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May 2014 - In This Issue:
@ a Glance
Children & Families

Author Visit: Michael Hall
Thursday, May 8
4:00 p.m.
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Pop In and Play
Monday, May 12
10:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
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Family Fun Craft Night
Tuesday, May 13
6:00 p.m.
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Lego Club

Thursday, May 22
4:00 p.m.
Grades 1+
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Nerdfighter Night of Awesome
Friday, May 30
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Grades 7-12
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Shakespeare in Shorewood
As You Like It - performed by Stone Soup Shakespeare
Saturday, May 31
6:00 p.m.
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Shakespeare in Shorewood
Kick off summer with a memorable evening of outdoor theater
Shorewood Library & the Friends of Shorewood Library are excited to present Stone Soup Shakespeare theater company performing As You Like It right here in Shorewood.

Stone Soup Shakespeare, based in southern Illinois, brings the bard to life with music, puppetry and more. Using the beauty of Shakespeare's words and their years of experience, they craft an accessible performance, suitable for most ages, and replete with comedy and a touch of magic.

True to the children's story from which they derive their name, the company encourages charity in the form of food. Plan to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food pantry.

Come spend an evening on the library lawn with the family, a picnic, and theater. We recommend you bring something to sit on (blanket, chairs, etc.). What better way to get summer started!

Join us Saturday, May 31 at 6pm. Rain location will be the Village Center Meeting Room.


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Come browse the Lucky Day Collection for hot new titles!

Night of Awesome for Charity & Fun
Shorewood's Teen Advisory Board plans an awesome-themed night to celebrate the release of The Fault in Our Stars movie
Members of Shorewood Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) have been hard at work planning an Night of Awesome to celebrate the release of the movie based on John Green's blockbuster book, The Fault in Our Stars (aka TFIOS).

On Friday, May 30, from 5-7pm, every teen in Shorewood and beyond is invited to come binge watch Vlogbrothers videos, make crafts to spruce up the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, share a note on a cloud to make a giant mural of awesomeness to show off in the library & more.

The TAB would like to invite everyone (that means all ages) to come to the event to donate hair! We'll be sending locks to Children with Hair Loss, a no-waste charity that makes wigs for kids. TFIOS movie star Shailene Woodley donated her locks to CWHL when filming the movie, dubbing the hair donation #HairForHazel, in honor of the book/movie's main character, cancer patient Hazel. We'll have a professional stylist on hand so we'll all look like Shai (see book cover on the right) when we're done.

Why awesome? Why charity? Because author John Green urges us to give back. The Nerdfighter community - as Green's legion of fans prefer to be known - dedicate themselves to increasing awesome and decreasing suck. Okay? Okay.

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Many Things in May for Kids & Families
Ms. Heide has some news you can use about what's happening for Shorewood's kids & families this month:

Meet the Author/Illustrator Michael Hall!

Thursday, May 8, 4:00 p.m. in the Library/Village Center Meeting Room

Author and Illustrator Michael Hall joins us for a special afternoon. Learn about his new book , It's an Orange Aardvark, and how he creates art for his uniquely colorful books. Stay after to make a craft in the style of Mr. Hall's art. Open to children of all ages with their parents/caregivers. The event is made possible by Boswell Book Company along with Shorewood Library. Enter the drawing to win an autographed book. Books will also be available for purchase and signing.


Pop in and Play: Monday, May 12, 10-10:45 a.m. & 6:15-7:00 p.m. - Come check out this drop-in play session for children 6 months through 3 years old and their special grown-ups. Join us in interactive play and guided activities designed to promote language and early literacy development. No registration is needed - just come and have fun with your little one.


Family Fun Craft Night: Tuesday, May 13, 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Drop in and celebrate the season with spring-themed crafts. All ages are welcome to come and exercise their creativity.


Lego Club: May 22, 4 - 6:30 p.m. Open to kids in first grade and up.   


Look for our complete summer events calendar now at the library and coming soon on our website. Look for program updates and reminders on and Twitter @ShorewoodLib


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May We Recommend
Looking for something different to read or watch? Check out these recommended titles from our staff!

Check out our booklists and blog for even more book recommendations! 

From the Friends
A monthly update from the Friends of Shorewood Public Library

Friends Launch Little Free Library


There's a new library in town, located at the bottom of the steps leading to the library's Murray Avenue entrance. It's a Little Free Library, one of more than 15,000 worldwide and reportedly the eighth to be erected in Shorewood.

Brought to you courtesy of the Friends, the Little Free Library should come in handy when in the mood to do a bit of brook browsing only to find the Shorewood Library closed. As of it's start date, the approximately 20 volumes inside included titles such as: The Color of Water, WikiLeaks, Olive Kitteridge, The Lord of the Rings, The Emerald City of Oz, and Quick Veggie Curries.


To make sure our Little Free Library is never empty, the Friends' volunteers who run our Used Book Sale have agreed to oversee its operation, keeping it stocked with a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and children's books.  


Many thanks to the Friends' members and other library patrons whose donations made this project possible. Read more about the Little Free Library.


On another happy note, be sure to check out the Shorewood Library's new Lucky Day book collection, funded by a $2,500 donation from the Friends. 


For more information about the Friends, please contact us at


Members of the 2014 Friends Board of Directors 

Priscilla Pardini, President
Marcy Bidney, Member
Joan Spector,Vice-President
Alice Davis, Member
Jeannée Sacken, Secretary
Ann Keenan, Member
Barbara Mahoney,Treasurer
Susan Lofton, Member
Jean Gurney, Library Board Liaison
Anne O'Meara, Member
Beth Carey, Library Director
John Shafer, Member
Bonnie Wiesmueller, Member




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