Adult Programs

Les Paul: The Man Who Forever Changed Music

Wednesday, September 18, 1:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

The life and legacy of the "Wizard of Waukesha." Guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor, Wisconsin native Les Paul is one of the most famous names in music history. Discover the amazing journey of an American icon with this free program! Presented by Sue Baker from the Les Paul Foundation.  

An Evening with Michael Perry

Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

The Elm Grove Library welcomes New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host Michael Perry for an evening of humorous and heartfelt stories based on his life in rural Wisconsin. Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population: 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, Visiting Tom, and Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy.

Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then detoured into writing. He also hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an intermittent pig farmer.

This event is free to attend. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration begins September 3.

Turning 65? Welcome to Medicare

Wednesday, October 2, 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. 2020 open enrollment is coming up soon. 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.

Elm Grove Reads (Presented by Friends of the Elm Grove Library)  

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 p.m. Sunset Playhouse (700 Wall St, Elm Grove, WI)

This year's book is The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan. Mr. Egan will be in attendance for a Q&A style discussion of the book.

You live on a Great Lake, but how much do you know about Lake Michigan and Great Lakes water? Dan Egan's readable, compelling story aims to enlighten you, and it's this year's pick for our community read! 

Join us at Sunset Playhouse for this annual event, featuring a Q&A style discussion with author Dan Egan and Jennifer Bolger Breceda, Executive Director of Milwaukee Riverkeeper. Doors open at 6:30, program starts at 7. Sit and discuss the book with your fellow Friends of the Elm Grove Library members, and learn more from the author himself. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. 

Purchase your tickets at the Elm Grove Library. $5/ticket, and no limit on purchases.The library also has plenty of copies of the book available for checkout. We want everyone to read this book! Bring your whole book club!

Author Event: Jennifer Chiaverini and The Christmas Boutique

Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 p.m. Community Room

Twenty years after the publication of The Quilter’s Apprentice, the novel that launched the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini returns with another delightful story of quilting and friendship, a captivating, heartwarming tale sure to become a holiday favorite.

Join us as the Elm Grove Library, along with Boswell Books and Patched Works, welcome Jennifer Chiaverini to celebrate the release The Christmas Boutique. She'll discuss the new book and have Q&A, with a signing to follow. This event is free to attend. Books will be available for sale. Please register for this event in advance, either online, or by calling the library at 262-782-6717.

The Camera in Your Smartphone

Thursday, October 10, 6:30 p.m. Community Room

Learn about the apps, tips, tricks and limitations of iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets for pictures and video. This class will cover your smartphone or tablet’s camera, home and Cloud storage options, and adding pictures to email and messaging. Presented by professional photographer C.T. Kruger. Free to attend. Don't forget to bring your smartphone!

Realistic Optimism: Meeting the Challenges of Change in Trying Times

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. Community Room    

Award-winning columnist and nationally recognized speaker Philip Chard returns to the library for a timely presentation on optimism in difficult times. 

Free to attend. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration begins at the library on October 21.

Christmas Tree Ship

Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

All Aboard! Author Rochelle Pennington presents the true account of Captain Schuenemann and his schooner, considered the most loved story of the Great Lakes over the past century. Filled with courage, generosity, heroism, and the importance of family, it’s a shipwreck story with heart. The presentation includes original photographs, little-known facts, ghost ship sightings, and omens. Artifacts raised from the sunken ship will also be on display, along with underwater photos of the ship in its current state at the bottom of Lake Michigan. Free to attend. No registration required.