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Library Closed on Friday, November 4, for Fall Cleaning

The library will be closed on Friday, November 4, in order to have a cleaning service do a thorough cleaning of the library.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may causeThe library will re-open on Saturday, November 5, for its regular hours from 10:00 am - 1:00 p.m.    We hope to provide you with a brighter, cleaner library when we re-open on Saturday! 

Books Now on Sale at the Library!

The library recently cleared a space in the back of the library to house books for sale.  Hardcover books will be on sale for $1.00 and paperbacks are 50 cents.  We will rotate the books on the sale shelf regularly, so check back often!

The book sale is sponsored by the Friends of the East Troy Lions Public Library.


Adult Book Club Discussion: Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing Kris Radish's 2006 novel, "Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral".  The story beings when Katherine Freeman receives a UPS package containing a pair of red sneakers filled with ashes and a note.  Her oldest friend, Annie Freeman, has instructed her to hold a traveling funeral with the most important women in her life acting as "pallbearers."   So begins the the traveling adventure that takes five women from Sonoma to Manhatten with surprise encounters at every stop.

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

What: Adult Book Club

When:  November 8, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library

October Preschool Storytime: Autumn Adventure

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 October's line-up:

October 7th
Read:  Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
Make: a picture out of leaves

October 14th
Read: There's a Bear in My Chair by Ross Collins
Make: a bear out of circles

October 21st
Read: Bad Kitty Scaredy-Cat by Nick Bruel
Share: Our Story Time with the students from St. Peter's School

October 28th
Read: Trick or Treat Countdown by Patricia Hubbard, Illustrated by Michael Letzig
Wear:  Your Halloween costume and enjoy a "Spooktacular" Halloween Party!!!!!

What: Preschool Storytime

When: Fridays, 11:00 am

Insurance Help is Here!

The Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and Clear Choice Insurance will be providing free insurance assistance at several times in the upcoming months.  Local Assistors and Insurance Agents will be available to provide you with your insurance options, answer your questions, and help you find the necessary resources in order for you to make an informed insurance choice. 

Important Dates to Remember: 
Medicare Advantage open enrollment: October 15th-December 7th
Open Enrollment for ACA 2017:  November 1-January 31
Last day to enroll for 1/1/17 start date is 12/15/16

Assistance will be available at the library on the following dates and times:

When:   Friday, November 11th, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
              Friday, December 9th, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
              Friday, December 23rd, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
              Friday, January 6th, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
              Friday, January 20th, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library

It is the policy of the Wisconsin Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (WAFCC)  not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Please let us know ahead of time if you would like an interpreter or require special accommodations.


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.

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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