From the Stacks The Quarterly Newsletter of the West Allis Public Library
Volume 3 | Issue 3
this issue Staff Spotlight...
Library Happenings P.1
The idea behind this 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 Anne Marie… A brief bio about you? I may be the oldest librarian on the adult reference staff but I’ve only been a librarian for the past 8 years. I earned my Masters in Library Science from UWM in 2009 after raising a family of four, now ranging in age from 18-27. I am also a Technical Services Librarian at the Wauwatosa Public Library. I appreciate how the two different positions support and inform one another. What do you do at the West Allis Public Library and what’s your favorite part of working at the Library? I enjoy the technical aspects of librarianship, preferring to delve into database management issues rather than create posters and programs, happily ceding those tasks to my talented colleagues. I enjoy interaction with library patrons and am eager to assist them, realizing I can learn from them too. Not a day goes by that I am not exposed to something new! Interests/hobbies outside of work? I enjoy taking long walks accompanied by my current audiobook selection. I also enjoy traveling to visit my far-flung adult children (Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Durango and...well, my youngest resides mostly on my couch yet). Working out, biking, hiking, doing crossword puzzles, and dinners with friends are things I also enjoy. One can’t possibly work in a library without being asked your favorite books. What are some of your all-time favorites? 1. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke 2. Lights Out by Ted Koppell 3. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande 4. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains by Nicholas Carr
The Teen Space P.6 Non-Profit Solutions P.3 The Children’s Room P. 7
Check out the exciting things going on at the West Allis Public Library! Summer Reading isn’t just for kids! There’s still time for adults to register for our Adult Summer Reading program. To register, stop at the Adult Information Desk or register online at westallislibrary.beanstack.org. Now-August 31, turn in as many reading logs as you can for a chance to win prizes from the drawing held at the end of our Summer Reading Program. For reading logs to count, they must be turned in by 9 pm on Thursday, August 31.
DIY BBQ July 13 | 7 pm | Constitution Room Nothing says summer like the smell of food cooking on the grill. There’s no better way than barbecue sauce to make grilled food even tastier. Join us for this DIY BBQ session as we make a few different types of barbecue sauce, taste test them, and take a sample home. Registration is required, so please stop by the Adult Reference Desk or call 414.302.8500.
Ugly Art Night August 1 | 6:30-8 pm | Constitution Room Calling all not-so-great creative/DIY types! This is the contest for you. Vie for your spot as the worst crafter/artist/DIY’er with the ugliest piece of art. We’ll provide the strange materials, you make the ugliest, most ridiculous piece of art in the allotted time. Artwork will be judged and one person will be crowned the winner of Ugly Art Night.
Preserve the Union: Jessica Michna presents Mary Todd Lincoln August 8 | 7 pm | Constitution Room History lovers won’t want to miss this excellent live performance by Jessica Michna. Ms. Michna will be here as former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Hear about Mrs. Lincoln’s courtship with young lawyer Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, IL, life in the White House, the death of her husband and sons, and life after the White House.
Jessie Garcia presents “My Life with the Green and Gold” August 15 | 7 pm | Constitution Room Are you ready for some football? Join former Milwaukee-area and Wisconsin’s first female sports newscaster Jessie Garcia as she shares stories and photographs from her book entitled My Life with the Green and Gold, written about the time she spent covering the Green Bay Packers. Packer fans won’t want to miss this!
The Friends of the West Allis Public Library
Getting Crafty July 17, August 14, and September 19 | 7 pm | Constitution Room Like to make things or just want to try something new? Join us for Getting Crafty. We’ll be making something different each session. Each free session is limited to 25 participants, ages 18 and up. To register, please stop by the Reference Desk or call 414.302.8500. Registration is required. Note: September’s Getting Crafty program will be held on a Tuesday evening.
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
Coloring Club Thursdays, July 20, August 17, and September 21 | 6:30 pm | Constitution Room Be sure to check out Coloring Club this summer! This drop-in style program is exactly as it sounds: a place to sit back, relax, and color. We’ll provide the coloring pages and materials, you provide the creativity. No registration necessary.
guarantee adequate support for the many wonderful programs offered at the Library. Join us as we show a few of our favorite classic family movies from the ‘90s. August 4 we’ll be showing The Sandlot and August 25 The Mighty Ducks. If you’re a child of the ‘90s with kids of your own, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to share these classics with your children. All showings begin at 2:30 pm in the Constitution Room. No registration necessary.
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.
September 14 | 7 pm | Constitution Room Joey and Holly Baird of the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardner are rounding out their gardening series with an introduction to canning. Learn how this food preservation technique will make the flavors of your garden last even longer.
Be sure to visit us at the West Allis Farmers Market this summer. We’ll be at the Farmers Market July 8 and August 19 from 2:30-4:30. Stop by to find out about our Summer Reading program, work on a craft project, and get the details on all of the upcoming library happenings. We’ll see you at the Farmers Market! 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. Upcoming book sale dates are:
July 8, 2017 August 12, 2017 September 9, 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. Take a look at what’s on the schedule for this summer: July 10, 2017: The Hilltowns of Tuscany presented by Ralph Danielsen Join avid traveler, photographer, and Leisure Learners presenter Ralph Danielsen as he shares brilliant photographs and rich narratives on the hilltowns of Tuscany. Cruising the backroads we’ll visit lovely Sienna, historic Florence, and the vineyards leading to Montalcino and Gaiole. July 24, 2017: Milwaukee’s Glorious Century of Bowling presented by Doug Schmidt Local author Doug Schmidt will reflect on how the German population made bowling a cultural institution in Milwaukee throughout most of the 20th century. August 14, 2017: Cycling the Delightful Danube River—Munich to Vienna presented by Jane Stoltz Travelers Jane Stoltz and husband John Idzikowski chose bicylces to explore the Danube River in 2015. Join Jane as she presents their personal story and photographs from their time spent pedaling through scenic German and Austrian countryside from Munich to Vienna. August 28, 2017: Bonnie & Clyde: Til Death Do Us Part (DVD presentation) Bonnie and Clyde were the most famous criminal couple in US history. However as this film reveals, Bonnie and Clyde grew up in the slums of West Dallas and had little in common with their glamorous media images. September 11, 2017: Wolves in Wisconsin presented by Dianne Robinson Join DNR wildlife biologist Dianne Robinson as she discusses the ecology and population of wolves in Wisconsin.
September 25, 2017: Polka Heartland presented by Dick Blau Photographer Dick Blau captures the beat that pulses in the Midwest...polka! Explore polka and its beloved, unique, and rich history in Wisconsin and the rest of the Midwest.
Did you know?
West Allis Public Library STARS Program Have a friend or family member who has a hard time getting to the library on their own? Contact us about the STARS Program. This program provides home delivery of library materials. We work with STARS patrons to deliver customized book selections right to their door. Our goal is to provide the citizens of West Allis with equal access to library materials, regardless of health or physical condition. For additional information, call 414.302.8500.
Are you looking for something new to read? Be sure to sign up for our SelectReads newsletter. Choose the topics you’re interested in and we’ll send you a monthly list of the new books published in that genre.
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.
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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: July 4 for Independence Day
September 2-4 for Labor Day Weekend Sundays until October
Refuge by Dina Nayeri (July 2017) A young Iranian woman emigrates to America as a young child, while her father remains in Iran. Over the twenty years she has been in the United States, she has transformed from confused immigrant to an overachieving, sophisticated westerner. This is a moving fictional immigrant story that looks at a contemporary refugee experience.
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (July 2017) Level-headed, graphic novelist Leia Birch Briggs has always had a thing for superheroes including the anonymous Batman she met at a comic convention. It turns out the one night stand with Batman has left Leia pregnant, headed for single-motherhood. Now Leia must tell her conventional Southern family the news while the family is already reeling from a failed marriage and Leia’s grandmother’s dementia diagnosis. Just when Leia thinks she has everything under control in Alabama, there’s another family secret, dating back to the Civil War, that just might tear this family apart. This emotionally powerful, often humorous novel confronts the truth about the perception and reality of families. I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool (The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman) by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella (July 2017) This hilarious mother-daughter duo is back with a collection of new laugh-out-loud, real life stories. Join Lisa and her daughter Francesca as they discuss dating foibles, their hiatus from men, and drunk online shopping. With quick, hilarious stories about love, life, politics, pets, and everything in between, this book is filled with wit and wisdom we can all relate to.
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida (July 2017) Written by nonverbal Naoki Higashida at age 13, Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 is the account of autism from the inside. Written in short powerful chapters, Higashida shares what family relationships, travel, and the difficulties of speech development are like with autism. Consciously aware of how strange his behavior may be to others, Higashida strives to create more awareness and understanding of autism, encouraging people to see those suffering with disabilities and mental illness as people rather than problems. This book is bound to challenge assumptions about the autism spectrum. Policing the Black Man edited by Angela J. Davis (July 2017) Professor of Law Angela Davis uses this collection of essays to explore and critique the ways in which the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American teens and men from arrest to sentencing. Essays range on various topics such as the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to racial profiling to modern-day police killings of unarmed black men. This new book is a must read for those interested in the issues of race and justice in America.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (July 2017) From the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 comes a chilling new novel. Three best friends in London receive a text they’d always hope would never come—a text from a former member of their inseparable clique that says, “I need you.” The four girls were best friends from the start while they were enrolled in boarding school. Famous for playing the lying game, they promised to never lie to one another. However their lying game had consequences, causing the expulsion of all four girls from their boarding school. Now they must figure out what happened to their friend. Ware’s new book is filled with just the right amount of sinister and chill to keep the reader anxiously turning pages. Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker (August 2017) New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker assures readers that they have all they need to lead a vibrant, courageous life. Hatmaker believes that every woman is born with resiliency and resolve, yet somehow are taught to believe that pain and failure, confusion and loss, and missteps and malfunctions mean that they’re doing something wrong. In her new book, Hatmaker argues that this struggle means they’re alive and doing life right. The author shares her own triumphs and tragedies so the reader can breathe a sigh of relief. Hatmaker stresses that no matter what, live in the moment no matter what the moment holds.
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (August 2017 From the author of the international bestseller The Storied Life of A.J. Firkey comes a new novel. Aviva Grossman is an ambitious congressional intern who makes the mistake of having an affair with her boss and blogging it for everyone to read. Aviva takes the blame for the affair and her life is over before it even begins. With no way out other than changing her name and moving to a small town in Maine with her young daughter, Aviva starts over. Urged by others to run for political office, Aviva is haunted by her previous dalliances. This smart, funny novel takes an interesting look at life in the political spotlight.
The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (September 2017) More than forty years after the Vietnam War it is still one of the most highly contested wars in American history. Ward and Burns use interview perspectives from Americans and Vietnamese involved at all levels of the war, including POWs, antiwar protestors, soldiers and their families, and more. This book seeks to answer the questions of why the war happened the way it did and clarify its legacy, launching a new conversation.
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (September 2017) Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, has enlisted the help of Mikael Blomkvist, as they take on some of the most insidious problems currently facing the world. They will let nothing stop them— not even an anti-Muslim gang, the Russian mafia, or her long-lost twin sister or the people who will do anything to keep the sinister pseudoscientific experiment the Registry a secret.
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The Teen Space Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (August 2017) Bestselling author Leigh Bardugo’s new book is unlike anything she’s written before. Diana longs to prove herself a warrior, but when she tries to save Alia Keralis, a mere mortal, she risks it all. Together Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, have to save their worlds, and stand together during the tide of war.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (September 2017) E. Lockhart’s new book, Genuine Fraud is told in flashbacks with brilliant subtle clues. It’s the story of outcasts Imogen and her friend Jule, who aren’t rich and perfect. Filled with twists and mystery, this book is an excellent choice for teens (and adults) who enjoy suspense and tough teen girls.
Check out some of the cool things that are being offered for teens at the West Allis Public Library! It’s not too late to sign up for Teen Summer Reading! Stop in the library to pick up your reading log or register online and start reading to win prizes. Keep up-to-date on all the summer reading details by checking the library website and the blog! Summer Reading runs now - August 31.
Teen Writers Camp Thursdays, July 13, 20, 27 and August 3 and 10 | 2-3 pm | Constitution Room Calling all teen writers! Join us for one or all five sessions of Teen Writers Camp this summer. We’ll have writing prompts and talk about what we’re writing. Whether you write poetry, short stories or nonfiction, we have something for you!
Summer Fun Fridays, July 21 and August 18 | 3:30-5:30 | Constitution Room Looking for a place to hangout and talk with your friends and not be bugged about being quiet or having to buy something? Then come to the library! We’ll open the Constitution Room on Friday, July 20 and August 18 from 3:30-5:30 pm for teens to just hangout. We’ll have snacks, games, and maybe even a craft or two. 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.
Warcross by Marie Lu (September 2017) Warcross isn't just a game, it’s a way of life for its millions of fans around the world. Teenager Emika Chen works to track down those who bet on the game illegally. Needing to make quick cash, Emika hacks into the international Warcross Championships. When the game’s creator, Hideo Tanaka contacts her with an irresistible offer, Emika will discover marjor consequences for those who play Warcross. Young adult author Marie Lu conjures up an engrossing sci-fi thriller with Warcross.
Harry Potter Night July 27 | 6:30-8 pm | Constitution Room All teens and tweens are invited to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday at the library! We’ll have all kinds of great activities for fans of Harry and his friends. Come dressed in costume or your best Hogwarts robe, and be ready to party Harry Potter style. This teen and tween event is for students going into grades 4-12. No registration necessary.
End of Summer Celebration Thursday, August 24 | 7-8 pm | Constitution Room Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a night of games, snacks, and fun! We’ll have a prize raffle for all those who come! Help us celebrate another year of Summer Reading coming to an end. This event is open to teens going into grades 6-12, who reside in Milwaukee County.
Check Out the Teen Blog
The Mighty Ducks August 25
The Sandlot August 4
Beauty and the Beast July 28
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Looking for ways to beat the heat this summer? Join us for our movie showings. From classic ‘90s movies to new releases, there’s something for everyone. Join us on the following Fridays at 2:30 pm.
Rock Dog July 14
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.
The Children’s Room
All of the happenings going on upstairs in the West Allis Public Library from July-September 2017 There’s still time to register for the children’s Summer Reading Program! Register at the Children’s Information Desk or, new this year, sign up online at westallislibrary.beanstack.org. Once you sign up, read!, track your time spent reading, and head to the library to receive prizes! There’s even a Summer Reading program for babies and toddlers, ages 0-2. Be sure to sign up no later than August 11 to take part in our summer reading program which runs through August 31.
Be sure to check out Lego Club! For kids K5 and older, Lego Club is held once a month for kids to get together and build all sorts of fun things. Lego Club meets Saturdays July 1 and August 5. No registration necessary.
Check out these new books by some of our favorite authors! Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World by Mo Willems A Big Day for Baseball (Magic Tree House) by Mary Pope Osborne Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson
Library Makers Thursdays, July 6 and 20 | 2-2:45 pm | Storytime Room Kids in grades K5-5th, get ready to put those building and design skills to use. Each session we’ll make something new. Join us July 6 as we make our own mazes and July 20 for a Little Pigs Build-off. No registration necessary.
This summer beat the heat by checking out our cool family programs! There’s sure to be something to interest everyone in the family. Tickets are given out one hour prior to each show. There is a maximum of 100 tickets per show.
Tuesday Evening Programs 7 pm | Constitution Room July 11: Amazing Animals with Kim Weggelman (live animals!) July 18: Kohl’s Wild Theater presents A Tale of Two Hemispheres July 25: Nature in the Parks presents Let’s Leave it to the Beavers
Wednesday Daytime Programs 10 am, 11:30 am, or 1:00 pm* | Constitution Room July 5: Kidsplay presents Future Tense
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.
July 12: Steve Girman—juggling, magic, and a whole lot more! July 19: Animal Quest—meet real animals up close!
July 26: Magic Mark will amaze you with astounding magic skills!
* All three programs on Wednesday are identical.
Tuesdays | 1 pm Library Constitution Room Join us at the library for summer storytime July 11, 18, 25, and August 1. Kids five and under are invited to join us in the Constitution Room for stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft. Registration is not required.
Friday Family Movies 2:30 pm | Constitution Room July 14: Rock Dog (rated PG; 90 minutes)
Fall will be here before we know it! Fall Storytime registration begins Tuesday, September 5. We offer storytimes geared toward 1 year olds, 2 year olds, and 3-5 year olds. Stop in the library this August for a full schedule of dates and times.
July 28: Beauty and the Beast (rated PG; 129 minutes) August 4: The Sandlot (rated PG; 101 minutes) August 25: The Mighty Ducks (rated PG; 104 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 for all ages! Summer Reading runs now-August 31! Register, read, and begin earning prizes!
Family Programs From animals to magic to music, there’s sure to be something to interest everyone at our summer time family programs.
Teen Writer’s Camp All teen authors are invited to check out our writer’s camp sessions. Whether you write poetry, short stories, or nonfiction we’ll get together and talk about our latest writing projects.
Adult Events Be sure to check out the fun things we have going on this summer. Make tasty barbecue sauces during our DIY BBQ session. Create the ugliest piece of art during our Ugly Art Night competition and get ready for football season as former Milwaukee-area sports broadcaster Jessie Garcia pre sents “My Life with the Green and Gold.”
Fall Storytime Storytime registration begins Tuesday, September 5th!
Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for up-to -date events, reading suggestions, and other interesting library finds. From the Stacks Vol. 3 | Issue 3 Summer 2017
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