All Materials are now FINE FREE!!!

Burlington Public Library no longer charges Overdue Fines fo 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!

All Ages Programs

Twisted Stitchers Knitting (and all fiber arts) Club

Thursdays, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Grades 4 through Adult

Never knit a stitch? Picking up an old hobby after years, or totally obsessed with everything fiber arts? Join us Thursdays! All ages and abilities are welcome. We’ll learn from and teach each other as we create and stitch together community. The library will provide a limited number of knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn. You’re also welcome to bring your own to begin or bring your own projects already in progress.

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Saturday, Jun. 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

All Ages

World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Knitting is such a solitary act that it’s easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors could spend all their lives never knowing that the other knits.  This is a specific day to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in tow) just for you and people like you. Consider this a spark, to ignite a fire; getting all of the closeted knitters out into fresh air.

Children’s Programs

Get Moving! Music Program-Morning Session
Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
Join us for a morning of music, dancing and movement! Guaranteed to get your toddler or preschooler moving and a smile on their face.

Storytime with Miss Emily

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.

Storytime is so much more than books! Come Talk, Sing, Play, Write, and Read with us as we grow into great readers! 

Seniors Storytime Special Event

4th Tuesday of the Month, 

Jun. 27, Jul. 25 & Aug. 22, 9:30 a.m.

Children and Seniors

This intergenerational storytime is designed to bring the community together in new ways! Whether you are a grandparent and want an excuse to bring your grandchildren to storytime, a storytime parent who wants to get the kids’ grandparents out of the house, or if you are a caregiver to a senior who is missing playing with children, this program is specially designed for you. Seniors will get to help sing songs and do crafts with the children. Kids will get to meet new people and learn from the wisdom of our community elders as they chat together over a shared art project. This storytime is also specifically open to adults with dementia with a caregiver. Registration requested.


Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.

Ages 2-5

Get creative exploring art through open-ended activities with a variety of materials! Each session will focus on exploring new materials and sensations, building fine motor skills, and on  the process of creation rather than the result. Children who put everything in their mouths will need increased supervision so as not to eat the art materials! Dress for mess!

Read to a Therapy Dog

Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ages 4-17

Is reading stressful for your child? Is it hard to get them to sit still for a book? Does your child need to build confidence with reading? These are all great reasons to sign up to read with one of our amazing therapy dogs! Dogs don’t judge your reading ability! They love getting pets while being read to. Make reading fun and rewarding for you kid by letting them practice with one of the phenomenal licensed therapy dogs that will be visiting us this summer. Registration required. 

Get Moving! Music Program-Afternoon Session
Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a morning of music, dancing and movement! Guaranteed to get your toddler or preschooler moving and a smile on their face.

Ready for School
Fridays, 9:00 a.m.
Ages 3 and 4
Have a 3 or 4-year-old starting preschool or kindergarten in the fall? Join former 4k teacher Ms. Bree for a ready for school class where we will practice the basic skills needed to start school! Class will be about an hour long and will include circle time, a read aloud, music, art and playtime at the end to practice those super important social skills! Children MUST be at least 3 years old to attend, and registration is required.  Have younger children also? No problem! Bring them to our children’s area to hang out during class, parents are not required to stay in the room during class (but they must stay in the library).

Juneteenth Freedom Day!

Sunday, Jun. 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Echo Lake Park

Family Event

The Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism (BCDR) will host its 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration to celebrate the day the last Americans were set free from slavery! While you enjoy the food, children’s activities, schedule of performances, speakers, special guests, don’t forget to stop by the library booth to contribute to our community freedom quilt! We’ll have quilt squares for community members of all ages to decorate with paint, markers, and more. This summer, we’ll quilt them all together and display our community’s commitment to freedom and equity in the library!
Friends are Family Festival

Friday, Jun. 23 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Wehmhoff Square Park Gazebo

(Rain location: Library)

Found Family Event

This celebration of all types of family will have picnic food, cheesy games, team hats, and a piňata! All families look different! If yours doesn’t fit the traditional mold, come out and celebrate with us! Your best friend might be your child’s Auntie, your work mom might be their G.G, and their coach could be their Pops. The point is that you found each other and love each other like family. Now let’s party like family! 

Summer Reading Program

Youth 0-18

We’re excited to introduce a new way of approaching our Summer Reading Program for kids. Does your child think of reading as homework or something they only do over the summer for a cheap plastic prize? Studies show that this external motivation actually stunts reading growth, even for great readers! We want to flip that script. We are designing programming that will help families make reading an integral and fun part of their daily lives. This is the kind of internal motivation that grows lifelong readers and engaged, curious kids! Every Monday night we’ll have a different event that will help make reading fun, get your children talking about reading, and give them ownership of their library. Can’t make it Monday night? No worries! The activities will be available throughout the week whenever you drop by. 

Summer Reading: Family Literacy Dinner 

Monday, Jun. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Family Event

Kick off Summer Reading with a FREE spaghetti dinner catered by Napoli’s! Bring the whole family and enjoy food, stories, and talk about books. Your youth librarian will speak briefly about the best strategies for growing lifelong readers while you eat your fill. Then create your own learning goals for this summer and decorate a reading log of your own design! 

Summer Reading: Cozy Reading Nooks

Monday, Jun. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Family Event

Could you read them in a nook?

Could you read them by a brook?

Could you read them here or there?

I bet you could read them anywhere!

Where do you read your books? Come to the library and create a cozy reading nook somewhere in the library. Will you make a blanket fort between the shelves? Under a table? Snuggle up on a couch with a drink and a stack of books? Or will you head outside under a tree? At home with the dog? Create the coziest, comfiest nook and take a picture of you reading in it. Send your photos to or post them on social media and tag us!

Summer Reading: Be an Illustrator with Jerry Moffitt from Do Art Productions!

Monday, Jul. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Family Event

Join Jerry Moffitt from Do Art Productions comics team to learn all about illustrating books. He’ll talk about his creative process, how he approaches a book, and what comic publishing looks like behind the scenes. Then you’ll get to pick your favorite book in the library and create a new cover for it! We’ll attach that cover and keep it on the book for the whole summer! If you register ahead, we’ll have your book ready and waiting for you!

Summer Reading: Be an Author with Ana Michelle

Monday, Jul. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Family Event

Join Ana Michelle, published author of Long Live the King, to learn all about illustrating books. She’ll talk about her writing process, how she approaches creating characters, and how to get published. Then create your own, magnificent book, fill it with your thoughts, stories, and illustrations. You can take it home, or leave it in our “My Books” library for others to read! 

Summer Reading: Kindness Bookmarks

Monday, Jun. 26, 6:30 p.m.

Family Event

Everyone needs a little more kindness. Did you know reading is one of the most effective ways of promoting empathy? Make it even better by creating kindness bookmarks and hiding them in books here at the library, at home, in Little Free Libraries around town, and at the new Burlington Library Outposts at local businesses including Kravings, Archives, The Coffee House on Chestnut and Pine, and Low Daily! Kindness rocks just got booked!

Summer Reading: Buddy Reading

Monday, Jul. 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jul. 25 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jul. 26 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Friday, Jul. 28 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Family Event

Reading is better together. This week we’ll have extra therapy dogs to read to. Who else can you read to? A favorite stuffed animal? A younger sibling? A grandparent, neighbor, or friend? Come to the library to read with a therapy dog this week and take a picture of you reading with a buddy. Send them to or post them on social media and tag us!

Summer Reading: Book Hunt

Monday, Jul. 31, 6:30 p.m.

Family Event

How well do you know your library? Clues hidden throughout the library will lead you to a secret prize! Come Monday night to hunt in teams, or throughout the week to search on your own. 

Year Round Readers Festival!

Monday, Aug. 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Family Event

Because reading doesn’t end when Summer does, we will have a Year Round Readers Festival! There will be karaoke, a food truck, popcorn, carnival games, community booths, and more. The whole City will turn out to show just how important reading and learning is to our community! Eat, play games, win prizes, sing, dance, and….create your reading and learning goals for the fall! Thank you to our sponsors: United Way of Racine County and the Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism.

Teen/Tween Programs

Carnival Escape Room

Monday Jun 27, 2023 2:30pm-4:30pm

The carnival is coming! In this carnival themed escape room, attendees will need to figure out the password to get out of the carnival.  This is set to be a half hour long, and meant for a group of no more than 5.  Tweens can pre-register as a group, or sign up at the door.

Budding Book Club

Tuesdays, Jun. 20, Jul. 18, Aug. 22, 3:30 p.m. 

Grades 4-7

This new book club will be hosted monthly throughout the summer. Each month, kids can choose one of two or three books to read. While the books are all different, they have themes in common for us to discuss. There will be spoilers for the book you didn’t read during our discussion! Books will be available at the reference desk for checkout starting 30 days before the meeting. This club is intended for kids going into grades 4-7.

Middle Grade Mission

Tuesdays, Jul. 11, Jul. 25, & Aug. 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Grades 4-8

Bored of sitting at home all day in front of a screen? Need a challenge to get your juices flowing and let out a little energy? Come join us for a mix of minute-to-win-it, teambuilding, and problem solving games. This program is best for kids going into grades 4-8 and will be held outdoors, weather permitting. 

Middle Grade Madness

Tuesdays, Jul. 11, Jul. 25, Aug. 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Grades 4-8

Bored of sitting at home all day in front of a screen? Need a challenge to get your juices flowing and let out a little energy? Come join us for a mix of minute-to-win-it, teambuilding, and problem solving games. This program is best for kids going into grades 4-8 and will be held outdoors, weather permitting.

Reiki Healing Workshop

Thursdays, Jun. 1, Jul. 6, & Aug 3, 6:00 p.m.

Joy presents this non-invasive technique which releases congestion from energy centers to allow the energy to flow more freely throughout the entire body.  Please register with the library as this class is limited to 12.  

Adult Brunch and Learning Opportunity

Wednesday, Jun. 7, 11:00 a.m.

Please join George Barry as he explains the subtle art of not giving into anxiety and finding happiness while enjoying a light brunch.  Registration is available to guarantee your spot.  

A Night With Atticus Finch

Wednesday, Jun. 7, 6:00 p.m.

Join James McClure as he reenacts the courtroom scene of To Kill A Mockingbird.  Be ready for Trivia and fun times!  Registration is available to guarantee your spot.

Bingo for Adults

Wednesdays, Jun. 14, Jul. 12, & Aug. 9, 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun afternoon of Bingo!  Come on out and see if you win!

Meditation with Joan

Wednesdays, Jun. 14, 21, & 28, 6:30 p.m.

Focus and clear your mind during this 1 hour session with Joan.  Registration is available to guarantee your spot.

Underground Railroad Walking Tour To Honor Juneteenth

Saturday, Jun. 17, 10:00 a.m.

Join Dan Meddaugh as he shares the history of Burlington’s abolitionists that supported the Underground Railroad and led people from slavery to freedom.  Meet at the library and bring good walking shoes.  Registration is available to guarantee your spot.

Author Kevin Kluesner 

Thursday, Jun. 22, 6:00 p.m.

Join Kevin as he presents his latest book, The Killer Speech.  Registration is available to guarantee your spot.

Bingo in the Gazebo

Friday, Jul. 21, 2:00 p.m.

Take a break from the book sale and come on out to play some bingo.  

Square Dancing and Ice Cream in the Gazebo

Saturday, Jul. 22, 10:30 a.m.

Take a break from the book sale to learn the art of square dancing.  All square dancers receive ice cream!  Registration is available to guarantee your spot.  

Yoga for Chronic Ailments

Thursdays, Jul. 13, 20, & 27, 6:30 p.m.

Join Joan from the comfort of your chair for this gentle yoga session.  Registration is available to guarantee your spot.

Balanced Homebuying

Wednesday, Jul. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Join Kristen LaFranzo from Thrivent as she shares information for anyone in the market for a new home.  Registration is available to guarantee your spot.

College Planning 101

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m.

Join Kristen LaFranzo from Thrivent as she helps college age students and their families learn the basics of financial aid and tips to lower the cost of college.  Registration is available to guarantee your spot.

Made Possible by the Racine County Farm Bureau

Honey and Garlic 

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2:00 p.m.

Join Chris and Nancy Roth from Roth Ranch LLC as they talk about beekeeping, growing garlic and cooking with honey and garlic.  Come and sample different varieties of honey and see what you like best.  Registration is available to guarantee your spot.

Tai Chi

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 6:00 p.m.

Join Ron Pfeiffer as he shows you the basics of Tai Chi.  Registration is available to guarantee your spot.

Movie Monday

Every Monday, 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.

Diamond Painting

Every Monday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Unleash your creativity with diamond painting!  Select a painting from a range of styles, match the diamonds to the symbols, and use the pen to stick them on.  Each painting takes multiple sessions to complete.  Remember to seal the plastic layer after each session to safeguard your work.  Admire your stunning and one-of-a-kind masterpiece!  

Writer’s Group

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. (Large group writing exercises, critiques, and pop in guest presenters.)

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. (Independent work days)

This is a group of writers who share constructive criticism, advice, and support each other no matter where they are in their creative writing process.  

Tech Help Tuesday

Every Tuesday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Having trouble with your tablet or smartphone? 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-served basis.

Walking Group

Every Thursday, 9:00 a.m.

Meet Ms. Jen for an hour walk around Burlington every Thursday, weather permitting. We will meet in the library parking lot.

Afternoon Book Club 

Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. 

Jun. 8: Burn Boston Burn by Wayne M. Miller

Jul. 13: Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

Aug. 10: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Evening Book Club 

Mondays, 7:00 p.m.

Jun. 26: Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

Jul.:  No Meeting

Aug. 28:  Great Circle: A Novel by Maggie Shipstead

Summer Embroidery Project

Tuesday, Jun. 27, 6:30PM

We will be doing a mini embroidery project using some of the basic embroidery stitches, paint markers, and your imagination.  This program is intended for adults.  All materials will be provided.  Registration is required.

2023 Seed Library

It’s FREE!  Take the seeds home, plant and watch them grow.  Pay it forward and return seeds to the library for next year’s stock.  A special thank you to the Burlington Area Garden Club for donating this year’s seeds.  

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