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


Make It! @ the Library

The Make It! @ the Library series is the perfect opportunity for adults to get creative and socialize!

Registration is required. Because space is limited, please register for only one session each month. 

  • Embroidery Basics
    • 6 PM, Wednesday, April 10 – This program is full. To be added to the waitlist, please call 262-246-5181.
    • 6 PM, Wednesday, April 24 – This program is full. To be added to the waitlist, please call 262-246-5181.
  • Fanciful Paper Flowers
    • 6 PM, Tuesday, June 4 – Registration opens May 20.
    • 6 PM, Tuesday, June 11 – Registration opens May 20.
  • Pressed Flower Lanterns
    • 6 PM, Thursday, July 18 – Registration opens July 1.
    • 6 PM, Wednesday, July 31 – Registration opens July 1.
  • Rock Mandala Painting
    • 6 PM, Wednesday, August 7 – Registration opens July 29.
    • 6 PM, Wednesday, August 28 – Registration opens July 29.



Tiny Art Show (All Ages)

March 4: Kits available
April 1-30: Public display

The second annual Tiny Art Show is a month-long community art project for all ages. The twist? All art must be tiny!

Learn more about the Tiny Art Show here!



StoryCorps Oral History Project: Capturing Village Voices

April 5-19

Two microphones. Two people. One incredible conversation.

The Library and Village are seeking participants for Capturing Village Voices. This is an opportunity to create a time capsule of interviews chronicling the tales and triumphs of those who call Sussex home in celebration of the village’s 100th birthday. Library staff will handle the technical side of the recording, but the stories are all your own. The audio recordings will be shared with you to keep and, if you wish, archived for future generations to enjoy. Learn more and sign up for a recording timeslot here.


Shelf Indulgence Book Club

6 PM, Thursday, May 16

Meet with fellow bibliophiles to discuss three books you’ve enjoyed, one you didn’t, and one you are currently reading.

Registration opens May 1.



Summer Kickoff Party

4-7 PM, Friday, May 31
Library Lawn

Party on the library lawn! Register for the summer reading program, play games, and get your face painted. Hale O Malo will present Hands On Hawaii, featuring traditional Hawaiian dance. Food and ice cream will be available for purchase. All ages are welcome!



Adventure Begins at the Library: Summer Reading Program

May 31-August 10

Read like an Olympian this summer! Readers of all ages are invited to track their reading and earn rewards all summer long. Sign up on Beanstack (online or via the Beanstack Tracker mobile app). For those who prefer to participate offline, reading logs will be available in the library starting May 31.



Houseplant & Cutting Swap

10 AM-12 PM, Saturday, June 8

Bring your spare houseplants and cuttings and take a new plant home! Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions about houseplant care. No registration required. Just drop in!

All shared plants and cuttings should be pest free. Shared plants should also include the name of the plant and some care instructions from the owner of the mother plant. 

This program will be held outside in front of the library. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved inside the library.


Memory Café

3-4:30 PM, Monday, June 17

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 and opens May 20. This event is offered in partnership with the Library Memory Project.


An Evening with Local Author Claire Swinarski

6:30 PM, Thursday, June 20

A book chat with Wisconsin author Claire Swinarski, writer of The Funeral Ladies of Ellerie County. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Registration opens June 3.



The Sweet Sheiks

Sponsored by the Friends of Pauline Haass Public Library
12 PM, Saturday, June 22

Enjoy French jazz and hot club favorites from the early 20th century with the Sweet Sheiks, a toe-tapping jazz quartet!

Registration opens May 31.



Shelf Indulgence Book Club

6 PM, Thursday, July 25

Meet with fellow bibliophiles to discuss three books you’ve enjoyed, one you didn’t, and one you are currently reading.

Registration opens July 8.



Trivia Night @ 1o0 Year Celebration

7 PM, Friday, August 9
Sussex Civic Center Lawn

The library is hosting trivia at the Village’s 100 Year Celebration! The first 15 teams to sign up will compete for fabulous prizes. The evening will also include a beer garden, an outdoor family movie, and more.



Memory Screenings

9 AM-3 PM, Tuesday, August 20

It’s free and only takes 15 minutes! A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify changes in memory and cognition. Call Jennifer Harders from the Waukesha County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 262-548-7650 to schedule a screening.

This program is offered in partnership with the Library Memory Project.



24 Books Reading Challenge

January 1-December 31

 Read 2 books a month (or 24 books total) in 2024! If you finish the challenge, you’ll receive an exclusive Pauline Haass Public Library bookmark and be entered to win a Books and Company Gift card. Visit the library or log into your Beanstack account to sign up.