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All Materials are now FINE FREE!!!

Burlington Public Library no longer charges Overdue Fines for All Materials that belong to our library.  Patrons will still be charged for all lost or damaged materials. If overdue fines have kept you away from the library, this is a great time to come back!

Programs for Adults at the Burlington Public Library!

Make a Holiday Wreath!**

Saturday, December 4, Family Group 10 a.m.-12 Adult/Individual Group 1p.m.

Join us for making your own Holiday Wreath! Supplies provided; however, you are welcome to bring a few things of your own! Your wreath will be 14 inches in diameter and made with various ribbons. We will have a few ornaments for you to hot glue on.

There will be two sessions for this program.

**The first session will be for families with children under 18. Each family may make 1-2 wreaths, depending on space and supplies. We will have a total of 6 wreaths available for the family session. A parent MUST accompany any minor for this program. Please make note of how many individuals will be in your group and how many wreaths (no more than 2 per family) you will need when you register.

-The second session is for patrons over the age of 18. There are 10 slots available.

*Please note that use of SCISSORS and HOT GLUE is necessary for this program.

Movie Mondays

Mondays, December 6 – February 28, 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. 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, or call the library at 342-1130. Space is limited to 20 people.

Diamond Painting

Mondays, December 6 – February 28, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Diamond painting is a combination of cross-stitch and paint-by-numbers. You will be using an applicator to apply hundreds of sparkling resin rhinestones, one-by-one, on an adhesive color-coded canvas painting. The end result is a vivid, shimmering work of art.

Adults may pair up with a family member or friend that is over 12 years old for this program. Sessions are 1-2 hours long. Your painting will be stored at the library until you are finished. We will seal the painting when completed so it will be safe to transport and hang. You will be able to take your painting home when completed. Feel free to bring your favorite beverage and a snack!

Buttons, Beads, and Sequins Holiday Tree

Thursday, December 9, 6:00 p.m.

Adults, Seniors and teens over the age of 15 with an adult

Join us in making your own special tree with Carl and Mary! 

We will be making a button, bead and sequin covered tree that can adorn your Holiday table!

All supplies provided

Please note: We will be meeting downstairs so participants will need to be able to go up and down the stairs. 


Mondays, December 6 – February 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, December 1 – February 23, 4:15-5:30 p.m.

Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns called ‘tangles’. You create tangles with a combination of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves and orbs. These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper “tiles” that you can assemble into mosaics. This is a meditative art form for the artist and non- artist alike. Please bring a beverage and a snack if you would like. We will be meeting downstairs so participants will need to be able to go up and down the stairs. Paper and pens provided.

Spice up your Life!

First week of the month, December 2021 – February 2022

The first seven days of every month, come in and pick up an organic spice packet with a recipe you can use. When you come back the following month, bring in a recipe that you used with the spices from the previous month. We will post all the recipes on the library’s website and Facebook page! December 1-7th, January 1-7th, February 1-7th, March 1-7th

Meet the Author! Robert Beezat, an author of three books

Wednesday, December 8, 5:30 p.m.

Grow Your Mind and Heart Everyday

Come and hear author Robert Beezat talk about his book(s).

Robert is a community leader whose life is devoted to working for social justice, peace and the common good. He has been engaged for over 50 years with business, social, political, and religious issues at the local, national, and international levels.  He addresses the important questions which confront all of us regarding the critical decisions and choices we make as we try to build a good and happy life for ourselves, our families, the people we work with and society at large. Check him out at his website

String Art – Holiday Edition

Saturday, November 20, 1:00 p.m.

Adults, Seniors, and ages 10-18 welcome (ages 10-13 must be accompanied by an adult)

Design your own layout or use one of our cutouts! Supplies provided. We will be using scissors and nails for this project.

String Art – Valentine Day Edition

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

Adults, Seniors, and ages 10-18 welcome (ages 10-13 must be accompanied by an adult)

Design your own layout or use one of our cutouts! Supplies provided. We will be using scissors and nails for this project.

Radium Girls

Sunday, December 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand! 

Melinda Mitchell will be talking about the Radium Girls. It is NOTHING like the movie!!!  These radioactive women (not by choice) spurred on the creation of OHSA and the better treatment of workers within factories. Come and learn about the ladies that literally glowed in the dark. Hear their history and learn about the struggles they faced. Melinda is a Burlington resident and store owner with loads of historical information. Bring your questions and be prepared to be shocked!

Native Woodland Culture and Storyteller – Skip Twardosz

Sunday, January 16 1:30 p.m.

Skip is of Potawatomi descent.He is a singer and traditional dancer. He has presented for schools, historical groups, museums, libraries, scout troops and community organizations. A drum he sang on and other artifacts of his have been on display at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian, Washington D.C. Skip is a former member of the Chicago American Indian Center and was a Spiritual Elder for Sacred Circle Native Student Organization at the University of WI, Parkside. He is an amateur historian of Native Woodland Culture. He has functioned as Storyteller, Fire Keeper and Elder for many Native gatherings in WI, IL and IN. 

Book Clubs

Burlington Library offers two dynamic book clubs for our patrons. The first meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. and the second meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Each meeting lasts exactly one hour. We provide the books, meeting space, and leadership. Join us for a wide variety of topics and to make friends through the library! For information, contact the library reference desk. 262-342-1130.

Afternoon Book Club

No December Book Club

Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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

Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber becomes dangerously obsessed with uncovering the truth about what prompted his client, an artist who refuses to speak, to violently murder her husband in a way that triggers mass public speculation.

Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

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

As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy Mary Carter delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. But not everyone is so keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and the hardscrabble Kentuckians are quick to blame her for any trouble in their small town.

Evening Book Club

No December Book Club Meeting

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

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

The child of a married Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover, Nori is an outsider from birth. Her grandparents take her in, only to conceal her to protect the royal pedigree that they are desperate to uphold in post-WWII Japan. Obedient to a fault, Nori accepts her solitary life. When chance brings her older half-brother to the estate that is his inheritance and destiny, Nori finds in him an unlikely ally. Now that she has glimpsed a world in which there is perhaps a place for her after all, she is ready to fight to be a part of it.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

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

The author gives us a portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. 

Technology Programs

Tech Help Tuesdays

Tuesdays, December 7 – February 22, 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 Wednesdays

Wednesdays, January 5 – February 23, 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 via the library website or call 342-1130.



Jan. 5

Tablet and Smartphone Basics

Jan. 12

Computer Basics

Jan. 19

Using the Internet

Jan. 26

E-Mail Basics

Feb. 2

Getting Free E-Books & Movies

Feb. 9

Streaming Television

Feb. 16

Video Calling and Messages

Feb. 23

Facebook and Social Media

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