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Calling All Knitters!

Please donate knit or crochet hats to our hat tree to provide warm hats for children throughout our community. Hats can be dropped off at the library at any time. Please contact the library at 342-1130 if you have any questions.

Children’s and Teens Materials are FINE FREE

Burlington Public Library no longer charges Overdue Fines for Youth Materials that belong to our library. This includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, YA books, graphic novels, and movies. Past overdue fines for these materials have been waived. Patrons will still be charged for all lost or damaged materials, overdue youth materials belonging to other libraries, and overdue adult materials. If overdue fines have kept you or your children away from the library, this is a great time to come back!

Adult Summer Reading Program

Monday, June 10 through July 27

Time to pour a glass of iced tea and start your reading for the summer. Our theme this year is “A Universe of Stories.” See how many you can enjoy this summer and enter your results in our weekly drawing. Sign up at the Reference Desk for games, terrific reading, weekly prizes and a grand prize to be awarded in early August.

Ongoing Programs

Memory Café

Friday, June 7, 11:00 a.m. Burlington Public Library

Memory Café is a wonderfully welcoming place for individuals with Alzheimer’s or any type of dementia or other brain disorder. Additionally, it is helpful for people with all forms of mild cognitive impairment. Burlington Public Library will be teaming up with Aram Public Library and Lake Geneva Public Library with monthly Memory Café sessions that include programming for individuals in the early stages of dementia. Participants will attend the meeting with their caregiver and will explore varied presentations and experiences each month. Join us for this unique opportunity for support and socializing. Call the library for more information.

Recurring Events

Tech Class Thursdays

Thursdays, May 2 – May 30, 2:00 p.m.

These free classes are designed to provide an immersive experience for the beginner while also providing some useful hints for the more experienced user. Space is limited to only six computers, so registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Register at or call 342-1130.

Date Topic
May 2 Introduction to Microsoft Word
May 9 Introduction to Microsoft Excel
May 16 Introduction to Microsoft Power Point
May 23 Facebook for Beginners
May 30 Building a Website

Tech Class Thursdays

Thursdays, June 20 – August 8, 2:00 p.m.

These free classes are designed to provide an immersive experience for the beginner while also providing some useful hints for the more experienced user. Space is limited to only six computers, so registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Register at or call 342-1130.

Date Topic
June 20 Converting Document Formats
June 27 Google Drive
July 11 Computer Basics
July 18 Computer Basics
July 25 Internet Fundamentals
August 1 Tablet & Smartphone Basics
August 8 Cutting the Cable TV Cord

Oscar Movie Mondays

Mondays, June 3 – August 26, 1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Join us every Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. OR 3:30 p.m. for a free screening of an award nominated or newly-released-to-DVD movie. Enjoy some popcorn and stay afterward to talk about the movie with your neighbors. Film ratings range from PG to R, so this program is intended for grown-ups. For a complete list of scheduled films, visit, or call the library at 342-1130.

Tech Help Tuesdays

Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Having trouble with your tablet or smart phone? Got a new device and not sure where to start? Need help finding apps to make your life easier? Need help figuring out a software application like Microsoft Office or Google Drive? Drop in to the Burlington Public Library! Our experienced staff are more than happy to offer you free assistance! If we can’t help, we can refer you to computer experts for further assistance. You can make an appointment, or just drop in on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Introduction to Calligraphy

Saturdays, May 25, June 8, July 3, August 3 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Are you interested in Calligraphy and not sure how to start?  Join us for an introduction to this beautiful art.  Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Monthly Gardening Classes with Jennifer Yaris

April: Garden Timing…What to Plant When

June: Succession Planting

Tuesday, 6/18 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6/15 at 10:00 a.m.

We will be hosting Master Gardener Jennifer Yaris with monthly classes beginning in January.

Each class will be offered twice each month with Tuesday classes at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday

classes at 10:00 a.m.

Geocaching Club

Saturdays, May 18 and June 15 10:00 a.m.

We had a lot of fun with our geocaching class and decided to get together monthly to search.

Geocaching is a fun game in which you use global positioning coordinates to find hidden

treasures around the world. There are over 50 geocaches hidden around the Burlington area. We will have a GPS set available…bring your own if you have one. Some phones have coordinate-searching available, too. We will provide little “treasures” to hide! Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. We will start with small searches in town.

Carrie Catt, Belle LaFollette, and How the Battle for Woman Suffrage was Won

Historian Bob Kann

Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Wisconsinites Carrie Catt and Belle LaFollette were two leaders in the fight to win the right to vote for women. Hear tales of Catt, LaFollette, the battles for woman suffrage, and the crucial vote for ratification by a young Tennessee legislator who explained, “… I knew that a mother’s advice is always safest for a boy to follow, and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification.”

Informational Items

The Gathering Art Displays

Don’t forget to stop in and see the beautiful artwork on display in our main floor Meeting Room. We feature works from local artist, each of whom has his or her unique style and medium. The Gathering is a group of local artists who meet weekly to create their unique works of art. We are delighted that members of The Gathering will be displaying their works at the Burlington Public Library. Two member artists will lend their works to the library each month. We look forward to enjoying the talents of these artists.

Afternoon Book Club

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

Thursday, June 13, 1:00 p.m.

Following 1931 interviews with Cudjo Lewis, Hurston tells the true story of this man’s capture, imprisonment in a barracoon, shipment to America, and enslavement. The author offers insight into the tragedy of slavery and the historical, lasting effect it has had on all Americans.

Evening Book Club

This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Monday, May 20, 7:00 p.m.

Five-year-old Claude announces that he wants to be a girl when he grows up. His parents and family keep this secret until one day it bursts forth into the world. Frankel examines the hopes and dreams of families who wish only the best for their children and often have to deal with the difficulties and hardships of change.

Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall

Monday, June 24, 7:00 p.m.

An accident in which a young Apache boy is run over by a mailman leads to this recounting of his larger-than-life experiences. Edgar remains filled with hope and optimism as he seeks out the man responsible for the accident and eventually discovers a unexpected home.

For a list of all Book Clubs titles for 2019, visit the Book Clubs page.

June Programs

Cheese Making with Ron Henningfield

Thursday, June 6 at 4:00 p.m.

Meet Ron Henningfield as he explains his cheese making process.

Introduction to Essential Oils Make and Take Class

Saturday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Presented by Jennifer Vavroch, doTERRA Wellness Advocate since 2015

June class:  Athletes, Muscles and Joints make and take

Are you spending more time outside now that the weather is warmer and your muscles are hurting from the yard work? Tired of the bugs? Have allergies? Come learn about Doterra products that can help with bugs, muscles, joints and the skin.  Make and Take choices are Outdoor Spray, Skin, Sore Muscles and Joints, Breathe &Energize, Muscles Warm Up, Cool Down Bath.

You can pick one Essentials roller bottle of your choice to take home.

Please register with our staff at 262-342-1130.

July Class:  Sleep and Stress Support Make and Take

Do you or someone you know suffer from lack of sleep? Worry? Stress? Anxiousness? Then this class is for you (or them)! In this class we will discuss the basics of essential oils and which oils combinations to use to help with sleep and stress.

Make and take choices are Sleep Better, Blissfully Calm, Worry-free Sleep, Bye Bye Anxiousness, Stress & Hormones.

You can pick one Essentials roller bottle of your choice to take home.

Please register with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Art for Adults with Barb Johnson NEW!

Tuesday, June 11 and June 25, 1:00 p.m.

Registration required!

Mark Hertzberg presents Frank Lloyd Wright’s Penwern

Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.

Join local author, Mark Hertzberg, as he discusses Penwern, one of the 40 summer “cottages” designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1900s. This stunning estate on Delavan Lake has received both national and state recognition and is located practically in our back yard. Hertzberg’s new book, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Penwern: A Summer Estate, will be published this summer.

Drones 101: A Technology Review

Thursday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Chris Johnson

UW Madison professor Chris Johnson will provide an overview of drone technology, commercial applications and the regulatory landscape in this exciting event. Weather permitting, we will be able to move outdoors to see a real drone in action. In addition to his responsibilities as a lecturer at UW Madison, Dr. Johnson is an advisor to the Badger Aviators and the Wisconsin Flying Team and a manager at the UW Flight Simulation Laboratory.

An Adult Class to Delight your Mind

Fridays, June 14, July 12, August 9, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Coloring generates wellness and stimulates the brain, so does working on puzzles.  We’ll supply coloring sheets, colored pencils, Sudoku and puzzles. Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.  

The Lure and Love of Spices

Thursday, June 20 at 6:30

Learn about the history and mystery of spices at this presentation by Nathan Villa form the Spice House on Old World Third Street.

Wildlife Tracking

Saturday, June 22, 10:00 a.m.

Join Dianne Robinson from the DNR for tracking basics.  We will be meeting at Wadewitz Nature Camp, 2701-2729 Buena Park Rd, Waterford, WI 53185.  Please register with our staff at 262-342-1130.  

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Global Migration and Midwestern Sensibilities

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.

Emily Anderson

Laura Ingalls Wilder is an American icon, known for her novels about her family’s experience as American pioneers in the 1870s. But does her Little House on the Prairie series have meaning for today’s immigrants and refugees to the Midwest? Indeed it does. Now the themes of courage, hard work, and dedication to family and tradition play out in modern riffs, such as hit Canadian TV series Little Mosque on the Prairie and Minneapolis-based blog Little Laos on the Prairie. Contemporary immigrants have adapted the iconic pioneer girl’s story about overland migration to explore current immigration controversies, facts, and myths. In this talk, Anderson will open a discussion about how immigration is perceived today in light of American history, ideals, and representations in pop culture.