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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. 

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

When:   Thursday, November 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Thursday, November 16th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Thursday, November 30th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Thursday, December 14th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library

For questions, or to reserve a time, contact Dustin at 920-707-1423.

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.

Library Holiday Hours

The following are the library's hours for the Christmas and New Year's Holidays:

      Monday, Dec. 18 - Thurs., December 21 - Regular Hours,
      10:00 a.m. – 7:00 pm 
      Friday, December 22 - Closed
      Saturday, December 23 - Closed
      Monday, December 25 - Closed
      Tues., December 26 - Friday, December 29, Regular Hours,
      10:00 a.m  -  7:00 p.m.
      Saturday, December 30 - Closed
      Monday, January 1 - Closed
      Tuesday, January 2 - Resume Regular Hours, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Everyone on the library staff wishes you a safe and joyous holiday season!

Employment Opportunity - Library Aide Position (Floater)

The East Troy Public Library is seeking a candidate to fill the part-time position of Library Aide (Floater). The selected candidate will perform various library duties and work with the public, have basic computer and business machine skills and be available for a flexible schedule that will include increased summer hours and some evenings and weekend shifts. Education required: High School graduate with post High School study or library/book store experience a plus. Starting salary is $9/hr and a background investigation and pre-employment drug test is required. Full job description and employment application may be viewed on line at and submitted to Jeff Gartman, Library Director, East Troy Public Library, 3094 Graydon Ave., East Troy, WI 53120 or send electronic documents to

2017 Winter Reading Challenge --
December 7, 2017– January 12, 2018

The Challenge is similar in format to our Summer Reading Program and is open to everyone from pre-school to teens to Adults. For each 15 minutes of reading the participant can enter a voucher for a prize drawing. There will be four prizes 1) pre-school to 3rd grade; 2) 4th to 8th grade; 3) Teens; and 4) Adults. So come on in to the Library from December 4th onwards to:
  • Sign up and receive a sweet treat
  • Pick up some books and magazines for your reading pleasure
  • Turn in your vouchers for our prize drawings
    Join us on Thursday December 7th from 6:30 – 7:30pm for an extra special event.  We’ll get together at the Library to sing Christmas carols, and enjoy cookies, hot apple cider and juice! You can also be the first to sign-up for the Challenge and the neat prizes that are available!  Happy Holidays and we hope to see you soon!

December Preschool Storytime: Christmas Tales

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 December's line-up:

December 1st
Read: The Great Reindeer Rebellion by Lisa Trumbauer
Make: one of Santa's reindeer

December 8th
Read:  Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
Make: a gingerbread man

December 15th
Read: Hurry Santa by Julie Sykes
Make: a marshmallow Santa

No Storytime December 22 and December 29 - Happy Holidays!

What: Preschool Storytime

When: Fridays, 11:00 am

Adult Book Club Discussion: Between the World and Me

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th, at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing Ta-Nehisa Coates' novel, "Between the World and Me".  In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? 

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son.  Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

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

What:  Adult Book Club
When:  December 12, 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Please contact the library for meeting location.

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.

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