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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

This September, Burlington Public Library is joining with libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning. Any person signing up for a new library card at the Burlington Library in September can enter a raffle for a $25.00 Wal-Mart gift card.

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

Special Summer Event for Teens & Adults:

Cosplay How-To Sessions

Mondays, June 4 – September 10, 6:30 p.m. (see noted dates)

Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.

June 4 – Cosplay Planning 101

June 18 – Modifying Thrifts and Everyday Items

July 9 – Makeup

July 16 – Wigs

July 30 – Sewing Patterns

August 13 – Sewing Troubleshooting

August 20 – Props & Accessories

September 10 – Photography Etiquette


Saturday, August 18, 10:00 a.m.

This family event will introduce you to the fun of geocaching. Using technology to locate global coordinates that lead to items that have been hidden throughout the city, geocaching provides both the excitement of the hunt and the joy of discovery. We will spend a short time explaining the basics of geocaching and the use of a compass. Then we will provide a list of coordinates for you and your family to locate in the downtown area. Finally, you will discover a special cache that we will have hidden for this adventure. Please register at the Reference desk.

Advanced Care Planning

Wednesday, August 22, 6:30 p.m.

We are all encouraged to have conversations with loved ones about our goals, values and preferences for future health care needs. And, the best time to do this is before a medical crisis occurs. An advance care plan provides information about your wishes to your family and health care providers in case illness or injury prevents you from telling them yourself. This planning process helps clarify what others need to know if you become unable to make health care decisions for yourself. When you put these wishes in writing, it is called Power of Attorney for Health Care. At this free seminar, you will learn more about advance care planning and how to complete a Power of Attorney for Health Care. Individuals seeking to update their Power of Attorney for Health Care are also welcome to attend.

Memory Café

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

Friday, October 5, 11:00 a.m. Lake Geneva Public Library

Friday, November 2, 11:00 am. Aram Public Library, Delavan

Friday, December 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.

Introduction to Meditation

Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This meditation session will be led by Megan MacCarthy of Bearfoot Yoga.  Learn basic meditation tools and experience a 30 minute guided meditation.  Dress in comfortable clothes and bring a pillow and blanket.  Please sign up with our staff.

The Happiness Conundrum:  How to Go from Mad to Glad

Terry Thourson

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

Educator Terry Thourson will look at happiness from the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual domains with the objective of having participants walk away with a new- found vision of what it is to be human and forever change the landscape regarding the idea of happiness.

Meet the Local Author: Our Plan to Save the World

Frank Sikora and Steve Nelson

September 26, 6:30 p.m.

Local authors Steve Nelson, Ph.D., and Frank Sikora will read from their anthology, Our Plan to Save the World.  The anthology is a collection of award-winning short stories from five authors, two from the United States and three from Canada.

DNR Program

Presented by Dianne Robinson from the DNR

Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. at Wadewitz

Do you know your Wisconsin trees? There is a lot more to tree ID than just leaves! We’ll hike around W.R. Wadewitz Nature Camp with a DNR wildlife biologist to practice our tree ID skills, and learn a bit about how our Wisconsin wildlife uses those trees. Dress for the weather; bug spray and ankle boots are suggested.

Human Trafficking in Wisconsin

Presented by Rachel Monaco-Wilcox

Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 p.m.

Cases of human trafficking have been identified in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. Yet most people doubt this, thinking “that can’t be happening here!” If we are in a state of denial, who is helping survivors? Who is working on policies? Who is educating young people about risks? In this talk, Rachel will address the myths and misconceptions around sex trafficking in Wisconsin, illuminate the situation in Wisconsin, and explain what led her to start the LOTUS (Legal Options for Trafficked and Underserved Survivors) legal clinic in 2013.   No registration is necessary.

Finding and Interviewing for Your Dream Job

Tom Kipp, Cardinal Stritch University

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

A job impacts overall happiness…what impact does your job have on you? Join us as we discuss strategies to find and market yourself into the job of your dreams. Strategies will include:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Research
  • Networking
  • Connecting and Follow-up
  • Interviewing

Fredric March

Deb Bjelajac

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

Explore the life of famed actor and Wisconsin native Fredric March with local historian Deb Bjelajac. March is the only actor to win both the Academy Award for best actor and the Tony Award two times. He is known as “One of Hollywood’s most celebrated, versatile stars of the1930s and 40s.”

Mrs. Frances Cleveland

Jessica Michna

Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.

June 2, 1886 – The Blue Room was an explosion of color. Yellow pansies, garlands of roses and greenery adorned the chandeliers and windows. As the Marine Corps Band, under the direction of John Phillip Sousa, struck up the Wedding March, twenty-one year old “Frankie” Folsom entered on the arm of her groom, President Grover Cleveland. Truly a “May-December romance”. The new bride would fascinate the public as the nation’s youngest First Lady.

 Creating a Monthly Budget

Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

One of the keys to financial success is having a monthly budget.  Please come in and learn a simple way to keep track of your money.  Please sign up with our staff.

Joan & Bette Bette & Joan

Jill Gabrielle

Thursday, November 29, 6:30 p.m.

Joan Crawford and Bette Davis were both superstar icons of the silver screen during the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond. Hollywood and the world never saw their likes before and will never see the likes of them again. They were involved in a real and manufactured feud for most of their screen careers which culminated in their making one film together…”Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” Both had incredible drive and were notorious for being very difficult. Both had four unsuccessful marriages. Both had daughters who wanted to be actresses who betrayed their mothers by writing and publishing scathing books about them.

“Joan & Bette Bette & Joan” takes us into a fantasy premise…what if, as punishment for their behavior on earth, they wind up in purgatory…sharing the same body?  Fireworks!

Christmas at the Library with Dawn and Lina

Wednesday, December 12, 2:00 p.m.

Join us for Christmas cookies and milk as you relax and enjoy some Christmas favorites with Dawn Soeth on violin and Lina Schaal on keyboard. Jingle Jingle!

Recurring Adult Programs

Mondays, October 1 – October 29, 1:00 p.m.

Join us every Monday afternoon at 1pm for a free screening of a new-to-DVD movie from 2018, with an emphasis on high-quality popular films. Enjoy some popcorn and stay afterward to talk about the movie with your neighbors. Film ratings range from PG-13 to R, so this program is intended for grown-ups.

Date Movie Rating
Oct. 1 Chappaquiddick PG-13
Oct. 8 Black Panther PG-13
Oct. 15 Quiet Place PG-13
Oct. 22 Tully R
Oct. 29 Won’t You Be My Neighbor PG-13

 Tech Help Tuesdays

Tuesdays, September 4 – November 27, 1:00 p.m. – 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 6 – November 15, 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 Class Topic Description
Sept. 6 Microsoft Word Learn how to type, format, print, and save a document.  Also learn to use the spellchecker and the cut, copy and paste commands.  The class is hands-on.
Sept. 13 Microsoft Power Point Create and edit a slideshow presentation. Practice transitioning between slides, adding effective graphics, and more.
Sept. 20 Microsoft Excel I Learn how to construct a basic spreadsheet.  Topics include: formatting, editing, sorting, and use of formulas. This class is hands-on.
Sept. 27 Microsoft Excel II This class is for people who already have experience using Microsoft Excel.  Topics covered will include pivot tables, charts, and advanced formulas.
Nov. 1 Tablet & Smart Phone Basics Learn about the basic care and feeding of app-based devices including iPads, Androids, Kindles, and smartphones.
Nov. 8 Getting Around on the Internet Learn how to navigate the World Wide Web and how to do searches that find what you’re looking for.
Nov. 15 Great Graphics Without Photoshop We’ll explore free products like Canva and tools available in common office applications for making great graphics, flyers, and more.

 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.

Introduction to Calligraphy

Saturdays: September 15, October 27, and November 10, 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.  Please sign up with our staff.

Afternoon Book Club

The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

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

Hyeonseo Lee grew up in North Korea under one of the world’s harshest dictatorships. When she was seventeen, she became determined to escape the repressive regime by crossing the border into China. This story of her life within the borders of her homeland gives readers an authoritative glimpse at the horrors and oppression experienced by ordinary citizens during the years of dictatorship in North Korea.

 The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus

Thursday, October 11, 1:00 p.m.

 In this sequel to A Thousand White Women, Fergus explores the relationships and bonds that form when society brands families as “unspeakable.” The women from the “Brides for Indians” program initiated by the U.S. Government in 1873 adapt to their new lives as Cheyenne as their families develop and questions about how to identify what is truly important in defining humanity arise.

 Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Thursday, November 8, 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.


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

Evening Book Club

Nutshell  by Ian McEwan

Monday August 27 @ 7:00 p.m.

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home—a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse—but John’s not there. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot–the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master storytellers.

Teacher Man  by Frank McCourt

Monday September 24, 7:00 p.m.

This witty and honest autobiography by the author of Angela’s Ashes” follows his years as a teacher, a career that informed his future success as a writer. McCourt demonstrates the challenges of reaching students as he honed his writing skills with delightful stories of his experiences in the classroom.

 Ruthless River by Holly Fitzgerald

Monday October 22, 7:00 p.m.

In an exciting true tale of survival, young newlyweds embark on their honeymoon trip to circle the globe, survive a plane crash in Peru and must escape into the rainforest on a small raft, battling the forces of nature as they attempt to find their way home.

Underground Railroad  by Colson Whitehead

Monday November 26, 7:00 p.m.

Cora makes the difficult decision to escape enslavement on a cotton plantation in Georgia aboard a literal underground railroad that exists below ground. Things do not always go the way Cora has planned as her journey moves through both time and space.

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