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

Cybersecurity 101: How to Stay Safe Online

Thursday, October 6 – 1:00 p.m.

Learn how to spot phishing emails from a mile away, how to protect your personal and financial information online, and more! Registration is appreciated. REGISTER HERE!






Shelf Indulgence Book Club

Thursday, October 13 – 6:00 p.m.

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, and discuss the book you are currently reading. Walk away with a great list of recommended reads!  Registration is required, space is limited! REGISTER HERE!






Memory Café – Celebrate Fall

Monday, October 17 – 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate fall with us as we decorate pumpkins, play fall-themed bingo, and enjoy some warm apple cider!

A Memory Café is an informal social gathering for those living with early-stage memory loss and their care partner. Registration is appreciated, but not required. REGISTER HERE!





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:


StoryCorps Oral History Project

November 7-11: Veterans’ Stories
November 23-December 7: Open to All

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 participating in an initiative to gather veterans’ stories the week of November 7-11. All veterans are welcome to record stories from their military experience with a loved one. Conversation starters designed specifically for veterans and military families will be provided! The stories will be preserved for future generations. To book a recording time, please sign up online.

Pauline Haass Public Library is currently scheduling recording opportunities between November 23 and December 7. If you would like to book a recording time or learn more, please call 262-246-5181 or reach out via email at


Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, November 19 – 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 20 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Join the Friends of Pauline Haass Public Library for their annual Holiday Book Sale! Find gently used books, gifts for library lovers, and book related items.






Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

Entry Deadline: November 30
Display: December 1-31

Join us for our 2nd annual all-ages Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! Different entry categories will be available for: Children, Teens, Adults, and Family. Participants can enter as individuals or teams. All entries will be on display in the library for the month of December. Rules & Guidelines will be posted October 1!






Guide to Waste Management & Recycling

Thursday, December 1 – 6:30 p.m.

Learn about the ins and outs of better waste management and recycling for your home just in time for the holidays. Presented by Johns Disposal and co-sponsored by PHPL and the Sussex Green Team. Registration is appreciated and opens 11/14. REGISTER HERE!





The Christmas Tree Ship with Wisconsin Author Rochelle Pennington

Thursday, December 8 – 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Pauline Haass Public Library

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The true account of the Christmas Tree Ship is considered “the most loved story of the Great Lakes.” Rochelle Pennington will tell the tale of the beloved vessel and its mysterious disappearance in Lake Michigan when it took sail on that fateful day of Nov. 22, 1912. Artifacts and photographs will be included in the presentation. Registration is appreciated and opens 11/14. REGISTER HERE!


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. ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE!

  • Holiday Pottery Plate with Our Creative Outlet – Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 PM (Registration opens 10/3 – REGISTER HERE)
  • DIY Holiday Wrapping Paper – Wednesday, November 30, 6:00 PM (Registration opens 11/1 – REGISTER 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