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Lincoln as Storyteller
Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

President Abraham Lincoln visits Elm Grove to share about our nation’s history and his own personal history by way of his favorite stories, anecdotes, and jokes. Mr. Lincoln sometimes told these simply to entertain, and sometimes to illustrate a point, relieve tension, or distract from the hard realities of life, especially in the midst of the Civil War.

Mr. Lincoln speaks to those common and everyday human experiences which his audience can readily relate to, including family relations and friendships, occupations and past-times, fears and dreams, politics and religion, and emotions and personalities.

Mr. Lincoln is portrayed by Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter who bears a remarkable resemblance to “the Great Emancipator” and who is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times. Mr. Wood also writes a blog – “Loath to Close… Still!” – which encourage others to reflect upon and learn from President Lincoln’s life and legacy. For more information, visit

Registration for this free program will begin June 19.

Wonders of the Sky
Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Wonders of the Sky is a PowerPoint presentation featuring facts about our Cosmos, from the locations of exoplanets orbiting other stars, to a truly astonishing solar-system-within-a-meter way of appreciating the distance to the nearest spiral galaxy (Andromeda). You'll also see some truly unusual video, including Mercury and Venus transiting the Sun, shot-from-space footage of the Moon revolving around the Earth, sunspots, and a comet nicknamed "Icarus."

Video of the total solar eclipse of 1994, recorded at 13,000 feet in Bolivia, serves as an introduction to information about how to view the Great American Eclipse of 2017. The Moon will pass in front of the Sun on August 21, with greatest partiality in Elm Grove (about 80% of the Sun covered by the Moon), occurring at 1:18 p.m.

Presenter Ted Schaar is a writer and amateur astronomer with a lifelong interest in science. He has viewed many celestial wonders, from auroras to the zodiacal light and including lunar and solar eclipses, every planet except Pluto (now termed a dwarf planet), galaxies, globular and open star clusters, and nebulae. Since 2000, he has occasionally set up a telescope at local libraries and welcomed visitors to view objects such as the Sun and sunspots; lunar craters, mountains, and plains; and the planets Jupiter and Saturn.

Free to attend. No registration required.

The Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer in Today's Society
Wednesday, August 2, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Officer Corey Saffold is a law enforcement professional in Madison, known in the community for his volunteerism and work with youth of all ages and backgrounds.

In his talk, Corey will discuss his experiences as a Black policeman in the wake of multiple, highly publicized police killings of unarmed African-Americans, and the paradox of being a Black officer during a time when police are viewed as an enemy and often not trusted, especially among the African-American community. Officer Saffold will offer his strategy for engaging the community at large around these issues that have also affected him personally. Corey will relay his personal experiences with law enforcement and how these experiences have helped to shape his approach to upholding the law throughout the city.

Free to attend. No registration required. This ShopTalk event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the Working Lives Project.

Milwaukee Frozen Custard
Tuesday, August 8, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

While you can get frozen custard just about anywhere, only one city stands as the "Frozen Custard Capital of the World." Ice cream rival, year-round guilty pleasure, and maker of memories, frozen custard is an indelible ingredient in Milwaukee’s identity.

Celebrate National Frozen Custard Day in style at the library, as authors Bobby Tanzilo and Kathleen McCann dish the full scoop on the delicacy's legacy in the Cream City and beyond. Bobby and Kathleen are the authors of Milwaukee Frozen Custard, which explores the rich (and creamy) history of the dairy state’s favorite frosty treat with a survey of its custard stands past and present. From Milwaukee’s Big Three to one of the fastest growing companies in the nation, you won’t want to miss this tasty free program.

Maximize Your Medicare Benefits!
Wednesday, September 13, 1:00 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. The program will also include information about Medicare's upcoming annual open enrollment period (October 15-December 7) and an explanation of how to use and understand the plan comparison tool on Medicare's website:

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

My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Join former Wisconsin Governor Martin J. Schreiber as he shares lessons from his more-than 10-year journey as a caregiver for his wife, Elaine, who lives with Alzheimer's disease. Governor Schreiber will candidly describe his challenges and missteps, and highlight how compassion and humor provide comfort to both caregiver and the person with dementia. His raw honesty and practical advice will inspire other caregivers to find patience, courage, and love as they climb the Alzheimer's mountain. Copies of his book, My Two Elaines, (with co-author Cathy Breitenbucher) will be available for purchase for $15. Net proceeds will be used to promote Alzheimer’s caregiver support programs. The presentation is free to attend. Registration for this event will begin on September 1. Space is limited.