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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!

Afternoon Book Club

 Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

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

When reclusive author is forced to publish again due to money problems, the publisher sends an assistant to help her with the project. The aide is pulled into the world young Frank, an imaginative child with few friends and an eccentric personality.

 Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Thursday, November 14, 1:00 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.

Evening Book Club

 Educated by Tara Westover

Monday, September 23, 7:00 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.

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

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

As a man nears the end of his life, he calls his family together for a final birthday celebration. When his mother dies the week before the party, the celebration takes on a double focus as the family members share memories of their family’s acclimation to the place they now call home.

 Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler

Monday, November, 7:00 p.m.

This is the memoir of a professor of divinity who believes in the prosperity doctrine, the creed that teaches that God favors the good with good things and the bad with bad things. Her worldview changes after she is diagnosed with terminal cancer and she needs to answer questions about her own life and find beauty in her new status as a terminally ill woman.

Learn About Investments

Jacob Hutchins, Edward Jones

Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.

Learn about investments. Refreshments will be provided. 

 Hospice Volunteering

Nicole Herrig, St. Croix Hospice

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.

Do you have a couple of hours each month that you want to fill? If so, come learn all about volunteering with St. Croix Hospice. We provide companion, veteran and vigil services to our patients and provide you all the training you need to make a successful impact in their journey! Come discover the difference you can make in your own community.

 Medicare 101

David and Kelly Zauner

Tuesday, September 24, 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2, 6:30 p.m.

This free educational eent will help current Medicare enrollees and those approaching 65 to understand the Medicare process. Attend either or both sessions. No registration necessary.

Resumes That Work

Tom Kipp, Cardinal Stritch Career Counselor

Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.

Searching for work but not sure your resume is working for you? Spend an evening with Career Counselor Tom Kipp to learn proven strategies for writing resumes that get results.

Old Family Photos in the Digital Age

Presented by C.T. Kruger
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m.

We all have “photo Piles” of film prints in drawers and cabinets, and digital pictures stored in our devices and computer.  This seminar explores your options to:  

  • Cull, sort and organize film prints for albums and scanning.
  • What to do with slides.
  • Archive digital pictures from cameras and smartphones to a computer, external storage devices and “the Cloud.”

The Collyer Brothers, America’s Most Notorious Hoarders

Presented by Cathy Polovina

Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. 

In 1947, two notoriously reclusive brothers were found dead in their NYC mansion under 140 TONS of trash. What led the once productive and respected pair to make lurid headlines with their strange lives and pathetic deaths?

A Wealth of Nature

Presented by Eddee Daniel

Saturday, October 12 at 10 a.m.

If you love the outdoors or if you feel like you don’t get out enough, we have a program for you! “A Wealth of Nature” is a project spearheaded by Eddee Daniel and Preserve Our Parks, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and promotion of parks and open space. Eddee has been traveling throughout SE Wisconsin, documenting the abundance of nature and recreational opportunities that can be found here. Eddee will describe the project and share his beautiful photographs of parks throughout SE Wisconsin—with an emphasis on the Burlington area.

Eddee is a Milwaukee-based photographer, writer and curator of The Natural Realm, a blog about nearby nature. He has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and public speaker and is the author of “Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed.” Eddee is on the board of Preserve Our Parks.

A Wealth of Nature Project website: www.awealthofnature.org.

Woman Spies of the Civil War

Presented by Shannon Ferguson Munns and Jim Munns

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 p.m.

Join us to hear the fascinating tales of Belle Boyd, Elizabeth Van Lew and other women of the Civil War as they risked their lives spying on the Confederate and Union forces.  Find out why they spied, what made them successful and how their bold actions 

contributed to the war effort. 

 Medicare Supplement Plan vs Medicare Advantage Plan

Kelly and David Zauner, Medicare Strategies, LLC

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.

Confused about what route to take for enrolling in Medicare? This free educational event will examine the differences between a Medicare Supplement Plan and a Medicare Advantage Plan. Let us help you understand your options!

“Mad Men” and Angry Women:  Sexist ads from the “Good Old Days”

Presented by Cathy Polovina
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.

See for yourself how Madison Avenue tempted, bullied, and shamed women back into the home after WWII by setting up the “perfect” image of family life, which required an endless number of products to maintain.

Grief and Grieving

Sandy Walden

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

Sandy shares her own very personal story of grief and healing because having these conversations is healing. Join us for a frank, direct conversation. You are welcome to share your thoughts, experiences, what you have found helpful as well as what has been more hurtful. This safe environment offers the opportunity for you to share ask about experiences, and to share to whatever extent you are comfortable with your own journey through grief, into healing. 

Jenny Appleseed – Lost Lore and Tall Tales 

Jessica Michna

Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.

Almost as soon as the first colonists settled in the New World, stories of exceptional people and situations were told to enthralled listeners. Over time, some of these tales have been lost in the dust of history. Meet Jenny Appleseed, the fictional sister of “Johnny Appleseed”, as she takes you on a journey through American Folklore. Along the way you will meet such memorable characters as Rip Van Winkle, Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and of course, John Chapman.

Belle Gunness:  The Female Serial Killer Who May Have Gotten Away With Murder

Presented by Cathy Polovina
Saturday, November 23, 10:00 a.m.

In the late 19th  century, men came to Belle’s rural Indiana farm, lured by personal ads with the promise of work or even marriage and were never seen again. Local folks said she produced fine sausages. 

Healthy-Steps: An Adult Health and Wellness Class

Wednesdays, September 11, October 9, November 6, December 11, 10:00 a.m.

Instructor Karen Jo Smith

Healthy-Steps, is an international therapeutic exercise movement program with wonderful music designed to help you thrive physically and emotionally!  The Healthy-Steps program improves overall wellness, range-of-motion, balance, strength and endurance, as well as emotional well-being and self-image. Class size is limited.  Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Introduction to Calligraphy

Saturday, December 7, 10:00-11:00 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.

Book Angels

Presented by Mary Giese

Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m.

Feeling creative?  Come out and make an angel out of a book.  All materials are provided. Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Chocolate City Travel Presents Globus Europe Land Tours

Presented by Your Host Lori

Saturday, October 26, 1 p.m.

Sit back, relax and listen to our knowledgeable presenter Lori as she describes tours in Europe.  This class is designed to show you the must-see-sights and just how reasonable it can be. Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Chocolate City Travel Presents Walt Disney World

Presented by Your Host Lori

Saturday, November 23, 1 p.m.

It’s a small world after all!  Come and learn from our expert Lori about travel to Walt Disney World!  This class is designed to show you what to expect and how reasonable it can be.  Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Introduction to Essential Oils Make and Take Class

Saturdays, September 28, October 12, November 9, 1:00 p.m.

Presented by Jennifer Vavroch, doTERRA Wellness Advocate since 2015

September Class 1:00 p.m.

It’s back to school time…and with back to school comes germs, focus issues, tension and calming issues. Join us as we learn the basics of essential oils and which essential oils can help with Back to School time.

The best part about this class is that after learning the basics about oils, you will learn how to make your own rollers to help with back to school. Please RSVP to the Library and be at the event to be entered into a drawing to win a set of rollers from the class.  The library will also be giving away 1 Free roller to every guest who RSVPs and comes to the event. Please register with our staff at 262-342-1130. 

You can choose to make any of the following…Balanced & Calm/Daily Immunity/Head & Neck Tension/Energy & Focus/Clean & Sanitize

October Class 1:00 p.m.

IT’S FALL…With the Fall come cold and flu season, respiratory issues, digestive issues, etc.! Come learn the basics of essential oils and how they can help with your Immunity. In this class you will learn how to use oils, smell and sample a few.  When we are done with learning the basics, each participant will have a chance to make a free (courtesy of the library) roller bottle; other roller can be made and purchased as well. Please RSVP to the library and be at the event to be entered into a drawing to win a set of rollers from the class.  Please register with our staff at 262-342-1130. 

You can choose to make any or all of the following…Respiratory/The Bomb!/Throat/Digestive/Extra Immunity Boost

November Class 1:00 p.m. 

Happy Holidays…with the holidays approaching it’s always great to have gifts on hand for last minute gatherings, teachers, family, friends and who doesn’t like to receive a homemade gift! This class will cover the basics of oils and a chance to make and take gifts.  Come sample, smell and learn the basics of oils and make some great gifts.

Please RSVP to the Library and attend the event to be entered into our giveaway of a set of make and takes from the class.  Each participant will have a chance to make one free make and take courtesy of the Library. Please register with our staff at 262-342-1130. 

The class will be offering the following Holiday Make and Takes…Sprays/Diffuser/Blends/Scrubs/Bath Salts/Holiday Helpers (rollers)

An Adult Class to Delight your Mind

Fridays, September 6, October 18, November 15, 2:00 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.  

 Memory Café

Friday, September 6, 11:00 a.m. Burlington Public Library

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

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

Memory Café is a wonderfully welcoming place for individuals with Alzheimer’s, any type of dementia or other brain disorders. 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 caregivers 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.

 Monthly Gardening Classes with Jennifer Yaris

September: Beginners Seed Saving Tuesday, 9/17 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9/21 at 10:00 a.m.

October: Garden Types Tuesday, 10/15 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10/19 at 10:00 a.m.

November: Putting Your Garden to Bed Tuesday, 11/19 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 11/16 at 10:00 a.m.

December: Pruning Basics Tuesday, 12/17 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 12/21 at 10:00 a.m.

Geocaching Club

Saturdays, September 21 & October 19, 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.

Recurring Events

Movie Mondays

Mondays, September 9 – November 25, 1:00 p.m.

Join us every Monday afternoon at 1:00 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 burlingtonlibrary.org/film, or call the library at 342-1130.

Tech Help Tuesdays

Tuesdays, September 3 – November 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, September 19 – November 14, 1:00 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 burlingtonlibrary.org/class or call 342-1130.

Date

Topic

Sept. 19

Microsoft Word Basics

Sept. 26

Microsoft Word Intermediate

Oct. 3

Microsoft Excel Basics

Oct. 10

Microsoft Excel Intermediate

Oct. 17

Microsoft Power Point

Oct. 24

Tablet & Smartphone Basics

Oct. 31

Facebook

Nov. 7

Twitter

Nov. 14

Information Literacy

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 artists, 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. 

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