Programs

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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

No Book Club in December

 Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Thursday, January 9, 1:00 p.m.

Inspired by the life of an actual World War II heroine, this tale follows the lives of three women whose stories intersect after one of them is imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp.

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

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

Mitza Maric, a brilliant physicist who broke social norms of the time to attend college, forms a partnership of the mind and heart when she marries Albert Einstein, a formidable genius who, along with these same norms, conspires to keep her in his shadow.

Evening Book Club

 Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler

Monday, November 25, 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.

No Book Club in December

Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Monday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.

Two residents of an elegant Parisian hotel conceal the depth of their intelligence and talent until a new person arrives at the hotel and discovers the reality hidden by the masks they live behind. 

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

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

Following an unsuccessful college career, a young girl moves to New York to live with her aunt who introduces her to a diverse group of characters who strongly influence the course of her life.

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.

Movement & Music

Parkinson Disease Exercise

Wednesdays from October 30 -December 18 1:30 p.m.

WPA’s exercise Coordinator Mary Spidell-Wood will lead this FREE class for people with Parkinson Disease. The class incorporates stretches, strength training, posture, balance and walking drills, as well as vocal exercises. Manage your Parkinson’s symptoms and improve the quality of your daily life while having fun. To register, email maryw@wiparkinson.org or call 414-430-3561.

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.

 Monthly Gardening Classes with Jennifer Yaris

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.

January: Garden Planning, Tuesday, 1/21, 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/18 at 10:00 a.m.

February: Seed Starting and Plant Propagation, Tuesday, 2/18 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 2/15 at 10:00 a.m.

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.

Movement and Music

Parkinson’s Disease Exercise

Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18, 1:30 p.m.

WPA’s Exercise Coordinator Mary Spidell-Wood will lead this FREE class for people with Parkinson’s Disease. This class incorporates stretches, strength training, posture, balance, and walking drills, as well as vocal exercises. Manage your Parkinson’s symptoms and improve the quality of your daily life while having fun. To register, email maryw@wiparksinson.org

 or call 414-430-3561. 

Watercolor Holiday Cards with Calligraphy messages

Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.

Barbara Duer Johnson and Jen

Barbara is a world-renowned artist who can give you some tips.  Try out your creativity at making a homemade holiday card using watercolors and calligraphy markers for the messages.  All supplies provided. Please sign up at www.burlingtonlibrary.org.   

String Art Ornaments

Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m.

Small wood ornaments with a small design to get creative.  All materials are provided. Space is limited, so please sign up at www.burlingtonlibrary.org.  

Monthly Rock Painting Club

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, Dec. 10, Jan. 7 & 21, Feb. 4 & 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Are you a rock painter? Do you like hiding and hunting for rocks around Burlington? Come find out what it’s all about and paint some rocks with Burlington Kindness Rock coordinator  Kelsey Shoemaker. This event is for adults and older children as acrylic paints will be used. Please bring your own rocks, paints and supplies. Have fun painting together and get new ideas for how to design your rocks.  

Healthy-Steps: An Adult Health and Wellness Class

Wednesdays, December 11, January 8, and February 12, 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 at burlingtonlibrary.org.

Hour of Code

Thursday, December 12, 1:00 p.m.

Hour of Code teaches people the basics of computer programming in 60 minutes in a fun,

simple way. No prior coding knowledge is necessary! The library will have some laptops

available, but please bring your own tablet or laptop if you have one.

An Adult Class to Delight your Mind

Friday, December 13, January 10, and February 7 at 2 p.m.

Coloring and working on puzzles promotes wellness and stimulates the brain.  We’ll supply coloring sheets, colored pencils, Sudoku and puzzles. Please sign up at www.burlingtonlibrary.org.

Carl and Mary Anders – Snowman Glass Ornament

Saturday, December 14, 1 p.m.  

You’ve seen these displayed at our library and they are awesome.  This class is free and for our adults that would like to create a glittery, snowman painted ornament.  Class size is limited. Please sign up at www.burlingtonlibrary.org.

Women of an Uncertain Age

Jean Preston and Susan Larkin

Wednesday, January 8, 6:30 p.m.

Through prose, poetry and song, Susan and Jean share what it means to be Women of an Uncertain Age. Susan weaves friendly and comic twists into serious and inspiring songs and stories, while Jean’s words express the everyday experiences of ordinary and extraordinary women through rich and honest poetry.

Sleep and the Amazing Benefits for the Brain and Body

George Barry

Wednesday, January 15, 1:00 p.m.

Brain expert George Barry will talk about the importance of sleep for our overall physical and mental health.

Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate

Poetry Coming-Out Party for West of the “I”

Stephen Kalmer II

Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m.

Please join the Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate community in welcoming the new 2019-2021 Poets Laureate with readings and a meet and greet. Find out more about the Laureates Program. If you have questions please contact stephen kalmar II at skalmar@wi.rr.com.

Sordid and Scandalous Lake Geneva

Black Point Estate

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30 p.m.

Hear the historic gossip of Lake Geneva including a dish on the 1950s bank robbery, the town’s tie to prohibition gangsters and tales of the Geneva Lake Sea serpent. Includes the scandalous past of downtown and the historic Maple Park neighborhood.

Memory Café

Lakeshores Area Memory Café

Friday, December 6, 11:00 a.m. Burlington “Old Time Toys”

Tuesday, January 14, 1:00 p.m. Burlington “Winter Fun”

Tuesday, February 11, 1:00 p.m. Lake Geneva “Valentine’s Day”

Our rotating Memory Café welcomes two new member libraries, Barrett Library in Williams Bay and Matheson Library in Elkhorn. Beginning with the new year, these libraries will join Aram Memorial Library, Lake Geneva Public Library and Burlington Public Library in presenting interesting programs for anyone in the early stages on the dementia spectrum and their caregivers. This relaxing hour will include a themed presentation as well as snacks and fellowship. Hope to see you there!

Advanced Planning 

Lowell Guard

Tuesdays, January 21 through February 25, 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a discussion on the topic of Death and Dying. One of the goals of the class will be to work on and hopefully complete a “Letter of Last Instructions” — a document which will contain personal and family information along with suggested instructions and wishes to be considered by your family at the time of your death.  We’ll deal with issues like funeral arrangements, a will, durable power of attorney for financial affairs, a power of attorney for health issues. Please sign up at www.burlingtonlibrary.org.

Digitization Station Overview

Wednesday, January 15 and February 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Come learn about our Digitization Station. With this station you can convert your analog media, vinyl albums, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, photos, and documents to digital formats. This overview will show you how to use this station so you feel comfortable using our station at another scheduled time. 

Carl and Mary Anders – Alcohol Ink Stencil on 6” ceramic tile for trivet

Saturday, January 18, 1:00 p.m.  

This class is for our adults that would like to create an alcohol ink stencil on ceramic tile for a trivet.  Mary is an exceptional artist who will lead you in this class. Class size is limited. Please sign up at www.burlingtonlibrary.org.

Carl and Mary Anders – Colored Pencil on Graph Paper

Saturday, February 8, 1:00 p.m.
This class is for our adults that would like to learn to create a drawing with colored pencil on graph paper.  Carl is an outstanding artist that can advise you. Class size is limited. Please sign up at www.burlingtonlibrary.org.

Adult Bingo

Fridays, January 24 & February 21, 2:00 p.m.

Stop in and play BINGO and win prizes! Bingo across, down, or diagonal. The grand prize will be a cover-all.  

Essential Oils Make and Take Class

Saturday, January 4, February 8 at 10:00 a.m.

Presented by Jennifer Vavroch, doTERRA Wellness Advocate since 2015

January 4 at 10:   Winter wellness and emotions.  The best part about this class is that after learning the basics about oils, you will learn how to make your own rollers.  The library will also be giving away 1 Free roller to every guest who RSVPs and comes to the event. Class size is limited.  Please sign up at www.burlingtonlibrary.org. 

February 8 at 10 a.m.

Fun class for valentines day!  Let’s make a love potion for him or her?  The best part about this class is that after learning the basics about oils, you will learn how to make your own rollers. The library will also be giving away 1 Free roller to every guest who RSVPs and comes to the event.  Class size is limited. Please sign up at www.burlingtonlibrary.org.  

Heart Dot Painting on Canvas

Saturday, February 1, 10:00 a.m.

This is a fun and creative class.  Come to show off your skills at heart dot painting.  All materials are provided. Class size is limited, so please sign up at www.burlingtonlibrary.org.

Medicare 101

David and Kelly Zauner

Tuesday, February 18, 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.

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

Podcast Book Club
Wednesday, February 26, 3:00 p.m.

Do you love podcasts, but wish that more people had listened to that cool new story so that you could have a conversation about it?  Or you’re looking for something new to spice up your podcast game? Or you’ve only heard the idea of podcasts, but want to get in on something cool?  Podcast Book Club will meet monthly to discuss podcasts on a specific theme. Our first meeting will be an introductory session where we’ll share favorites, provide Podcast listening tech support, and share a 6-episode “reading list” for March.  Register by calling the library at 342-1130 or online at www.burlingtonlibrary.org

Storybooking: Sharing Lives, One Story at a Time

Linda Skiles

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

Linda Skiles will share her passion for preserving our traditions, values and memories through storybooks. Bound storybooks weave together interviews digital photos, & words that capture our life stories. Discover how to begin your own story books as Skiles gives tips & shares examples from storybooks she created for her relatives. Please bring a photo to the program.

Please sign up at www.burlingtonlibrary.org.

Recurring Events

Movie Mondays

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

Mondays, December 2 – February 24, 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. During the month of February, we will show newly-announced Oscar nominees at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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.

Tech Class Thursdays

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.

Thursdays, January 16 – February 27, 1:00 p.m.Tech Class Thursdays

Date

Topic

Jan. 16

Tablet & Smartphone Basics

Jan. 23

Computer Basics

Jan. 30

Internet Basics

Feb. 6

Google Drive

Feb. 13

Using the Library Catalog

Feb. 20

Getting Started with Podcasts

Feb. 27

FREE Digital Books, Magazines, & More

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. 

Informational Items

Library Holiday Information

Library hours will be extended during the Christmas Parade on Friday, December 6.  The library will remain open until the end of the parade.

Burlington Public Library will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.  No items will be due on days that we are closed.

Burlington Public Library has puzzles, holiday music, and holiday movies available for check-out. Using the SHARE catalog, you can reserve items from Kenosha, Racine, Janesville, Beloit, and 20 other libraries for pick-up in Burlington.

Need something to read on a day that we’re closed? Check out an e-book on Overdrive! Or read a digital magazine with Flipster! Use your library card number and PIN to get access to tens of thousands of popular e-books and e-audiobooks instantly.

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