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Winter Reading Challenge

Our annual Winter Reading Challenge kicks off on Thursday, December 15.  The Challenge will be similar in format to our Summer Reading Program. It will run from December 15th through January 12th and is open to everyone, from preschool age kids to adults.  So come on in anytime during that time frame to:

     * Sign up and receive a sweet treat
     * Pick up some books and magazines to read   
     * Turn in your reading vouchers for our prize drawings

Kickoff Program: December 15th, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Come join Sharon Coyle for a special "Frozen-themed" program featuring music, storytelling, and a craft.  We'll be visiting the world of Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, doing the "Freeze" Dance, and singing.  Everyone will get a chance to see weather in bottles and build their own magic wand.

This Winter Reading Challenge is made possible by the Friends of the East Troy Lions Public Library.


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.


New "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" App Available Now

Many of our youngest patrons have already been participating in our "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" Program.  Parents of these young readers have been recording the books they read to their kids on sheets we've provided in 100 book increments.  Each 100 books read earns the child a sticker for themselves and for our chart.  At the 1000 book level, the children receive a certificate and a free book honoring their achievement.

Now, through the generous support of the law firm of Luh and Associates in conjunction with the App Development Team of Writepole LLC, the 1000 Books Foundation is announcing the release of their new "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" App for Apple and Android devices.  This free app makes the program that much easier by allowing users to scan the books their kids read.  It is also possible to track multiple readers. 

You may obtain this free app through your device's store and instructions on how to use it are provided through the following link:  iPhone and Android App Instructions (.html)

We hope that this new, easier way to participate in this program will encourage even more of our young readers to read 1000 books. The East Troy Lions Public Library has a wonderful selection of preschool books to choose from that are perfect for this program.  You may still sign up at the library and check in with us at every 100 books read to have your child chart their progress and obtain their stickers.   And of course, once those 1000 books have been read, stop by to obtain your child's certificate and free book.

Adult Book Club Discussion: The Light Between Oceans

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing M. L. Stedman's 2012 novel, "The Light Between Oceans".   An Australian World War I veteran returns to an island off the coast of Austalia to work as a lighthouse keeper with his young wife.  After his wife suffers two miscarriages and a stillbirth, a boat washes up on shore containing a dead man and a living baby. A difficult decision must be made.  Markus Zusak, author of "The Book Thief", describes this book as "An extraordinary and heartrending book about good people, tragic decisions, and the beauty found in each of them."

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

What: Adult Book Club

When:  December 13, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library

December Preschool Storytime: Christmas Stories 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 December's line-up:

December 2nd
Read: How Many Sleeps Till Christmas by Mark Sperring
Make: a pine cone bird feeder

December 9th
Read: Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear
Decorate: Our felt board Christmas tree

December 16th
Read: Sharing Christmas by Kate Westerlund
Join us for a special Christmas party!!!!!

December 23rd -- No storytime -- Merry Christmas!

December 30th -- No storytime -- Happy New Year!
What: Preschool Storytime

When: Fridays, 11:00 am

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.

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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