Wild Plum Memory Project

The Elm Grove Library is proud to be involved in a partnership of four libraries called the Wild Plum Library Memory Project. It includes Elm Grove, Menomonee Falls, Brookfield, and Germantown. The libraries in this group offer rotating monthly memory cafes and educational programs for those concerned about memory loss. The Wild Plum Library Memory Project received its name because the late production of its fruit associates the wild plum tree with endurance and the vitality of life. 

What Is the Library Memory Project?

The Library Memory Project is a partnership between public libraries in Waukesha, Washington, and Milwaukee Counties with a mission to provide programs to those affected by memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. A main component of the memory project is a monthly social gathering for those with early stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment and a care partner, called a Memory Cafe. The Library Memory Project has three monthly memory cafes, one hosted by the Lake Country Libraries Memory Project, a second by the Four Points Library Memory Project and last, one by the Wild Plum Library Memory Project. Libraries involved in the memory project will also offer educational programs on memory loss and brain health. Our hope is to create a dementia-friendly community.

What is a Memory Cafe?

A Memory Café is a social gathering for those who are experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and a family member or care partner. A Memory Café is a place to have fun, share experiences, and stay socially connected.

Member Libraries

The Wild Plum Memory Project

  • Brookfield Public Library
  • Elm Grove Public Library
  • Germantown Community Library
  • Menomonee Falls Public Library

The Lake Country Libraries Memory Project

  • Delafield Public Library
  • Hartland Public Library 
  • Oconomowoc Public Library
  • Pewaukee Public Library
  • Town Hall Library

The Four Points Library Memory Project

  • Franklin Public Library
  • Hales Corners Public Library
  • Muskego Public Library
  • New Berlin Public Library

Coming Soon

Holiday Tastes and Traditions / Monday, December 17, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Please join us as we get in the holiday spirit by decorating cookies and singing holiday Christmas carols. We will also learn the history of holiday cookies and rank our favorite cookies and desserts.

View a list of all upcoming Memory Cafes

Attending a Memory Cafe

Are you interested in attending? We’d love to see you. First-time attendees should contact the Alzheimer’s Association for more information or to register at 800-272-3900.


In addition to the libraries mentioned above, the Library Memory Project has been made possible with the support of the following organizations: 

  • Bridges Library System
  • Milwaukee County Federated Library System
  • Monarch Library System
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Waukesha County
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Washington County
  • Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
  • The Friends of the Library organizations at all participating libraries

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