Adult Programs

Cutting the Cord – Controlling Cable & Internet Costs

Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. Community Room 

Fees for cable television, home internet, smartphones, and streaming services quickly add up to hundreds of dollars. This seminar reviews your options to cut costs and still watch television programs and have internet access on all devices. Presented by C.T. Kruger. Free to attend. No registration required.

Mettle & Honor: Wisconsin Stories from the Battlefield

Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

The Elm Grove Library welcomes Emmy Award-winning journalist and former newscaster Mark Concannon for a presentation of his book Mettle & Honor, which shares the firsthand accounts of Wisconsin veterans who were at Normandy, Iwo Jima, Inchon, Khe Sanh, Kabul, and Fallujah. Mark’s presentation takes you to the front lines through the eyes of those who risked their lives, faced live fire, and endured tremendous battlefield hardship. Free to attend. No registration required.

Milwaukee’s WWII Combat Correspondents

Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

Join Milwaukee author, journalist, and Iraq & Afghanistan war correspondent Meg Jones as she shares wartime stories and photographs of photographer Dickey Chapelle, radio journalist H.V. Kaltenborn, and Associated Press Berlin office chief Louis Lochner. Jones will compare and contrast the difficulties of getting your stories out of war-torn countries back to readers during WWII and present time. She will also report on the unique vantage points, and the fascinating lives of these three combat correspondents. Free to attend. No registration required.

Understanding Medicare

Thursday, March 12, 10:30 a.m. Community Room

As you approach Medicare eligibility, or if you are currently a Medicare enrollee who wants to understand your benefits, you will soon realize the complexities and confusion that often come with the Medicare program. You’ll receive unbiased answers to your questions from Tracy Lipinski, a Medicare Outreach Specialist, in conjunction with the Waukesha County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). There is no connection to an insurance agency, no sign-in sheet, no personal information collected. This presentation will cover the following: 

  • Overview of Medicare Part A, B, C, and D coverage as well as Medicare Supplements 
  • Delaying Medicare Enrollment 
  • Enrollment and Eligibility Deadlines 
  • Qualifying for Extra Help to pay for Prescription Drug Costs 
  • Wisconsin SeniorCare (drug program) 

Remember, the better informed you are, the better decisions you can make! Free to attend. No registration required.

The Discovery of Magic

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Magician and storyteller William Pack cracks open the magic history scrapbooks to reveal a secret world of colorful characters, amusing adventures, and arcane knowledge. MEET astonishing magicians who made the impossible possible. EXPLORE incredible behind-the-scenes stories you will never forget. WONDER at recreations of the baffling magic tricks behind the stories. Don’t miss this one-night only performance (with magic tricks) from one of the best presenters around. Free to attend. No registration required.

10 Mistakes I Made in My Vegetable Garden So You Don’t Have To

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

If you’re not getting real results from your garden, then gardening isn’t as rewarding of a pastime as it could be. Although trial and error is often a part of the gardening experience, you can skip over some of the beginner mistakes and move straight to the more advanced ones! Megan Cain will share the top 10 mistakes she’s made in her (and others’) gardens so you can avoid them in your own and have lots more fun and success each season. Free to attend. No registration required.

About the speaker: Megan Cain is the founder of The Creative Vegetable Gardener and the Flavorful Life Garden Club, and author of the books, Super Easy Food Preserving and Smart Start Garden Planner. Her popular blog was nominated by Better Homes and Gardens as one of the Top 10 Garden Blogs of 2016.

An Afternoon with Andrea Bartz, author of The Herd

Saturday, April 4, 2:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

In conjunction with Boswell Books, the Elm Grove Library proudly welcomes Andrea Bartz, celebrating the release of her latest twisty thriller, The Herd.

The author of the acclaimed debut novel The Lost Night is back with one of the most anticipated books of 2020, according to Marie Claire, Newsweek, Book Riot, and others. When an exclusive New York women’s workspace is rocked by the mysterious disappearance of its enigmatic founder, two sisters must uncover the haunting truth before they lose their friendships, their careers—maybe even their lives.

Join us for a discussion, reading and signing of a book that is being praised as a "deliciously twisty thriller that is so much more than a page-turner." This event is free to attend. No registration is required. Books will be available for sale.  

The Wisconsin Story

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

Learn about the events and people that shaped Wisconsin’s past. Author Dennis McCann will share stories from his new book, The Wisconsin Story: 150 People, Places, and Turning Points that Shaped the Badger State and give us an answer to the question, “What makes Wisconsin, Wisconsin?” Free to attend. No registration required.

Go Gwen Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold

Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Waukesha native Gwen Jorgensen was the first American triathlete, male or female, to win Olympic Gold. When she claimed Olympic Gold in Rio in 2016, a nation celebrated. None were happier than her devoted family.

Join us as mother Nancy Jorgensen and sister Elizabeth Jorgensen visit the library to talk about Gwen and their new book, Go, Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold. The duo will discuss the team effort behind Gwen’s amazing achievements and will sell and sign copies of their book. The event is free to attend; no registration required.

The book brings readers into the worlds of Olympic training, professional coaching, international travel, sponsor funding, anti-doping requirements, athlete nutrition, and sports physiotherapy. It recounts how Gwen dealt with the transition from CPA in Milwaukee to professional athlete, balancing training and global competitions with family crises and commitments.

What’s It Worth? Antique Appraisals and Tips on Downsizing

Tuesday, May 5, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Wondering if that old keepsake has any value? Trying to decide what to keep and not as you prepare to downsize? Certified appraiser and antique dealer Cheri Riehle and downsizing specialist Kathy Schultz are here to help!

This unique event will feature antique valuations by Cheri Riehle, where you’ll “find out what it’s worth” from a CAGA Certified Appraiser. Kathy Schultz from Caring Transitions of Waukesha County will also be on hand with tips on downsizing, including what to keep, what to re-home, and how to de-clutter. This program aims to help families make informed decisions on what to do with their cherished items and reduce the stress of life transition…with the exciting element of antique appraisals!  

NOTE: Anyone is welcome to attend this free event. If you would like to have an antique appraised, you must register your appraisal in advance. One appraisal per family. Only a limited number of appraisals will be conducted. Registration for appraisals begins at the library on April 13.

Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom

Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 p.m. O’Neill Room

The story of our 16th president, centering on the 12 turbulent years from 1854-1865, when the slavery issue came to a head and nearly broke the nation apart. Hear about the historical background, the events which led Mr. Lincoln back into politics in the mid-1850s, the ever-escalating increase in tensions, Lincoln’s election as President, and the Civil War. You’ll hear directly from some of Mr. Lincoln’s best-known speeches and writings, and you will be inspired to hope as he did for a "new birth of freedom" for our country. Free to attend. No registration required. Presented by Kevin Wood.

Memory Screening Day, presented by the Waukesha County ADRC

Friday, June 5, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 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 Jennifer Harders, a Dementia Care Specialist for Waukesha County.

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