The Elm Grove Library is proud to be involved in a new partnership of four libraries called the Wild Plum Library Memory Project. It includes the Elm Grove, Menomonee Falls, Brookfield, and Germantown public libraries. Starting in 2018, the libraries in this group will be offering monthly memory cafes and educational programs for those concerned about memory loss. The monthly cafes will rotate between each of the libraries involved. 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.
The Wild Plum Memory Project
The Lake Country Libraries Memory Project
- Brookfield Public Library
- Elm Grove Public Library
- Germantown Community Library
- Menomonee Falls Public Library
The Four Points Library Memory Project
- Delafield Public Library
- Hartland Public Library
- Oconomowoc Public Library
- Pewaukee Public Library
- Town Hall Library
- Franklin Public Library
- Hales Corners Public Library
- Muskego Public Library
- New Berlin Public Library
In 2018, Memory Cafes will be hosted at the Elm Grove Public Library on April 16, August 20, and December 17.
Baseball Memory Café
Monday, April 16, 3 - 4:40 p.m. Elm Grove Public Library
The Elm Grove Public Library is excited to host our very first Memory Café! Since the 2018 baseball season will be in full swing, we’ll be partaking in some of the traditions associated with America’s pastime. Join us for Elm Grove's home opener where we'll talk about baseball history, rivalries, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", and make our own team pennants. First time attendees - please contact the Alzheimer’s Association for more information or to RSVP at 800-272-3900.
Click here for 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
For more information, visit librarymemoryproject.org.