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!

Adult Summer Reading Program

Monday, June 10 through July 27

Time to pour a glass of iced tea and start your reading for the summer. Our theme this year is “A Universe of Stories.” See how many you can enjoy this summer and enter your results in our weekly drawing. Sign up at the Reference Desk for games, terrific reading, weekly prizes and a grand prize to be awarded in early August.

Ongoing Programs

Memory Café

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

Friday, August 2, 11:00 a.m – Aram Public Library, Delavan

Friday, September 6, 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.

Recurring Events

Tech Class Thursdays

Thursdays, June 20 – August 8, 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 burlingtonlibrary.org/class or call 342-1130.

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
Date Topic
June 20 Converting Document Formats
June 27 Google Drive
July 11 Computer Basics
July 18 Computer Basics
July 25 Internet Fundamentals
August 1 Tablet & Smartphone Basics
August 8 Cutting the Cable TV Cord

Oscar Movie Mondays

Mondays, June 3 – August 26, 1:00 p.m.

Join us every Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. OR 3:30 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, 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, July 3, August 3 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.

Monthly Gardening Classes with Jennifer Yaris

April: Garden Timing…What to Plant When

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, July 13, August 10 and September 7 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.

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.

Afternoon Book Club

No Book Club for July

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Thursday, August 8, 1:00 p.m.

Following a biological apocalypse in which the natural world is transformed, a young pregnant woman is pursued by the religious government interested in ensuring that her “normal” baby is safely delivered for the government’s own purposes. Raising deep spiritual questions, the novel explores the plight of women in an unkind universe.

Evening Book Club

No Book Club in July

Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin

Monday, August 26, 7:00 p.m.

Griffin explores the history of the Federal Reserve and its effects on the financial health of the country. This controversial book contends that the American government and the banking community have used the Reserve to deceive Americans and influence the global economy. For a list of all Book Clubs titles for 2019, visit the Book Clubs page.

Summer Programs

Introduction to Essential Oils Make and Take Class

Saturday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Presented by Jennifer Vavroch, doTERRA Wellness Advocate since 2015

July Class:  Sleep and Stress Support Make and Take

Do you or someone you know suffer from lack of sleep? Worry? Stress? Anxiousness? Then this class is for you (or them)! In this class we will discuss the basics of essential oils and which oils combinations to use to help with sleep and stress.

Make and take choices are Sleep Better, Blissfully Calm, Worry-free Sleep, Bye Bye Anxiousness, Stress & Hormones.

You can pick one Essentials roller bottle of your choice to take home.

Please register with our staff at 262-342-1130.

An Adult Class to Delight your Mind

Fridays, July 12, August 9, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 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.  

Trek Moments

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 p.m.

Mark Hertzberg

Mark Hertzberg’s “Trek Moments” pays homage to his Trek bicycles and to Kodak’s famous “Kodak Moments” advertising campaign. Hertzberg, an avid year-round bicyclist, worked as a photojournalist for the Racine Journal Times for 33 years. He was never without a camera when he rode an hour a day before work. His presentation shows us how he viewed Racine from two wheels, seeing things he would have missed driving his car and that he never would have seen sitting at his desk as the newspaper’s Director of Photography. While many of the photos are human interest feature photos, there is a mix of gripping news photos as well. Hertzberg left his heavy work cameras at home after he retired in 2012, but he continues to look for off-beat Trek Moments with his iPhone.

String Art

Friday, July 26, 2:00 p.m.

Don’t miss out on this out of this world String Art Class!  Learn how to create a beautiful, personalized wall hanging by hammering nails into a wooden plaque and threading string through and around each nail to make a colorful outline.  Each participant will leave class with a finished moon design made with string and nails. Space is limited. Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Wisconsin’s Most Haunted Locations – The Scariest Places in WI

Presenter Chad Lewis

Thursday, August 1, 6:00 p.m.

Chad has been featured on many television programs and has authored over 20 books.  This presentation takes the audience on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in the state.  It covers the entire state, from wandering ghosts in the North Woods, to a haunted B&B in Milwaukee. Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.  

Personality Test

Thursday, August 8, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Let our reference librarian assist you in taking a free computerized test to find out your strengths and weaknesses.  It takes less than 12 minutes. You may be surprised to see what you find out about yourself. Please sign up with our staff at 262-342-1130.

Wild Edibles

Thursday, August  22, 10:00 a.m.

Join Dianne Robinson from the DNR for learning the basics of searching for and harvesting wild edibles.  We will be meeting at Wadewitz Nature Camp, 2701-2729 Buena Park Rd, Waterford, WI 53185.  Please register with our staff at 262-342-1130.  

It’s Not What I Do, It’s Who I Am: Firefighter/Paramedic

Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 p.m.

David Siegel

The work of firefighters and paramedics often involves witnessing and enduring human tragedy, as well as triumphing over challenges and calamity. Firefighters are part of a team that becomes like family, bonded by intense experiences and a collective purpose. This presentation will provide audiences with a firsthand account of what it is like to make a living and life as a career firefighter/paramedic. David Siegel, a firefighter with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, will share his own story about how he chose this career and invite the audience to take part in a conversation about the ways our jobs may provide us with a sense of self-worth, meaning, and personal identity.