Programs

Summer Programs

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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!

Adult Services Activities

All programs require registration. Please register online through our website BurlingtonLibrary.org or call the library at 262-342-1130.

Afternoon Book Club

Love Thy Neighbor by Ayaz Virji

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Thursday, August 12, 1:00 p.m. Meeting will be in Wehmhoff-Jucker Pavilion

A young black slave is taken under wing by the eccentric brother of the child’s owner. The two set off on an adventuresome journey where Washington is introduced to a world of wonder he would never have known in his past existence. All is fine until someone is killed and the two are torn in different directions.

Evening Book Club

 The Splendid and the Vile by Eric Larson

Monday, August 23, 7:00 p.m. Virtual

Winston Churchill steps into the office of prime minister on the day Hilter invades Europe. Larson chronicles the efforts made by Churchill to convince Roosevelt to enter the war and to teach the British citizens “the art of being fearless.”

Second Tuesday of the month through September, 1:00

Wehmhoff-Jucker Pavilion

Enjoy the theater? Join us for this opportunity to read or listen to a script read-through. Members of the Malthouse Theater group will provide scripts for anyone who cares to actively take on a role or you can just sit back and enjoy the stories.

Movie Mondays

Mondays, September 13 – November 29, 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. Space is limited to 20 people.

Resume Writing 101

Do you need help with resume writing? Please join us on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Registration required.

Yoga in the Basement with Instructor Meghan Neu

Wednesdays in September, October, and November, 6:00 pm

Please bring a yoga mat. Beginners Welcome!  Registration required.

Color Time!

Every other Wednesday starting September 1st through November, 1:00 pm

First floor conference room

Color in your own greeting cards/postcards. Cards and colored pencils provided. Join us for an hour of relaxing fun! Adults are welcome to pair up with a friend or a family member that is over 12 years old. Cards are yours when completed. Space is limited. Registration required.

Grief Support with Beverly McCumber

First Thursday of the Month, 1:00 pm

Grief counselor Beverly Macomber leads a frank, direct conversation on grieving. You are welcome to share your thoughts, experiences, what you have found helpful as well as what has been more hurtful. This safe environment offers the opportunity for you to gain support and encouragement by listening to the experiences of others and sharing to whatever extent you are comfortable with your own journey through grief, into healing. For login information, please register at burlingtonlibrary.org or call Barb at 262-342-1130.

Memory Café

Second Wednesday of the Month, 1:00 p.m.

Memory Café is a wonderfully welcoming place for individuals with Alzheimer’s, any type of dementia or other brain disorders. Additionally, it is helpful for people with all forms of mild cognitive impairment. Burlington Public Library will be teaming up with ADRC and other area libraries with monthly Memory Café sessions that include programming for individuals in the early stages of dementia. Participants will attend the meeting with their caregivers and will explore varied presentations and experiences each month. Join us for this unique opportunity for support and socializing. For location information, please call Barb at 262-342-1130

Gardening with Master Gardener Tina Denning

Second Wednesday of the Month, 6:00 p.m.

Each month Tina will arrange for speakers on different topics related to gardening. Bring your green thumb! 

Diamond Painting

Join Burlington Library for diamond painting!

Every Monday starting September 6th until completed, 4:00 pm. Registration required.  Limit to only 10! Held in large conference room on the first floor

Much like paint-by-numbers where it breaks images down into patterns. Small, glossy tiles are then applied to canvas to make the pattern. … One side of the tile is flat which is stuck onto the canvas whilst the other is 5D, giving the design a sparkling finish.

Adults may pair up with a friend or family member that is over 12 yrs old if they wish. Sessions are 1-2 hours long. Your painting will be safely stored at the library and yours to take home when completed.  

Zentangle: Relaxing pen art that is a fun way to create for non-artists and artists alike

Every Monday, September 6th 6pm-7:00pm. Registration requested. 

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.

Art with Carl and Mary Anders

Saturdays: September 18, 25; October 16, 23; November 13, 20; and December 11, 1:00 pm

Artists Carl and Mary will provide step-by-step guided lessons for creating a variety of art projects using a wide range of materials and techniques. These classes are designed for artists age 15 and above at all experience levels…all you need is the desire to create! Registration Required

Readers’ Theater

Sue Deans of the Malthouse Theater Group

Second Tuesday of each month, 1:00 p.m.

Meeting in Wehmhoff-Jucker Park in September and October

Meeting at the Library in November and December

Enjoy the theater? Join us for this opportunity to read or listen to a script read-through. Members of the Malthouse Theater group will provide scripts for anyone who cares to actively take on a role or you can just sit back and enjoy the stories. 

Veterans 101

Aurora Health at Home

Tuesday, October 26, 1:00 pm

How can volunteer veterans help other veterans who are on hospice?   Veterans “speak” the same language and often relate better than to other volunteers.  Be involved in Honoring a fellow veteran with an appreciation certificate and visit or a formal Pinning Ceremony ( no uniform required).  

Listen to the Wolves 

Steve Aavang

Wednesday, September 29, 6:00 pm

After his float plane is knocked out of the air and all of his belongings are ruined, a professor must walk out of the wilderness of northern Canada with only the items on his back. He must rely on the advice the Inuits gave him and “Listen to the Wolves” in order to survive.

The Actor and the Assassin: Edwin and John Wilkes Booth

Catherine Polovina

Saturday, October 2, 1:00 pm 

We have all heard how the U.S. Civil War pitted brother against brother—and the observation was never more apt than in the dramatic clash between the renowned actor Edwin Booth and his fanatical brother John Wilkes Booth, neither of whom actually served in the war. Join us this month to learn the story of how familial pride and sibling rivalry brought stage triumph to one and historical infamy to the other.

Pumpkin Painting Contest – PRIZES!

October 9th 1:00 pm

All ages welcome!

0-6yr group, 7-12yr old, 13-18yr old, 19+

Our very own Jen Puccini and 2 other guest judges will award prizes to the lucky winners! Join the Burlington Library for fun with pumpkin painting. Pumpkins and paints supplied and you can keep your pumpkin after the contest is done! Registration requested so we know how many pumpkins to get. 

Victorian Mourning Traditions

October 10th 2pm-3pm

Why do we wear black? Why do we have funerals? Did people really take care of the dead at home? Bring your questions as to how we handled death in the past and learn about some of our traditions regarding death.

Home Improvement Contracts under Wisconsin Law

Jeffrey Kersten, Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection

Wednesday, October 13, 6:00 pm

The Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection will present information on Home improvement practices and contracts under Wisconsin law.  Wisconsin residents sign home improvement contracts everyday to make improvements to their homes and property. It is important to understand the consumer protection laws that are in place to protect you before you enter into this type of contract. As part of the presentation, you will learn about tips on hiring a contractor, contractor requirements, and required contract provisions.  Home improvement resources will be available to all attendees. 

Women Who Dared

Jessica Michna

October 20, 6:00 pm

Cristabel and Emmeline Pankhurst, Susan B. Anthony, Emma Davisson, Elisabeth Cady Stanton; some names you may recognize, others you may not. In this program Jessica Michna appears as …HERSELF! You will learn of these and other women (and men) who championed the cause of women’s suffrage in this country and overseas in the late 19th and early 20th century. You will learn of the protests, jailing, victories and defeats culminating with the signature of President Woodrow Wilson that would forever give women the right to vote.

Gravestone Iconography

Guest speaker: Melinda Mitchell from Madam Cora’s Emporium

October 24, 2pm-3pm

Come and hear a talk about the symbols on gravestones. Did you know that they tell a story? Want to learn how to ‘read’ them? Join us for this one hour talk! Registration required. 

Power, Femininity and the Story of Wonder Woman

Catherine Polovina

Saturday, November 6, 1:00 pm 

The brainchild of Harvard-educated psychologist William Moulton Marston, superheroine Wonder Woman emerged just in time to help defeat the Axis in WWII. A role model for the kind of “woman who should rule the world,” according to her creator, Wonder Woman exhibited an early feminist ideal of independence and strength, while embodying the gentler qualities he believed needed to be honored to achieve world peace. We will uncover the surprising real-life models for the character and the secret life of its remarkable creator.

Inquiries Into Murder: Adult Edition

Second Tuesday of the Month at 6:00 pm

Do you love solving mysteries?  Well, we will be hosting a mystery every month so that you can figure out who did it.  Case files will be available for pick up two weeks before the program night so that you may start your investigations.  There will be three objectives that will need to be solved for each case, and one hour to solve them with your team.   Meetings are on August 10th, September 14th,  October 12th, and November 9th.  Registration is required so that you can get your clue packet.

Afternoon Book Club

Beneath the Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan

Thursday, September 9, 1:00 pm 

An Italian teenager is drawn into war when his home is destroyed by Allied bombs. He enlists in the German army in an effort to avoid combat and ends up as Hitler’s driver. He uses his position to spy for the Allies in this true story about a forgotten hero.

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Thursday, October 14, 1:00 pm 

When an aging woman wanders away in a subway station in Seoul, the family comes together and secrets about various members emerge, including some that make them wonder how well they really know their mom. This book was purchased courtesy of a grant from UW Madison’s East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

Thursday, November 11, 1:00 pm 

Laughter is the medicine that allows the women of the Angry Housewives Eating Bon-bons (AHEB) club to weather the storms of everyday life in this portrait of friendship in the American suburb.. 

Museum of Mortality

November 7th 2pm-3pm

What IS the Museum of Mortality? What secrets does it hold? What would I find there? Why should I visit? What topics does the museum cover? Meet the owner and bring your questions!

Evening Book Club

 When All is Said  by Anne Griffin

Monday, September 27, 7:00 pm 

An elderly Irishman bellies up to the bar and tells the story of his life as he toasts the five people who influenced him the most on his journey.

King of Confidence by Harvey Miles

Monday, October 25, 7:00 pm

Charismatic leader and former Burlington resident James Strang claims the leadership of a Morman sect following the death of Joseph Smith. Strang’s followers move to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan where a settlement is formed that Strang claims as a sovereign nation with himself as the divine king. 

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

Monday, November 22, 7:00 pm 

Based  on a true story, two secretaries for the CIA are given the mission to smuggle the novel Dr. Zivago out of Soviet Russia during the Cold War era. 

Computer Classes

Tech Help Tuesdays

Tuesdays, September 7 – November 30, 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, September 22 – November 14, 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.

Date

Topic

Sept. 22

Tablet and Smartphone Basics

Sept. 29

Computer Basics

Oct. 6

No Class

Oct. 13

Using the Internet

Oct. 20

E-Mail Basics

Oct. 27

Getting Free E-Books & Movies

Nov. 3

Streaming Television

Nov. 10

Facebook

Nov. 17

Google Drive

 

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