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Ongoing Programs


Special Summer Event for Teens & Adults:

Cosplay How-To Sessions

Mondays, June 4 – September 10, 6:30 p.m. (see noted dates)

Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.

June 4 – Cosplay Planning 101

June 18 – Modifying Thrifts and Everyday Items

July 9 – Makeup

July 16 – Wigs

July 30 – Sewing Patterns

August 13 – Sewing Troubleshooting

August 20 – Props & Accessories

September 10 – Photography Etiquette

Oscar Movie Mondays

Mondays, June 4 – July 2, 1:00 p.m.

Join us every Monday afternoon at 1pm for a free screening of an Oscar winner or nominee from 2018. 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.

June 4 – Darkest Hour

June 11 – The Post

June 18 – Victoria & Abdul

June 25 – Shape of Water

July 2 – Marshall

Introduction to Calligraphy

Saturday, July 9 and August 4  10:00 a.m. – 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.  Feel free to bring your own materials.   Please sign up with our reference staff.

Adult Summer Reading Program

Libraries Rock!

Who is ready to have some fun, explore new interests AND be eligible for prizes? If that sounds like your cup of (iced) tea, join in the Adult Summer Reading Program at the Burlington Public library. Why let the kids have all the fun? Show them how much you enjoy sitting with a book—it’s a great opportunity for positive role modeling. You can try new literary genres, sit back with your favorites or use your computer skills to complete easy quizzes for an opportunity to win one of two grand prizes. Joining is easy and for each book you read you will receive an entry slip for both the weekly drawing and the drawing for a grand prize. We look forward to seeing you at the reference desk for registration! Sign-up begins June 11. See you there!

Cross Stitch Gathering

June 16, July 14, and August 11 at 10:00 a.m.

We will be meeting monthly to spend time working on cross stitch projects. If you are interested in learning to cross stitch or would just like to spend time stitching and visiting, please join us.

Using Herbal Medicines to Maintain and Regain Health for Women

Presented by Maureen McNalty and Kimberly McGuinnes-Rook

June 20, 6:30 pm

Over the course of millennia, plants have provided us with the phytochemicals and nutrients which our genes readily recognize and utilize in order to maintain our health and overcome disease. Pressures from prescription drug manufacturers have led us to believe synthetic drugs will help us; though potent these medications may have serious adverse effects on the body.  Instead of resorting to a drug to treat symptoms or address a condition, phytomedicines may truly help the body heal.  Kimberly McGuinness-Rook, Licensed Midwife, will discuss the uses of herbs during childbearing years.  Maureen McNulty, Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Herbalist, will talk about herbal formulas for premenopausal and postmenopausal women.  Please join us for this informative talk about how herbs are effectively used.

The Lost Battalion

Presented by Robert Laplander

Tuesday, July 17, 2:00 p.m.

Historian, acclaimed authority, and local author Robert Laplander will walk us through the story of one of the most famous events of World War I, what has become known as the Lost Battalion, as we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Great War. Painstakingly researched material will both entertain and inform participants.

Human Trafficking in Wisconsin

Presented by Rachel Monaco-Wilcox

Wednesday, July 25, 6:00 p.m.

Cases of human trafficking have been identified in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. Yet most people doubt this, thinking “that can’t be happening here!” If we are in a state of denial, who is helping survivors? Who is working on policies? Who is educating young people about risks? In this talk, Rachel will address the myths and misconceptions around sex trafficking in Wisconsin, illuminate the situation in Wisconsin, and explain what led her to start the LOTUS (Legal Options for Trafficked and Underserved Survivors) legal clinic in 2013.   No registration is necessary.

Finding the Shot:  A Photographer’s Life in Pictures

Presented by Gary Porter

Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 p.m.

Gary Porter is an award-winning photojournalist named Wisconsin News Photographer of Year six times. After working at the Janesville Gazette for eight years, in 1984 he joined the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his work on a story called ‘One in a Billion, the story of DNA sequencing of a very sick little boy, Nicholas Volker.  Please join us to learn from a master on his craft.  No registration is necessary.


Saturday, August 18, 10:00 a.m.

This family event will introduce you to the fun of geocaching. Using technology to locate global coordinates that lead to items that have been hidden throughout the city, geocaching provides both the excitement of the hunt and the joy of discovery. We will spend a short time explaining the basics of geocaching and the use of a compass. Then we will provide a list of coordinates for you and your family to locate in the downtown area. Finally, you will discover a special cache that we will have hidden for this adventure. Please register at the Reference desk.

Advanced Care Planning

Wednesday, August 22, 6:30 p.m.

We are all encouraged to have conversations with loved ones about our goals, values and preferences for future health care needs. And, the best time to do this is before a medical crisis occurs. An advance care plan provides information about your wishes to your family and health care providers in case illness or injury prevents you from telling them yourself. This planning process helps clarify what others need to know if you become unable to make health care decisions for yourself. When you put these wishes in writing, it is called Power of Attorney for Health Care. At this free seminar, you will learn more about advance care planning and how to complete a Power of Attorney for Health Care. Individuals seeking to update their Power of Attorney for Health Care are also welcome to attend.

Afternoon Book Club


No Meeting

A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor

Thursday, August 9 @ 1:00 p.m.

A twenty-year-old young woman leaves the comfort of her known environment for the uncertainty of London where she is hired as a housemother in a home for orphaned and crippled children. She finds a diary that tells of two sisters who were separated and she decides to search for the surviving one, Rosie. This search leads to surprising discoveries about both the fate of the sister and the heart of the young woman herself.

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

Evening Book Club


Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Monday, June 25 @ 7:00 p.m.

The author explores the stories of tenants and landlords in the poorest areas of Milwaukee during 2008 and 2009. Using stories and data, Desmond shows how eviction affects individuals, families and communities, undermining the very fabric of society.


No Meeting

Nutshell  by Ian McEwan

Monday August 27 @ 7:00 p.m.

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home—a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse—but John’s not there. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot–the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master storytellers.

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

 Tech Help Tuesdays

Tuesdays, May 1 – August 28, 2018, 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.