Children and grown-ups alike delight in Lois Ehlert's fanciful wall of letters based on her illustrations in her book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Ehlert, a native of Beaver Dam, is one of Wisconsin's most well-known artists.
slava yanovsky folk art
Slava Yanovsky, a Shorewood resident since 1980, created a large folk art piece as a counter-point to the technology present in a modern library. Yanovsky was originally trained as a printmaker then began experimenting with cutting zinc and copper etching plates into weather vanes. Today, he approaches folk art in his own creative way with boldly-carved wood whirligigs and other whimsical objects.
Artist Narendra Patel, one of Wisconsin's leading sculptors, created a 12-foot-tall metal depiction of a family that is outside, near the entrance of the building. All the pieces were cut from a single sheet of metal and were fit together like a puzzle. This piece is representative of our mission to serve people of all ages, offering a variety of materials of interest to all members of the family.
village center mural
Another Shorewood native, Kate Madigan, created a mural depicting 100 years of Village history. The mural can be seen in the Village Center lower level lobby area.
Teen photo contest
Shorewood Library held its first online teen photo contest in the summer of 2013. The Summer Reading theme was “Beneath the Surface,” so we asked Shorewood teens to take photos that captured that theme. All photos were submitted via and displayed on a Tumblr set up just for the contest by teen librarian, Emily Passey. The winning photo (pictured here) was taken by Carly Yanoff. Ms. Yanoff took a very metaphoric approach to the theme of “Beneath the Surface,” stating: “…when you look at the bigger picture we are all under the same sun, the same sky, and the same stars so we need to act like it.”