December 2016
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What's New?

2016 Performers Showcase
Youth Services librarians from around southeastern Wisconsin filled the Waukesha Civic Theater on November 7th to get a sneak peek at the available talent for next year's summer reading programs. The Bridges Library System brought together 25 different entertainers at this special Performer's Showcase. Attendees had a chance to stop at the performers' individual tables and watch the different acts perform onstage, with a lineup that included owls, juggling, snakes, green slime, and more. We're excited for summer! 
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
The holidays are almost upon us, which means family time, lots of food...and different library hours. You can find the full list of holiday hours for all 24 libraries on the Bridges Library System's website. Happy Holidays!
Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books
Almost 100 people stopped at the Bridges Library System table at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books on November 5th.The theme of the Festival was Roots and Branches, so we asked visitors to add leaves to our “trees” by writing something that’s awesome about libraries. Some of the responses included “A quiet retreat,” “So much information,” “New endless worlds,” and our personal favorite, “The Librarians!” The leaves stimulated many wonderful conversations about what people love about libraries, which made the day very rewarding!
It's a Yes for Watertown!
Everyone's talking about election results these days, but the one that we're most excited about comes from the community of Watertown. Citizens voted overwhelmingly in favor of an advisory referendum to expand and renovate the Watertown Public Library. According to the Watertown Daily Times, "the referendum passed by a wide margin, tallying 6,608, or 62 percent of the 10,598 votes." Watertown will continue to plan the scope of the renovation and expansion, but they now have the green light to move forward! Congratulations Watertown!


Around the Library
Pete the Cat stopped by Delafield Public Library for some fun!
This little guy built his own tower during Johnson Creek's Building Buddies program.
November is Picture Book Month so New Berlin Public Library highlighted their picture book readers all month long!
State Representative Joel Kleefisch showed his support for libraries at the Ocnomowoc Public Library.
Spotlight on...
Menomonee Falls Public Library
Written by Kifflie Scott, Assistant Director

The Village of Menomonee Falls opened its public library in 1906. Named in honor of its first head librarian, it was known as the Maude Shunk Public Library for many years. In 2002, we moved into a brand new building and changed our name to the Menomonee Falls Public Library. Maude’s name now graces our local history room.

We serve a population of more than 35,000 residents. Because of the Village’s size and our location in the northeast corner of Waukesha County, we are also visited by people from Milwaukee and Washington Counties.

Our youth department offers preschool storytimes as well as a monthly sensory storytime for children with special needs. We also hold craft activities, LEGO building, STEM programs and family movie times. We participate in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative as well as a very busy Summer Reading Program. For teens, we offer movie events as well as reading incentive programs and volunteer opportunities.

Adult programs include our popular monthly movie showings, technology classes, local speakers and home delivery services.

Each year, we host art shows for the local public and parochial schools, as well as for the Menomonee Falls Art Guild. The Menomonee Falls Library Friends purchase select pieces from this show each year to be part of the Library’s permanent art collection.

In 2016, we celebrated our 110th anniversary by hosting best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini for a presentation and book signing. We installed a hearing loop in our meeting room to better accommodate those individuals with hearing loss. We have also added Playaway products to our youth collection, and we are now circulating book discussion kits and Bi-Folkal kits for adults. We are currently in the midst of relabeling and relocating several other collections in our library to make materials easier to find and use.

Next year, we look forward to relaunching our Adult Book Discussion groups, expanding our programs for children and teens, and hosting a library Comic Con in the fall.

There's an App for That...
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app has some new features!
What's Your Resolution?
2017 is almost here! Whatever your New Year's Resolution, there's a free Gale Course to help you achieve it.

Eager to write the next great American novel? Sign up for the Write Fiction Like a Pro class. Want to shed some holiday pounds? The Lose Weight and Keep It Off class will teach you healthy ways to maintain your weight. Ready to start that business? Choose from tons of business classes, like Creating a Successful Business Plan.

Log on to Gale Courses to browse over 300 FREE classes. All you need is your library card number and you'll be on your way to achieving your next resolution.
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