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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

No Great Lakes shipwreck is more well-known than the Edmund Fitzgerald, which disappeared into a stormy Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, when wind gusts peaked at nearly 100 miles per hour and waves reached the height of three-story buildings. The Edmund Fitzgerald remains the largest shipwreck on the Great Lakes to this day.

Award-winning newspaper columnist and author Rochelle Pennington presents the story of a wreck and its mysterious legacy. From the launch of the ship to its final radio broadcasts, and from the Fitz's discovery on Superior's bottom to the raising of artifacts from its watery grave, Pennington delves into the various theories and opposing views of dive detectives who are still trying to solve the mystery of what led to the demise of the 29-man crew.

This program also includes a complete circle tour of Lake Superior's extraordinary shorelines. Free to attend, no registration required.

Duty, Honor, Country: The Life of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Thursday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

Duty, Honor, Country. This is the West Point motto - a motto that graduate Dwight D. Eisenhower lived his entire life. From the small town of Abilene, Kansas, he became a soldier at West Point, a Five Star General, Columbia University President, and the 34th President of the United States. Eisenhower lived and died by this motto. He was a man who could charm you one minute and become a man of steel the next. He led nations to absolute victory on Normandy Beach and the eventual ending of World War II.

Historian Jim Gibbons returns to Elm Grove to present the life of the man known as “Ike” with this free library program. Registration for this program begins January 15. Space is limited.

Memory Screening Day, presented by the Waukesha Co. ADRC (15 min. appointments)
Tuesday, February 27, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Library Study Room

A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition. It's free and it only takes 15 minutes! You'll receive immediate results as well as information about Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, you'll be able to talk with a Dementia Care Specialist about available resources, and about brain health and ways to stimulate your brain. These free memory screens are offered by the Waukesha County Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and presented by Randy Kohl, a Dementia Care Specialist for Waukesha County.

Call Randy Kohl at the Waukesha ADRC to schedule your memory screen, 262-548-7848.

The Lure and Lore of Spices
Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Throughout time, man’s destiny has been shaped by the search for the elusive spices coveted by nobility and royalty. The history of the spice trade reveals fascinating tales of piracy, adventures, and wars battled to control the spice trade. Exotic myths arose in explanation of the expense of the spice treasures.

Join us as The Spice House of Milwaukee shares interesting historical facts, anecdotes, and entertaining tales of daring do! In addition to the spice talk, there will be a healthy portion of time for you to have all your spice questions answered, so come prepared and leave with a free sample!

Please register in advance for this free program. Registration will begin at the library on February 19.

Essential Oils 101
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Learn about essential oils and aromatherapy with this fun, educational, and jam-packed program. Polly Schellinger, RN, owner of The Healing Place Farm, presents an introduction to essential oils, including what they are, how to use them, proper dilution, safety, and understanding the balance between essential oils and Western medicine. Interest in aromatherapy continues to grow rapidly as a form of complementary medicine; discover its long history and find out everything you need to know. There will also be a Q&A session afterwards. Free to attend. No registration required. 

Small Space Gardens: Creating a Private Space (Presented by Melinda Myers)
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

Design Strategies for Screening, Privacy and More! Learn how to combine plants, furnishings and accessories to create an entertainment space, retreat or area for relaxation within your landscape. Melinda will share strategies for maximizing the beauty and enjoyment whether you’re dealing with a small yard or trying to create a garden room within your landscape. There will also be a garden book exchange at the conclusion of the program, bring a trusted favorite and swap it for the fresh inspiration of a new one.

About Melinda Myers: Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books. She hosts the nationally-syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” seen throughout the U.S. She also hosts the The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series, is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms, and has a regular column in Wisconsin Gardening and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In 2017, Myers was inducted into the Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, the highest honor that can be given to a member of the association. Myers’ website,, features hundreds of gardening videos, audio tips, answers to frequently asked garden questions and more.

Registration for this free program will begin on March 19. Space is limited.

FOEGL Presents: An Evening with Anita Shreve, author of The Stars Are Fire
Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. Elm Grove Woman's Club, 13885 Watertown Plank Road

The Friends of the Elm Grove Library present an evening with the wonderful Anita Shreve, beloved author of The Pilot's Wife and The Weight of Water. Her new novel is set during the Great Maine Fire of 1947, the largest in the state's history, and features Grace Holland, a young mother trapped in a loveless marriage. People magazine praises The Stars Are Fire: "Precise, evocative prose brings the story's vivid characters to life...original and gripping."

Tickets are $18 and include a paperback copy of The Stars Are Fire. Tickets will be available at the Elm Grove Library (payable by check only) or at online beginning January 9. Presented in conjunction with Boswell Books.