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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!

Ongoing Programs

Memory Café

Friday, January 4, 11:00 a.m. Lake Geneva Public Library

Friday, February 1, 11:00 am. Aram Public Library, Delavan

Friday, March 1, 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.

Introduction to Calligraphy

Saturdays, December 8, January 5, February 16, 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.

Being Mortal

Dr. Richard Hansen

Thursday, January 10, 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Hansen will show the 50-minute PBS documentary on Being Mortal, the bestselling book by Atul Gawande, and then lead a discussion of the film and the book. This special presentation will coincide with the January Afternoon Book Club discussion. All are invited to attend.

Needlework and Crafting Gathering

Saturdays, January 12, February 9, & March 9, 10:00 a.m.

Want some company while you’re working with your needlework or crafts? Join us for a crafting gathering on these Saturday mornings and share the fun. Knitting, crochet, cross stitch, or any craft that strikes your fancy…let’s craft…together!

NEW! Monthly Gardening Classes with Jennifer Yaris

Tuesday, January 15 & Saturday, January 19: Demystifying Seed Catalogs

Tuesday, February 19 & Saturday, February 16: Seed Starting Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, March 19 & Saturday, March 16: Garden Prep and Seed Swap

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.:

Introduction to Self-Defense

Saturday, January 19, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Dennis Dyon from Karate 360 presents this free class and open to the public.  This is a very basic self-defense lesson. Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Meet the Local Author: Carol Byrne

Raising My Parents

Wednesday, January 30, 6:30 p.m.

Carol Byrne will present her new book Raising My Parents, a memoir based on her journal entries as her parents struggled with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Included in the book are the author’s strategies for coping with the disease as well as links to resources and agencies that were helpful as she cared for her parents. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Psychological Effects of the Internet, brought to the library by University of Wisconsin-Madison

Monday, February 4, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

In this talk, UW-Madison Vilas Professor Morton Ann Gernsbacher will present empirical evidence of several ways the Internet is positively affecting fundamental psychological processes (communication, education, socialization, development, and aging).  Please sign up with our staff 262-342-1130.

Heart String Art

Friday, February 8, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Don’t miss out on this String Art Class! Learn how to create a beautiful, personalized wall hanging by hammering nails into a wooden plaque and threading string through and around each nail to make a colorful outline!  Each participant will leave class with a finished heart design made with string and nails.  Space is limited. Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Let’s Learn About Rocks

Jason Rehorst, Geologist

Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 pm

Catch the Geology bug by finding out about what geology is, the difference between geology and archaeology, the three rock types, how things fossilize, petrified wood, amber, building a collection, and a bit about Wisconsin geologic history—the shallow seas of the Silurian/Ordovician/Devonian, Ice Age Glaciers, and Lake Superior Agates.

Libraries Rock

Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Do you have a rock collection? We would love to see what you have and hear about your rocks. We will set up tables where collectors can display their collections. We would like to know how many people will be participating (only if you are displaying your collection), so please register at the reference desk and we will reserve a spot for you. The public is encouraged to come in, talk with the collectors, and view the beautiful collections of nature’s ancient gifts! All are welcome!

When Angels Carried Them Away: Death and Mourning in the Victorian Era

Black Pointe Estate

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

Victorians embraced death as a cause for elaborate ritual. During this era (1876-1915) the ritual of death became increasingly sophisticated and the period saw the development of the modern cemetery, morticians and the public funeral complete with floral arrangements and hearse transportation for the deceased. This program will feature a presentation on Victorian funeral and mourning customs.

Adult Coloring Class (The Masters)

Saturday, March 2, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Coloring generates wellness and stimulates the brain.  We’ll supply your color sheet and colored pencils to use.  Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Recurring Events

Oscar Movie Mondays

Mondays, January 28 – February 25, 1:00 p.m.

Join us every Monday afternoon at 1pm for a free screening of an Oscar-nominated 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. Academy Award nominees will be announced on January 22nd, and the schedule will be set at that time. For a complete list of scheduled films, visit, or call the library at 342-1130.

Tech Help Tuesdays

Tuesdays, December 4 – February 26, 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.

Tech Class Thursdays

Thursdays, January 10 – February 21, 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
January 10 Computer Basics
January 17 Tablet & Smartphone Basics
January 24 Internet Basics
January 31 Using the Library Catalog
February 7 Twitter
February 14 Google Drive
February 21 FREE Digital Books, Magazines, & More

Coming in April: Geocaching Club

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. Mark your calendar for the following dates at 10:00 a.m. at the library: Saturdays, April 20, May 18 and June 15.

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.

The Gathering Art Displays

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. Stop in and see the monthly displays in our new Main Floor Meeting Room. We also have some interesting displays on tap for the New Year. Barbara Johnson from The Gathering will have some of her stunning watercolors in the Display Case through the end of the year. In January you can stop in to see a Needlework display by Nancy Rausch and in February we are excited about the rocks and fossils that will be shown by Geologist Jason Rehorst. Come in and view his stunning display and then follow it up by attending the two other programs on rocks later in the month.

 Cross Stitch Gathering

Saturdays: September 8, October 6, November 3, December 1, 10:00 a.m.

We will be meeting monthly to spend time working on cross stitch projects. If you are interested in learning to cross stitch or would just like to spend time stitching and visiting, please join us.

Afternoon Book Club


Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Thursday, January 10, 1:00 p.m.

A prominent surgeon discusses the complexities of extending life through medical means while diminishing the quality of life for people who are often left isolated, uncomfortable and with a loss of dignity.

The First Love Story: Adam and Eve by Bruce Feiler

Thursday, February 14, 1:00 p.m.

The author of Walking the Bible addresses the impact that the first couple and their complex experiences in and out of Eden have had on Western society. Feiler explores how the larger paradigm of love, loss, recovery and redemption in the Eden story has cast a long and enduring shadow across the wide spectrum of popular art and culture. (Publishers Weekly)

Educated by Tara Westover

Thursday, March 14, 1:00 p.m.

Westover was raised in an alternative Mormon home in Idaho where public education was seen as government indoctrination. She escaped her traumatic childhood by teaching herself enough to pass the ACT and attend Brigham Young University where social norms proved more challenging to her than the education itself.

For a list of all Book Clubs titles for 2018, visit the Book Clubs page.

Evening Book Club


A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee

Monday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.

Five characters migrate back and forth across India as their stories gradually blend together in this tightly focused novel that examines the meaning of cast and class.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Monday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.

After an agreement granting underground property rights to the Osage Nation on oil-rich land, tribal members begin violently dying. Attempts to identify the perpetrator fail, leading to the birth of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Monday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.

Following a biological apocalypse in which the natural world is transformed, a young pregnant woman is pursued by the religious government interested in ensuring that her “normal” baby is safely delivered for the government’s own purposes. Raising deep spiritual questions, the novel explores the plight of women in an unkind universe.

For a list of all Book Clubs titles for 2018, visit the Book Clubs page.