Events for Adults

All events are free, require registration, and will be held virtually. Many of these events will be hosted using Zoom. If you’re new to Zoom, check out our Zoom guide for attending virtual library programs! For more information, call the library at 262-246-5180 or email


Make It! @ Home

LIVE Virtual Event via Zoom*

Craft, get creative, and socialize with us during our Make It! @ Home virtual gatherings via Zoom! Materials for each of these FREE programs are limited. You will need to provide some supplies for each craft, more details when you register. Make It! @ Home is a program for adults. For younger audiences, please check out Make It! Teen  or Make It! Junior. Registration is required and space is limited; please contact the library to register.

Wednesday, December 9, 6:00 PM – Holiday Gnomes (Registration begins 11/30)
Wednesday, Jan 20, 6:00 PM – Photo Transfer Coasters (Registration begins 1/4)
Wednesday, Feb 24, 6:00 PM – Yarn Wrapped Letters (Registration begins 2/1)
Wednesday, March 24, 6:00 PM – Simple Macramè Plant Hanger (Registration begins 3/1)
Wednesday, April 14, 6:00 PM – Soy Wax Mason Jar Candles (Registration begins 4/1)


Great Holiday Cupcake Decorating Competition!

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 PM – LIVE Virtual Event via Zoom*

Get ready to get messy and get creative! Participants will pre-bake 24 regular-sized cupcakes before the event. Some decorations will be provided by the library, but you are welcome to use your own! To pick up supplies, you can either stop in the library or you can schedule a curbside pickup appointment.  The decorating challenge theme will be announced at the beginning of the event. Your creations will be based on this theme and will be judged. The winner will receive a King Arthur Flour gift card for their online shop! More details will be announced as we get closer to the event. Registration is required and space is limited! Registration opens November 9. *Attendees will need an email address and Zoom account to participate in this event.


IditaRead Winter Reading Program – January 18-February 26

Sled across Alaska in our winter reading challenge for all ages! Race onto our Beanstack app to get ready to read and to track your progress. (No device? No problem; talk to our staff for a paper option.) Readers will be racing along the IditaRead trail, checking off checkpoints with their reading. IditaRead puppies (ages 0–5K), children (grades 1–6), teens (grades 7–12) and adults can hop on the reading trail and fill their winter with reading, fun and prizes! Register for this program via the Beanstack app or website (as used in our Summer Reading Program).


African American History in Wisconsin with Clayborn Benson

Thursday, January 14, 6:30 PM – Live virtual event via Zoom
Co-sponsored by Pauline Haass Public Library, Oconomowoc Public Library and Menomonee Falls Public Library

Historian Clayborn Benson will give a presentation via Zoom on Wisconsin’s African American History from the 1650s–1970s, covering the impact African Americans had on Wisconsin’s inception as a state, contributions made to the nation’s Civil Rights struggle, and how Wisconsin laws and policies shaped life for African Americans with an emphasis
on voting rights and economic independence and quality housing. Clayborn Benson is the founding Executive Director of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum in Milwaukee. Benson was an award-winning photojournalist at TODAY’S TMJ4 for
39 years and also produced the documentary Black Communities. Registration is required for this virtual program and registration opens December 14; please contact the library to register.



Pandemic Grief: A Grief Experience of Loss Beyond the Norm

Thursday, February 11, 6:30 PM – Live virtual event via Zoom
Co-sponsored by Pauline Haass Public Library and the Sussex Park and Recreation Department

The global pandemic has presented us with what grief specialists call “a grief experience beyond the norm.” These experiences make grieving difficult because sometimes we’re not sure what we’re grieving, or if it’s OK to feel the loss we’re feeling. Join Elizabeth Lewis, motivational speaker, personal development coach, and certified grief support specialist through the University of Wisconsin-Madison, virtually via Zoom to learn about the four types of grief identified as “beyond the norm,” how these types relate to the pandemic, and coping strategies and specific actions that are recommended in order to work skillfully through the pain of loss. Registration is required and opens January 4; please contact the library to register. Need help with Zoom? Please let us know! 


Schitt’s Creek Trivia Night

Friday, February 26, 6:30 PM – LIVE Virtual Event via Zoom*

Have you dreamt of staying at the Rosebud Motel or eating at Cafe Tropical? Think you have enough Schitt’s Creek knowledge that even Roland would be impressed? Gather with fellow fans of the television show “Schitt’s Creek” for a virtual trivia night that we promise will be simply the best. Registration is required for this virtual Zoom program and registration opens February 1; please contact the library to register.





All About CSA’s: Community Supported Agriculture

Thursday, March 4, 6:30 PM – LIVE Virtual Event via Zoom*

Join Terry Vlossak from Full Harvest Farm in Hartford for an informational talk about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Terry will cover the history of Community Supported Agriculture, the types of CSA programs and their requirements. Terry will also share a list of local farms and the best times to join (as well as the worst). Come with your CSA questions! Registration is required for this virtual Zoom program and registration opens February 8; please contact the library to register.




Amy E. Reichert Author Event – The Kindred Spirits Supper Club

Thursday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. – Live virtual event via Zoom
Co-sponsored by Pauline Haass Public Library and Hartland Public Library

Join us via Zoom for a special evening with Wisconsin author Amy E. Reichert as we celebrate the release of her new book The Kindred Spirits Supper Club. Registered attendees will have an opportunity to order an autographed copy of Amy’s new book through Books & Company in Oconomowoc for a special discount. Registration is required and opens March 1; please contact the library to register.




Alzheimer’s Association Programs

Due to COVID-19, programs hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association are currently being offered virtually. Attendees can participate via webinar software or by phone. These programs are free but do require registration in advance.

  • -To view and register for upcoming educational programs and support groups for caregivers, please click here.


Turning 65? Welcome to Medicare Virtual Class

Regularly throughout the year, Pauline Haass Public Library hosts programs provided by Aging and Disability Resource Center. Their programs are now being offered online as virtual events.

A monthly virtual class will be held the 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 PM. Visit the website below to register or find additional information. Topics covered will be the basic parts of Medicare (A, B, C, D) and how they work. Information will be provided on how to enroll, available insurance options, and the drug coverage requirement. Lower income benefit programs will also be reviewed. It is suggested that you attend one class 2-3 months prior to starting Medicare. To register for this free class or for more information, please contact the ADRC at 262-548-7848. You can also register online at

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!


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Join our PHPL Adult & Teen Librarians for recommendations! We’ll highlight our favorite podcasts, favorite reads, best resources for free digital books, great reads for teens, and MORE.



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