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October Preschool Storytime: Halloween 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 October's line-up:

October 6th
Read: Duck and Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo! by Tad Hills
Make: a tiny ghost

October 13th
Read: Bad Kitty Scaredy-Cat by Nick Bruel
Make: a black cat

October 20th
Read: The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea
Make: a pumpkin mask

October 27th
Read: Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Ann Dewdney
Wear: your Halloween costume and join us for 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. 

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.

Adult Book Club Discussion: Being Mortal

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th, at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing Atul Awande's novel, "Being Mortal" which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, NPR, and Chicago Tribune.

In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures-in his own practices as well as others'-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end.

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

What:  Adult Book Club
When:  November 14, 1:00 p.m.

Where:  East Troy Lions Public Library

Social Security: Strategize to Maximize 

James Pfeil from Thrivent Financial will be presenting two programs in the coming months to help those approaching retirement make the most of their social security benefits.  James will answer questions such as:

        When should I apply?
        How much will I be taxed?
        Why do I need to think about this now?

If interested in attending one of these programs, please RSVP to reserve your spot.  Contact Jen Grimme at 262-806-4728 or email Jen at

What:    Social Security: Strategize to Maximize
When:   Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
              Thursday, November 16, 6:00 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.

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