Events for Adults

All events are free and some require registration. For more information or questions call the library at 262-246-5181 or email

Adult Summer Reading Program

June 1 – August 13

Register for the reading challenge through the Beanstack app on your mobile device or online to track your reading and activities to earn raffle tickets for prizes. Paper reading records are also available, ask at the Adult Reference Desk. 

Are you a parent who spends lots of time reading to your child? That time reading also counts towards the Adult Summer Reading Program!




StoryCorps Oral History Project

June 28 – July 12

Two microphones. Two people. One incredible conversation.

Bridges Library System has partnered with an oral history nonprofit called StoryCorps to record and preserve community stories, and we’d love for you to be part of it! You are invited to record a conversation with a family member or friend to be preserved for generations to come in both the StoryCorps Archive and the Library of Congress. Have questions? Visit our FAQ page.

Pauline Haass Public Library is currently scheduling recording opportunities between June 28 and July 12. If you would like to book a recording time or learn more, please call 262-246-5181 or reach out via email at



Rain Barrel DIY

Thursday, July 7 – 6:30 PM

Come learn how (and why) to collect rainwater for reuse with Jayne Jenks, Conservation Specialist with Waukesha County. This class will have plenty of action as we put together a rain barrel, see how it works and learn some basics about installation. You will be ready to save money by installing your own rain barrel at home! Registration is appreciated. REGISTER HERE or call 262-246-5181 starting June 13.






Shelf Indulgence Book Club

Thursday, July 21 – 6:00 PM

Enjoy great conversation while sharing your love of reading with fellow bibliophiles! Bring a list of three books you’ve enjoyed, one book you didn’t like, and discuss the book you are currently reading. Walk away with a great list of recommended reads! Registration is required and space is limited! Register HERE or call (262) 246-5181 starting July 1.






Make It! @ the Library

Join us to get creative and socialize during our Make It! @ the Library series. Materials for each of these free programs are limited and participants may be asked to bring some supplies. Make It! @ the Library is a program for adults. For younger audiences, please see the children and teen event schedule. Registration is required and space is limited; please contact the library to register.

  • Pressed Flower Projects with Gertrude Zoeller – Wednesday, July 13, 6:00 PM (Registration opens June 23)




Library Memory Project 

The Library Memory Project is a partnership between public libraries in Jefferson, Waukesha, Washington, and Racine Counties with a mission to provide programs to those affected by memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. There are currently 21 public libraries involved in the Library Memory Project. Libraries involved in the memory project also offer educational programs on memory loss and brain health. Learn more here:


Gale Courses

6 week courses begin on the second Wednesday of every month.

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!


Virtual Make-It Programs

PHPL YouTube Channel

Join the Adult & Teen Services staff for fun Make-It’s with materials you have ready to use at home!
Projects include:
DIY Book Mobile, CD Weaving, Homemade Pizza Crust, Mandala Stones, Stick Weaving





Past Events

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

February 2020 – Cactus Rock Painting
January 2020 – Mini Barn Quilts
August 2019 – Mandala Stone Painting
February 2019 – String Art Instructions
March 2019 – Branch Weaving