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From the Stacks The Quarterly Newsletter of the West Allis Public Library

Volume 3 | Issue 2

Spring 2017

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Library Happenings P.1

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.

Library Events P.2 Open Source Revolution P.1 Helpful Library Information P.3 New Books! P.5 IT Management Tips P.2

Meet Katie H... A brief bio about you? I knew I wanted to be a librarian when I watched You’ve Got Mail. Meg Ryan was reading a book to a group of people wearing a princess hat, and I knew that was something I just had to do. I’ve moved away from story lady professionally, and am more likely to tell you which awesome YA books you should read, but I’m known to read to my kids wearing a princess hat. 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 services librarian, and I’m lucky enough to add teen services to that too. Working with teen writers at our annual Teen Writers Camp is one of the best parts of my job. I also enjoy when someone comes back to let me know they enjoyed a book I recommended. Interests/hobbies outside of work? Outside of work I’m usually hanging out with the coolest 4 and 2 year olds I know, and their awesome dad. You can find us looking for the best parks in Milwaukee County as well as going “Up North” on weekends. When I get some free time, I enjoy reading, walking, searching for coffee, and shopping for new shoes. One can’t possibly work in a library without being asked your favorite books. What are some of your alltime favorites? 1. Jacob Have I loved by Katherine Patterson 2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 3. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster 4. Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Teen Space P.6 Non-Profit Solutions P.3 The Children’s Room P. 7

Check out the new things going on at the West Allis Public Library! Recycled Craft Night April 18 | 7 pm | Constitution Room

Yoga for Stress Relief April 13 | 7 pm | Constitution Room Life got you frazzled? Worried about tax day? Come join yoga instructor Susie Melott for a free, one hour yoga session focusing on how to relieve stress.

Earth Day is April 22! Celebrate Earth Day with us by joining us for an allages night of crafting. Let your creativity run wild as you make your project using only recycled materials. We’ll provide the materials, you provide the imagination.

Gavin Schmitt and the Milwaukee Mafia April 25 | 7 pm | Constitution Room Everyone’s heard something; now hear the real story about the Milwaukee Mafia. Join local author Gavin Schmitt as he talks about his book The Milwaukee Mafia. From crooked lawyers to corrupt cops, Schmitt will share anecdotes and photos of members of the Milwaukee Mafia, discussing the influence the mafia had in Wisconsin and the Midwest.

April 27 and May 16 | 7 pm | Constitution Room Now that spring is in full swing and you’re planning all of your gardening projects, stop by the West Allis Public Library’s Spring Gardening Series. Joey and Holly Baird, better known as the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, will be here to get you in the mood and provide helpful hints as you begin planting your garden this spring. April 27 will focus on how to grow the best tomatoes and the presentation on May 16 will help you get the most out of your gardening space, no matter what the size. Keep in mind that Joey and Holly will be back in September to round out the series.

Summer Reading Kick off! June 3 | 2-4 pm | Constitution Room Celebrate Summer Reading with this sign-up program for all ages interested in this year’s summer reading program! We’ll have all the materials so you can start reading right away. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World,” and we will have activities for readers of all ages. Be sure to stop in, sign up, and get ready to read! Summer reading runs from June 1 - August 31 for all ages.


The Friends of the West Allis Public Library

Getting Crafty Monday, April 3, April 24, and May 15 | 7 pm | Constitution Room Like to make things or just want to try something new? Then join us for these new craft projects for adults ages 18 and up. Each free session will feature a different project: spring cards, candle holders, and personalized slate signs. Each session is limited to 25 participants. To register, please stop by the Reference Desk or call 414.302.8500.

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 Library. The advocacy and effort of the Friends guarantee adequate support

Spring Coloring Club April 6, May 4, and June 8 | 6:30-8:30 pm | Constitution Room Coloring Club is back this spring! This drop-in style program is exactly as it sounds: a place to sit back, relax, and color. We’ll provide coloring pages and materials, you provide the creativity.

for the many wonderful programs offered at the Library. To continue their efforts, the Friends are always looking for new members. Check out the Friends of the Library

Join us for all-ages movie days at the library this spring and summer! Stay tuned for the summer schedule. Movies start at 2 pm and will be held in the Constitution Room. All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

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Comic Crafts for Free Comic Book Day May 6 | 1-4 pm | Constitution Room May 6 is Free Comic Book Day! All comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts are invited to join us in making comic book crafts in honor of Free Comic Book Day. We’ll provide the supplies, you be creative.

May 11 | 6:30 pm | Constitution Room Girls ages 8 and up are invited to bring the mom like person in their life to this fun program. A variety of free crafts will be available for participants to complete at their own speed.

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:

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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.

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Take a look at what’s on the schedule for this spring:

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 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.

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Mark your calendars for the upcoming book sales!

April 10, 2017: Take Me Out to the Ball Game presented by Kevin Abing Join Kevin Abing just in time for the start of baseball season as he discusses Milwaukee’s love for baseball. This presentation is sure to hit it out of the park! April 24, 2017: The Hidden Child (DVD presentation) Of the 1.6 million Jewish children who lived in Europe before WWII, only 100,000 survived the Holocaust. This is the story of survivor Maud Dahme, one of an estimated 5,000 Jewish children hidden from the Nazis by non-Jews in the Netherlands. May 8, 2017: Florence and Pisa presented by Ralph Danielsen Join veteran traveler and photographer Ralph Danielsen as he shares photos and stories about Florence and Pisa, the home of the Renaissance. Learn about this area of Italy, encircled by churches rich with history and art. May 22, 2017: Bottoms Up: Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries (DVD presentation) Explore the rich history of Wisconsin’s taverns and breweries, from the earliest stagecoach stops to the German brewing empires in Milwaukee. See how this industry offered a beginning for new immigrants, shaped local politics and influenced generations of families in the state. June 12, 2017: Explore the World of Essential Oils while Focusing on Lavender presented by Aromatherapist Pat Molter Pat Molter, cancer survivor, raw foodie, and certified aromatherapist, shares the natural healing powers of wonderful smelling lavender and other essential oils. June 26, 2017: Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin (DVD presentation) With historic photos and breathtaking video tours of each of the properties, this DVD reveals the inspiration behind the design of each home, the goals of the original owners and the careful preservation by modern caretakers.


Did you know? Tax season is upon us. We have received 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 are also available. If there are additional forms you would like printed, please see the staff at the Information Desk. Please be aware that any forms we print for you are ten cents per page.

Are you looking for something new to read? Be sure to sign up for our SelectReads newsletter. Choose the genres you’re interested in and we’ll send you a monthly list of the new books published in that genre.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: http://waplstaffreads.blogspot.com/

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 healthcarerelated 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 will be closed:  Sunday, April 16 for Easter

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Sundays May-October Saturday, May 27-Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day weekend


Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris (May 2017) The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes (April 2017) Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You, is back with a new book. Fourteen year old Sarah, who lives with her grandfather, spends every second working with her horse in the hopes of becoming the horse rider that her grandfather once was. When her grandfather has a heart attack and Sarah is forced to live with a lawyer working with disadvantaged children, she begins sneaking out to work with her horse. Will the secret that Sarah’s keeping impact everyone’s life?

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott (April 2017) In her new book Anne Lamott explores the meaning of life. She argues the best way to do so is by showing “kindness towards others, beginning with myself…” Hallelujah Anyway is honest, caring, funny, and wise, with a new look at spirituality. Taking My Life Back: My Story of Faith, Determination, and Surviving the Boston Marathon Bombing by Rebekah Gregory and Anthony Flacco (April 2017) In April 2013, Rebekah Gregory was waiting with her five year old son for a friend to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon. That day her life was forever changed. After eighteen surgeries and sixty-five procedures, her left leg was amputated. Despite her setbacks, Rebekah refuses to see this as any more than part of her personal journey, in which her faith never diminishes. The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis (May 2017) Historian Michael Wallis works to separate fact from fiction in this look at expansion into the western US. The Donners and Reeds set out to scout out California. Growing to a group of 87, made up of men, women, and children, all believed California was theirs for the taking. Filled with primary source material, Wallis takes a new look at the Donner quest for the west, while detailing the grim fate the group met. Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life by Jonathan Gould (May 2017) Best known for his hit “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay” Otis Redding is seen as a founding father of the distinct southern, gospel rhythm and blues genre. While his music lives on, not much is known about the musician whose life suddenly ended following a plane crash into Lake Monona just outside of Madison in 1967. With interviews from Redding’s family and other source documents, this book is more than just a biography. It’s a look at the time and place in which social change collided with music.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (May 2017) Bestselling author Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, is back with this new thriller. When a single mother and a teenage girl are found dead at the bottom of the river that winds through town, an investigation reveals a twisting, winding history in this small-town. Into the Water has already been selected as a “deeply satisfying read that hinges on deceptiveness of emotion and memory.”

House of Names by Colm Toibin (May 2017) In his new book Toibin brings new life to Clytemnestra, the wife of Agamemnon, king of Mycenae according to ancient Greek legend. When Agamemnon left for Troy, Clytemnestra and her new lover work to plot Agamemnon’s death after his return from war. Toibin’s new book, told in four parts, brings this extraordinary character back to life.

For almost four decades, author and comedian David Sedaris has been keeping diaries filled with odd musings about his love for IHOP pancakes, off the cuff comments, and soap opera secrets. Filled with selfdeprecating humor, Theft By Finding is just another example of why Sedaris is one of this generation’s funniest men.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie (June 2017) Featuring 78 poems, 78 essays, and family photographs, Alexie’s memoir is an often raw look at his rough childhood growing up poor on an Indian reservation raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout this memoir, his mother emerges as an often complicated, unpredictable woman. Written after his mother’s death at 78, Alexie’s account of this complicated relationship is sure to stick with you long after the last page.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (June 2017)

Popular essayist and Tumblr blogger, Roxane Gay has been candid about her struggle with food and body image. Using her own emotional and psychological struggle, Gay tackles the anxiety, pleasure, health and appearance that comes with eating disorders.

Camino Island by John Grisham (June 2017) When a gang of thieves initiate a heist of priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts from the Princeton University’s Firestone Library, struggling young novelist Mercer Mann isn’t afraid to go undercover to infiltrate, shady rare books seller Bruce Cable’s manuscript collection. In traditional Grisham fashion, there’s plenty of suspense in his newest book. Need more book selections? Don’t forget to sign up for Select Reads.


The Teen Space The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 2017)

Sixteen year old Starr lives in two completely different worlds—the poor neighborhood where she lives and the class suburbs where she attends high school. When Starr is the only witness to a fatal shooting of her friend by a police officer, Starr’s life is Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (April 2017)

Sisters Gem and Dixie’s only constant in their lives have been each other. Unable to rely on their parents, Gem and Dixie are lucky to have one another. When their dad suddenly inserts himself back in their life, Gem realizes to save herself she might have to break the one bond she’s

Mars One by Jonathan Maberry (April 2017)

Since he was twelve years old, Tristan has known that he and his family are destined to colonize Mars. With no plan to return to Earth, Tristan, now sixteen, is forced to face everything he’d leave behind. When news of another colonization hits, the

Check Out the Teen Blog As always, whether you’re looking for new books or staying up-to-date 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/

Check out some of the cool things that are being offered for teens at the West Allis Public Library! 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 after school on Fridays, April 21, May 19, and June 23 from 3:30-5:30 pm for teens to just hang out! We’ll have snacks, games, and maybe even a craft or two. So stop in, and hangout! All programs are open to teens, ages 12-18 or those students in grades 6-12, living in Milwaukee County! Unless otherwise noted, programs are drop in without registration.

Recycled Craft Night April 18 | 7 pm | Constitution Room Celebrate Earth Day a few days early as we celebrate recycling by turning trash into treasures! Join us for an all-ages night of crafting. Use paper, metal, or plastic recycled materials to craft a work of art. We’ll have everything you need, just supply the imagination.

Peeps Program! April 20 | 6:30-8 pm | Constitution Room All 4th through 12th graders are invited to join us as we use those infamous marshmallow Peeps to make all sorts of art.

Comic Crafts for Free Comic Book Day May 6 | 1-4 pm | Constitution Room May 6 is Free Comic Book Day! All comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts are invited to join us in making comic book crafts in honor of Free Comic Book Day. We’ll provide the supplies, you be creative.

Mother’s Day is coming up! Spend some quality time with your mom this year, while getting crafty. Girls ages 8 and up are invited to bring the mom like figures in their life to this fun program on May 11 starting at 6:30 pm in the Constitution Room. We’ll supply a variety of free crafts that you and your mom like person can work on while spending time together.

Summer Reading Kick off! June 3 | 2-4 pm | Constitution Room Get ready for Summer Reading for all ages, by coming to the Summer Reading Kick Off party! We’ll have all the materials so you can start reading right away. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World,” and we will have activities for readers of all ages. Be sure to stop in, sign up, and get ready to read!

Teen Summer Reading 2017 begins on June 1! Stop in the library to pick up your reading log and start reading to win prizes. We’ll have more details about the program later this spring so keep checking the library website and the blog! Summer Reading runs from June 1 - August 31.


The Children’s Room

All of the happenings going on upstairs in the West Allis Public Library from April-June 2017 Be sure to check out Lego Club! 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 April 1 and May 6 from 23 pm. Library Makers is back this Spring! Kids in grades K5-5th, get ready to put those building and design skills to use. Join us April 13 from 6:30-7:30 as we build straw roller coasters. Beat the holds list for this popular movie! We’ll be showing Moana April 17 at 2 pm. All ages are invited to join us, but children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Kids are welcome to bring a pillow or blanket. This film is 113 minutes and rated PG. Tweens and teens (grades 4-12) are invited to take part in our Peeps program on April 20 at 6:30. That’s right, we’re using those squishy, marshmallow Peeps to create works of art. No registration necessary.

Join us for Toddler Cinema! Toddler Cinema takes place May 2 and 23 at 6:30 pm. We’ll be watching short films based on some of our favorite books.

This is like no tea party you’ve ever been to. Join us May 9 at 6:30 pm for an I-Tea Party filled with a ton of extra fun! We’ll have super cool experiments and crafts, so be sure to check out this unique event.

Check out these new books! I Funny: School of Laughs by James Patterson (April 2017) When funding is cut to Jamie Grimm’s school and the library is at stake, Jamie realizes that he might be able to save the school with a few laughs. Little does he realize that telling jokes and teaching his students jokes are two completely different things. Will he be able to save the school library before it’s too late? The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (May 2017) In this sequel to The Hidden Oracle, Zeus has punished Apollo to Earth in the form of a gawky teen, with a mission to restore several oracles that have gone dark. On his journey across North America, Apollo’s new friends are many of those who have appeared in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books. Dragons Love Tacos 25: The Sequel by Adam Rubin Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri (May 2017) It’s just been discovered that there are no tacos left! What are the dinosaurs to do? It’s up to the dragons to go back in time and save the tacos before they go extinct. This is the hilarious sequel to the best seller Dragons Love Tacos

Summer Reading sign up begins June 1 for all ages and runs through August 31. Don’t forget that our Summer Reading Kickoff will be held June 3 from 2-4 pm. If you’re unable to attend the Summer Reading Kickoff you can sign up for the summer reading program at the children’s reference desk. You’ll receive your reading log and be able to start reading to earn prizes. Be sure to stay up-to-date with all of this summer’s events by checking our website and Facebook page.

Come one, come all to our summer programs! Great for the whole family, these programs will be held Wednesdays at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm. (Each performance is the same.) Tickets will be given out in the atrium 30 minutes before each performance

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June 14: Duke Otherwise June 21: Mike & Miller June 28: Kay Story Telling

Check out some of the other things going on for children this summer. *Denotes that registration is required.

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Just a reminder that Winter Storytime runs through April 19.

Storytime for ages 5 and under begins June 20 at 1 pm in the Constitution Room. Amazing Art Class* with Mary Tooley for second through fifth graders June 19, June 26, and July 24 from 2-3 pm. Registration begins June 1. Friday afternoon movies at the library will be held June 16 and 30 at 2 pm. Check back for movie titles. Library Makers (grades K5-5) will be held June 22 at 2 pm.

Don’t forget to register for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! Reading with your child, even at a young age, can build important literacy skills. Ask a children’s librarian for more information or to sign up.

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.


Don’t forget these upcoming events… 

Summer Reading! Summer Reading sign up begins June 1 for all ages! Be sure to stop by the Summer Reading Kickoff Party June 3 from 2-4 pm to sign up the whole family. Start reading to earn prizes.

Sign up for SelectReads If you’re looking for reading suggestions, be sure to sign up for SelectReads. Choose the genres you’re most interested in and we’ll email you a list of new books on that particular topic. Questions? Ask at the Information Desk.

Adult Programs From Recycled Art Night to the Milwaukee Mafia to our library movie showings, there’s sure to be something to interest everyone.

Tween and Teen Programs Be sure to check out the events that are open to both teens and tweens, like the Peeps Art program in April.

Children’s Summertime Fun! This summer is filled with all sorts of fun activities for kids—from weekly performances to storytime to an amazing art program, there’s so much to do!

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 2 Spring 2017

West Allis Public Library 7421 W. National Avenue West Allis, WI 53214 Phone: (414) 302.8503 http://www.westalliswi.gov/library

Library Hours: Monday: 9 am-9 pm Tuesday: 12 pm-9 pm Wednesday: 9 am-9 pm Thursday: 12 pm-9 pm Friday: 9 am-6 pm Saturday: 9 am-6 pm Sundays: 1 pm-5 pm (October through April)

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