October 2020        


Happening @ the Library this month (mostly virtually): 
Find links to these and other programs HERE!


• Virtual Storytime with Miss Beth at 10:00 AM [Youtube]


• Grab & Go Art Cart (Kids)


Virtual Storytime with Miss Mary at 10:00 AM [Youtube] 

Thursdays, October 8 & 22

• True Stories for Kids + Take & Make Activity [Youtube]

Thursday, October 15

• Coloring Club from Home

• Monthly Teen Mixer from 4:30 - 5:30 PM [Zoom]

Friday, October 16

• Tie-Dye Friday from 3:30 - 4:30 PM (Teens) [Zoom]

Saturday, October 17

Virtual Books & Coffee at 10 AM [Zoom]

Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23

• Haunted House - Virtual Escape Room

Friday, October 23

• Live Morning Meditation from 9:30 - 10:00 AM (Adults & Teens) [Instagram & Facebook]

• Cooped Up Crafts at 3 PM (Adults & Teens) [Zoom] 

Saturday, October 24 - 31

• Fall Fest

Saturday, October 24

• Virtual Halloween Haunt (Kids) [Youtube]

Wednesday, October 28

• Books! Live with Katie at 10 AM [Facebook]


  West Allis Library Fall Fest

           October 24 - 31

Chalk Fun * Scavenger Hunt * Crafts * Parade * Pumpkin Painting * And More!

Join us for some socially distanced fall activities for patrons of all ages! Visit our website HERE for more information about the events happening!

*Pumpkin painting and crafts for teens & adults require registration.* 








 Back to School Reading Program

This special reading program is for all kids and teens in grades K through 12!

We're still reading this fall! From September 8 through October 30, log the books you read, write short reviews, and enter to win prizes! Reading 2 books and writing 2 book reviews earns you a FREE BOOK! For more information or to register, call 414-302-8500 or visit westallislibrary.beanstack.org/reader365  Prizes must be picked up by October 31. 


 Curbside Pickup is Still Available!
If you would prefer to pick-up items via curbside service, you still can! Library staff are happy to take your requests over the phone at 414-302-8500 or use our online  form westallislibrary.org/curbsidepickup to request materials.


 Share your Covid-19 Story

Share your stories of what life has been like since Covid-19 has impacted our community. Visit our website or click HERE to share your story and contribute to our community narrative during these unique times. You may also pick up a paper copy of the form in the library.

Programs & Activites

       For Adults --------------

 Coloring Club at Home 

Thursday, October 15

We'll provide the coloring pages, you provide the creativity! Coloring packets are available at the adult reference desk the third Thursday of each month. Take a packet home to color and post your completed works of art on social media before the next coloring club for a chance to WIN A PRIZE! 

Virtual Books & Coffee 

Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 AM

Join us on Zoom for a discussion of the book Our House by Louise Candlish. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Registration is required and begins on Wednesday, September 16. Register by calling 414-302-8500 or online HERE. Those who register will be emailed a link to the Zoom event on October 16.


 Haunted House - Virtual Escape Room 

Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23

Escape the haunted house and enter a raffle to win your very own copy of Haunted Wisconsin by Michael Norman. Feel free to complete the room by yourself or with a group. The link to the escape room will be provided on our website and all West Allis Library social media.


Live Morning Meditation (Adults & Teens) 

Friday, October 23 from 9:30 - 10:00 AM

Join us live on Instagram and Facebook for some simple morning stretches and meditation to get ready for the day.


 Cooped Up Crafts (Adults & Teens)

Friday, October 23 at 3 PM

Take and Make craft kits for teens and adults! This month we are crafting a pumpkin or spiderweb orb! Registration is required and begins October 6. Register by calling 414-302-8500 or online HERE. Once registered, you can pick up your Take and Make kit between October 13 - 23 by visiting the library or scheduling a curbside pick-up. Those who are registered will be provided with a Zoom meeting link to join and craft with library staff and others! Those of you who do not register can still participate with your own supplies! A how-to video will be posted online the day of the event.


Books! Live with Katie  

Wednesday, October 28 at 10 AM

Join Katie on Facebook Live where she will share what she is reading and what she wants to read. This month she will share some fall books, including a few scary titles. If have what-to-read next questions ask Katie! Just send her an email at KHubbard@westalliswi.gov or join us live!


 Grab and Go Leisure Learners Bundles 

For those who miss our Monday morning program, Leisure Learners or for those looking for enriching and educational items, check out our (new!) Leisure Learners Bundles. 

We have prepared many themed bundles that deal with travel, history, gardening, and many more subjects! These bundles are boxed together for a grab and go experience. For a complete list of topics either stop by or call our Information Desk at 414-302-8500. These bundles may also be checked out via our curbside service.


For Teens --------------


Teen Online Scavenger Hunt 

Tuesday, September 15 - Friday, October 30

Use the library's databases to answer some questions and enter to win a reward! This program is for students in grades 6 - 12. More information will be posted on the Teen Blog and Teen Instagram.


 Monthly Teen Mixer

Thursday, October 15 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM

At this month's mixer we will be taste testing chips! Register to get a tasting kit, save your kit until the Zoom meet-up at which time you can discuss and guess the chips! Anyone interested in participating must register by calling 414-302-8500 or online HERE. Once registered, you will be sent the link to the "room" on the day of the event.


 Tie-Dye Friday

Friday, October 16 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Tie-dye a mask with the library on Zoom! We'll have kits with one white cotton mask, one bottle of dye, and rubber bands for you to pick up. Then, we'll get together on Zoom to tie-dye together. Registration begins October 2 and tie-dye kits will be available to pick up at the library starting on October 12. Register by calling 414-302-8500 or online HEREThis event is for students in grades 6 - 12. Link for the Zoom event will be emailed out a few times prior to the event.


Teens! We have a new Instagram page just for you!
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and don't forget about our Teen Blog at 




Virtual Programs and Activities for Kids!


Virtual Storytimes
Mondays with Miss Beth at 10:00 AM
Wednesdays with Miss Mary at 10:00 AM

Join both Miss Beth and Miss Mary on Mondays and Wednesdays for Digital Storytimes this fall. Find these storytimes on our YouTube channel!











Check Out Our Storywalk!

Stop by the library and check out the new StoryWalk on the parking lot side of the building! What is a StoryWalk? StoryWalk is a children's book posted on signs, page by page, so kids and adults can enjoy a story outside while on a walk. As you stroll down the sidewalk, you're directed to the next page in the story. This month's story is Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas

Grab & Go Art Cart 

Stop at the library to pick-up the supplies (while they last) to make a craft at home. There will be a special Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) themed mask kit for October 27!


 True Stories for Kids + Take & Make Activity   
Thursdays, October 8 & 22

October 8: Frida Kahlo

October 22: Mary Shelley

Meet someone new by listening to a biography with Miss Beth on Youtube every other Thursday. Then pick-up an activity to do at home! Activity packs can be picked up in the Children's Department while supplies last. For grades 1-5.


Virtual Halloween Haunt + Take & Make 
Saturday, October 24

Join us for a not-so-spooky Virtual Halloween party for kids of all ages. We'll have a Halloween storytime available on our Youtube page with Halloween stories and activities! Then, packets can be picked-up at the library starting on October 24, while supplies last. Packets include a variety of crafts. Registration is not required. 1 craft packet per child.


 Storytimes to Go!

Request a prepared bundle of books with a craft by calling 414-302-8502.


Online Library Resources to use from home!


Ask a Librarian

Your favorite Librarians are available to answer your questions! Whether it's library account questions, help finding general information on a topic, or you are looking for some read-alikes, please reach out! We want to help! To ask a question click HERE and fill out the form or visit our website, westallislibrary.org and click on the Ask A Librarian button. Library staff are also available by phone at  414-302-8500.


eBooks, Audiobooks, and MORE**

Did you know you have access to thousands of materials for checkout using your computer, mobile device, or even your Firestick, Roku, or other streaming device? Checkout Wisconsin's Digital Library, Hoopla, RBDigital, and more on our website HERE.


Reference Solutions 

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**If you have questions about any of these online resources,
please reach out to staff by calling 414-302-8500 or using the Ask A Librarian form!


The library is OPEN. Please keep in mind the following when visiting the library:** 

  • Visits should be kept at 30 minutes or less.
  • Limited onsite services are currently available, including browsing & checkout, copier and FAX services, and reference services.
  • At this time, masks are required for patrons and library staff. 
  • A limited number of public computers are available for use. Computer time is limited to 1 hour and only 1 login per day.
  • Study rooms are not accessible at this time.
  • Limited seating is available.
  • Toys and coloring supplies have been removed from the Children's Department.
  • Curbside service continues to be available.

**Policies and procedures are subject to change based on state and local government guidance.


Contact us!

Adult Information Desk:        (414) 302-8500

Children's Information Desk: (414)302-8502

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Phone: (414) 302-8503


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