Adult Programs

Adult Summer Reading Program

May 28—August 21
We are continuing with the virtual portal this year for all your reading program needs. Welcome to Beanstack (, where the physical world meets the digital. Head over there and create an account. Complete tasks to collect badges! Once you finish at least four books, you can get your prize bag as well as virtual tickets to put towards a Kindle. You can receive more tickets by reading beyond four books or by attending programs. We will be drawing winners at the end of the reading program.

Special Programs

Needlecraft @ Your Library

Homemade projects make great gifts. But if you’ve never picked up a needle or hook, that’s okay. Virtual “Learn to” classes are designed with you in mind. We’ll teach you at least how to start and one or two of the most basic stitches. Just pick your style (Knitting is with two needles & crochet is with one hook) and join the right class. Beginner kits for both are available upon request for 7-day checkout & class materials are available up to 7days in advance. Once a month, a pattern in either knit or crochet will also be available for those that know their basic stitches with a virtual class period dedicated to getting you started.

Learn to Knit
1st Monday of the Month @ 1:30PM
(May 3rd, June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd)

Learn to Crochet
2nd Thursday of the Month @ 1:30PM
(May 13th, June 10th, July 8th, August 12th)

Monthly Needlecraft Projects
Last Tuesday of the Month @ 5:30PM

May 25th– Knit-Slip Bunny
June 29th– Crazy Granny Squares and Joining Pieces Together (Crochet)
July 27th– Fold-over Garter Stitch Slippers (Knitting)
August 31st– Crochet Octopus Amigurumi

Moc Job Interviews

Virtually every Friday in August from 2:30-3PM

Need to get ready for the job market? Practice your answers to some of these common interview questions with someone who can give you some pointers.
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Fabric Mosaics Kits

Thursday, July 15th

Create a beautiful piece of wall art with fabric on canvas. Start with a simple pattern and some complementary colors and you can create anything your heart desires. Optional kits include sea turtles, crustaceans, shells, fish (including koi), and dolphins.

Virtual Book Clubs @ Your Library

Let’s face it: Books are better when discussed. Our original book club has turned virtual for the time being and, to top it off, instead of one we now have three book clubs to choose from—or come to all three! You can attend one or all virtually through Zoom or call in. Our original group covers both fiction and non and has a great group of people take the discussion to the next level. Then we have the “Forgotten” Book Club where we discuss the four “forgotten” styles: short stories, essays, novellas and poetry. We round everything out with our Genre Book Club where each month is selected from one of four distinct fictional genres: crime/mystery/thriller, fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. Each group has its own terrific titles to discover. Questions are available one month in advance from checkout or on our staff blog by the date of the discussion.

Original Book Club
3rd Wednesday of the Month @ 5:30PM

May 19th– Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
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June 16th- The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West
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July 21st– The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
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August 18th- Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
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“Forgotten” Book Club
2nd Thursday of the Month @ 5:30PM

May 13th—Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins
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June 10th— Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (Essays)
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July 8th— Just After Sunset by Stephen King (Short Stories)
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August 12th— Life on Mars: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
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Genre Book Club
4th Thursday of the Month @ 5:30PM

May 27th—Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley (Crime)
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June 24th—The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones(Hor.)
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July 22nd—Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Sci-Fi)
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August 26th—Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Crosby (Crime/Thriller)
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Community-Written Stories

May 28—August 21

Let’s write a story together (or a few). If you participated in the Community Poetry a couple of years ago, you have an idea of how this works. We have several notebooks that we will be distributing for 1 week checkout periods. Whichever notebook you get, you will be continuing the story in that book. When the week is up, turn it in and the next person can continue from that point. You can always check out a new one. At the end of the summer, we will have some unique stories to share with one another.

Cookbook Club Kits

We may not be able to all be in the same room and share a meal yet, but we can at least cook together in spirit. Each month there is a theme, spice, or seasoning that everything works around. The kits release on the first of the month. In your kits you will receive the spice/seasoning, a brief history and best practices, as well as a tried-and-true recipe. Feel free to send us pictures of what you make with it and you could see them featured on our social media pages!

May – Cinnamon – Grilled Cinnamon Pineapple
June – Curry Powder – Turkey and Apple Arugula Salad
July* – Fresh Basil – Watermelon Basil Ice
August** – Old Bay Seasoning - Shrimp & Wild Rice Cakes &/or  Old Bay Grilled Corn Pico de Gallo
*Receive a live herb plant
**Double recipe month!

Cookbook Adventures

Summer is a time for gathering your family and friends and eating great home-cooked meals. It’s also the best time of year to lay out in the sun and read a good book, so why not combine the two? For this adventure, you’ll pair your favorite cookbook with a memoir of the chef who created it– we’ll have lists that you can choose from, or pick your own! Many of the books are by famous chefs (Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, Julia Child, etc.). Or, you can read other food-centric novels/nonfiction books (Eddie Huang’s Fresh Off the Boat or Jim Harrison’s The Raw and the Cooked, amongst others) and select from a series of cookbooks featuring the same kinds of food mentioned in the books. For each book read and cookbook used, readers will get a raffle ticket for a prize drawing at the end of the summer!

Travel the World from Your Armchair

Don’t let COVID-19 keep you from traveling this summer—do it directly from your armchair instead! For this program, readers will be able to choose from several lists of distinct geographical locations/regions, both within the U.S. and throughout the world, and read fiction and non-fiction books based in or around the various locations/regions. For each region completed, readers will get a raffle ticket for a prize drawing at the end of the summer!

Wisconsin State Parks Summer Adventures

Hiking, swimming in a lake, and fishing are all great activities to get you out of the house and into nature, so why not pack up the car and take you and some family to one of Wisconsin’s famous state parks? Make it even better by enhancing the trip with a book to read– we’ve made a list of books about these parks, ranging from a park’s history to the overall evolution of how Wisconsin’s state parks came to be. For traveling to different state parks and reading related books, you will receive raffle tickets for a prize drawing at the end of the summer!

Exploring Wisconsin’s Black, Native American, Latinx, Asian & Pacific Islander History & Culture

Wisconsin is composed of a rich social tapestry, and every Wisconsinite’s history and culture should be acknowledged, read about, and celebrated. Visit some of the many different cultural/historical sites, including places like Aztalan State Park, Koshkonong Effigy Mounds, the Milton House, and the United Community Center, that factor large in Wisconsin’s overall history, and read paired books for each site. There will also be a road-trip map designed for those who wish to visit most or all of the historical sites around the state, with several different day trips outlined! For visiting the different sites and reading related books, readers will get raffle tickets for a prize drawing at the end of the summer!

Milwaukee County Parks Summer Adventures

Turn a spotlight on the county parks right in our own backyards! There are many amazing county parks throughout Milwaukee County, and great activities to take advantage of at all of them, such as taking your dog to a dog park, enjoying a drink with your friends at a beer garden, or watching sailboats on Lake Michigan from Bradford Beach. We’ll also have books to go with the various parks/activities for you to read to enhance the overall experience. For visiting the county parks and completing activities, or reading the associated books, you will get raffle tickets for a prize drawing at the end of the summer!

Baking Club Kits 

Once a month we will be providing a different baking ingredient that goes along with a sweet treat recipe. In the spirit of summer we are keeping all recipes oven free! Send us a picture of your creation and let us know what you think!

May – Pink Lemonade Crystal Light—Pink Lemonade Ice Cream Pie
June – Gelatin—Fruit Gummies
July - Chia Seeds—Apricot Blueberry Chia Pudding
August - Poppy Seeds—Lemon poppy seed Ice Cream