Adult Programs

An Evening with Liam Callanan, author of Paris by the Book

Thursday, January 31, 6:30 p.m. Community Room

In conjunction with Boswell Books, the Elm Grove Library proudly welcomes Milwaukee-based author Liam Callanan, celebrating the paperback release of his national bestseller Paris by the Book. 

A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. Here's your chance to meet the author and hear the story of the book lauded by critics as "sublime," and "irresistible." The event is free to attend; no registration required. Copies of Paris by the Book will be for sale, and an author signing will follow the talk.     

Planning Your Disney Vacation

Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Rebecca Mitchell is a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations, and the host of "Rebecca Enchanted," a Disney planning podcast. Her presentation will discuss the different planning stages for putting together your dream Disney vacation, as well as how to get the most for your money when taking a trip to the “happiest place on earth." With plenty of time for Q&A afterwards! Free to attend. No registration required.

World War II Milwaukee

Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Long before Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor, Milwaukee was the "Machine Shop to the World." Thanks to the city's large industrial base, its factories played a vital role in mobilizing the country for war. Even further, locals sacrificed their lives for the cause--Mayor Carl Zeidler went missing at sea, USS Arizona captain Franklin Van Valkenburgh refused to leave the bridge of his burning battleship, and Mildred Harnack joined the Nazi resistance movement and was executed on direct orders from Hitler. Meg Jones, author of World War II Milwaukee, highlights these fascinating stories and more with this free program. No registration required.

Bingo Night @ the Library

Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. Community Room

Grab your lucky charms and join us for an evening of bingo fun at the library. We'll have snacks, refreshments, and prizes! This is a drop-in event, so arrive whenever you can. No advance registration required. For ages 18 and up.

Hearing Screening Day

Monday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Library Study Room

A representative from the Elite Hearing Center of Brookfield will be providing free screenings to evaluate your hearing. Screenings will be done on a walk-in basis, so no appointment is needed. Each hearing screen takes approximately 15 minutes.

Coffee from Farm to Cup

Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Ever wonder the story behind your morning joe? Join us as the folks from Stone Creek Coffee serve up a cup of knowledge. They'll cover the world of coffee: from how beans are selected, processed, and roasted, to differences in plants, regions, and varieties. With plenty of time for Q&A after! 

Stone Creek Coffee is a craft roaster founded in Milwaukee in 1993, focused on cultivating and developing coffees through direct relationships with farmers at origin. It's a program they call "Farm to Cup," and you'll learn all about it with this free program. No registration required. Coffee will be served.

The Fundamentals of Financial Planning

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. O'Neill Room

Learn the basics of finance and the importance of planning ahead. Chase Claussen, a financial advisor with HighTower Advisors in Brookfield, will be on hand for a general seminar covering the basics of financial planning and wealth management. Get your questions answered with this free presentation. No registration required.

Radon In Your Home

Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Radon is a radioactive gas that is naturally occurring, odorless, and is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the in the United States. It can only be detected through testing. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, about 1 in 10 homes in Wisconsin has high radon levels.

Paul Nicholson of Radon Measurement & Elimination Services of WI will be at the library to present an informative program on “Radon in Your Home.” This program will educate people on how radon works, its dangers, testing procedures, and possible responses to elevated levels in your home. Free to attend. No registration required.

Turning 65? Welcome to Medicare

Wednesday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Are you or a loved one turning 65 this year? Confused about your Medicare options and what plan is right for you? Come learn the A, B, C, and D's of Medicare with this free presentation. Get unbiased, objective information without a sales pitch. Presented by Tracy Lipinski, SHIP outreach specialist for Waukesha County and the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources. No registration required.  

The 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

This year marks the 50 year anniversary of one of America's landmark feats. On July 20, 1969, NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first Americans to land on the moon in the Apollo 11 space journey. This was, as Neil Armstrong said, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” as it ended America’s Space Race with its Cold War rival, the Soviet Union. 

Historian Jim Gibbons will discuss the space goal proposed by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and how it was fulfilled for the U.S. eight years later. Discover the journey of how Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, with Aldrin following 20 minutes later. You'll also learn how both men spent almost a full day on the surface of the moon, bringing back many lunar items with them, and how the achievement established an important part of American history. Free to attend. This program will require advance registration. Registration begins March 22.

Carrie Catt, Belle LaFollette, and How the Battle for Women's Suffrage was Won

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Wisconsin ratifying the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. Dr. Bob Kann, an author and professor, brings the story of this monumental achievement to the Elm Grove Library.

From 1915-1920, Ripon, WI born Carrie Catt led two million women in the National American Woman Suffrage Association to successfully lobby for passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. An organizational genius and brilliant political tactician, her leadership was one of the most important factors in the victorious campaign for woman suffrage.

Summit, WI native Belle La Follette was a leading suffragette who wrote a pioneering column in La Follette’s Weekly advocating for women’s rights and suffrage, testified before the US Senate Committee on Woman’s Suffrage, and spoke throughout the country for women’s suffrage, including speeches for 64 consecutive days to advance the cause.

Hear tales of Catt, La Follette, and other amazing stories of the courage, perseverance, and political savvy which enabled three generations of women to successfully agitate to win the vote with this free program. No registration required.  

Hearing Screening Day

Monday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Library Study Room

A representative from the Elite Hearing Center of Brookfield will be providing free screenings to evaluate your hearing. Screenings will be done on a walk-in basis, so no appointment is needed. Each hearing screen takes approximately 15 minutes.