Adult Programs

A Walk in the Park

Thursday, June 6, 10:00 a.m. Elm Grove Village Park

Let's take a walk! Join us as Elm Grove Village Forester Ron Hill leads a guided hike around our village park. Along the way, he will discuss the various elements and initiatives that give Elm Grove its natural beauty. 

The approximately one mile hike will be limited to the first 15 people who sign up. Registration begins Monday, May 20 at the library. In the event of rain, the hike will be postponed to the next day: Friday, June 7.

From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City: A History of the Irish in Milwaukee 

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Former Elm Grove Library director Carl Baehr, author of From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City: A History of the Irish in Milwaukee, describes how the Irish influenced the political, educational, religious, and sports landscape of the city to help make Milwaukee what it is today. This historical tour captures it all, heroes and tragedies, high points and low, and the many people who have left an indelible mark on the city. Free to attend. No registration required.

About the presenter: Native Milwaukeean Carl Baehr is the author of Milwaukee Streets: The Stories Behind Their Names, which was awarded the 1994 Gambrinus Prize. He has also written many local history articles, including the City Streets column for Urban Milwaukee.

The Flavor of Wisconsin: Our Culinary Culture, Past and Present (15th Annual Cookbook Exchange)

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m. O'Neill Room

To understand the history of a region, you've got to follow the food. That’s particularly true in Wisconsin, whose culinary traditions reflect the richness of an ethnically and agriculturally diverse region. In this talk regional food specialist Terese Allen shares the stories behind such varied foodways as cream puffs, Hmong egg rolls, and the Friday night fish fry. From Ojibwe wild rice to arugula pesto pasta, she tracks the amazing cornucopia of what Wisconsinites have gathered, grown, produced, cooked, and eaten.

Terese Allen has written scores of books and articles about the pleasures and benefits of regional foods, sustainable cooking, and culinary folklore. She is co-author of the prize-winning expanded edition of The Flavor of Wisconsin, an extensive history of food and cooking in the Badger State.

This event is also the library's 15th annual Cookbook Exchange. Attendees are encouraged to bring a gently used cookbook to trade for a new favorite. We'll also have some culinary creations to enjoy inspired by Wisconsin's food histories. Free to attend. No registration required.

B.A. Shapiro, author of The Collector’s Apprentice (Author Event and Book Club Night)

Monday, July 8, 6:30 p.m. O'Neill Room

In conjunction with Boswell Books, the Elm Grove Library welcomes New York Times bestselling author B.A. Shapiro for a discussion & reading from The Collector’s Apprentice. Previously the author of The Art Forger and The Muralist, Shapiro’s latest is a page-turning historical thriller of art, revenge, history and love, transporting readers to 1920s Paris and Philadelphia with an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession.

And be sure to bring your notebook! As we've done in the past, the event will double as a book club night, with recommendations from Elm Grove librarians and Boswell booksellers. The event is free to attend. No registration required. Books will be available for sale.

Identity Theft, Mail Scams, and You 

Thursday, July 18, 1:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Don’t let that tempting piece of mail or telephone call fool you! Elm Grove Postmaster Jill Lipovsek discusses the many tricks and methods scammers deploy in an attempt to trick you out of your money and your identity. With real life examples from her career with the U.S. Postal Service, and helpful tips and signs of what to look for to keep you safe from fraud, don’t miss this eye-opening and essential presentation. Free to attend. No registration required.

The Essentials of Healthy Skin

Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Get an introduction to healthy skin from Lynne Herro, licensed esthetician and owner of Lynne Herro Skin Care. In this presentation, she will provide an overview of its essential elements, including:

  • The importance of knowing your skin type
  • Internal and external factors that affect our skin
  • Proper at-home care
  • The necessity of Sunscreen and how to choose a safe and effective one
  • Basic information on skin cancer prevention
  • Plenty of time for Q&A!

It's been said that “healthy skin is always in.” Find out how to achieve it with this free program. No registration required.

Wisconsin's Gangster Past- Turning the Badger State into the Crime State

Tuesday, August 6, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Put on your zoot suit and follow in the footsteps of America's most infamous gangsters as they turn Wisconsin into their personal crime vacation land. Author and lecturer Chad Lewis takes us on a tour of the state's criminal lore and legend. Filled with deadly bank robberies, explosive shootouts, brutal murders, and daring kidnappings, this presentation lets the audience discover the grisly locations where gangster history will never die. Free to attend. No registration required.