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

Friday, May 3, 11:00 a.m. Aram Public Library, Delavan

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.

Meet the Local Author: Carol Byrne

Raising My Parents

Saturday, March 23, 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, April 29, 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.

Recurring Events

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

Tech Class Thursdays

Thursdays, May 2 – May 30, 2:00 p.m.

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

Oscar Movie Mondays

Mondays, March 4 – April 8, 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, 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, March 16, April 27, May 25, 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.

Understanding Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Probate

Saturday, March 30 at 10:00 a.m.

Presented by Nicholas A. Egert of Egert Law, S.C.

Estate planning attorney, Nicholas A. Egert, will discuss and answer questions about the most important things you need to know about Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Probate.  In this presentation you will learn the basics on each topic, pick up helpful tips on how to navigate a probate proceeding, improve your understanding of estate planning, and get answers to your questions. No Charge – Pre registration is required.  Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Paint Pouring with Wendy

Friday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m.

Paint pouring is a fairly new craft that yields beautiful results with little to no experience.  The paintings must dry undisturbed overnight, so participants must return for their paintings the following day.  Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130. Space is limited.

Crafting Connection

Saturdays, 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!

Monthly Gardening Classes with Jennifer Yaris

April: Garden Timing…What to Plant When

Tuesday, 4/16 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 4/13 at 10:00 a.m.

May: Weeds

Tuesday, 5/14 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/18 at 10:00 a.m.

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, April 20, 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.

Spring Adult Reading Program

Monday, March 4 through Saturday, April 13

Remember last summer when we had Adult Summer Reading Program with prizes for adults who read? We decided to have a Spring Adult Reading Program this year. Sign up at the Reference Desk for games, terrific reading, weekly prizes and a grand prize to be awarded in mid-April. Let’s see if we can make this a springtime event!

Live Storytelling Workshop (Story-Echo)

Moth Radio Hour Winner Patti McNamee Rosenberg

Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Patti McNamee Rosenberg will be leading 3 events on the art of Storytelling. In this first session, Patti will talk about Storytelling and will tell some of her own stories. The second event will be a workshop where participants will learn strategies for telling their stories. In the last event, community members will be invited to tell true stories with the theme “New Beginnings.” All are invited to submit stories about their own experience of starting over and beginning anew. The stories must have a beginning, middle and end and your tale should have a “stake” in it…how did this experience change you? Stories need to be submitted to by May 1,2019.  Storytellers will be invited to share their stories on May 8 th at 6:30 p.m. Ten storytellers will each be given 5 minutes to share their tales, either reading them or (preferably) without notes. This is a non-competitive event. Discover the magic of Storytelling!

Medicare 101

Kelly and David Zauner, Medicare Strategies, LLC

Tuesday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m.

This free educational event will help current Medicare enrollees and those approaching 65 to understand the Medicare process.

Sari “Ma” Semple – “The Truth, As I Recollect”

Jessica Michna

Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

In the great oral tradition of the story teller, Sari Semple takes us back to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of the mid-nineteenth century. As Sari spins her tales the listener is transported to those hills. The stories blend together the folklore and the gritty reality of life in the ridges and hollers of Appalachia. Young and old alike will be spellbound by the rich tapestry of words woven by Sari. She is the First Lady of Appalachia.

Medicare Supplement vs Medicare Advantage Plan

Kelly and David Zauner, Medicare Strategies, LLC

Wednesday, April 17 at 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!

Introduction to Essential Oils Make and Take Class

Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m.

Presented by Jennifer Vavroch, doTERRA Wellness Advocate since 2015

Have you been curious about essential oils? Wondering what all the buzz is about? Come sample, learn and take charge of your families’ health. In this class you will learn how to use essentials oils, why quality matters and how they can benefit you and your family. Even if you have been to a class, have oils or are a seasoned oiler- this class is a great refresher.

You can pick one Essentials roller bottle of your choice to take home. The Essentials roller bottle choices include:  Sleep and Calm, Happy Head, Seasonal Zen, The Bomb Roller, or Digestive Health.  Please register with our staff at 262-342-1130. With your registration for this class you are entered into a prize drawing.

Mother’s Day Etched Glass Vases
Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m.  

Just in time for Mother’s Day we will teach you the art of glass etching onto a vase.  While we are waiting for projects to dry, you can make a gift tag for mom using the art of Calligraphy.  This is a free program and space is limited. Please call 262-342-1130 to reserve your space.

Mother’s Day Painted Cards and Bookmarks
Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m.  
Just in time for Mother’s Day we will help you learn to paint flowers with acrylic paints.  You will be making a hand painted card and bookmark. Local artist Mary Anders will be leading this fantastic event.  Space is limited. Please call 262-342-1130 to reserve your space.

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.

April 7-13 is National Library Week. Stop in this week to see the special events we have planned to celebrate the importance of libraries!  National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

Afternoon Book Club

Afternoon Book Club

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

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

After running into a friend from the 1970s, a woman reminisces about the friendships of the past which had promised to last forever until life interrupted the dream. National Book Award winner Woodson presents a Brooklyn that is far from the idyllic world the girls believed existed for them.

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson

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

Rosemary Kennedy was institutionalized in her early twenties and lobotomized when she was 23. She was isolated even from the family over twenty years until she was visited by John Kennedy while he was on the campaign trail. Her condition led to the Kennedy family’s support of the disabled in America, changing lives for millions.

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

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Monday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.

Following the Bolshevik revolution, a nobleman who has never had to concern himself with mundane issues is imprisoned for life in a hotel across from the Kremlin. His change in circumstance leads him to discover a depth of life he never imagined existed.

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.