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Welcome to Medicare
Wednesday, April 25, 1:30 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? 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 www.medicare.gov.

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.

All About Social Security
Wednesday, May 9, 1:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

This is a general informational program to learn how Social Security works, and about the benefits available to you. Come with questions and leave with answers. Presented by Jeff Barta, public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration in Waukesha. Free to attend, no registration required. 

Amy Reichert, author of The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go
Saturday, May 12, 2:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Celebrate Mother's Day early with the bestselling author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, The Simplicity of Cider, and Love, Luck & Lemon Pie. Amy will be discussing her new book, The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go, a mother daughter story set in Wauwatosa. This event will be your first chance to purchase the new book, three days before it goes on sale to the general public!

Elm Grove's Crumby Art Bakehouse & Cakery will also be on hand with some delicious creations inspired by Amy's previous books. The event is free to attend. Books will be available for purchase afterwards. Presented in conjunction with the Friends of the Elm Grove Library, The Little Read Book of Wauwatosa, and Crumby Art Bakehouse & Cakery. 

Interested in attending? Please RSVP the library at 262-782-6717.

The Art of Chocolate (14th Annual Cookbook Exchange)
Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

Fazio's Chocolate of Elm Grove is this year's partner for the Elm Grove Library Cookbook Exchange. The evening promises to be equal parts decadence and artistry, as chocolatiers Cindy and Claire from Fazio's talk about the business of making chocolate right here in Elm Grove. There will also be a demonstration and plenty of tasting!

Don't forget to bring a gently used cookbook, where you can trade it for some fresh inspiration with the cookbook exchange. Registration for this free program will begin Monday, April 30. Limited to 50 attendees. 


The Future of Milwaukee
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

Award-winning columnist and nationally recognized speaker Philip Chard returns to the library for a thoughtful and inspiring presentation on mindfulness: how we can tap into it, and how it can improve our lives. Free to attend. Registration will begin in late May.

Author event and 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.

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.

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 www.medicare.gov.

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.