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Special Library Hours over the July 4th Holiday Weekend

The following is the library's schedule for the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend:

        Thursday, June 29th - Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
        Friday, June 30th - Open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
        Saturday, July 1st - Closed
        Sunday, July 2nd - Closed
        Monday, July 3rd - Closed, No Summer Reading Program
        Tuesday, July 4th - Closed, Happy 4th of July!
        Wednesday, July 5th - Resume regular schedule, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.


Ben's Bubble Show - July 10, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Using his bare hands and a few simple tools, Ben Jimenez makes humorous, beautiful and mind boggling soap bubble structures.  He also creates giant bubbles and puts people inside giant bubbles!  Good clean fun for people of all ages.

What:  Ben's Bubble Show
When:  Monday, July 10, at 1:30 p.m.
Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library

Summer Reading Program 2017: Build a Better World 

Please join us  for our Summer Reading Program—2017.  The theme this year is “Build A Better World.”  Families of all ages will be challenged to build a better world through reading and activities. Kids of all ages, come on in to receive a “grab bag” of prizes or a sweet treat each week and remember that each 15 minute segment of reading earns you a chance to win one of our larger prizes.  Adults, don’t let the kids have all the fun.  New this year, play book bingo for a chance to win special adult prizes.  Also, don’t forget about our family programs on Monday afternoons at 1:30.  Here is this summer’s line-up:
June 5th — Sign-up Begins
June 12th — Circus Boy
June 19th — Michelle’s Magical Poodles
June 26th — Snake Discovery
July 3rd — No program. Happy 4th of July!
July 10th — Ben’s Bubble Show
July 17th — Kidsplay Interactive Theater
July 24th — East Troy Historical Society presents “Pioneer Games”
July 31st — Pizza Party and Prize Drawing Finale

Sponsored by the Lakeshores Library System and the Friends of the East Troy Lions Public Library.

June Preschool Storytime: Sneak Peak at our Newest Titles

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 June's line-up:

June 2nd
Read: Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
Plant: a real seed, and watch it grow this month.

June 9th
Read: A Brave Bear by Sean Taylor
Make: a teddy bear

June 16th
Story: The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg by Gemma Merino
Make: a wooly lamb

June 23rd
Read:  Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley
Make: a mini paper bee hive

June 30th
Read:  Samanthasaurus Rex by B. B. Mandell
Make: a dinosaur

What: Preschool Storytime

When: Fridays, 11:00 am

Adult Book Club Discussion: Americanah

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday, July 11th, at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing Chimamanda Nogozi Adichie's 2014 novel, "Americanah".  Teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze, fall in love while attending a Nigerian secondary school during a time of military dictatorship.  Ifemelu moves to America to study, but Obinze is unable to join her in post-9/11 America.  Years later, they meet again after Obinze becomes a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria and Ifemelu has become a successful blog writer about race in America.  Their shared passion for both their homeland and each other is reignited, forcing them to make the toughest decisions of their lives. 

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

What:  Adult Book Club

When:  July 11th, 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Please phone 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.

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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