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Find a listing of the latest arrivals of books, audio and video items at the Wauwatosa Library, as well as information on upcoming events and staff suggestions for timely information you can use every day on the library's blog.

Rhyme Time

If you have yet to engage your young child in a library program, now is the time to start.  Rhyme Time, a 20 minute program for babies through 3-year-olds, begins August 5th and runs until the 20th.   

This fun and social activity for you and your child will promote early literacy skills such as an interest in new vocabulary, numbers, reading, stories and books.  Skills are encouraged through the use of books, puppets, oral stories, shadow theatre, games, music, movement, and more. 

Rhyme Time is on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 9:30 and 11:00.  No registration is required during the summer session and older siblings are welcome to attend.  

New Additions


Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner 

Chasing Icarus: the Seventeen Days in 1910 that Forever Changed American Aviation
by Gavin Mortimer

Defector by Daniel Silva 

Einstein’s Telescope: the Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe by Evalyn Gates 

Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry
by Lenore Skenazy

Noticer: Sometimes All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective by Andy Andrews 

Runner’s World, the Runner’s Body: How the Latest Exercise Science Can Help You Run Stronger, Longer, and Faster by Ross Tucker 

Twitter: Tips, Tricks, and Tweets by Paul McFedries 

Wood-Fired Cooking: Techniques and Recipes for the Grill, Backyard Oven, Fireplace, and
Campfire by Mary Karlin 

You Majored in What?: Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career by Katharine Brooks 


 Apostle by Brad Thor 

Guardian of Lies
by Steve Martini 

Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Vols. 1, 2 and 3 by Stephen King 

There’s Something About St. Tropez by Elizabeth Adler 

Winter World: the Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich 

Music on CD
     (The Album)/Wilco 

American Saturday Night
/Brad Paisley 

Classic Protest Songs From Smithsonian Folkways 

Mosaic/Kendra Shank Quartet 

Wait for Me



Edge of Love


New in Town

Two Lovers

Summer Reading Deadline

August 1st often feels like the beginning of the end of summer.  The days are becoming noticeably shorter and the gardens no longer look lush and green.  Many school start dates are in August, marking the last day of summer for school children.   

August 31st is the last day of the “Be Creative @ your Library Summer Reading Program” at the Wauwatosa Public Library.  If children read ten books at their reading level and write down the titles on their reading folder or a sheet of paper, they will receive coupons for free admission to Old World Wisconsin, Discovery World, a Milwaukee Brewers Game, the Milwaukee County Zoo and other area attractions.  The children will also receive a Noodles & Company reading sheet with a coupon for a free bowl of noodles, soup or salad.   

Children who are too young to read by themselves may listen to ten books and receive the same rewards.  Names of both readers and listeners will be posted on the Children’s Library main bulletin board.   

After the readers and listeners have finished their ten books, they have the opportunity to receive additional recognition and prizes by completing seven fun activities from the list on the back of the reading folder.   Activities include read a book and see the movie, bring a friend to the library and read a recipe book and make one of the recipes.  For more information, please call 414-471-8486.     

State Fair

August is a big month for state fairs!  23 states hold their fairs in August (or mostly in August, some run over Labor Day into September).  According to average daily attendance, the Minnesota State Fair is the largest but, because the Texas State Fair runs for a longer period of time, its overall attendance is greater.  Last year 872, 458 people attended our Wisconsin State Fair.  Our fair may not be the biggest, but size isn’t everything.  Where else can you get a delicious cream puff, an 85 year tradition at our fair?  In 2008, 381,926 cream puffs were sold!  Of course, there are other attractions at the fair; champion livestock and poultry, prize-winning crafts and produce, interesting exhibits and killer rides in the midway.      

The first Wisconsin State Fair was held in Janesville in 1851.  The fair was held in various towns until it settled in West Allis in 1892.  This year the fair runs from August 6th to the 16th.   There are all kinds of promotions and discounts that make admission very affordable and kids ages 7-11 receive a coupon from the library for a free ticket when they complete their summer reading card. Pick up a fair schedule at the library or visit    

So go to the fair and have fun.  You haven’t done the job unless you come home dirty, full, tired and happy. 

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