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WELLNESS: It isn’t that complicated
Dr. Richard Hansen, MD
Wednesday, January 31 @ 6:30 pm

This 50 minute program focuses on what individuals can do proactively to optimize their health, both physical and emotionally. Strategies to improve physical wellness emphasize exercise, diet, weight control, health screenings and immunizations. Strategies to improve emotional wellness emphasize enhanced self-awareness and self-esteem, strengthening relationships, improving adaptability, finding purpose in life, valuing experiences more than possessions, and practicing gratitude.  The discussion ends with a list of 9 scientifically proven ways to increase your happiness and well-being.

The Wit and Wisdom of MARK TWAIN
Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 pm

Local presenter Tom Gilding as Mark Twain.  This program is free to the public and appropriate for audiences of all ages.  Bring along any questions you might want to ask Mr. Twain and enjoy an evening of literary entertainment!

Big Read 2018: Station Eleven

Big Read Book Distribution @ Burlington Public Library
Begins Monday, January 15, while supplies last

Burlington Public Library will be participating in this year’s Big Read, organized by the UW-Parkside Library.  Burlington Public Library will be giving away FREE copies of Station Eleven beginning on January 15th.

 Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth novel, tells the story of a small band of actors and musicians 20 years after a flu pandemic has wiped out 99% of the Earth’s population. The book highlights the fragility of our existence, our violent nature, and our capacity to survive despite the inevitable hardships of starvation, loneliness, and chaos. But the story Emily St. John Mandel chooses to tell is not one of horror and mayhem that would befall the survivors in the immediate aftermath of a complete societal collapse. Station Eleven describes a world of hope, of people coping with nostalgia and loss, both in the present and the future, of the power of art and relationships to fulfill us, sustain us, and nurture us back to our best selves.

Big Read book discussion
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Tuesday, February 13 @ 6:30pm

Discuss the Big Read book, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, with Library Director Joe Davies.  The novel takes place in the Great Lakes region after a fictional swine flu pandemic, known as the “Georgia Flu,” has devastated the world, killing most of the population. It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2015 and was a National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist.

Haven’t read Station Eleven? You can pick up a free copy at the library (while supplies last) or get on the wait list for one of our circulating copies.

Big Read Author Event at UW-Parkside
Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel
Thursday, February 15 @ 5 pm at UW-Parkside

Kick off the 2018 NEA Big Read in Kenosha with a visit from the author herself! Emily St. John Mandel will sit down with professors Lisa Kornetsky and Jonathan Shailor to discuss themes from the novel. A book signing will follow the interview. Parking is free. Pre-registration required.

Ongoing Programs

Afternoon Book Club

 Thursday, February 8 @ 1:00 pm  Storytime Room
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

A young doctor is diagnosed with stage four cancer at age 36 in this memoir that asks the question, “What makes life worth living.” This book was a finalist in the Pulitzer Prize category of Biography or Autobiography and features a forward by Abraham Verghese.

Thursday, March 8 @ 1:00 pm
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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

Evening Book Club

 Monday, January 22 @ 7:00 pm  Library Meeting Room
 Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

This is a remarkable true story about a man who survived in solitude for twenty-seven years in the Maine woods. During that time he lived in a tent and survived by stealing food and supplies from cottages within walking distance of his campground. During this entire time, he never spoke with another human being, using his wits and fortitude to live life in his own way.

Monday, February 26 @ 7:00 pm  Library Meeting Room
Being Mortal  by Atul Gawande

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.

 Tech Help Tuesdays

Tuesdays, December 5 – February 27, 1 pm – 4 pm

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, January 4 – February 22 @ 2 pm – 3:30 pm

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 Description


Computer Basics Learn some terminology, practice mouse skills, and discuss criteria for purchasing a computer.
1/11/18 Tablet & Smart Phone Basics Learn about the basic care and feeding of app-based devices including iPads, Androids, Kindles, and smartphones.
1/18/18 Internet Basics Learn how to get around on the World Wide Web and how to do searches that find what you’re looking for.
1/25/18 Microsoft Excel Learn how to use this software for getting organized, making budgets, and tracking and analyzing information.
2/1/18 Microsoft Word Learn how to use this common software for writing letters and documents of all kinds.
2/8/18 Microsoft Power Point Learn how to make eye-catching slide presentations that are quick and effective.
2/15/18 Twitter Learn how to use this popular social media tool to stay connected with news and events and share your ideas.
2/22/18 Building a Website Learn the basics of building and maintaining a website using WordPress.

Oscar Movie Mondays

Mondays, January 29 – February 26, 1pm

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 23rd, and the schedule will be set at that time.  For a complete list of scheduled films, visit, or call the library at 342-1130.



 Library Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 PM
Library Meeting Room