Events for Adults

All events are free; some events require registration. For more information, call the library at 262-246-5181.


IditaRead Winter Reading Program

January 20 – February 28, 2020

Hop on the reading trail and fill your winter with reading, fun, and prizes!
Earn raffle tickets by checking out items, attending library programs, and reviewing your favorite (and least favorite) titles! Stop by the Information Desk start January 20 to begin reading your way to a grand prize!






Fiber Arts Group *NEW!*

Last Thursday of Every Month, 6:00-7:45 PM
Jan 30, Feb 27, Mar 26, Apr 30

Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, or other fiber arts? Join our friendly fiber arts group! We meet once a month to work on and share personal and community projects, have demonstrations to improve our skills or learn new ones, and enjoy lively conversation. All skill levels are welcome, bring along a project to work on and make some new friends!




Make It! @ the Library


Materials for each of these FREE programs are limited and registration is required (registration date listed with each event description). These programs are open to adults and teens. Please stop by or call the library to register.

Wednesday, January 29, 6-7:30 PM – Mini Barn Quilt (FULL)
Wednesday, February 12, 6-7:30 PM – Cactus Rock Painting (Registration begins 1/30)
Wednesday, March 25, 6-7:30 PM – Book Page Mobile (Registration begins 3/2)
Wednesday, April 22, 6-7:30 PM – Beeswax Wrap (Registration begins 4/1)


Grow Strong Readers

Parents and Caregivers

February 3, February 24, March 16, April 6

6:30-7:45 PM

What is the buzz about early literacy? How can you best help your kids become strong readers? Learn the answers and more by attending one or all four sessions of our Grow Strong Readers series for parents and caregivers of babies and young children. Refreshments will be served.

Registration required. Call 262-246-5182 or visit the Children’s Reference Desk to register.


Story Behind the Story with Liz Tolsma

Wednesday, January 15, 1:00 PM

As an author of WWII and romance novels, Liz Tolsma will talk about the writing process and the state of the publishing industry today. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.






Instant Pot: The Basics

Monday, January 27, 6:30-7:30 PM

Get inspired and learn how to use your Instant Pot! Or just learn what the hype is all about. Join us for this demonstration on the basics of cooking with an Instant Pot. This program is full.





Harry Potter Trivia

Friday, February 7, 7:00-9:00 PM

Join us for a magical night of Potter-themed trivia and compete for the House Cup! Grab the smartest witches and wizards you know and create your team of 6 (no mountain trolls, please) or sign up as an individual and let the Sorting Hat place you on a team. Registration is required and will be open from January 6-31. Participants must be 16 or older to register and attend. Register here.




Genealogy 101

Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-7:45 PM

Want to discover your family history? Join local genealogist Dorothy Boxhorn to discover the best ways to get started and to learn what resources are available.






A Pabst Mansion View with Guide & Lecturer Dave Fehlauer

Thursday, February 13, 1:00 PM

The virtual tour will focus on one of Milwaukee’s Victorian jewels, as well as on the world of Captain Frederick Pabst and his family. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.





Are You Drinking Caffeine the Wrong Way? The Science Behind Caffeine

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-7:30 PM

Biochemist, Food Scientist and local author Danielle Robertson Rath, the GeenEyedGuide, reveals how to drink caffeine to maximize the benefits while minimizing side effects, tolerance, and dependence. Just in time for Caffeine Awareness Month (March), GreenEyedGuide also shares surprising trends in the world of caffeine and debunks some common misconceptions.







Music of Friends with Ceol Cairde

Thursday, March 12, 7:00 PM

The Friends return with their energy and spirit of traditional Irish music using flute,  fiddle, tin, whistle, banjo, concertina and Irish drum. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.






Memory Cafe

Monday, March 16, 3:00-4:30 PM – Theme: St. Patrick’s Day & Ireland

Join us at the library for an informal social gathering to connect those with early-stage memory loss and their care-partner with conversation, activities, and refreshments. First time attendees, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900. Visit for more information about Memory Cafés in our area.





Night Never Forgotten with Jim Gibbons

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 PM

Jim Gibbons will give details of the night of April 14, 1912 when over 1,500 people lost their lives in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.





Gale Courses

6 week courses begin: December 11, January 15, February 12, March 18


Enjoy a Beginning Writer’s Workshop, learn the secrets of Better Photography, Discover Sign Language, learn how to Play the Guitar – AND MORE!
Pauline Haass Public Library and the Bridges Library System offer a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led FREE courses that you can take entirely online through Gale Courses. As a library card holder, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks, work at your own pace, and new sessions begin every month. Browse the catalog of classes HERE!



Past Events

Looking for instructions from past Make It! classes? Here are a few of our recent favorites:

January 2019 – Mandala Stone Painting
February 2019 – String Art Instructions
March 2019 – Branch Weaving
May 2019 –  Macrame Hanging Planter Instructions and Basic Knots and Resources
June 2019 – Alcohol Ink Tile Instructions