From the Stacks The Quarterly Newsletter of the West Allis Public Library
Volume 3 | Issue 1
this issue Library Happenings P.1
Library Events P.2
The idea behind this new section is to help you, our patrons, learn a little bit more about the friendly faces at the West Allis Public Library.
The Teen Space P.4 Open Source Revolution P.1 The Children’s Room P.5 IT Management Tips P.2
Meet Katie J…
Technology Help P.6 Non-Profit Solutions P.3 Reading Suggestions P. 7
A brief bio about you? Hello! I’m Katie J. I’m a proud Wisconsinite, having grown up in the city that is home to the World’s largest one day outdoor fish fry. Most days, I can’t wait to talk about/research history, local history, the Holocaust, genealogy, and religion. What do you do at the West Allis Public Library and what’s your favorite part of working at the Library? I’m an adult reference librarian which means that I spend much of my time at the Adult Reference Desk awaiting your questions. I’m also responsible for the Leisure Learners program. The best part of working at the Library? Helping somebody find their new favorite book or the right source to answer their question. Interests/hobbies outside of work? When I’m not working, I enjoy adventuring with my boyfriend, spending time with my family and friends, reading, being crafty, boxing, and cooking/ baking.
Third Annual Harry Potter Book Night! Thursday, February 2 | 6:30 pm There’s still time to join us for Winter Reading Bingo! Pick up a Bingo card at the Adult Information Desk now through January 31. The idea behind this version of Bingo is to get you reading items you might not usually read. Every “Bingo” you complete through November, December, and January will be your entry to win books and gift cards! Need suggestions? We’re always happy to recommend good books!
Join the West Allis Public Library in celebrating everyone’s favorite wizard...Harry Potter! Harry Potter Book Night is back by popular demand! Wizards and Muggles of all ages are invited to join us in the Constitution Room for an evening of games, snacks, crafts, costume contests and more! Tickets are required and will be available in the atrium beginning at 6 pm.
Book Bingo! Saturday, February 4 | 2-4 pm | Constitution Room Help us celebrate the end of the Winter Reading Bingo Program with an afternoon of Book Bingo! Free for all ages. Grab a seat, a bingo card and play for your chance to win free books!
Getting Crafty Monday, February 27, March 6 and 20 | 7 pm | Constitution Room
Getting Crafty is back! Like to make things or just want to try something new? Then join us for One can’t possibly work in a library these new craft projects for adults ages 18 and up. Each free session will feature a different project: “Clean Up” Edition, Alcohol Ink Art, and Clothespin Signs. Each session is limited to without being asked your favorite 25 participants. To register, please stop by the Reference Desk or call 414.302.8500. books. What are some of your alltime favorites? There are so many, but here are the top five in no particular order. 1. The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn Beer 2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 3. Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner 4. Maus by Art Spiegelman 5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Second Annual Wisconsin Author Festival Saturday, March 25 | 1-4 pm The Wisconsin Author Fest is back this year! Wondering if there are any new, exciting authors in the area? Not sure what to read next? The West Allis Public Library will be hosting local Wisconsin authors for a free afternoon of fun for readers of all ages. Meet authors of all genres, enjoy treats and giveaways, and maybe even purchase a book or two to take home. We had so much fun last year with over 30 authors, and hope you’ll join us for this can’t miss event! Watch our website and Facebook page for more information. Authors: want to participate? Registration begins 1/3/17. Contact email@example.com for more information.
The Friends of the West Allis Public Library The Library that you’ve come to appreciate wouldn’t be the same without the generous volunteer work of the Friends of the West Allis Public Li-
Tuesday Night Movies at the Library February 28 and March 14 | 6 pm Constitution Room Looking for something the whole family can do? Join us for Tuesday Night Movies at the Library! This winter we’re featuring family classics. February 28 we’re showing Cooling Runnings (rated PG) and March 14 prepare for the classic The Goonies (rated PG). All Ages are welcome and no sign-up is necessary.
brary. The advocacy and effort of the Friends guarantee adequate support for the many wonderful programs
Coloring Club is Back! Thursday, March 9 | 6:30-8:30 pm This drop-in style program is exactly as it sounds: a place to sit back, relax, and color! We’ll provide all of the coloring pages and materials, you provide the creativity. Join us March 9 at 6:30 pm in the Constitution Room.
offered at the Library. To continue their efforts, the Friends are always looking for new members. Check out the Friends of the Library newsletter for more details and to fill out a membership application.
Tuesday, March 28 | 7 pm Anxiously awaiting spring? Get your hands dirty at this free do-it-yourself program creating a simple kitchen herb garden. Participants will put together their own “garden,” plant herb seeds, and learn tips and tricks for getting their plants to flourish. Registration is required and spaces are limited. To register, please stop by the Information Desk or call 414.302.8500.
Tax season is upon us. Forms have been ordered, but just a reminder that our tax form supply will once again be quite limited this year. Like last year, we will receive limited quantities of the Federal 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms. There will also be a very limited number of instruction booklets available. Basic Wisconsin forms and booklets will also be available. If there are additional forms you would like printed, please see the librarians at the Information Desk. Please be aware that any forms we print for you are ten cents per page.
Every second Saturday of the month, the Friends of the West Allis Public Library graciously volunteer to make their monthly book sales possible. Stop by the library atrium from 10am-3pm to see what’s for sale this month. Book sales will be held on the following Saturdays:
January 14, 2017
February 11, 2017
March 11, 2017
These book sales wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of all of the wonderful volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer, stop by the Adult Information Desk for more information.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming book sales!
The West Allis Public Library Leisure Learners Programs are for adults who enjoy viewing films and slideshows relating to travel, history, and other subjects of general interest. Programs are held the second and fourth Monday of each month in the Constitution Room of the West Allis Public Library. Presentations begin at 10 am and last approximately one hour. No registration necessary. Take a look at what’s on the schedule for this winter: January 9: The Mystery of William Shakespeare’s Identity Who was the world’s greatest playwright? Some claim Shakespeare is a pen-name hiding the author’s identity. Is the Bard the intrepid Edward de Vere, the scholar Francis Bacon of the actor from Stratford? For those who like history, theater, or a good mystery, Jeanie Dean’s talk is sure to fascinate. January 23: Wisconsin Barns: Stories in Wood and Stone Celebrate the rich history of barn architecture in Wisconsin as well as the stories about life on the farm in our state’s early years. This documentary also looks at what people today are doing to preserve and restore our valuable rural treasures. February 13: Visions of Germany: Bavaria Explore Bavaria, Germany rich in history, culture, and tradition. From the Danube to Munich to the Alps, the southeast corner of German is filled with gorgeous scenery. From a camera mounted on a helicopter, this DVD is the perfect way to take in all that Bavaria has to offer. February 27: Wisconsin Conservation Heroes Join DNR wildlife biologist Dianne Robinson as she discusses the impact that Wisconsin conservationists have had on this state and the US in general. March 13: Visions of Ireland Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, soar high above Ireland touring Dublin, Belfast, Galway, and more. This DVD has rich narrations and regional music to enhance the Irish experience March 27: Forest Home: Milwaukee’s Garden Cemetery Join local historian Bob Giese as he tells the tales of Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee’s oldest Cemetery. Learn about the famous Milwaukee families including the Pabsts, Schlitzs, Usingers, and many more that have made this peaceful location their final resting place.
The Teen Space History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (January 2017) When Griffin’s first love dies in a drowning accident his world is torn apart. Spiraling out of control, Griffin realizes that in order to put his life back together, he must face the heartbreak first.
The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (January 2017) Arielle’s life is a blur since her mother abandoned her family. Moving from town to town with her father as he takes job after job, Arielle longs for life in one place. Just when her life is starting to fall back into place, Arielle’s mother shows up, revealing she never left Arielle, rather her father kidnapped her. Not knowing who to trust, Arielle struggles to figure out where to fit in.
Check out some of the cool things that are being offered for teens at the West Allis Public Library! Hey teens, there’s still time to join us in playing Winter Reading Bingo! From nowJanuary 31 pick up a Bingo card at the Adult Information Desk. The idea behind this version of Bingo is to get you reading items you might not usually read. Every “Bingo” you’ve earned through November, December, and January will be your entry to win books and gift cards! If you need some reading suggestions, be sure to browse the newsletter for all kinds of new books! Spend this winter doing some reading!
Looking for something fun to do? Spend some time getting crafty as we make all sorts of beautiful snowflakes. Join us Thursday, January 12 from 6:30-7:30 pm. This program is for those in grades 4-12. No registration necessary.
Are you looking for a place to go after school, where you can talk and hangout with your friends and not be bugged about being quiet or having to buy something? Then come to the library! We’re going to open our Constitution Room for teens after school on Fridays, January 20, February 17, and March 17 from 3:30-5:30 pm for teens to just hang out! We’ll have snacks, games, maybe even a craft or two if you want to try something. So stop in, and hangout!
Tuesday, February 2 is Harry Potter Book Night! Celebrate this wonderful series with other Harry Potter lovers. Join in the fun at the third annual West Allis Public Library’s Harry Potter Book Night as we have all sorts of activities, crafts, and other Harry Potter themed events. Attendees are even encouraged to dress up. The fun starts when tickets are handed out at 6 pm in the atrium. Festivities officially kick off at 6:30.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (March 2017) From the bestselling author of the Smoke & Bone series, comes this new fantasy book where dreams predetermine your life. Lazlo Strange has always felt his dream was wrong, and he should be part of the lost city of Weep. When the opportunity presents itself, Lazlo has no choice but to pursue his dream.
Check Out the Teen Blog As always, whether you’re looking for new books or staying up-todate on events, you can do so by checking out our teen blog. Not only can you check out the up-coming events, you will find book reviews, book to movie trailers, and many other cool bookish things. Find the blog at: http://waplteens.blogspot.com/
Freeks by Amanda Hucking (January 2017) A traveling supernatural sideshow has just arrived in a small Louisiana town, and carnival participant Mara longs for a life without levitation and predicting the future. Mara has to harness the power she didn’t know she had to forever change the future and protect everyone she cares about.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth (January 2017) On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (January 2017) Scarlet will do anything to protect herself and her sister, Donatella, from their cruel father, even going so far as accepting an arranged marriage with a man she's never met. Ever since she was a little girl, Scarlet's been fascinated by Caraval, a game filled with magical performers, a place of revelry and dreams and delights at every turn. When Donatella is kidnapped as part of the Caraval performance, Scarlet must play the game to find her sister.
The Children’s Room
All of the happenings going on upstairs in the West Allis Public Library from January-March 2017
The West Allis Public Library is once again proud to offer storytime for children of all ages! Wonderful Ones is for children ages 9-23 months (caregiver must be present). These sessions meet Wednesday mornings from 9:30-9:50. For children ages 24-35 months, Toddling Time meets Wednesdays from 10:30-10:55. The child’s caregiver must be present. Preschool Power is offered for children ages 3-5. These sessions meet Mondays from 10-10:40 OR Tuesdays from 1:30-2:10. Storytime After Dark is offered for children ages 0-5 (with caregiver) Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7. These sessions all require registration. Sign up begins January 3 in person, on the phone, or online. For a more detailed schedule, please pick up a Winter Storytime flyer in the Children’s Department.
If you’re looking for something crafty to do this winter, stop in and join in the snowflake making fun on January 12 from 6:30-7:30 pm. This program is for kids in grades 4-12. No registration is necessary.
Join us every Monday evening for Art Cart! Art Cart is back starting Monday, January 16 from 6:30-8 pm. Drop by to make a fun craft, while supplies last. All ages are welcome at this event, but children 6 and under must have an adult with them.
There’s no school on the following days, so why not enjoy a movie at the library? This is an all-ages event, but children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Kids are welcome to bring a blanket or pillow. Here’s what we’ll be watching:
January 16 | 2 pm: Secret Life of Pets February 13 | 2 pm: Storks March 13 | 2 pm: Trolls
Hey kids, put those science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills to use at the library. Each session we’ll craft, build, or experiment with something new. Now for kids in K5 through 5th grade! Be sure to join us on Thursday, January 19, February 16, and March 16 from 6:30-7:30. No registration is necessary.
Read, talk, and sing everyday! Early childhood experiences are extremely important for a child’s brain development. Reading, talking, and singing are activities that enhance these experiences. In order to build vocabulary, picture books are a great place to start. If your child has a favorite book they want to hear over and over, they’re building literacy skills. Here are a few winter-themed picture books that you might enjoy reading with your child:
Reading with your child, even at a young age, can build literacy skills. Help your child build a great foundation before they even start school. Sign up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program today! Ask a children’s librarian for more information or to sign up.
Harry Potter Book Night Thursday, February 2 | 6:30 pm
Lego Club is back this winter! For kids K5 and older, Lego Club meets once a month for kids to get together and build all sorts of fun things. Lego Club meets Saturdays January 7, February 4, and March 4 from 2-3 pm.
Spend the evening with fellow Harry Potter lovers as the West Allis Public Library is happy to host the third annual Harry Potter Book Night February 2 starting at 6 pm. All ages are invited to join in the fun. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite character, as we have fun celebrating all things Harry Potter. Tickets will be distributed at 6 pm in the library atrium.
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner No Yeti Yet by Mary Ann Fraser Snow! Snow! Snow! by Lee Harper Red Sled by Lita Judge Blizzard by John Rocco Snow by Sam Usher
Be sure to like the West Allis Children’s Library Services on Facebook to keep up to date on events, interesting reading suggestions, and more.
Did you know? The West Allis Public Library has access to interesting online resources that can help you research just about anything. From auto repair manuals to school papers, our databases are sure to help you find the information you’re looking for. Just head to the Library website and click on the subscription databases link under the Reference tab.
Legal Information Resource Center offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and mostrespected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. With the ‘Legal Forms by US State’ feature, users can search thousands of state-specific legal formssearchable by top subjects areas including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes, and more.
The West Allis Public Library will be closed:
Saturday, December 31stMonday January 2nd for New Year’s
January 3 | 6-7:30 pm January 4 | 2-3:30 pm Study Room # 5 in the Library Did you receive a new tablet, E-reader, laptop, smart phone, or other electronic device as a gift over the holidays? Is it still in the box because you are unsure how to use it? No worries! Drop by the West Allis Public Library’s Straight Out of the Box electronic device help session. Join us in study room number 5 in the Library on Tuesday, January 3rd from 67:30 pm and Wednesday, January 4th from 2-3:30 pm. We’ll try to help you learn how to use the device. Please bring the device and any power cables necessary.
Gale Courses provides access to online instructorled courses on topics ranging from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to GED, ACT/SAT, GRE, LSAT, and Praxis study materials to healthcare-related professional development. Gale Courses is a great way to enhance those resume skills. If you have any questions, stop by the Adult Information Desk.
The West Allis Public Library is still offering our Book a Librarian program. Need help setting up and using an email address? Working on your resume and need help formatting it? These are questions we get everyday but don’t always have time to help with. Now you can book one-on-one time with a librarian for help. We’ll try our best to find a convenient time to meet, provide guidance, and answer questions you may have. Schedule a free session by stopping at the Adult Information Desk or calling 414.302.8500.
Did you know that you can download the CountyCat app on your smartphone or tablet to request, renew, and even check out library materials? Forget your library card at home? Log into CountyCat on your smartphone. Once you log in to the CountyCat app, the “My Account” option generates your library card barcode, which you can scan to checkout your items. For more information, stop by the Adult Information Desk.
Are you interested in genealogy or is there a missing piece in your complex family tree? HeritageQuest Online is a collection of unique material for genealogical research. HeritageQuest combines digital, searchable images of US federal census records and other valuable content for genealogy research. Aside from online resources, the West Allis Public Library also has city directories, microfilm of local area papers, and various yearbooks from area high schools.
From Newsweek to Rolling Stone to Men’s Health and so many more, Zinio is a service that the West Allis Public Library subscribes to that lets you download magazines for free directly to your computer, tablet, or smart phone. With access to hundreds of full-text, color magazines, Zinio even lets you save the back issues on your device. See the CountyCat webpage for a direct link to Zinio or download the app to your tablet or smart phone. Create an account and start browsing the magazines available today! Ask at the Adult Information Desk for more information.
A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life by Ayelet Waldman (January 2017) In an effort to treat a debilitating mood disorder, Ayelet Waldman was ready to try anything to save herself and her family. After trying nearly every medication, Waldman turned to a controlled microdose of LSD in an attempt to combat her moods. Throughout the book, Waldman charts what she feels after taking the dose, and researches the history, controversy, and the forthcoming evidence on the use of LSD for psychiatric help. Waldman’s hilarious take on this heavy topic will keep you reading.
The Strays by Emily Bitto (January 2017) Split between the 1930s and 1980s amid the Australian art scene, Bitto’s novel is a tale of family, friendship, obsession, and secrets. Lily, who is now middle age, tells the story of her infatuation with friend Eva Trentham and the bohemian lifestyle her family leads. After Lily’s family has fallen on hard times, the Trenthams agree to take her in, only to realize the neglect that Eva and her sisters feel as a direct result of the Trenthams and their avant-garde lifestyle.
Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission by Bret Baire and Catherine Whitney (January 2017) Political journalists Baier and Whitney argue that the final three days of Eisenhower’s presidency following his farewell address on January 17, 1961 to the day of JFK’s inauguration on January 20, 1961 as the final battle for this great presidency and its leader. During these three days, Eisenhower advised JFK to “charter the course toward permanent peace and human betterment.” Fifty years later, Baier and Whitney shine a light on a once under-appreciated presidency. Below the Belt by Stuart Woods (January 2017) Stuart Woods is back with a new Stone Barrington novel this winter. Stone Barrington, now in Santa Fe, receives a call from an old friend desperate for a favor that only Stone is able to handle. Once again, Stuart Woods’ story weaves deception, greed, viciousness, and power plays into a gripping and riveting storyline.
Looking for something new to read? The NextReads newsletter is a great way to have book selections sent right to your email inbox. You can sign up for the West Allis Public Library’s NextReads newsletter by filling out the survey at this link: http://www.libraryaware.com/402/ Subscribers/Subscribe
Select the genres that interest you most, add your first and last name, as well as your email address. In no time, you’ll be getting great new book suggestions.
If you want to know what we’re reading, be sure to check out the West Allis Public Library Staff Reads Blog. With new updates every Friday, the blog is sure to give you an interesting fiction or non-fiction book suggestion to read. You can find our blog at:
Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia (January 2017) High school senior Hattie Hoffman has always been a good student, the perfect daughter, and a stand up citizen. After she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the small town she lives in is turned upside down. It seems Hattie may not have been exactly who everyone thought she was. Told in multiple points of view, Everything You Want Me to Be is evocative and razor-sharp.
The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell and Henning Koch (February 2017) Using extensive new research Rydell and Koch write how the Nazis ransacked Europe's libraries, bookstores, and synagogues stealing books. The Nazis would study the collections and then scour them for any content that could be used to justify Nazi propaganda and racial hatred. When Rydell finds a Nazi-looted book in his possession, he sees just how important one book might be to those who owned it.
Always by Sarah Jio (February 2017) Kailey has everything she could ever want. After a night out at an up-and-coming restaurant with her fiancé Kailey sees a bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. When she approaches him with her bag of leftovers, she’s shocked to see that this man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister. Realizing she has to do something to help the man she used to love, Kailey begins helping Cade reassemble his life. Torn between the past and the present, Kailey must decide who and what she wants.
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel (March 2017) Christopher Knight left Massachusetts in 1986 at the age of twenty, drove to Maine, and disappeared in the woods and wouldn’t speak another word for thirty years. Knight lived in the elements in a tent, where he devised ideas for food preparation and water storage so he would not starve to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, reading materials, and clothing, never taking more than he needed. Based on interviews with Knight, Finkel’s book makes the reader question the true meaning of solitude, community, and quality of life.
Do you already have a favorite book or genre to read? Try finding more books just like them using NoveList. Put in an author or title of a book you enjoyed and see what NoveList finds for you.
Access NoveList from the CountyCat website to find all sorts of reading suggestions.
Don’t forget these upcoming events…
Winter Reading Bingo! Winter Reading Bingo runs now through January 31. For every bingo card you turn in, you have the chance to win book-themed prizes! Join us for Book Bingo Febru ary 4 for a chance to win free books!
Harry Potter Book Night Fans of all ages are welcome to attend the third annual Harry Potter Book Night. The fun starts at 6:30 on February 2. Tickets will be handed out beginning at 6 pm in the library atrium.
The Second Annual Wisconsin Author Festival Spend the afternoon at the Library with local authors! Join us Saturday, March 25 from 1-4. You might just find your new favorite author.
Friday Fun! Teens, if you’re looking for a place to hangout, we’re opening up the Constitution Room January 20, February 17, and March 17 from 3:30-5:30 pm. Join us for snacks, games, movies, and other fun.
Storytime is back! Sign up begins January 3! For more information, pick up a schedule in the children’s room.
Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for up-to-date events, reading suggestions, and other interesting library finds. From the Stacks Vol. 3 | Issue 1 Winter 2017
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