Adult Programs

The Future of Milwaukee (Presented by Mike Gousha)

Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Is Milwaukee having its moment? Veteran journalist Mike Gousha looks at the future of the city he loves. Its potential, its challenges, and whether we’re witnessing a historic transformation. This special event is free to attend. Registration begins May 14. Space is limited.

Mike Gousha is a distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School. He is also a political analyst for WISN12 and the host of the weekly show “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” seen Sunday mornings on ABC affiliates statewide.

Mindfulness: The Art and Science of Well-Being

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Inspirational, motivational, and always popular. Philip Chard returns to the library for a thoughtful presentation on mindfulness: how we can tap into it, and how it can improve our lives. Please register in advance by calling 262-782-6717. Registration begins May 29. Space is limited.

Philip Chard is a psychotherapist, writer, trainer and public speaker. He also writes an award winning weekly column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel entitled “Out of My Mind.”

Author event & Book club night, with Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk 

Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m., O'Neill Room

In conjunction with Boswell Books, the Elm Grove Library welcomes Kathleen Rooney for a discussion & reading from her national bestseller, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. The novel, based on the life of 1930s Macy's ad writer and poet Margaret Fishback, is a meandering walk around 1984 New York, as an 85 year-old Lillian meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, and parents, reviewing her life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak. It's a love letter to New York and a portrait of a remarkable woman across a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

And bring your notebook! The evening will also be a book club night, with recommendations from Elm Grove librarians and Boswell booksellers. Books will be available for sale.

Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail (Book Talk and Signing)

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Every year, more than a million people take to the Ice Age Trail. Only an intrepid few hike its entirety. In 36 action-packed days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru-hikers known as the Thousand-Milers. Join us as Melanie presents lively and informative stories of the trail, its history, and tales from her book, Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail. Free to attend.

Mysterious Creatures of Wisconsin - From Bigfoot to Vampires

Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Paranormal researcher and author Chad Lewis showcases on-site investigations of the Bigfoot of the north woods and the lake monster of Lake Pepin, as well as phantom chickens and Hellhounds roaming rural WI. This presentation is filled with witness drawings, eye-witness testimony, weird photos, and bizarre sound clips, bringing the investigations right to the audience. Free to attend. 

About the speaker: For over two decades Chad Lewis has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual. From tracking Vampires in Transylvania and searching for the elusive monster of Loch Ness to trailing the dangerous Tata Duende through remote villages of Belize and searching for ghosts in Ireland's castles, Chad has scoured the earth in search of the paranormal. He's been featured on dozens of television and radio programs, authored more than 20 books on the supernatural, and extensively lectures on his fascinating findings.                     

Itchy Pens: How to Get Started Writing Practically Anything

Thursday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. Court Room

Ever get stuck when you are trying to write? Most of us do. Judy Bridges, founder of Redbird Studio and author of the award winning guide, Shut Up & Write!” offers encouragement and tips you can use to figure out where to begin and say what you want to say. Experienced in fiction, nonfiction, plays and writing for business, Judy makes all forms of writing accessible and fun. Bring a notebook and your favorite pen — you won’t want to miss a word.

Important Note: Please come fragrance free. Judy is seriously allergic to scents in shampoos, body lotions, and perfumes. Registration will begin in August.

What's It Worth? Antique Appraisals and Tips on Downsizing

Tuesday, September 25, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Wondering if that old keepsake has any value? Trying to decide what to keep and not as you prepare to downsize? Certified appraiser and antique dealer Cheri Riehle and downsizing specialist Kathy Schultz are here to help!

This unique event will feature antique valuations by Cheri Riehle (limited to the first 20 registrants), where you’ll “find out what it’s worth” from a CAGA Certified Appraiser. Kathy Schultz from Caring Transitions of Waukesha County will also be on hand with tips on downsizing, or “rightsizing,” including what to keep, what to re-home, and how to de-clutter. This program aims to help families make informed decisions on what to do with their cherished items and reduce the stress of life transition…with the exciting element of antique appraisals!   

NOTE: Anyone is welcome to attend this free event. If you would like to have an antique appraised, you must register your appraisal in advance. One appraisal per person. Only 20 appraisals total will be conducted. Registration for appraisals begins September 10.

Welcome to Medicare

Tuesday, October 16, 1:30 p.m. O'Neill Room

Get ready for the fall open enrollment period, and learn more about your Medicare options. This presentation will provide an overview of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D as well as supplemental insurance and an explanation of how they all fit together. It will also include an explanation of how to use and understand the plan comparison tool on the Medicare website at

Important information will also be shared about special programs for beneficiaries with limited income that may help them pay their Medicare costs (Medicare Savings Plans) and help pay for their Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (“Extra Help”). Presented by Tracy Lipinski, SHIP Outreach Specialist for Waukesha County and the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.