Programs for Adults
The library offers many programs for adults, from guest speakers to book discussion groups. Get email notifcations for our adult programs! Visit our sign-up page to customize your updates.
Our programs are held in the library program room, are free and open to the public.
When possible, programs are taped for later telecasting on the local public access television channel, JATV. A sign language interpreter can be arranged with two weeks' advance notice. Call 758-6591 to arrange this service.
Visit HPL on JATV to see some of the programs available online!
Mondays are Murder: WATCH THE MOVIE
Monday, December 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Page to Screen
Discuss great novels that were brought to life on the big (or small) screen.
Join us as we view the 1959 feature film adaptation of last month's book discussion title: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles.
No registration necessary. Walk-ins welcome. PG, 85 minutes.
Youth Making the
World a Better Place:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
Saturday, January 11,
Blackhawk Technical College |
6004 County Highway G | Janesville, WI 53545
Free family event featuring student readers’ theatre and music from the Craig High School Women’s Choir.
Sponsored by AAUW, UAW Local 95, Beloit, Beloit Turner and Janesville Public Schools, BTC, Diversity Action Team of Rock County, JATV, YWCA of Rock County, Culvers of Beloit and Janesville and St. Mary’s Hospital of Janesville
Saturday, January 18,
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The WIS-ILL Modular Railroading Club will set up a working HO guage layout for free public viewing. Train enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to stop in the Program Room anytime during the hours listed. WIS-ILL club members will be on hand to answer questions about this popular leisure-time interest.
A Night of
Tuesday, February 11,
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Lovers of writing and romance, this one is for you! Join us as Janesville’s own romance writer, Sherry Derr-Wille, shares her experience as an author of a variety of romance novels. There will be time for book sales and signing after the program.
About the Author
Mild-mannered wife, mother and grandmother by day, Sherry Derr-Wille spends her nights writing. A Wisconsin native, she grew up a country girl, but enjoys her “city” home. She and her husband of over 40 years, Bob, live in a mid-sized town close to the Illinois border.
Gardening Wherever You Are
Tuesday, February 25, 6:30–8 p.m.
*A Local Experts program
Learn how to garden, wherever you are! Christy Marsden, UW-Extension Horticulture Educator in Rock County, will discuss how to begin gardening for any situation - container gardens for apartment dwellers, community gardens for plot renters, and backyard gardens for those with a little soil. Learn how to get started, what resources are available to you, and tips for having a successful gardening year!
Evolution of Toys
Tuesday, March 11, 6:30–8 p.m.
*A Local Experts program
Revisit your childhood as Jason Allen, owner of Mantiques, takes you on a journey through decades of toys. An enthusiast and collector, Jason will share stories and show examples of how toys have grown and changed through the years.
WARNING: Severe nostalgia may occur.
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Tuesday, March 18, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Janesville League of Women Voters From the comic book superheroine to the blockbusters of today, this film offers a fun and witty look at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. Discussion to follow the film.
Tuesday, March 25, 6:30–8 p.m.
Join authors Nick Hoffman and Jesse Gant (a Janesville native) as they share the
history of the bicycle and tell us where to cycle in
Wisconsin. They’ll help you find hidden trails, get you geared up for summer and discuss their new book Wheel Fever, the history of bicycling, and bicycling in
Wisconsin. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Books will be available for sale and signing.
WIN A COPY
One lucky attendee will take home a copy of Wheel Fever!
The Write Stuff: Publishing Children’s and YA Literature
Saturday, April 5, 1–2:30 p.m.
Join Children’s and Young Adult authors Pat Schmatz (Bluefish), Geoff Herbach
(Stupid Fast series) and Ann Bausum (Denied, Detained, Deported) for a panel
discussion about writing for and publishing Children’s and Young Adult literature.
The discussion will be moderated by Jamie Swenson, author of Boom Boom Boom, HPL employee, and Co-Regional Advisor of Society of Children’s Book Writers and
Illustrators-Wisconsin. Audience questions are welcomed!
A book sale and signing will follow the discussion. All ages welcome.
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30–8 p.m.
*A Local Experts program
Pectin or no pectin? Learn the basics of canning with Kris Koch, Education Coordinator at Rotary Botanical Gardens, including simple salsa and jam recipes.
Our adult programs are supported in part by the Nancy B. Parker Endowment Fund.