions Public Library and learn more.

What:  "Living with Arthritis" -- with Keith Witt

When:  Thursday, May 18th, at 6:30 p.m.

Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library

April Preschool Storytime: "Bunny Tales and Crafts"

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 April's line-up:

April 7th
Read: The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing
Make: Some bunny ears and learn a bunny dance

April 14th
Read: Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean
Make: some colored eggs

April 21st
Read: Bunny My Honey by Anita Jeram
Make: a bunny puzzle

April 28th
Read:  Bunny's Book Club by Annie Silvestro
Make: a book for bunny

What: Preschool Storytime

When: Fridays, 11:00 am

Adult Book Club Discussion: The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th, at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing Fannie Flagg's 2013 book, "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion".   A newly discovered secret about her mother's past sends Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama on a quest for answers.  Her journey takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time to the 1940's where she discovers a woman named Fritzi who has taken on the job of running her family's filling station.  This fun-filled book which spans decades and generations is another great addition to the works of author, Fannie Flagg.

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

What:  Adult Book Club

When:  May 9th, 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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