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

Volume 3| Issue 4

Fall 2017

this issue Library Happenings p. 1

Staff Spotlight…

Librarythis Events p. 2 issue

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.

Helpful Library Information p. 3 Open Source Revolution P.1

New Books p. 5

IT Management Tips P.2

The Teen Space p. 6

Meet Karen… Brief bio… I think it’s safe to say, I’m one of the “long-timers” here at the West Allis Public Library, having just completed my 26th year as a part-time library assistant. I work a 20 hour/ week schedule and divide my time between adult and children’s services reference desks. Currently, I fill in a bit of my free time being a happy Instacart shopper. I’m a wife and mom of three grown boys, ages 25, 23, and 22. Library Duties… My official job title is Library Assistant. Servicing the public here at the library is most often fast-paced and challenging and offers a work environment filled with many daily adventures! I LOVE it! Hobbies… Of course, reading tops my favorite things to do list, but I do have a few other passions...DIY home projects, home decorating, shopping thrift store treasures, game nights, live theater, gardening, and visits home to the Pacific Northwest. Favorite Books… Burial Rites by Hannah Kent True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy Drowning Ruth by Christine Schwartz Atonement by Ian McEwan Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer

Non-Profit Solutions P.3 The Children’s Room p. 7


Don’t Drink


the Tea!

of Milwaukee

Tuesday, October 31st

Tuesday, October 3rd 6:30pm Back by popular demand! Come find out what it’s really like to be a ghost hunter as PIM share how they use science and research to conduct paranormal investigations.

Did you know... The fines for DVDs have been reduced from $1.00/day to .50 cents/day! This new policy went into effect on September 1st.

6:00pm The perfect Halloween event: join former forensic investigator Thomas Hanratty as he dives into the world of Jack the Ripper and other famous Victorian murder cases.

Don’t forget to check out the New Books on page five! New DVDs are on page two!

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 Library.

The advocacy and effort of the Friends guarantee adequate support

Release: 9/19/2017

Release: 10/31/2017

Release: 10/31/2017

Release: 10/24/2017

for the many wonderful programs

Rated: R, 120 min.

Rated: PG-13, 95 min.

Rated: R, 94 min.

Rated: PG, 86 min.

offered at the Library.

Based on a true story. Starring Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani, and Holly Hunter.

Based on the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

A mother trying to find An adventure to save her kidnapped son. Textopolis! Starring Halle Berry Starring Anna Faris, Maand Sage Correa. ya Rudolph, and Steven Wright.

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.

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 10am and last approximately one hour. October 9, 2017: Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War (DVD presentation)

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:

October 14

November 11

December 9

Under the Alias Harry T. Buford, Velazquez fought at First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a Confederate spy. But Buford was really Loreta Velzquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans. October 23, 2017: Secrets of the Dead: Vampire Legend (DVD presentation) In 1897, Bram Stoker penned Dracula, popularizing the modern vampire myth. Perhaps Stoker wasn’t the first to write about vampires though. Secrets of the Dead: Vampire Legend looks at manuscripts dating back to medieval England long before Stoker’s Dracula was published. November 13, 2017: Hallowed Grounds: America’s Overseas Military Cemeteries (DVD presentation) Created after WWI and WWII, these cemeteries were established to honor the men and women who never came home. With short sequences about the wars and battles that make these hallowed places necessary, this DVD also shares moving vignettes and interviews about the men and women laid to rest in these peaceful places.

These book sales wouldn’t be possible

November 27, 2017: Cuba During Castro’s Funeral presented by Loni Kagen

without the efforts of all of the wonderful

Loni Kagen left Milwaukee the day Castro died last December and flew to Miami and then on to Havana. There they spent their time learning about Cuban culture, heritage, education, history, music, and architecture. A photo journal with video clips documents this important time for this country.

volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer, stop by the Adult Information Desk for more information.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming book sales!

December 11, 2017: Christmas in Yellowstone (DVD presentation) As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a holiday season of a different sort settles over the great winter world of Yellowstone. Travel alongside author and photographer Tom Murphy who captures the solitude of this beautiful area. December 25, 2017: No presentation due to seasonal holiday

Did you know…

Zinio for Libraries is now RBdigital Magazines. The name of the service has changed, but the website and available titles are all the same. RBdigital also comes with an all-new app for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire HD/HDX ready for download right now. Search for "RBdigital" in your app store. RBdigital Magazines is an online service that allows you to download digital copies of popular magazines to your computer, tablet, or mobile device. These digital magazines are yours to keep and back issues are also available. See the CountyCat webpage for a direct link to RBdigital 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.

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.

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.

Want to know what staff is reading? The West Allis Public Library Staff reads blog is available online. Updates come every Friday with plenty of suggestions for new books. You can find our blog at:

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.

Soundzabound provides music and sound effects that are copyright compliant, content safe and royalty free for use in student projects and other school productions. For example, students may download and use these Mp3 audio files in podcasts, videos, digital storytelling or any type of multimedia production. The audio may also be used at assemblies, theater performances and other public performances, or as soundtracks to productions such as video yearbooks or sports videos.

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 Gale Courses provides access to online instructor-led have time to help with. Now you can book onecourses on topics ranging from Microsoft Word, Excel, on-one time with a librarian for help. We’ll try and PowerPoint to GED, ACT/SAT, GRE, LSAT, and our best to find a convenient time to meet, proPraxis study materials to healthcare-related professional vide guidance, and answer questions you may have. Schedule a free session by stopping at the development. Gale Courses is a great way to enhance Adult Information Desk or calling those resume skills. If you have any questions, stop by 414.302.8500. the Adult Information Desk.

The West Allis Public Library will be closed: November: 23 & 24 December: 17, 23, 24, 25, & 31.

Death at Nuremberg by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, by Matthew Walker Professor Matthew Walker, a neuroscientist and sleep expert, explores the benefits of sleep in his new book. Walker delves into why sleep is important and answers many common questions, such as why our sleep patterns change over our lifetime. Why We Sleep is described as both ‘illuminating’ and ‘crucial’ towards our understanding of sleep. Winter Solstice, by Elin Hildebrand Elin Hildebrand tells another festive, witty, and romantic tale revolving around the Quinn family. The Quinn’s are reunited in this novel, dealing with love, war, and each other.

Origin, by Dan Brown Dan Brown takes you into a world of ‘hidden history’ and ‘extreme religion’ as you follow a Harvard professor and a museum curator as they race against time to unlock a stunning discovery. Origin is being called stunningly inventive, brilliant, and entertaining.

Fresh Complaint: Stories, by Jeffrey Eugenides A beautifully written collection of short stories by award-winning author, Jeffrey Eugenides. The stories range from a failed poet turned embezzler to a high school student trying to escape her immigrant family. The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State, by Nadia Murad Nadia Murad’s memoir tells the story of her family’s slaughter, her rape and captivity by the Islamic State, and of her escape from the terrorist group that destroyed her life in Iraq. Nadia tells her story so others realize the brutality of the Islamic State and as a tribute to those she lost and those that are still suffering. What Unites Us, by Dan Rather Dan Rather shares his love for America in this collection of short essays. Rather, a celebrated television journalist, brings his career experience and feelings about what it means to be American in this day and age. The essays explore topics of popular institutions, such as the public library, explores our core values and the events that have transformed us as a nation. The title speaks volumes as this book is about what connects Americans and ultimately unites us. Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult and My Father, Warren Jeffs, by Rachel Jeffs Rachel Jeffs, daughter of notorious religious leader Warren Jeffs, tells her story in this new memoir. Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is now serving time in prison for child sexual assault. Rachel reveals what it was like growing up in a cult, the abuses she suffered, and her escape in 2015.

Special Agent James Cronley Jr. gets reassigned to protect the chief prosecutor at the Nuremburg trials, who is under threat of kidnapping. Cronley finds himself surrounded by people who could be enemy or ally-if only he knew which. A Clandestine Operations novel at the start of the Cold War.

Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini Follow the Countess of Lovelace as she enters society and finds the kind of engagement she has craved all her life. As she makes new friends, studies math, and falls in love, Ada discovers family secrets and comes to terms with her thirst for knowledge.

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude Julien Maude reveals the tortures she suffered at the hands of her parents, who isolated and tested her at every turn to weed out any weakness. Her story tells of the strength of the human spirit and Maude’s desire for love and compassion despite all she suffered. A book of perseverance and resistance. Need more readings suggestions? Subscribe to SelectReads.

Check out some of the cool things being offered to teens at the West Allis Public Library!

Turtles all the way down, by John Green (October 2017) Best-selling author John Green is back with a story about sixteen-yearold Aza and her journey with best friend Daisy to investigate the mystery around a fugitive billionaire while balancing life, love, friendship and school.

Friday Fun

The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (October 2017) Prequel to The Golden Compass

November 17

December 15

Plunge back into a world of daemons and Dust with this prequel, set ten years before The Golden Compass. The book will focus on Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon, and be a three-book series like Pullman’s previous work.

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray, Third book in the Diviners series (October 2017) Best-selling author Libba Bray takes you back into the world of the Diviners in this third installment. Journey to Ward’s Island to face ghosts and confront the King of Crows. Sure to be an intense and exciting adventure.

3:30 to 5:30pm | Library Constitution Room. Teens are invited to come hang out at the library! We’ll have games, snacks, and maybe even a craft. All you need to do is show up! This event is for Teens, ages 1218, or those students in grades 6-12.

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 upcoming events, you will find book reviews, book to movie trailers, and many other cool bookish things. Visit here:

Haunted Gingerbread Houses 4th-12th grade, October 12, 6:30-8:00pm Random Fandom 4th-12th grade October 5: My little Pony November 9: Marvel vs. DC

First YA book for Jen Lancaster: The Gatekeepers (October 2017)

Star Wars Night!

Lancaster’s first foray into young adult fiction is set in North Shore, Illinois. It follows three very different students as they cope with school and the ever-present history of student suicides.

Constitution Room | All ages welcome!

December 7 at 6:30pm Jedi knights, Droids, Troopers and Wookies of all ages are invited to a Star Wars celebration! Feel free to come in costume and join us for a night of fandom, food and fun!

All of the happenings going on upstairs in the West Allis Public Library

Library Makers K5-5th Grade Thursdays, 6:30-7:15pm

Saturdays, 2:00-3:00pm

October 19 : Boat Challenge Will it sink or float? See how many pennies your boat can hold before sinking. November 16 : Polka Dot Slime Slime is always fun, but we are making it even better with polka dots!

K5 and older A free building program. October 7 November 4 December 2

Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm All ages (children 6 and under must have an adult with them). Join us for a weekly craft, while supplies last. October: 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 November: 6, 13, & 20

Tuesday, November 28 6:30pm Kids ages 5 and under join us for short films based on favorite books. Registration is not required.

All ages (Children 6 and under must have an adult with them). Kids are welcome to bring a blanket or pillow. October 27 at 2:30pm Captain Underpants; PG, 89 min.

November 22 at 2:00pm Cars 3; G, 109 min.

December 27 at 2:00pm Despicable Me 3; PG, 90 min.

Tuesday, October 12, 6:30-8:00pm This program is for 4th-12th graders. Build a spooky gingerbread house, while we show a Halloween movie in the background.

December 5, 6:30-7:15pm

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 about signing up.

All ages are welcome to this special storytime. Registration is not required.

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm 4th—12th graders welcome! Each session, we celebrate a different fandom with games, trivia, and crafts. You don’t have to be a super fan to join in the fun! These programs are for kids and teens (4th-12th grade only). Registration is not required. October 5: My Little Pony November 9: Marvel vs. DC .

December 16, 1:30pm All ages are welcome for a storytime and crafts, followed by a showing of The Polar Express. Registration is not required.

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… 

No School Movies! October 27 at 2:30pm-Captain Underpants; November 22 at 2:00pm-Cars 3; and December 27 at 2:00pm-Despicable Me 3.

Don’t Drink the Tea! October 31 at 6:00pm, adult program. A treat for adults on Halloween! Forensic investigator Thomas Hanratty will be discussing famous Victorian murder cases.

Random Fandom, Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm, 4th grade and older Are you a fan of My Little Pony (Oct. 5) or Marvel vs DC (Nov. 9)? If you are, come share your knowledge at the library!

Star Wars Night, December 7 at 6:30pm, all ages welcome! Feel free to attend this event in costume! Food and Fun!

From the Stacks Volume 3 | Issue 4 Fall 2017

West Allis Public Library 7421 W. National Avenue West Allis, WI 53214 Phone: (414) 302.8503 Website: 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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Volume 3 Issue 4: Fall 2017  

October to December 2017

Volume 3 Issue 4: Fall 2017  

October to December 2017